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, June 12, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom Platform Online

    SCVQA Board Meeting. All members are welcome to attend board meetings. If you have an agenda item you would like added, please email

    After registering you will be provided a link to join the Zoom meeting that will come in an email. 

    • Thu, June 15, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom Platform Online

    Join us for a casual Zoom get together. Online Sew-Ins are a time to chat while you quilt, you can show off projects, ask questions, or just listen. Feel free to arrive or leave whenever you like. Guests are welcome. 

    Topic: SCVQA Sew-in Zoom Meeting

    Time: Jun 15, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Every month on the Third Thu, until Nov 16, 2023, 6 occurrence(s)

    Jun 15, 2023 07:00 PM

    Jul 20, 2023 07:00 PM

    Aug 17, 2023 07:00 PM

    Sep 21, 2023 07:00 PM

    Oct 19, 2023 07:00 PM

    Nov 16, 2023 07:00 PM

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    • Mon, June 26, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom Platform Online

    Rachel is an art quilter living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Her works have been featured in invitational and juried gallery shows and fine art/craft shows throughout the country.  Her work has been purchased and installed in institutions such as Epic Corporation in Madison, WI, and the Milton Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.  She has done commissioned works for Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse in Harleysville, PA, Souderton Mennonite Homes in Souderton, PA, Garden Spot Village in New Holland, PA, and Penn Foundation in Sellersville, PA. 

    Rachel's lecture presentation explores where she finds inspiration for her art: other artists, photographs, influences from life experiences.  She also discusses how to make effective quilts using art concepts such as limiting color palette, simplifying the background, using repetition of line, shapes, values and color throughout the work.


    Learn more about Rachel at her website:


    • Tue, June 27, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • ZOOM
    • 17

    A full day workshop on easy landscape quilting using fused applique techniques.  Students will design a landscape from a simple photo or drawing.  Some sample landscape designs will be provided.  Students will finish or nearly finish the quilt top during the class.  Quilting and facing will be demonstrated and discussed.  PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.

    • Session: June 27, 2023, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
    • Fee: $50 (members), $70 (non-members)
    • Location: Zoom online platform
    • Supply list


    Questions can be directed to Patty Hair,

    • Mon, July 10, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom Platform Online

    SCVQA Board Meeting. All members are welcome to attend board meetings. If you have an agenda item you would like added, please email

    After registering you will be provided a link to join the Zoom meeting that will come in an email. 

    • Mon, July 24, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • First Congregational Church, 1980 Hamilton Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

    Trudy's lecture covers the topic of quilt photography. Using only your smartphone, she will discuss how to get professional looking images. Why you should photograph your quilts, how to photograph them, and how to store and organize your photographs. The lecture is followed by a trunk show of Trudy's quilts.

    Learn more about Trudy at her website:


    • Tue, July 25, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA
    • 18

    Tracy calls this a “Fun-Shop.” You will learn to photograph the whole quilt view, close-up, portrait view, quilt back, and label. Then we will edit your quilt photos with your smartphone: selecting the best images from the first part of the workshop, adjusting the crop, exposure, contrast, saturation and brilliance.

    At the completion of workshop you will be able to shoot an image and to make adjustments to make your image POP!

    • Session: July 25, 2023, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm 
    • Fee: 
      • Members: $50 (must  be a member both at sign-up time and day of workshop), 
      • Non-membes: $70
    • Location: Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA
    • Supply list: TBS


    Questions can be directed to Sandra Woodard,

    • Mon, August 28, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom Platform Online

    One of the keys to great art work and quilts is colour and contrast. This trunk show explores the effective use of contrast to create dimension, movement and visual harmony while supporting the initial attraction of colour in great quilt designs.

    Using contrast in the form of fabrics with different textures, patterns and value is one of the first steps to creating contrast in quilts and textile art. Adding embellishments such as thread play, couching, beading, painting, and other mixed media can also create contrast by adding dimension and texture within the piece. Most importantly a design or concept is needed to expand on. Using some or all of these different techniques - the ideas will be never ending.

    Join Jen as she explores the world of contrast and learn a few tips, tricks and techniques that you can incorporate into your quilt making and art to boost the contrast in your work. And learn how you can achieve that WOW factor in your quilts.


    Learn more about Jennifer at her website:


    • Tue, August 29, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • ZOOM
    • 20

    No need to worry about perfect precision – it’s just going to be cut up!

    In this class we will explore the world of colour to create a colour run using light, medium and dark valued fabrics. The key to creatin movement within the flower is the colour run and the placement of the fabrics within the Bargello.

    Working with colour runs and strip sets you will create a Bargello run for the appliqué pieces rather than using just one piece of fabric for the appliqué. The Bargello with its movement and colour placement will give depth and dimension to the sunflower. Learn how to finish off the flower and add detail to each petal by using the technique of free motion zigzag.

    The focus of this workshop is to create a stress free and relaxed environment to have fun, learn new techniques and create a gorgeous sunflower. The project may look difficult but it is in fact uncomplicated and easy to create. No need to worry about perfect precision for sewing the Bargello as it’s just going to be cut up.

    Along with the colour run, Bargello and appliqué, there are bonus materials for creating a interesting centre and a couple of different borders.

    This workshop is suitable for all levels of quilters. The pattern and all templates will be provided by Jennifer.

    • Session: August 29, 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 Patty Hair,

Past events

Mon, May 22, 2023 May Meeting with Kathryn Pellman - Word Salad, Fashionistas & Girlfriends
Sat, May 20, 2023 Workshop: Kathryn Pellman - Paper Dolls for Grown Ups
Thu, May 18, 2023 May Zoom Sew-In
Mon, May 08, 2023 May Board Meeting
Tue, April 25, 2023 Workshop: Sheila Collins - Posies in the Sunshine
Mon, April 24, 2023 April Meeting with Sheila Collins - Creative Explorations
Thu, April 20, 2023 April Zoom Sew-In
Mon, April 10, 2023 April Board Meeting
Tue, March 28, 2023 Workshop: Nanette Zeller: Paint with Thread
Mon, March 27, 2023 March Meeting with Nanette Zeller - Creative Journey: Finding your Artistic Voice
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

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