Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association

Monthly Meetings 

As we try to accommodate all our members needs and a changing economy, we will be having quarterly meetings in person in 2023, the rest of our meetings will be held online via Zoom. 

Guest Speakers

Each of our meetings features a special program. We bring in well-known quilters and textile artists from across the world to share their techniques and inspiration with us. This is a great way to get new, exciting ideas for revitalizing your quilt projects.

Our 2023 schedule of speakers can be found here!

Guests are welcome to attend our monthly meetings and lectures with these amazing guest speakers. The fee for non-members is $10.00, please click through below to register for the meeting, once confirmed you will be sent the link to join the Zoom meeting. Or consider joining our organization, for only $45 for the entire year. 

Upcoming Meetings

    • Mon, March 27, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom Platform Online

    From a young age, Nanette was driven by the desire to create, but her life was also filled with plot twists and challenges. It wasn’t until she embraced her creative spirit that the magic happened and the artistic journey came full-circle. In her lecture, Creative Journey-Finding your Artistic Voice, Nanette shares motivational techniques to feed your inner creative and find confidence to develop your own artistic style.

    Nanette has been sewing since she was 10 and quilting since 2001. She is an author, instructor and award-winning artist whose artwork and writings have been published internationally. Her work has been featured on the Quilting Arts TV and in Quilting Arts Magazine.

    Nanette earned a master’s degree in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. She found her artistic voice in 2005 when she began combining her skills to create nature-inspired innovative mixed-media textile art (generically referred to as art quilts). Her work is heavily embellished with thread to create beautiful textures.

    Learn more about Nanette at her website:


    • Tue, March 28, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • ZOOM
    • 11

    Thread painting, frequently referred to as free‐motion embroidery, adds color and texture to an art quilt. This workshop teaches basic techniques needed to color with thread using a sewing machine. In a hands‐on process, Nanette will show students how to successfully use fabrics, stabilizers, threads in their thread painting projects. Students will learn techniques to layer and blend thread colors. Tips will be presented to help students develop their own style and use their newly found free-motion embroidery skills in their quilting projects.

    • Session: March 28, 2023, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
    • Fee: $50 (members), $70 (non-members)
    • Location: Zoom online platform
    • Supply list: TBS

    Questions can be directed to Sandra Woodard,

    • Mon, April 24, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • First Congregational Church, 1980 Hamilton Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

    Our very own Sheila Collins joins us with her lecture, Creative Explorations, that takes us though her creative journey from juried art festivals to quilt challenges and commissioned pieces. Then her workshop the next day, Posies in the Sunshine, provides you with the foundation to create beautiful dimensional flowers.

    Sheila's art has been published in Stitch Magazine, and three times her art has been selected by Cherrywood Fabrics to travel internationally with their Challenge exhibits. Sheila also had a One Woman Show Exhibit, Creative Play With Appliqué at The Pacific International Quilt Festival in 2021.

    Learn more about Sheila at her website:


    • Tue, April 25, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Westhope Presbyterian Church-Social Hall, 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
    • 16

    Flowers are a favorite subject, and this class will provide you with the foundation to create beautiful dimensional flowers. The flowers feature a fabric covered button for their centers. You will also learn how to create this wonky woven background. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran when it comes to fusible appliqué, or a newbie to this medium, you will learn some fresh approaches that you can incorporate into other pieces, too.

    • April 25, 2023, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Fee: $50 (members), $70 (non-members)
    • Location: In-person at Westhope Presbyterian Church-Social Hall
    • Supply list
    • Class requires separate purchase of Posies In The Sunshine pattern for $12, available for download at, or on the day of the workshop.


    Questions can be directed to Patty Hair,

    • Sat, May 20, 2023
    • Tue, May 23, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • ZOOM
    • 19

    Use your imagination, fusible applique, conversational prints, free cutting, and free motion applique to create a small cartoon featuring your own unique fashionistas.  Learn how to draw figures, style hair, create dresses, shoes, and handbags. Finished Project:  8" - 14" with one or more fashionistas.

    This workshop is divided into two parts: a one hour pre-class and a four hour workshop.

    • Two parts:

      Part 1-Saturday, May 20, 10AM. This will be a prep-type class where Kathryn will discuss materials and supplies needed for the class, one hour.

      Part 2-Tuesday, May 23, 9:30 AM. This will be the main portion of the workshop, four hours.

    • Fee  (includes $8 handout fee for instructor):
      • Workshop fee Members-$58 (must  be a member both at sign-up time and day of workshop)
      • Non-members-$78
    • Location: Zoom online platform
    • Supply list

    Questions can be directed to Sandra Woodard,

    • Mon, May 22, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom Platform Online

    Fun, entertaining, and amusing with Word Salad, Fashionistas and Girl-friends and a few Angry and Not So Angry Women, Kathryn chronicles how quilting frames and tells the story of her real and imagined life and her love of storytelling that took her from fashion design to traditional, hand-pieced miniatures to quilts to sleep under to cartoon quilts to fashionistas and angry and not so angry women.

