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QUILT SHOW Featured Artist, 2014

Phyllis McCalla

The guild has chosen Phyllis McCalla as this year's featured artist. She will be displaying a wide range of quilts that are sure to be appreciated and will showcase her talents.

  • Quilting Instructor
  • Fiber Artist
  • Consultant

Fields of Interest

Creative Mixed Media Textiles/Quilts

  • Art
  • Contemporary
  • Appliqué
  • Traditional
  • Quilting Instructor
  • Fiber Artist
  • Consultant

Phyllis McCalla
930 N. Lincoln Street
Dixon, CA 94620
Phone: (707) 678-2647


Phyllis lives in Dixon, California with her husband Alex McCalla and has been interested in textiles since she was a young girl. Phyllis and her sister, Judy, were fortunate to have a grandmother, Effie Thompson, introduce them to quilting, sewing, and crafts.  Each summer the two young girls would spend two weeks with their grandmother observing the "quilting bee" as the group hand-quilted their way around a quilt that had been fastened to a quilt rack.

Phyllis was 10 years old when her grandmother took her shopping to the Ben Franklin store in Reno, Nevada to purchase a pattern to make doll clothes.  The doll was slightly larger than the 'Barbie" doll of today.  She enjoyed making beautiful doll clothes.

During her four years of high school, Phyllis made lined jackets and slacks, prom dresses, men's shirts, and men's sport jackets.  At the age of 20, she made her first appliquéd quilts for her two daughters, Tamara and Traciie, under the guidance of her grandmother. 

Phyllis began making pieced quilts in 2000 for her adult children and grand-children after being inspired by viewing her sister’s trunk show.  To improve her quilting skills Phyllis took a beginning quilt class and increased her quilting skills by attending several quilt classes from local quilters.

Instructors that peeked Phyllis' interest  include:
Esterita Austin, Melinda Bula, Cynthia Corbin, Rami Kim, Don Linn, Mac McNamara, Pearl P. Pereira and David Taylor.

Phyllis began teaching quilting classes in 2006. She teaches from beginning to advanced level classes.  Students always express their gratitude for what they learn in each of the classes they have taken from her.

Phyllis has received first place awards on several of her quilts from the Sacramento River City Quilters Guild, Fairfield North Wind Quilt Guild, and the Dixon County Fair.  Her work has been accepted in the La Conner Quilt Show, La Conner, WA and the World Quilt Show-New England, New Hope, PA. She is known for her diverse works of art and style.

Prior to Phyllis' quilting life she worked for the University of California, Davis for thirty-four years, retiring in 2004 as a Program Manager for the Cancer Research Program.  Today Phyllis continues to be an active UC Davis Retiree and has served on several committees since her retirement.

November 14-16, 2014 (Friday - Sunday)
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Scottish Rite Temple / 6151 H Street, Sacramento, CA (MAP)
Admission: $7, Ages 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult
E-mail: quiltshow@rivercityquilters.org