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 2024, the rest of our meetings will be held on Zoom. All workshops will be held on 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 2024 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

    • Sat, June 08, 2024
    • Sat, June 22, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • ZOOM
    • 15

    *This workshop is split into two 3-hour sessions on Saturday June 8 and Saturday June 22. If you can only make one of the sessions, Tina will catch you up over Zoom on your own!*

    Join us for this fun, two-part class! We use regular piecing to make the background and raw edge appliqué to make the foreground. Pull out your florals and look for flower heads that don’t overlap each other (or minimally overlap); flower heads can range in diameter from 1” - 7”; flower heads can be realistic, cartoonish, somewhere in between or ideally a mixture of all three. If you don't have enough in your collection, borrow from your friends, or Tina can send you a pack of 30 assorted flower heads for an extra fee.

    This class is running on SATURDAY MORNINGS June 8 and June 22, 9a-12p.

    Whimsical Garden, 25” x 25”

    • Sessions: June 8 and June 22, 9:00 am to 12 pm
    • Fee: $50 (members) (must  be a member both at sign-up time and day of workshop), $60 (non-members) 
    • Location: Zoom online platform
    • Supply list here  

    Questions? Contact Jessie Becker,

    • Mon, June 24, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • ZOOM

    Trip Around the World in Folk Art Stitches

    Join Catherine in this humorous, educational, and interactive event including a game with prizes!* Catherine will take you on a trip around the globe with her quilts. Learn how she found her inspiration, the stitches she used, and the finishing techniques she employed. Go home ready to embark on your own creative journey.

    *Prizes will be mailed to winners.

    Find out more about Catherine on her website,

    • Tue, June 25, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • ZOOM
    • 9

    Walking Foot Quilting - Take the Scenic Route - add hand stitching!

    Catherine combines her two loves in one class!  Add hand stitching to your walking foot quilting for maximum impact. Make samples of different machine stitched grids and hand embroidery combinations that will have you planning your quilting before you even start piecing your quilt top.

    This class is suitable for anyone who wants some fresh ideas for finishing their quilts. Novices and experienced quilters are all welcome and will leave class inspired to get their quilt tops made into quilts.

    • Session: June 25, 9:00am - 3:30pm
    • Fee: $50 (members) (must  be a member both at sign-up time and day of workshop), $60 (non-members) 
    • Location: Zoom online platform
    • Supply list

    Questions can be directed to Patty Hair,

    • Mon, July 22, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • First Congregational Church, 1980 Hamilton Ave San Jose, CA 95125

    Come shop til you drop at our summer pop-up boutique!

    We will have a welcome and orientation for new members, games and raffles. Our wonderful Ways & Means team will wow you with an amazing selection of fabrics, books and other sewing related things for a full two hours. 

    • Mon, August 26, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • ZOOM

    What Makes a Quilter Tick? A Fun-Filled Look in the Mirror with Dave Sirota

    "Join me for a laugh-out-loud and interactive look at ourselves as quilters. We’ll examine the little quirks, passions, idiosyncrasies and obsessions we all share.

    We'll hold a mirror up to ourselves and to help us see what others see when they look at us. So, bring your friends and family along and maybe “What Makes a Quilter Tick?” will help explain to you and to them why they look at us the way they do."

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    Learn more about David Sirota and his "Sirota No More Tears Paper Piecing” method at his website Join our workshop with David on August 27 to try the method out on Crossed Canoes.

    • Tue, August 27, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • ZOOM
    • 18

    Learn Quilt Maven Dave's paper piecing methods and how to deal with lots of pieces of fabric coming together in one place!

    "Paper piecing can be a quilter's challenge. There are so many ways to get it wrong, right?

    Wrong! I've taken the mystery out of paper piecing by making it easy to do and much faster and efficient. But you'll have to be the judge of that.

    The actual "Crossed Canoes" block is quite simple. But the quilt top assembly needs to be precise. This quilt isn't about the paper piecing, since all of the blocks are identical except for color.

    The fun part is putting the blocks together. We'll be using a different method for precision where TWELVE pieces of fabric come together into a single point.

    So get out your floss and let's go canoeing."

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    • Session: August 27, 9:00am-3:30pm
    • Fee: $50 (members) (must  be a member both at sign-up time and day of workshop), $60 (non-members) 
    • Location: Zoom online platform
    • Supply list available here

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    Questions can be directed to Jessie Becker, 

    • Mon, September 23, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • ZOOM

    Interrogating Your Quilt:

    Don’t be nice about it – force that fabric to talk to you! Get the real info on how it can work for you to help you achieve your “quilt” vision. This humor-laden lecture focuses on getting the most from your fabric choices and how fabric can (and does) influence the finished quilt! Supported by plenty of quilt examples from my retinue of quilts – good and bad!

    Tammy has been quilting since 1991, and designs and self-publishes her own quilt patterns under the label Tamarinis.

    Tammy enjoys working with almost any fabric, but her favorites, are batiks, bold prints, and almost any fabric with words on it. Having a background in art and literature, another of her guilty quilty pleasures is finding ways to use “words” in my work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. She is a Georgia native and currently lives in Acworth with my husband, children (when they come to visit!), one grumpy dog, and her favorite fat cat.

