featuring

Sarah Goer

Sarah likes options… but she also likes a plan. This lecture and trunk show will discuss how Sarah uses her planning nature to develop rules for herself which drive her “Planned Improv” quilt design work. She shares work in a series and shows how she iterates on a design. Sarah explains how she develops a formula for her project. Quilters leave with specific ideas of how to develop a set of rules to guide their improv piecing.

This will be an in-person meeting.

Sarah will be teaching a Zoom class on Saturday, October 29, 2022 titled “Building an Improv Toolbox”. To learn more click here.

More About Sarah

Sarah Goer is a quilt artist, pattern designer, teacher, and lecturer who is passionate about using bold color and geometric design in both traditional and improv quilts. She enjoys inspiring others in their creativity. Her favorite tools for quilt design are graph paper and a design wall. Sarah lives in San Jose, California with her husband and two quilter kids and enjoys sharing her work and process.

Check out her website at sarahgoerquilts.com.

with Dale Wolfe
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Quilters all over our country are stitching up mats for dogs who live in homeless shelters, until they are adopted. Dale Wolfe has been sewing and quilting mats for these darling furballs, too, as dogs are so important to Dale as they are to all of us.

Participants in this workshop will make a completed 12″ x 18″ mat to donate to to the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek. The mat dimensions are set to fit the size of the kennels that are provided for the animals.

This project is great for using scraps. They can be orphan blocks or strips, any color or pattern. A mat can easily be finished within 3–4 hours.  If you are fast at it, you might even finish two!

Supplies needed include:

  • 13” x 19” batting — a heavy batting is not used, as we need it to be lighter and easy for ARF employees to launder as needed.
  • (4) 5” fabric squares
  • (2) 2.5” x 17” fabric strips
  • (2) 2.5 x 13” fabric strips

This workshop will be on Zoom.

Register for the workshop here.

Brentwood Community Center
35 Oak Street, Brentwood

$10 entry   Good for both days (under 8 & over 80 free)

Stroll through Farmers’ Market downtown Brentwood (Saturday morning)

Enjoy lunch & shopping specials offered by Downtown Brentwood merchants with your admissions wristband!

For more information visit deltaquilters.org

8’x10′ without table — $150

8’x10′ with one 8′ table — $175

8’x15′ without table — $225

8’x15′ with one 6′ table and one 8′ table — $263

All configurations subject to availability.

with Kathy Callahan
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Calling all those who would like to learn to appliqué! I use a toothpick to help with the turning. You will learn to make points, valleys, curves, two ways to make circles, and how to place pieces accurately on the background. If you know how to appliqué and want some assistance with a project, you are welcome to attend and I’ll help while the beginners get going on their project.   

This workshop will be in-person. Doors will open at 9:00 am to check in, visit, and get organized. Instruction starts at 9:30 am sharp.

Register for the workshop here.

Your application is not complete without payment. Clicking the submit button below will send the application to the GQCCC vendor chair, and you will receive a confirmation email that your application has been successfully sent. You will be contacted within a few days by the vendor chair to arrange payment.

You can also pay by mailing a check payable to GQCCC to:
GQCCC Vendor Chair
5554 Clayton Rd Ste 4
Concord, CA 94521-4180

Cancellations must be in writing and received prior to Monday, February 28, 2023 to receive a full refund. After that date, refunds will only be given if the Guild is able to secure another vendor for the space. If fees were paid by check, refunds will be mailed to the contact person. If fees were paid online, refunds will be made back to the original payment method.

Sign-up and Payments
Prior to Monday, January 31, 2023

Cancellations
Prior to Monday, February 28, 2023

Vendor Setup:
Friday, April 14, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Show Open to Public
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 15, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Vendor Access
Saturday, April 14, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, April 15, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Vendor Tear-down and Cleaning
Sunday, April 5, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — the guild must be out of the venue by 5:00 pm or possibly be penalized)

  • Booths are assigned as “first come, first serve”.  Receipt of your payment will reserve your space.
  • A vendor coordinator will be available during set up and during the show to answer vendor questions and help resolve issues.
  • Vendor welcome packages will be available at the Information Table in the Elks Lodge lobby during set-up hours.
  • Vendor door prizes may be delivered to the Information Table in the lobby during set up.
  • If you marked that you were interested in doing a demo, we will contact you to confirm your time slot and any needed instructions.
  • Vendors may come in at 9:30 am on Saturday and Sunday to restock their booths.
  • Directions to the Elks Lodge, unloading/parking information, a booth location map, and lodging information will be sent out approximately one month prior to the show.
  • Vendors participating in set-up are invited to join Guild members for pizza and salad at approximately 5:00 pm on Friday, April 14.
  • Guild members donate goodies to the break room. Vendors are invited to take a break and enjoy some refreshments. Should a vendor wish to donate a goodie to the break room, it will certainly be welcomed!
  • The Guild is not responsible for loss or theft of Vendor’s property or personal items.
  • Vendors are required to sign in and collect their name tags prior to setting up their booth.
  • Vendors must provide two door prizes for the daily door prize drawings. These may be actual gifts, gift cards, or gift certificates to your booth.
  • Vendors must be open during all times that the show is open to the public.
  • Vendor agrees to keep their property and personnel within the assigned booth space. This is important for fire code compliance and for the safety of our guests.
  • All cardboard, storage boxes, and packaging must be hidden from view during show hours. There is no storage area at the Elks Lodge other than within the vendor’s space.
  • Tables must be draped to the floor.
  • Vendor agrees to remove all booth contents and trash at the end of the show and to sweep their area clean. Vendors must be completely out of the building by 5:00 pm on Sunday, April 15.

featuring

Sheila Collins

In this lecture Sheila describes how she has been moving forward with her creative journey from juried art festivals to quilt challenges and commissioned pieces. In the pursuit of trying new things, Shelia shares techniques she’s learned while exploring “what if.” For your viewing pleasure she has more than 20 pieces of art to share with you. It’s filled with stories, tips, and oodles of inspiration.

This will be an in-person meeting.

Sheila will teach a Zoom class “Posies In the Sunshine” on August 27. To learn more click here.

More About Sheila

Shelia is a fabric artist, designer, teacher, and pattern maker. Her

Sheila Collins’ art is a celebration of color and design. Her artwork came to be by combining her backgrounds in fashion design and graphic design with her love of sewing, and the results are bright, cheerful, and fun. Little did she know that a class in “How to Market Your Art” would put her on this wonderful, creative adventure.

Her preferred method for bringing ideas to life is with machine fusible appliqué. It gives her the freedom to design unique compositions. Her fresh designs and bright colors will leave you inspired and smiling.

Her art has been published in Stitch Magazine, and three times her art has been selected by Cherrywood Fabrics to travel internationally with their Challenge exhibits. Sheila had a One Woman Show, Special Exhibit booth at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, October 14-17, 2021.

Check out her website at sheilacollins.us



Wildflower Key

1Monkeyflower
2Chinese Houses
3Lupine
4Shooting Star
5Mariposa Lily
6Bellardia
7Indian Paintbrush
8Hound's Tongue
9Mt. Diablo Fairy Lantern
10California Poppy

Pollinator Key

aCommon Buckeye Butterfly
bMourning Cloak Butterfly
cAnna’s Hummingbird
dBumblebee
eLadybug
fHoneybee
gAlypia Mariposa Moth
hBat

MT DIABLO: POLLINATOR PARADISE

51″ X 57″

Mt. Diablo: Pollinator Paradise shows the glory of Mt. Diablo, highlighting the local flowers and pollinators in GQCCC’s backyard. Using mostly hand-dyed gradient fabrics by Vicki Welsh, the 2023 Opportunity Quilt team created flower blocks using raw edge machine embroidery appliqué. Each member took a sketch of their flower, drawn by Valerie Sauban, and went to task to create their appliqué piece as true to life as possible, sometimes creating and recreating their block to get the perfect color hue and shade and shape to depict each flower radiantly. Once assembled, Jackie Seidell used free-motion machine quilting to complete the quilt. 

The label of the quilt shows the quilt pattern with a key identifying each flower and pollinator.

Except for the bat (h) and the Alypia Mariposa moth (g), the pollinators in the quilt are located on flowers that they pollinate. Each pollinator, however, pollinates many different flowers.

The Save Mt. Diablo website states: “About 75 percent of all flowering plants rely on animal pollinators and over 200,000 species of animals act as pollinators. Of those, about 1,000 are hummingbirds, bats, and small mammals. The rest are insects such as beetles, bees, ants, wasps, butterflies, and moths.”

Opportunity Quilt Chair
Valerie Sauban

Quilt Design
Valerie Sauban

Quilt Creation
Leslie Finta
Ann Gimbel
Cindy Greco
Irma Lubbe
Valerie Sauban
Jackie Seidell
Tammy Zanella

Free-Motion Machine Quilting
Jackie Seidell

Materials
Hand-dyed cotton fabrics

Techniques
Raw edge machine embroidery appliqué, machine quilting

Total Hours
442

Raffle
Drawing to be held on Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 3:30 pm


RAINBOW REFLECTIONS

58″ X 58″

2022 Opportunity Quilt Chair
Ann Hoeft

Pattern Information
Cadence Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

Paper Piecing
Charla Detjens, Beate Dirska, Jacqueline Edgett, Ann Hoeft, Teresa Molnar, Hilja New, Kim Oyler, Kathy Rummel, Estrella Shoka, Beverely Spurs

Machine Quilting
Carmen Franklin

Material
100% cotton batiks

Total Hours
113

Raffle Winner
Dorothy Flanders


2022 Opportunity Quilt
“Rainbow Reflections

April 2 and 3, 2022

Quilt Show Chairs: Ann Hoeft and Linda Luks

For highlights from the show, click on the links below.

For the full virtual quilt show, visit gqcccquiltshow.org.

2022 Opportunity Quilt

RAINBOW REFLECTIONS

58″ X 58″

2022 Opportunity Quilt Chair
Ann Hoeft

Pattern Information
Cadence Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

Paper Piecing
Charla Detjens, Beate Dirska, Jacqueline Edgett, Ann Hoeft, Teresa Molnar, Hilja New, Kim Oyler, Kathy Rummel, Estrella Shoka, Beverely Spurs

Machine Quilting
Carmen Franklin

Material
100% cotton batiks

Total Hours
113

Raffle Winner
Dorothy Flanders


The Rusty Barn Promotion Group, Inc.

The show will have a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from many quality local and national companies. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in one or more of the many “Make and Take” Workshops or FREE educational Seminars.

Future shows are also scheduled in Sacramento on March 16-18 or March 23-25, 2023, and Roseville on August 10-12, 2023.

For more information visit: quiltcraftsew.com

Saturday, 10 AM to 1:00 PM

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED, DUE TO LACK OF PARTICIPANTS.

Join Alli for an afternoon learning to create her First Snow quilt. This is her most requested quilt pattern. The pattern has two variations, and you can make a full version or a mini version of the quilt. Come enjoy the snow without getting cold. This is a Zoom class.

Class cost does not include supplies.
$25 GQCCC Member
$35 Sister Guild
$45 Non-member

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. To register for the class click here.

Alli is speaking at the July General Meeting.

featuring

Alli Jensen

Allison Jensen is a lifelong creative who grew up in California as the oldest of 6 girls. She dabbles in every kind of artistic endeavor but adores quilting most of all. She learned to quilt in 2013 through library books, YouTube videos, and trial and error. This led to an obsession/addiction to quilt making that has no end it sight.

In 2016, she started the quilt pattern business Woodberry Way, named after the street in London where her grandparents live. She sells digital and hard copies of her original designs in her shop, which are all traditionally pieced, and feature classic, orderly blocks.

Her work has been published in various magazines including McCall’s QuiltingAmerican Patchwork and Quilting, and Modern Patchwork. She particularly loves the fabric pulling process of quilt making, and shares her ideas under #wwfabricpulls, combining prints from all designers and manufacturers into delightful color combinations.

This a Zoom only meeting. Register to attend on Zoom here.

Alli is teach a Zoom class “First Snow” on July 23. To learn more click here.

More About Alli

Allison lives in Northern California with her husband and 4 sons, ages 11, 8, 6, and 3. They enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and kayaking together, and have a particular affinity for the ocean. Though she loves being a “boy mom”, she appreciates that quilting gives her a place to return to her roots and explore all things floral, calming, and pretty. It also makes her feel connected to her paternal grandmother Vela, an avid quilter, as well as her maternal great grandmother Greta, who was a creative extraordinaire. You can often find Allison chatting about Woodberry Way’s current projects on Instagram and sharing finished items on her blog.

Check out her website at woodberryway.com

Our Summer social will be in the month on June this year. GQCCC will be hosting an ice cream social. Come meet your fellow guild members and create your own sundae.

This is an in-person only event. There will be no Zoom access.

7:00 pm
Centre Concord
5298 Clayton Road, Concord


with Joan Barker
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Let’s have fun with a Bali Pop (or two)!  When making these two quilts, I used approximately 60 – 2 1/2” strips.  It is so much fun, to decide which four strips that you will stitch together into a tube.  Come play with us and see my latest version of this quilt.

This workshop will be in-person.

Register for the workshop here.

Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

This class will be held over two Saturdays, June 4th and June 11th. Kathy will setup a Slack chat group students to ask questions and chat in between the sessions and for one month following the class. Students will also get access to Kathy’s online class lesson for one month after the class.

Master the Apliquick method for turned-edge appliqué. The innovative Apliquick tools provide unprecedented ease and precision for preparing fabric for hand or machine stitching – even miniature-sized. Kathy has taught many appliqué techniques over the years but when Apliquick came to North America in 2013, it was a game changer. Suddenly, turned-edge appliqué was accessible and achievable. Apliquick is a technique that is easy to learn and quick to master. You will get good results right away and with a little practice, you will be able to turn pretty well anything! If you have always wanted to learn turned-edge appliqué – or struggled with it in the past – this class is for you.

Registered students will be eligible for 10% off anything in Kathy’s online store.

Apliquick rods are available an Kathy’s website, https://kathykwylie.com/product-category/apliquick

Class cost does not include supplies.
$50 GQCCC Member
$60 Sister Guild
$70 Non-member

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. To register for the class click here.

Kathy is speaking at the May General Meeting.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/459713766

with Dale Wolfe
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Making baby bibs is so much fun!

These are the most fun item that I have sewn. And very fast to complete. Just gather a bunch of your beautiful scraps (orphan blocks, strips), a 12” x 15”  batting and 12” x 15” backing fabric.  No binding fabric is needed.

Bibs can be tied, buttoned, snapped or whatever method that you would like to use.

This workshop will be on Zoom.

Register for the workshop here.

featuring

Kathy K. Wylie

Beauty really is all around us and provides a constant source of inspiration. From wreaths to clamshells, papercut-appliqué snowflakes to medallions, you’ll see it all! This lecture focuses on designs that are circular or radiating in nature. Looking at Kathy’s quilts from the past 25 years, you will discover her ongoing fascination working with shapes that are round.

This is a Zoom only meeting. Register to attend on Zoom here.

