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 Wed June 18,2014:  The SAQA Portland parlor group will meet on Wednesday June 18th in the Vose Room at Beaverton Community Center, located at 12350 SW 5th St, Beaverton (right opposite the library; it has its own car park). Our meeting is scheduled for 10 am to midday, but we have the room until 1 pm, so plenty of time for socializing. Please come prepared to give your 5-minute presentation on your Artistic Journey, if you have not already done so, bringing an early and a recent quilt to show. We've had some great presentations so far! Also, summer is coming, and I think we should celebrate! I'm challenging everyone to find a sun hat,  decorate it as wildly as possible, and model it at the meeting. No rules, just have fun! To get us even more in the mood for summer, I will bring scones with jam and cream for us to enjoy. Everyone is 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.

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!

The next Valley-South meeting will be June 20th, 2014, at the Coburg location. 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.

Valley-South May 23, 2014 meeting notes:Twenty-five of us enjoyed our SAQA day. Some of us met for lunch, then on to LaSells Gallery on the OSU campus, then on to Karen Miller’s home for a look at her amazing katazome studio. Thank you so much, Karen! And then we moved on to the Philomath High School for our meeting. Our Quilt County 2015 committee distributed the Prospectus for the Valley South Art Quilters show “Artistic Intent.” MANY thanks to the committee for all their hard work: Vera, Paulette, Naomi, Lynda, Mandy. Georgia and Anne shared memories of the national conference in Washington, DC, and then we welcomed our guest speaker: Babette Grunwald. She shared her artistic journey with us and brought beautiful work --- drawings, textile and encaustic pieces (sometimes in combination) to show. Many thanks to Nancy B. for setting this up for us! If anyone wants to join our Valley-South group, contact Georgia at


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.