Velda E. Newman is a contemporary textile artist from Nevada City, California. Her large scale designs, portraying numerous subjects from nature, have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan. Newman uses fiber and thread the way other artists use paint and brush. Her primary source of inspiration is the natural world and her exquisitely crafted quilts reflect the detail and design she finds there.
Her work has appeared in many national and international publications and exhibits and is included in both public and private collections. She has won "Best of Show", twice at Houston, is included in 100 best quilts of the last century and was selected by Quilt Visions as the recipient of the Quilts Japan Prize.
Ms. Newman lectures and teaches on an international level for many conferences and quilt guilds. Her book, VELDA NEWMAN: A Painter's Approach To Quilt Design was published by Fiber Studio Press. The second book, A Workshop With Velda Newman, was published by C&T Publishing.
Janet is a self-taught quilter and made her very first quilt in the early 1970s. She joined the SFQG in 1995 and won her very first quilt ribbon with her first entry in their 1996 show. Since then she has won many more quilt awards, most notably BEST PIECEWORK at PIQF 2004 for Cressida and BEST OF SHOW for Jungle Juju at the 2006 SFQG show.
She teaches all types of piecework and domestic machine quilting, has had her designs published in various magazines and books, co-authored Perfect Paper Piecing (AQS) in 2007, volunteered for many years at Quiltworks, SF and has designed quilts for P&B Textiles. She was the Featured Quilter at the SFQG’s 2011 Symphony of Color Quilt Show. Besides quilting, Janet is an avid gardener, knitter, world traveler and lawn bowler.
I was born in San Francisco and have lived in the area all of my life. As a young girl I sewed a lot of my clothes. In the late 1970’s I took my first quilting class with my mother. We didn’t have the amazing rotary cutters quilters use today. We made our patterns on cereal boxes, marked our fabrics with pencils and cut everything out with scissors. Now I enjoy sewing with my daughter and lots of quilting friends.
I love the colors and textures of fabrics. My creative journey started with making hundreds of traditional quilts for family, friends, and community projects. Each time I take a class or teach a class, I learn something new. Many of my recent quilts are my own designs. Sometimes I do thoughtful planning, but often the urge to give the design a twist takes over.
Quilting is wildly exciting. I encourage you to challenge yourself to take a risk and have fun making your own quilts.
Joy-Lily taught quilting and fabric dyeing at a San Francisco senior center through a California Arts Council grant from 1986 to 2000. Her first quilting book Carefree Quilts – A Freestyle Twist on Classic Designs was published in 2012. Her quilt designs and patterns been published in Quilters' Newsletter, Art Quilting Studio and Patchwork Quilt Tsushin, a Japanese quilt magazine. Her work has won ribbons at San Francisco quilt shows and has been exhibited in Europe and China. She taught quilt fabric dyeing classes at Quilt Week in Paducah in Fall 2017. Her latest art quilts in the Fantasy Collage style will be on exhibit at the Mazatlan International Quilt Festival. She will also teach a workshop in this engaging new way to quilt. See her fiber art at www.joy-lily.com .
"I love the colors and textures of fabrics. My creative journey started with making hundreds of traditional quilts for family, friends, and community projects. Each time I take a class or teach a class, I learn something new. Many of my recent quilts are my own designs. Sometimes I do thoughtful planning, but often the urge to give the design a twist takes over.
"Quilting is wildly exciting. I encourage you to challenge yourself to take a risk and have fun making your own quilts."