Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October 2015 SAQA Oregon Newsletter

Thank you to Elizabeth Bamberger and Leotie Richards, our previous SAQA Oregon Regional Co-Representatives.

In this newsletter:
1. SAQA Oregon Blog and Facebook Group
2. Announcing SAQA Oregon Member Profiles
3. SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit, Blending Poetry and Cloth, Update
4. 2016 SAQA Oregon Regional Conference Update
5. SAQA Oregon Pod Meeting Information

We look forward to serving as your Regional Co-Representatives.

Marion Shimoda and Sherri Culver
SAQA Oregon Regional Co-Representatives and

1. SAQA Oregon Blog and SAQA Oregon Facebook Group

The SAQA Oregon Blog,, is where public SAQA Oregon Regional information is posted.  It is the place to go for up to date information on SAQA Oregon Pod meetings, SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibits and SAQA Oregon Regional Conferences.  Resources, calls for entry and other regional news is also available on the blog.  The blog also provides links to SAQA Oregon Member websites and blogs.  To submit news for the blog, please follow the instructions in the bottom right corner of any blog page.

If you’d like to receive SAQA Oregon Blog posts by email, sign up to “Follow By Email” from any page on the blog.

The SAQA Oregon Facebook Group is a closed group.  Information that may be of interest to SAQA Oregon members is posted to the group.  Any SAQA member can join the group by going to the Facebook group and requesting to join. Membership is approved within a day.

2. Announcing Oregon Member Profiles on Our SAQA Oregon Blog by BlogMaster Bonnie Bucknam

We are going to borrow a great idea from SAQA Southern California, and post profiles of SAQA Oregon members on our blog at  We have almost 200 members in Oregon now, so this could be a very interesting project!

If you go to our blog you will see a notice about this project.  We have compiled eight questions for you to answer, and we encourage you to "illustrate" your profile with photos, too.  Details are in the post on the blog.  Send your profile to Bonnie Bucknam at  Bonnie will post the profile in a new section on our blog titled "REGIONAL MEMBER PROFILES."  We can't wait to "meet" you!

3. SAQA Oregon Regional Exhibit – Blending Poetry and Cloth by Curator Leotie Richards
The SAQA Oregon regional exhibit Blending Poetry and Cloth just finished an exhibition at the NW Quilting Expo in Portland. Several people mentioned that they thought it was the best work in the show. The curators, Leotie Richards, Karen Spencer and Jean Wells are working to secure a spring date at Pioneer Place Gallery in Portland. Right now the quilts are in secure storage while we're fabricating rods that will be suitable for all gallery venues.
Upcoming dates for gallery venues are:
The Rogue Gallery in Medford, June 3rd - July 28, 2016
Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Sept. 22 - Dec. 24, 2016
Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Spring 2017
Crossroads Carnegie Center in Baker City, Summer 2017

4. 2016 SAQA Oregon Regional Conference – September 22, 2016 by Elizabeth Bamberger
Save the Date! Planning is underway for our next SAQA Oregon Regional Conference! The Conference will be held at the beautiful, historic Willamette Heritage Center in Salem on Thursday September 22nd, followed in the evening by an Artists Reception for a three-month appearance of our current exhibit "Blending Poetry and Cloth" at the Center.
Our Planning Committee is now working on developing a Conference theme and program, finding speakers, sponsors and caterers, and working on the budget and logistics; but as many of you already know, it takes a village to make a conference happen, and we will be calling on you to help in whatever way your time and abilities permit. We'll update you regularly on what is happening and what we need, but if you would like to join us now, give us your input, and take an early part in conference preparations, please email Elizabeth Bamberger at, and I'll connect you with the right person. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

5. SAQA Oregon Pod Meetings
All SAQA members are invited to attend any of our Oregon Pod meetings.  Oregon has four Pods, local groups that meet in Ashland, Central Oregon, Portland and Valley South.  Following is general information about Pod meetings and how Pod meeting information is communicated.  Please contact the identified people below for specific Pod meeting information.

Ashland SAQA Pod:  The Ashland SAQA Pod meets at Sew Creative in Ashland on the third Tuesday of the month.
Meeting information is posted to the SAQA Oregon blog and SAQA Rogue Art Quilters Facebook Group and is sent to the Ashland SAQA Pod email list.
Please contact Lynne Goulette,, for meeting information.

Central Oregon SAQA Pod:  The Central Oregon SAQA Pod meets at The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters on the third Thursday of the month.  No meetings in December and July.
Meeting information is posted to the SAQA Oregon blog and SAQA Oregon Facebook Group and is sent to the Central Oregon SAQA Pod email list.
Please contact Jan Tetzlaff,, for meeting information.

Portland SAQA Pod:  The Portland SAQA Pod meets at various locations in the Portland area on the third Wednesday of each month.
Meeting information is posted to the SAQA Oregon blog, Portland SAQA Yahoo Group and SAQA Oregon Facebook Group.
Please contact Annette McFarlane,, for meeting information.

Valley South SAQA Pod:  The Valley South SAQA Pod meets at the Eugene Textile Center in Eugene on the third Friday of each month.
Meeting information is posted to the SAQA Oregon blog and the Valley South SAQA Oregon Facebook Group.
Please contact Lynda Christiansen,,  for meeting information.

Please remember to send any questions or comments direcetly to one of the reps .
Thank you!
Marion Shimoda and Sherri Culver
SAQA Oregon Regional Co-Representatives and

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