Meeting Archive 2018

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

Based in Los Altos, Linda creates art about land use and water issues in California and the American West. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science, and has been creating art for more than 19 years after a decade-long career in software. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in books and magazines, including 500 Art Quilts, The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, and American Craft. Linda's awards include the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship and the Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship. She recently completed a Creative Ecology Art and Science Residency through the Palo Alto Art Center and Junior Museum and Zoo. Linda is a native Californian and when she’s not making art or championing environmental causes, you can find her backpacking, camping and hiking in the wilderness areas of the West where she finds much of the inspiration for her work.
Cooley Landing: Life in Water
18” w x 18” h
Copyright ©2015 Linda Gass 
Photographer Credit: Don Tuttle
Owens River Diversion
45” w x 30” h, 
Copyright ©2012 Linda Gass 
Photographer Credit: Don Tuttle 
Severely Burned (Detail)
8” w x 8” h
Copyright ©2014 Linda Gass 
Photographer Credit: Don Tuttle

February 20, 2018
Mike “Mac” McNamara: 
Meaning, Metaphor and 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


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


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


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,


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


July 17, 2018
Kathy Doughty
Accidental Designer
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.