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

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

Spider Web Quilt Class

Jean Impey

Jean Impey visits SCVQA with her trunk show, Find your Passion, on January 22, 2018. The meeting takes place at 9 AM at the First Congregational Church in San Jose.

Then on January 23, 9:15am till 3:45pm, join Jean at her class, Spider Web. Use up those scraps or plan your quilt using a controlled palette of fabrics. Both the quilt and pillow version will be explained. This class is $45 for SCVQA members and will be at West Hope Church in Saratoga.

Jean Impey, Spider Web

Supply List

Past Speakers

See the Meetings page for the list of past speakers.