Kathy is teaching a Zoom class over two sessions June 4th and 11th titled “Mastering Apliquick.” To learn more click here.

More About Kathy

Kathy K. Wylie is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué, quilt design, domestic machine quilting and English Paper Piecing techniques. She has lectured and taught all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and now offers online workshops and presentations. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts.”

Check out her website at kathykwylie.com

Saturday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Great intro class to fabric collage. In this 4 hour class choose from one of Jane’s sunflower patterns or bring your own to create a raw edge appliqué wall hanging. Using a variety of fabrics including scraps you will fussy cut and trace shapes and then glue them onto the design before free motion quilting. The quilt can either be finished as a 15″ hanging using a binding or stretched onto a 12” artist’s canvas.

Kits available an Jane’s website, https://janehaworth.com. Jane with also have patterns and kits available at the April General Meeting.

Class cost does not include supplies.
$35 GQCCC Member
$45 Sister Guild
$55 Non-member

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. To register for the class click here.

Jane is speaking at the April General Meeting.

featuring

Jane Haworth

In this presentation Jane will talk about her journey as a quilter, techniques that she uses and her desire to get other quilters to work out of their comfort zone and to play with fabric. As she says “Give it a go!” She loves to encourage everyone to be inspired and leave the lecture eager to “play” with their fabrics and supplies. She will also include details of her trip to the International Quilt Festival Dubai.

This a Hybrid meeting. Register to attend on Zoom here.

Jane is teaching a Zoom class on Saturday, April 23, 2022 titled “Sunlit Sunflowers”. To learn more click here.

More About Jane

Jane Haworth is an award winning professional quilter specializing in making nature inspired raw edge fabric collage quilts using her own hand dyed fabrics and commercial fabrics. Jane lectures and teaches classes at quilt guilds and quilt shops encouraging students to go out of their comfort zone and “just create!” and now teaches online via Zoom

Jane spends all her spare time making custom memory quilts made from T-Shirts, neckties, handkerchiefs and other types of clothing collected over the years for her Etsy shop ‘Quilts from Clothes’

Check out her website at janehaworth.com

with Reba Siero
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Whether you are a beginner, or want to brush up on your skills, this workshop will give you a good foundation in all the basic steps of creating a pieced quilt.  You’ll go from fabric to careful cutting, piecing and pressing.  You’ll move on to layering, basting and machine quilting your small quilt.  Then you’ll make your binding and apply it to your quilt for a smooth finish.

This workshop will be in-person with the possibility of being a hybrid class.

Register for the workshop here.


Supplies Required for Workshop

Fabric:

  • A minimum of 3 fabrics works well for the top – ¼ yard cuts or fat quarters
  • If you want a scrappy look, bring several darks and several lights that are at least 3” wide, and some border fabric that is at least 4” wide
  • Backing – at least 18” square
  • Batting – at least 18″ square
  • Binding – ¼ yard cut or 1 fat quarter

For cutting:

  • 6” x 24” rotary ruler
  • 18” x 24” rotary cutting mat
  • Rotary Cutter (45 mm, if this is your first cutter)

For sewing:

  • Sewing machine and all its parts in good working order and your owner’s manual
  • Thread for piecing (good quality 100% cotton, 50 wt)
  • Thread for quilting – same as above in a compatible color
  • Size 80 sewing machine needles (sharp, microtex, or topstitch recommended)
  • Pins (sharp and fine is recommended)
  • Small scissors or snips
  • Seam ripper

For notetaking:

  • Pen or Pencil (there will be a handout to take notes on!)

Nice to think about adding to your toolbox but not necessary:

  • ¼” foot
  • Walking foot
  • Wonder clips and/or sewtites

featuring

Joy Lily

The tradition of creating a series of 100 related art works goes back at least to 1830’s Japan where several blockprint artists competed to create 100 views of local sights. After hearing Sonia Philip speak about how and why she sewed 100 dresses, Joy got an itch to create 100 of something herself. When the San Francisco Quilt Guild requested small quilts for premature babies at Kaiser Hospital, she quickly whipped up a few 24” x 24” quilt tops. What fun! She challenged herself to make 100 quilt tops and see what the process could teach her. By the ninth quilt, she realized that this was also a design project.

See the quilts and hear about the trials and victories of Joy’s quilting journey.

This will be a hybrid meeting. Those not attending in person can register for the meeting here.

More About Joy

Joy’s art falls into the category “surface design.” She is a silk painter, dyer, quiltmaker and fabric printer. Her choices of imagery come from a deep respect for and fascination with the natural world. She is continually surprised and delighted by the astonishing variety, beauty and fecundity of life around us. Shells, flowers and leaves offer endless choices of colors and forms to celebrate. Her work strives to remind viewers that our precious and diminishing ecosystems are also beautiful.

Joy’s work has been exhibited in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Hannover Germany and Beijing. For 11 years she was artist-in-residence, through the California Arts Council, at 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco, working with elders in textile media. She currently teaches fiber arts through adult education and through quilt and art guilds.

Check out her website at joy-lily.com.

with Laurie Biundo
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Join Laurie in making the Pocket Packers from ByAnnie. It measure 18½”H x 13½”W and each style features a full-sized zippered mesh pocket on the back. On the front are zippered vinyl pockets in a variety of sizes depending on the style that you choose to make. Perfect for organizing personal items and clothing in a suitcase or to carry supplies to your favorite quilting class.

It’s a large project bag, or a way to pack things in a suitcase, or anything else one can think of.

  • Style 1 has 1 pocket
  • Style 2 has 2 same-sized pockets
  • Style 3 has 3 pockets of varying sizes
  • Style 4 has 4 pockets in a variety of sizes.

Any of the pockets can be divided into more than one section. A reinforced handle attached to the top of each bag can be customized for carrying by hand or over the shoulder. Designed to be made with small amounts of fabric, Pocket Packers are perfect for using the newest fabrics from your favorite designer or a collection of pieces from your stash.

Laurie can get the supplies at a discount. Contact her and pay for your supplies by Friday, February 25th, 2022 to get your order before the workshop. Click here for the complete supplies list.

This workshop will be in-person.

Register for the workshop here.

Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

No need to fear the dreaded “A” word any longer. Using fusible and non-fusible techniques, Sandy will take away the mystery and dread as you learn how easy the process really is. You will improve your machine appliqué techniques with more than just the basics. Learn how to do so much more with satin-stitching, blanket-stitching, and the decorative stitches on your machine.

Numerous quilts and samples are provided so students can better understand the process. This is a beginner-level course.

You Choose the Project!

Participants may choose a design from any Sandy’s patterns for this fusible appliqué class. They will be able to work on a project of their choice. Browse the available patterns at hissyfitzdesigns.com/patterns-1.

Class cost does not include supplies.
$30 GQCCC Member
$40 Sister Guild
$50 Non-member

SUPPLIES LIST — These are the basic supplies you will need to have for the class. A full list with descriptions will be provided once you are registered for the class

  • Sewing machine
  • Open-toed appliqué foot
  • Bobbins
  • Thread in colors to match your fabric
  • Appliqué press sheet
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • ‘Heat ‘n Bond LITE” fusible web
  • Extension tray for your sewing machine
  • White computer paper
  • Fabric
  • A pattern of your choice from Hissfitz Designs. You will need to purchase the pattern prior to the class.

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. To register for the class click here.

Sandy is speaking at the February General Meeting.

Five-day quiltmaking workshops in one of the world’s most inspirational environments along the California coast. International, visiting artist-faculty of professional instructors conduct a variety of workshops encompassing the quilting arts.

Sessions: March 5-10, March 19-24, March 24-29, April 21-26, May 5-10

For more information visit emptyspoolsseminars.com

with Dianne Slattery
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Get ready to play with your Orphan Blocks!

Gather them up, grab some bits of coordinating fabrics and learn some creative ways to make a fun, unique quilt top, while finding a happy place for your orphans.

There is no requirement for the amount of orphan blocks. It does help to have a design wall to hang them on while you are working, but blocks can be laid out on any flat surface.. A cell phone camera is also helpful for tracking your progress and being able to see your completed plan while you are assembling.

This workshop will be on Zoom.

Other than that you need:

  • Neutral thread, white, beige, or a light gray
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Pencil or friction pen for marking
  • Rotary mat, cutter.

Register for the workshop here.

featuring

Sandy Fitzpatrick

Unleash the power of your sewing machine using machine stitches to create dimension with amped-up appliqué, decorative stitches, and thread painting. Open your mind to the possibilities that can be accomplished with your machine!

This is a Zoom only meeting. Register for the meeting here.

Sandy is teaching a Zoom class on Saturday, March 5, 2022 titled “Make the Most of Your Machine Appliqué”. To learn more click here.

More About Sandy

Sandy Fitzpatrick of Hissyfitz Designs is an applique quilt pattern designer whose goal is to get as many of the quirky designs, that are spinning around in her head, down on paper for you to enjoy! Her fusible applique patterns are full of whimsy and will certainly bring a smile to your face. Sandy strives to make her full-sized patterns easy to follow and fun to make.

Having lived in many places as she and her husband moved around with the Air Force, Sandy currently lives in Cary, North Carolina. Her lectures and workshops are always an informative, fun experience.

Check out her website at hissyfitzdesigns.com.

Saturday, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

So, you finished your blocks and the quilt is done….oh, you actually expect me to sew the blocks together? AND it needs a border? So you just cut an interesting fabric into larger strips add it on all sides and call it done. If this describes your quilt making, you are missing an opportunity to add a little extra to your quilt and create something stunning. Our class will explore options that use simple techniques to create the WOW factor.

In class we will learn a method for making a simple block. These blocks could be used to make a quilt, but we will focus on how they can make stunning borders.

Once the basic method is learned, we will explore at least 6 variations. After seeing these possibilities students that bring a finished top can begin working on planning and executing blocks for borders on their specific quilt.

Class fee does not include supplies:
$60 GQCCC Member
$70 Sister Guild
$80 Non-member

The class will be an in-person event held at the “Big Room” at the Farmhouse. This is a six-hour class with a 30 minute break for lunch.

To register for the class click here. Linda is speaking at the January General Meeting.

featuring

Linda Wagner

Borders: plain or pieced. What will give your quilt the best possible visual impact and how do you decide? Inner borders, outer borders, and binding all provide opportunity to add a little to the finished product. For this lecture, 40-50 quilts will demonstrate the options you have as the quilt maker/artist. Along with decision possibilities we will discuss how to make it “fit”.

This a Zoom meeting. Register for the meeting here.

Linda is teaching an in-person class on Saturday, January 29 titled “Borders”. To learn more click here.

More About Linda

Linda Wagner has been making quilts for over 35 years and teaching quilting for over 25 years. Her personal interests gravitate to scrappy quilts.

Owning her first sewing machine while in third grade, Linda began making doll clothes, then moved on to making clothes for herself and other family members.  While in college she earned a dressmaker’s certification from Santa Ana College.  Linda’s first quilt was made using Eleanor Burns techniques, which included ripping strips (this was before the rotary cutter was invented). Things took off at warp speed after joining a quilt guild. Many of Linda’s quilts contain 100-400 fabrics, and her friends describe her approach to color as fearless.

Currently Linda is a lead mechanic with United Airlines. She previously taught electronics and is a N.A.T.S. certified teacher.

Check out her website at lindawagnerquilts.com

As in past years, there will be no guest speaker at the December meeting. Instead, plan to celebrate together for the first in-person general meeting in two years! This will be a social event in appreciation of all loyal guild members.

There will be a “White Elephant Gift Exchange”. Find a special something, quilting or sewing related, or not, and wrap it up. Gift value between $5 and $10 is suggested. Don’t put your name on it.

Door prizes and goody bags will also be a part of the celebration. It will be a FUN time to reconnect with members!

Sorry, no refreshments will be served.

This will be an in-person event. This event will not be broadcasted over Zoom. The Centre Concord requires all participants wear masks.

7:00 pm
Centre Concord
5298 Clayton Road, Concord


with Laura Mott
Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Join Laura Mott for her annual Mystery Quilt Workshop. Get clues and make a quilt based just on clues and fabric cutting instructions. You never know what you’ll end up with and each quilt always looks so beautiful and unique. Chances are you can even finish the quilt in one day or just the weekend! This workshop is a great way to bust your stash!

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. 

Register for the workshop here.

featuring

Jenni Smith

Jenni is the first person ever to have produced a quilting book in collaboration with Liberty London – the iconic British Brand renowned for their beautiful fabrics including Tana Lawn. Her presentation is about the making of this book, released in 2021. It’s a practical quilt book with 15 projects to make, but it also includes insights into the fascinating history of Liberty and what makes their prints so extraordinary.

Liberty as a company is 145 years old and Jenni is an Art Historian by trade, so each quilt in the book represents a decade in the history of one of the world’s most famous fabric manufacturers.  The book took over two years to produce and Jenni will share some of the dramas, laughter, and tears encountered along the way. Her passion for Liberty is infectious and you will gain new insights into this global brand.

Register for the meeting here.

More About Jenni

Jenni Smith is a UK-based pattern designer and author. Her online video tutorials are loved by makers worldwide. She is very passionate about getting people started on their dressmaking and quilting journeys with her fun, energetic and down-to- earth approach to teaching.

Check out her website at jenni-smith.co.uk

Where to find Liberty Fabrics online:

Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Take the technology leap and put LED lights into an Artist Trading Card! Make an Artist Trading Card in class, and then light it up with a LED! Learn a basic circuit, and a few more tricks to make your small art quilt shine.

Class Cost does not include supplies.
$20 GQCCC Member
$30 Sister Guild
$40 Non-member
plus $20 kit fee per student includes everything for the class, including electronics! Requires 5 days shipping lead time.

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. To register for the class click here. Cheryl is speaking at the October General Meeting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ib9D0_G8Ew&t=2s

featuring

Cheryl Sleboda

Learn all about e-textile and soft circuit technology and see some of the amazing things fashion students and artists are creating. This technology has made the jump into the fiber art world, including quilts! See how easy it is to include this technology in your work. You don’t have to be an engineer… just be ready to be on the cutting edge of the fashion/quilting and textile worlds! Enjoy a one hour PowerPoint presentation on the basics of e-textiles, including some stunning work by students and artists, followed by a trunk show of Cheryl’s e-textile quilts!

Register for the meeting here.

Cheryl is teaching a class on Saturday, October 30 titled “Light Up an Artist Trading Card”. To learn more click here.

More About Cheryl

Cheryl is full-time quilter and fiber artist who loves heirloom sewing techniques made modern. Texture. Technology. Textiles. Teacher.  These are the things that identify the many aspects of her sewing career.  Her work includes fabric manipulations to raise the surface of my quilts and is often small… think 6 inches square. She works with vintage linens and the modern quilt and art quilt movements. Basically, not your grandmother’s quilter!

She has a DVD called “Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter”, and has appeared many times on Quilting Arts TV and It’s Sew Easy TV.

