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




March 11, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Thanks to all of our members for coming to the March meeting. It was a large and dynamic group! If you weren’t able to attend, or need to refresh your memory, below are the meeting minutes (also stored for PDF download under “Meeting Minutes” tab above).

SAQA Quarterly Meeting Minutes

March 11, 2017


The quarterly meeting was held at the Millard branch of the Omaha Public Library. There were 17 members present. Pieces for the “Passages” and “Burkholder Project” exhibitions were collected.

Exhibition News:


17 pieces were selected for the exhibition Passages. Its premier showing will be at the IQSCM in Lincoln from April 18-30th. It will be on display during the SAQA Conference.

The exhibition will travel from March 2017 through December of 2018.

The following is a list of the currently scheduled venues:

Sept 1-Oct 30, 2017

LeMars Art Council, LeMars, Iowa

December 1-30, 2017

Scottsbluff Art Council, Scottsbluff, NE

February 1- March 4, 2018

Gallery 92 Fremont, NE

Sept 1-29, 2018

Jewish community Center, Omaha, NE

November 1-30

Beatrice Library, Beatrice, NE


Debo Hysack is working on some postcards that we can have to publicize this exhibition. We will let you know when they are available. She is also making some bookmarks to hand out.


Burkholder Project

April 4-30

Address: 719 P St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 477-3305


Sunday– Closed

Monday– Closed

Tuesday 10AM–4PM

Wednesday 10AM–4PM

Thursday 10AM- 4PM

Friday 10AM-4PM

Saturday 10AM-3PM


IMPORTANT!!! The Burkholder Project will be open on the First Friday April 7 from 5:30-8:00 pm.

It would be great if some of the artists could be there during that time to represent SAQA!!

Chris Taylor will be providing treats for our group, thanks Chris!!!


First Friday In Lincoln-

Friday evening April 7th. Galleries that normally have no evening hours are open. It is a great time to visit and there is no admission on First Fridays!!

*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 . 5-7 pm

*Burkholder Project hopefully some of the artists with work displayed will attend. 5:30-8:00pm

*IQSCM- Great time to visit!! Quilt Japan, Beautiful Japanese quilts are on display, Luke Haynes Log Cabin quilts (displayed in a way you’ve never imagined!!), and Layered Voices, the SAQA exhibit’s premiere will all be there that evening. 4:30-7:00 pm


Arts Advocacy Day

Dori Settles brought us the opportunity to share a table with SDA at the Arts Advocacy Day to be held on March 21 at the Kaneko Gallery in Omaha. It is a day devoted to promoting non profit art groups and educating the public about these organizations.

This is a new to us event, so we don’t know what to expect, but we will talk to anyone and everyone that will listen about the joys of art quilting as an art form!!

Dori Settles and Peg Pennell will be organizing the booth and manning it during the late afternoon to close shift.

Debo Hysack and LaVonne Dunetts will be covering the day over lunch into afternoon shifts.

Dorothy Tuma will help with set up and will cover the early shift.

The Kaneko Gallery is located at 1111 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102 The event runs from 7:00am to 7:00pm

Thanks to those who volunteered to help!!


Trunk Show Contest Results

Nothing like a contest to get the blood stirring. Our region put forth a valiant effort to win the prize for the Trunk Show participation. We did well, but did not finish first. We did finish a proud 3rd place in ALL regions!! 460 total pieces were submitted.

All pieces will premiere at the SAQA conference in Lincoln, after that the pieces will be divided into eight trunks and will travel to venues in and outside the US for 3 years.

Here are the numbers:

Taiwan 10 members/ 8 pieces 80%

Mexico, S&C America and Caribbean 19 members/ 11 pieces 58%

Nebraska 38 members/ 21 pieces 55%

Atlantic Canada 37 members/ 13 pieces 35%

Oceania 129 members/ 43 pieces 32%

Montana & Idaho 34 members/ 10 pieces 29%

Alaska 28 members/ 8 pieces 21%

Indiana 53 members/ 11 pieces 20%

Oregon 172 members/ 30 pieces 17%


Taiwan 100 members or less

Oceania 100 member and up

Thanks so much to all who participated! Your quilt will represent you and will travel and see the world for the next three years!! Don’t you wish you could go along!!


