It has been a busy spring for SAQA members.  
     Congratulations to SAQA-AZ member Linda Engstrom.  Her design is one of 6 to be included in the SAQA Urban Textures fabric line.  Andover is producing the line, which will be released at the SAQA conference in May!  Watch for BAT 7478, Urban Reflections.  
     Kudos are also due to members Sandra Branjord, Betty Hahn, Vicki Bohnhoff, Jessica Dickinson, Georgia Heller, and Francis Murphy.  They were all ribbon winners at the 2014 Arizona Quilters Guild quilt show.  It is no secret that our region has many talented members!
     SAQA-AZ Co-Rep Mary Vaneecke is going to the SAQA conference in Washington DC at the end of this month.  Her Samarium 62:  No Relation will debut with the Radical Elements exhibition in Maryland.  Please be sure to email any member concerns/questions/requests with Mary so that she can bring them to the conference.
Samarium 62: No Relation, 36'' x 22'', by Mary Vaneecke

Samarium 62: No Relation, 36” x 22”, by Mary Vaneecke

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SAQA-AZ to Host Rayna Gillman Workshop at Quilter’s Market in Tucson, November 12-15, 2014.

SAQA-AZ to Host Rayna Gillman Workshop at Quilter's Market in Tucson, November 12-15, 2014.

Right click on the form and print it to submit your reservation, or simply include the required information with your check.  Class size is limited to 12 students.  Make your reservation now!

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SAQA-AZ Hosting Workshop with Rayna Gillman

Mark your calendars!  The AZ region will host Rayna Gillman November 12-15, 2014 at the Quilters Market in Tucson.  Rayna is a terrific teacher, and participants will learn her improvisational sewing techniques.  Many thanks to Janet Windsor, who is hosting Rayna to help keep costs as low as possible.  See class description below.  Preference will be given to SAQA-AZ members.  Class is limited to 12 students.  More details to follow.    

Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts
all levels
4 days
Is your creative muse on vacation? Take your own creative journey with no rules & no rulers (almost). Free-cut strips, sew together and create an original quilt as you slice, dice, and combine elements in a variety of ways. Ahhhhh…stress free sewing that’s better than being on the beach!

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JOURNEYS Exhibition Approved for November

We just received the GOOD NEWS that the application for our SAQA Arizona Member ‘”JURIED” exhibit has been approved by the Exhibition Committee.

Here is the most up to date information (note, this is NOT the prospectus – that will follow – this is just FYI so you can mark your calendars and start planning):

Theme of Exhibition:  “JOURNEYS”, ( A SAQA Arizona member “Juried Exhibition”)

When:  November 11 – December 10, 2014

Where:  Art Gallery at Jewish Community Center, 3800 River Road, Tucson, Arizona

Juror:  Holly Swangstu, Director of the Ironwood Gallery at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson.  Holly is also a BFA in fiber art.


Call for Entry :  July 1, 2014

Entry Opens:  September 1, 2014
Deadline for Entry – October 1, 2014

Notice of Acceptance:  October 20, 2014

Accepted work delivery date:  November 3, 2014

Installation Date:  November 10, 2014

Exhibit Opens:  November 11, 2014

Artist Reception & Juror Talk:  November 16, 2014

Exhibit Closes:  December 10, 2014

Pickup Unsold Artwork:  TBA

SIZE RESTRICTIONS:  Up to 48″ wide.  Small works encouraged.

Many of you heard that we had considered a theme about Food. Please note, we changed that since SAQA announced a national Call for a new traveling exhibit centered on “Food for Thought” to debut this fall in England.  We felt this was a conflict, and our venue has graciously accepted this change.  We believe our new theme of “Journeys” allows for flexibility in interpretation and we offer the following on the theme:

“Some journeys bring us home.  Some take us to places we’ve never dreamed of.  And still others put us on a path to self-discovery.  “Journeys” explores how Arizona members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates interpret their own journeys (both real and imagined) in stitched layers of fabric or alternative materials.  Imagery and subject matter that interpret the many iterations of this broad theme are encouraged.”

Please remember, you must have your membership current in order to enter this juried exhibit.  Please check and if necessary, RENEW NOW!!!  If you have a friend that has been considering membership, please let them know about the exhibit and encourage their membership ASAP.

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Welcome New Members

A warm welcome to new SAQA-AZ members Patsy Kittridge of Sedona, Cornelia Bayley of Green Valley, and Betty Foley of Prescott. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting soon!

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SAQA Masters 2 Exhibition Comes to Arizona

We are thrilled that the Studio Art Quilt Associates travelling exhibition Masters 2 will be a part of the American Quilters Society show in Phoenix next month.

Masters 2 is an invitational exhibit of one work each by 37 of the 41 artists featured in the book Masters: Art Quilts, Volume 2 by Martha Sielman (Lark, August 2011).

The show will be held February 5-8 at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Stop by our SAQA booth and say ‘hi.’

For a peak at the exquisite work in Masters 2, check out the video interview of Martha Sielman, Executive Director of SAQA here.

For details on the AQS show in Phoenix, click here.

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Joint Meeting with SAQA-AZ and Surface Design Association

The Arizona region of SAQA will host a joint meeting with our ‘siblings’ at SDA in Chandler on Saturday, January 18.  A visit to the Chandler art quilt show ARTrageous, a special artist talk, lunch, and show-and-tell are all on the agenda.  Watch here for an update on how the meeting went.  Many thanks to Nancy Nakamoto of SDA for arranging this event!  

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