Happy New Year!!

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

First, Kudos to Shea Wilkinson on the fabulous article in the Omaha World Herald in the magazine insert “Inspired Living”.  If you, by chance have the insert” Inspired Living” from yesterday’s Omaha World Herald paper would you please keep it for Shea?

The call of entry for SAQA NE. “Natural World” should be out by the end of January.

* “Passages” will be showing at Gallery 92 West in Fremont NE. the month of February. *

Passages 2018 Calendar

February: Gallery 92 West, Fremont NE.

March-April: Lauritzen Garden, Omaha NE.

June: Meadowlark Gallery, Grant NE.

July 13-August 25: Stalder Gallery, Fall City NE.

September 12-15: AQS, Paducah KY

October 3-6: AQS, Virginia Beach VA.

November: Beatrice Library, Beatrice NE.

Stay warm and keep sewing!

Cynthia and Rhonda



Fall SAQA Nebraska 2017 Notes

Note that dues are increasing January 1 so if you want to extend your membership at the current rates, now’s the time!

  • > NEW SAQA Regional Showcase
    • The Natural World has been approved by the Exhibition Committee. The complete call will be available early January 2018.
    • – New component of the entry will be providing an off cut or small touchable example to share with children and others. You may(not required) also provide a line drawing of your work to be used a coloring page for younger students.
    • – Rather than the regular opening, educational component/docent tours at selected venues will usher and educate viewers through the showcase. Volunteers will be needed to structure these tours.
    • – We will be offering the group the opportunity to have one of our member’s husband, Mike Dunnets, come and do photos for the showcase. More info will follow on the dates and costs involved, probably in November. Also we will revisit the entry program and have a “group” entry available for newbies to the process.


  • > Passages-Cynthia’s announcement

– Our Passages show will be part of the AQS Show in Paducah, KY and Virginia Beach, VA. Dates for Paducah —September 12-15, 2018 and Virginia Beach—Oct 3-6, 2018


  • > New trunk show next spring

– Dates are still available. Please let everyone know at your local guilds to check for an available date for Cynthia or Rhonda to come.  NO CHARGE TO THE GUILD except for mileage.


  • > SAQA How to Register program

– Please send an email to Rhonda at rhondabaldwin@mac.com if you would like a copy of this slide show on how to enter using ArtCall.


  • > Dates and Times for next years meetings

– Time change: meeting times will be 10am-12pm. Extra time will be added to the end of this as needed for special events.

Please note these dates may have changed due to scheduling conflicts at IQSC. ALL MEETINGS WILL BE AT IQSC IN LINCOLN.

– MARCH 10, 2018             (2ND SATURDAY)

– JUNE 16, 2018                  (3RD SATURDAY)

– SEPTEMBER 8, 2018      (2ND SATURDAY)

– NOVEMBER 17, 2018      (3RD SATURDAY)


  • > Show and tell and Kudos

– Jo Alberda, Chris Taylor, Cindy Erickson, all had show and tell.

– Cindy Erickson had work and LaVonne Dunnets & Rhonda Baldwin had photos of work completed at the Deborah Boschert Class in Omaha earlier this month.


Our next meeting is March 10, 2018

Happy Holidays!!


**Tuesday November 14 @7:00 pm **Deborah Boschert will be speaking at The Omaha Quilt Guild Meeting. Location: German American Society 3717 South 120th Street Omaha NE.

If you have not seen The 6×9 SAQA Trunk Show (E) from the 2017 Conference, they will be on display at the Omaha Quilt Guild Meeting November 14th.

Our Next SAQA meeting will be this Saturday November 18th at The International Quilt Center Museum 11:00-2:00 pm address: 1523 North 33rd Street Lincoln,NE.

Come early or stay late and check out the Friends Of IQSCM Bazaar on November 17 and 18th!  Many nice items up for sale!






