Meeting Programs

Monday, April 16, 2018

“Fabric Outside the Lines” by Kevin Kosbab

Kevin will show us how to breathe new life into our quilts by looking at fabrics in new ways. Designer lines of fabric make it easy to match fabric but staying within a collection makes for “matchymatchy” quilts. Come and see how Kevin puts the fabric collector inside of us to good use to build our own custom “collections” of fabric.
Kevin has his own line of ‘Feed Dog Designs’ patterns. In addition to his book entitled The Quilter’s Applique Workshop and his Craftsy class, Start Applique, Kevin is a contributor to several publications including American Patchwork & Quilting and Quilter’s World, just to name a few.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Class with Nancy S. Brown  – Pets in the Garden

Come learn how to portray your pet’s features in appliqué while working on this whimsical 8″ x 10″ wallhanging featuring a dog, cat and bird. Nancy will show you how to change the pattern to look like your own pets. Hand appliqué techniques will be taught (but you can use your favorite appliqué method if you prefer.) Nancy will also do a demo on how to make a pattern from a photo. All levels welcome.

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: 5554 Clayton Rd., Concord (large room)

Cost: $45

Checks can be given to Jill Orr, Treasurer, or Donna Brooks.

 Monday, May 21, 2018

“My Animal Quilts”  Lecture by Nancy S. Brown of Oakland, CA


You will enjoy a digital photo presentation of over twenty years of hand appliquéd animal quilts featuring the stories behind the quilts, the animals in them and other interesting and humorous anecdotes. Also included are quilts based on old family photos. Nancy will bring several quilts to share in person.


Monday, June 18, 2018

“The Artist Within” by Geri Patterson-Kutras

Monday, July 16, 2018

“A Kaffe Fassett Extravaganza” by Christine Barnes and Heidi Emmett

Monday, August 20, 2018

Guild Program: Demo Night

Monday, September 17, 2018

“Quilting is a Contact Sport” by Jenny Lyon

Monday, October 15, 2018

“Make Mine Scrappy” by Linda Wagner

Monday, November 19, 2018

To Be Determined

Monday, December 17, 2018

Holiday Social

Past Programs

Monday, September 21st, 2015

“Totally Tubular Journey Through Color and Pattern” by Rita Hutchens of Sandpoint, ID

Monday, October 19th, 2015

My Quilting Journey Trunk Show” by Liz Piatt of Orinda, CA

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Improvise! Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously” by Sherri Lynn Wood of Oakland, CA.

Monday, December 21st, 2015 – Holiday Social

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Introduction to Fearless Free Motion Quilting” by Jenny Lyon of Northern California     Jenny’s Website Link

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

My Quilting Journey” by Nancy Ritter, GQCCC Member and Viewer’s Choice Award Winner for 2014 & 2015 at GQCCC Quilt Shows

 Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Tool Time Girl” by Lisa McKissick of Petaluma, CA

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Material Matrix and the Paths Taken” by Sandra Bruce of Grass Valley, CA

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Enjoying the Journey” by Peggy Martin of San Diego, CA

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Modern Collaborative Design” by Carol Van Zandt

Monday, June 20th, 2016

“My Dear Jane Experience” by Laura Fraga of San Ramon, CA
1 Day Class – “Dear Jane Appliqué”  Link to Laura Fraga’s Website

 Monday, July 18th, 2016

“It’s All in the Process”  by Judy Coates-Perez of Sacramento, CA

Monday, August 15 th, 2016

“Annual Guild Outreach Sew In” for Patriotic Quilts and Quilts to Share

Monday, September 19th, 2016

“Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters” by Jennfier Rapacki of Santa Maria, CA

