Natural Dye Workshop, October 13-16

Message from Wendy Weiss, Professor Emerita of Textile Design:
“I am very excited to tell you that we have a new series of textile design workshops to offer through the recently announced Nebraska Fiberarts Initiative, part of the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design. Elin Noble just finished her extraordinary visit here in Lincoln and we have posted the registration page for our October 13-16, 2016 workshop featuring Indian artist Lavanya Mani. 
My husband and I met Lavanya while living in Baroda, Gujarat and I had the chance to help her finish a major textile piece for the International Art Bienniale in Kochi, Kerala. It was very exciting to witness her process and to finally glean an understanding of how to paint with natural dye solutions on muslin.
In Lincoln you will get a fantastic introduction on how to combine several mordants with a range of dyes, some of which Lavanya will provide from her Indian suppliers. Fortunately, now we have vendors we can purchase these same products from in the USA and Canada.
To learn more about the workshop, please visit our FB page at: or go to the announcement at: where you will be guided to a link that will take you to the on-line registration process.
Please do forward this email to friends who might have a passion for surface design/natural dyer or post on your Facebook timeline or other social media platform, thanks!”

Local SAQA News and meeting report

Welcome Fall!

With the cooler weather our thoughts are turning to more time in the studio and less in the garden (or whatever keeps you busy in Summer!)

I, for one am eager for time in my dye studio after our fun play day with soy wax last Saturday!

12 members were present at Cynthia’s house for a fun day of soy wax and dyeing!  I have not had time to get my fabric washed yet, but so far it is looking great!  I hope all of you had good results as well.  Please remember to bring your pieces to our November meeting so all can see what you did at the Play Day.  Hopefully we can do more of this type of thing in 2017.  Many thanks to Cynthia Levis for opening up her studio space for us to have this fun event!!

SAQA Auction

The auction started on Friday September 16 at 2pm EDT!  Be sure to tell all of your friends to check it out.  It will run much as it has in the past with Diamond Day bidding – an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.

The 12″ x 12″ Auction Quilts are then divided up into three sections for bidding purposes. Each week, a different section of quilts will be available for bidding, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week.

I have gone through the sections and located our regions quilts.  I will try to keep track of all sales as I have done in the past to get a grand total for our region.  Since we send them in a group effort, it is always nice to see the total our region raised.  I try to catch them all as they sell, but if you see yours has sold, please drop me a quick email, all I need is the selling price, so I am sure not to miss one. Thanks!

2017 Trunk Show

Check out this opportunity to have your work on the SAQA artist tour!  The deadline is near – November 30, 2016– but the piece is only 10″ x 7, so not a huge commitment.  The trunk show will premiere at the SAQA Convention in Lincoln, NE in April of 2017.  Let’s represent our home region well with lots of participation!  Check out all the details on the SAQA website under:  Members, Calls for Entry.


The exhibition is still traveling, it will be in Grand Island at the Stuhr Museum until the end of September, then from Oct 2- Nov 30 it will be at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln.  This is the final venue for this show, so let your friends know these are the last opportunities to see it.

Deeply Rooted

The exhibition will be on display in Lincoln during the SAQA convention.  If you know of a location that might like to display this exhibit in the mean time, please contact me and I will let Cynthia Levis know.  


I hope you are all working on at least one entry for this juried exhibit.  All details are on our blog (Call For Entry-Passages) and the SAQA website under Members: Calls for Entry.  There was one error in the original listing of the call on the SAQA site.  The size should read: “• Size Requirements: Width not less than 20 inches, Length not less than 40 inches with a variance 1 inch in width or length”.   Hopefully this error has been corrected on the SAQA website call and will not affect your work in progress.  We have been sending the correct information and talked about it at our meetings and in the newsletter and on the blog, so we hope it has not created a problem for anyone.

SAQA April 2017 Convention

The sign up is now on the SAQA website.  There is more information, including the full schedule of events, under the “Members: SAQA Conferences” heading about the conference.  We are still looking for volunteers to help with assorted things in conjunction with the convention.  If you are willing to help, please let Shea or I know and we will get your name to the folks in charge.

Artwork on Display: Kudos to all!!!

Cherrywood Lion King Challenge – Members Rhonda Baldwin and Peg Pennell each have pieces included in the 120 piece traveling exhibition. The entire 120 pieces will be on display in Des Moines at the AQS show in October.

Dia de los Muertos in Textiles– Members Dorothy Tuma, Peg Pennell, and Debi Kibbee have pieces in this exhibition.  It is on display at:

Gallery 92 West, Fremont NE Through Oct 2nd.

