Member Spotlight: Rhonda Baldwin

Rhonda Baldwin

Meet Rhonda:

I have been a seamstress, interior designer, dance teacher, and sewing and quilting instructor.  Fabric has always been a big part of my life.   My studio is just so inviting to me. Not because it’s fancy and grand but because I just feel “right” when I’m working with fiber and stitch, paint and dye, paper and print.  I MUST create stuff.
Surface design has been the focus since college and I find that there is something new to discover everyday.  I recently began digital manipulation of motifs and look forward to really incorporating those elements into my surface design toolkit.
My work has recently been published in 1000 Quilt Inspirations by Dr, Sandra Sider and The Cherrywood Challenge 2014:Wicked, by Cherrywood Fabrics.  My work can be found in public and personal collections.

I am on a journey that I describe as finding my reality. I catch glimpses of it when I am in the studio.  Creating is my heart; next to my family, it is my truest happiness. Spending time with creative materials and light from my studio window brings me such a feeling of completeness. There is where I belong.  Surface design is my primary focus and serendipity is my path. Surprise delights my creative muse and brings me the most joy. I am currently working with mono printing, needle felting and stitch; both by hand and machine.

I can be reached for teaching and commissions at .   Please visit by blog at  

Where's Momma?
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Quilt Show filmed at Peg Pennell’s Home

Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims on line show, The Quilt Show, shot this video at Peg Pennell’s home. It was a very interesting experience and their crew was fun to work with.

Watch the episode by using the link below. The free view will only be available the dates listed here. Hope you have a chance to see it.

The Quilt Show will open up Peg’s Episode to watch for FREE! It is scheduled from April 6th – April 13th, 2015

“Watch The Show”

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! 

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