SAQA Conference

The April 28-30, 2017 conference, “Creation to Curation” is fast approaching! Of the 17 members at the meeting on Saturday, 8 are attending the conference. We are looking forward to a good time and meeting lots of like minded souls!

The conference is being held at:

Embassy Suites by Hilton
1040 P Street
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508


There will be an art market open to the public on Thursday from 12-6 with vendors selling assorted wares. Our own Shelly Burge will have a table as well as Tanzanian Treasures from Omaha.


Kansas City Regional Festival
Karen Hansen from Kansas City attended our meeting on Saturday. She invited everyone to the bi-annual Kansas City Regional Festival to be held June 15-17, 2017 at the Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, Kansas. There are lots of classes and a LONG list of vendors!!

More information about the festival can be found at: kcrqf.com

Her region will also have work displayed at the Crossroads Center in Kansas City. Contact Karen Hansen for more information: hansenkm@kc.rr.com


Benefit Auction 2017 Pieces:

14 pieces that were made for the 2017 Benefit Auction were shown at the meeting. What a great, diverse group of artwork!!

Thanks to all who made a piece to be sent as a group representing our region. If you still want to send one with the group, I (Peg) will be mailing them on Wednesday March 15th so they arrive before the April 1 early-bird cutoff date.

Please get it to me (Peg), along with your $1.50 for postage, by Tuesday the 14th so I can box them to ship.



Shea Wilkinson was one of just 6 artists nominated for an Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award under the category of Best 2-D visual artist.

Cynthia Levis has been nominated for volunteer of the year for SAQA. Her photo and writeup were in the most recent issue of the SAQA Journal.

Shelly Burge has had two works accepted to the Sacred Threads Exhibition.

Chris Taylor will have her work displayed at Bryan Hospital East in Lincoln at 48th and Cotner during the month of April.


Meeting dates for the remainder of 2017

June 10, 2017– location to be announced

September 9, 2017– location to be announced

November 18, 2017– Millard Brand of the Omaha Public Library


Some possible future program ideas:

Critique Group

Recap of the “Creation to Curation” Conference

Workshops-possibly in marbling or shibori

A Fabric Swap


Also, remember to check the IQSCM and the Hillestead Gallery websites for workshop opportunities! There are some current workshops and they are both planning to offer more art quilt related workshops in the future!!


New Reps for the Nebraska region

After the SAQA Conference in Lincoln the new co-reps for the Nebraska region will step up and Peg and Shea will step down.

Your new co-reps will be:

Rhonda Baldwin of Grand Island, NE  and Cynthia Levis of Lincoln, NE

Shea and I have enjoyed representing the region, meeting everyone, and getting to know you all better. We know that Cynthia and Rhonda will do a great job and will have some fresh ideas for future activities for our group.


Until the end of April, continue to send information to Peg or Shea and we will handle it. After May 1, please send all SAQA information to

Cynthia Levis


Rhonda Baldwin


March 11 Meeting Reminders

A couple of things about Saturday’s meeting and what to bring!

Burkholder Project Exhibition:

*If you have already entered something for this, thank you!

*There was a misunderstanding about this exhibition and we would like just one item from each member, so if you have sent information for two, please decide which is your favorite to be exhibited and let Cynthia know which one that is.

*If you have not sent your information (photo, size, price, artist statement) to Cynthia, please do so RIGHT AWAY!! Like don’t even get off the computer, just do it now!!!! ….please. That was sort of commanding but I wanted your attention! This is such a great opportunity for us to show our work and we want to represent as many of our members as possible.


