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
April – No meeting this month
May– Hands on demonstrations of various techniques for surface design
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.

Please note that rather than meeting on May 15th we will now be meeting Thursday, May 22nd at the Stitchin' Post from 3pm to 5pm. We have organized fun and creative demonstrations of various surface design techniques including the following:
• Screen printing incorporating stencils, thermofax etc. 
• Digital printing on fabric... layers, backgrounds etc. 
• Shibori dyeing, both folded and on a tube
• Rubbings with Artist's Paintstik
• Monoprinting with gel tablets
• Block printing for unique stamp art

Please bring $7 each to help with the demonstrator's supply expenses.

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.

*May 21st, 10am to noon. The May meeting of the Portland SAQA group will be held on Wednesday, May 21st, from 10 a.m. to midday, in the Kathy Stanton Conference Room of the Beaverton Public Library: 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005 (between Hall Blvd and Tucker Ave). We will continue our program of members' Artistic Journeys, with the following members presenting: Jan Story, Sara Miller, Mary Ann McCammon, Sidnee Snell, Toni Smith, Emily Stevens, Anita Kaplan and Betty Daggett. Each artist will have about five minutes to make their presentation. All SAQA members are welcome to join us.

As always, everyone, don’t forget to bring your show and tell, brags and news of upcoming events and exhibits, and email me:, if you would like anything added to the agenda.

June 18th, 10am to noon.  Several members have signed up to bring one of their earliest pieces and a recent piece; they will discuss their "artistic journeys".

News from the Portland parlor group

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At the April meeting of the Portland SAQA group we launched our program of members' Artistic Journeys, which turned out to be very enjoyable and interesting. Eight members showed an early and a recent piece of their art, and talked about their journeys as artists. It was fascinating to see how different those journeys were for each artist, and impressive to see how individual "artistic voices" had developed and technical skills been mastered, along the way.
We also continued our discussion of the most appropriate social media for our communications within our group and with other Oregon SAQA members. For the present, we will continue to use Yahoo to store files and to send out announcements to members. Announcements will also be posted on the SAQA Oregon Blog. The SAQA Oregon Facebook group will be used for informal communications, including individual announcements and news, between those members who have signed up for this group.

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!

Valley-South SAQA will meet Friday, April 25th. We will meet at 2pm at the Eugene Textile Center to enjoy our VSAQ exhibit there:  "Moving Forward:  Little Gems of Quilted Art."
Thanks to Diane English, Sheryl LeBlanc, and Deb Sorem for making this happen.

The agenda for our meeting:
--  Update on Quilt County.....still lots of time, but let's not lose track of it.....Vera Rogers, Paulette Landers, Naomi Weidner, Lynda Christiansen and Mandy Miller in charge.
--  Our new Facebook Group.....and the new SAQA Oregon Facebook Group.
--  Studio tours?
--  Play dates?
--  Quilt, Knit, Stitch in August in Portland
--  Exhibit opportunities at Oregon Bay Properties Community Gallery, Pacific Park Gallery (Sharon Leahy)
--  SHOW AND TELL:  Please consider bringing something you want some very specific input on......and be ready to present one or two very specific questions to the group when you show it.

--  Reminder:  Our May meeting will be on the 23rd at 3pm in Philomath, for a presentation by Babette Gruenwald.  After that meeting, we'll return to our third Friday schedule. For details about when and where we meet and what we're about, contact Georgia French:  Our meetings are open to all SAQA members and to those interested in finding out more about SAQA.

qks Quilt!Knit!Stitch! is coming to Portland Thursday to Saturday, August 14th to 16th, 2014, and SAQA Oregon will be there! Come join us and have fun.

We will have our own booth. This is a great opportunity to introduce SAQA to other Oregon fiber artists at this popular venue, to sign up new members, raise funds by selling SAQA publications, and to make new friends and meet up with old ones. We also plan to have a SAQA Oregon Meet and Greet in the lobby each day - details TBA.

We are looking for volunteers to help us staff the booth between 10 am and 6pm each day from Thursday August 16th through Saturday August 18th; three to four hours of your time is all we need (and that gives you free entry to the show). Just email me:, let me know the hours that would work for you, and I'll sign you up.

One more thing: there will be many, many fabulous vendors there, so start your Giving In To Temptation fund right away!

I'll look forward to seeing you there.
Elizabeth Bamberger
Oregon SAQA Co-Rep.