African American Quilt Guild of Oakland


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.

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  age, race, color, creed or national origin.


Having just returned from our annual Quilting Retreat at San Damiano Retreat Center, I have renewed quilting energy and enthusiasm.  Kyla Laffoon will give a detailed report on the retreat in this newsletter.

It is very exciting to see new faces attending our meetings and signing up to become members of the AAQGO.  When I became president, one of my goals was to help members improve or discover new quilting techniques.  Over the last years, we have had speakers, sew days,  and a flea market - all with the intention of giving members opportunities to hone their quilting skills.

The Guilds new year begins at our September 1st.  Take a moment to reflect on what you would like to learn and do in the 2015-2016 year and share your thoughts with me or any Board member. 

We will focus our attention on the immediate preparation for our quilt show, Neighborhoods Coming Together:Quilts Around Oakland.   Currently Marion Coleman, our quilt show chairperson, is working intently with her committee to put the final touches on all of the details of our quilt show.  Ann Seals has designed an opportunity quilt as a raffle for the show.  Stay tuned to find out how to get your raffle tickets to sell.

In January 2016,  we will begin to focus on electing a new AAQGO board with elections at the June 2016 meeting.  Please take a moment and ask yourself are ready to lead the organization for the next two years. 

As you continue to enjoy the "dog days" of summer, continue to cut, piece, quilt and bind.