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Meeting Reminder

Well that was the nicest August I can ever remember! To celebrate, make plans to attend our meeting next Saturday!

It’s “Bring a Friend” week and we have the New SAQA Trunk show to share and prizes for guests and members who bring guests!

Our meeting is at the International Quilt Study Center, beginning at 11:00! We will have cookies and show and tell and lots of fun.

Members, please bring your 12 x 12’s for 2018!

Share this invite with your guilds and other interested groups! We would love to meet you!!!


Meeting Reminder

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) “Bring a Friend” meeting is Saturday September 9, 2017 from 11:00am-3:00pm.  Our meeting will be in the Seminar Room on 1st floor at the International Quilt Study Center Museum located at: 1523 North 33rd Street, Lincoln, NE. 68503.

We will have on display a SAQA trunk show containing 57 pieces of artwork from SAQA members.  Our meeting will be showing a new SAQA video called “Stitching Together a Global Community”.  We will have drawings for both non-members and members who bring a non-member friend to our meeting.

Members please remember to get your  2018 12 x 12 auction pieces completed and bring them to the meeting!  We are intending a show of this work before they are sent to SAQA next spring.  Show and tell is always appropriate!

Also I recieved an email from Robbie Eklow, an Illinois member and secondary Nebraska member who has a second home in downtown Omaha.  She mentioned that she is opening a studio in HotShops.  Those of you that are interested, she will be in Omaha this next week and would love to meet you!  I have contact info if you’re available and would like to meet up!  Robbie plans to be in Omaha at least one week a month, and more often this winter.  Welcome Robbie!

Come and join us for all the fun!!

It’s Official!

It’s official! Cynthia Levis and I have taken over Nebraska! Well, SAQA NE anyway. For those of you who don’t know us, let me introduce Cynthia and myself to you.

Cynthia Levis (top right) is an artist originally from Hastings, NE and now makes Lincoln, NE her home. She is an avid quilter and artist and belongs to many fiber art groups in addition to SAQA. Cynthia has been a member of SAQA for several years and has been our region’s exhibition chairman. She has gained much experience in finding galleries to hang our exhibits and has worked very hard to get our work shown around Nebraska and surrounding states. Cynthia is also working with the SAQA Global Exhibition Committee.

Cynthia can be reached at

Rhonda Baldwin (bottom right) is an artist from Grand Island, NE. She is a surface design specialist and incorporates her own designs in her work. Rhonda has been a member of SAQA for many many years and has helped on the Regional Technology committee. She produced a print-on-demand book showcasing our region’s work as an aide to gallery inquiries.

Rhonda can be reached at

Please contact either one of us for news and information on upcoming events and meetings in our region as well as expressing kudos and congratulations for your own exhibitions or events that may be of interest to our membership.

We have lots of exciting and educational ideas for upcoming meetings and we look forward to hearing your input.

Our next meeting is Saturday September 9th at the International Quilt Study Center Museum located at 1523 North 33rd Street, Lincoln NE. This meeting will focus on showing off our 2018 12” x 12” auction quilts, possible locations for their display and discussion of our next regional show theme. Please plan on bringing your piece to share.

Thanks for the memories

Hi all!

I have just arrived home from the SAQA conference in Lincoln and fear it is time to start building an ark!!!  So much water standing in all the fields and ditches along the roads!!  It was too bad the conference attendees were not greeted by better weather, but it sounded like they were still impressed by Nebraska and the IQSCM!

We all had an invigorating experience at the conference, gained a lot of knowledge, met a lot of talented artists, and got lots of wonderful ideas for our region’s future.  There will be much more on the conference later, so you can look forward to hearing about it and what a great and inspiring time the attendees from our region enjoyed.

I write today on behalf of Shea and myself.  We want to thank all of the region’s members for the rewarding and fulfilling experience we have enjoyed in being your Regional Reps.  We have each learned a lot and met a lot of amazing artists along the way.

We have enjoyed seeing your artwork, sharing knowledge with you, and learning from your experiences.

Thank you all for the cooperation and enthusiasm with which you have greeted every opportunity and activity we presented to you.   Thank you too for all the help we have received in making each idea a success.

You have a great team of co-reps taking on the leadership of our region and we hope you will give them all of the same eager assistance you have given us.

We look forward to a lasting relationship with the membership and wish you all the very best in your career as an artist.


Very Sincerely,

Peg and Shea

Peg Pennell
Nebraska Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilt Associates


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Three Cheers for Shea!

Shea Wilkinson
Shea Wilkinson – Manufactured, 2015


New work!  Felted and stitched, from Shea Wilkinson’s Quilth Dimension


“Homo roboticus”

Celebrating Shea’s contribution to our SAQA Nebraska group over the last several years with photos shamelessly stolen from her Facebook page.  As she too steps down from leading our tribe, let’s all raise an honorary glass to Shea and Peg for all the work and planning that has gone into running our meetings and keeping us all on the straight and narrow!!  Here, Here!!

Nebraska region to be featured in SAQA journal


We have exciting news to share with you all! Our region has been selected to be featured in an upcoming issue of the SAQA Journal! Today Shea and I were interviewed about our region’s accomplishments over the last few years.

While we had plenty of information to share for the article, one place we are WOEFULLY short is with photos of events. Particularly photos of members at events.

If you have ANY photos you have taken at SAQA events, especially, as I said with we SAQA NE people in them, I would appreciate your sending them to me ASAP!!!

The deadline for the article is fast approaching and we would like to give the author more than my pitiful 6 photos I was able to locate!!!

Thanks so much!!

This is a great honor for us!! We are small, but we are mighty!!! 🙂

Thanks in advance!!

Send to Peg, Shea, or post on our SAQA Nebraska Facebook page!

Kudos to Jane Haworth

Hi all, the sun is out and it seems like Spring is here at last!

I was just looking at the latest SAQA monthly update email and noticed that one of our own has artwork featured!

Jane Haworth’s piece is pictured in the news about the Fundraiser Auction! Yay!

Quite timely as we wait for April’s new baby giraffe to be born!


There is a lot of good information in this email about all things SAQA, be sure to read it and enjoy all the photos of the great artwork!!


First Friday Art Quilts on view in Lincoln

Area Exhibitions: First Friday in Lincoln

Remember, First Friday in Lincoln is next week, April 7. There are several great exhibitions up right now! The IQSCM will have SAQA Passages and Layered Voices on display as well as the continuing exhibition of the Quilts of Japan and Luke Haynes Log Cabins. REMEMBER: Museum Admission is free on First Fridays! 4:30-7:00pm

Other galleries have evening hours on First Fridays as well, Check them out!!

The Burkholder Project in Lincoln is featuring the art of Chris Taylor this month. Also featured is a display of our SAQA Nebraska members artwork. First Friday hours 5:30 – 8:00pm

Contact information for the gallery is:

The Burkholder Project
719 P Street
Haymarket District
Lincoln, NE 68508


Deeply Rooted will be on display at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln. Cynthia Levis will be doing a gallery talk around 6:00pm. First Friday Hours 5-7 pm

Contact Information for the Museum is:

Center for Great Plains Studies
1155 Q Street, P.O. Box 880214
Lincoln, NE 68588-0214



Kudos to our members!

Did you notice that Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson‘s auction piece was featured in the weekly blast from SAQA on March 16?

Peg Pennell‘s piece Bunbury Welcomes the World won first place in the Bunbury Australia Art Quilt Challenge.

In the Fiber Art Friday newsletter today our Burkholder Project is one of the featured exhibitions featuring a photo of Wendy Maliszewski‘s piece. Wendy Maliszewski-conflicted.jpg