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SAQA, San Francisco, & Spring

28 Mar 2010

I recently returned from my beautiful homeland of San Francisco early last week where I attended the SAQA/SDA “Reinvention” conference. What a terrific time!  I was also fortunate to host SAQA’s annual board meeting in my family’s apartment in the city-- a place that belonged to my grandparents and holds a rather special place in my heart (no Tony Bennett jokes, please). It also has a killer view of the Golden Gate Bridge...

Meet your SAQA board members who were able to attend:

From left to right: Martha Sielman (Executive Director), Yours Truly, Lisa Chipetine (President), Sandra Sider (Vice President), Penny McMorris, Karey Bresenhan, Nelda Warkentin, Linda Colsh, and Jack Walsh.

The SAQA/SDA conference commenced at neighboring San Francisco State University with the keynote address given by my fellow editor of Fiberarts magazine, Marci McDade. She did a fabulous job of highlighting some of the most intriguing exhibits from around the globe focusing on fiber and reinvention.

There were a number of breakout sessions and exhibits on campus, and many attendees took advantage of being in the City by the Bay to explore Chinatown, enjoy dim sum, walk the Marina, visit one of my favorite fabric stores (Britex), eat Italian in North Beach, and generally enjoy San Francisco.

For me the trip was both business and pleasure; John has a monumental birthday this week and we took advantage of our brief respite on the west coast to celebrate his upcoming big day in one of our absolute favorite spots on the planet: Napa Valley.

It’s a momentous week for both Quilting Arts and in my household, and tomorrow we’re kicking off the workweek with an art quilt challenge you wont want to miss. (It includes very high stakes, I promise you.)

I’ll close with some shots I took in Napa that remind me of fun times and prove that spring is (blessedly and truly) upon us!








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Gericon wrote
on 28 Mar 2010 4:21 PM

How come I never got to see you to say Hi!!

on 28 Mar 2010 9:31 PM

just gorgeous photos, pokey!!  yay to inspiring artwork and yay to spring being on it's way!!  and yay to hubbies who are celebrating momentous years!!  (my guy too).  ;)  mucho love to you and yours!!  xo

roselegge wrote
on 28 Mar 2010 9:33 PM

Thank you for the breath of spring in the Bay area!  Wish I were there.

(Happy Birthday to John.)

on 29 Mar 2010 6:16 AM

Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics!  No doubt they will inspire some creativity.

Jane LaFazio wrote
on 29 Mar 2010 8:31 AM

great seeing you there, Pokey and your trip to Napa looks great. Love the collection of corks from the bottles you and John consumed...haha.


Jane LaFazio wrote
on 29 Mar 2010 8:32 AM

great seeing you there, Pokey and your trip to Napa looks great. Love the collection of corks from the bottles you and John consumed...haha.


on 29 Mar 2010 8:44 AM

I think I can see my sister's house in your photo!  What a beautiful view!  I look forward to my visits to SF every summer.  Napa Valley is gorgeous and your photos make me feel all sunshiney.  Thanks for sharing.