*Bring your items to the meeting if you will be there. Mark everything, the quilt, the slat, and any wrapping and packaging items with your name please!! If you will not be at the meeting, contact Cynthia Levis to arrange for getting your work to her.


*Please bring your artwork to the meeting if you will be there. When they are shipped for display to all venues they will be grouped (rolled together), but do bring your piece to the meeting (or to Cynthia) in a protected manner.

*If it is rolled on a supporting item, mark that and all packaging with your name so it can be returned to you. Remember to mark your quilt and slat with your name and the name of the piece.

12×12 Auction Pieces

*Remember to fill out the on line entry form, bring a copy of the emailed confirmation and $1.50 for shipping.

*If you will not be at the meeting but want to send with the group please get your piece to me (Peg) before the 15th as I will be shipping them out that day.

Hope to see lots of you on Saturday!!

Submit for Burkholder Project show, March 10 deadline

Just a reminder to send your entry information to Cynthia Levis by March 10….actually sooner than that if possible!!!!

This exhibition in Lincoln from April 3, 2017 – April 29, 2017 10am -4pm Tuesday through Saturday, it will be up during the SAQA Conference!!

There is no specific “theme” for the exhibit, you may enter a work of your choice that fits the size criteria.

Here are the details:

Chris Taylor and Cynthia Levis are coordinators of the Burkholder Project SAQA show.

Art Quilt guideline, no more than 25 inches wide, no more than 50 inches long.

Need to have a sleeve at the top and a slat for hanging or Art Quilt piece stretched on stretcher bars with wire connected from width side to with side on back for hanging. (label everything!!)

Art Quilt pieces can be for sale, Burkholder Project commission rate is 20%.

Need Artist statement, price of Art Quilt piece if for sale. If not NFS (not for sale) this needs to be stated.

* Need to have photos of Art Quilt piece and information by March 10, 2017, please send as jpeg to Cynthialevis@hotmail.com

If more than 15 Art Quilt pieces are entered, Chris Taylor and Cynthia Levis will curate the show.

Artist will be notified by March 15, 2017 if their Art Quilt piece has been accepted.


Quarterly Meeting Saturday, March 11

Just a few important reminders for our upcoming quarterly meeting……as always, read it all, there are many important deadlines below!!! Bring any that apply to you: 12 x 12 inch auction quilt, accepted “Passages” entry, and/or Spotlight Auction quilt. Details follow below:

Quarterly Meeting-

Date: Saturday March 11, 2017

Time: 11:00 am- 2:00 pm

Place: Millard Branch of the Omaha Public Library just south of 132nd and Center in Omaha

Topic: 12″ x 12″ auction pieces, plans for 2017, show and tell, conference updates

I will check right before the meeting to see which room they will have us using. They did not know which one would be available at the time I secured this location. Be sure to come with any ideas of other meeting places that might work for us as the library is not always available to us.

Auction-Bring your 12″ x 12″ auction piece along with a copy of its preregistration and $1.50 for postage. We will share our pieces and then I will pack them to ship to SAQA.



Those with work accepted for the Passages show should bring your artwork with a 4″ hanging sleeve along with a metal slat with 1/4″ holes in the ends to the meeting. Please remember to label all of your items, the quilt as well as the slats and any packing materials you would like returned to you at the end of the show’s run.

If you are not able to come to the meeting, send your pieces to Cynthia Levis by March 15. Contact her for shipping/delivery instructions- Cynthialevis@hotmail.com


Spotlight Auction

At the conference there will be a silent auction held during the Saturday night banquet. They are requesting 6″ x 8″ pieces of art for this auction. Perhaps you have a little “test” piece lying about that you could send? Or you want to try a new technique out, or just feel like making a little something?

