Potential Volunteer roles for the 2017 Conference

Below is a list of various volunteer tasks that would best be achieved by local SAQA members. There are a few items in particular that we would really love to be filled by members in or near Lincoln. Please take a look at the list and see if there is anything you would like to help out with. If everyone took one task, we’d get the job done in no time! Thanks in advance for your help – we’re going to host a wonderful conference, Nebraska-style.

Coordinate Friday Night Out

Gather a list of restaurants for small groups 4-8 to dine together. Be the point person with the restaurants (make the initial contact, make reservations, etc.) Assist SEC with sign-ups for the dinners. Please include restaurants with some vegetarian options.

Gather tourist information

  • Create list of local restaurants/breakfast places-especially ones within walking distance or that don’t require a car.
  • Create list of local things to do: fabric stores, galleries, museums, whatever you think the attendees would like to know about.
  • Create list of Local fiber exhibits for people to visit in their spare time
  • Arrange to have tourist info for conference bag
  • Staff hospitality Table during registration
  • Have a table at the registration staffed by people who know the area, can make suggestions, etc.
  • Help recruit Advertisers for the conference program
  • Help recruit Vendors for Vendor Marketplace
  • If there is to be a Regional Exhibition near the conference venue, we need someone to keep the SEC apprised.
  • Develop a list of people who want to volunteer at the conference (in conjunction with the Conference Coordinator) Please note: most of the help will be needed shortly before and/or during the conference.
  • Give suggestions for local conference sponsors
  • Receive packages (hotels charge for receiving packages shipped to the hotel), and bring the packages to the hotel when the conference starts.
  • Assist with other things as needed (shopping, printing, stuffing registration bags, etc.)

SAQA Conference in Lincoln next spring

Next year SAQA will have its first joint conference with the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. There will be several fiber shows in the area and in the brand new galleries of the IQSCM! Remember to start planning your entry for “Layered Voices,” which will debut there next year in time for the conference.

Here are the details of the conference at this time:

April 2730, 2017

Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln
1040 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508

The success of a conference like this begins with dedicated volunteers in the local region – That’s US, folks!  So, if you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Peg or I and we will give you any information we have and the main contact point. Remember, this is not only a great opportunity for our region, but it’s a great way to connect with other members around the country, and possibly build long-term relationships.

One last thing: If you have any information about fun things to do, landmarks, anything of interest in Lincoln that you think might appeal to visiting SAQA members, please pass it along in an email or at our next meeting.


Shelly Burge showing at IQSCM

Shelly Burge
Shelly Burge

Shelly Burge is currently showing at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska,  with a piece in the show “Artquilts of the Midwest.” The show is up through May 8th, so hurry down to see it! There is a beautiful book with 60 colored images archiving the show.

Buy the book here or on Amazon.



Relieve your quilting pains

Recently, I rediscovered an amazing method of exercising. I’ve owned a book including these exercises for many years, but it’s difficult to follow the book and do simultaneously. I have simply lived with back, shoulder and neck pain as a way of life for a quilter, but it doesn’t have to be that way, and the last few days of performing these exercises has proved it to me. They are for all ages, very gentle and relaxing.

I really felt compelled to share this with you all, as I’m sure you experience the same discomforts I do from quilting and would like some relief (cause we’ll never give up quilting!)

For more information about the Feldenkrais  Method: http://www.feldenkrais.com/whatis

I recommend all of the videos on YouTube by Charlie Murdoch, but here’s a good one to start with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBMgXJZQ9jE

Hope you enjoy and feel as good as I do now!

Meeting reminder

Hello all,


You have probably already heard that we have a meeting this Saturday at 10:30. Bring your auction quilt and your auction quilt form. See previous post for links to that.

See you all at the Smiling Turtle on Saturday!

Location: Smiling Turtle Art Spot
2340 S. 156th Circle
Omaha, NE 68130

Meeting Reminder

Hi all!  I hope you are enjoying the warm spell in our weather.:-)

Just a quick note to let you know that the submission form for the SAQA Benefit Auction pieces has been posted on the website.

Remember to fill this out, submit it, and bring a copy of your acknowledgment letter with your artwork to our meeting.  The form MUST accompany your piece to be accepted!

Meeting reminder:

Saturday March 12, 2016  10:30 am

Topic:  Website development

Remember to send Shea ANY info you have on this topic.  She is working hard to make an informative, helpful program for all of us!

Thanks!  See you on March 12!

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