Meetings and Events

Announcing SAQA Oregon Regional Conference —
Unexpected Outcomes!

We are excited to announce the upcoming Conference and the opportunity to join us for a day of inspiration, education, fun, connecting with old friends and making new ones. There will be an exciting program – from the Keynote speaker, Pat Pauly all the way from Rochester, NY; the local artists panel including Patti McNutt (acrylic painter), Jud Turner (metal sculptor) and Angelia Peterson (nature photographer); Maude Kerns Art Center curator Michael Fisher; and our own professional SAQA members leading conversations on Mentoring, Juried Artist Membership, and Entering Shows; this promises to be an exciting day for everyone attending. We hope you will choose to join in the camaraderie!

Registration for the Conference is going strong and we encourage you to sign up soon!  Click on the following link and reserve your place for this memorable event!  The workshop is full, but we do have a waiting list, so if you missed getting in, email Daisy Schrock ( or Katie Walwyn ( and we will put you on the list.


The Regional Conference coming up in October (October 18 in Eugene, Oregon) presents a wonderful opportunity for you to show your work to an appreciative and supportive audience – AND have an opportunity to sell it as well!  All SAQA Conference attendees have the opportunity to show and sell their art, make a little money, raise money for Oregon SAQA’s 2020 conference, or to simply show their work to peers and in a local gallery.  Here’s a BRIEF outline of your “opportunity:”

  • Create a 12” x 12” work of art for the Conference Showcase – to be on display all day at the Conference
  • Price, should you choose to offer your piece for sale, is a fixed $75 - $50 to the artist and $25 to Oregon SAQA
  • Pieces will be delivered to a local gallery following the Conference – Eugene Textile Center (ETC)– and displayed until mid-November (still at the fixed price of $75).  Artist will receive $50 for a sold piece, $15 to ETC and $10 to Oregon SAQA.  Sold quilts will be delivered or mailed by the Showcase Committee following the show at ETC.
  • Pieces not sold will be returned to the artist by the Showcase Committee following the show at ETC

More details are provided with the Welcome Letter mailings going out to all Registrants in June.  Should you have additional questions, please contact Georgia French or MaryAnn McCammon.

Registration for the Conference is going strong and we encourage you to sign up soon!  Click on the following link and reserve your place for this memorable event!  The workshop is full, but we do have a waiting list, so if you missed getting in, email Daisy Schrock ( or Katie Walwyn ( and we will put you on the list.

July Update - Oregon SAQA Regional Conference
In addition to keynote speaker, Pat Pauly (, the Oregon SAQA Regional Conference, Unpredictable Outcomes, will include three Eugene-area visual artists discussing how they handle mistakes and unexpected results. A sculptor, a painter, and a photographer have been asked to share their methods for "Dealing with Oops". 

Sculptor Jud Turner says "I learned early on to look at things around me for their alternative uses or interpretations and how I might repurpose something for my own fun. As a metal sculptor, I get to legally use fire, violence, and piracy in the name of ‘art’ and in ways that would get me in trouble in most other areas of life   ”

Painter Patti McNutt tells us that "I document my love of landscape by plein air, photos and sketchbook. “En Plein Air” is a French expression which means “in the open air”. This contrasts with painting according to studio or academic rules, which creates a pre-determined look."

Photographer Angelia Peterson has been "packing cameras on my continuing journey for over 25 years, picking up tid-bits as I go along in my self-taught exploration. I am always striving to learn that next technique to enhance the excitement, heartbreak, spirit and personality of the subjects around me."

Conference registration is open to SAQA members and the pubic at hptt://

August Update - Oregon SAQA Regional Conference
“Curatorial Conundrums” – Our afternoon speaker, Michael Fisher, Executive Director of the Maude Kerns Art Center (MKAC) in Eugene, will share stories of his eight years as the gallery curator at MKAC. Michael has been responsible for organizing, hanging, and installing numerous exhibits involving all kinds of media, including fiber art. As you might expect, seeing a piece in digital form during jurying is very different from having that piece in your hands and deciding how and where to display.  Come and hear how he solved some of his conundrums.

Showcase Exhibit – Conference participants have the opportunity to show and sell (if desired) a 12 x 12 mini quilt on the day of the conference and at an exhibit to be held at the Eugene Textile Center for a few weeks following the conference. See your Welcome letter for exhibit guidelines and entry form.

Lodging – The Phoenix Inn is holding a block of room for conference attendees until Sept. 17th. If you are planning to stay in the Inn, please make your reservation as soon as possible. The rooms will not be held past Sept. 17th.