Cheryl learned to sew from her grade school Home Economics classes, and is primarily self taught after that. She went to school for theater and costuming. She taught herself to quilt in 1997 with a block of the month kit and has not looked back!

Check out her website at https://muppin.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8_syFIZbUM

featuring

Julia Fikse

This interactive, fun, and informative lecture will teach quilters the value of appraisals and answer the question, “Should I get my quilt appraised?” Included in this lecture is information about how to care for and repair quilts. Then, enjoy looking at quilts through the ages with Julia’s collection of quilts from 1860- present with an  interactive discussion about fabric dating, condition and caring for your quilt and the historical significance of quilting past and present. 

Register for the meeting here.

More About Julia

Julia Fikse is the Quilt Ninja®

Julia Fikse has 25 years of experience in the textile industry as a designer, garment maker, textile creator, graphic artist, entrepreneur, clothing and accessory manufacturer, and business leader. Julia has a B.S. Degree in Design from the University of California at Davis, with a minor in Textiles and Clothing. She has trained and worked as a trend forecaster, designer, colorist and dye coordinator at Levi Strauss and Co., Gymboree, and Adidas. She has owned and operated her own clothing company for over 14 years. Julia is an AQS Certified quilt appraiser based in Los Angeles, CA, and currently holds memberships in a variety of quilt-related organizations including American Quilter Society,  Modern Quilt Guild, Valley Modern Quilters, San Fernando Valley Quilter’s Association,  PAAQT and American Quilter’s Society. 

Check out her website at quilt.ninja

with Dianne Slattery
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

The Christmas Garland design is adapted from a pattern I’ve seen on Pinterest many times as a Bead Garland or Bead Quilt. It’s a very simple block. I thought it would be lovely in Christmas colors and scrappy, since I have a huge Christmas fabric inventory. I drew it out, then someone posted a Christmas version. I made it for a dear young friend who has helped our family a lot during COVID.

Christmas Garland can be made using a variety of fabrics and a background. I used Christmas fabrics from my inventory and a white on white background. The top is 46″ x 58″ without borders. There are 48 blocks which finish at 8″ x 8″.

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. 

Register for the workshop here.

Alameda County Artist Registry
Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (10:59pm Pacific Time)

The Alameda County Arts Commission invites visual artists to submit an application to the new Alameda County Artist Registry, a pre-qualified list of artists that will be used for upcoming public art opportunities managed by the Alameda County Arts Commission. Public art opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established artists that will include outdoor and indoor projects with a range of budgets and will be appropriate for artists working in a variety of materials and styles. Open to artists from the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo.

View the complete Call for Artists at: https://bit.ly/ArtistRegistryCall

Applications for the Artist Registry must be submitted online through the CaFÉ website by Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (10:59pm Pacific Time) at: https://bit.ly/ACCAFElink

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact the Office of the Alameda County Arts Commission at (510) 208-9646 or [email protected]

Saturday, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

These blocks look like three-dimensional pyramids—and they also appear to float above the surface of the quilt! Emerald City blocks are strip-pieced and easy enough for beginners to construct. Experienced quilters will learn something too: how to harness the power of consistent value placement to create a sense of three dimensions. Careful attention to value will make the illusion appear. A shadowed setting visually “lifts” them off the surface of the quilt, and we’ll talk about how to choose fabrics to make it work.  So elegant, so dimensional, so easy—and so exciting to see the results!

Class Cost does not include supplies.
$35 GQCCC Member
$45 Sister Guild
$55 Non-member

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. To register for the class click here. Colleen is speaking at the August General Meeting.

Yardage Requirements:

For blocks:

  • ½ yard (total) light fabrics
  • ½ yard (total) dark fabrics
  • 1 yard (total) medium fabrics

It’s important to have different values (light / medium / dark) within each block.  You can use as few as three different fabrics.  It can also be given a scrappy look with lots of different values, as long as there is a distinct difference between light, medium, and dark within each block.

If you are using small scraps, be aware that this quilt is strip-pieced; you will need to be able to cut strips at least 18” long.  Fat quarters (or jelly rolls) are great!

For background and sashing:

  • 1½ yards sashing and border fabric
  • ¼ yard “shadow” fabric

Note: “Shadow” fabric may be black, or it can be a darker or grayer color than the sashing fabric.  The shadow fabric should look like the color of a shadow on the sashing fabric; ignore the color of the block fabrics.  If in doubt: bring black, muddy green or purple, or charcoal gray!

Tools and Notions Required:

  • Rotary cutter, mat, and 6” x 24” ruler
  • Triangle ruler, Omnigrid # 98 or 98L
  • Design wall (a large flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth works great!)
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing basket supplies, piecing thread, etc.

Optional Items–Recommended but not Required:

  • Reducing lens, door peephole or binoculars

2020 Inspiration Photo

LINE A

LINE B

LINE C

with Kathy Schmitz
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

The classic log cabin block is very organized, neat, and predictable. The wonky log cabin block is… more free-spirited! 

The classic log cabin block starts with a square red center piece, representing the warmth of the fireplace, the heart of a cabin.  The wonky version starts with your choice of a 3-, 4-, or 5-sided wonky center… in ANY color you choose that will coordinate with your logs to get the look you want.  The “logs” surrounding your center won’t be the classic same-width rectangles, but straight-sided “sloped rectangles,” likely with one end wider than the other.  The blocks are still built from the center out in a clockwise rotation, but trimmed in a wonky way as we go, so the finished blocks have a casual, energetic look to them!

Although log cabin blocks, even wonky ones, can be made using foundation piecing, this class will show you how to piece them without a foundation. The goal is to finish at least three 9” square blocks in the class so you can try all 3-, 4-, and 5-sided centers.  The technique for building out from the center is the same for each, so whatever doesn’t get done in class can be finished at home.  There’s no pattern to buy.  We’ll just have class instructions and tips/tricks. 

This workshop would be appropriate for beginning quilters, and fun for those at higher skill levels, too. It is based on techniques presented in “Cut-Loose Quilts” by Jan Mullen (C&T Publishing, 2001), specifically the chapter called “Mainly Logz.” 

This class may be held in-person or as a Zoom event, depending on the number of participants and at the discretion of the workshop chair. If held on Zoom, it will be a live event only available during the scheduled class time.

Register for the workshop here.

AT HOME PREPARATION (this will save class time and space):

From your stash, choose a variety of fabrics from a few color families, ranging from light shades to darker shades, and cut into straight strips 2”-2 ½”-ish wide, meaning they can be a little wider or narrower… our first step toward wonky! Leave long strips long, to be shortened as needed in class, and bring any short strips (4”-ish) in that width range. Also bring a few slightly larger pieces, at least 3”x3”, to be cut for wonky centers in class. Organize the fabric by color families.

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES TO BRING:

• The fabric strips and pieces you precut at home, described above.

• Sewing machine and controls. You’ll be making ¼” seams, so a quarter inch foot might be helpful.

• Thread and one or two bobbins in a neutral color to blend with your fabrics (for seaming).

• Rotary cutter and a fabric scissors

• Cutting mat at least 10” square

• Quilting ruler at least 12” long (6”x12” is ideal… easy to transport and use for trimming)

• Quilting ruler at least 10” square (for checking the size of your block-in-process and squaring at the end)

• Small or standard iron and a pressing surface, if you have (or can borrow) them, for pressing seams to one side… there will be a lot of that! If we’re able to be at the Farmhouse, the ironing boards and irons may be in high demand. If we’re on Zoom, have your iron and ironing board close by.

featuring

Colleen Wise

My quilts are distinctive for their illusion of depth. I love to play with three dimensions! Objects such as leaves or planets appear to float above a two-dimensional surface. I have a virtual toolbox full of tools I use to create that depth, and I will bring a big trunk full of quilts or slides to illustrate the results.

Register for the meeting here.

Colleen is teaching a class, Saturday, August 28 – Emerald City. To learn more click here.

More about Colleen

Colleen’s education is in engineering, and her quilts reflect that in their strong graphic quality.  Creating designs and solving problems are her favorite parts of the process; cutting, sewing, and pressing are just the means to the end.  She loves to incorporate a sense of depth in her work; leaves float, balls protrude, hands seem to reach out. She has developed a strong style through her experiments in surface design.

Her quilts have won prizes in national and international shows.  She is the author of Casting Shadows: Creating Visual Dimension in Your Quilts (C&T Publishing), and she has appeared on several episodes of Alex Anderson’s Simply Quilts.  Colleen teaches, lectures and exhibits her work throughout the US.

Check out her website https://colleenwise.com/

GQCCC Member Appliquérs – Kathy Callahan, Ann Gimbel, Jackie Seidell, and Beverly Spurs

Best of Show
“Dana’s Wedding Quilt” by Ann Gimbel

Accessories
1st Place – “Floral Fling” by Wanda Reyenga
2nd Place – “Pink Tote” by Louise Tanno

Adult First Quilt
1st Place – “Mt Diablo in Winter” by Pamela Rogers
2nd Place – “My Monstrosity” by Taryn Doidge

All Other Techniques
1st Place – “General’s Star” by Tish Marshall
2nd Place – “Christmas Trees” by Nancy Ritter

Group Quilt
1st Place – “Round Robin 2013” by Susan Swindell
2nd Place – “Mission San Juan Bautista” by Felicia Ahluwalia

Hand Appliqué
1st Place – “Dana’s Wedding Quilt” by Ann Gimbel
2nd Place – “Catch a Christmas Star” by Marlene Wunder

Hand – Two or More Techniques
1st Place – “Garden Party” by Cindy Greco
2nd Place – “My Stars” by Raynell Coleman

Hand Quilted
1st Place – “My Liberated Log Cabin” by Jackie Seidell
2nd Place – “Sweet & Simple” by Elizabeth Huff

Home Use Item
1st Place – “Stormy Seas” by Karen Morones
2nd Place – “Card Trick” by Birgit Knuth

Kit Quilt or Item
1st Place – “Bright Squares” by Daryl Lynn Harvey
2nd Place – “Phillip’s Secret Garden” by Linda Luks

Machine Appliqué
1st Place – “Gingerbread Lane” – Cindy Greco

Machine Quilted
1st Place – “Flowers” by Leslie Finta
2nd Place – “Perennial Stars” by Nancy Ritter

Machine – Two or More Techniques
1st Place – “Life’s a Beach” by Holly Oddson
2nd Place – “Bugs” by Jo Mathies

Miniature
1st Place – “Mini Rainbow Swoon” by Felicia Ahluwalia
2nd Place – “Up in the Sky” by Felicia Ahluwalia

Modern
1st Place – “Cross and Crown” by Jackie Seidell
2nd Place – “Poppies” by Karen Morones

Original Design
1st Place – “Peppers From My Garden” by Joan Barker
2nd Place – “Asian Motif” by Marnie Brennan

Wearable Art
1st Place – “In Full Bloom” by Michele Bogovich
2nd Place – “Whimsy” by Holly Oddson

Pass the Envelope Challenge
1st Place – “Le Chat” by Phyllis Nishimori
2nd Place – “Paris Lights” by Chris Lee

Poppy Fields Forever

80″ X 95″

Opportunity Quilt Chair
Tammy Zanella

Pattern Information
Based on the Mountain Mist pattern “Painted Poppies”.

Design and Fabric Selection
Tammy Zanella, Dale Wolfe, Jackie Seidell, and Valerie Sauban.

Appliqué
Joan Beall, Ann Gimbel, Bev Spurs, Myrna Rutkas, Barb Shates, Jackie Seidell, Kathy Callahan, Sandy Butner.

136 hours of appliqué was required for this quilt.

Assembly and Marking
Jackie Seidell and Tammy Zanella

8 hours were required to assemble and mark this quilt.

Hand Quilting
Maryann Bower, Raynell Coleman, Pat DeRushia, Heidi Dressler, Ranny Frank, Eva Lee, Claire McIvor, Marian Wolfram

The hand quilters designed and stitched over a nine-month period and 387 hours to complete the delicate hand quilting.

Materials
100% cotton fabric and Quilter’s Dream Wool batting. The background and backing fabric is Pepper Cory’s shot cotton

Techniques
Hand quilted and hand appliquéd.

Raffle Winner
Gerene Sayre

Best of Show
“Prairie Gathering Lodge” by Anita Mingham

Adult First Quilt
1st Place – “Tiger Lilies” by Jaque Edgett
2nd Place – “Sunburnt Zebra” by Genette Lee

All Other Techniques
1st Place – “Prairie Gathering Lodge” by Anita Mingham
2nd Place – “Little Yo-Yos” by Margo Spack

Group Quilt
1st Place – “Nancy’s Folly” by Nancy Ritter
2nd Place – “Oh My Stars!” by Barbara Beil

Hand Appliqué
1st Place – “French Doors” by Ellie Conley
2nd Place – “Leaves” by Jackie Seidell

Hand – Two or More Techniques
1st Place – “Blooms of Spring” by Louise Tanno
2nd Place – “Rainbow Braid” by Raynell Coleman

Hand Quilted
1st Place – “Butterflies and Blossoms” by Beverly Spurs
2nd Place – “One for My Son” by Elizabeth Huff

Home Use Item
1st Place – “Ms. Bindweed’s Boots” by Holly Oddson
2nd Place – “Bluebird Pillow” by Louise Tanno

Kit
1st Place – “Merry Christmas” by Cindy Greco
2nd Place – “Twister Bunny” by Loretta Jones

Machine – Two or More Techniques
1st Place – “Wind in the Whiskers” by Cindy Greco
2nd Place – “Shades of Baltimore” Album by Cindy Greco

Machine Quilted
1st Place – “Zinnia Daybreak Hosta” by Carmen Franklin
2nd Place – “Blue Dog” by Birgit Knuth

Miniature
1st Place – “King of the Roost” by S. Jane Powell
2nd Place – “Hanky Quilt of Memories” by Jeanne Marie Roberts

Modern
1st Place – “The Back is More Interesting” by Mary Pimentel-Wheeler
2nd Place – “Hoppie’s Butterflies” by Sandy Butner

Original Design
1st Place – “Leftovers” by Valerie Sauban
2nd Place – “Elegant Clarkia” by Valerie Sauban

Wearable and Accessories
1st Place – “Flying Geese Sweatshirt” by Holly Oddson
2nd Place – “Scottie” by Ellen Heathcote

Pass the Envelope/Fabric Telephone
1st Place – “Golden Gate Sunset” by Fran McNamee
2nd Place – “Crab Shack” by Birgit Knuth

Aloha” Challenge
“Penguins Go To Hawaii” by Kathy Callahan

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

85″ X 85″

Opportunity Quilt Chair
Ann Gimbel

Pattern Information
The pattern originated from the book “Fan Quilts” by Marion L. Maerke and M. Carol Schiaffino, published by American School of Needlework. The name of the quilt is derived from the term used to describe a group of butterflies.

Fabric Selection
Heide Dressler, Jill Orr and Ann Gimbel.

Piecing
Butterfly wings were sewn by Wanda Reyenga, Waunell Michels, Valerie Sauban, Nancy Ritter, Patsy Ronat, Aggie Vecchio, Valeria Furtado, Donna Brooks and Sharyn Owens.  

