Shelly Burge’s work can be seen in person and in print!

  • Nebraska SAQA member, Shelly Burge currently has a one woman show on display at the County-City Building Exhibition Gallery in Lincoln. “ALWAYS IN STITCHES, a Fiber Art Exhibit” will be available for viewing until May 29th. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:00 at 555 S.10th street in Lincoln.
  • Shelly is one of 20 artists in: Art Quilts in the Midwest by Linzee Kull McCray
  • SAQA members Shelly Burge, Rhonda Baldwin, Joanne Alberda and Shea Wilkinson have multiple images of their work in the upcoming book, “1000 Quilt Inspirations” by Sandra Sider.

Our rescheduled meeting to be held March 21, 11 am, at the Smiling Turtle

Hello all!

We have rescheduled the quarterly meeting that had to be cancelled in February.  The new date and time follow.
Date: Saturday March 21, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Place: The Smiling Turtle Art Gallery in Omaha
As always, feel free to bring a snack or sack lunch since we are meeting over the lunch hour. 
The program will be the same, three finishing techniques will be demonstrated by three members.  Thanks to them for sharing their time and talents with the group!!
In celebration of National Quilting Month, we are having an open meeting.  Bring your interested friends to the meeting to see what your SAQA region is involved in!
On another train of thought……..
The articles being written by well known fiber artist Leni Levenson Wiener may be of interest to you.  She is writing a three part series for the Bernina blog, “We All Sew”  ( about finding your artistic voice.  The first of the three articles can be found here:
All three articles will discuss this subject, the final one being about writing an artist statement.  We have discussed writing artist statements and finding your own voice at meetings in the past, so this series will be of interest to many of you!   Be sure to check it out!!
Hope to see you all on March 21!
NOTE: It is helpful if you RSVP so we know how many to expect!  Please send responses to Peg at:


Mini-Exhibition of 12 x 12’s to be shown at Smiling Turtle ArtSpot

Attention all Nebraska regional SAQA members:

We are planning to have a limited exhibition of our 12 x 12 auction pieces at the Smiling Turtle ArtSpot, March 21 and 22. 

In order to participate, all quilts must arrive at the Smiling Turtle by 5 pm, March 20th.

If you are not able to make the deadline or do not wish to participate, but would like to include your work with the group’s for shipping to SAQA, deliver your piece to the Smiling Turtle by 6pm, March 26th. 

1.  Fully Labeled per SAQA requirements (here or previous post)
2.  Business card or Title Card (for exhibition only) – Artist Name and Title
3.  $1 for postage
4.  If they are including a slat, the slat MUST have their name on it so it can stay paired with the correct piece.

SAQA 12 x 12 auction piece update

Information below comes from SAQA:

Benefit Auction Donation (Form Instructions)

Please review the information below before completing the Auction Donation Form as we have added some important changes for 2015.

New for 2015:

  • ALL Benefit Auction quilts will be available for $1,000 each on September 18 as part of a Diamond Day promotion. This early bidding window will remain in effect until September 21 at 1:30pm EDT.
  • The final auction price has been increased to $100 (from $75).
  • During the Holiday Sale, quilts will be sold for $75 in the SAQA Store (ends December 31st).
  • New options for unsold quilts (after the SAQA Holiday Sale is complete). Please make the appropriate selection on your form.
  1. Quilt is returned to the artist
  2. Quilt is sent to another artist as part of the Art Swap program
  3. Quilt is kept by SAQA (to save return postage costs)



  • Donations MUST be 12” x 12”. All embellishments and/or hanging methods must be within the 12” x 12” size. Only ONE work per artist will be accepted.
  • All artwork donated must be ready to hang. Quilts should have a sleeve (at least 2 inches) for hanging. Slats are optional, but appreciated by the collector.
  • Artwork on stretcher bars will be accepted but may not be any larger than 12” x 12” after mounting and should be no deeper than 1 inch (2.5 cm) after mounting. Artwork on stretchers must have hooks and wire attached for hanging. Mounted work will not be considered for display at the International Quilt Festival(s) because of hanging restrictions.
  • All donations must have a label on the back, with the title (or “untitled”) and artist’s name clearly written.


Early Bird Deadline: April 1, 2014.
The Early Bird DEADLINE of April 1st will make your donation eligible to be included in the Benefit Auction promotional brochures.

Final Deadline: June 1, 2014.
Quilts must be received by this date. Donated quilts will then be separated into four sets – three sets for the online auction and one set for the Houston auction (a special committee selects the Houston quilts).

If you email a jpg, it must be good quality: evenly lit, in focus, no smaller than the preferred size of 800 x 800 pixels, with the background edited to pure white or cropped close to the edges of the square — a white wall is not the same thing! Do not crop the edges of your quilt. Include your name, the title and email directly to

Images will not be posted to the website until artwork is received.


