Meeting Archive 2015

January 20, 2015 – Sue Fox
“Immersing Oneself in the Quilting Life” - An interactive dialogue with slides and trunk show

Sue Fox has always made her living with a sewing machine. From a humble start of making prom dresses & cowboy shirts for friends during high school, and working her way through college by sewing for some of the Bay Area’s Art-to-Wear luminaries in the late 70’s, she kicked into gear in the 80’s and 90’s as an award winning costume designer (and maker) for alternative circuses, dance troupes, and theater companies along the west coast. All that sewing for the human figure changed, however, in the year 2000, when her studio mate brought a long arm quilting machine into their shared workroom. The rest, as they say, is “her story”.

Known for engaging the audience with questions and commentary, Fox will delve into a dialogue considering what its like to encounter an all consuming hobby/ creative habit and discover that there is a huge world of quilting enthusiasts that one never knew about. Utilizing an interactive slide lecture and trunk show, Fox leads a conversation on what it means to be a quilter today, surrounded by the myriad materials, techniques, and quilting styles available. With your quilt show entry forms firmly in the hands of the admissions committee, we hope you will settle in for an evening of contemplation and laughter.


February 17, 2015 – Ben Venom

Ben Venom is interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society. Ben describes his work as opposing forces colliding at lightning speed. Imagery found in vintage tattoos, the occult, and motorcycle gangs are stitched together with recycled materials... Serious, yet attempting to take on a B movie Horror film style where ridiculousness becomes genius.

Holding a Masters of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute, Ben lives and works in San Francisco. His work has been included in ARTFORUM Magazine, and he was selected for Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His work has been shown nationally and internationally and he was interviewed on NP: All Things Considered and by Creative Mojo Radio.

Ben’s website:
Ben’s Blog – has the Creative Mojo interview:


March 17, 2015 – Jenny Bowker
Pack and Follow ~ Travel & Quilting

Working in textiles since 1997 Jenny Bowker melds her fine art work and textile work. She is interested in the way pattern comes into many parts of our lives and often includes some geometrical piecing in her work – she believes it technically keeps her on her toes as well as providing a key for traditional quilters to her work. Jenny’s presentation is of her life as a quilter and diplomat’s wife, showing how her travels have influenced her work. Nominated for the American Professional Teacher of the Year Award 2004 Jenny lectures and teaches around the world. Locally you may find her teaching through Empty Spools Seminars in Asilomar- currently she will be teaching March 22-27.
Asilomar class:

Arabesque and details  

Mohamed Sa'ad  and detail 

April 21, 2015 – Lynne Pillus
My Journey to the Mechanical Quilt – Why Mechanics?

A quilter for almost thirty years, Lynne started as many of us have, the old fashioned way with templates and a needle and thread. Her first quilts were very traditional and as time went on Lynne started searching for her own voice. While on a Farm City Tour put on by CSU Chico- Lynne took a photo of a piece of farm equipment, printed it out, and wondered if it was possible to make quilt. It was. 

Join Lynne as she takes us on her journey to making Mechanical Quilts – and join the Sewcial Workshop on Saturday, April 21 to make your own Mechanical Quilt with Lynne.


May 19, 2015 – Lynn Koolish
Alternative Surfaces & Fibers to Quilt, Stitch & Embellish

Lynn has been sewing since she was old enough to sit at a sewing machine, and has been quilting since 1990. Her sense of color and design has been shaped by assorted careers and pastimes including theatrical costume and lighting design, photography, and Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), and of course a variety of quilting and surface design classes. A fabric dyer since 1996, Lynn teaches a variety of surface design and quilting classes.

Lynn’s presentation will cover new possibilities in quilt making… Why limit yourself to cotton when there are so many other alternatives to add color and texture to your work. Lynn will talk about using new, alternative fibers, including Lutrador, Spunbound, mul-tex, kraft-tex, and more – and see how they can be used in your work.

