Monday, April 27, 2015

News from Portland Area Group

Well, the National SAQA 2015 Conference, "Fiberlandia" is almost here; many of us will converge on Portland on Thursday, April 30th, for a terrific program of presentations, receptions and special events such as the Vendor Mall, Maker Space and local guided tours. We're looking forward to seeing many Oregon members there; if we haven't met yet, please do say Hallo if you see Leotie Richards or myself around at the conference; and of course we're hoping to reconnect with many of you we've already met. The Oregon Region members, I'm told, are especially enthusiastic and responsive about the conference - registration sold out really quickly. If you aren't able to make it, look for feedback on the conference we'll send out soon after the event.

So, what else is new? I hope many of you are working on pieces for our upcoming regional exhibit "Blending Poetry and Cloth". I think it's a really exciting theme, and we're looking forward to many outstanding entries. Online entry is from June 1st to June 30th 2015, so hurry! The complete Call for Entry and Prospectus are on our national website:

The second Quilt!Knit!Stitch! show to take place in Portland is scheduled for August 13th to 15th at the Oregon Convention Center. Last year's show had some wonderful exhibits, including two by SAQA, and many very tempting vendors. Lots of classes to take also - registration is now open. Complete information and class signup can be found at As the time approaches, we'll be asking all you valiant volunteers to help us staff the SAQA booth - last year we had a lot of fun, sold a good number of books, and signed up over 20 new members for SAQA; so mark your calendars now!

In the Fall, we'll be continuing with planning for our next Oregon Region conference, to be held at the beautiful Willamette Heritage Center in Salem in September of 2016. We'll keep you updated as plans are made!

Meanwhile, our four local groups - Ashland, Central Oregon, Portland and Valley South, are all flourishing and meeting regularly; if you haven't attended any of the local meetings, I would strongly encourage you to visit a group and see what's happening; there's no extra charge to attend a local meeting once you have joined SAQA, you can visit any local group, and the local programs are a great way to meet art quilters in your area and share in the expertise of local members and visiting artists (not to mention showing your own work).

Keep on making art!

Warm regards,

Elizabeth Bamberger

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