Once you complete the online submission form, you will receive a confirmation email. Print this email out and include it with your shipment. If you didn’t receive an email (check your Spam folders), contact to ensure that your form went through.

Ship to:

Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak
12 Conchas Loop
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Please use tissue paper or bubble wrap to protect your work in shipping. Packing should not include scented garbage bags, peanuts, confetti, shredded paper, scented plastic or padded envelopes filled with linty fuzz – all these things make a mess when opening the package. And the confetti and fuzzy stuff sticks to the quilts.

Mail your donation with a tracking number, or enclose a stamped and addressed postcard to let you know it arrived. The auction coordinator will NOT email donors when work arrives (except for international donations).

If you are in the US, the fastest (generally only 2-3 days) and cheapest way to send your donation is by USPS Priority Mail. You can send it at a discount by using Click-n-Ship, a free online service of USPS at

International donations should be sent early enough to arrive by the deadline, including time to clear Customs. Be advised that it can take up to 3 weeks for boxes to clear customs.

All quilts must be received by the June 1st deadline! 

SAQA Regional Meeting, Sunday, February 22, 1-4

SAQA Nebraska Quarterly Meeting
Date: Sunday February 22, 2015
Time:  1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Location: Peg Pennell’s home (contact Peg or Shea for address)
Topic:  Finishing Techniques – Three members will cover different finishing techniques.
Cynthia Levis – faced edges
Elaine Jones – finishing circular pieces
Peg Pennell – stretched on wooden framework
Also discussed will be the SAQA 12” x 12” auction pieces.  We hope you are working on yours (or at least thinking about it!).  Plans are under way to display them as a group and then send them all together to SAQA National as we did last year.   Our region raised over $1900 for SAQA last year with our auction pieces!
We hope you have all checked out the regional call for entry for “Deeply Rooted”.  If you haven’t please do, it is a wonderful opportunity to show your work!  You will find the entry on the SAQA website.  Click the “Members” tab and select “SAQA Calls for Entry”.  It is located in the Regional section.
As always, bring any Kudos and show and tell you would like to share.
We will hope for good weather that weekend!


Member Spotlight: Elaine Jones

Elaine Jones
Elaine Jones

Meet Elaine: 

Elaine is a native Nebraskan, strongly influenced by growing up on a family dairy farm where she enjoyed all animals, birds, plants and the beauty of nature. Dreaming of being an artist as a child was not a practical idea. The lessons came from parents who survived the economic hardships of depression, drought and World War II through hard work; rural life included being a jack of all trades and hands-on skills.

First sewing experiences included escaping outdoors from 4-H projects and the unpopular scratching of initials on her mother’s black sewing machine. She enjoyed practical sewing applications during her lifetime with family clothing, drapery and upholstery (including using her 1959 Singer for both carpeting and upholstering an English sports car that she drag raced to break an existing record in K Stock). Retirement offered fresh and new challenges. The goal was to learn to quilt, to saturate her family with quilts before she died. And then, at the tender age of seventy she discovered Fiber Art.

Fiber Art brings the opportunity to again entertain the childhood dream of being an artist. Ideas involve her life experiences and appreciation of nature, graphic art and texture. The options for texture include not just fabrics, thread, buttons and beads, but also, wood, wire, paint, ink, drawings, photos and objects.

Elaine lives in West Omaha with enough ideas to saturate family (and friends) with quilts AND Fiber Art.

Woodpecker on a Tree
Although the woodpecker was done as the focus, people ask about the tree done with coconut shell beads and fabrics.
Drawings of the hummingbird and photos of the flowers were sent to Spoonflower and printed on fabric.
Arizona Mandala
Arizona Mandala
A unique piece of Arizona wood and fabric create a circle with embellishments including bamboo, wood beads, copper, turquoise and a peacock feather.







Wonky House
Wonky House now in the Architexture travelling exhibit currently being shown at AccuQuilt in Omaha, NE through March 26.
Peacock Feather  Black thread over colored sateen  and Angelina fibers create this peacock feather.
Peacock Feather
Black thread over colored sateen and Angelina fibers create this peacock feather.


“Architexture” exhibition calendar 2015

Congratulations to the exhibition committee headed by Cynthia Levis and assisted by Paulette Peters and Jo Drueke on a great opening for Architexture!
Thanks to all the participating artists that attended, and those that could not, for sharing your fabulous work!  The gallery is large enough to hang approximately half of the exhibition’s pieces, so we can look forward to seeing the entire show at other venues.  The selections were made by the Accuquilt staff, with one piece from each participating artist on display.
This was a great start for the two year run of this show.  I hope you will all take the time to view it at Accuquilt, where it will be through March 26th.
The 2015 currently scheduled venues are:
West Nebraska Center,  Scottsbluff NE. May 1-31 2015
Norfolk Arts Center, Norfolk NE. July 2- August 27, 2015
Beatrice Library, Beatrice NE. September 1- October 30, 2015

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