Friday, January 26, 2018

Happy New Year, SAQA WA Peeps!

We had a great success with our first ever regional exhibit last year; let's keep going! In fact, we hope that you are starting to think about ideas for Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth - a seven-region exhibit, of which we are one. You can find the Call for Entry details here.

To warm up, consider making a small quilt for this year's Spotlight Auction. Details are here. Deadline is March 1st!

As always, please contribute to our Facebook group or to this blog if you wish. Email Carolyn Higgins ( if you have ideas or need help posting.

Happy 2018!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Exciting News! If you've missed SAQA WA newsletters, our Facebook group - all the ways we try to reach out - you may not know that we are happily anticipating our first regional exhibit: The State of WA(ter). Learn more about it here. Entries are due May 19th. Several quilts have already been entered. We look forward to seeing yours!

The exhibit will open at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (formerly the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum) on August 2nd. More details soon! Please keep the late afternoon/early evening of August 2nd reserved on your calendar for a delightful evening in La Conner on the first Wednesday in August.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

SAQA WA peeps - Have you seen Martha Sielman's call for 2017 Trunk Show pieces? Let's see how many we can enter from Washington State.
Details are here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New Co-Rep for SAQA WA: Lisa Jenni

It's such a pleasure to have Lisa Jenni as our new co-chair. Read about Lisa's background and see her art on the SAQA website.

Lisa has been a big part of planning our first regional meeting and our 2017 exhibit (August through October) at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. More details about that are coming soon.

We hope you'll be at the WA Regional meeting on September 11th to get to know her in person.

Registration has opened for SAQA WA's Conference: Trajectory: SAQA WA's exciting path ahead!

Registrations are already coming in for our first-ever regional conference, Trajectory. To register, please visit SAQA's main website and from the member's section menu choose "Events". SAQA events are listed by date. Scroll to September 11th to find our meeting. To shortcut that process and go directly to our event, click here.

With just two months left to go until the big day, hotel space around La Conner is already booking up. Please plan to join us!

Watch this space for updates. We can't wait!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Great things are ahead for SAQA WA in 2016!

Change is all around us, with co-rep Melody McGinnis heading off to Oregon later this year. Melody will be missed, and we wish her well. Thank-you Melody for the dedication you've given to SAQA WA region!

Happily, Lisa Jenni is taking over for Melody. We'll give her some time to celebrate her successful co-chairing of CQA's upcoming Quilt Art Symposium on April 16th before settling into her role as SAQA WA co-rep. So glad she's on board!

Our big news is our upcoming, first-ever regional meeting. Please save the date: September 11, 2016 at the La Conner Civic Garden Club, across the street from the La Conner Quilt Museum. This one-day meeting will be a chance for us to build ties with each other, envision future exhibits for our region, and share examples of our work, our successes, and frustrations/questions about living as quilt artists. Our keynote speaker will be nationally-acclaimed surface design artist Jane Dunnewold. Jane will have her new book "Creative Strength Training" available for sale during lunch.

More information about this and a registration link will be out by the end of April. Members will receive this information via SAQA WA email as soon as it is available. The registration fee of $65.00 will include a box lunch of your choice from local eatery Calico Cupboard.

We also are soliciting suggestions for a panel discussion for the afternoon session. Please email me at with your ideas. Up to five panelists will be awarded free admission to the meeting in exchange for their contribution to the meeting as panelists.

Watch this space for more news for SAQA WA Region. Have some news to share? Please contact me for access to the blog. Guest posts are warmly welcomed!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

SAQA WA Holiday Brunch - Food and Fiber

Thanks to our generous, vivacious co-rep Melody McGinnis, we have had our first social gathering - a holiday brunch at Melody's house in Woodinville. We were a small but festive group - Lisa Jenni, Mary Berdan and her sister Marilyn, Deborah Jaffe, and Melody's mom, Pat. We had oodles of great food, conversation on many subjects - a relaxing respite in the middle of the holiday season. We hope that the gathering will grow next year, and that SAQA members all over the region will also be able to connect in small local groups to get to know each other better. What a pleasure to spend a couple of relaxing hours with these warm, thoughtful people!