Sponsorships – Individuals can help support the Unpredictable Outcomes conference and other SAQA Oregon events with a $25 sponsorship. Your name will be listed in the Conference program. You may also advertise your business in the printed program.  Please contact Daisy Schrock about individual sponsorships and advertising rates.

September Update - Oregon SAQA Regional Conference
Unpredictable Outcomes, October 18th, SAQA OREGON REGIONAL CONFERENCE in Eugene, Oregon. During the afternoon of the conference, you’ll be able to participate in two of three AFTERNOON CONVERSATIONS:

WHAT IS A JAM? DO I WANT TO BE ONE? “JAM?” seems to be a frequent question among SAQA members. The term appears frequently on the web site and in the SAQA Journal but many are not sure what it means. Join the conversation and learn what a Juried Artist Member (JAM) is, how you become one and the benefits enjoyed by its members. 

MENTORSHIP Imagine having a one-to-one conversation each month with an established art quilter……and discussing only your own artwork and journey. This is a SAQA Mentorship!  The Mentorship Program is one of the best values of a SAQA membership and it is FREE! Join the conversation and learn all about how this incredible program can benefit your artistic journey.

After you have spent years honing your skills and working in your studio, now it’s time to get your art into shows!  Is fear of rejection keeping you from entering juried shows? Ask artists who are showing in major shows and every one of them will share tales of rejection. Learning from rejection is how they became successful. This conversation will discuss the ins and outs of entering shows. What shows to enter. What pieces to enter. Getting all the entry details right.  Reading and following a prospectus. Preparing work for shipping. What things can you control and what things do you have to leave to chance? 

Please join the conversation and get started collecting “no's” on your path to “YES -Congratulations!”

Oregon SAQA members Laura Jaszkowski, Judith Quinn Garnet, Sherri Culver and Carolyn Walwyn will be your hosts for these conversations.
 Interested? There’s still time to register for Unpredictable Outcomes at . The conference is open to the public. Invite your friends who are curious about Studio Art Quilt Associates to check out SAQA at this one-day event.  NOTE: To receive the special room rate at the Phoenix Inn, you must make your reservation by Sept. 17th.

Central Oregon Pod Meetings

Generally the third Thursday from 2-4pm at The Stitchin Post, 311 W Cascade St (Hwy 20/126) in Sisters, OR. Contact Jan Tetzlaff at to confirm meeting venue.

Next Meeting:

Our November Central Oregon SAQA meeting will be on Thursday 11/16 @ 3:00pm.  Due to a scheduling conflict the meeting will be @ the Sisters Artworks building (204 W Adams Ave, Sisters).  That location is 3 blocks from the Stitchin’ Post.

This meeting will be a recap of quilt shows including Houston Quilt Festival, Quilters Take Manhattan, Quilts=Art=Quilts, and Festival of Quilts Birmingham, England.  The next best thing to being there!  Look forward a very interactive meeting with several of our members reflecting on their inspiration from 3 very different shows.  Hopefully, you will be able to find some inspiration of your own.

Due to the location change expect a few extra emails reminding everyone of the change.  I am also asking for everyone’s announcements and brags.  Please forward any good news to share.  We learn and grow from each other.

I hope to see everyone there!  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Kristan Collins at
For more information, contact Kristan Collins at

Portland Area Pod Meetings

No October meeting. Come to the Conference! November meeting will be our Holiday Pot Luck, November 28, 11am - 1pm at the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th Street, #100, Beaverton, OR 97005. Bring a dish to share.

Questions? to

Rogue Valley Pod Meetings
The Southern Oregon Pod usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Sew Creative in Ashland. Times and days of future meetings may be different, so check in advance with Lynne Goulette:

The dates for 2017 meetings, all held on the third Monday of each month, except for November (2nd Monday):
January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 13, December 18.

Next meeting is Monday, December 19th, 2pm, Sew Creative.
For more information you can contact Lynne Goulette at

Valley-South Pod Meetings
The Valley-South Pod meets the third Friday of each month at 2  p.m. at Eugene Textile Center, 1510 Jacobs Drive, Eugene.  Visitors are always welcome. For more information contact Jana Cunningham, or Lynda Christiansen,

Valley South meets at the Eugene Textile Center (ETC) in Eugene (1510 Jacobs Drive) at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 18. Visitors are welcome.

Special Program: Quilts for Empowerment

Following a brief business meeting, Mary Ann McCammon will share how Quilts For Empowerment benefits women who have suffered from obstetric fistulas and abuse. Her vision and courage to use fabric art is an inspirational story. Quilts will be available for purchase. For more information on this amazing organization and the women it serves, visit

The mentor/support/critique session continues to be very well received. Members are invited to bring their works in progress and their lunch to ETC at noon prior to the business meeting.