David Taylor photograph


David Taylor

Monday, March 6

Trunk Show

David Taylor was born in Peterborough, New Hampshire and currently lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

His obsession with fabric began at an early age, salvaging scraps from his mother’s sewing area trash bin. David’s first quilt design was in 1999, collaborating on a fundraiser project for Strings Music Festival in Steamboat with friend, Madeleine Vail of Clark, CO. Madeleine encouraged him to keep after it.

Following a visit to Houston in 2002 for the International Quilt Festival, his obsession with fabric turned into an obsession for quilting as art.

David Taylor is a two-time recipient of the Master Award for Contemporary Quilting from the International Quilt Association (s006, 2014), the Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award from the American Quilters Society (Paducah Quilt Week, 2008), and a two-time Best of Show winner at the IQA’s Spring Festival in Chicago (2007, 2008). His works hang in numerous private collections around the globe.

Jeanne Mills, Program
email, 831-647-8973



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Sujata Shah photograph

Sujata Shah

Monday, April 3
Cultural Fusion Quilts

Modern traditionalist with a wonderful sense of color.

Sujata Shah, a graphic designer and textile artist, is originally from Mumbai, India. The mother of three grown children, she lives with her husband in Pleasanton CA.

Shah has won awards for her quilts in local and national quilt shows including AQS in Lancaster, Paducah, and the Pacific Northwest Quilt-Fest. She has designed quilt patterns under the name of Rangoli Designs. Her teaching experiences include workshops inspired by the quilts of Gee's Bend, needle-turn appliqué based on her original designs, and color and design workshops.

In 2003, she found an instant connection between the abstract utilitarian quilts of Gee's bend and Godharis from India. Her instinctive ability to work with colors and textures combined with education in graphic design has helped her develop a unique style as a designer.

She draws her inspirations from imperfections and irregularities of free-spirited folk art and crafts from around the world. As a calligraphy major, she believes that each handmade craft has a stamp of the maker. In 2014, she wrote the book, Cultural Fusion Quilts - A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions in which she introduced free-form blocks, an abstract interpretation of traditional quilt blocks.

Talking about the process of finishing quilts, she says, 'I find hand stitching therapeutic and nourishing to the soul. Through my quilts, I remain connected to my past, my culture and heritage. The more that I hand stitch stories of my daily life get stitched into my quilts. I rarely have a plan before the start of a quilt so designing a quilt is an evolving process. I believe as the quilt evolves, I simply become the instrument in the making of that quilt.

Jeanne Mills, Program
email, 831-647-8973


Rod Daniel Photograph

Rod Daniel

May 1
Trunk Show

Using color and fabric to create inspirational designs.

Originally from South Carolina, Rod earned a BA in Music from the University of Florida before embarking on a career as a professional musician and educator. He continued his education earning his MA and PhD from the American University. At the same time, he spent 20 years performing with The United States Army Band. He also taught at the famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts. After retiring from the Army, he continued to teach until 2003 when he relocated to New Mexico.

While in New Mexico, he accepted a position as a band director with the Albuquerque Public Schools. Throughout the years, he maintained an interest in the visual arts. He experimented with a variety of media but never found his passion until discovering fiber arts. In 2011, on a visit to the Open House held at Empty Spools Quilt Seminars here in Pacific Grove, he stumbled into a class led by Susan Carlson and fell in love with the process of creating realistic and/or abstract images using tiny pieces of fabric. He was instantly hooked. Since that visit, he has studied under several artists and continues to develop his quilting techniques.

Rod's work has been displayed in the New Mexico capitol building, the Harwood Museum of the American West, the Texas Quilt Museum, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum as well as numerous local venues in New Mexico. His work has been featured in Quilt Artist Magazine, The Quilter, Quilter's Home, as well as local publications in New Mexico. In 2015, he was the Artist in Residence at Empty Spools Seminars. He is currently teaching his technique to quilt guilds and other workshops.

Rod is a member of SAQA - Studio Art Quilt Associates, and MQG - Modern Quilt Guild.

I use colors and textures of fiber to create images that inspire me and hopefully inspire others. Being a resident of New Mexico, many of my pieces reflect the culture of the Southwest. Frequently, I find my inspiration in the photography of my spouse, Jim Carnevale. My goal is to create images that tell a story and lift our spirits.

Jeanne Mills, Program
email, 831-647-8973


Melinda Bula

Monday, Monday June 12
Note: Second Monday
The Power and Secret of Color

Melinda Bula lives in El Dorado Hills, California and has been sewing since she was a young girl. She has been in love with fabric all of her life and knew when she was 16 years old that she was going to be an artist. After college, she was off to Hawaii as a flight attendant. After marrying, she worked in the interior design field for 15 years as a fabric and wallpaper designer. She and her husband, Joe, started Melinda Bula Designs, a wallpaper and fabric design business soon after the birth of their son in 1988.

Since moving to the Sacramento area in 1996, she has been involved in quilting and wearable arts. Melinda must be a whirling dervish of activity with her finger in many pies: quilts, wearable art, writing books, and most recently teaching online classes (

She and her quilts travel nationally and internationally to teach and exhibit at quilt shows where she wins many awards. In 2013, the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky bought Melinda's quilt And Our Flag was still There!

Jeanne Mills, Program
email, 831-647-8973


Jean Impy

Monday, July 10
Finding Your Passion and Running with It
and Trunk Show

Jean is a traditional textile artist ... with a modern twist. More information to follow. To learn more about Jean, go to




Jeanne Mills, Program
email, 831-647-8973

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Monday, August 7
Member Demonstratiions


More information to follow.

Jeanne Mills, Program
email, 831-647-8973


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Annual Charity Tie-in 2017

September 11
Note: Second Monday)

Due to Labor Day,
the September meeting
will be held on the second Monday.

This guild meeting will be your chance to help tie quilts for the Monterey Peninsula Dialysis Center. Just think how these quilts, with bright splashes of color, will encourage those who have so many challenges ahead -- you can help make someone smile. Join us on September 12th to meet our newest members, and reconnect with old friends.

What should I bring? A thimble, scissors, darning needle, and blue painter's tape if you have it. Remember to bring your checkbook or cash to pay your annual MPQG dues.

Terann Carr, Community Outreach
email, 831-375-7881

Freecyle / Recycle / Free Fleamarket / Bring Something-Take Something

Whatever you call it ... join the "quilt pickers" adventure. This month only, you have the chance to bring fabric and all quilt-related donation items to the Freecycle Tables on the patio. Open Hours: 6:15 to 6:55 p.m. and 8:15 to 8:45 p.m. Closed during the Tie-in from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.

Liz Rondelle
email, 831-601-0330

Mel Beach

Monday, October 2, 2017

Challenge Yourself


Discover the world of Quilt Challenges and the many opportunities awaiting you (and your quilts)! Join me as I recount my adventures (including a few misadventures) while participating in Quilt Challenges at both the local and national/international level. I hope to inspire you by sharing my own quilts and their stories, along with tips n' tricks that I hope will inspire and encourage you to enter your own quilts, regardless of style or level of experience/skill!


Jeanne Mills, Program
email, 831-647-8973


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Meetings are generally held on the first
Monday of every month at:

Pacific Grove Community Center Directions
515 Junipero Street (at 15th)
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meet-
ing starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.


  • Check or cash for workshops and raffle tickets
  • Name tag
  • Community quilts
  • Library books (closed September & December)
  • UFOs (none in September & December)
  • Block of the Month (none in December)
  • Pen and calendar to volunteer


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