Appliqué
The butterfly bodies were appliquéd by Kathy Callahan, Leslie Finta and Ann Gimbel.

Embroidery
The butterfly antennae were embroidered by Eva Lee and Louise Tanno.

Hand Quilting
Raynell Coleman, Heide Dressler, Clair McIvor, Marian Wolfrom, Pat DeRushia, Ranny Frank and others.

The hand quilters designed and stitched over a 9 month period and 199 hours to complete the delicate hand quilting.

Materials
100% cotton fabric and Quilter’s Dream Wool batting.

Techniques
Hand quilted and hand appliquéd.

Raffle Winner
Jim Tanno, whose wife Louise was one of the main designers of the quilt. They donated the quilt to the Ruby Slippers Gala event that raises money for Innerfaith Housing.

The quilt required a total of 280 hours volunteered by members to plan, organize, piece, appliqué, embroider, assemble, bind, mark and hand quilt.

Tile Tango

66″ X 66″

At the first meeting of the Design/Assembly team we looked at various pattern ideas and then surfed the web. Jackie suggested one of her favorite designers, Becky Goldsmith, so we went to her website. When the picture for “Tile Tango” came up there was a little gasp from each of us and the search ended… we had found our quilt! We decided to stay with the blues and purples that the designer had used. We put a call out to guild members for fabrics and received such a good response that we only needed to purchase the white background, blue polka dot and backing fabric. The quilt was lovingly hand quilted for many months before “traveling” to numerous other guild meetings to sell tickets.

Opportunity Quilt Chair
Monica Kaseman

Pattern Information
From a quilt featured in the book “The Quilter’s Practical Guide To Color” by Becky Goldsmith. Permission for use of the design granted by the author.

Design/Fabric Selection/Assembly
Valerie Sauban, Jackie Seidell, Dale Wolfe, Tammy Zanella

Hand Appliqué
Joan Beall, Margaret Bender, Maryann Bowers, Sandy Butner, Kathy Callahan, Cindy Greco, Monica Kaseman, Sharon Mazanec, Audrey McInerney, Claire McIvor, Jill Orr, Jackie Seidell, Reba Siero, Beverly Spurs, Louise Tanno, Tammy Zanella

The quilt required 197 hours to hand appliqué.

Hand Quilting
Raynell Coleman, Pat De Rushia, Heide Dressler, Ranny Frank, Eva Lee, Marian Wohlfrom

The quilt required 266 hours to hand quilt.

Label
Monica Kaseman

Materials
100% cotton fabric and Quilter’s Dream Wool batting.

Techniques
Hand quilted and hand appliquéd

Raffle Winner
Kate Ahearn

Best of Show
“Baskets” by Jackie Seidell

Creative Item
“Asymmetrical” by Michelle Bogovich

Pass the Envelope Challenge
“Balance” by Valerie Sauban

“Polka Dotty” Challenge
“Henrietta” by Phyllis Nishimori

Adult First Quilt
1st Place – “My First Quilt” by Kelly Doidge
2nd Place – “Trip Around the Sun” by Jeff Slattery

Appliqué
1st Place – “Baltimore Autumn” by Cindy Greco
2nd Place – “Sweet Tweets” by Cynthia Bane Mammon

Creative Item
1st Place – “Handkerchief Cushion” by Beverley Spurs
2nd Place – “Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down” by Kitty Nowack

Hand Quilted
1st Place – “Ginger Jars” by Beverly Spurs
2nd Place – “How the Elephant Got Its Trunk” by Louise Follett

Machine Quilted
1st Place – “Raindrops” by Bobbie Whitlock
2nd Place – “Heritage” by Cindy Greco

Mixed
1st Place – “Baskets” by Jackie Seidell
2nd Place – “French Doors” by Bobbie Whitlock

Original Design
1st Place – “Mouse Trap” by Joan Barker
2nd Place – “Golden Gate Bridge” by Louise Tanno

Pieced
1st Place – “Eyes Wide Open” by Loretta Jones
2nd Place – “Fractured Dresden Plate” by Ellie Conley

Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Wreath Quilt Sampler is a fun, fresh addition to your holiday decor. It’s composed of six different blocks or concepts, each one teaching a new technique using the Creative Grids 60-Degree Diamond Mini Ruler. The shapes are simple, and the construction is a breeze, building your quilt block by block with no Y seams! Work from your stash or collect a variety of reds and greens and enjoy the process of shade and color placement to get the complete effect. For inspiration, check out this post from Krista’s blog for different color variations.

FINISHED SIZE: 55″ x 55″

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

• 1 5/8 yds white for background & star blocks

• 1 5/8 yds cream for background & star blocks

• 1/6 yd shimmery gold for star points

• 1/6 yd each of three different reds

• 1/4 yd each of nine different greens

Fat quarters can be used

TOOLS

Creative Grids Non-Slip 60 Degree Diamond Mini Ruler by Krista Moser

Class Cost does not include pattern or ruler
$50 GQCCC Member
$60 Sister Guild
$70 Non-member

The first twelve people to register for the class will get the pattern donated to them by a GQCCC member.

To register for the class click here.

If more than 20 people register for the class, the class cost will be reduced.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJLTqqakenw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bw0VQG9xYI

featuring

Krista Moser

Krista Moser is the designer of the Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond Ruler and Mini Ruler. She has published more than 20 patterns with more on the way! She has been teaching sewing and quilting lessons for more than 25 years. Join us and learn all the tips and tricks for cutting and piecing diamonds, triangles and hexagons in an easy and fast way.

Register for the meeting here.

Krista is teaching a class Saturday, July 24 – Wreath Quilt Sampler to learn more click here.

More about Krista

Krista Moser is the creative force and inspiration behind The Quilted Life. A quilting and fiber arts enthusiast, she started sewing at 8 years old sneaking off to the sewing machine during her Mom’s nap time. Since she couldn’t read patterns, everything was made from her imagination propelling the creativity and the innovative design she is known for today. She began her professional sewing and machine quilting career at the spunky age of fourteen adding the texture and dimension machine quilting brings to every project.
She has been teaching sewing and quilting lessons for more than twenty years. Her work has been featured in quilting magazines, published by Martingale Press, and hung in prominent quilt shops around the country.

It’s probably genetic 😉 and the Grandma’s would be proud. What a life, this Quilted Life is, and what a joy to share the journey!

Check out her website https://www.kristamoser.com/

Adult First Quilt
1st Place – “Oma and Opa’s Sunshine Angel” by Gwen Ehrlich
2nd Place – “2018 Mystery Quilt Project” by Cathy Sargent

Appliqué
1st Place – “Be Ribboned Wreaths” by Cynthia Bane Mammon
2nd Place – “Bug-A-Lot” by Cindy Greco

Creative Item
1st Place – “Garden Flowers Purse” by Dale Wolfe
2nd Place – “Beaded Dragon Vest” by Cynthia Bane Mammon

Hand Quilted
1st Place – “Angel’s Trumpet” by Cindy Greco
2nd Place – “Lattice Star” by Elizabeth Huff

Machine Quilted
1st Place – “Christmas Morning Delight” by Holly Oddson
2nd Place – “Crayons” by Barbara Beil

Mixed Techniques
1st Place – “The Whole Hive” by Shirley Wilson
2nd Place – “In the Mist on Rainy Pass” by Shirley Lewis-Stolen

Original Design
1st Place – “Sea Horses Tie the Knot” by Valerie Sauban
2nd Place – “Queen Bee Aggie” by Phyllis Nishimori

Pieced
1st Place – “Big Red” by Jackie Seidell
2nd Place – “Cartwheel Costa Rica” by Ellie Conlie

Best of Show
“In the Mist on Rainy Pass” by Shirley Lewis-Stolen

Creative Item
“Beaded Dragon Vest” by Cynthia Bane Mammon

“Bee” Challenge
“A Closer Look” by Janelle Pena

Pass the Envelope Challenge
“Cousin Lizzie” by Phyllis Nishimori

Raynell’s Beautiful Bees

79″ X 97″

A handmade quilt becomes an heirloom because the creator stitches so much of themselves into the work. Raynell Coleman brought together the design, colors, and people to begin work on this quilt. Her dear friend, Dianne Slattery, and many others in the guild, completed work on the quilt when Raynell became ill. She was able to see here vision come to life before her passing. The quilt was graciously given to Raynell’s daughter by the raffle winner, and remains as an heirloom in their family.

Opportunity Quilt Chairs
Raynell Coleman and Diane Slattery

Pattern Information
The design was adapted from “Swarms of Summer” by Sherri Bain Driver and Barbara Tone Lister, published in American Quilter, Summer 2007. The adaptation from the original pattern was drawn by Raynell Coleman, with input from various guild members.

Fabric Selection
The fabric for the nine-patch floral blocks, and bee wings and bodies, were primarily donated by guild members. The quilt backing, and blue for borders and bee block centers, were ordered online from Missouri Star Quilt Company, because we could not find enough in our local stores.

Block Construction
Ten guild members completed the 77 paper-pieced bees, and the 19 floral nine patch blocks. The work took about 100 hours

Appliqué
Bee heads were appliqued, and antennae were embroidered by three guild members for 36 hours.

Layout/Assembly
The layout and assembly of the quilt top took 5 people 90 hours.

Hand Quilting
Fifteen guild members spent 407 hours hand quilting.

The quilt require a total of 668 hours to complete all piecing, appliqué, embroidery, quilting and finishing.

Materials
100% cotton fabric and Quilter’s Dream Wool batting.

Techniques
Paper-piecing, appliqué, and hand quilting.

Raffle Winner
Susan Pilieri, who gifted the quilt to Raynell’s daughter Shirley.

Aileyn Renli Ecob and Jean Renli Jurgenson have excelled at creating spectacular fine art quilts. Aileyn focuses on nature and the soft curves and circles she sees in the beauty of foliage in the world around her. Jean focuses on the edges and lines of perspective that architecture and man-made structures bring to the communities of people.

These talented quilters are former members of our guild and are active with Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA). They have shown their quilts at Pacific International Quilt Festival and many other judged shows and exhibits.

Best of Show
1st Place – “Life on the Food Chain” by Valerie M. Sauban
2nd Place – “Kantha II” by Jackie Seidell and “Sizzle” by Tammy Zanella

Appliqué
1st Place – “Inky’s Garden” by Kathy Callahan
2nd Place – “Rhode Island Reds” by Phyllis Nishimori

Creative Item
1st Place – “Rocky the Rhino” by Jennifer Church
2nd Place – “A Yo-Yo Journey” by Doris Reilly

Hand Quilted
1st Place – “Heritage Hexagon” by Elizabeth Huff
2nd Place – “Pastel Yellow” by Elizabeth Huff

Machine Quilted
1st Place – “Sizzle” by Tammy Zanella
2nd Place – “Mia’s Unicorn” by Estrella Shoka

Original Design
1st Place – “Life on the Food Chain” by Valerie M. Sauban
2nd Place – ” Kantha II” by Jackie Seidell

Pieced Quilt
1st Place – “Mood Indigo” by Sally Morris
2nd Place – “Cattails in the Meadow” by Karen Morones

Turn to the Darkside” Challenge
1st Place – “Koi Pond” by Beverly Spurs
2nd Place – “Dark Side of Autumn” by Donna Brooks

Pass the Envelope Challenge
1st Place – “Hopscotch” by Fran McNamee
2nd Place – “Garden Party” by Valerie M. Sauban

Best Featured Quilt
“Windmill” by Aileyn Ecob and Jean Jurgenson
“Globe Thistle” by Aileyn Ecob
“Blue Stone” by Jean Jurgenson

MIDNIGHT GARDEN

79″ X 61″

The Opportunity Quilt Chair, Taryn Doidge, wanted to honor the tradition of past GQCCC Opportunity Quilts by focusing on handwork. She chose a pattern that highlighted needle turn appliqué and gave space to show off hand quilting. The design team mulled over the pattern and felt something was missing. The team wanted bright colors for the flowers and loved the idea of using batiks. It was then decided. The team turned to the dark side. Instead of using the neutral background that the pattern called for, black was chosen letting the colors of the flowers pop.

Opportunity Quilt Chair
Taryn Doidge

Pattern Information
Wildflowers Block of The Month, designed by Lydia Quigley. Pattern purchased and donated by Guild member Terry McNally.

Fabric Selection
Kelly Doidge, Taryn Doidge, Dianne Slattery and Kathy Tedesco. 

Appliqué
Helen Anderson, Kathy Callahan, Cindy Greco, Monica Kaseman, Sharon Mazanec, Audrey McInerney, Claire McIvor, Myrna Rutkas, Jackie Seidell, Dianne Slattery, Beverly Spurs, Kathy Tedesco 

Kathy Tedesco appliquéd 50 of the 150 hours.

Design/Assembly
Diana Carmean, Kelly Doidge, Taryn Doidge, Claire McIvor, Doreen O’Brien, Wanda Reyenga, Erica Riekki, Dianne Slattery, Aneta Sperber, Beverly Spurs, Becky Styles, Kathy Tedesco, Nancy Van Meter.

The quilt required 282 hours for design and final assembly.

Hand Quilting
Kathy Callahan, Melissa Cardinet, Ellie Conley, Pat DeRushia, Taryn Doidge, Ranny Frank, Ann Gimbel, Elizabeth Huff, Terry McNally, Kerry O’Brien, Cathy Sargent, Mary Pimentel-Wheeler

Melissa Cardinet hand quilted 200 of the 375 hours.

Label
Becky Styles

Materials
100% Cotton fabrics. Hobbs 80/20 (80% Cotton, 20% Polyester) Black Batting

Techniques
Needle turn appliqué, hand quilted, pieced

Raffle Winner
Doris Weinstein

with Linda Luks
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

The class will cover making the strips, then putting them together in either a quilt similar to this or cutting the strips into narrower strips and making a match stick style design which will look like pick up sticks scattered in background. To get ready for class, save small strips, odd shaped pieces, corners clipped off snowball blocks. Size should be at least 1.5” wide so it won’t disappear in 1/4 in seams. This is a great technique for using up your scraps.

Register for the workshop here.

Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Center
Superstore & Office
2417 Cormorant Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 920-2121
meissnersewing.com

Additional stores in Folsom, Roseville, San Jose, and Santa Rosa. Check website for address and phone number.

Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Try your hand at Foundation Piecing and Curved Piecing with Penni’s Nested Petal template and its Companion Curve template. This class is a beginner and beyond class allowing more advanced student to try a slightly more complex foundation design making it perfect for the beginner and advanced quilter. Learn a few new techniques and have fun with fabric and color.

We will be learning how to cut curved pieces on the grain line, prepare and sew a simple foundation pieced pattern, trim our paper piecing and sew basic curved pieces into a block.

Toolkit Available here. (Note: Class date may not be correct on the shop website. The date was moved from May to June.) The kit includes a Pickle Dish downloadable pattern, downloadable sewing sheets, the Nested Petal template and Pickle Dish Companion Curve template.

