African American Quilt Guild of Oakland



After February activities, we turned our attention to the internal business of the Guild.  At our March meeting, Guild members approved the revised By-Laws for the Guild.  2005 was the last time our By-Laws were revised.  As chair of the By-Laws committee, Shyrrl  Hancock kept the committee on task and focused.  Dolores Presley, Rosita Thomas, Marilyn Handis, Katie Wishom and myself were the By-Laws committee members.  For those of you who could not attend the March meeting, the revised By-Laws are available on our website

At our April meeting, Angeline Gibbs from Dixon was our guest speaker.  Her Trunk Show and Presentation were informative and entertaining.  Mrs. Gibbs provided us with helpful techniques for designing our quilts for our next quilt show.

"Bringing Neighborhoods Together: Quilts Around Oakland" is the title of our next Quilt Show.   Marion Coleman is the chair of our show.  Stay tuned for more news about the mechanics of the show.  This show is an ambitious project that needs the gifts, talents and skills of each of our members.  We need all members to enter a quilt so start thinking about a design concept for your quilt.

Now that our By-Laws are complete, it is also time to look towards election of our new leadership of the Guild.  As chair of the nomination committee, Katie Wishom and her committee are busy seeking members who are willing to be of service of the Guild.  Please consider sharing your gifts and talent with the guild.  Besides our elected officers, we need members to step up and consider chairing a committee or actively participating in developing guild activities.  In our new By-Laws, each office and committee's duties are described.  Look at the duties and see how  you can be of service to the Guild.

In the coming months our meetings will focus on preparing for our Show, elections and skill development.  We are always looking for new ideas, topics and speakers that you would like to see at our meetings.  Send the Board your suggestions.

Remember the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland is your Guild and we are all a part of the success of the Guild.

Blessings,  Marie




Summary of our next 3 AAQGO Workshop meetings!  (You could have your Quilt Show Quilts done!)

Workshop 1 (AAQGO Meeting May 24th)--Every Quilt Tells A Story:  Designing a Theme Quilt------Learn to develop and design a theme quilt

Workshop 2 (AAQGO Meeting June 28th)--Stretch and Grow:  Improving Color, Composition and Value------Explore color theory, value, contemporary design methods and materials.

Workshop 3 (AAQGO Meeting July 26th)--Fine Tuning:  Beads, Buttons and Bindings-----Adding dimension with embellishments, borders and binding.  May include quilting embellishments such as seed stitching, embroidery, etc.

West Oakland Public Library

1801 Adeline Street

Oakland, CA  94607

Guild Meetings are the 4th Saturday of each month.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Sankofa is an Asante Adinkra symbol. It symbolizes one taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress.

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Membership shall be open to anyone interested in the purpose and objective of this Guild, and payment of annual dues.  No discrimination shall be made with regard to race, color, creed or national origin.


For the months of APRIL, JULY and OCTOBER 2014, our meeting will be held at St. Benedict's Church, 2245 - 82nd Avenue at Bancroft Avenue, Oakland, CA.  The time and date, 1:00PM and the fourth Saturday of the month, remain the same.  Free parking is available in the school yard.