Meeting Archive 2016

January 19, 2016 • Sheila Collins
From Fashion Designer to Graphic Designer to Fabric Artist

When it comes to careers, Sheila Collins is something of a shape-shifter, changing her profession every decade or so. Most recently she has combined her background in fashion design and graphic design with her love of sewing to focus on dimensional fabric art that is bright, cheerful and fun. Over the past four years she has participated in some 50 juried art festivals, exhibiting and selling her work. And recently she has added speaking engagements and workshops to her professional mix.


February 16, 2016 • Rachel Clark
Clothing for the Body and Soul  & Out of the Crayon Box

Enjoy a fashion accompanied by anecdotes on the “hows and whys” of these unique, Rachel-made garments. The show will include a variety of garments: coats, jackets and vests. Also included in this lecture/fashion show is a look at Rachel’s latest project, "Out of the Crayon Box,” a celebration of that first box of crayons you got when you were going back to school. Each crayon is represented by a coat commemorating its color.


March 15, 2016 • Nancy Bardach
Exploring Quilt Design

Using quilts that range from realistic to semi-abstract to very abstract, Nancy will talk about how she gets ideas and goes from start to finish … and how you can, too. She’ll suggest many ways to design art quilts and many possible springboards to inspiration, including working from an eye-catching image, riffing on traditional patterns, cutting shapes and composing with them, and more. She’ll show starting sketches and then radical changes to her pieces as an idea takes form in cloth. And she’ll cover the nitty-gritty process of moving from first idea to research, composing and reworking, up to completion and exhibiting. The goal is to inspire you, encourage you and share some ”how-tos” of creative work. Click here for a PDF with more details and photos.


April 19, 2016 • Carol Van Zandt
Design Evolution: From Drawing to Fabric

From inspiration to drawings to rendering to finished design, Carol will offer a visual, time-lapse look at her creative process.  She’ll show the building of a fabric collection and touch on the process of working with the fabric company to get the final designs printed onto fabric. Naturally there’ll be a show-and-tell of fabrics, projects and quilts. Beside showing quilts that use her fabrics, Carol is also modern improvisational quilter and will bring a selection of her own quilts and share some thoughts on her creative journey and modern quilting.


May 17, 2026 • Laura Fraga
The Phenomenon of the Dear Jane Quilt

Dear Jane is a quilt that Jane Stickle completed during the Civil War. It was discovered at the Bennington Museum by Brenda Papdakis and introduced to the world in 1996. As a Janiac (it rhymes with maniac, of course!) since 2000, I will explore why quilters are fascinated with this Civil War quilt. Who was Jane Stickle? And what are “Janiacs” around the world working on?

Also at this meeting: BONANZA!  Our Free Table of take-whatever-you-like fabrics will be loaded with goodies, ranging from snippets to 8x10 pieces, to fat quarters to full yardage.


June 21, 2016 • Letitia Chung
Always Quilting, Always Learning

When longtime guild member Letitia Chung presents her quilting life in a trunk show, you’ll see the truth of this talk’s title, “Always Quilting, Always Learning.” Tish is both a prolific quilter and an inveterate student: so far this year alone she’s taken classes with Jean Wells, Patty Hawkins, and Ursula Kern. And she’s either finished or close to finishing the quilts she began with those teachers. Is she traditional? Is she modern? Yes! her quilt, Whimsical Logs*, got a coveted spot in the fiercely competitive Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon 2016 . . . and won first prize in their Modern Traditionalism category. 


July 19, 2016 • Freddy Moran
The Journey of a Quilter

“I will describe my joyful first quilt at age 60 to my quilts made at age 80+. I will show lots of work from then until now in a program intended to encourage all ages to quilt.”


August 16,2016 • Kevin Kosbab
My Quilting Story

With a trunk show of my quilts, this lecture covers how the last ten years have taken me from no sewing background to becoming a full-time quilting designer, teacher, and author. I’ll share insights into publishing, being a man in the quilting world, and my interests in appliqué and mid-century modern design, along with some of the directions my work is taking now and in the future.


September 20, 2016 • The Pixeladies
There’s a Computer in My Studio!

Come along on a virtual tour of the Pixeladies’ studio computer (yep, the computer, not the studio) as we explain how we use technology to enhance our art and sewing projects. We’ll have some fun little breaks during this presentation and show some quilts live!


October 18, 2016 • Jan Soules
Judge’s Choice: How your quilt is judged

Here’s the scoop from one of the judges at our upcoming quilt show! Using her quilts as examples, Jan will take us through the judging process step by step. We’ll see what judges are looking for and how they evaluate quilts. Jan hopes that by the end of the program, her audience will gain some insight into making quilts that stand out from all the others and that we’ll go away a winner!

November 15 • SFQG Annual Auction

Our November meeting, which this year will be on the third Tuesday of the month, is our annual auction. Judging by its reception in the past few years, this auction will not only be a fantastic fundraiser, but loads of fun as well. Please donate clean items that are quilt-related. When (or if) you find yourself in the midst of an Autumn cleansing of your sewing and craft areas, please put aside any items you would like to donate to this evening of laughter and fun and bring them in November.

We have had a genuine 1930 Featherweight Sewing Machine donated for the auction, along with a Hello Kitty Janome and so much more!

Remember to bring your items for the auction or cash & carry table and of course your wallets for this extremely popular event! Doors open for donations from 6pm and the auction starts at 7pm.

Bring some friends, too—there will be no guest fee for November! We will have tables for refreshments, membership (renewals), purchase rally, quilt-show volunteers, and sewcials. There will be no free table, library will be closed, no friendship blocks, no new Block of the Month although bring in your “Strippy” blocks for sharing, and no Show & Tell. Community Outreach will be accepting any and all donations.

December 13 , 2016 (2nd Tuesday of December)
SFQG Hand-Crafted Project Tables
AND Mini Book Sale starting 6:30

At the December meeting, we offer an assortment of Hand–Crafted Project tables for the members to participate in and facilitated by guild members. We would like to offer at least five such tables this year and we already have four lined up!! If you have a project that you would like to share with the guild, please contact Janet: (415) 509-6027; New members—many of you have craft items you love to make, so please share with the guild, too! This is a good way for all members to get to know each other, or to know each other better. A small stipend is available for each “table” to help defray supply costs if needed. The library will be open. There will be no free table, Block of the Month; and no board meeting. Community Outreach will gratefully be accepting donations. Lee Schulstad and Caroline Cory will be at the quilt-show table helping people post their entries online.