Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Correction! Next Meeting Date

Hi All,

The minutes from the last meeting incorrectly listed the date of the next meeting.  The next meeting will be May 18th at 12:00 at the Central Resource library’s Logan Room.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Regional Meeting Report March 2, 2019

March 2, 2019, Oak Park Public Library, Overland Park, KS

We started with introductions, as usual. There were 18 people in attendance. We started with Cindy P talking about the exhibit of 12x12 Auction quilts that had just been taken down from the Styles Gallery in Westwood, Kansas. There were 30 quilts in the exhibit and it was an excellent representation of what the region is doing. The exhibit was well received and they have already asked back again next year. Cindy P has been trying to find another venue for an exhibit before the quilts are due at the SAQA headquarters for the online auction. Only those quilts intended for the auction will go to global in NM. If you requested your quilt be returned, you can expect to see it after the end of the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival where they will be last exhibited.

There was a discussion about whether or not we wanted the SAQA booth at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival, at the Overland Park Convention Center June 13-15. The question was - does the group want it there, and are there enough volunteers to manage the booth for the 3 days of the Festival. And we need to check with the Festival to see if there is still time to get the okay from SAQA and the Festival coordinators. Nine volunteers stepped up and Cindy P said she would follow up with SAQA and the Festival.

UPDATE: It’s a go. The booth will be at the Festival and Michele Dondell is heading up the project. It is likely that an online signup sheet will be in your inbox as time nears. PLEASE be sure to help your region out and sign up for a couple of hours at the booth.

Cindy B presented Regional Financial Report. With the speaker’s fees the Cindys earned for the region in 2018 we started the year with $1,293.98 in our account. We announced plans for upcoming meetings: in May Andrea Luliak is scheduled for a Spotlight presentation. In August we have arranged for JoAnn Alberda, a SAQA member based in Iowa, to give a full day workshop titled “Variation on a Theme” on August 17. More details will be available soon. The workshop is perfect for art quilters, but also for the traditional quilter willing to move out of a comfort zone. The class will be offered to SAQA members first. If it does not fill, it will be opened up to non-SAQA members.

There was a brief discussion on the “de.light/FULL” juried show. The SAQA Call for Entry closed on February 28th . Forty six quilts were submitted. The jurying process is just starting and all artists should except to be notified by April 15. The exhibit is scheduled to open July 12th at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, Mo. Next it will be at the Modella Art Gallery in Stillwater, Oklahoma in November-December 2019. In 2020 the exhibit is expected to be shown scheduled at The Quilter’s Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana and lastly in St. Joseph, Missouri at the Albrecht-
Kemper Museum of Art. Don’t forget Modella is asking for mini-workshops/demos during
the exhibit. They are also asking for hand-crafted items to sell. You need to contact them directly to check on their interest in your particular items.

SAQA is looking for a conference venue for 2022 and there was a discussion on what it would mean to our region and should we lobby for it. We did our usual much enjoyed round of ‘Show and Share”
After a break we introduced a collage project. Everyone was given an identical packet of color prints, a word cut out of a magazine and a colored paper to use as a background. Using scissors and a glue stick we were to create collage in 25 minutes. After the collage was finished we shared our piece with the group and talked about the process. We did these three times. It was inspiring to see how different each of us approached the exercise and everyone was surprised by the finished pieces. The Cindys set a challenge to everyone to use one of the collages as inspiration for a finished quilt by the May meeting. Any size, any theme. It was fun!

Next meeting: May 18th at 12:00 at the Central Resource library’s Logan Room I hope you can join us. Denise Andrew won the door prize.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Meeting Report- November 17, 2018

Studio Art Quilt Associates
Meeting Minutes for November 17, 2018, Overland Park, KS at the
Lackman Library, Lenexa, Kansas

The meeting started with a welcome and introductions all around. Ten members attended including one new member Michele Dowdell. Andrea Luliack’s was acknowledged for a 3-hour drive from Oklahoma to get to a meeting. She is a valued regular member! The Cindys gave an update on their four SAQA regional fund raiser presentations in Edmond, OK, North Kansas City and Lawrence, KS. The presentations went well and they were greeted with appreciative audiences. After each of our presentations, several attendees expressed interest in SAQA and thanked us for the information.

Since the last quarterly meeting the Cindys also had the opportunity to visit Stillwater, OK to meet the Director of the Modella Gallery. Modella will be exhibiting our De.light/FULL show November 7th – December 14th, 2019. In addition to the show they are very interested in having small quilted
pieces to sell in the gallery while the show is on display. If you are interested in sending items for sale PLEASE CONTACT Valeria Zayat-Bloodgood at directly and cc the Cindys. Let Valerie know your connection to SAQA and the show and what you have to offer for sale. You do not have to have a piece in the show to sell small items. She knows what her audience is interested in, and she may ask for digital images.

The Cindys are talking with two well-known textile artists about the possibility of coming to our region for a workshop in 2019, Deb Boschert ( and Joanna Alberta ( You may want to visit their websites.

