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.
February 21, 2017 • Joy-Lily
100 Quilts: Why I Did It & What I Learned
When our guild called for premie quilts, I had so much fun making small quilt tops that I challenged myself to make 100 of them. It took 13 months. During this adventure I discovered a lot about myself and about quilting: piecing strategies, color play, working in a series, what my quilting “sweet spot” is, and much more. You’ll see all the quilts and hear what happened along the way. Learn more about Joy-Lily here.
March 21, 2017 • Luke Haynes
Inspirations and Creations
This dynamic quilter presents a digital slideshow—plus a few actual quilts—to demonstrate the kinds of works he has created and some of the inspirations he draws upon from architecture and beyond. Learn more about Luke here.
April 18, 2017 • Sujata Shah
Cultural Fusion Quilts
Starting with a slideshow of her travels through India as well as her journey as a quilter, Sujata continues her dynamic presentation with a trunk show of original quilts from her book “Cultural Fusion Quilts.” She will share how she combines memories of the past and her inspirations into quilts. Learn more about Sujata here.
May 16, 2017 • Sherri Lynn Wood
Making Do: Quilts from Recyclables
Sherri talks about her residency last year at Recology San Francisco, where she produced an amazing body of fiber art from an abundance of found objects. “Making do is not only about solving a problem with what’s at hand … it also fostered within me a collaborative, receptive, and improvisational rhythm of attention marked by acceptance, and respect for how things are, with room for what showed up, including mistakes, and deviations from any or all previous plans.” Learn more about Sherri here.
June 20, 2017 • Heidi Emmett & Christine Barnes
A Kaffe Fassett Extravaganza
Together Christine Barnes and Heidi Emmett present a fun, fast-paced lecture about Kaffe (rhymes with “safe”), an American artist living in London who is famous worldwide for his quilts, knit wear, needlepoint and mosaics. His patterned, striped and shot-cotton fabrics have been favorites with quilters for decades. The program includes two short videos of Kaffe talking about his approach to color and design and a trunk show of quilts and wearables that Christine and Heidi have made from his fabrics and yarns. Learn more about Heidi here and Christine at this link.
July 18, 2017 • Mel Beach
After making more than 25 challenge quilts in three years(!!), Mel Beach has lots of adventures, misadventures and advice to share. She’ll talk about challenges at the local, national and international level. She’ll inspire you with her own quilts and their stories, along with tips and tricks that will encourage you to enter your own quilts, regardless of style or level of experience and skill! Learn more about Mel here.
August 15, 2017 • Katie Pasquini Masopust
Painting with Cloth
This slide/lecture shows my development from early paintings through traditional quilts up to the present contemporary wall quilts. I will show early traditional quilts, mandalas, three-dimensional quilts, isometric quilts, fractured landscape quilts and my new ghost layer-plus-color washes. Katie includes touches on inspirations, funny stories, mistakes and foul-ups, and design techniques, with time for Q&A. Learn more about Katie here.
September 19, 2017 • Rami Kim
Asian Designs in a Modern World
Interested in the fusion of Asian designs with Western styles and bringing something new (and old!) to your quilting? This lecture and trunk show demonstrates many designs and concepts that are more than a thousand years old from the “Land of Morning Calm,” Korea. You’ll see quilts, wearables, traditional costumes called Hanbok, bags, wrapping cloth called Bojahgy and many more items that can be inspirational and practical projects for today’s needle artists. Learn more about Rami here.
October 17, 2017 • Jenny K. Lyon
Quilting is a Contact Sport!
A sometimes humorous look at how quilting affects our lives and relationships from a wizard at free-motion quilting. Jenny’s talk also includes a trunk show of award-winning quilts and garments. Jenny comes from a long line of traditional bed quilt-makers and took her first quilting class in 1983. But it wasn’t until 1999 that a class unleashed her need to create, and she hasn’t stopped since. Learn more about Jenny here. And make sure to check out her free tutorials.