Mission & History

The San Francisco Quilters Guild is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission, under its bylaws, is to provide an atmosphere of friendship and companionship for anyone interested in the art of quilting, quiltmaking and related art forms by:

  • Preserving and continuing the traditions and history of the art of quilting and related art forms
  • Developing and contributing to new quiltmaking techniques and related art forms
  • Sharing skills and knowledge in the field of quiltmaking
  • Providing instruction and furthering education in quiltmaking through lectures, forums, workshops, seminars, and exchanges of information with other guilds
  • Establishing and maintaining a library with resource books, patterns and templates
  • Providing ongoing information on quilting events
  • Contributing to community education and appreciation of the art of quiltmaking

Members can read our complete bylaws on the Members Only page.

The guild was founded in 1981 by Caroline Lieberman, Anita Barber, Joanne Campbell, Judy Cauthen, Lorna Barish, Shirley Towan and Joanne Watson. More than 60 quilters joined the guild at its first meeting, on October 5, 1981, and were designated Charter Members; their names can be found here.

  • You can read a concise history of the SFQG here.
  • Here are the names of our current and past presidents.
  • Quiltmaker Stories, collected by guild historian Jeanie Low, are on the Members Only page.