This year’s 12x12 SAQA Auction Quilts are due mid-January. We are finalizing the galleries for exhibit before sending to SAQA. Contact the Cindys with any questions. and/or The Cindys brought the SAQA Trunk Show they’ve been using in their presentations to our regional guilds. It is made up of 58 original quilts from members all around the world. In addition to the fun of seeing all these inspirational pieces we decided to use them in a mini jurying exercise. First we divided the trunk show into two random piles and attendees into two
groups. Then we informed them that they are jurying a quilt show and they have to pick the ‘Best in Show’. It was a blind jurying process, that is, they could not turn the quilts over to find out who made them. After 20 minutes they switched and did the same for the other quilt pile. There were some
spectacular quilts, both in technique and content and they had a tough decision to make. The question is: did both groups select the same quilts as Best in Show, and what does this mini exercise say about the quilt jurying process? Answer: No, they didn’t, and it says a lot about the judge’s expertise, personal preferences, favorite color, time of day, etc. We had a good discussion.

Then, what else? Show and Share!

Winner of the door prize was Karen Hansen.

The next meeting is scheduled for February 16, 2019, 11 am in the Pickard Room at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

SAQA KS/MO/OK Regional: May 19, 2018 Meeting Notes.

The meeting starting with introductions. There were 15 attending including 4 guests.
One of the guests, Merete Veian is a SAQA member all the way from Norway. She has
been visiting the US for a couple of weeks and we were lucky to have her join us.
Cindy P and Cindy B shared their impressions of the SAQA Annual Conference in April
in San Antonio, Texas. The first two days were devoted to Representative activities and
workshops. It was an opportunity to network with other reps and share their successes
and lessons learned. The conference was packed with speakers, Breakout Sessions
and a favorite – Lighting Talks, 16 fast and focused presentations, each only 6 minutes
long, and on a wide range of topics. If you get an opportunity to go to next year’s
conference, take it. Everyone is very welcoming and friendly and it’s in San Jose,

Cindy B announced an Oklahoma venue has agreed to show our 2019 exhibit
‘de.light/Full’. Modella Gallery in Stillwater, Oklahoma has confirmed the dates of
November 7 – December 14, 2019. As a reminder: de.light/Full premiers July 12, 2019
at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, Missouri. It will then travel to the
Modellla Art Gallery, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It is also scheduled at the Albrecht-
Kemper Museum of Art, in St Joseph, Missouri June 13 – September 13, 2020.
We have approached two venues in Indiana. Stay tuned.

Cindy B talked briefly about transitioning the next Regional Reps. It’s not too early to
consider stepping up and playing a bigger role in our activities and/or planning on
becoming the next Regional Rep(s). If interested, you are welcome to shadow us at
any time. We generally meet for at a Panera once a month to talk over what we want to
do and split up the tasks going forward. Most of the behind the scenes work is done
with email.

Linda Frost gave a ‘Member Spotlight’ presentation. Her transition from her earlier art
quilt experience to her current work is truly inspiring. Everyone commented on her color
choices and use of hand stitching to enhance each piece. (Can you add to this?)

The group shared “Show and Tell” and a couple volunteered to have their piece
critiqued by the group.

Our door prize went to Jane Bonachi. Next meeting will be on August 18 th .

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SAQA Regional Quarterly 2/17/18 Meeting Notes

We met at the Central Resource Library in Overland Park, Kansas at 1pm and started with a welcoming and introductions.  There were 14 members in attendance.

The ‘business’ portion of the meeting included a discussion of the Auction Quilts.  Cindy P and Cindy B combined the 12x12s received with a couple of extra quilts from member to create a ‘Small Works’ Exhibit at the Shirley Stiles Gallery in Westwood Kansas.  There were 19 quilts in all. See photos on Facebook. The show was very well received, and we are considering doing it again next year.

The Auction Quits will also be on display at the KAW Valley Quilt Guild Show in Lawrence Kansas April 7 & 8.

Immediately after the KAW Valley Quilt Guild show, a great majority of these pieces will go directly to Harper’s for exhibit for about a month approximately April 11 to May 11.   After that, all exhibitors will be contacted to be confirm disposition of their 12x12’s: return to maker or send on to SAQA annual auction.

Cindy P made a request for more Auction Quilts from our region.

Jim Brown gave our first ‘Member Spotlight’ presentation.  He had been selected by the Director at the UCM Gallery of Art and Design to give a presentation to the students and we asked him to give the same presentation at our meeting.  He talked about his background as an architect, his introduction to quilting, and brought a number of his amazing quilts that show his artistic progression and skill as an artist.   It was a very interesting presentation and we very much appreciated seeing his body of work.

Linda Frost graciously accepted an invitation to be our next Member Spotlight at the May meeting.   We look forward to that and hope you can attend.

Anyone interested in a future Member Spotlight presentation, just let us know.  