 Monday, October 17th, 2016

“Bojagi, The Art of Wrapping Cloths” by Young-Min Lee of Pleasanton, CA

Monday, November 21st, 2016

“Spectacular Borders” by Jan Soules of Elk Grove, CA

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

“Scrap Quilts 2.0” by Marie Straight of Los Gatos, CA

 Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

“A Trunk Show” by Sandra Mollon of Northern CA

 Monday, March 20th, 2017

“Rare and Historical Quilts” by Julie Silber of Davis, CA

Monday, April 17th, 2017

“Group Quilts: Round Robins, Block Exchanges and Challenges” by Diane Steele of Davis, CA

Monday, May 15th, 2017

“Photos and Quilts” by Ann Shaw of Camus, Washington

1 Day Class – “Chicken Challenge” with Ann Shaw

Monday, June 19th, 2017

“Discovering Your Quilting Personality and Personal Color Therapy” by Lisa Norton and Lora Zmak

Monday, July 17th, 2017

“Painting With My Scissors” by Denise Oyama Miller

Monday, August 21, 2017    “Demo Night” by Members

Monday, September 18, 2017

“Challenge Yourself” by Mel Beach

Monday, October 16, 2017

“Watching Tradition Evolve” by Pati Fried

Monday, November 20, 2017

“My Creative Journey” by Sheila Collins

Monday, December 18, 2017     Holiday Social

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

“A Different Perspective on the Color Wheel” by Joanna Figueroa

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Trunk Show by Cathie Hoover

Monday, March 19, 2018

“Forever Quilting for You” by Victoria Johnson



GQCCC’s Daily Accessible Classroom
Farmhouse Chair: Erica Riekki

Address:  5554 Clayton Road, Room 4, Concord, California      Click for Map

farmhouseGQCCC maintains a “for members only” classroom where numerous small groups meet to quilt and share friendship.  Our library is housed here, containing over 1,200 books for members to check out (Link to Library). Small quilting groups meet daily here following the schedule below. If you are not already part of a small group, please contact the hostess and find out more about the group.  You will find one that fits you well, or try some on for fit, or you can start your own group.

The classroom also provides tables for members to baste their quilts. Call ahead to make arrangements. The monthly board meetings are held here at 7 pm on Wednesday of the week after the general meeting.  Each year’s opportunity quilt is assembled and hand quilted here. All members are welcome to help. Monthly workshops for members are held here (Link to Workshops), generally on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Prior sign-up is required.

GQCCC Code of Conduct

GQCCC members must comport themselves in a polite, respectful and supportive manner being sensitive to and tolerant of others’ choices and personal space. Members are required to act with respect for all people and comply with the non-discrimination clause in the by-laws. Violation of the non-discrimination clause, verbal, physical or emotional abuse, stalking, bullying or intimidation, either in person, by phone, by text, or any other form of communication may result in termination of membership from the guild and exclusion from all guild functions. The procedure for termination of membership is in GQCCC by-laws. Any behavior that is violent, threatens violence, or causes a member to fear for their safety should be immediately reported to the police.

Farmhouse Rules

Farmhouse Group Hours


Patriotic Quilts

Patriotic Quilts Contact: Ellen Heathcote

Patriotic Quilts Team: Carolyn Bologna, Ellen Heathcote, Sharyn Owens & Susan Swindell

12.Patriotic-Quilts-1smPatriotic Quilts originated within the Quilts to Share Program in 2005, with the specific purpose of making quilts of comfort and appreciation for our wounded soldiers returning from the Iraq War. The program has grown from the original 21 quilts delivered directly to injured soldiers in Germany, to over 50 quilts a year presented to local men and women who have been injured or honorably served in our military. Current donations are provided to Quilts of Honor, and the Martinez VA Hospital. Member contributions include: completed quilts, tops, fabric, wheel chair bags, pillowcases, and blocks made from our monthly program.

PQ Pillowcase PQ VA Handy Bag Eagle Block Pattern & Instructions

Each month quilt kits are available for check out and then returned completed the following month.