    Learn more about Kathryn at her website:


Past events

Thu, March 23, 2023 March Zoom Sew-In
Mon, March 13, 2023 March Board Meeting
Tue, February 28, 2023 Workshop: MJ Kinman - Dames & Diamonds
Mon, February 27, 2023 February Meeting with MJ Kinman - Gems & Joy: The Gemstone Quilts of MJ Kinman
Thu, February 16, 2023 Zoom Sew-In
Mon, February 13, 2023 February Board Meeting
Sun, February 12, 2023 Quilt Show Brainstorming
Tue, January 24, 2023 Workshop: Mel Beach - Mark Making Magic and Design by Dice
Mon, January 23, 2023 January Meeting with Guest Mel Beach, Fun and Games in Quilting
Thu, January 19, 2023 Zoom Sew-In
Mon, January 09, 2023 January Board Meeting
Mon, December 12, 2022 December Meeting with Guest Sue Stone, Woman With a Fish
Tue, November 15, 2022 Workshop: Sue Sherman - Hawaiian Quilting
Mon, November 14, 2022 November Board Meeting
Mon, November 14, 2022 November Meeting with Guest Sue Sherman
Tue, October 25, 2022 Workshop: Christina Cameli - Free Motion Design Lab
Mon, October 24, 2022 October Meeting with Guest Christina Cameli
Mon, October 10, 2022 October Board Meeting
Tue, September 27, 2022 Workshop: Sheila Frampton Cooper - Lines and Curves
Mon, September 26, 2022 September Meeting with Guest Sheila Frampton Cooper
Tue, September 20, 2022 September Open Sew
Mon, September 12, 2022 September Board Meeting
Tue, August 23, 2022 Workshop: Margarita Korioth - Hand Appliqué with Paper and Fabric.
Mon, August 22, 2022 August Meeting with Guest Margarita Korioth
Thu, August 11, 2022 August Open Sew
Mon, August 08, 2022 August Board Meeting
Sun, July 31, 2022 July Open Sew 2
Sat, July 30, 2022 Workshop: Audrey Esarey- Watercolor Quilt
Mon, July 25, 2022 July Meeting with Guest Audrey Esarey of Cotton & Bourbon
Wed, July 13, 2022 July Open Sew
Mon, July 11, 2022 July Board Meeting
Tue, June 28, 2022 Workshop: Natalya Khorover - Plastic Nature
Mon, June 27, 2022 June Meeting with Guest Natalya Khorover
Thu, June 16, 2022 June Open Sew 2
Mon, June 13, 2022 June Board Meeting
Sun, June 05, 2022 June Open Sew
Tue, May 24, 2022 Workshop: Jenny Haynes - Skinny Inset
Mon, May 23, 2022 May Meeting with Guest Jenny Haynes of Papper Sax Sten
Mon, May 09, 2022 May Board Meeting
Tue, April 26, 2022 Workshop: Youngmin Lee - Patchworked Bojagi (called Jogakbo)
Mon, April 25, 2022 April Meeting with Guest Youngmin Lee
Sat, April 23, 2022 Tickets - Wrapped in Love - Quilt Show 2022
Tue, April 19, 2022 April Open Sew (2)
Mon, April 11, 2022 April Board Meeting
Sun, April 10, 2022 April Open Sew
Thu, March 31, 2022 March Open Sew - Rescheduled
Tue, March 29, 2022 Workshop: Lisa Shepard Stewart - Ankara String Quilt
Mon, March 28, 2022 March Meeting with Guest Lisa Shepard Stewart
Sat, March 19, 2022 Boutique Sale and Mini Meeting
Mon, March 14, 2022 March Board Meeting
Thu, March 10, 2022 March Open Sew
Tue, March 01, 2022 Class Full - Registration Closed - Workshop: David Owen Hastings - Inspired by Architecture
Mon, February 28, 2022 February Meeting with Guest David Owen Hastings
Tue, February 15, 2022 February Open Sew (2)
Sat, February 05, 2022 February Open Sew
Tue, January 25, 2022 Workshop: Carolina Oneto - Curves and Transparencies
Mon, January 24, 2022 January Meeting with Guest Carolina Oneto
Mon, December 13, 2021 December Meeting with Guest Susan Hotchkis
Tue, November 23, 2021 Workshop: Geri Patterson-Kutras - Architectural Quilts
Mon, November 22, 2021 November Meeting with Guest Geri Patterson-Kutras


January 23, 9:30 am, in person meeting: Mel Beach

January 24, in person workshop: Mark Making Magic/Design by Dice

February 27, 7:00 pm, online meeting:  MJ Kinman

February 28, online workshop: Dames and Diamonds

March 27, 9:30 am, online meeting:  Nanette Zeller

March 28th, online workshop: Painting with Thread

April 24, 7:00 pm, in person meeting:  Sheila Collins

April 25, in person workshop: Posies in the Sunshine

May 22, 9:30 am, online meeting:  Kathryn Pellman

May 23, online workshop: Paper Dolls for Grownups

June 26, 7:00 pm, online meeting:  Rachel Derstine

June 27th, online workshop: Easy Landscape Quilt


July 24, 9:30 am, in person meeting:  Trudy Cleveland

July 25, in person workshop: How to Photograph your Quilt like a Pro

August 28, 7:00 pm, online meeting:  Jennifer Houlden

August 29, online workshop: Mini Bargello Sunflower

September 25, 9:30 am, online meeting:  Jenny Lyon

September 26, online workshop: Fearless Feathers 4 Ways

October 23, 7:00 pm, in person meeting:  Mary McCauley

October 24, in person workshop: Fabric and Form: Pop Ups

November 20, 9:30 am, online meeting:  Candace Hassen

November 21, online workshop: A Maze Zing

December 18, 7:00 pm, online meeting:  Jaimie Davis

No workshop

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