Meetings and Events

National SAQA Conference
SAQA will hold its 2015 national conference in Portland, Oregon!  The conference will be held April 30 to May 3, 2015 at the Double Tree in near Lloyd Center. There will be lots of activities and happenings around Portland.  More info to come!
Central Oregon Parlor Meetings
Third Thursday meetings from 3-5pm at The Stitchin Post, 311 W Cascade St (Hwy 20/126) in Sisters, OR. Contact Leotie Richards at to confirm meeting venue.
Upcoming  Meetings in Second Quarter 2014
June – A visit to the Lubbesmyer Studio and Art Gallery at the Old Mill District in Bend. Will also visit the Tumalo Gallery and enjoy a glass of wine together at 5pm.

Next Meeting of the Central Oregon parlor group: June 19th at 3 pm, Lubbesmyer's Studio visit at The Old Mill, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr, #423, Bend Oregon. Take the stairs to the right of Strictly Organic Coffee Company to the second level - back of the building walkway. After the Lubbesmyers, we'll make a visit to Tumalo Gallery where Danae Bennett Miller—Sculpture & Printmaking will be featured. Finally, we will gather for cocktails and show and tell quilts out on the deck at Gregg's Grill.

Please bring your whisper quilts (from 2013) to the meeting. Jean Wells wants to start collecting these for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Many lively exchanges are taking place at the Oregon SAQA Facebook site. To join go to Facebook and search for SAQA Oregon. Click on it on the request to join box. The site manager will confirm your membership in SAQA and set you up on the site.

See you soon,
Leotie Richards
SAQA Oregon Co-Rep
Portland Area Parlor Meetings
Portland: meets from 10 a.m. to midday on the third Wednesday of each month, usually at the Beaverton Public Library: 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005 (between SW Hall Blvd and SW Tucker Ave). . Contact Elizabeth Bamberger at or check the blog for meeting locations.

Next Meeting: September 17, 2014

September is fast approaching, so I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at our next SAQA Portland meeting, on Wednesday, September 17th at the Beaverton Library (12375 SW 5th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005, if you haven't joined us there before). We'll meet from 10 am until midday, then those that would like to can go on to the McGrath Fish House for a casual lunch afterwards. We will probably have some new people visiting - non-members who were interested in our exhibits and booth at Quilt!Knit!Stitch! and plan to visit our meeting. Let's give them a warm welcome.

It's the start of a new year (Yes, the "real" New Year starts in September when we all return from our summer activities energized and raring to get back to making art). Our meeting program will center on critiques, as we had agreed. We'll review the guidelines on how to do productive, respectful and constructive critiques and then look at pieces you would like to bring in for our group to review. I've found this process really helpful as I start thinking about my next piece and pushing the boundaries. Please let me know if you would like to have a piece of yours on the agenda for critique in September; let's all try to bring pieces in over the next few months so we can have some fruitful discussions. I'll start the ball rolling by bringing in a piece the first time, and we'll need several more pieces for this first session. Remember, it's not criticism, it's critique! Who else would like to be on the September list?

Welcome back, and welcome to visitors
Feedback from Quilt!Knit!Stitch! 
Progress reports on the next SAQA Oregon exhibit and conference, and on "Fiberlandia"
Show and tell, brags and announcements

***Please send me any other items you would like me to add to the agenda.
See you soon!

Valley-South Parlor Meetings
Valley-South: meets from 2 to 4 p.m. on the third Friday of each month, at various locations in Eugene. Contact Georgia French at We encompass all areas that don't fit into Central Oregon or Portland Metro!

The next Valley-South meeting is Friday, August 22nd from 2-4pm. We meet at 1pm for lunch and socializing. The meeting is in Coburg; contact Georgia French for details ( The new SAQA trunk show will be there, along with our "line" exercises; lots to look at; lots to learn from. All SAQA members welcome (guests, too).