Class Cost does not include supply kit.
$35 GQCCC Member
$45 Sister Guild
$55 Non-member

Penni is giving discount code for people to use to order supplies and other items.

To register for the class click here. Penni is speaking at the May General Meeting.

MATERIALS NEEDED:
• General Sewing Supplies
• sewing machine, rotary cutter and mat, needles, scissors, pins, basic piecing thread and anything else you may need for general sewing.
• Proper foot and stitch plate for accurate 1/4 in seam
• Water soluble glue stick(s) or a water soluble sewing/applique glue (ex., Roxanne’s Glue Baste-it or similar product)
• Paper cutting scissors as well as sewing scissors.
• Light Box – If you own one… bring it. If you do not own one don’t fret. It isn’t necessary.
Rulers:
• Bring general quilting rulers for squaring up fabric and cutting your quilt. Specialty rulers are not necessary. Additional cutting templates are available for purchase to make cutting pattern pieces easier.
• Optional: Add-A-Quarter Ruler (if you have one… bring it, this will may your life easy)
Fabric Requirements:
We will be working primarily on one block (potentially two) on the day of the class to get the technique of paper piecing and curved piecing. If intending to make a lap size quilt… you will need approximately 2 yards of background fabric for curves but only need a FQ on the day of the class.
• 1 FQ for background
• 2 FQs of coordinating fabrics for foundation pieced stripes.
• 1 FQ of coordinating fabric for petal center
• 1 FQ of coordinating fabric for squares

featuring

Lilo Bowman

Learn to build a creative place that works for you, your space, your budget and where you are right now.

Lilo Bowman has worked as a floral designer, translator, tour guide, wedding planner, and is now editor-in-chief of TheQuiltShow.com. Her work has been varied, often challenging, but always creative. Since early childhood, she has been instilled with the desire for and love of doing something with your hands, learned by observing the varied and beautiful items crafted by both of her grandmothers. Raised in a German culture, Lilo was always keenly aware of and fascinated with objects (whether utilitarian or decorative) that were attractively displayed while still being orderly.

Register for the meeting here.

More about Lilo

Food, travel (both as a military wife and tourist), and curiosity about other cultures have also played a large role in shaping Lilo’s sense of taste and design and her understanding of how others prioritize the items they choose to have in their homes. Being surrounded by strong, independent, and civic-minded female role models has instilled a sense of “you can do this” and “consider others” along the way.

When not working, Lilo travels, gardens, works on DIY projects with a ragtag bunch of rescue pets nearby, and spends time with her extended, loud, noisy, always food- and travel-talking family.

Check out her website https://www.lilobowman.com

with Taryn Doidge

Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

With just 12 jelly roll/ or 2 1/2”strips, you can make a tote bag perfect for carrying around a large quilt, or even a few smaller quilts. This workshop can help you with picking colors to coordinate. If you don’t want to buy an entire jelly roll, just use 12, 2 1/2” strips from your stash. It also gives you practice with machine quilting, (whether it’s straight line, walking foot, or free motion). Hope you have fun!

Register for the workshop here.

Supplies:
Crib Size Batting
Or
Piece of Batting 35” x 50”
4 pieces @ 1” x 40 ish”12 jelly roll strips
Or
12 strips @ 2.5” x WOF1 yd. fabric for inside/lining of tote1/2 yd. fabric for straps1/3 yd. fabric for edging/binding5/8 yd. fabric for pockets
Or
2 @ 1/3 yd. fabric for pocketsBasic sewing/quilting suppliesThread for machine quilting

featuring

Penni Domikis

Did you ever wonder about the fabrics we all love? How are they made? Where does the process begin? We all know our favorite fabrics are created from cotton but what exactly is the process from the factory to the shop? How does a company pick designs and how long does it take to get fabrics from design to print to market? What is the difference between a wet print process and a digital design? Is there really a difference in the base cotton? If you have ever wondered any of those things… take a journey with me to discover things you may not know about what goes on behind the scenes. As part of the corporate team with Michael Miller Fabrics, I have learned so much about the process and I would love to share some of this knowledge with you.

Register for the meeting here.

Penni is teaching a class on Saturday, June 26 – Pickle Dish Block. To learn more click here.

More about Penni

Penni is the owner and chief designer of Cabin in the Woods Quilters. CabinQuilters is a quilt pattern design company established in 2003 and located in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Penni was introduced to quilting by a family friend and combined her love for this hobby as well as photography and graphic design into a thriving pattern design business. Penni is an award-winning quilter and has developed a reputation for breaking down quilting designs into manageable pieces for quilters of all skill levels, leading to her company motto, “Make it simple… but make it with style!”

Check out her website https://cabinquilters.com

with Laura Mott

Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Bring your supplies and leave with a Spring table runner quilted and ready to go! You can make it scrappy or plan your color palette of favorite fat quarters waiting on the shelf, along with batting and backing fabric.

It’s easy and fun and a great technique to add to your toolbox!

Join us at the May 15 Workshop.

Table Runner Measures 15″ x 45″

Register for the workshop here.

Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This workshop features a fun and colorful Drunkards Path Quilt that goes together very quickly. This 47”x 47” quilt is made using two different 9” block patterns: The Drunkards Path block and the Eccentric Star block. Learn Lori’s quick and easy method of sewing the curved pieces of the Drunkard’s Path blocks! This quilt is one you can piece together in no time at all! Try it in your favorite color combinations…makes a fast baby quilt or 4th of July quilt also!

Class Cost does not include supply kit
$30 GQCCC Member
$40 Sister Guild
$50 Non-member

To register for the class click here. Lori is speaking at the April General Meeting.

The biennial show “Spring on the Strait” will be held at the Historic Clocktower in Benicia on April 30 (10am to 5pm) and May 1, 2022 (10am to 4pm).

Raffle tickets for the opportunity quilt titled “Radiant Joy” are on sale now . This beautiful quilt was designed by Catherine Dumas. When asked about this beautiful creation Catherine responded: “One of my favorite quilt designers is Jacqueline de Jonge. For this quilt I used her center medallion and grabbed some elements from other designs of hers. Then I mashed it all up and added my own spin, adding the small floating stars and the half stars and ¾ arcs. It was a fun but nerve-wracking experience as I wanted it to turn out perfect.”

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.  The quilt will be raffled off on May 1, 2022. To purchase tickets please reach out to Denise Lyons Conrad at [email protected]

For more information visit cssquilter.org/quilt-show.

featuring

Lori Dickman

A trunk show of Lori’s favorite “D” quilts! This show features over 30 of Lori’s quilt designs with styles that will cover every quilter’s favorites: from traditional to applique to modern and everything in between!

Quilting templates have always been Lori’s “go-to” tools for piecing fast and fun quilts. In this lecture, Lori will inspire you to pick up those template rulers and have fun designing and piecing fabulous quilts!

The Diamond, Dresden & Drunkards’ Path templates are versatile tools which she has used to create literally dozens of different designs in quilts, accessories & wearable art!

Register for the meeting here.

On Saturday, May 1, Lori will be teaching Fruity Melons, from 9 am to 4 pm. Read more about it here.

More About Lori

Lori Dickman has been sewing for over 45 years and quilting for over 30 years. She teaches numerous quilting and sewing classes. After spending 15 years concentrating in the art of garment sewing, her ‘quilting journey’ began in 1988 when she created her first quilt. She is passionate about working with fabric and color, as well as teaching others to join in on this quilter’s love affair. The art of “Making” has been a wonderful journey for her!

Check out her website at https://quiltingwithlori.com/

with Reba Siero

Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Reba will be demonstrating several techniques that will improve your quilt making skills. Included will be applying binding with mitered corners that will add the finishing touch to any quilt. She will show you how to create continuous bias strips that can be used in many different ways in quilt making and beyond. If there are specific techniques you would like to learn, please let Reba know, so that she can prepare ahead.

Register for the workshop at here.

Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Creating a braid can add a decorative touch to any bag!  Add in cork fabric for the bottom and your bag will be extra special! Cork is fun and easy to work with. The pattern has 4 different size bags; in class we will be making the medium size bag.

Students will learn to cut braid pieces using the Mini Braid Template, how to sew them together and trim for a perfect braid while using the braids to create a fun little pouch! We will discuss how color impacts the look of your braid and ways to create braids of different looks. Students will learn how easy it is to add cork to their bag but they can just use fabric- both look great! And they will learn an easy method to add a zipper and end up with a fun and functional bag!

6 hour class

Class Cost does not include supply kit
$45 GQCCC Member
$55 Sister Guild
$65 Non-member

Kate is giving a one time use 10% discount code that can be used to purchase your supply kit or something else

To register for the class click here. Kate is speaking at the March General Meeting.

Supply List

  • Each student needs a Pack it Up! pattern and a Mini Braid Template.
  • Basic Sewing Supplies – whatever you usually keep close b such as snips, seam ripper, pins…
  • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
  • If you have an 8 ½” wide ruler, it’s helpful but not necessary!
  • Sewing machine zipper foot- some may find they can use their regular foot, others will need a  zipper foot. Depends on your machine.
  • Thread in a neutral color and pre-filled bobbins
  • Coordinating thread to top stitch and (optional) to quilt the front of the bag
  • Iron and ironing surface

Helpful but not necessary:

  • Wool pressing mat
  • Spray starch
  • Binder clips

Click Here to download the Class Supply List and PreClass cutting Instructions PDF.

Click Here to purchase Class kit that includes pattern and template.

Click Here to purchase a Class bundle that includes the pattern, the Mini Braid Template, and one set of bag hardware.

Click Here to purchase fabric kit for the the bag, interfacing, zipper and bag hardware (medium size bag).

Link to purchase a modified kit: includes interfacing (Shapeflex and Decor Bind pieces) and bag hardware (medium size bag).

Click Here to purchase bag hardware.

In class we will all be making a medium size bag. It helps if everyone is making the same size for their first one! Don’t worry, you’ll want to make them all! These bags are like potato chips- you can’t have just one!

Fabrics and bag supplies for medium size bag

To save time in class, please precut all the bag pieces. 

Supplies:

Bag Hardware- ?” D ring and swivel hook. I have hardware packs available on my website.

Zipper – coordinating zipper at least 9″ long but linger is fine. Not a metal zipper as we will be  trimming it.

Fabric: see Class Handout for cutting instructions

You will need 4-8 strips 1 ½” x 20″ or WOF strips for the braid section. LEAVE the strips long- we will cut the braid pieces together in class!

? yard or Fat Quarter for the top, back and handle, cut:

¼ yard or Fat Quarter for the inside, cut:

Cork or other contrast fabric for the bottom front of the bag, cut:

½ yard (based on 20″ wide) Shape Flex or other lightweight fusible interfacing, cut:

? yard (based on 20″ wide) Decor Bond or other heavyweight fusible interfacing**, cut:

** I often get asked is you can use fusible fleece instead of a heavyweight interfacing. Yes; note your bag will be softer and more pliable but less likely to stand up on it’s own. 

with Laurie Biundo

Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

The class is a project bag and a tote to put fabric and tools in to take to class. I have become a “By Annie” expert. I can get the patterns (a tad cheaper) but the supplies can all be found at Wooden Gate Quilts in Danville.

Supplies include:
Pattern – Bon Voyage
Fabric from your stash
Soft and stable – one yard package will make both projects.
Clear Vinyl
Fusible Interfacing
Strapping
3 Zippers (4 yards plus pulls)
Foam core or heavy card board

Register for the workshop at here.

Kate Colleran
Kate Colleran

featuring

Kate Colleran

This lecture and trunk show focuses on quilts that use precuts, and includes tips and ideas on how to use precut patterns to work through your stash…even if you don’t own any precuts! After all, a precut quilt is just a curated scrap quilt! Kate will share quilts from her book, Smash Your Precut Stash. She’ll also share some of her patterns and her journey as a quilt pattern designer. It will be a lot of fun!

Kate will be leading the class Pack It Up Pouch! Fun and Function with Cork on March 27, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Follow this link for more information.

More About Kate

Kate is the designer behind Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, the company she established in 2003. She creates original patterns, has had her quilts featured in magazines, taught Craftsy classes, and published the book, Smash Your Precut Stash with C&T Publishing. In addition to designing quilt patterns, she loves to quilt, sew, knit, read and spend time with family and friends.

Check our her website at https://seamslikeadream.shop/

Sunday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

In this fun PLAYshop you’ll learn to design and carve 3 rubber stamps. Lisa will share how to design a focal point block and a repeat pattern block. Don’t worry about drawing skills Lisa will show you how even the simplest design creates a unique pattern when printed in multiples. She will demonstration all the techniques and tricks to designing and carving a rubber stamp that you can use again and again in fiber and paper arts. To inspire and spark your creative juices, Lisa will share a myriad of ways she has used her hand carved stamps in art quilting, mixed media art, and as clothing embellishment.With your workshop you will also get access to a zoom video for 2 weeks and link to short instructional video

What participants need:
•Notebook or sketchpad
•Soft lead Pencil like 2B
•Scissors
•Damp cloth or wipes for cleaning stamp.
•Supply Kit or Equivalent (see below)

GQCCC Member $30 +$40 supply kit
Sister Guild $40 +$40 supply kit
Non-member $50 +$40 supply kit

Supply Kit Required.

Must order by 2/17/2021
$35 kit fee plus $5 shipping provides everything you need for this creative workshop – three soft cut blocks in three sizes, one carving tool, design transfer tool, one black permanent ink pad, linen fabric 12×12” square, one skein embroidery thread and needle included in kit!

Purchase kit at https://lisathorpe.com/index.php/product/stamp-a-rama-kit/

Register for the class here.

