Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Elizabeth and Leotie Become SAQA State Reps for Oregon in September

Betty and I are retiring as your Oregon reps. We want to introduce you to the two women who will be taking on the job to represent you. Leotie is from Sisters and Elizabeth is from the Portland area. The four of us have met and will be working together on the upcoming conference March 13, 2014 at the Chehalem Cultural Center. We are in the process of forming committee to work on this first statewide Oregon conference. If you are interested in working on a committee please contact Jean Wells ( or Betty Daggett ( We have really enjoyed our two years time as your Oregon reps.

There has been some discussion about the measurements for the Exploring Layers exhibit. The total circumference for each quilt should be no less than 144” and no more than 240” for two dimensional quilts. We look forward to getting lots of entries from all of you between October 1st and October 31st . Coming soon will be the information on entering your quilts at the SAQA website. /Below you will see a short bio on each of our new reps.

Elizabeth Bamberger - Portland, Oregon SAQA Rep
Elizabeth Bamberger is a relative newcomer to the world of art quilting. Retirement from work as a sociologist in Washington D.C. in 2002, and moving to Oregon, which has so many talented artists working in a wide range of mediums, has opened up a whole new world of textile and fiber art to her, with time to pursue this exciting new area of interest. Living in Oregon has given her the opportunity to take classes and workshops from highly experienced and generous teachers, and to meet many talented and creative fellow fiber artists. Elizabeth is an active member of the Portland SAQA parlor group, and of High Fiber Diet, a special interest group of the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild, and is very much looking forward to the opportunity to serve as a co-representative for Oregon SAQA.

Leotie Richards - Central Oregon SAQA Rep
Leotie Richards became enamored with textiles while working as an Art Director for a major retail chain. In off hours she began to sew wall hangings without much knowledge of modern quilting techniques. After twenty years designing graphics and textiles for retail stores, she retired to Sisters Oregon and found many opportunities to continue her work with fabric. She found that her graphic design skills could be readily applied to art quilting. Studying intently for more than a year at The Stitchin’ Post, she became adroit with various fabrication techniques and began to experience a high degree of joy in her creative process with textiles. Leotie currently plans to continue to participate in various quilt challenges through the end of 2013; in 2014 she looks forward to designing and assembling a series of art quilts that will be a very personal expression of her views on life. Leotie has been active in several quilt guilds in Central Oregon and now welcomes the opportunity to focus both her artistic and organizational skills as a rep for SAQA.

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