April 19, 2014

Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Free to Textile Arts Council members, $5 for SFQG members, students & museum members, $10 for non-members

The Textile Arts Council (TAC) presents, with the co-sponsorship of the SFQG, Shelly Zegart - founder of The Kentucky Quilt Project Inc., the first state documentation project, The Alliance for American Quilts, which originated The Quilt Index, and executive producer and host for the 9-part documentary “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics”. She has spent more than three decades researching, documenting and showcasing the heritage of quilting in America. Recognized internationally, her work transcends stereotype and myth, combining rigorous academic scholarship with a deep respect and personal connection to the craft. In Shelly’s presentation quilts are the tangible expressions of ideas about art, self, and community. As the quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, will tell you, the consideration of their work as art is new to their way of thinking. It is not a question of the ability to create and appreciate the aesthetics of their work, but one of how the contemporary art world receives and values that work. Shelly Zegart continues to demolish the divisions that inhibit the reception of the quilt as art—both in the minds of makers and viewers.Come learn about the evolution of her work with quilts as she shares both favorite quilt images and clips from “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics”. Her talk will focus on who she was trying to reach and why when creating the documentary.

From collector, scholar, dealer, author, to filmmaker - Shelly is always looking at the role and impact of quilts at the center of American culture.

The TAC was created more than 25 years ago to advance the appreciation of the textile and costume collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. For more information about TAC and Shelly Zegart go to, and

Janome America Inc. Recalls Elna Sewing Machines Due to Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Sewing machine
Units: About 600
Importer: Janome America Inc. of Mahwah, N.J.
Hazard: The wires inside the sewing machine can short circuit, posing a risk of fire.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm knows of one report of a sewing machine catching fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the Elna eXcellence 740 sewing machine. The machine is white and navy with a digital touch panel. "Elna" and "eXcellence 740" are printed on the front of the machine.
Sold at: Sewing machine stores nationwide from September 2010 through April 2011 for about $3,000.
Manufactured in: Japan and Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the machine and return it to the store where it was purchased for a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Janome America at (800) 631-0183 anytime or visit the firm's website at