January 15, 2019 • Tara Faughnan
From Cardboard to Instagram
Since Tara began quilting in 2001—using a reprint of the 1931 edition of 101 Patchwork Patterns—she has rocketed to fame in the modern quilting world, exhibiting her work and teaching at QuiltCon and doing textile design for such clients as Michael Miller Fabric and Pottery Barn Kids. She will share stories and quilts of her journey from traditional to modern quilter, with stop-offs in contemporary and art quilting along the way. Her philosophy is about embracing all aspects of quilting to create in the present time. You can read more about Tara here.
February 19, 2019 • Rosalie Dace
Reflections of an Itinerant Quilter
“We are all products of our history and my quilts come directly from my life,” says Rosalie Dace. Her lecture traces views and thoughts of people, places, ideas and objects that have inspired her from her childhood in rural South Africa to the crazy traveling she’s done over the past 30 years. Images of her homes and quilts, the people and places that influenced them, works in progress and more offer insights into her endeavors as a working artist and teacher. Learn more about Rosalie here.
March 19, 2019 • Jen Landau
Art quilts made with handspun wool? Colorful locks of goat fleece as foliage? Free-standing art quilts without a front or back? Discover Jennifer Landau’s wooly adventure creating art quilts and 3D fiber art out of her spinning and felting. See how “knit felt,” machine felting, and even thrift store sweaters become the foundation layer for piecing, quilting, surface design and embellishment. Whether it is a landscape, Victorian houses, or geometric abstraction, all of Jen’s work includes wool that has been felted in one manner or another. Examples and photos of completed and in-progress works will be shared … as well as wooly fibers to be fondled!
April 16, 2019 • Special Appearance
A rock star of the quilting world, Alex is perhaps best know as co-host and co-founder of The Quilt Show.com (with Ricky Tims). The 12-year-old program now boasts 27/7 access to more than 220 shows, classes, tips and techniques, patterns and projects for 140,000+ members. Alex and Ricky were also co-founders of The Quilt Life Magazine (2009 – 2014). Author of 30 books, Alex is also a designer of fabrics with RJR Fabrics and co-creater with RNK Distributing (Floriani) of the Quilters Select brand. Alex has been creating more modern-oriented quilts lately and her trunk show for the SFQG will present work that runs the gamut from traditional to modern, with something of interest for every quilter.
May 21, 2019 • Martha Wolfe
Becoming a fiber artist has been an exciting journey for Martha. In this lecture she shares the story of her personal creative path, interwoven with experiences from international travels that have inspired her work. She’ll also discuss how you can transform your photographs into artworks as she shares her process and representative quilts from her work. Learn more about Martha here.
June 18, 2019 • Material Girlfriends
Quilter’s Color Therapy: The Psychology of Color
Color plays an important role in our lives. The colors we choose when creating a quilt say more about our state of mind than we realize. A quilter’s stash can represent years of color therapy! Enjoy twin sisters Lora Zmak and Lisa Norton of MaterialGirlfriends.com as they explain color psychology, share the meanings of the most popular colors, and explore different fabric genres in quilting. Be delighted with their trunk show as the sisters share color therapy examples.
July 16, 2019 • Cathie Hoover
A Moo-ving Evening with Cathie Hoover
Utilizing Holstein cows in her designs was a natural for Cathie even before moving to Moo-desto. The graphic black-and-white patterns on these cows and their gentle nature appeal to her. During a presentation covering 21+ years of original work, Cathie shows her quilts and garments, offering humorous commentary about each piece. She welcomes questions about techniques, materials used, even trade secrets! Learn more about Cathie here.
August 20, 2019 • Laurel Anderson
Laurel presents an overview of appliqué history (including an 1850s-style appliqué quilt and a surprising story of the invention of the sewing machine!), as well as her personal appliqué journey.
She’ll discuss changes in styles and how they evolved with the fortunes of our country. She’ll also cover the progression of appliqué methods and her own exploration of those techniques. Find out more about Laurel and see more of her work here.
September 17, 2019 • Nancy Brown
New Animal Quilts
In a talk that is part digital presentation and part trunk show, Nancy discusses her approach to design, the stories behind her up-close fabric portraits of giraffes and dozens of other creatures, and how students can make patterns that look like their own pets. Her quilts are all original designs, pieced by machine, and hand-appliquéd and quilted. Learn more about Nancy here.
October, 15, 2019 • Jean Impey
Finding Your Passion and Running With It
Find out how Jean Impey fell in love with spider web quilts and followed her passion into a seemingly endless series of designs and variations.“The spider web design made a huge impression on me back in 2007,” she says. “I started making one and then found I couldn’t make them fast enough to keep up with all the ideas that originated from this one design. I love sharing my spider webs with others, showing them how one thing leads to another. When you find something that clicks, I think you need to keep at it, and maybe you call it a series.” Her talk includes a tutorial so quilters will learn something while listening to her lecture. Learn more about Jean here.
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 www.lindagass.com.
February 20, 2018 • Mike “Mac” McNamara
Meaning, Metaphor & 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 www.macquilts.com.
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 geripkartquilts.com
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 www.judycoatesperez.com
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, theplaidportico.com/tag/pam-rocco/
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 teresaduryeawong.com
July 17, 2018 • Kathy Doughty
The SFQG is lucky to snag Kathy Doughty — the Australia-based quilter, fabric designer, blogger and owner of the renowned Material Obsession shop — during her current swing through the United States. Also a prolific author and international teacher, Kathyhas been involved in the industty since 2003 and has contributed to the changing influences in the patchwork and quilting community. In the lecture she shares the story of how all these influences have shaped her experience.
August 21, 2018 • Alice Beasley
The Art of Illusion
The name Alice Beasley is synonymous in the Bay Area with portraits in fabric of people and things—dancers, take-out food, water, soldiers, flowers, race horses, children, swimmers, family members, and more. Her quilts have a painterly quality, but she works her magic without paints, dyes or surface treatments. Starting with ordinary fabrics, translucent silks and organzas, Alice layers and fuses snippets to create a collaged composition. She’ll describe this process—from inspirations to techniques to completed images—in her talk. You can read more about Alice at www.alicebeasley.com.
September 18, 2018 • NorCal SAQA
Up Close and Personal: Selecting Quilts for Exhibition
Get up close and personal with a trunk show of small quilts from the NorCal region of the Studio Art Quilt Associates in this hands-on activity led by SAQA fiber artists. The event begins with an introduction to guidelines for critiquing and selecting quilts for
exhibition. Then participants break into groups for an up-close look at a selection of pieces from the trunk show. Next each group will discuss which piece(s) to propose for inclusion in a show, and then pitch their choice to everyone in the room. It’s a fun and lively activity that’ll give guild members a new way of looking at quilts.
October 16, 2018 • Stacey Sharman
Modern Improvisation/Traditional Inspiration
Stacey Sharman is a founding member of the East Bay Modern Quilters and one of the owners of Hello Stitch Studio, a sewing and quilting community makerspace in Berkeley. Always fascinated by the secret stories of old objects, Stacey is drawn to the mystery and individual expression of vintage quilts. She will examine how the works of mostly unknown women have influenced her craft and how her craft has changed her life. She will also talk about the process of finding and forming a vibrant community around cloth, needle and thread.