2022

September 19, 2022 – Rules and Options of Planned Improv Piecing (IN-PERSON)

featuring Sarah Goer Sarah likes options… but she also likes a plan. This lecture and trunk show will discuss how Sarah uses her planning nature to develop rules for herself which drive her “Planned Improv” quilt design work. She shares work in a series and shows how she iterates on a design. Sarah explains how […]

August 15, 2022 – Creative Explorations (IN-PERSON)

featuring Sheila Collins In this lecture Sheila describes how she has been moving forward with her creative journey from juried art festivals to quilt challenges and commissioned pieces. In the pursuit of trying new things, Shelia shares techniques she’s learned while exploring “what if.” For your viewing pleasure she has more than 20 pieces of […]

July 18, 2022 – My Quilting Journey on Woodberry Way

featuring Alli Jensen Allison Jensen is a lifelong creative who grew up in California as the oldest of 6 girls. She dabbles in every kind of artistic endeavor but adores quilting most of all. She learned to quilt in 2013 through library books, YouTube videos, and trial and error. This led to an obsession/addiction to […]

June 20, 2022 – Summer Ice Cream Social

Our Summer social will be in the month on June this year. GQCCC will be hosting an ice cream social. Come meet your fellow guild members and create your own sundae. This is an in-person only event. There will be no Zoom access. 7:00 pm Centre Concord 5298 Clayton Road, Concord

May 16, 2022 – Beauty is All Around

featuring Kathy K. Wylie Beauty really is all around us and provides a constant source of inspiration. From wreaths to clamshells, papercut-appliqué snowflakes to medallions, you’ll see it all! This lecture focuses on designs that are circular or radiating in nature. Looking at Kathy’s quilts from the past 25 years, you will discover her ongoing […]

April 18, 2022 – Living a Creative Life

featuring Jane Haworth In this presentation Jane will talk about her journey as a quilter, techniques that she uses and her desire to get other quilters to work out of their comfort zone and to play with fabric. As she says “Give it a go!” She loves to encourage everyone to be inspired and leave […]

March 21, 2022 – 101 Quilts Later: Why I Did It & What I Learned

featuring Joy Lily The tradition of creating a series of 100 related art works goes back at least to 1830’s Japan where several blockprint artists competed to create 100 views of local sights. After hearing Sonia Philip speak about how and why she sewed 100 dresses, Joy got an itch to create 100 of something […]

February 15, 2022 – Splendid Stitches and Machine Magic

featuring Sandy Fitzpatrick Unleash the power of your sewing machine using machine stitches to create dimension with amped-up appliqué, decorative stitches, and thread painting. Open your mind to the possibilities that can be accomplished with your machine! This is a Zoom only meeting. Register for the meeting here. Sandy is teaching a Zoom class on Saturday, […]

January 18, 2022 – Edgy

featuring Linda Wagner Borders: plain or pieced. What will give your quilt the best possible visual impact and how do you decide? Inner borders, outer borders, and binding all provide opportunity to add a little to the finished product. For this lecture, 40-50 quilts will demonstrate the options you have as the quilt maker/artist. Along […]

2021

December 20, 2021 – Member Appreciation Live Event

As in past years, there will be no guest speaker at the December meeting. Instead, plan to celebrate together for the first in-person general meeting in two years! This will be a social event in appreciation of all loyal guild members. There will be a “White Elephant Gift Exchange”. Find a special something, quilting or […]

November 15, 2021 – Quilting with Liberty Fabrics

featuring Jenni Smith Jenni is the first person ever to have produced a quilting book in collaboration with Liberty London – the iconic British Brand renowned for their beautiful fabrics including Tana Lawn. Her presentation is about the making of this book, released in 2021. It’s a practical quilt book with 15 projects to make, […]

October 18, 2021 – Introduction to E-textiles

featuring Cheryl Sleboda Learn all about e-textile and soft circuit technology and see some of the amazing things fashion students and artists are creating. This technology has made the jump into the fiber art world, including quilts! See how easy it is to include this technology in your work. You don’t have to be an […]

September 20, 2021 – Quilt Appraisal, Repair & Trunk Show Lecture

featuring Julia Fikse This interactive, fun, and informative lecture will teach quilters the value of appraisals and answer the question, “Should I get my quilt appraised?” Included in this lecture is information about how to care for and repair quilts. Then, enjoy looking at quilts through the ages with Julia’s collection of quilts from 1860- […]

August 16, 2021 – Casting Shadows: Creating Depth in Quilts

featuring Colleen Wise My quilts are distinctive for their illusion of depth. I love to play with three dimensions! Objects such as leaves or planets appear to float above a two-dimensional surface. I have a virtual toolbox full of tools I use to create that depth, and I will bring a big trunk full of […]

July 19, 2021 – Diamonds are a Quilter’s Best Friend

featuring Krista Moser Krista Moser is the designer of the Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond Ruler and Mini Ruler. She has published more than 20 patterns with more on the way! She has been teaching sewing and quilting lessons for more than 25 years. Join us and learn all the tips and tricks for cutting […]

June 21, 2021 – Love Where You Create: It’s Not a One Size Fits All Solution

featuring Lilo Bowman Learn to build a creative place that works for you, your space, your budget and where you are right now. Lilo Bowman has worked as a floral designer, translator, tour guide, wedding planner, and is now editor-in-chief of TheQuiltShow.com. Her work has been varied, often challenging, but always creative. Since early childhood, she […]

May 17, 2021 – Fabric 411

featuring Penni Domikis Did you ever wonder about the fabrics we all love? How are they made? Where does the process begin? We all know our favorite fabrics are created from cotton but what exactly is the process from the factory to the shop? How does a company pick designs and how long does it […]

April 19, 2021 – My Favorite 3-Ds: Dresden’s, Diamonds & Drunkards’ Path

featuring Lori Dickman A trunk show of Lori’s favorite “D” quilts! This show features over 30 of Lori’s quilt designs with styles that will cover every quilter’s favorites: from traditional to applique to modern and everything in between! Quilting templates have always been Lori’s “go-to” tools for piecing fast and fun quilts. In this lecture, […]

Kate Colleran March 15, 2021 – How to Smash Your Stash

featuring Kate Colleran This lecture and trunk show focuses on quilts that use precuts, and includes tips and ideas on how to use precut patterns to work through your stash…even if you don’t own any precuts! After all, a precut quilt is just a curated scrap quilt! Kate will share quilts from her book, Smash Your […]

February 16, 2021 – Photo to Fabric: Design in the Palm of Your Hand

featuring Lisa Thorpe Lisa will demonstrate, using her iPad, how to take a simple photo, manipulate it in app and print the image onto fabric on a home printer. She will share a variety of art quilts she has created with these images as a central theme. As well as several art quilts using multiple […]

January 19, 2021 – Quilt to a Tee: Using T-Shirts and Unique Clothing in a Quilt

featuring Beth Sullivan Have you ever wondered how to make a T-shirt quilt? Beth will provide inspiration and guidance for quilters who are thinking about tackling a T-shirt or memory quilt. Quilt samples and photos are used to show how quilters can expand the possibilities of the conventional T-shirt quilt to include anything that can […]

2020

December 14, 2020 – Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill – Aurifilosophy https://www.wholecirclestudio.com

November 16, 2020 – Alex Anderson – “A Quiltie Life” https://alexandersonquilts.com

October 19, 2020 – Jennifer Sampou “Light Your Ombre’ Fire”  YouTube Free Tutorials
Class – Modern Madras Table Runner

September 21, 2020 – Colleen Pelfrey – “Life with a Border Around It”   https://colleenpelfreyquilts.com/

August 17, 2020 – Quilt Shop Tours, In Between Stitches, Not Just Quiltz, New Pieces Quilt Shop, The Cotton Patch

July 20, 2020 – Margaret Linderman- Trunk Show

June 2020 – Mel Beach “Free Motion Crea-TV and Reality” via Zoom Mel Beach

February 2020 – Ora Clay “Telling My Story”  Quilts By Ora

January  2020 -Sue Fox and Julia McLeod [Silk and Salvage] “New Quilts from Rescued Materials” Silk and Salvage/        @silkandsalvage on Instagram

2019

November 2019 – Lenore Hubal “Quilting Journey”

October 2019 – Claire Witherspoon “Confessions of an Ecclectic Quilter” Claire Witherspoon Blog

September 2019 – Joe Cunningham “My Life in Quilts”   Joe the Quilter

July 2019 – Lynn Wilder “Geography of a Quilter”  Sew’n Wild Oaks Blog
Free Classes on The Quilt Show
PATCHWORK MATH Presentation
Patchwork Math Supply List

June 2019 – Linda Schmidt “Down and Dirty Designs and Terrific Techniques”   Linda Schmidt

May 2019 – Colleen Granger   Sew Little Time Quilting    
Class – Chugach Range or Ninja Star

March 2019 – Kathryn Pellman “A Fashionista’s Journey into Art Quilts – Whimsical to Traditional”       Kathryn Pellman

February 2019 – Sandy Klop “American Jane”    Sandy Klop

January 2019 – Mary Boyer “The Art of Treasure Hunting and Wearable Art” by Mary Boyer “The Green Quilter”     Mary Boyer

2018

November 2018 – Inger  Blood “Progression of a Quilter”        https://www.facebook.com/ingerblood

October 2018 – Linda Wagner – “Make Mine Scrappy”   Linda Wagner

September 2018 – Jenny K. Lyon “Quilting is a Contact Sport!”  Jenny Lyon
Class –  “Yes, You CAN Free Motion Quilt!”

August 20, 2018 – Guild Program: Hot August Demo Night
Dresden Plate by Diane Slattery
Half Square Triangles by Mary Stockler & Mary Pimentel-Wheeler
Chix ‘n Noodle Soup and Sammie by Nancy Van Meter
English Paper Piecing by Dale Wolfe

July 2018 – Christine Barnes & Heidi Emmett “A Kaffe Fassett Extravaganza”

June 2018 – Geri Patterson-Kutras “The Artist Within”

May 2018 – Nancy Brown “My Animal Quilts”   Nancy Brown
Class  “Pets in the Garden”

April 2018 – Kevin Kosbab “Fabric Outside the Lines”     Kevin Kosbab

March 2018 – Victoria Johnson “Forever Quilting for You”    Victoria Johnson

February 2018 – Cathie Hoover A Trunk Show     Cathie Hoover

January  2018 – Joanna Figueroa “A Different Perspective on the Color Wheel”    Joanna Figueroa

2017

November 2017- Sheila Collins “My Creative Journey”   Sheila Collins

October 2017 – Patti Fried “Watching Tradition Evolve”   Patti Fried

September 2017 – Mel Beach “Challenge Yourself”    Mel Beach

July 2017 – Denise Oyama Miller “Painting With My Scissors” 

June 2017 -Lisa Norton and Lora Zmak “Discovering Your Quilting Personality and Personal Color Therapy” 

May  2017 – Ann Shaw “Photos and Quilts”  Ann Shaw Quilting
1 Day Class – “Chicken Challenge” with Ann Shaw

April 2017 – Diane Steele “Group Quilts: Round Robins, Block Exchanges and Challenges”     Diane Steel’s Blog

March 2017 – Julie Silber “Rare and Historical Quilts” 

February 2017 – Sandra Mollon “A Trunk Show”   Sandra Mollon

January 2017 -Marie Straight “Scrap Quilts 2.0” 

2016

November 2016 – Jan Soules “Spectacular Borders”

October 2016 – Young-Min Lee “Bojagi, The Art of Wrapping Cloths”    Young-Min Lee

September  2016 Jennifer Rapacki “Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters”  Jennifer Repacki

July 2016 Judy Coates-Perez “It’s All in the Process”  Judy Coates-Perez

June 2016 Laura Fraga “My Dear Jane Experience”  and 1 Day Class – “Dear Jane Appliqué”  Laura Fraga

May 2016 Carol Van Zandt “Modern Collaborative DesignCarol Van Zandt

April 2016 Peggy Martin “Enjoying the Journey”   Peggy Martin

March 2016 Sandra Bruce “Material Matrix and the Paths Taken”   Sandra Bruce

February 2016 Lisa McKissick “Tool Time Girl” 

January 2016 Nancy Ritter [guild Member] ”My Quilting Journey

January 2016 – Jenny Lyon “Introduction to Fearless Free Motion Quilting”   Jenny Lyon

2015

November 2015 – Sherri Lynn Wood “Improvise! Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously”    Sherri Lynn Wood

October  2015 – Liz Piatt “My Quilting Journey Trunk Show” 

September 2015 – Rita Hutchins “Totally Tubular Journey Through Color and Pattern”   Rita Hutchins

with Dianne Slattery
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Oh Christmas Treat! was designed and completed for a dear Guild member and finished by Guild members after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.Oh Christmas Treat! without border is 54 x 66. There are 99 blocks which finish at 6″ x 6.” It uses half square triangles made from 3 1/4′ squares of focus fabrics plus a background fabric, and 2 1/2″ strips of an accent fabric. I made it scrappy but that isn’t necessary. The layout can be as I made it or varied according to personal taste.

Register for the workshop at here.

featuring

Lisa Thorpe

Lisa will demonstrate, using her iPad, how to take a simple photo, manipulate it in app and print the image onto fabric on a home printer. She will share a variety of art quilts she has created with these images as a central theme. As well as several art quilts using multiple photo images tiled together to create a stunning collaged quilt effect. Lisa has also come up with an easy way to create a repeat printed fabric in 4 steps using a smart phone or tablet. She will demonstrate the process of creating and uploading your own repeat fabric design for commercial printing. There will be lots of art quilts, fabric and clothing items to see.

Check out her website https://lisathorpe.com/

Lisa will be teaching a class, Stamp-a-rama on Sunday, February 28 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Read more about it here.

Folsom Quilt & Fiber Guild are pleased to announce that their annual quilt show will return on February 11 to 13, 2022, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. The theme is “Friendships woven with Thread”.

The show will be held at the Folsom Community Center at 52 Natoma Street in Folsom, California.

Tickets are $8.00 each.  A discount of $1 off will be offered for groups of 10 or more.

For more information visit folsomquilt.org or contact the guild marketing chair Karla Dellner at [email protected]

This virtual event offers four full days of workshops and lectures by talented artists, including Mel Beach who will be the featured artist at GQCCC’s 2022 Quilt Show. The show is sponsored by Mancuso Show Management, which puts on the annual Pacific International Quilt Festival.

Pre-registration must be completed by January 16, 2022.

For a full list of teachers and programs, prices, and registration information, visit quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/quiltfest-online-virtual-schoolhouse-1/

featuring

Beth Sullivan

Have you ever wondered how to make a T-shirt quilt? Beth will provide inspiration and guidance for quilters who are thinking about tackling a T-shirt or memory quilt. Quilt samples and photos are used to show how quilters can expand the possibilities of the conventional T-shirt quilt to include anything that can be washed, sewn and made to lie flat. Using interesting items is a focal point of the lecture. In addition, the design and construction of a variable layout quilt is discussed as well as the use of partial seams in construction of unique quilt designs.

More About Beth

Beth Sullivan Designs specializes in custom T-shirt quilts, memory quilts and T-shirt pillows. Her website can be found at https://www.bethsullivandesigns.com/

[email protected]
Mobile: (925) 323-2766

Need a gift? Just want a quilt to snuggle on the couch? I will work with you to create the quilt of your dreams. Whether it’s a lap quilt, table runner, T-shirt quilt or bed quilt we can fulfill your wants and needs.

Detail from 2021 Opportunity Quilt
Midnight Garden”

VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW
April 10-30, 2021

The quilt show held in April 2021 was like no other, at the end of a year that was like no other.

Restrictions on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic caused the 2020 show to be cancelled and for the guild to pivot to virtual meetings. Thanks to the leadership and skills of the GQCCC president, Doreen O’Brien, the 2021 show was presented as a beautiful website. Visitors were able to scroll through the entries at their leisure and vote for their favorite quilts online. The website will stay live indefinitely as a record of this unusual year. Visit the site at www.gqcccquiltshow.org/2021.

Quilt Show Chair: Donna Brooks

For highlights from the show, click on the links below.

2021 Opportunity Quilt

MIDNIGHT GARDEN

79″ X 61″

The Opportunity Quilt Chair, Taryn Doidge, wanted to honor the tradition of past GQCCC Opportunity Quilts by focusing on handwork. She chose a pattern that highlighted needle turn appliqué and gave space to show off hand quilting. The design team mulled over the pattern and felt something was missing. The team wanted bright colors for the flowers and loved the idea of using batiks. It was then decided. The team turned to the dark side. Instead of using the neutral background that the pattern called for, black was chosen letting the colors of the flowers pop.