Meeting Reminder

A quick reminder that our next meeting will be, Saturday, November 18 at 11:00-2:00 pm in Lincoln, Ne at the International Quilt Study Center. The Center is having their Friends of IQSCBazaar that weekend and many lovely things will be available for purchase with proceeds to benefit our quilt house.


A reminder to those who might be interested, SAQA Education Committee member, Deborah Boschert, will be teaching a workshop in Omaha on November 14 entitled Techniques with Fabric and Stitch. Omaha Quilt guild members pay $45, non-members pay $55. I was told there were two spots still available.

Here is the link for more information. She is also speaking at the guild meeting that evening.



The call for entry will come out in January for our next showcase. It is in the review process now and we will discuss the showcase theme and entry process. Our program will be on the entry process, so please bring a notebook take notes.


Those of you with pieces in Deeply Rooted, your pieces will be available for pick up at the meeting. If you cannot attend, please let Cynthia know (cynthialevis@hotmail.com) and she will make arrangements to ship them to you.


Cynthia and I are working hard behind the scenes to make our region successful and look forward to seeing you all in November. Please keep us up to date with your kudos and bring any suggestions for programs to our attention.


Take care and Happy Halloween!

The SAQA Benefit Auction

The 3rd and final section is done. Congratulations to Cindy Erickson, Jackie Stoaks and Debo Hysack on selling of their artwork.

All remaining pieces can be purchased in SAQA Store for $100.00 per.  Take a look , there are still some really neat pieces!

Rhonda and I would like to thank all of the Nebraska artists for making and giving your work to the 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction!!

Remember we are trying to get the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction pieces early, we would like to display them before we send them to SAQA Headquarters in March 2018.

SAQA Benefit Auction

Section#2 of the SAQA Benefit Auction is closed Congratulations to Jane Haworth, Joanne Alberda, Dorothy Heidemann Nelson, and Karen Hansen  in selling their Art Quilts.

The remaining Art Quilt pieces from Section #2 are in SAQA Store for sale!

Section #3 of SAQA Benefit Auction is Open!! Time to start bidding!!



SAQA Benefit Auction

Section #1 of the SAQA Benefit Auction is closed. Congratulations to Shea Wilkinson and Elaine Jones on the sale of their pieces.

The pieces that weren’t sold during the alloted time will be for sale in the SAQA Store.

Section #2 Auction will begin Monday September 25 at 2pm ET. Good luck to all the Artists with pieces in this section.

Make sure to check out the auction for some really unique art work!

Cynthia Levis

It’s Auction Time!!

This is the corrected version.

It is time for the 2017 Benefit Auction!!

The Auction will kick off at 2pm ET (3pmCT) on September 15 with Diamond Day Bidding – early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.00.

Listed below are Nebraska members who have 12×12 pieces i the auction and the section it is located.

Section#1 (Sept. 18-24)

Shea Wilkinson, Chris Taylor, Elaine Jones, Dori Settles, Peg Pennell, Cynthia Parry

Section#2 (Sept. 25-Oct.1)

Jane Haworth, Joanne Alberda, Cindy Brendzel, Karen Hansen, Marcia O’Donovan, Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson, Rhonda Baldwin, Tracey Herre

Section #3 (Oct.2-8)

Cindy Erickson, Cynthia Levis, Linda Frost, Marilyn Rembolt, Shelly Burge, Jackie Stoaks, Roberta Price Willet, Debo Hysack

**** Make sure you vote for your favorite this coming week on the NEW Survey Monkey with the top 5 names for our next Nebraska SAQA Show*******

New Venues added for SAQA “Passages” Exhibition:

March1 – April 30 2018 Lauritzen Gallery Omaha NE.

June 1 – 30 2018 Meadowlark Gallery Grant NE.

Cynthia Levis

SAQA Nebraska Meeting Recap


The summer meeting was held September 9th at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE.  This was our “bring a friend” meeting and 6 friends attended.  14 members were

present.  Two museum guests wandered in and stayed for a portion of the meeting.


