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
Linda Garofalo, Workshops
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 meeting starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.