Meeting Highlights

Regional Meeting September 14, 2020

Our September Zoom meeting was well attended with 98 members and guests signed in. Our guest speakers Phyllis Cullen in Hawaii and Cindy Richard in Israel presented their lecture It’s All About the Face (& Figures & Hands & Feet).

Discovery by Phyllis Cullen
Fabric collage/threadwork/quilting 
22″ x 26″ 
A new addition to the family album,  Violet and Zephyr
Photography by  Randall Duryea

They talked about their fabric portraits including many examples of different types, how they are made, tips on making and quilting them and the stories that they tell.  Their book It’s All About the Face is now available on Amazon. You can see more of Phyllis’s work on her website  phylliscullenartstudio.com and more about Cindy at cindyrquilts.com.

In our breakout session discussion question, we got to know a few members and guests in a smaller group as we discussed our favorite color palette. Several members shared some of their newer work in our Show and Tell session.

Regional Meeting August, 2020

Our Regional Exhibit, Stitching California, was the star of our regional meeting. Sixty-eight people attended with a number of guests, two from Kansas. Everyone was given a task during the breakout session to come up with a THEME for a regional virtual exhibit for the Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) virtual show in October. Many wonderful, inspired topics were shared. As it turns out, after consulting with the PIQF people, we are going to be able to share with them the entire Stitching California exhibit, including artist statements and the Guide to Call feature.

Regional Meeting June 27, 2020


We had a full house last Saturday at our virtual regional meeting with 97 members attending! We had SAQA members from all over the US as well as Canada and England. Hollis Chatelain’s talk on the Emotion of Color in Art was lively and enlightening as was all the beautiful work done by members revealed in Show and Tell. We were able to visit with friends, old and new, in our breakout rooms.

What Tess Black wrote about their Monterey LC virtual meeting applies to all of us; “It was wonderful to see everyone, share stories, and enjoy our continuing journeys through this time in our lives when everything alive (including our earth!) is in process of such immense transformation. Sometimes I think it’s luckiest to be an artist during times like these. Our lives are sustained on all levels – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually – by our ongoing curiosity and exploration of ways to express what’s most intimate and unique within each of us.”

Regional Meeting     February 1, 2020

Art Quilt Jurors Bill Yoes and Jen Landau with Sonja Campbell

The February Regional Meeting was held at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. This program was open to the general public as well as SAQA members. We began with an Artist Talk, where artists from both the Art Quilt exhibit and the How Did They Do That? exhibit spoke of their work. After a lunch break we reconvened for some announcements. Catherine Devriese, Creative Director of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, had a few opening words, after which Bill Yoes and Jen Landau spoke about being jurors of Art Quilts. They shared their experience and then answered a number of questions posed by members, shedding light on a process that can seem mystifying to those who enter exhibits.

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.