African American Quilt Guild of Oakland


Happy New Year!  This year will be a busy one for the African American Quilt Guild.  In February, we will celebrate Black History Month with our annual Black History Month Family Workshop.  On March 7, 2014, we will welcome Faith Ringgold, painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist  to the Bay Area.   AAQGO is a proud co-sponsor of this event hosted by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles .  Please come and join us in San Jose as we welcome Faith Ringgold to the Bay Area.

In celebration of Black History Month, the VISA Corporation has asked the guild to do a presentation on quilting and to share our quilts, especially the Ancestral Memories quilts, at their Foster City offices.  Laney College Library has invited the Guild to display quilts within the library.  Julia Vitero and her band of helpers will be busy in the coming months displaying the quilts of our members.  Katie Wishom and Marion Coleman along with other quilters will have quilts on display at the Joyce Gordon Art Gallery in Oakland.  The Fairfield guild members have quilts on display at all of the Solano County libraries. Guild members are indeed extremely busy this month. 

At our March meeting, we will ratify our updated By-Laws.  The last revision of our By-Laws was in 2005.  If you are a current Guild member, a copy of the changes to the By-Laws were previously provided to you.   This is also an election year and we will be selecting new leaders to serve for the next two years at the May meeting.

Besides Guild business, Ann Seals and Kyla Laffoon are planning some exciting speakers for our meetings.  Come and learn new skills and quilting techniques. 

Long-time guild member and past president, Marion Coleman has volunteered to be the chair of our next quilt show.  I am grateful to Marion for volunteering to coordinate our next show.  Stay tuned to hear updates on how our show with take shape.

As I think of New Year wishes for you and the Guild, I wish for members to be actively involved in our activities and to take responsibility for the direction of the Guild, and for every member to hone their quilting and creative skills.

Blessings,  Marie



March 22nd Meeting

Ugly Fabric Challenge Reveal

By-Laws Vote


April 26th Meeting

(at St. Benedicts Church)

Guest Speaker

Angela Gibbs


May 24th Meeting

AAQGO Quilt Show

Work Day


June 28th Meeting


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.