Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association 


The Association continues to welcome an exceptional group of guest speakers. One of the many benefits of membership is the opportunity to take workshops from top quilters in the industry. Workshop participation is limited to SCVQA members unless the class has not filled 30 days prior to class. Non-members are invited to sign up at that time if vacancies exist. Workshop prices vary by instructor and reflect actual costs.

For 2021 and 2022, all classes will be held virtually on the Zoom platform. An email with the link will be sent a few days before class.

Refer to workshop description for a more specific supply list.

For more information about workshops please contact Programs.


Registration begins 3 months prior to each workshop. Spaces in the workshops fill on a first come, first served basis and workshops usually accommodate 20 students. Any registrations received beyond 20 are automatically wait listed in the order they are received.

Non-SCVQA members are welcome to attend our workshops, but a $20 premium is charged. Non-members may sign up no sooner than 30 days prior to the workshop, to allow members priority registration for these special events. Why not consider joining SCVQA today?

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds unless someone replaces you from the waiting list. Refunds for online payments will be minus the non-refundable portion of the online payment processing fees. 

Upcoming Workshops

Skinny Inset Strips

Jenny Haynes

Our speaker for May, Jenny Haynes, is coming to us from her studio in England. Jenny’s label is Papper Sax Sten (paper, scissors, stone, in her native Swedish). Her bespoke quilts and furnishings are recognized for their clean and simple, mid-century modern design. Jenny mixes rich colors with pastels and is not scared of a color clash, often using her trademark curves together with solid fabrics, while remaining faithful to her Scandi’ roots.

Her 4-hour workshop, Skinny Inset Strips, will begin at 9 am the following day. Jenny will show us how she masters curved piecing and how you can do it, too. Jenny considers this an intermediate technique class. She will focus on teaching us no-pin curves and skinny inset strips. This technique can allow you to add a line drawing effect to your sewing and can be used for precision or improv piecing, check out the photo of a skinny inset along a curve below!

Jenny will help us sew and trim blocks, and then go over many options to make our own versions or add them to different different designs. 

Paper templates will be supplied upon class payment but an optional, acrylic template set, may be purchased from her website: prices are 69-79 British pounds. As of this writing the US dollar is $1.33 to the pound. Templates are shipped from the US and shipping is included. 

  • Class fee: $50.00 ($70.00 non-SCVQA member)
  • Class location: Zoom Platform
  • Date: Tuesday May 24, 2022, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Register for Jenny Haynes' workshop

Watercolor Quilt

Audrey Esarey of Cotton and Bourbon

Audrey’s workshop, Watercolor Quilt, will be held on Saturday, July 30th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. (This is a departure from our usual class schedule, but we were eager to be able to accommodate Audrey’s timetable.)

Audrey is a quilter from Kentucky who started making quilts in 2005, after a lifetime of sewing. Her business is called Cotton and Bourbon, as a nod to two favorite evening activities. You can see more of her work here:

The Watercolor Quilt is a wall hanging made from one large block that uses curved piecing to create the illusion of transparency from overlapping circles. The class will cover Audrey's process for building a fabric gradation and tips and tricks for stress-free curved piecing. Take the guesswork out of color selection by using one of the published color gradations inside the pattern! The Watercolor Quilt finishes at 32 x 32 inches. 

We have members who have taken this workshop and recommended it to us! 

  • Workshop, Saturday, July 30, 9:00-3:00
  • Class fee: $50 members, $70 non-members (includes lecture)
  • Pattern $12, to be downloaded and printed
  • Questions can be directed to Sandra Woodard,

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