Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association

Our featured artists for 2022 will be Shelagh Deming and Geri Patterson-Kutras. Watch this space for more details.

Shelagh Deming

Shelagh's sewing journey started when she was about 11 under the guidance of the gifted seamstress who was her mother.  From her  first attempt at doll clothes through sewing her own clothes, her mother always encouraged her and imbued her with a great love of the craft.  Shelagh's path has been littered with everything from gathered skirts to her  daughters’ dresses; from Halloween costumes to prom dresses; from wedding gowns to wool coats.  All of these projects have been fueled by a love of fabric and the desire to create.

A little over 20 years ago she got involved in the world of quilting and has been "lost" ever since.  Very early on this new path she was drawn to machine quilting so she could make the whole project her own.  She was quickly involved in a web of like-minded enthusiasts (aka SCVQA) and her life has not been the same. Thanks to their education,  encouragement and friendship she has  flourished.  Because of them her quilts have found their way to many shows and hopefully happy homes. 

Geri Patterson-Kutras

Geri Patterson-Kutras is an accomplished fiber artist with an impressive body of work.  Her work has been featured in juried shows at the Maloof Foundation Museum, the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, the Texas Quilt Museum, Ricky Tims Gallery in Colorado, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, MI and most recently the Trolley Barn Gallery in New York.

Geri has over a number of years extensively lectured and taught classes at guilds throughout Northern California. 

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.

Geri 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.  She is a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and is currently serving as a Northern CA/Nev Representative for the organization.

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