    Learn more about Tammy Silvers at, and join us for Tammy's workshop on Tuesday September 24.

    • Tue, September 24, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • ZOOM
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Hack That Quilt Pattern

    Let’s explore how to modify an existing pattern to make it uniquely YOU! In this combo lecture and mini workshop, we’ll look at some best practices – and the math! – to modifying a pattern to suit your current needs.

    This is a terrific half day workshop, and the fee includes the workbook and a pattern we will use in class.

    • Session: September 24, 9am-12pm (3 hours)
    • Fee: $30 (members) (must  be a member both at sign-up time and day of workshop), $45 (non-members) 
    • Zoom online platform
    • Supply list TBD

    Questions can be directed to Jessie Becker,

    Tammy has been quilting since 1991, and designs and self-publishes her own quilt patterns under the label Tamarinis.

    Tammy enjoys working with almost any fabric, but her favorites, are batiks, bold prints, and almost any fabric with words on it. Having a background in art and literature, another of her guilty quilty pleasures is finding ways to use “words” in my work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. She is a Georgia native and currently lives in Acworth with my husband, children (when they come to visit!), one grumpy dog, and her favorite fat cat.

    Learn more about Tammy Silvers at

    • Fri, November 01, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sun, November 03, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Marin Headlands
    • 35

    Come join us for a weekend of sewing in beautiful scenery, eating delicious food and wonderful company at the March Retreat in the Marin Headlands.  It is scheduled for Friday, November 1st through Sunday, November 3rd. We can accommodate up to 36 attendees. Complete the registration form and mail your check today to hold your spot! Registration deadline is October  11th . 

    Please register early if you can so we can ensure we meet our minimum participant number. 

    Cancellation policy: No refund will be given for cancellation after the registration deadline, unless a replacement is found.

    Choice of sewing seat assignment is based on date of reception of paid reservation. Upon receiving payment, the retreat coordinator will contact you so you may select where you want to sit and sew in the Sunset Room.


    • Cherese Currier at 408-569-7164 or

Past events

Tue, May 21, 2024 May Workshop: Sarah Goer-Building an Improv Toolbox
Mon, May 20, 2024 May Meeting with Sarah Goer: Developing a Creative 100 Day Project
Mon, April 22, 2024 April Meeting with Rami Kim: Two by Two
Wed, April 17, 2024 Budget Listening Session
Sat, April 13, 2024 Budget Listening Session
Mon, April 08, 2024 April Board Meeting
Tue, April 02, 2024 Budget Listening Session
Tue, March 26, 2024 March Workshop: Diane Harris-Color, Contrast, and Cohesion
Mon, March 25, 2024 March Meeting with Diane Harris: Make Extraordinary Scrap Quilts
Tue, February 27, 2024 POSTPONED February Workshop: Tina Curran-At the Beach
Mon, February 26, 2024 February Meeting with Tina Curran-My Excellent Adventure as a Quilter
Mon, January 22, 2024 January Meeting with Joe Cunningham, Quilts and Life
Sun, January 14, 2024 Quilt Show Brainstorming
Mon, December 18, 2023 December Meeting with Jaimie Davis: The History and Mystery of Baltimore Album Quilts
Sat, December 02, 2023 Pop Up Boutique Sale
Tue, November 21, 2023 Workshop: Candace Hassen-A Maze Zing
Mon, November 20, 2023 November Meeting with Candace Hassen-Inspiration
Mon, November 13, 2023 November Board Meeting
Tue, October 24, 2023 Workshop: No October workshop
Mon, October 23, 2023 October Meeting with Sue Bianchi
Mon, October 09, 2023 October Board Meeting
Tue, September 26, 2023 Workshop: Jenny Lyon--Fearless Feathers Four Ways
Mon, September 25, 2023 September Meeting with Jenny Lyon--Quilting is a Contact Sport
Thu, September 21, 2023 September Zoom Sew-In
Mon, September 11, 2023 September Board Meeting
Tue, August 29, 2023 Workshop: Jennifer Holden-Mini Bargello Sunflower
Mon, August 28, 2023 Aug Meeting with Jennifer Holden-Creating Contrast in Your Quilts
Thu, August 17, 2023 August Zoom Sew-In
Wed, July 26, 2023 August Board Meeting
Tue, July 25, 2023 Workshop: Trudy Cleveland: Photograph your Quilts Like a Pro
Mon, July 24, 2023 July Meeting with Trudy Cleveland - Shoot Your Quilt
Thu, July 20, 2023 July Zoom Sew-In
Mon, July 10, 2023 July Board Meeting
Tue, June 27, 2023 Workshop: Rachel Derstine: Easy Landscape Quilt
Mon, June 26, 2023 June Meeting with Rachel Derstine - From Inspiration to Art Process
Thu, June 15, 2023 June Zoom Sew-In
Mon, June 12, 2023 June Board Meeting
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

No workshop

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