San Francisco-based textile artist, author and teacher Janet Mednick will be a featured artist at San Francisco Quilters Guild’s 14th biennial Symphony of Color Quilt Show and Sale at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., on Saturday and Sunday.
How did you get into quilting? I dabbled in lots of different crafts. I made my first quilt in the 1970s. I love playing with color, pattern and texture, and running the sewing machine. Quilting is like painting with fabric. I can make traditional quilts with squares or patterns, but when the mood strikes I can create an art piece. Quilts are both a functional item and a piece of art. They make great gifts.
What can we look forward to at the show? There will be approximately 300 pieces on show and some for judging. There will be a Civil War-era exhibit and vendors selling fabric, thread, beads, etc. I love to watch people’s reactions to the quilts.
What else does the guild do? We hold monthly meetings that the public can attend where we have guest speakers from around the country. Classes are taught on the weekend, we sometimes sponsor fabric retreats for members and our socials are a great way for members to share their skills. We have donated quilts to the intensive care units of Bay Area hospitals and shelters. They can be a great comfort in cold, scary places.