General Meetings

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Cheryl Sleboda

Learn all about e-textile and soft circuit technology and see some of the amazing things fashion students and artists are creating. This technology has made the jump into the fiber art world, including quilts! See how easy it is to include this technology in your work. You don’t have to be an engineer… just be ready to be on the cutting edge of the fashion/quilting and textile worlds! Enjoy a one hour PowerPoint presentation on the basics of e-textiles, including some stunning work by students and artists, followed by a trunk show of Cheryl’s e-textile quilts!

Register for the meeting here.

Cheryl is teaching a class on Saturday, October 30 titled “Light Up an Artist Trading Card”. To learn more click here.

More About Cheryl

Cheryl is full-time quilter and fiber artist who loves heirloom sewing techniques made modern. Texture. Technology. Textiles. Teacher.  These are the things that identify the many aspects of her sewing career.  Her work includes fabric manipulations to raise the surface of my quilts and is often small… think 6 inches square. She works with vintage linens and the modern quilt and art quilt movements. Basically, not your grandmother’s quilter!

She has a DVD called “Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter”, and has appeared many times on Quilting Arts TV and It’s Sew Easy TV.

Cheryl learned to sew from her grade school Home Economics classes, and is primarily self taught after that. She went to school for theater and costuming. She taught herself to quilt in 1997 with a block of the month kit and has not looked back!

Check out her website at https://muppin.com/

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Jenni Smith

Jenni is the first person ever to have produced a quilting book in collaboration with Liberty London – the iconic British Brand renowned for their beautiful fabrics including Tana Lawn. Her presentation is about the making of this book, released in 2021. It’s a practical quilt book with 15 projects to make, but it also includes insights into the fascinating history of Liberty and what makes their prints so extraordinary.

Liberty as a company is 145 years old and Jenni is an Art Historian by trade, so each quilt in the book represents a decade in the history of one of the world’s most famous fabric manufacturers.  The book took over two years to produce and Jenni will share some of the dramas, laughter, and tears encountered along the way. Her passion for Liberty is infectious and you will gain new insights into this global brand.

Register for the meeting here.

More About Jenni

Jenni Smith is a UK-based pattern designer and author. Her online video tutorials are loved by makers worldwide. She is very passionate about getting people started on their dressmaking and quilting journeys with her fun, energetic and down-to- earth approach to teaching.

Check out her website at jenni-smith.co.uk

As in past years, there will be no guest speaker at the December meeting. Instead, plan to celebrate together for the first in-person general meeting in many months! This will be a social event in appreciation of all loyal guild members.

Plans are still being finalized, but one fun event will be a “White Elephant Gift Exchange”. Find a special something, quilting or sewing related, or not, and wrap it up. If you find two, bring both!

More information will be posted here, and announcements made at upcoming meetings and in the newsletter.

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Linda Wagner

Borders: plain or pieced. What will give your quilt the best possible visual impact and how do you decide? Inner borders, outer borders, and binding all provide opportunity to add a little to the finished product. For this lecture, 40-50 quilts will demonstrate the options you have as the quilt maker/artist. Along with decision possibilities we will discuss how to make it “fit”.

This will be an in-person meeting, with Zoom available for those that wish to attend virtually. If you plan on attending virtually, register for the meeting here.

Linda is teaching an in-person class on Saturday, January 29 titled “Borders”. To learn more click here.

More About Linda

Linda Wagner has been making quilts for over 35 years and teaching quilting for over 25 years. Her personal interests gravitate to scrappy quilts.

Owning her first sewing machine while in third grade, Linda began making doll clothes, then moved on to making clothes for herself and other family members.  While in college she earned a dressmaker’s certification from Santa Ana College.  Linda’s first quilt was made using Eleanor Burns techniques, which included ripping strips (this was before the rotary cutter was invented). Things took off at warp speed after joining a quilt guild. Many of Linda’s quilts contain 100-400 fabrics, and her friends describe her approach to color as fearless.

Currently Linda is a lead mechanic with United Airlines. She previously taught electronics and is a N.A.T.S. certified teacher.

Check out her website at lindawagnerquilts.com

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Sandy Fitzpatrick

Unleash the power of your sewing machine using machine stitches to create dimension with amped-up appliqué, decorative stitches, and thread painting. Open your mind to the possibilities that can be accomplished with your machine!

Register for the meeting here.

Sandy is teaching a Zoom class on Saturday, March 5, 2022 titled “Make the Most of Your Machine Appliqué”. To learn more click here.

More About Sandy

Sandy Fitzpatrick of Hissyfitz Designs is an applique quilt pattern designer whose goal is to get as many of the quirky designs, that are spinning around in her head, down on paper for you to enjoy! Her fusible applique patterns are full of whimsy and will certainly bring a smile to your face. Sandy strives to make her full-sized patterns easy to follow and fun to make.

Having lived in many places as she and her husband moved around with the Air Force, Sandy currently lives in Cary, North Carolina. Her lectures and workshops are always an informative, fun experience.

Check out her website at hissyfitzdesigns.com.

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Joy Lily

The tradition of creating a series of 100 related art works goes back at least to 1830’s Japan where several blockprint artists competed to create 100 views of local sights. After hearing Sonia Philip speak about how and why she sewed 100 dresses, Joy got an itch to create 100 of something herself. When the San Francisco Quilt Guild requested small quilts for premature babies at Kaiser Hospital, she quickly whipped up a few 24” x 24” quilt tops. What fun! She challenged herself to make 100 quilt tops and see what the process could teach her. By the ninth quilt, she realized that this was also a design project.

See the quilts and hear about the trials and victories of Joy’s quilting journey.

Register for the meeting here.

Joy is teaching an in-person class on Saturday, March 26, 2022 titled “Faux Batik”. To learn more click here.

More About Lily

Lily’s art falls into the category “surface design.” She is a silk painter, dyer, quiltmaker and fabric printer. Her choices of imagery come from a deep respect for and fascination with the natural world. She is continually surprised and delighted by the astonishing variety, beauty and fecundity of life around us. Shells, flowers and leaves offer endless choices of colors and forms to celebrate. Her work strives to remind viewers that our precious and diminishing ecosystems are also beautiful.

Lily’s work has been exhibited in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Hannover Germany and Beijing. For 11 years she was artist-in-residence, through the California Arts Council, at 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco, working with elders in textile media. She currently teaches fiber arts through adult education and through quilt and art guilds.

Check out her website at joy-lily.com.

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Kathy K. Wylie

Beauty really is all around us and provides a constant source of inspiration. From wreaths to clamshells, papercut-appliqué snowflakes to medallions, you’ll see it all! This lecture focuses on designs that are circular or radiating in nature. Looking at Kathy’s quilts from the past 25 years, you will discover her ongoing fascination working with shapes that are round.

Register for the meeting here.

More About Lily

Kathy K. Wylie is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué, quilt design, domestic machine quilting and English Paper Piecing techniques. She has lectured and taught all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and now offers online workshops and presentations. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts.”

Check out her website at kathykwylie.com