Local Connections

Local Connections are active across California and Nevada. Several groups have had meetings. The activities at these meetings include; critique sessions, Show and Tell, writing artist statements, sharing the SAQA global trunk show and visiting Museums.

If these activities are of interest to you contact the group nearest your location. The leaders and their emails are listed below. The advantage is meeting closer to home.

If you have questions, contact Jean Jurgenson jeanjurgenson@gmail.com.



Barbara Kibbe

Central Valley

East Bay

Wednesday Meetings

Wednesday Meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month, 11:00 AM – !:00 PM. Focus is critiques of works-in-progress as well as sharing completed work, information and techniques. Contact Susan for location.

Saturday Meetings

  • June 15th (3rd Saturday)
  • July 6th (1st Saturday)
  • August 17th (3rd Saturday)
  • Sept. 28th (4th Saturday)
  • Oct. 12th (2nd Saturday)
  • Nov. 9th (2nd Saturday)

Saturday Meetings are at Bay Quilts, 5327 Jacuzzi St, Richmond, CA 94804, (510) 558-0218. The store opens at 10AM. The meetings will run from 10 AM-12 PM, but we can stay and eat there too if we like. Only rule is throwing the food items away outside, not in inside trash bins. The Cafe across the way is good!  Be sure to bring along pieces to discuss, even if they are only partially finished.  Contact Nancy Bardach with questions.

North Bay

Formerly known as the Santa Rosa/Napa/Sonoma Local Connection, the group has been expanded to include the entire northern coastal areas from the Bay to Oregon. This includes Santa Rosa, Napa, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, and Willits.

Gigi Kandler

Meetings are on the fourth Thursday  of one month and the fourth Saturday of the next month. The next two meetings are set for Thursday, April 25 and Saturday May 25. The group is still in the early stages of forming and searching for a permanent meeting space. Please call 805-540-9842 for the time and  location of the next meeting. The group is currently focused on expanding their critique skills and finding a venue for an exhibit of work by group members.

Greater Sacramento/Foothills

Marion Emerson

Meetings are every other month on the second Thursday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Meetings are held at the Blue Line Arts Gallery, 405 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678.  There is free parking in a lot adjacent to the gallery.  The focus: sharing our work & techniques, information about interesting exhibits and potential showcases for our work, sometimes trunk shows and speakers.  Bring your lunch if you’d like.  For further information, contact either or both of the co-chairs.

Central Coast Fiber Artists

Anne Mae Gazo

Meetings are the 3rd Friday of the month at the Castroville Library, 11160 Speegle St., Castroville, CA from 10-12.
At each meeting they demo a technique and introduce new members who are encouraged to share an example of their work. They have a time for critique using Jane Dunnewold’s guidelines and then a time of sharing for those not seeking a critique.


Next meeting is Wednesday, May 8 from 10am to Noon at Sierra Sewing Center.  Program is on Houston Int’t Quilt Show winners and SAQA National Convention.
SAQA exhibit at Reno Quilt Show June 20 to 22.  Theme is “Beautiful Nevada and Northern California.”  See info on the Regional Call for Entry page.
Fall SAQA meeting is Saturday, September 14 from 10am to Noon at Sierra Sewing Center.  Program TBD.

San Jose/Peninsula

Geri Patterson-Kutras

The group meets in members’ homes where they discuss new techniques and share work, keeping in mind that this is a “play group.”