The AMQG Board of Directors coordinates & oversees guild operations with input & support from AMQG members. Our board terms runs from June to June, with each board member serving a maximum of two consecutive terms. Check out our current 2021-22 board below!
Melissa Cole (she/her) rediscovered quilting in 2016 after a few classes at Stitch Lab, and recently finished her largest quilt yet, a queen sized that her dog Mamba has tried to claim. She enjoys any sewing really, but when it comes to quilting she's all about making her own designs more often than not. The AMQG has been her inspiration to be creative and right brain focused, and her logical, spreadsheet-driven self (who does quilting math for fun) flexes her left brain regularly too. She wants to use her skills and knowledge to serve the board and ensure that AMQG is welcoming and accessible to all quilters and makers.
Becky Moore-Kreitman: Fiber arts have always been an important part of my life. Over the decades I have enjoyed sewing, knitting, cross-stitch, spinning and weaving. I made my first baby quilt over 40 years ago and enjoy sewing with bright colors and prints. After moving to Austin, I joined the AMQG wanting to understand what a modern quilt is. Using solid colors and negative space have opened up a new quilting dimension for me. I enjoy learning new quilting techniques, taking workshops, meeting new quilting friends and am inspired by all the quilts our guild members make.
Vice President of Communications:
Rachel Gilbert (they/them) has been a member of the AMQG since learning to quilt in 2018. This term, they plan to continue keeping guild communication clear, consistent, and fun whenever possible. Big goals include better membership management software, including a membership directory!
Vice President of Programming:
Niku Arbabi (she/her) is a lifelong maker who loves to create with fabric, embroider, quilt, craft, create unique garments, and sew everything! Giving back to the guild to inspire quilters and sewists to get out of their comfort zone and nourish creativity while building community keeps Niku going. With her experience and passion for the sewing world, she would like to share all the joy in sewing and continue to plan exciting, innovative, and diverse content for the AMQG.
Vice President of Events:
Emily Weerts (she, hers) is inspired to be creative by a long line of talented crafters in her family, including her grandmother who honed her skills while interning during WWII. As a quilter, Emily is starting to explore outside of her HST comfort zone, diving into more FPP, curved, and hand stitched projects. Emily's quilts tend to be bold like her; look for bright colors, busy patterns, and statements about justice, inclusion, and feminism. A technology educator and community builder, Emily is excited to lend her skills to AMQG as the guild (and the world!) pivots to hosting engaging events online.
Vice President of Community Outreach:
Sandy Schiff began quilting at the beginning of 2018, and, as predicted, has become completely obsessed with it. An artist and architect by training, she has spent decades creating works on paper and has tried (unsuccessfully) to stave off the inevitable flood of fabric this new passion invites. One of her main goals for the coming year is to spend less time scrolling through photos of other people's quilts and more time creating her own. Outside of her own craft, she has prioritized volunteering with various community organizations in leadership roles. She worked with the previous board to develop processes for the Community Outreach "Committee" and is thrilled to have the opportunity to create an actual board position for this important work. She's currently battling breast cancer, but not only expects to have that in the rearview mirror by the Fall, but she has also been utilizing systems through which members and board members can step in and help prepare quilts for donation to our Community Partners.