Monthly Meetings

Lea McComas, Fiber Artist

May 11, 2024; 10:30 a.m.

Women's Work is Never Done

Lea McComasLea McComas began sewing at age 6 and quilting at 16.  She is an accomplished knitter who spins and dyes her own yarn. Living abroad in the 1990’s, she studied carpet weaving in Turkey and fabric dying in Japan.
Upon her return to the United States in 2001, she began a study of classic European art, and developed a keen interest in portrait and figurative art.  Her current techniques and compositions are a synthesis of these passions as she uses textiles to create realistic pictorial works.
Lea’s artwork has been highlighted in a variety of online and print publications such as Quilting Arts Magazine and TV, and 
Her work has been featured in many national and international exhibitions, and has won numerous awards including the Masters Award for Thread Artistry at IQF Houston in 2014 and 2019.
She is the founder and curator of the Border Wall Quilt Project, and recently completed the epic art quilt, Women’s Work for exhibition at the Clinton Presidential Library.  It features 57 women who have fought for equality and the right to vote.
Lea shares the knowledge and techniques behind her award winning quilts through her articles, lectures, workshops, and in her books, Thread Painted Portraits, and Women’s Work. Learn more at


At this point in time, all meetings are virtual via Zoom, and some are also in person.  See below for the meetings that will also be in person.  

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings, and there is no admission fee. Meetings run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, on the Seattle Pacific University campus. (See directions, maps, and room information, below.) Bring yourself a sack lunch if you wish.


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Month Speaker
May 11, 2024

Lea McComasThread Painting Fiber Artist

June 8, 2024

Sally Prangley, Wire and Paper Sculpture Artist - In person SPU and Zoom

July 13, 2024

Cindy Grisdela, Art Quilter

August 10, 2024

Jenny Bowker, Textile Artist

September 14, 2024

Patrece Conoy-Barrett, Creative Clothing; Hybrid - In person SPU and Zoom


October 12, 2024

TBD, Zoom

November 9, 2024

Patty Kennedy-ZafredTextile Artist

December 14, 2024

Hannah O'Hare Bennett, Artist and Paper Maker

January 11, 2025

Kathy Kerler, What Were the Judges Thinking (Zoom)

February 8, 2025

Margarita Korioth, The Odd Couple: Pair and Fabric in Quilts (Zoom)

March 8, 2025

TBD (In Person at SPU)

April 12, 2025

Kestrel Michaud: AI and Quilting (Zoom)

May 10, 2025


June 14, 2025 Karen Graves, Painted Linen and Garments (In Person at SPU)
July 12, 2025 Marjolaine Arsenault, Wearable Art and Nuno Felt (Zoom)
August 9, 2025 TBD (Zoom)
September 13, 2025 TBD (In Person at SPU

Would you like to attend our next meeting via Zoom? Contact programs for the link.

Directions to Bertona Hall on the Seattle Pacific University campus:

GPS entry: 107 West Bertona, Seattle 98119

From I-5, take the NE 50th Street exit and drive west. Turn left (south) on Fremont Avenue N—about two miles. Get into the right lane as you cross the Fremont bridge and take the first turn-off to the right and then immediately right again onto Nickerson Street. Follow Nickerson for about half a mile, and turn left (south) at the stoplight for 3rd Avenue West. You are now on the SPU campus.Turn left onto 3rd.

Enter the parking lot on your left by turning into the driveway beside the Subway. Our building is on the east side of the parking lot, a one-story red brick building. Parking in the lot is free for us on weekends; ignore the restricted parking and "No Parking" signs.

map for Bellevue Arts Museum and parking Photo of Bertona Hall

Click here to see a map of the entire SPU campus.