Patriotic Quilts Team
Cathie is an award winning Northern California Quilter with over 35 years of professional quilting and teaching experience in all techniques. She is known for her fun, wild and crazy quilt patterns. Come and see 21+ years of original work, including quilts and garments. Each article is described in detail using a humorous and relaxed commentary. Any and all questions about her work will be answered!
Victoria Johnson is a certified Judy Neimeyer instructor who has specialized training in teaching Judy Neimeyer’s complicated and beautiful paper-pieced patterns. She didn’t come by that easily – in fact, for years she resisted learning how to paper-piece.
Victoria’s long history of, and love for, sewing and quilting eventually led her to a class to make a Mariner’s Compass taught by a Judy Niemeyer instructor. She decided it must have been destiny. Please join us to see Victoria’s beautiful quilts using this amazing technique.
GQCCC’s Daily Accessible Classroom
Farmhouse Chair: Erica Riekki
Address: 5554 Clayton Road, Room 4, Concord, California Click for Map
GQCCC 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 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
Patriotic Quilts Contact: Ellen Heathcote
Patriotic Quilts Team: Carolyn Bologna, Ellen Heathcote, Sharyn Owens & Susan Swindell
Patriotic 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.
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 http://www.quiltsofhonor.org. 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.
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 Chair: Cynthia Allen
Quilts 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
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.
4000 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521
Outreach program serving homeless and low income individuals in the community.
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.
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 http://www.cccocasa.org/index.cfm
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
Winter Nights Shelter 1543 Sunnyvale Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597 http://www.cccwinternights.org
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.
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!
January – Tiny Mushroom House
February – Scrappy Heart
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
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.
Corn and Beans
John Muir House
Moon Sun Over Mt Diablo
Redwood Tree Applique
Redwood Tree Wonky Pieced
Redwork in Green
Self Portrait Examples
Coordinator: Dianne Slattery
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 Diane Slattery to let her know your interest and she’ll let you know when there is an opening.
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 a.m. to 1 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (I’m in the directory).Member Workshop Policy
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 email@example.com.