If you would like to make something for the auction, here are the details from the SAQA website:


We are now accepting artwork from ALL SAQA members for the 2017 Spotlight Auction. These 6″ x 8″ pieces will be sold through a silent auction at the Conference Banquet. All proceeds benefit SAQA’s exhibition programs. Deadline for entry: March 15, 2017

2017 Conference – Spotlight Auction

spot·light noun.
A strong beam of light that illuminates a small area, used especially to center attention on a fabulous art quilt

The Creation to Curation Spotlight Auction is an opportunity for all SAQA members to have their work showcased at the 2017 SAQA Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.

We are looking for pieces 6” x 8” (portrait or landscape orientation), which we will display in mats with a 4.5″ x 6.5” opening and place in clear cellophane sleeves. These pieces will be sold through a silent auction at the Conference Banquet. All proceeds of the sales will benefit SAQA’s exhibition programs. Please note that unsold pieces will not be returned.

This size of artwork can be quick to make, showcasing your voice and raising funds for the organization which helps us all. Plus, it’s your opportunity to collect work made by fellow SAQA members. What a win-win!

Complete the Artist Participation Form by March 15, 2017

Mail your Auction Piece along with copy of your email confirmation to Susan Lapham (address is on form). Entries must be received by March 22, 2017.

Questions? Contact Susan Lapham at spotlight@saqa.com or (703) 599-9511.

Hope to see lots of you on March 11!!!




Selected works for “Passages”

Studio Art Quilt Associates Regional Exhibition Passages

Nebraska SAQA reports that juror Cindy Erickson has selected the art works for their Passages show. This show will have its premiere in April, 2017 in the Beaver Terrace Gallery at the IQSC in Lincoln Nebraska and will include works from 15 different artists from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and California. The selected artists each identify Nebraska as their primary or secondary region.

The artists and works are:

Jo Alberda – Meltdown

Jo Alberda – Coming Through

Rhonda Baldwin – Portal

Gail Dickel – Avalanche Lake Trail

LaVonne Dunnetts  -Transitions

MaryKay Fosnacht – Straight of Georgia From Thetis Island

Karen Hansenb- Just Passin’ Through

Jane Haworth -Bon Voyage

Dorothy Heideman-Nelson – My Grandmother

Dorothy Heideman-Nelson – The Street Where I Live

Debo Hysack Estuary – Passage

Cynthia Levis – Senior

Wendy Maliszewski – Snapshots of a Life

Peg Pennell – Fire

Marilyn Rembolt – Sisters: Six Generations

Chris Taylor – Earth

Dianne Thomas – First Beginnings


Works in this show are expected to travel until December 2018. Further information about additional gallery shows can be obtained from Cynthia Levis at cynthialevis@hotmail.com. It will also be posted in the Nebraska SAQA website as it becomes available.

Congratulations to those who had work accepted into the exhibition!

Here is the note included with the announcements. Cindy Erickson replaced fellow SAQA member Pat Kroth who had scheduling conflicts.

“Juror Erickson has chosen a strong, colorful show corresponding to the abstract and representational sides of the Passages theme. Using the blind jury process, she was free to choose what she felt best illustrated a cohesive show under the Call for Entry (“CFE”) parameters. She said it was difficult to limit the show to 17 works due to gallery size and image quality”

More options to register for the SAQA Conference

Hi all!

If the whole conference just would not fit into your schedule or if one day was of more interest to you, now you can register for just one day!

There are a few spaces being opened up in the SAQA conference in Lincoln for one day participants.

You would need to register right away to grab one of these spots. It is a great opportunity to network with other fiber artists from around the world!

Below I have listed the prices and the schedule of events for the conference. You can find more info and register on the SAQA website, http://www.saqa.com/members.php?ID=3415.

