Future Meetings

Jane Sassaman quilt

Quilting Against the Odds


Monday, March 5, 2018


Jane Sassaman


This visual lecture is about accomplishing your work in spite of obstacles - family life, space limitations, etc. It is a pep talk and slide show which covers my inspirations and my obstacles. I encourage people to do "what you have to do" by using myself and other artists as examples.


Phyllis Martin, Program
program@mpqg.org, 949-243-6511


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Janet Locey headshot

Trunk Show

Monday, April 2, 2018


Janet Locey


Janet Locey loves quilts from the 1900’s era and has seriously been pursueing the hobby for about 30 years. Janet teaches quilting and rug weaving, hosts quilting retreats, and designs patterns. In addition, she and John, her husband of 45 years, have an internet business called Hen Scratch Quilting which features her patterns as well as John’s line of Featherweight supplies, rug looms, and their award winning Goat Milk Soaps and Lotions.

The first of 11 children, Janet grew up on a farm in the Sacramento Valley. With her two sisters, her mother taught her to sew at the kitchen table as part of the 4-H program.

The Locey's enjoy life on their small Bell Hill Farm in the rolling hills outside of Hollister and share it with chickens, ducks, dairy goats, sheep, dogs, and cats.


Phyllis Martin, Program
program@mpqg.org, 949-243-6511





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The Artist Within

Monday, May 7, 2018


Geri Patterson Kutras







Ms. Patterson-Kutras is an accomplished fiber artist and art quilter living in Northern California. Her work has been shown in regional, national and international juried shows and expositions as well as being featured in fiber art publications. She has completed commissions and has had her work purchased by private collectors.

Her creations are noted for her interpretations of the colors and shapes found in nature, architecture, and the human form as well as pieces centered on the complexities of life, family and relationships.

Ms. Patterson-Kutras has a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing and worked in special education as well as high tech while raising her family. She retired from high tech in 2001 and now works in her home studio. Following her retirement she earned an additional Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from San Jose State University.

Ms. Patterson-Kutras has been married for 47 years to her best friend Pete. They have two adult children, three grandchildren and three rescue dogs and studio companions named Sadie and Lily.


Phyllis Martin, Program
program@mpqg.org, 949-243-6511




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Quilt Judges and Jurors:
Who are They?


Monday, June 11, 2018
Note: Second Monday


Dixie McBride

Get acquainted with who the judges are, and their qualifications. What systems, criteria and process do judges use in competitions? What do they look for and how do they make decisions? What does a juror’s job entail? All this and so much more in this enlightening and informative presentation from an experienced and independent judge and juror. Dixie has 30 years expertise in all levels of judging from local to international competition.

Phyllis Martin, Program
program@mpqg.org, 949-243-6511



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MaryLou Weidman self portrait

Out of the Box

Monday, July 2, 2018


Mary Lou Weidman


This lecture discusses how to get out, stretch, and stay out of the box. How to learn new things, go new directions and take the road less traveled. How to get "Out of the Box"!

Mary Lou Donahue Weidman began quilting with her maternal grandmother. Mary Lou's father was an artist and musician and encouraged creativity and to look at the world in a curious, positive way. Painting was my Dad's number one love and he passed this along to me. After taking fine arts in school and selling both oil paintings on canvas and posters of girls in bikinis to fraternity boys, Mary Lou graduated and did layout work for the city newspaper, store windows, rodeo billboards, and other avenues in art. All of this with three small children in tow.

Quilt by Mary Lou Weidman

While caring for her son as he went through cancer treatments and recovery, she started quilting. She still kept drawing pads closeby and did both painting and drawing at home. In 1988, she began teaching story quilts which she had discovered quite by accident. It was through this discovery that Mary Lou realized that quilters have the opportunity to tell the world who they are and what and who they love. A quilt can last for hundreds of years and you have the opportunity to tell your story and to put in pieces of grandma's dresses, old table cloths, handwork, a watch, necklace or earrings ... and so it goes on and on.

Now I am at a new place in my art life. I am painting again on fabric, and I am piecing, appliqueing, and stretching and not doing the same things over and over. I know that I am truly an artist and as a nun who was one of my best art teachers said "good art doesn't need a description next to it. It either works or it doesn't. My art works and I work hard to make it work.

Mary Lou is always busy. She's written five quilting books for Martingale and C&T. She has a pattern company, and has designed fabric for 14 years, ten of that for Benartex. Weidman represents Bernina, has written many booklets, and has taught all across the U.S. (she is missing 2 states only), plus Canada and 8 countries.

Join us to find the path OUT of the Box.


Phyllis Martin, Program
program@mpqg.org, 949-243-6511




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Lisa McKissick head shot

Tool Time


Monday, August 6, 2018


Lisa McKissick


Lisa will bring a quilt trunk show plus all the newest tools of our trade including the many rulers that make quilting easier and even more enjoyable.

If you have a few quilters among your antecedents, listen to this: Our August speaker comes from a 125-year family tradition of quilting which has most of us beaten in years. Lisa is an award-winning quilter and has made hundreds of quilts over the last 25 years.

Lisa loves bringing EVERYONE into her quilting world. When her son’s Boy Scout troop needed a service project she taught them all to quilt! The troop made 10 quilts for the wounded warriors returning home.

In her past life, Lisa taught about computers and networking. When she began working at a quilt shop in 2010, she thought that teaching people to quilt was a natural progression in her career! Besides, doesn’t EVERYONE go from teaching about computers to teaching quilting? She soon realized that it's much more fun teaching quilting. However, she feels as though computers are a little less dangerous.

You will find Lisa working part time at a quilt shop in Sonoma, California where she teaches, is a buyer of fabric, notions, and quilting supplies. She regularly attends Quilt Market to find the latest and greatest quilting notions and tools.


Phyllis Martin, Program
program@mpqg.org, 949-243-6511


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Annual Charity Event - Quilt Tying


Monday, September 10, 2018
Note: Second Monday


More information to follow.


Phyllis Martin, Program
program@mpqg.org, 949-243-6511




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Quilting is a Contact Sport


Monday, October 1, 2018


Jenny Lyon


Quilting Is A Contact Sport! is a sometimes humorous look at how quilting effects our lives and relationships. The presentation includes a trunk show of award-winning garments and quilts.

Notes from Jenny ...

Joyfully teaching the art of quilting has been my passion since 2006. My classes are encouraging, supportive, and light-hearted. I love seeing my students realize that they CAN quilt their own work. My teaching takes me to various guilds, at IQF Houston and Chicago and throughout the U.S.

Since I was a little girl trying to make my own clothes, I have been working with fabric. I hail from a long line of traditional bed quilt makers, but I didn’t take a formal class in quilting until 1983. In 1999, I “re-entered” quilting and that one class unleashed a need to create that has not stopped.

I use my domestic sewing machine to create art quilts and wearable art. My work has been juried into the Houston International Quilt Festival, Pacific International Quilt Festival, AQS in Paducah, the Curitiba Quilt Show in Brazil, and has shown in several art galleries as well as SAQA exhibits. Some of my work is held by private collectors.

My oh-so-patient hubby, our Basset boy, and I live in Northern California. Our two grown sons have left the nest to become men, leaving more room for books, fabric and notions.

Phyllis Martin, Program
program@mpqg.org, 949-243-6511



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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