We are a large region and our members are pretty far flung.  Starting with the next newsletter, we hope to have 2-3 member bios.  We may never meet some of our members but we’d like to know who they are and not just a name on a roster.  Cindy P will be contacting members and asking them to write a bio (up to a page) including information about their art work and experience, of course, but also about their family life, other interests … anything they’d like us to know about them including a photo or two of the member and a piece of their work if they so choose.  Names will literally be pulled from a hat (okay, maybe a bowl) then Cindy P will ask those members to please write their bio for inclusion in the next newsletter. Each of those members will have about 6-8 weeks to submit it to Cindy P.

We had another critique exercise and discussion with the group. The intention is to feel more comfortable with the concept of critiquing and being on the receiving end of a critique.  

Then we did Show and Share.  Several attendees brought current works.  Cindy B showed a small quilt titled ‘Ancient Chinese Ruins’ and also brought the drawings and images she used as inspiration and during the process of creating the piece.  

Our next quarterly meeting is May 19.  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SAQA KS/MO/OK Region 11/18/2017 Meeting Minutes

There were 12 SAQA artists at the meeting including a couple guests.  Thank you to everyone who came. You made the meeting a great one.

Member’s news included a first-time solo exhibition by Jackie Stoaks in Shawnee, Kansas.  Congratulations Jackie!

There was a brief discussion on efforts to bring an outside presenter to a meeting in 2018.  Cindy B and Cindy P are still working to make that happen. If there are any KS/MO/OK regional members that have prepared a presentation or workshop and would be interested in presenting to the members please let us know.  

Cindy B spoke on efforts to find an affordable photographer familiar with fiber art.  The images submitted with a Call for Entry are very important and you want to make sure the images submitted are sharp and meet all requirements. We interviewed 3 photographers local to Kansas City.  Generally, we found the cost to shoot a quilt and receive the full and detail digital images asked for in SAQA Calls varies depending on volume. The cost was as low as $10 per quilt up to $600 for a half day in the studio. If you would like to know the names of the 3 we talked to let me know and I’ll send you more specific info. In all cases the quilt artist should be very specific about the digital requirements and expect to help make sure the quilt hangs properly for the shoot.  One photographer had a board to pin the quilt on and another asked that the quilts have sleeves. Always call ahead to discuss it with the photographer beforehand and get a quote. Also, if you know of any professional photographer in our region that is experienced with fiber art please post in Facebook. And remember information on the SAQA website is very helpful for those that want to learn how to light and shoot their own work.

Regarding the upcoming exhibit of our 12” x 12” Auction quilts. We will exhibit our Region’s 2018 Auction Quilts before forwarding to SAQA National for their Auction website.  The venue is The Shirley Stiles Gallery in Westwood, KS. Your 12”x12” quilt is due no later than March 15, 2018 and can be on any subject. It will be exhibited during April 2018 and then shipped to National.  We encourage everyone to participate. There is a contest between Regions and the one that has the highest participation wins. The prize has been a dollar amount deposited in to the region’s account and that means more money to use for workshops.  You can see the 2017 Auction Quilts on the SAQA website. If you get your quilt and artist statement to us by mid-January we can get it to them in time to select one or two in their city newsletter.  CONTACT ME and I’ll give you info on where to ship.

Don’t forget our Changing Landscapes exhibit at The Gallery of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.  The exhibit will be there January 8, - February 3, 2018. Another opportunity for everyone to see it. There will be an opening reception on or about January 10th.  Date to be confirmed.  

An Exhibit Committee for our 2019-2020 SAQA Regional Exhibit, will be formed in early 2018 to plan the details and timeline. Please consider joining us to make this exhibit a great one.  The first decision we’ll make as a group is the theme. You will want to be there. We already have two venues secured for this exhibit and we are working on finding at least one more in Oklahoma.

We had a show and tell session and then discussed how to properly critique artwork. Two members held up quilts for the group to use as practice.  We had a lot of fun with it.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Workshop Opportunity at the Gallery of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri

Our ‘Changing Landscapes’ exhibit is moving to the Gallery of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri for an exhibit in January 2018. 

During the exhibit UCM would like to bring one of the SAQA artists to the campus for a workshop with art students. They are looking for a SAQA artist to give a workshop/presentation to a class of Fiber Arts students. It will take place on a Tuesday or Thursday during the exhibit.  The class time is 8am - 10:45am and your presentation should last approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. If you have developed a workshop and/or are interested in presenting and discussing your work to the students let me know.  

Please email to me a proposal or a detailed description of what you would present and/or demonstrate to the students. The Gallery Director at UCM will make the final decision. 

UMC's budget is limited. There will be an honorarium for the artist but they cannot reimburse expenses. If you are interested but would need to travel a distance and stay overnight in the area, let me know.  I am also planning to attend and can offer a guest room in Overland Park.  The Director can also provide an overnight accommodation in a guest room at their Warrensburg home for any long distance artists.   We’ll figure it out.   

Cindy Brendzel and Cindy Parry
Co Reps SAQA KS/MO/OK Region