Lisa Ellis

SAQA New President

On April 8, 2018, I passed the SAQA President Crown to Lisa Walton. She is our first SAQA President to reside outside the US. She hails from Austalia.

I'll taught at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena. It was a blast to present the SAQA exhibit Modern Inspirations.

Signup to hear SAQA's lecture on Modern Inspirations (with collegue Nancy Bavor) and a Gallery Walk of the Special Exhibits.

To read more and signup:

Sacred Threads 2017 is now over. It was another rendition of an poignant and beautiful exhibit.

Our 2019 exhibit plans are well underway. Plan to come and enter.

July 11-28, 2019 at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, VA.

The call for entry is October 1, 2018 - January 10, 2019.

Visit our website for all the details:

Wind Chimes: Elements and Seasons

Fiber Artists @ loose ends has added to the windchime installation with 10 additional pieces representing the seasons.

The exhibit schedule:

Houston Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, Nov 2-5, 2017

Blackhouse Musuem in Blacksburg, VA through May 2017

VA Quilt Musuem, Harrison, VA through August 2017

Houston, International Quilt Festival, November 2-5, 2017

Wind Chimes: Elements

The ten members of Fiber Artists@loose ends created this 4 part installation featuring the four elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Within the parameters set by the group the 4 pieces rotate on their own and reflect each artists own unique style and individuality. We are always looking to challenge ourselves to create art and explore new ideas and techniques and show our passion for the medium.

See Wind chimes at Fiber National 2016 at the Workhouse Art Center . May 28 - August 31, 2016

On April 3, 2016, I became the new President of Studio Art Quilt Associates.

Pictured to my right is Kris Sazaki, the outgoing president who served the organization well for three plus years.

I am wearing the crown given to Kris by Yvonne Porcella at our organization's twenty fifth anniversary.

This crown was made by Darcy Falk for Yvonne's Silver Star in 1998 at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Photo curtesey of Cynthia Winslow, SAQA Social Media Manager

I will be teaching at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, November 3-November 6, 2016. I hope you will look for me!

You can find me at the Friday, Sampler Forum, Healing Quilts in Medicine lecture on Saturday afternoon and my Graceful Trees workshop on Sunday morning.

I look forward to seeing you in Houston!

 Pat Sloan Podcast On October 5, 2015 I was on Pat Sloan's American Quilting Radio. Click here to hear the show.

The guest list was Sharyn Sowell, Konda Luckau, Lisa Ellis, and Erin Cox


I am Published!

The December 2014/ January 2015 issue of Quilting Arts published my article about our Healing Quilts in Medicine projects. Inluded was a gallery of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and Viewing Room at the Univeristy of Michigan.

Sacred Threads 2015 is coming this July!

The dates are July 10 - 26, 2015.

The call for entries for the main exhibit has now ended and the work is incredible. You do not want to miss seeing this amazing exhibit of our most poignant pieces.

For more information and to see gallery images, go to the Sacred Threads website or contact me at

Mary Kerr's has included my work in two of her recent books.

Cutting Edge Art Quilts and Dare to Dance. These are beautiful coffee table books and make wonderful gifts.

You can purchase these books directly from Mary Kerr. Here is the link to her webpage.

Our Healing Quilts in Medicine exhibit commissioned by the National Institutes of Health traveled to International Quilt Fesitcal in Chigaco, Long Beach and Houston. Twenty one pieces, based on the plants and animals used to make cancer treatments were featured. Go to gallery.