Larger Than Life and Closure– Members Jo Drueke, Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson, Cynthia Levis, Peg Pennell, Marilyn Rembolt, and Pat Stava will have pieces on exhibit.   Jewish Community Center in Omaha From Oct 2-Oct 30

Assorted works by Midwest Fiber Art Alliance– Members Rhonda Baldwin, Marge Bresel, Shelly Burge, Gail Dickel, Jo Drueke, Joan Duggan, LaVonne Dunetts, Debo Hysack, Debi Kibbee, Cynthia Levis, Wendy Maliszewski, Peg Pennell, Dianne Duncan Thomas, and Roberta Price Willet all have pieces in this exhibit. Threads Across NE Oct 14 &15 Buffalo County Fairgrounds, Kearney, NE

TexturesMembers Rhonda Baldwin, Marge Bresel, Shelly Burge, Gail Dickel, Jo Drueke, Joan Duggan, LaVonne Dunetts, Debo Hysack, Debi Kibbee, Cynthia Levis, Wendy Maliszewski, Peg Pennell, Dianne Duncan Thomas, and Roberta Price Willet all have work in this exhibit at exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln from October 18 through November 11, 2016.

One Woman ShowMember Shelly Burge will have a one woman show at the City County Building in Lincoln, NE fromDecember 3, 2016– February 2017.

National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KentuckyMember Shelly Burge has two pieces on display at the museum until October 11, 2016.

Quarterly Meeting- final meeting for 2016

Our final quarterly meeting for 2016 is scheduled for Saturday November 12, 2016.  The plan is to have a social event as members have been wanting to get better acquainted.  The meeting is tentatively scheduled to be a daytime event at Peg Pennell’s home and be a “pot luck” type social event.  More details will follow soon!

At this meeting we will be scheduling the dates and topics for the 2017 meetings, so bring your ideas!  We want to continue to have fun, informative meetings for all.  Your input is VERY IMPORTANT to continue to present information that you want and have activities you enjoy!!!

I guess that wraps it up for now!  We have a very active region, lots to do and see!!

Happy Fall to you all!

Indigo Dying Workshop

Listen up, surface design enthusiasts! There is a local opportunity to work with the indigo dyeing process.  Several people mentioned a desire to do this, so here is your chance!

The workshop is being given by local artist Jay Rich.  Information follows below.  If you are interested or have questions, you would sign up through the Connect Gallery NOT through SAQA.

Indigo Sampling Workshop with Jay Rich

Indigo and natural dye experimenter

Connect Gallery
3901 Leavenworth
Omaha, NE 68105

as part of the month long “Expressions on Fiber Art V” show

Saturday, Oct 8, 2016
11am- 3pm
$65 fee
Sign up at:

Benefit Auction begins in 2 days!

2016 Benefit Auction

Norma Schlager Pamela Morris Pat GaskaDebra GoleyHeather Pregger Natalya Aikens

Balance – Dream Collection curated by Kathleen Kastles

The 2016 Benefit Auction will kick-off at 2pm EDT on September 16 with Diamond Day bidding– an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000. The 12″ x12″ Auction Quilts has been divided up into three sections for bidding purposes. Each week, a different section of quilts will be available for bidding, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week, with a final price of $100.

View Grid of ArtworkView Quilts by SectionRead how the Auction Works

Did you know?

You can easily find a quilt by using the search box displayed above the list or grid of quilts – just enter the artist name (partial name is OK) and click search.

Benefit Auction graphics are now available – help promote the auction by including them on your email signature, website or blog.

Benefit Auction starts Sept 16th!

Members accepted for Cherrywood Fabric Challenge

Kudos to Rhonda Baldwin and Peg Pennell, their submissions to the Cherrywood Fabrics Lion King challenge have been accepted into the traveling exhibition!  The show will travel across the country, as well as being shown in NYC at the theater where the Lion King Broadway play is running.  You will be able to see the entire traveling collection at the AQS show in Des Moines the first week in October 2016!


Upcoming fiber art exhibitions

Just a quick note to tell you about some fiber happenings in the area!  The following shows are scheduled in the upcoming months, so grab some friends and check them out! Some of our local SAQA members are included in the artists featured at these shows.

It is always a good idea to support fiber shows when they are on exhibition so the gallery owners realize what a draw fiber art is!  Help support our cause and view some great art at the same time!

