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.”
March 19, 2016 • Nancy Bardach
Exercise Your Design Muscle!
Pretend you’re Nancy for a day! To get some hands-on practice with a few key approaches for creating an original quilt, participants will rotate through different design exercises and try playing with black and white, experimenting with composition, exploring transparency, perspective and scale, and more. Nancy will talk about tricks she learned in architecture school, finding inspiration, looking at fabrics for potential. But her main focus will be on something that sounds simple—how to look—and how to harness that skill to edit your work, change it and improve it. Please note: Cost, payable in advance, is $50 for members, plus a $5 materials fee; $65 for nonmembers plus a $7 materials fee. To register please contact Cathy Miranker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-200-8078. Click here for a PDF with more details, photos and a student supply list.
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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