2017 Conference Registration Fees

$400 – Full Conference Registration ($40 late fee applies after March 1st)
$300 – Regional Representatives / Speakers
$150 – Full time student (verification will be required)
$200 – Single day rate (Friday -or- Saturday)
$150 – Single day rate (Sunday only)

Schedule of Events

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Registration
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Vendor Marketplace
TBA TableTalk Sessions
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Ice Breaker Reception
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome and Introduction
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Lightning Talks
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Student Panel
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch at the Hotel (included)
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM 1st Set of Breakout Sessions
3:30PM – 5:00 PM 2nd Set of Breakout Sessions
TBA Friday Night Out or dinner on your own
9:00 AM Buses to International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Guided tours of the exhibits (including SAQA’s Layered Voices), behind the scenes tours of the IQSC&M, and tours of the Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design department’s classrooms and galleries.
5:00 PM Buses return to hotel
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Saturday Night Banquet (includes Spotlight Auction, Lightning Talks)
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Local Artist Panel
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Keynote Speaker – Michael James: 40 Years in the Studio
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Closing Remarks

If you’re interested, register ASAP before these spots get filled!

Next Quarterly Meeting, March 11

I am writing to remind you of the upcoming quarterly meeting to be held on Saturday, March 11 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We will be meeting at the Millard branch of the Omaha Public Library 13214 Westwood Lane (just south of 132nd and Center). I don’t know yet which room we will be in but will check right before the meeting and let you know. They don’t have that information available until right before the meeting.

As always, read everything there is LOTS of important information here!!!


As we have done in past years, we will send our auction pieces in a regional package. This saves on postage for all of us!

Your 12″ x 12″ Benefit Auction pieces should be brought to the March 11th meeting. We send our pieces together to save on shipping, plus it is great to get to see what everyone made in real life! We all know a photo is nice, but seeing the real thing is better!

All the details for the auction are found on the website under “Artwork-Benefit Auction”. A link to the form that needs to be filled out is there and a copy of the confirmation email you receive needs to be included with your piece.

Bring $1.50 for postage along with your piece. I will prepare a box and ship them out after the meeting as we want them to be there by the Early Bird Deadline. As you see, there is an added bonus to get them to SAQA by March 25th, so I plan to send them out on the Monday morning after the meeting!

Early Bird Deadline: April 1, 2017
The Early Bird DEADLINE of April 1st will make your donation eligible to be included in the Benefit Auction promotional brochures. Those received by our shipping department by March 25th will have the opportunity to be displayed at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago (April 6-8).

As a refresher and for the new members: AUCTION QUILT REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.



I have been asked if anyone would like to carpool from Omaha to the conference. If you would like to do so, please contact me at isoqlts@hotmail.com and I will try to hook you up with others looking to carpool. It will be up to you to set this up, I will just be sharing the names of those interested. Also, ask to join the private Facebook group set up by SAQA to help you get in touch with other attendees about ride sharing, searching for roommates, and receive breaking news about the conference.




We plan to announce the artists works selected for the Passages exhibition the first week in March. The selected works may be brought to the March 11th meeting. Please be certain your artwork has a 4″ sleeve and a hanging slat with 1/4″ holes drilled in the ends. (see Passages Call for Entry for all details) Be sure to LABEL YOUR SLAT as well as your quilt!!!


BURKHOLDER PROJECT- This is the show that will be hanging at the Burkholder Project Gallery during the month of April

Submission information:

* photos of Art Quilt piece and information received by March 10, 2017, please send as jpeg to Cynthialevis@hotmail.com

Need Artist statement, price of Art Quilt piece if for sale, if not, NFS needs to stated

Chris Taylor and Cynthia Levis are coordinators of the Burkholder Project SAQA show.

Art Quilt guideline, no more than 25 inches wide, no more than 50 inches long.

Need to have a sleeve at the top and a slat for hanging or Art Quilt piece stretched on stretcher bars with wire connected from width side to with side on back for hanging. Label your items!!!!

Art Quilt pieces can be for sale, Burkholder Project commission rate is 20%.

If more than 15 Art Quilt pieces are entered, Chris Taylor and Cynthia Levis will curate the show.

Artist will be notified by March 15, 2017 if their Art Quilt piece has been accepted.

**Need to receive all accepted Art Quilt pieces by March 25, 2017!


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