Sewcials held at the Police Academy, 350 Amber Drive, San Francisco.
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New Pricing Policy for Sewcials
The SFQG board of directors recently adopted an experimental pricing policy that lowers the fee for Sewcials to $50 for Guild members and $65 for mon-members. The one-year trial is intended to
- Encourage and increase workshop participation
- Keep workshop participant fees affordable
- Make workshop participant fees consistent
- Cancel fewer workshops
- Ease management of workshops
In addition to the fee reduction, the policy also specifies that
- Sewcials must have a minimum enrollment of 10 people
- Workshops with fewer than 10 participants will be canceled in time to cancel our contract with the instructor
- The Guild will subsidize any shortfall in income from participants, up to a maximum of $2,000 in the 2015-16 fiscal year
- This policy will be reviewed after one year
The Guild has an excellent line up of classes to offer its members in 2015-16 and participation should be affordable and encouraged. Participation supports many of the purposes of the Guild, including developing new quiltmaking techniques, sharing skills and knowledge, and providing instruction. We are in a healthy financial position to experiment with this proposal.
A supply list will be provided when you sign up. Arrive about 15 minutes before the start of the workshop (9:45 am) to set up and get directions so that we can begin on time. Please remember that there are no refunds for cancellations.
In addition to Supply List for each Sewcial, please bring: extension cord, cutting board,rRotary cutter, sewing machine, rulers, fabric, etc.
Bring your lunch or there are several places to purchase within walking distance. For the comfort of all, please attend Sewcials “fragrance-free.”
January 23, 2016 • Sheila Collins
Night Into Day… Zipper Into Artwork
I love the implied motion that a zipper provides, and by combining it with one of my favorite subjects (the sun), you can create the transition of night into day. My construction technique is fusible appliqué and we’ll be working in layers. The finished piece is glued to a painted canvas to be hung on your wall. It will be a fun day of playing with fabric in a different way. I invite you to join us! Click here for student supply list.
March 19, 2016 • Nancy Bardach
Starting a New Quilt & Improving as You Go
After looking at a few quilts (some by Nancy, some by participants), we’ll do a few designs and explore how to start a new quilt and improve it as we sew. No sewing machine needed—just eyes, heads and hands (plus a few supplies). Participants will end up with ideas, new starts and lots of information, from entering quilt shows to advice, quotations and laughs from other quilters, teachers and artists.
April 23, 2016 • Ursula Kern
From Fabric Collage to Quilt: Ursula Kern’s Introduction to Modular Design
Starting with a collage of fabric scraps, students explore Ursula’s modular design technique for developing their idea, expanding their color palette and using grids to turn their models into sewn quilt blocks. Students begin by gluing fabric snippets from three color groups into 1–2 small collages. Next they extend their choice of colors and fabrics, creating what Ursula calls a “shopping list.” Working with a see-through grid (squares, rectangles, etc.), student focus on one area and enlarge it to a sewable block size, adding fabrics from their shopping list. The block can then be sewn using string piecing, a traditional design or improvisational piecing. Students leave the class with several test blocks, ideas for adding “spice colors,” and steps to follow for finishing their quilt.
May 21, 2026 • Laura Fraga
Techniques for Dear Jane
Laura shares her tested approaches for the techniques you’ll need to start your Dear Jane journey. These include the elements of hand appliqué, using freezer paper and spray starch, making sharp points, perfect circles and bias stems.
June 25, 2016
July 23, 2016 • Freddy Moran
Students will make a patchwork collage, capturing a still life, landscape or any concept desired. Freddy will show more than 25 quilts, books and pictures to help students achieved their desired effect. This is a BIG BOLD project, the more color you use, the happier your collage.
August 20,2016 • Kevin Kosbab
Traditional pieced units—Half-Square Triangles, Drunkard’s Path, Triangle in a Square, and more—are the building blocks for this modern alphabet sampler. Students may work towards the 26-block quilt (49" × 58") or a runner/banner spelling out a word or name. We’ll cover all the main piecing techniques in the workshop so you’ll be able to finish the remaining blocks confidently. We’ll also look at color choices to create the translucent effects seen in the sample quilt.
September 24, 2016 • Thom Atkins
Bead Embroidery for Quilters
This workshop explore types of beads, their shapes, varieties of finishes and their use on quilts to create texture and bring color changes to the surface. Students will learn four basic stitches.
Participants should have some prior knowledge of hand sewing.
There will be a $25 kit fee. Tom will offer a selection of kit fabrics to choose from. Kits include fabric sandwich, beads, needles and thread. Students bring embroidery scissors and a pair of chain nose pliers, if they have them.
Ongoing Project: Still making Postcards? Instructions here.
SEWCIALS AT THE POLICE ACADEMY
SF Police Academy, 350 Amber Drive (near Duncan), near Diamond Heights Safeway.
Sewcials are generally held the Saturday or Sunday following the guild meeting, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Take SF Muni bus #52 or drive your car, parking is free.
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