October 21 (meeting by zoom AND in person)
Geoff Hamada Men in Quilting
With a long background in fiber arts (weaving, macrame) and sewing (costumes, home decor, hand embroidery), Geoff began quilting in the late 1980s, inspired by the work of Michael James and Joe Cunningham. Quickly tiring of repetitive block-making, he began tweaking traditional patterns, embellishing his quilts with beads, beaded fringes, ribbons, sequins, and buttons. A 1995 visit to Honolulu introduced Geoff to the art of Hawaiian quilting and he instantly became an avid practitioner.
In the 1990s he co-chaired the Seattle Chapter's NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which became and remains the world's largest communal art project. He has been associated with the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum as a member, president of the Board of Directors, and co-curator of two exhibits of quilts made by men.
His own work reflects the influence of these diverse endeavors, media, and techniques, even as he remains an unrepentant hand quilter!
Geoff's presentation will include an overview of the history of men in quilting, their achievements and innovations, and a retrospective look at his own work and creative process.
Geoff will join us at our regular meeting location. His presentation will be projected on screen there and via zoom to those who wish to attend from home. Members, watch your email for details. Non-members, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate in this meeting.
Many Members Have Been Busy Making Outreach Quilts
July 15 Picnic at Newcastle Beach Park
We had a fun, if somewhat chilly, picnic at Newcastle Beach Park and it was wonderful to get together again in person. Twenty-seven of us gathered together to enjoy Show & Tell, catch up on news, purchase fabric from Delores Hanson's bequest, and greet members who had not been able to attend our meetings on Zoom. A special thanks to Susan Crosley for organizing the location and supplying the cookies. A good time was had by all.
Quilt for Pastor Dave
This past fall it was our great pleasure to gift a quilt to Pastor Dave of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue where we held our meetings prior to the covid pandemic (and where we hope to all meeting again soon). The project was instigated and organized by our wonderful Outreach organizer Diane Coughlin. She inspired us to make oversized blocks from our batik stashes by giving us a pattern and a coordinated central piece to make wonky log cabin blocks. Guild members picked up center pieces from Diane in the Cross of Christ parking lot and returned completed blocks one week later! She then sewed them all together and quilted it on her long arm machine. Diane presented the quilt to Pastor Dave in November surrounded by about 18 socially-distanced guild members and he was delighted when the big secret was revealed! Thank you Diane and thank you Pastor Dave.