PQ Donations for 2015

2015 PQ

Pictures of some Patriotic Quilts Created by our Guild Members


Quilts of Honor

17.PQ QoH

Thank you for all you do to honor the service of our veterans.  One of the groups PQ team supports with our quilts is Quilts of Honor  The mission of this organization is to bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace, and remembrance to those who serve in harm’s way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms. Quilts of Honor are made by the loving hands of countless volunteers who wish to thank those who have served so that they know their sacrifices are appreciated.

19.PQ QoH 2014_11 Presentation at Mt Vernon w Gail Belmont What a wonderful moment right before Veterans Day 2014 for our guild and especially the Patriotic Quilt team of Contra Costa Quilt Guild.  The first quilt presented by Gail Belmont of Quilts of Honor at Mt. Vernon to an active Marine was a quilt from our guild that was designed by Barb Shates!


Quilts to Share

Quilts to Share Chair: Cynthia Allen

20.-QTS-1smQuilts to Share is the name given to our Guild’s philanthropic program. Our mission is to provide, with compassion and understanding, quilts that serve the needs of Contra Costa County. We welcome all members who wish to participate with the making of baby, youth, and lap quilts. All items are donated to local non-profit charities or organizations. Items may be designated to Disaster Relief Organizations, and for fundraisers with the approval from the board. We accept quilts in baby, children, adult and wheelchair bound /lap top sizes.  In addition, we accept handmade pillowcases in fabrics to suit everyone and all ages.  We also accept quilted placemats and potholders.   Donations of new cotton fabrics and cotton batting are always appreciated, too.




Quilts donated in June.


QTS Pillowcase QTS Handy Size Guide

Bay Area Crisis Nursery

1506 Mendocino Dr, Concord, CA 94521

The Bay Area Crisis Nursery was established to help prevent child abuse and child neglect by providing supportive services to families who are in stress or crisis. Our primary service is providing a warm, loving, homelike environment for children from birth through eleven years of age by offering 24-hour residential care.

Friends Feeding Friends

4000 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521
Outreach program serving homeless and low income individuals in the community.

Newborn Layette Program

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Auxiliary 25 Alhambra Ave. Martinez, CA 94553 
Shirley Peterson, Chairperson

Each item becomes a part of a layette, which is given to a needy mother as she takes her baby home. Items in great need are baby quilts sizes 36 x 36 range. Kits can be picked up at our general meeting.

Pleasant Hill Layette Program

Hillcrest Congregational Church 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 
Barbara Cotton, Coordinator

The center makes layette bags with much needed items to be given to young mothers throughout our county. Items needed are: clothing 8 lbs. to 6 months and 6-12 months. Flannel receiving blankets, onesies, burp cloths, hooded terry bath towels and washcloths, afghans/quilts 36 x 36 or about is a good size, no larger than 42 inches. Fabric appropriate for babies is most welcome.

C.A.S.A Court Appointed Special Advocates 2020 North Broadway, Suite 204, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Sandy Burns, Child advocate and contact person

The boys and girls in the C.A.S.A program are in need of quilts and comforters, using fabric appropriate for youth. Sizes may vary. Keep in mind the size of kids ages twelve to eighteen. Example would be no less than 40 inches wide, again the length may very according to your pattern or block size.


1333 Willow Pass Rd., Suite 206, Concord CA

23.-QTS-4smSHELTER, Inc. gives families a safe place to live, meeting their most basic needs, while offering services such as education, employment development and counseling.

Winter Nights Shelter 1543 Sunnyvale Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

The Winter Nights Program provides a clean, safe, and warm facility at night and a daytime services center during winter for homeless families with children.  The program will serve up to 30 persons at any given time.  Congregations throughout central and east Contra Costa provide space, meals, and volunteers.  Bedding will be provided, and professional staff will supervise the shelter 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The guild provides pillowcases and quilts.

QTS Quilt Kits are available at the monthly guild meetings for members to check out and complete.


QTS Donation Tally

Block of the Month

Block of the Month Chair: Margo Spack and Barb Windle
The guild has an active Block of the Month program and Block Exchange mini-group.


