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


   Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. · PO Box 141 · Hebron CT, USA 06248 · 860-530-1551



Meeting Dates 2017 and IQSC Calendar

Group Photo:

As our region is being featured on the SAQA blog soon, they would like some photos of our members. We were not too successful with coming up with too many, but we do have an opportunity at the conference to meet up for a photo.

If everyone who is coming to the conference will send me a quick email to let me know they are attending, I will try to hook us up with Jayne Gaskins, the author of the article. Here are her thoughts about getting a photo at the conference.

“I was thinking that, if NE is meeting somewhere, it would be a great opportunity for a group shot – maybe in front of the Passages exhibit? It would give us a group visual and would be a nice way to say “Thanks for coming to Nebraska!” If so, please let me know when and where so I can show up with my camera.”

I would like to try to make this happen, so if you are attending the conference, or will be in Lincoln I will try to set a time to get the photo. I know we are touring the museum during the conference and perhaps we can do it then. I will let you know after I hear back from those who will be attending or in the area.

Email me directly at: to let me know. Thanks!!


Remaining Quarterly Meetings for 2017

We will be moving a bit west for our meetings for the rest of the year. Below find the locations for the remaining 3 quarterly meetings. We will NOT be meeting at the Millard library in November but rather at the IQSCM.


  • Saturday, June 10 – SAQA Meeting at Great Plains Art Museum address: 1155 Q Street Lincoln NE. The meeting room is reserved for 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We will be able to tour SAQA Deeply Rooted at the end of the meeting


  • Saturday, September 9 – SAQA Meeting at International Quilt Study Center Museum Address: 1523 North 33rd Street Lincoln NE. The meeting room is reserved for 11:00 am -2:00 pm


  • Saturday, November 18 – SAQA Meeting at International Quilt Study Center Museum Address: 1523 North 33rd Street Lincoln NE. The meeting room is reserved for 11:00 am -2:00 pm


Below find the IQSCM schedule for upcoming 2017 workshops and exhibits. Also be sure to check their calendar on a regular basis to see if any new workshops are being offered.
Upcoming IQSCM Workshops

“Hearing the Quiet: Soft Focus Painted Fabrics Workshop” with Linda Colsh

Sunday, June 11, 2017

9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Wool Rug Hooking with Polly Minick

Sunday, June 11, 2017

12-4 p.m.


“My Doll and I Get Groovy” by Sheila Green

Saturday, June 17, 2017

10 a.m.-Noon or 1:30-3:30 p.m.


“Featherweight Frenzy” & Nova Montgomery by Friends of the IQSCM

Thursday, June 22

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


“Featherweight Frenzy” & Nova Montgomery by Friends of the IQSCM

Saturday, June 24

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


“When Quilts Speak” with World of Quilts Travel

Thursday, August 10-Saturday, August 12, 2017


Barn Quilt Painting Workshop with Suzi Parron

Sunday, August 13, 2017

12-4 p.m.


To register for one of these workshops call 402-472-6549.


Upcoming IQSCM Exhibitions

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s exhibition calendar is full of new and exciting shows that highlight traditional quilts from our collection and others as well as those made by contemporary quilters and artists.

Additional programming is in the works, but here is an overview of some of the shows you can expect to see in the coming months:


Sacred Scraps: Quilt and Patchwork Traditions of Central Asia

May 12-October 15, 2017


Off the Grid: The Bill Volckening Collection

May 26 – August 27, 2017


Regarding Nebraska by Elizabeth Ingraham

June 2-September 17, 2017


Quilts by Edyta Sitar

July 11-October 8, 2017


Block by Block

August 4 – December 2, 2017


Small Talk by the Art Quilt Group

August 31 – December 2, 2017


Art Quilts by Erica Waaser

September 22 – December 5, 2017


Leather Quilts by Cathy Wiggins

October 10, 2017 – January 6, 2018


Expanding the Collection: New Acquisitions

October 27, 2017 – January 6, 2018



Lots of information, but lots to see and do for you!!

Hope to see some of you at the conference!!



Peg Pennell
Nebraska Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilt Associates



   Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. · PO Box 141 · Hebron CT, USA 06248 · 860-530-1551


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




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:

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


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


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