Discussion of the theme of our next show was held and corrections were made to the previously suggested themes.  If was suggested that we include a “nature” type theme so

we might approach the Lauritzen Garden Gallery with this show.  A Survey Monkey survey will be sent next week with first round of voting finished by Sept. 16, followed by a final round by the end of September.  It is hoped that the call for entry can be finished by our next meeting.

It was mentioned that we will be using the SAQA website to enter and pay any fee due for this show.  It is encouraged to try it with photos this time before we try it with a juried show.

Passages, the current show, has had an additional venue added.  Lauritzen Gardens Gallery

will host the show March and April of 2018.

The opening reception for La Mars, Iowa is next Saturday the 16th from 1-3pm.  Cynthia is attending and has room for 3 passengers.  She could meet you in Fremont. Contact her if you’re interested.  Cynthia Levis at cynthialevis@hotmail.com

The following is the list of show dates and locations for Passages through 2018—


April 2017 IQSM display during SAQA/Surface Design conference

September 2017 LeMars Art Council LeMars Iowa

October 2017  LeMars Art Council LeMars Iowa

November 2017

December 2017 West Nebraska Art Center Scottsbluff Ne.


January 2018

February 2018  Gallery 92 Fremont Ne.

March-April 2018  Lauritzen Garden Omaha NE

May 2018

June 2018

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018 JCC Omaha Ne.Jewish Community Center

October 2018

November 2018 Beatrice Library Beatrice Ne.

December 2018

There are still dates available as shown above.  If you know of any gallery or museum that might be interested in our show, please contact Cynthia Levis at cynthialevis@hotmail.com


Congratulations to all those entering quilts and textile art in the various categories at the Nebraska State Fair, last month in Grand Island.  Our group members were well represented

in many classes and many ribbons and “Best of Show” prizes were won.

Kudos to these specific members on their accomplishments

Peg Pennell—magazine article published

Jane Haworth—Quilting Arts Magazine article

Peg Pennell, Shelly Burge, and Cynthia LevisEclipse Show at Homestead National Monument

Shelly Burge—work hanging in Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX until Oct. 1, 2017


A video highlighting the benefits and support available to our members was shown. The

video about SAQA is available on the SAQA website.  Click on the “About Us” link and find the video link.

Guests were encouraged to join and the website was shown with links to join pointed out.  One new member was recruited on the spot!  Welcome Cindy Pape!!

The new SAQA Trunk Show was available to view and many ooo’s and ahhh’s could be heard from the viewers.  Three of our region’s members were in this show, Rhonda Baldwin, Dorothy Nelson, and Cynthia Levis.  Thanks Bill for getting it our to us so soon!


Chris Taylor shared class work from a Sheila Frampton Cooper class that was held at the IQSC in June.  She also shared that her process for dye painting fabric was filmed by Kat Karins and is available on YouTube.

JoAnne Alberda shared her new work that is small and will be featured in an Artist Collective sale this fall in Iowa.  Her work was small (12’ x 12”) and well thought out and planned around the price point of $50.00 for the bazaar.   Landscapes were her theme.  One of these pieces will be her contribution to the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction.

Debo Hysack shared cloth that was painted in a class with Linda Colsh also at the IQSC, last June.  She shared an overview of the technique and the added patterning achieved from newspaper transfer.

Debo also shared the opportunity she learned about at the Schweinfurth Art Center—Information and link below



Donations(entry) through Oct 14, 2017

Three of the donating artists will be selected by the Schweinfurth to exhibit in Gallery Julius in 2018.

Up to 4 pieces, 10” x 10” allowed per artist.  Click on the link above for more information.


Our next meeting will be at the International Quilt Study Center on Saturday, November 18th from 11am-1pm.  Our program will be related to “using technology in the studio”  More information to follow.

The “Friends of the Museum” Bazaar is also that day, so you might want to bring some “spending money” to support the museum!

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