Meeting Archive 2012

January 17 - Marion Coleman

East Bay fabric artist Marion Coleman brings her quilter’s perspective on the world around her to first meeting of 2012, January 21.  Her earlier career in youth and family services inform her pieces which, as written on her website, “explore memory, social change and community.”  Her topic, “What a Story”, will be augmented by a display of her quilts.  

Recipient of numerous residencies, grants and awards, Ms. Coleman’s quilts have been exhibited around the world, and hang in several private collections.  Additionally her work has been featured in such diverse publications as “Crafted Lives,”  “Quilts Inspired by President Obama,” and “Journey of Hope.”

Come to the meeting expecting to be inspired! You won’t be disappointed.
For more info, visit her website,

February 21:  Norah McMeeking

A descendent of printers, sign painters and seamstresses, in various generations, Norah has combined all these genetic influences into her quiltmaking expressions.  

Ms. McMeeking has taught quiltmaking for 20 years at the community college in Santa Barbara, has published a book “Bella Bella Quilts“ based on the tiles she admired on travels in Europe. If it’s technically difficult, she loves it.  

On Feb. 21, we’ll be treated to “eye candy” of engineering marvels with her presentation. Want to visit Italy? Feasting on these quilts in California may be almost as good as going there. Come see!
For more info, visit her website: 


March 20:  Anelie Belden

Anelie Belden brings us the 21st century version of a 1930s classic with her book and lecture about “Thoroughly Modern Dresden.”  New techniques and vibrant colors are hallmark of her exciting quilts.  A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Anelie worked in the clothing industry before she encountered quilting.  More info:


April 17:  Becky Goldsmith

Becky Goldsmith is half of the talented quilt design team we know as Piece o’ Cake Designs, headquartered in Texas.  Specializing in applique, Piece o’ Cake has been a visible presence in the quilt world for years, yet each new design continues to be fresh and appealing, including those in the book to be released this spring.  The duo of Becky and Linda Jenkins also offer eBooks, fabrics and notions on their website.  Becky will also teach at our April Sewcial. More info:


May 15:  Merle Axelrad Serle

Merle Axelrad Serlin creates landscapes from thousands of tiny pieces of fabric.  Her fabric collages are in numerous public, corporate, and private collections and have been featured in exhibitions at museums and galleries, including the Dennos Art Museum in Traverse City, Michigan, the California State Museum in Sacramento, and Entrée Libre in New York City.

The title of her talk is "Art and Fear". It is the story of her journey from at-home-mom and hobby-quilter to full-time artist.  And yes - it's about overcoming fear and the whole imposter complex about being an artist. More info:


June 19:  Carol Larson

Carol Larson’s presentation will examine the 10 most common mistakes made by artists when submitting work to juried exhibits. Approximately 20% of entries to a juried exhibit were disqualified before the juror received the files.
Carol’s award-winning work is in the corporate collections of The James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco, CA; Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA and The John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA; as well as in several private collections in the US and abroad. More info:


July 17: Laura Lee Fritz
When ‘Oh Just Stipple It’ Isn’t Enough

Laura Lee Fritz, author of 10 quilt design books featuring continuous quilt designs of every-day objects, is also a long-arm quilter keeping her word about adding beauty, meaning and value to the textiles in her customer’s lives. Her presentation will encourage all of us to think - and quilt - beyond that trusty technique. Website:


August 21: Pat Dicker
Every Quilt Is a Learning Experience
Pat Dicker produces prodigious amounts of work. Her quilts have been featured in Woman’s Day magazine and in Mary Mashuta’s book “Confetti Quilts.” A graduate with a degree in art from San Jose State University, Pat has become an award winning quilt artist. She reminds us in her Aug. 21 presentation that “Every Quilt is a Learning Experience.” Website:


September 18: Alma de la Melena Cox
Inspiration and the Creative Process
Alma de la Melena Cox creates a dynamic fusion of elements by bringing together "tela” (the Spanish word for fabric), and "madera" (the Spanish word for wood) in her telamadera fusion technique. Each creation requires patience, as it can take several weeks for one work to evolve. Alma takes quilting “outside the box” with her unique technique. Her presentation on September 18, “Inspiration and the Creative Process” will be the perfect impetus for our autumn quilting. Website:


October 16: Cyndy Rymer
Quilters ADD: Can You Relate?
Cyndy Rymer, after 8 years as editor at C&T Publishing, can justifiably be a quilt celebrity name-dropper. However, in her October 16 presentation “Quilter’s ADD: Can You Relate?” Cyndy will share a trunk-load of the quilts she made during and since those years. Author and co-author of numerous books, there’s a colorful quilt in her presentation sure to inspire you! Website:


December 11: (note: 2nd Tuesday in December)


Our meeting will not only include the Booksale and Show and Tell but will have three craft tables set up during the program portion. Be sure to get there early because the Booksale will start at 6:45. The Booksale will resume after Show & Tell along with the opportunity to make a Folded Fabric ornaments with Carol Munch, Gift Boxes with Gloria Miller (remember all the pin boxes at the 30th Anniversary) or Gift Tags from repurposed materials with Monica Lee and Dorothy Yuki. Monica is artist-in-residence at Ruth’s Table – - and with Dorothy has conducted numerous workshops at SCRAP, FabMo and Ruth’s Table.  To see additional projects by Monica check out her blog –