SFQG meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of most months and are held the San Francisco Chinese Seventh Day Adventist Church at 7777 Geary Blvd, cross street 42nd Avenue, San Francisco, CA. (Due to the holidays, November and December meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month,) Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. However, it is a tradition for members to come early to socialize, browse our extensive library, or check out the various activities. Doors open at 6:30.

General Meetings: Our General meetings consist of business and announcements followed by Show & Tell. After a short refreshment break, the remainder of the meeting is reserved for our featured speaker. The speakers for the next several meetings will be listed below.

Board Meetings: All members are invited to join the Board for the monthly Board meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month, except for Nov. when the meeting is held the third Tuesday, and there is no board meeting held in December.  Board meetings start at 6:30 pm. See Calendar for location.  Committee chairs are especially encouraged to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there.

We welcome guests to join us. Admission is $5. Scroll down to see Map at bottom of this page for directions

November 14, 2017
SFQG Annual Auction.

Our November meeting, this year held on November’s second Tuesday, is our annual auction. Judging by its reception in the past few years, this auction will not only be a fantastic fundraiser, but loads of fun as well. Bring some friends, too—there will be no guest fee for November! Please donate clean, quiltrelated items. Linda Bartolotta, our wonderful vice president, is coordinating the auction, and will be sharing information all about it with you. When (or if) you find yourself in the midst of an Autumn cleansing of your sewing and craft areas, please put aside any items you would like to donate to this evening of laughter and fun and bring them to November’s guild meeting. Book donations are also welcome—Cher asks that you email or call her well in advance so she can decide how to receive and transport them; if you can help contact or call (415) 596 1242.

We will have tables for refreshments, membership (renewals), and sewcials. Community Outreach will be accepting all donations, Secret Pals will be trading gifts. But, there will be no free table, library will be closed, no friendship blocks, no new Block of the Month, and no Show & Tell. 

New this year will be a RAFFLE! Two fantastic items will be awarded. One is a brand new Babylock Anna sewing machine donated by Serge-a-Lot. The winner will receive a free lesson on their new sewing machine or lesson on another machine of their choice that they already own. The other item is a SewEzi portable sewing table with custom insert donated by the owner of SewEzi. The custom insert—for your sewing machine—will be provided after the winner informs SewEzi about the make and model of their sewing machine.  Ticket holder must be present at the November meeting to claim their prize!

January 16, 2018
Linda Gass: 

Art Quilts and the Art of Mapping

Linda uses historical and modern day maps to research how changes in the landscape affect water resources in California and the American West and makes map based art in a variety of materials and settings in response to her research. Linda’s presentation will take you on a photographic journey to the places that inspire her work and into her studio showing her artistic process and resulting artwork.

You can see more of Linda’s work at

Based in Los Altos, Linda creates art about land use and water issues in California and the American West. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science, and has been creating art for more than 19 years after a decade-long career in software. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in books and magazines, including 500 Art Quilts, The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, and American Craft. Linda's awards include the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship and the Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship. She recently completed a Creative Ecology Art and Science Residency through the Palo Alto Art Center and Junior Museum and Zoo. Linda is a native Californian and when she’s not making art or championing environmental causes, you can find her backpacking, camping and hiking in the wilderness areas of the West where she finds much of the inspiration for her work.
Cooley Landing: Life in Water
18” w x 18” h
Copyright ©2015 Linda Gass
Photographer Credit: Don Tuttle
Owens River Diversion
45” w x 30” h,
Copyright ©2012 Linda Gass
Photographer Credit: Don Tuttle 
Severely Burned (Detail)
8” w x 8” h
Copyright ©2014 Linda Gass
Photographer Credit: Don Tuttle

February 20, 2018
Mike “Mac” McNamara:
Meaning, Metaphor and Humor in Quilt-Making
A love of puzzles, ties to community, and a sense of humor shine through the many quilts—some past, some present—in this trunk show by longtime San Francisco quilter Mac McNamara. "My quilts come from admiration, fascination, love, and good ole glib rejoinders with people,” he says. "Some come from reimagining known images, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, or Sunbonnet Sue. Some are puzzles, rebuses, or private jokes. My quilts are not too concerned with color, size, specific fabrics, accuracy, matching things, or measuring. Just fun, thought-provoking, love, and making something to bring comfort." You can find out more about Mac at


March 20, 2018
Geri Patterson-Kutras
The Artist Within

Geri is a story teller. She’ll tell her story with slides, quilts and anecdotes, both funny and poignant, about the 25- year journey she’s been on as an art quilter. Geri’s message is how the “Artist Within” each of us is a muse that drives our creativity and influences every aspect of our lives. Our quilts tell our stories and bind us together as friends, families and quilting community. To learn more about Geri visit her website at


April 17, 2018
Judy Coates Perez
Inspiration: Where does it come from?
Known for painted and collaged mixed media art quilts, Judy talks about the creative process, de- velopment of ideas, as well as how life experience, and maybe even an ADD mind have propelled her exploration for using a variety of painting media and combining alternative materials from tea bags to metal with fabric and stitching. You can find out more about Judy at


May 15, 2018
Pam Rocco
Quilting By the Seat of My Pants

A quilter for nearly 50 years, Pam has the enthusiasm of a new convert and is constantly reinventing herself. She’ll discuss getting started and sticking with your work, even if you’re only quilting for yourself; setting achievable goals; evaluating your work; finding an authentic voice; feeling comfortable taking risks,and incorporating chance and found objects into your quilting. You can find her work on Pinterest; and don’t miss this terrific post about Pam on the Plaid Portico blog,


June 19, 2018
Teresa Duryea Wong
Quilts, Cotton & Indigo from Japan

 A passionate speaker and author of three books on Japan’s quilts and textiles, Teresa Duryea Wong will talk about two enduring plants—cotton and indigo—and their dramatic impact on Japan’s culture and textiles. She’ll showcase quilts made with both very old and very new Japanese textiles; explore stories behind traditional folk textiles such as boro and sashiko; offer a behind-the-scenes look inside the world’s finest quilting cotton printing mills; and discuss the making of indigo dye, cotton katazome and kasuri textiles, yukata kimonos and more. You can discover more about Teresa at


Interested in seeing our past speakers? 

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