January 2023

David Owen Hastings

David is a modern quilter, graphic designer, print and textile artist, and was the 2020 President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. He creates richly layered contemporary artwork and modern minimal quilt and textile designs. For over 20 years, David has exhibited his stitched paper artwork in galleries and juried shows and worked exclusively with nonprofit organizations on their branding and communications.  David’s creative approach to modern quilting has led to a busy schedule of workshops and lectures on quilting, branding for artists, fine art and textile techniques. Sharing knowledge, encouraging creativity, and teaching new skills are personal passions. He also loves to travel, especially in Asia, and enjoys sharing his experiences and inspiration through travel photos and stories. 

INSTAGRAM: @davidowenhastings

Presentation: Indigo Dyeing in Japan

I spent nearly a month in Japan, and half of my time was at a wonderful indigo workshop in the country. The rest of the time was spent eating up art, culture, and as much food as possible.

In this talk, I explore how my love of Japanese culture, travel, textiles and “blue and white” came together in a fantastic journey to Japan. In this textile talk, I take you virtually with me to an indigo dyeing workshop in the country near Mt. Fuji. We will explore two kinds of Japanese indigo dyeing processes that use resist: katazome (paste resist dyeing using stencils) and shibori (bound or stitch resist dyeing). I’ll talk about how my particular modern design approach is influenced by Japan, and how I like to incorporate these traditional fabrics into modern quilt compositions.  Besides thoroughly exploring katazome and shibori techniques, I will also give a virtual trunk show of my work, including an indigo-inspired quilt that I designed, as well as paper-based stitched artwork that I created by dyeing paper in indigo using shibori techniques. We’ll also make brief forays into Japanese architecture, cuisine, and shopping for fabric. By the end of the talk, you may be inspired to try some dyeing yourself, or maybe even take a journey to Japan in the future.

Zoom Workshop: Mini Mid-Mod Quilts

Wednesday, January 18 Noon – 3 p.m.
Price: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
Link will be sent to you after you register.

These charming little quilts are inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, and are a great skill-building project to learn a number of quilting techniques.


3 hours: We will start with a simple, modern color palette of neutral fabrics with a flash of color. Clean lines combined with simple design give each tiny composition a sophisticated feeling. Since we are working very small, this is a great project for using small scraps and bits of special fabric.

Participants will learn the quilt-as-you-go method, and a PDF materials and supplies list will be emailed in advance. Hand stitching adds a sleek, linear element. Finishing techniques will be demonstrated. This workshop is a 3-hour live-stream event, conducted on Zoom, consisting of live instruction (no recording, please). You should have the current version of Zoom installed on your computer or laptop. Guidance for getting started will be sent in advance of the workshop.

  • Select a range of neutral fabrics (all light, medium or dark), and a bright accent color.
  • Solids, and subtle, small scale prints or textures work best.
  • Cut cotton batting and backing fabric into 5″ squares.
  • Cut a selection of the neutral fabrics into small strips (sizes will be provided).
  • Cut a small amount of the bright accent color fabric.
  • Learn the quilt-as-you-go technique, working from the inside out.
  • Explore strip piecing and leaving the raw edges on the outside for extra texture.
  • Trim your small quilt blocks and stay stitch the edges.
  • Learn about hand stitching, and experiment with adding your own design.
  • Sew the backing onto the top of your mini quilts, leaving a space for turning.
  • Turn and press, then do a final stitching around the perimeter

A complete PDF supply list, plus step-by-step notes and templates will be emailed to each participant. Class sizes are limited to ensure one-on-one time.  This is an all-levels class. You should be comfortable using your sewing machine, and it should be in good working order. I look forward to sharing and sewing with you!

For more about David, please visit or follow @davidowenhastings on Instagram.

February 2023

SBQG's Birthday Bash

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Join in the fun as we celebrate everyone’s birthday in style.  Yes, we will be celebrating EVERYONE’s birthday with games, party food, and some laughs.  

Wear your fun (and yes, silly) birthday attire and bring a ‘birthday gift” for a White Elephant exchange.  Don’t overthink the exchange gift…. just something fun, silly or novel (keep it inexpensive, please) dressed up in a fun package.  You can quilt it, craft it, make it, buy it, or repurpose a Christmas Gift… just make sure it is something you would have fun receiving.   

If you have a fun food you like to enjoy at birthday parties, you are welcome to bring along to share, but don’t feel you need to. We will have cake and ice cream for all.  Finally, if you have a fun “Birthday Photo” of yourself please send it to Beth Archer,  The photo can include friend and family.

If you would like to be involved in the party planning, please do not hesitate to send Beth a note, there is always room for party planners to ensure a fun time for all. 

March 2023

Sheila Frampton Cooper

After channeling her artistic muse through painting, jewelry making and architectural photography for many years, Sheila plunged into abstract quilt making in 2010. Guided by intuition and inspired by nature’s palette, she speeds into journeys of revelation and surprise. Her intensity is apparent in the colors, lines and shapes of her improvisational textile works. Since embarking on her fiber art adventure, Sheila has won awards at major quilt shows, including: IQA World of Beauty in Houston, AQS Show in Paducah and Road to California. Her work has been exhibited worldwide.

This talk goes deep into my process. I discuss color, inspiration, and the various approaches I engage when doing this type of work. I’ll share a variety of student work as well as a few other artists and discuss what I feel makes a piece successful. This is a fun talk full of eye candy!

Workshop: Lines and Curves

Students will combine thick and thin lines with curved pieces and assemble the quilt top in rows. There are infinite possibilities. Sheila will demonstrate construction techniques for sewing curved seams and discuss some of the challenges you may run into with spontaneous design and piecing.

April 2023

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, quilt pattern publisher, award-winning quilter and educator. As a trained and practicing graphic designer, her quilts start with a concept and research shapes the design. Sheri strives to enhance people’s everyday lives through beautiful meaningful design. Through sharing her work and teaching, she loves to empower and inspire others to enjoy the process of making.

Sheri’s quilts have gained international recognition, including awards from QuiltCon, International Quilt Festival, Quilt Week/Paducah and the Modern Quilt Guild. Additionally, her work has been featured at art centers and galleries around the country. Her work has been included in books and publications and magazines. She self-publishes and distributes her quilt patterns, which can be found at quilt shops worldwide and online. Sheri enjoys giving presentations and teaching nationally.

As an active member of the modern quilt community, Sheri collaborates with leading industry organizations such as  Aurifil, Art Gallery Fabrics, Oliso, Ruby Star Society, and The Warm Company. She designed, created and filmed two segments for Fresh Quilting, a public television show co-produced by the Modern Quilt Guild and KS Productions. 
Learn more about Sheri and her work at

Presentation: Content, Concepts & Quilts; Approaching Quilting as a Graphic Designer

Our own life experiences can play a big role in our work as quilters. In this presentation and trunk show Sheri will share how she applies her graphic design training and practices to design quilts while showing a selection of her award-winning quilts. Come hear, see and be inspired as Sheri describes her creative journey and process.

May 2023

June 2023