Opportunity Quilt Chair
Taryn Doidge

Pattern Information
Wildflowers Block of The Month, designed by Lydia Quigley. Pattern purchased and donated by Guild member Terry McNally.

Fabric Selection
Kelly Doidge, Taryn Doidge, Dianne Slattery and Kathy Tedesco. 

Appliqué
Helen Anderson, Kathy Callahan, Cindy Greco, Monica Kaseman, Sharon Mazanec, Audrey McInerney, Claire McIvor, Myrna Rutkas, Jackie Seidell, Dianne Slattery, Beverly Spurs, Kathy Tedesco 

Kathy Tedesco appliquéd 50 of the 150 hours.

Design/Assembly
Diana Carmean, Kelly Doidge, Taryn Doidge, Claire McIvor, Doreen O’Brien, Wanda Reyenga, Erica Riekki, Dianne Slattery, Aneta Sperber, Beverly Spurs, Becky Styles, Kathy Tedesco, Nancy Van Meter.

The quilt required 282 hours for design and final assembly.

Hand Quilting
Kathy Callahan, Melissa Cardinet, Ellie Conley, Pat DeRushia, Taryn Doidge, Ranny Frank, Ann Gimbel, Elizabeth Huff, Terry McNally, Kerry O’Brien, Cathy Sargent, Mary Pimentel-Wheeler

Melissa Cardinet hand quilted 200 of the 375 hours.

Label
Becky Styles

Materials
100% Cotton fabrics. Hobbs 80/20 (80% Cotton, 20% Polyester) Black Batting

Techniques
Needle turn appliqué, hand quilted, pieced

Raffle Winner
Doris Weinstein

2021 Viewer's Choice Winners

Best of Show
1st Place – “Life on the Food Chain” by Valerie M. Sauban
2nd Place – “Kantha II” by Jackie Seidell and “Sizzle” by Tammy Zanella

Appliqué
1st Place – “Inky’s Garden” by Kathy Callahan
2nd Place – “Rhode Island Reds” by Phyllis Nishimori

Creative Item
1st Place – “Rocky the Rhino” by Jennifer Church
2nd Place – “A Yo-Yo Journey” by Doris Reilly

Hand Quilted
1st Place – “Heritage Hexagon” by Elizabeth Huff
2nd Place – “Pastel Yellow” by Elizabeth Huff

Machine Quilted
1st Place – “Sizzle” by Tammy Zanella
2nd Place – “Mia’s Unicorn” by Estrella Shoka

Original Design
1st Place – “Life on the Food Chain” by Valerie M. Sauban
2nd Place – ” Kantha II” by Jackie Seidell

Pieced Quilt
1st Place – “Mood Indigo” by Sally Morris
2nd Place – “Cattails in the Meadow” by Karen Morones

Turn to the Darkside” Challenge
1st Place – “Koi Pond” by Beverly Spurs
2nd Place – “Dark Side of Autumn” by Donna Brooks

Pass the Envelope Challenge
1st Place – “Hopscotch” by Fran McNamee
2nd Place – “Garden Party” by Valerie M. Sauban

Best Featured Quilt
“Windmill” by Aileyn Ecob and Jean Jurgenson
“Globe Thistle” by Aileyn Ecob
“Blue Stone” by Jean Jurgenson

2021 Featured Artists

Aileyn Renli Ecob and Jean Renli Jurgenson have excelled at creating spectacular fine art quilts. Aileyn focuses on nature and the soft curves and circles she sees in the beauty of foliage in the world around her. Jean focuses on the edges and lines of perspective that architecture and man-made structures bring to the communities of people.

These talented quilters are former members of our guild and are active with Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA). They have shown their quilts at Pacific International Quilt Festival and many other judged shows and exhibits.

The mission of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is to share and celebrate the art and culture of textiles.

The museum is reopening in July 2021 with the following hours: Friday – Sunday: 11am – 3pm. The Museum is closed during exhibition installations and on major holidays (New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve).

For more information call (408) 971-0323 or visit sjquiltmuseum.org

As we wind down 2020, it is time to look forward. What new adventures are you planning to engage in during 2021? A new quilting technique, a pattern you always wanted to try, or completing another UFO? GQCCC will be having more speaker classes on Zoom beginning in January. Be sure to check them out and register at https://www.gqccc.org/class-registration.

The 2021 Quilt Show will be a virtual experience. As we begin down the road on a new journey, we will be letting you know how you can help and participate to make the show a success.

Unfortunately, the Farmhouse was closed to groups in November. We still have Zoom open sews on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. The Chicken Challenge mini-group is now on Zoom on the first Monday night of the month. You can find the Zoom information to join here in the newsletter, in the member’s section of the website, and on Facebook.

Helen Anderson and Mary Ann Johnson have stepped down as Co-First Vice Presidents. Thank you, ladies, for your service to the Guild. Without people being active in the running of the Guild, GQCCC would cease to exist. Donna Brooks has graciously agreed to be the interim First Vice President. Yeah, Donna!

The second Monday, December 14th, will be our holiday event, Aurifilosophy featuring Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill. You must register at www.gqccc.org/zoomregistration/ by Tuesday, December 8th or you cannot attend. Friday, December 11th, will be the only time you will receive your personal link to the meeting. Be sure to save that email.

Sheri has a pattern give-away that she will hold the night of the presentation. You can enter at https://www.wholecirclestudio.com/?page_id=1761. Members that attend the December event will be receiving swag from Aurifil. It will take some time to get since it is coming from Italy. Once it arrives, logistics on getting it to members will need to be decided. We will let you know once the plan is set.

Happy New Year.

Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

It is time to reflect on the past year and be thankful for our blessings while getting ready to welcome the new year. For many, UFOs that have been sitting around (sometimes for years), were dusted off and completed. For GQCCC, we were fast forwarded into new technologies that will have lasting future benefits. Membership is now a breeze with the process all available online. Zoom meetings have expanded what we can offer and increased our ability to connect to members. Teachers and speakers that may have otherwise been unavailable to the Guild can easily teach or speak via Zoom. Classes that were once only available on Tuesday mornings can now be offered at more convenient times. Even as we ease back into in-person events, virtual offerings will be a staple at GQCCC.

The Farmhouse is open with a max capacity of 9 members. Some mini-groups have started to meet. Please refer to the schedule to verify what groups have resumed and be sure to call the hostess before going to the Farmhouse. Some groups may also be hosting a Zoom Open Sew simultaneously with those at the Farmhouse. A reminder that Zoom open sew access is listed in the schedule, in the members section of the website, and on the Facebook members’ only group.

Monday, December 14th, will be our holiday event, Aurifilosophy. This will be handled differently than our Zoom General meetings. A detailed email blast will go out giving you instructions in the coming weeks. Watch for it.

Alex Anderson is our speaker in November. You know the drill by now. Register by Friday, the 13th, at www.gqccc.org/zoomregistration/ to attend. Visitors can pay $10 to attend. So reach out to prospective quilters, friends and family to invite them. They can register using the same registration link and information will be emailed to them on how to pay.

Wishing you and yours wellness, love, and creative expression in this holiday season.

Happy Quilting!
Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

The Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County is having Sue Sherman present on Zoom, the Quilting Journey of a Renaissance Woman, at their October 20th general meeting from 7 pm to 8;30 pm. GQCCC members can attend the lecture for $5.

Sue is also teaching a two-part Zoom class on Traditional Hawaiian Quilting on Saturday, October 23, and Saturday, November 6 from 10 am to 1 pm. GQCCC members can attend the class for $45

For more information visit mqsc.org/programs

Pacific International Quilt Festival XXX!

Presented On-Site at the Santa Clara Convention Center

Officially recognized as Quilt Week in the city of Santa Clara, PIQF is proud to announce its thirtieth year! Celebrate the art of quilting. Whether you shop the aisles of the Merchants Mall for the best fabric, learn a new technique in workshops taught by an outstanding faculty, or admire the beauty of the artwork hanging in the quilt & wearable art competitions and special exhibits, take part in the excitement that is the Pacific International Quilt Festival.

For more information visit quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pacific-international-quilt-festival/

This exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston features 58 quilts and fabric art spanning 400 years of U.S. history.

If you are unable to visit the exhibit in person, the website has a selection of images from the exhibit, videos, and a link to an app you can download to your mobile device. The mobile guide will allow you to hear artists and the curator recount stories behind 13 of the works of art included in the exhibit.

For more information visit mfa.org/exhibition/fabric-of-a-nation

I love the gradient colors of Ombré fabrics. It reminds me of the colors of nature, like the changing of fall foliage. This month Jennifer Sampou is speaking about Ombré fabrics and teaching a class. The class project is a reversible table runner and will be on Zoom. Hurry and sign up and invite your friends. You can register at www.gqccc.org/class-registration.

The 2021 Opportunity Quilt, “Midnight Garden,” is completed. This is one of the only Guild fundraisers this year. The quilt is a beautiful quilt with colorful appliquéd batik flowers. Thank you to everyone that participated in its making. Now it is time for all members to sell tickets for a possibility to win it. We are doing things a little differently this year. Look for more information in this newsletter on the changes and how to get your tickets.

We are getting ready to open the Farmhouse up to mini-groups. I know many have been waiting anxiously. Only 9 members can be in the Farmhouse at once, so dropping into the Farmhouse will not be allowed. You will need to contact the hostess before going to verify there is room for you to attend. Rules for the Farmhouse and the Guild’s Covid 19 plan can be found in the members’ only section of our website and is included in this newsletter for your reference.

Do you shop on Amazon? If you do, the Guild is now an approved charity for Amazon Smile. If you go to smile.amazon.com you can pick the Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County as your charity and the guild will receive donations from Amazon on qualified purchases.

A reminder that you need to register at gqccc.org/zoomregistration to attend the October general meeting. Please do not register at the last minute. Socializing in break rooms before the meeting will begin at 6:15 pm. If you need any help with Zoom, please reach out to our tech support, Cynthia Wheeler, at (925) 963-9190.

Happy Quilting! Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

The 19th Falling Leaves Quilt Show presented by the Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild. The show will be held at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport, California.

For more information and a discount coupon on admission, visit llqg.org.

The annual Benefit Auction is SAQA’s premier fundraising event! All proceeds help support SAQA’s exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach. Plus, your purchase helps increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them.

The 2021 auction will take place online from September 10 through October 3. With hundreds of beautiful artwork available for bidding, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Anyone can participate – you do not have to be a member to bid!

Find out more at saqa.com/auction.

This online FREE virtual quilt show begins on Thursday, September 9 and runs through Saturday, September 11. You can jump online at Quiltshow.com beginning at 8:30 AM each morning until 4:30 PM each afternoon. There will be SEW much to see… numerous quilt exhibits that you’ll be able to ‘walk’ through and view from the comfort of your home; numerous teachers who will be speaking on a variety of topics which will allow you to learn some new techniques; and there is also a Virtual Vendor Mall with 60 vendors…many of whom will have live demos!

All that is required is that you REGISTER! Do it today, and you will be able to peruse the schedule to see everything that will take place during the show. Set aside some time to jump on the website and view the lectures. There will be a ‘live’ Q&A after each session so you can ask questions.

Our August Zoom Social was a big hit. We had four quilt shops give unique presentations that showcased beautiful fabrics, provided some great inspirations, and made us laugh and smile.

Sharon Arce stepped down as Membership Secretary to enjoy retirement. We are grateful for the time she gave the guild. Jean Gualtieri is now Membership Secretary and Mary Lou Gallagher is now Corresponding Secretary. We created a Membership Out-reach committee. Pat Abernathy, Debbie Flanders, Joan Reed, Nancy Van Meter, and Jean Gualtieri will help keep members connected.

Thank you, ladies for volunteering. It takes many people to help this guild run smoothly.

To save costs, the membership directory is available as a pdf file in the member’s section of the website. This will allow it to easily be updated as new members join the Guild.

Virtual Quilt Shows you may want to check out:

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show, Sept. 10-12

Quilter’s Take a Moment, Sept. 25-26

Quilt-a-Fair, Sept. 25-26

Pokey Bolton’s Craft Napa will be virtual in 2021 and registration opens September 15 at 9 am.

This year our December social will be held Monday, the 14th, on Zoom. Please note, this is the second Monday instead of the third. It will be an Aurifilosophy (Aurifil thread) presentation. Registration will be required, and each participant will be getting swag. Stay tuned for more detailed information.

A reminder that you need to register at www.gqccc.org/zoomregistration/ to attend the September meeting, featuring Colleen Pelfrey. Please do not register at the last minute. Socializing in break rooms before the meeting will begin at 6:15 pm.

See you in September and Happy Quilting!
Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

Brentwood Community Center
35 Oak Street, Brentwood

$10 entry   Good for both days (under 8 & over 80 free)

Stroll through Farmers’ Market downtown Brentwood (Saturday morning)
Enjoy lunch & shopping specials offered by Downtown Brentwood merchants with your admissions wristband!

Enjoy the special exhibit of quilts with stories that bring life to the 2021 Quilt Show Theme  “Quilting….the thread that binds”

For more information visit deltaquilters.org

A virtual Zoom event of the premiere episode of the Textile Arts Council’s Artist Series, featuring artist Alice Beasley. For thirty years, the Oakland-based, self-taught quilter Beasley has spoken out on issues and events that are meaningful to her through her figurative appliqué quilts.

The event includes a film about Beasley followed by a conversation between Beasley and fellow fiber artist Mirka Knaster.

For more information visit the website textileartscouncil.org

During the hot summery days, we just keep zooming along here at GQCCC. We had another successful general meeting in July with 112 participants. August will be another great opportunity to connect. Normally a sew-in or demo-day, this year it is a Quilt Shop Tour. We will have four quilt shops come and give you a taste of what they have to offer. Nothing can stop quilters from adding to their stashes.

The lineup will be

  • The Cotton Patch in Lafayette
  • In Between Stitches in Livermore
  • New Pieces in Berkeley
  • Not Just Quiltz in Fremont

You will need to register again at www.gqccc.org/zoomregistration/ to attend the August meeting. Please do not register at the last minute. Your membership needs to be confirmed and an email is then sent with your personal Zoom Link. Registering at the last minute is risking not being able to attend the meeting.

Socializing in break room before the meeting was a big hit. In August, we will open the rooms up at 6:15 to allow for a little more time to chat before the meeting.

We added three nights of open sew on Zoom. Come connect to your quilt community. You can sew, chat, asks questions about the guild, or practice your Zoom skills. Refer to the Zoom Schedule in this newsletter or in the members only section of the website for days, times and link information. If anyone, wants to become a Zoom Open Sew Host, please contact me.

To help members with the Zoom registration process, there we be a practice Zoom session that requires users to register. Be on the lookout for the email with the details.