Each month, the Block of the Month Chair designs a block pattern with a photo of the block which is included in the newsletter and  presented at each monthly general meeting. The Chair has constructed the pattern with fabric to check the accuracy of the block prior to it being published to the guild.  Members turn in their completed blocks and a drawing is held at the meeting of the participants names by the Chair to see who will receive the completed blocks!

Listing of Blocks

February – Heart Block
March – Celtic Chain
April-30s Baskets

January – Tiny Mushroom House
February – Scrappy Heart
March-Courthouse Steps
May-River Swirl
June- June Bug
September – Little Red Schoolhouse &Templates        make sure to print actual size or turn scaling off
October – Farmers Daughter
November – Friendship Star

January – Wonky Pineapple
February – Modern Rail Fence
March – Go Big Or Go Home
April – You’ve Got Mail
May – Shining Stars
June- Dancing Spool
August – Scrappy Star
September – Modern Movement Block
October – Pumpkin
December- Christmas Present

January – Roman Stripe
March – Sassy Pinwheel
June – Mystery Dessert
July & August – Bowtie Kites
September – Whimsy
October – Pumpkin
November – Dresden Plate
December – Christmas Birds

June – Half Square Triangles
September – Grandmother’s Garden
November – Y Seams

GQCCC 40th Anniversary BOM

In honor of the guild’s 40th anniversary, Block of the Month patterns were designed to celebrate the history of the guild and of Contra Costa County.  Members had the choice of turning in a completed block for a drawing or of arranging the blocks in a quilt of her or his own choosing.

California Poppy
Corn and Beans
Flying Squares
Fruit Basket
John Muir House
Moon Sun Over Mt Diablo
Ocean Wave
Redwood Tree Applique
Redwood Tree Wonky Pieced 
Redwork in Green
Self Portrait
Self Portrait Examples
Village Schoolhouse

24.Block-XsmBlock Exchange

Coordinator: Cathy Sargent

The current Block Exchange evolved to its current form after an early program from “Block of the Month”.  In early 2005, the Guild started a “Block of the Month Club”. Each month one member of the group chooses a block pattern and provides instructions and the fabric (if they want), and the other members of the group make a block for that person. The choice of the pattern rotates through the members of the group so that by the end of the year, everyone has enough blocks to make a quilt. Currently we have a group of 12 who are creating the blocks using a variety of techniques and the group is closed.  Please contact Cathy Sargent to let her know your interest and she’ll let you know when there is an opening.

Member Led Workshops

Member Workshop Chair: Dianne Slattery

Welcome new members and returning members, too! Your Guild has all kinds of great activities. Many of our talented members share their techniques and skills by teaching fun and informal workshops. In a casual environment, you can come and enjoy a member-taught workshop that is not just informative and affordable. It’s a great way to get to know other Guild members! As we learn new techniques, we sew and we laugh together.

Note our new time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of most months. We meet at the Farmhouse. Workshops cost just $15 each, plus materials, most of which you may already have in your stash. Workshop fees are due at sign-up. Your check or cash payment reserves your spot in the class. You can sign-up for a workshop with our treasurer at our monthly guild meetings, by email at: or by phone (I’m in the directory).

If you have a skill or a technique that you would like to share with the membership, please contact the Chair at or by phone (I’m in the directory).

Member Workshop Policy

Member Led Workshop Schedule


Guest Speaker Classes

In addition to our Guild Member-taught Workshops, we also sponsor professional classes with our Guest Speakers. Our guild loves learning from our talented speakers.  Please see details about cost and class description for the Guest Speaker Classes at the Meeting Programs section.  For members, sign-ups for the classes are handled through the GQCCC Treasurer (contact info in the directory). Again, your check or cash reserves your spot in the class.  Classes are non-transferrable and non-refundable. Non-Members are welcome to sign-up for a slightly higher fee by contacting the webmaster at