Meeting Highlights

Regional Meeting November 13, 2019

The November regional meeting was at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. We had an interesting presentation by Nancy Williams of the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) share the organization’s mission of piecing together youth voices, textile art, and community in a 21st Century Sewing Circle. 

We learned about the history of the organization, the current curriculum, and future plans. We saw two large quilts and a few smaller ones. The large quilts, shown below, take about 40-45 volunteers to complete. People from all over the world can work with the SJSA by embroidering and finishing the blocks created by the artivists. If you are interested in working with them or have questions contact them at sjsacademy.com

Regional Meeting Sept 20, 2019

Some highlights from our regional SAQA meeting at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah. We listened to a great presentation by Katie Pasquini Masopust and had an opportunity to see the Stitching California exhibit.

Katie Pasquini Masopust gave a side presentation about working in a series.

Stitching California artists who attended the meeting each gave a short talk about their quilts. A few are shown below:

To learn more about Stitching California, be sure to see the blog post about the opening reception here.

Regional Meeting July 20, 2019

Our meeting at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Walnut Creek was a big success.

Our featured speaker, Mel Beach, lead an interactive exercise where we created improvisational little art pieces using only magazine images, glue, and tape.

Members enthusiastically at work (or should I say play) with Mel’s challenge.

Mel suggested several resources for doing exercises to break out of your comfort zone and stretch your creative muscles.

Lean more about Mel at melbeachquilts.com


Jen presented news about the Stitching California opening on August 20 in Ukaih. Our next regional meeting will be there as well. We saw many of the pieces for the exhibit during our Show and Tell.

Regional Meeting      February 19, 2019

Our first regional meeting of 2019 was held at the Carmichael Library.  

Korean textile artist, Youngmin Lee spoke about the art of Bojagi, beautiful hand sewn Korean wrapping cloths, and how they are used in Korean culture.  To learn more go to www.youngminlee.com

We unveiled our new Regional website, saqanorcalnv.com at the meeting.  A huge thank you to Priscilla Read who created it and will keep it updated.  As usual, we had an inspiring show and tell. 

Past Meetings

Judy Coates Perez showing work at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.
Jen Landau discussing her art evolution.