Upcoming Area Fiber Art shows:

Dia de los Muertos in Textiles

Bristol Gallery
Gallery 92 West
92 West Sixth Street
Fremont, NE

Show dates – August 30th through October 2nd
Opening Reception- Friday, September 9, 5-7pm


Fiber Works

Larger Than Life

Jewish Community Center
Art Gallery
333 S 132nd Street
Omaha, NE 68154

October 2 – October 30, 2016

Gallery Hours M-TH 8 am- 9 pm
Friday 8 am- 5 pm
Sunday 11 am- 5 pm


Midwest Fiber Art Alliance

The exhibition TEXTures originally scheduled for the Little Gallery in Benson during September
has been postponed due to a construction hold up in the remodeling of the gallery.

Watch for this show in early 2017.


SHEILA FRAMPTON COOPER workshop at International Quilt Study Center

SHEILA FRAMPTON COOPER “Expressing Yourself: One Piece at a Time”     

Saturday, September 3, 2016

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

International Quilt Study Center & Museum

1523 North 33 St.

Lincoln, NE 68583

$85.00 Members/ $100.00 Non-members

You may register at or call 402-472-6549

 Join the International Quilt Study Center & Museum for a fun and informative workshop taught by Sheila Frampton Cooper, a fiber artist with a growing list of show awards. Explore the mystery and excitement of creating a pieced abstract quilt with little or no plan. We will discuss basic design and composition, color and value, quilting, and most importantly, trusting your instincts. Sheila will demonstrate construction techniques for sewing curved seams and discuss some of the challenges you may run into with spontaneous design and piecing.

The cost of registration includes courtesy admission to the museum plus snacks and beverage. Attendees will also receive 10 percent off all items in the Museum Shop for the day (IQSCM members receive 15 percent off).  You will have a 1-hour break for lunch on your own, (you may also choose to bring a sack-lunch).

Supply List

Sewing machine with pressure foot for quilting and equipment

Power surge extension cord/bar

•    100% cotton fabric, preferably solids LIGHT/MED/DARK VALUES FOR EACH COLOR (details below)

•    At least one yard each of neutral colors. (see below)

•    Needles (I like SCHMETZ Microtex Sharps 70/10)

•    Neutral thread for piecing (I suggest very light gray)

•    Seam ripper, scissors and thread snippers

•    Rotary cutter (with extra blade)

•    Ruler (optional)

•    Cutting Mat (at least 24” for cutting width of fabric)

•    Table top lamp (optional)

•    Iron with auto shutoff and tabletop iron pad (depending on the power situation, we may have to share. If you have a small travel size iron, that would be best.)

•    Small spray bottle (for water)

•    Sketchbook (for note taking, drawing etc.)

•    Pen and regular pencils

•    White pencil, if you have one

•    White flannel for your design wall

•    Blue painters tape

•    Camera (or you may use your phone)

•    You will be using solid colored fabric in this workshop. I know many people do not have this in their stash. You may purchase fat quarter packs to give you more variety without having to buy a lot of fabric. Also, you may choose your palette in advance and purchase multiple values in each color you use. For example, If you like blue, make sure you bring a very dark blue, a very pale blue, and a few steps in between.

•     If you choose gray for your neutral, make sure you bring a very light shade (close to white) as well as a light/medium. I suggest bringing grays and creams, but keep them on the light side. Bring black or brown (at least a half yard of each). For example, if you want to use earth tones, you might want very dark brown or black, if you are using cooler colors, a charcoal/black would be nice.

Rotary cutter, ruler and mat

Any embellishments, overlays, sheers, fabric stamps you like to add

Notebook with A4 paper, pencil, ruler, markers, permanent (variety of sizes, black; optional other colors)

You may register at or call 402-472-6549.  We look forward to having you join us for this fun and informative day!

 The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is pleased to offer Aurifil Threads and to partner with Friends of the IQSCM in sponsoring this workshop.


More information about the Lincoln SAQA Conference

Hello everyone,

Hope you’re having a fun summer! More information is available about what you can do to assist the organization and help them prepare for a really fun time in Lincoln.

  • If you have any ideas of local people and businesses who would be interested in being a vendor at the conference, SAQA wants to know about them! It could be a range of items, anything you think quilters would be interested in. Rates for a table are very reasonable. The Vendor Marketplace coordinator is Susanne Jones from Virginia.  She will be sending out the official application forms and doing all of the contacting,etc.  but she really appreciates input and suggestions from local people. Susanne’s contact info is .
  • We should have the hotel registration link on the SAQA website in the next week or two.  Our conference rate is $139/night
  • There is a silent auction on Saturday evening along with our banquet.  Anyone can donate an piece–they are small 6″ x 8″ matted so that a bit less than 5″ x 7″ shows.  It’s a fun event, and bidding gets exciting at times.  SAQA will send out a call for those pieces in the near future.

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