June 16, 2015 - Susan Else
Off the Wall: Quilting in Three Dimensions

Susan Else treats cloth as a wild flexible skin for three-dimensional objects. Her work has developed in tandem with the art quilt movement, though is one of the few artists making sculpture from the medium. Susan uses cloth to create an alternative universe, and the resulting work is full of contradictions: it is whimsical, edgy, mundane, surreal, and engaging, all at once. Each piece tells a story with narrative always open to interpretation. The power and beauty of the pattered cloth surface place off the form and content of the work, and the result is a dynamic seesaw of meanings and possibilities. Having shown nationally and internationally Susan teaches at art centers, museums, conference, and textile guilds. Locally Susan is teaching at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Join the Guild for a trunk show like non-other we have hosted.

Link to YouTube Videos of Susan Else's work:
• When Ponies Dream -
• Above the Boardwalk:

July 21, 2015 – Melinda Bula

After an education in art and early career in interior design with her own wallpaper and fabric design business, Melinda has been involved with quilting and wearable arts since 1996, her first love. Her sense of color and design has won her numerous awards for both quilts and wearable arts. Her wearable arts are dynamic and modern and she loves to experiment with new techniques. Melinda’s Fabulous Fusible Flower quilts are unique. With the wonderful look of a painting she uses fabric and thread to create beautifully artistic quilts. Her work has been exhibited in amazing venues such as Shelburne Museum in Vermont, Quilt Expo en Beaujolais in France and the Texas Quilt Museum. Join us July 21 as Melinda takes us on a humorous journey through her amazing world. Melinda will also be teaching our July 25 Sewcial Workshop.

August 18, 2015 - Sonya Lee Barrington

Sonya Lee Barrington began quilting in 1968 – and in fact she has taught many of our own Guild members over the years. You also may have seen her on the Quilt Show with Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims. Sonya’s multi-faceted career includes being an- artist, magazine designer, teacher, shop owner, quilt judge, and small manufacturer of small gift items, and creator of hand-dyed and textured line of fabric. Most recently her work has concentrated on Dupioni Silk and Repurposed Wool. Her trunk show will include a variety of pieces with detailed information from inspiration to construction techniques. Sonya will also be teaching and sharing more at our Saturday, August 22 Sewcial/Workshop on Wool Techniques.


September 15, 2015 - Rob Appell
Quilts from the Sea and Beyond

In a talk that’s part comic-relief trunk show and part lecture, Rob describes the path he’s taken from his mother’s Morro Bay quilt shop to his newest venture in quilting edutainment, Fabric designer, quilt maker, blogger, appliqué expert, author and instructor, Rob is known for his high energy, his love of the sea, his commitment to raising awareness of endangered species and a humorous approach to quilt instruction. You’ll find a great Q&A here:

Rob Appel blends his love for the ocean with his work as a textile artist and designer. A few year back, Rob started working in his mother’s Quilt Shop – here he found a fondness for aloha shirt making. The scraps and an eagerness to try free motion quilting became his first quilt. His second quilt “Dolphin Dance” sold over 800 patterns in his store alone and countless kits worldwide. He caught the quilt bug and has never been cured. Rob learned to quilt by trial and error, and definitely brings a masculine touch to quilting; his quilts are 100% machine made and focus on applique work.

Now after almost twenty years in the industry, Rob designs quilts for Michael Miller Fabrics, has authored books and countless quilt patterns including The Endangered Species Quilt Project, teaches seminars/retreats, produced DVDs on his technique, and has taped for both Simply Quilts and The Quilt Show.


October 20, 2015 - Gloria Loughman
The Quilted Landscape

Have you thought about making a quilt to capture your memories of a special place? Perhaps a wonderful vacation spot, the view from your living room window or a memory of a special place from childhood. No matter what the inspiration, creating a landscape quilt is an achievable project. The process combines making decisions about design and color choices as well as incorporating accurate construction techniques. This lecture will focus on these components, solving the mystery of where to begin. See more at