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Programs and Workshops, 2018 is going to be fantastic!  I am honored to have Phyllis Gallaway as my mentor.  She was the one thing I needed to commit to this all-important part of Santa Rosa Quilt Guild’s incredible line of education.  We took a survey from the members, selecting the teachers and projects most requested.  We start with a color class to begin the year.  Then we move through a slate of soft and gentle curves, raw edge appliqué, mini-quilts featuring three-inch finished blocks, and cats finish the year in the ‘Frolicking Felines’ workshop!  I am so excited to be Program and Workshops Chair and look forward to full classes where wonder and amazement abound in many formats…

Rhonda Denny

At a Glance for 2018

Instructor                   Date                Website                                  Program                     Workshop

Liz Berg                       Jan 18-19        Art Quilter                    Color for Quilters

Kevin Kosbab              Feb 15-16                   Outside the Lines        Alpha Blocks

Sharon Templeton      Mar 15-16    CHAOS                       Broken Hearted

Lorraine Olsen            Apr 19-20  Miniature Quilts           Miniature Blocks

Maggie Ball                 May 17-18       Quilters w/o Borders   Op-art Kaleidoscope

Mel Beach                   Jun 21-22      Challenge Yourself     Magnificent Mandala 

Karla Alexander          Jul 19-20     Quilts From Stash       Circle Play

Paula Golden              Aug 16-17           Quilts Sing                   Frolicking Felines

Sue Nickels                 Oct 18-19            Made By Machine      Machine Appliqué

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The Science of Exceptional Quilts with Karen Brow

Nov 16th, 2017 to Nov 16th, 2017




Newly Hatched with Karen Brow

Nov 17th, 2017 to Nov 17th, 2017




From Traditional to Art Quilter with Liz Berg

Jan 18th, 2018 to Jan 18th, 2018


Liz Berg was raised in a Naval officer's family and, as a consequence, traveled and lived throughout the United States and Japan. Four years spent in Japan profoundly affected her. After attending Trinity University, where her work resides in their permanent art collection, Liz transferred to the University of California at Berkeley. With the reality that she had to have a supporting career, Liz completed her degree in Social Welfare and spent twenty-nine years working with the Alameda County Probation Department. Upon retiring in October, 1999, she began her new career in art full time, having continued working in various mediums through the intervening years. 

In 1971 Liz started making quilts. However, she began diverging from traditional quilts to explore color and composition in more abstract works. She now considers herself a fiber artist rather than a quiltmaker, although many pieces still fit the original definition of "quilt", i.e., a top, a middle and a backing all held together with stitching. Using a sewing machine as her pen, Liz has completed "watercolor wash" landscapes. She paints and dyes fabrics, both to sell and to use in her own work, and is exploring all the variations of working on and with fiber.

Working out of a studio in her home she shares with her husband, she is producing a large body of work which is varied in its color and design ideas. Her work celebrates line, movement and color. Liz works intuitively in the format of abstract expressionism with nature as her inspiration.

She has taken numerous awards at local and national venues. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States and Japan, and in the permanent collections at the Honolulu Academy of Art and Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.


A fun look at how a traditional quilter became an art quilter. Includes a trunk show along with a power point presentation so that the audience may follow this evolution of this artist in quilting.

Enjoy the irreverence of someone who was fearful of the quilt police to that of an artist whose quilts are accepted, and win awards, in both quilt and art shows (where they don't check stitch length!)

*Supply list is in the sign up folder,  not online. 

Color for Quilters with Liz Berg

Jan 19th, 2018 to Jan 19th, 2018

An all day workshop packed full of information about color. Students work on color wheels, learn to understand and use the color wheel and play with different palettes. Students will learn how to utilize the color wheel to make dynamic quilts: traditional, contemporary or art. Students leave with a variety of mock-ups for color combinations. This is a non-sewing class.