Regional Events

Pacific International Quilt Festival – SAQA Regional Special Exhibit

October 14 – 17 , 2021

Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA

Thank you to those that volunteered to work the SAQA booth at PIQF. We could not adequately cover the shifts, so we are pivoting to an unmanned booth. If you decide to attend the show, please stop by the booth. There will be pamphlets on top of the table. If it looks a bit sparse, feel free pull out more from underneath the table and place them on top to help promote SAQA. Thank you!

The Pacific International Quilt Festival will celebrate the Pinnacle of the Art of Quilting October 14-17 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the Festival is marking its 13 year as the gathering for thousands of both traditional and art quilters. The show is a premier opportunity to admire beautiful hanging fiber art and wearable art competitions. In addition, there are aisles of Merchants Mall and workshops taught by outstanding faculty (including many outstanding SAQA artists!).

SAQA’s Northern California/Nevada Region has been invited to be a special exhibit at the Festival this year. Our goal is to promote the Art Quilt and provide an opportunity for artists to learn how to join/renew a SAQA membership or purchase a subscription to Art Quilt Quarterly. For more information about the Festival check out, (Pacific International Quilt Festival). 

Regional Meetings

November 13, 2021, 11 am – 2 pm

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
520 S. First Street
San Jose, CA 95113  • (408) 971-0323

Art Quilts 2

This exhibition showcases the best of contemporary Art Quilts created by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates throughout Northern and Southern California and Nevada regions.

Kippers At Breakfast – Lori Anderson

Art Quilts 2 will tour Northern California next year:

January 13 – February 13 2022
Sanchez Art Center
Pacifica CA

March 27 – May 1, 2022 Mistlin Gallery
Napa, CA

Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth

Jennifer Hammond LandauMighty Muscle

From their strikingly different vantage points—from Southern California northward to Western Canada and Alaska, plus Hawaii—artists from a range of backgrounds were asked to express their concerns and feelings about the Pacific. “Merely because we live in this part of the world, we as individuals are part of the Pacific ecosystem. On a daily basis we may not recognize the changes that are happening, but they are of vital importance to our world,” write Georgia French and Sonja Campbell, co-chairs of the exhibit planning committee.

Shifting Tides debuted in San Jose, California at the time of the 2019 SAQA Conference for the purpose of showcasing the talents of SAQA members living in the greater North Pacific region. The show will tour seven participating Regions, bringing to public view the innovative contemporary art that SAQA stands for.
Juror: Ann Johnston, Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Created as a group exhibit to shine a light on the issues facing the Pacific Ocean today, Shifting Tides is a collection of work by 45 artists chosen from the seven Pacific-facing regions of SAQA. Curated by renowned textile artist Ann Johnston, the exhibit offers a variation of style and context about the plight of oceans and the communities they support.

Regions: Alaska, Hawaii, Northern California/Northern Nevada, Oregon, Southern California/Southern Nevada, Washington, Western Canada.

Next Venue Wailoa Center, Hilo Hawaii: October 8 – 28, 2021 – Live and Online. Website link will be updated.

Stitching California

 Stitching California ctatalog cover. Back cover art work is Susan Kelly’s “Second Wind – Fort Point”.  The catalog is available at

August 29, 2021 – October 24, 2021 Temecula Valley Museum, Temecula
January 2, 2022 – June 12, 2022 (23 weeks) Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, Alta Loma
Sept 4, 2022 – January 1, 2023 Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock