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.


Registration begins 3 months prior to each workshop. To register for a workshop, complete the SCVQA Workshop Registration Form from the latest guild newsletter and bring it with your check to a general meeting, board meeting, or mail it to the indicated Programs Chair. You can email the form to Programs but your spot will not be secured until your check is received. 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.

To register by email, please send your name, phone number, specify which workshop you wish to take, to and confirm that you are mailing payment.

For more information about workshops please contact .


Workshops are held at:

Westhope Presbyterian Church
12850 Saratoga Avenue (just north of the intersection with Cox)
Saratoga, CA 95030

Use the third driveway north of Cox to enter the church parking area.

Supply List

Many workshops have a specific supply list provided by the instructor. A basic supply list suitable for most workshops is:

  • Sewing Machine. Sewing machine that you are familiar with and that is in good working order.
  • Iron/Ironing Board. A minimum of three small ironing boards and irons will be provided by SCVQA, but you may want to bring your own if you have a small, portable board and iron with low wattage.
  • Water and lunch. Workshops break for lunch. You will have more time to visit with the teacher and other students if you do not have to go out for lunch.
  • Ziplock bags or Project Box. These are useful for taking your project or its pieces home.
  • Chair pad. The chairs can be a little hard to sit in for hours of sewing. Consider bringing a pad to put on the chair either to adjust the height or cushion the chair.
  • Small light for your work area. These might not be necessary in our new location, Westhope Presbyterian.
  • Small paper bag for trash at your work area.

Instruction begins at the listed start time. To select a work area and set up before instruction begins, please arrive 10-15 minutes early.

Upcoming Workshops

Walking Foot WOW!

Mel Beach
Due to popular demand, there are three workshop dates to choose from!!!
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM Normal location at Westhope Presbyterian
Sunday, August 27, 2017, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM ***Special location*** Click here for map.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM Normal location at Westhope Presbyterian

Discover the world of Quilt Challenges and the many opportunities awaiting you (and your quilts)! Join our very own Mel Beach on August 28th at 7:00PM as she recounts her adventures and misadventures while participating in quilt challenges at local, national, and international levels.

Then, during the workshop Mel will teach us how to create beautiful, modern quilted texture with a walking foot in her workshop, Walking Foot WOW!. Let's move beyond the basic stitching in the ditch and explore decorative stitches, repeat patterns, and even gentle curves to create drama and eye catching quilting designs to your unfinished quilt tops!
Check your calendars now. This is a workshop you do not want to miss.

Mel Beach Mel Beach

Supply List

Double Vision **Two day workshop**

Louisa Smith
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM Normal location at Westhope Presbyterian
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM Tanglewood Club House, 4690 Adamo Drive, San Jose CA. 95136

Be wowed by Louisa Smith on Monday, September 25th at 9:30 am as she shares her quilting journey. The Strips'n Curves best-selling author continues to earn praise from traditional, art, and modern quilters alike with her newest book, Double Vision Quilts.
Do you love color and optical illusions? Are you fascinated by the work of M. C. Escher? Then you must join Louisa for her two day class using gorgeous fabric and incredible colors. Learn how layers of shapes and colors fool the eye, allowing you to create dynamic quilts using easy construction techniques. You do not want to miss the opportunity to work with this exceptional instructor.
**Cost for this two day workshop is $110.**
Louisa Smith, Double Vision

Supply List

Layered Transparency

Christine Barnes

Color, like no other aspect of creating quilts, this is what we love about our art and what we often find a challenge to successfully utilize. Lucky for us we have Christine Barnes who once again visits our association. Her lecture, Color: A Step-by-Step Tutorial, is all about choosing and planning colors for quilts. She will answer questions like what comes first, the design idea or the fabric? She will show her method of choosing, auditioning and editing fabrics. Join us on October 23rd at 7 PM for this informative exploration of color.

On Tuesday, October 24th Christine Barnes will teach her class called Layered Transparency—the Illusion of Layers of See-Through Color. She promises that it is surprisingly easy to achieve when using the right values. Using her modern minimalist quilting approach, the light center squares seem to float above the darker shapes, and sections of gray ombré appear to flow underneath the blocks.

Christine Barnes, Layered Transparency

Supply List

Color Interaction

Tara Faughnan

In November we will have Tara Faughnan visiting us from Oakland. A fabric designer for Michael Miller by trade, she works in solid colors to do something different than her day-job and still work with with fabrics and colors. In her trunk show we see how she is inspired by traditonal pieced blocks done with solid fabric. Working with those fabrics give her quilts a modern, fresh and artistic feel. Join us for the lecture November 27 from 9:30 AM.

Then, join us on Novenber 28, 9:15am till 3:45pm, for Color Interaction. Playing with color is one of the most rewarding aspects of quilt making. It can be fun, intuitive, challenging and at times frustrating. In this class, students will explore how colors play off one another, delve into the importance of value, and learn tips for solving problems. Students will start with a variety of quick exercises, and move on to sewing small color studies that can be combined to make a larger quilt. Class fee is $55 with an optional kit fee of $25.

Tara Faughnan, Color Interaction

Supply List

Past Speakers

See the Meetings page for the list of past speakers.