Another venue for members to connect is GQCCC’s member only Facebook group. If you did not see your invitation, please let us know so we can resend one to you. Members can post what they have been working on, see the efforts of our outreach programs and meet new and old members.

Our goal is to continue to bring members ways to connect to the GQCCC community; to inspire quilting, provide learning opportunities and experiences that showcase the beauty of the Quilting Arts.

Happy Quilting!

Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

Huzzah! Our first Zoom General Meeting had a great turnout with over 100 members and guests. What a way to end our fiscal year. At the meeting we had nine lucky members receive gift cards for renewing their membership for 2020-21: Kelly Doidge, Debbie SnyderPuder, Kathy Schmitz, Kathy Baker, Waunell Michels, Claudia Foster, Carolina Solis, Elaine Ruiz and Jo Mathies. Congratulations, ladies!

GQCCC begins the fiscal year continuing on the path of embracing technology to keep our members connected and quilting. Soon you will be able to register and pay for workshops online.

This month Margaret Linderman will join us on Zoom. We will begin July’s meeting with break out rooms at 6:30 pm for some community bonding. Members and guests will need to register in advance to attend the meeting. You can go to www.gqccc.org/ zoomregistration/ to register. When you get your registration confirmation you can use the provided link or log into your Zoom account and use the meeting ID to join the meeting.

In August, we will have a Welcome to GQCCC Zoom meeting. Some of the planned topics are mini-groups, guild challenges, and outreach programs. The meeting will be open to any member. If you are a newer member or want to come participate, keep an eye out for more information.

With the use of member surveys, I am striving to bring activities and workshops to the guild that members want. Please find the time to complete the surveys. Hearing your voice is important. If a survey leaves you wanting to give more information or sparks an idea, please let me know. For example, Zoom is opening the doors to more speaker possibilities. If there is a speaker that you would like to see at a general meeting, or a Zoom workshop you’d like to see GQCCC host, I want to know.

I look forward to another year working for you as your President.

Doreen O’Brien GQCCC President 2019-21

Photos of our two challenges and some of the small groups are in Albums under Resources.

Any member that completes a Fiesta Time Challenge whether it was originally entered in the show or not can email a photo to Kathy Callahan for inclusion in the album!

Happy May. I hope the visual beauty blooming this Spring is inspiring your quilting creativity.

With the Stay at Home Order still in effect, May’s General Meeting is cancelled. We will have the 2020 Opportunity Quilt drawing via Facebook Live on May 18th at 7pm. A link will be emailed.

May is when we elect our new officers and approve the budget. This year we will need to hold our elections virtually. An email will go out with instructions. If you do not have email, wewill call you for your vote.

I am sure that you are aware that for the last few years our finances have been getting tighter. Just like for your own budget, costs continue to go up each year. The Guild’s income has not kept pace with increasing expenses. We have some savings to handle emergencies such as this, but loss of income from not having a quilt show this year has depleted those substantially and the situation has become even more serious.

To get a balanced budget, the board had to make some hard decisions. The Farmhouse’s rent increased substantially last year and will again this year. In addition, membership is down, and costs such as insurance, storage, and meeting expenses, are rising. The board spent hours in serious deliberation about how to balance our budget; it was difficult. One of the cutbacks made is printing the newsletter; hard copies will no longer be made. Exceptions will be made for long-time individual members that have no way to get an electronic newsletter.

The Board has begun discussing raising membership dues, starting next year. GQCCC dues are much lower than most guilds, and we offer more services. Increased dues in the future is a reality, but how much they go up depends on how well we, as a guild, find ways to increase income from the Quilt Show and selling Opportunity Quilt Tickets.

There are many ways that all members can help offset the Guild’s ever-growing costs. We need members to step up and help increase revenue by increasing attendance at the Quilt Show, selling more Opportunity Quilt Tickets, or giving monetary donations. We do not want to get into a situation where we need to make drastic choices, such as closing the Farmhouse, or having fewer speakers. The Board is working very hard to avoid that, but we cannot do it alone and need all members to help in any way they can. For example, we still need a Chair for the 2022 Opportunity Quilt.

Hopefully, a Country Store event will happen this fall, mitigating the loss of income this year. If we can, we will need donations, volunteers, and members bringing people to the event.

Another way we may be able to ensure the Guild’s future is grant money. If there is a grant writer in our community or someone willing to take on that task, please contact me.

One way the Board is trying to add members and member support is by using videoconferencing with Zoom. Zoom is an easy to use app that anyone can add to their smart phone, tablet, or computer; it allows you to participate in an online meeting. If we are not able to hold the June meeting in person, we will do it by Zoom.

Stay well and keep quilting. Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

Thank you everyone that took time to vote in our digital election. Mary Pimentel-Wheeler is Recording Secretary, Cathy Sargent is 2nd VP and Eileen Limberg is Treasurer.

This month we had members graciously give of their time to the Guild, filling some needed positions. Yay! Ann Hoeft is the 2022 Opportunity Quilt Chair; she is currently forming her committees. Please contact Ann to participate. Cynthia Wheeler is our new Technical Marketing Chair. Cynthia is having practice Zoom sessions to help members get ready for our first online General Meeting. If you need some Zoom guidance, please contact Cynthia.

A big thank you to Kitty Nowack as Social Media Chair. Kitty jump started GQCCC’s online presence. We wish Kitty luck in her future fiber endeavors.

Want to give back to the Guild? We need a 2021 Traveling Quilt Chair. The position schedules sister guilds visiting GQCCC and our quilt visiting local guilds and venues to sell tickets.  Digital tools will be utilized to help sign-up volunteers to take the quilt out to play. Please contact Taryn Doidge if you can help fill this need.

GQCCC is expanding with online services to keep members involved and connected.

  • Congratulations Daryl Harvey for winning the 2020 Opportunity Quilt; see it on Facebook Live.
  • Laura Mott had great success with the first Zoom class. More classes to come.
  • Monday, June 15th, general meeting on Zoom features Mel Beach. Watch for the email with the Zoom meeting link.

It is time to renew your GQCCC membership. You can now easily complete your membership application and pay your dues online. Renew by Sunday, June 14th, and your name is entered into a drawing for a gift card from local quilts stores: Hilly’s Quilts, The Cotton Patch and Wooden Gate Quilts. Winners will be drawn at the June 15th, Zoom General Meeting.

Good luck and keep quilting.

Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

We find ourselves
in a one-of-a kind experience, sheltering-in-place, and using social-distancing
when leaving our homes for essential activities, like exercising and shopping. GQCCC
has had to cancel the 2020 Quilt Show, cancel general meetings, close the
Farmhouse, postpone member workshops and have virtual board meetings.

During this
stressful time, it’s good to remember that quilting, sewing and doing things
that brings us joy, stop mental chatter, and quiet negative thoughts boost the
immune system and bring peace of mind amidst the turmoil.

We have some good
news for the Guild. Despite my newbie blunder to forget to mention creating a
nominating committee at the February general meeting for this year’s elections,
three gracious Guild Members have stepped up to run. The nominations are…

  • Mary
    Pimentel-Wheeler

    for Recording Secretary
  • Cathy Sargent for 2nd
    Vice President
  • Eileen Limberg for Treasurer

If anyone else
would like to put their name into the running for any position, please contact
me.

If we are unable
to have the May General Meeting, elections will be held virtually.

Thank you to
everyone that has put in time and effort in preparing and organizing the 2020
Show and to those members that entered quilts. Answers to questions you may have
about the cancellation are found in this newsletter.

We are already
looking forward to the 2021 Quilt Show, April 10th and 11th.
Donna Brooks will stay on as Quilt Show Chair, yay! Our Guest Artists
are still Aileyn Ecob and Jean Jurgenson, yay!

As things are
changing fast in this state of affairs, we will continue to put updates on the
website, social media (Facebook) and send out email blasts to keep you
informed.

Stay well and
keep quilting.

Doreen O’Brien
GQCCC President 2019-21

We are cancelling our Quilt Show planned for the first weekend in April. We will miss sharing our love of quilting with you but feel we must act out of extreme caution and concern for members, vendors, and show attendees in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. We wish continued health for all.

Stay tuned for a Country Store event later this year, date and location to be determined. You will be able to shop to your heart’s delight. There will be plenty of finds!

Following the recommendations of the Contra Costa County Health Services and in an abundance of caution for our members we have cancelled this meeting.

Our annual Quilt Show is a little more than a month away. It is the Guild’s main source of income and our biggest social event of the year. It takes many volunteers to have a fabulous show. Remember if you don’t help with the show, Guild members must still pay admission to get into the show. Sign up to volunteer and get into the show for free while having fun with your fellow quilters. Come early to the March meeting or contact a volunteer chair directly to see where your talents can shine.

If you have not yet entered your quilt in the show, you still have time to get your entry form in to Mary Pimentel-Wheeler. Monday, March 9th is the deadline. If you need an entry form, you can go to the website and download one.

Be sure to get your raffle tickets in and spread the word to family and friends about attending the show. A successful show keeps the Guild going by paying for the Farmhouse, the monthly speakers and our outreach programs.

I forgot to ask for member volunteers for the nominating committee last meeting. I have two board members, Becky Styles and Nancy VanMeter but I need three members to complete the committee. Please let Becky, Nancy, or myself know if you are willing to help with the committee. The nomination committee task is to fill the two open Officer positions. The positions of 2nd Vice President and Recording Secretary are open. The 2nd Vice President is our Program Chair and gets the speakers and presenters for our general meetings. It is a fun and exciting position that connects you to some terrific quilt talent. The Recording Secretary is our scribe for our general and board meetings. Melissa Gerber, our outgoing Recording Secretary, estimates it takes about six hours a month to do her job. If you are interested, please contact our nominating committee.

See you at the March meeting where our guest will be Eileen Milligan of Melissa and Mom Quilts.

Doreen O’Brien
President 2019-21

Happy Year of the Rat and 2020!

It is a year of renewal, and being inquisitive, and
resourceful. Keeping in the spirit of the Rat, our January speakers, Silk and
Savage showed us many beautiful quilts of silk and repurposed material.

Thank you, Melissa Cardinet, for your
inquisitiveness and stepping up to be our Parliamentarian.
Thank you, Donna Haslam, for being resourceful and becoming our Block of
the Month Chair. We appreciate it.

GQCCC is a volunteer organization and takes many
people to keep it going. It cannot fall to just a few. It is time for renewal
and letting some longtime volunteers step down and let someone new contribute
to the Guild. We still need a Webmaster, Travel Chair for the 2021 Opportunity
Quilt and a Chair for the 2022 Opportunity Quilt. Interested members can
contact myself or the current chair to get information about the details of the
job.

It is the count down to the Quilt Show April 4th
and 5th. We have seen cost increases across the board and the Quilt
Show is the Guild’s biggest income earner. Getting more people to the event
means more money to pay for the Farmhouse, speakers and the Concord Centre space
and help our outreach programs. We need everyone to lend a hand, insuring a
successful event. Please volunteer and get the word out about the show. We have
flyers and bookmarks at the Farmhouse that you can take and post around town
and give to your friends and family.

We cannot have a show without Quilts. Get in your Entry
Forms and Photos by Monday, March 9th.

Remember this month’s General Meeting in on Tuesday,
February 18th, and our guest speaker is Ora Clay with “Telling My
Story”.

Wishing everyone a productive and creative 2020.

Doreen O’Brien
President 2019-21

Saturday, 10 AM to ~5:00 PM

There’s nothing like a bouquet of bright, whimsical flowers to lift one’s spirits. Posies In The Sunshine is a wonderful introduction into the world of dimensional flowers, which feature fabric covered button centers. Your imagination is your only limitation in creating your own happy bouquet. Additionally, you will also learn to create a wonky woven background, which is created with fusible appliqué. I hope you have sew much fun with this pattern!

Skill level: Participants shoul have basic sewing skills. Experience with fusible appliqué is helpful, though not necessary for this workshop.

Fees: Class cost does not include supplies. The Posies In the Sunshine pattern can be purchased at Shiela’s Etsy shop for $12.

  • $40 GQCCC Member
  • $50 Sister Guild
  • $60 Non-member

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. To register for the class click here.

Sheila is speaking at the August General Meeting.

with Mary Pimentel-Wheeler
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

During the workshop, you will:

  • Make a simple fabric wrapped rope bowl.
  • Learn techniques for starting, wrapping, sewing, and finishing your bowl.
  • Understand how best to set up your sewing machine for success.
  • See examples of fancy finishes and other embellishments you can add to your bowl.
  • Take home some written instructions and a few patterns for later reference.

You will receive a materials list prior to the workshop.

This workshop will be in-person.

Register for the workshop here.

Saturday, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

In this fast-paced workshop, Sarah will teach a wide variety of improvisational piecing techniques. Discover how fun and easy it is to create these improv elements for use in your existing quilt projects, or as the start of a new project. Each prompt will be introduced and demonstrated. Time will be allowed for making one or more units with each technique. There will be a break from lunch from 12:30 pm to 1 pm.

Fees: Class cost does not include supplies.

  • $65 GQCCC Member
  • $75 Sister Guild
  • $85 Non-member

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. To register for the class click here.

Sarah is speaking at the September General Meeting.

with Laura Mott
Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Join Laura Mott for her annual Mystery Quilt Workshop. Get clues and make a quilt based just on clues and fabric cutting instructions. You never know what you’ll end up with and each quilt always looks so beautiful and unique. Chances are you can even finish the quilt in one day or just the weekend! This workshop is a great way to bust your stash!

This workshop will be held on Zoom.

Register for the workshop here.

Saturday, Time TBD

Demystify the rules around working with African prints and learn how to use them in your quilts. They’re calling out to you in the fabric store with their big, bold, vibrant colors and large scale prints! In this Zoom class, we look at various prints, fabrics and color-schemes of African wax prints and Kena will share tips and ideas for uses in your own quilt projects. Then we will cut into them and make a throw size quilt using a simple but classic pattern designed for this course.

Skill level: Participants should have beginner to intermediate sewing skills.

Fees: Class cost does not include supplies.

  • $35 GQCCC Member
  • $45 Sister Guild
  • $55 Non-member

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. To register for the class click here.

Kena is speaking at the October General Meeting.

featuring

Kena Tangi Dorsey

In this lecture program, Kena shares the story about how she became obsessed and fell in love with quilting! As she presents photos of the quilts from her beginning stages to present day, Kena talks about her journey of being a Broadway stage actress to the habit of nurturing an ever-evolving passion for quilting. Then she talks about how the two worlds collided and intertwined for her, demonstrated in a quilt that she still has in her collection today. Wrapping up the show and tell, Kena shares a few more quilt samples and speaks a little more about the deeper meaning in the works that she creates and reflects on how her culture, expression of self-love and the importance of community empowerment informs her design aesthetics, color palette and patterns that she visualizes into existence.

This a Zoom-only meeting. Register to attend on Zoom here.

Kena is teaching a Zoom class, “Quilting With African Fabric” ON Saturday, November 12, 2022. To learn more click here.

More About Kena

Kena began quilting over 20 years ago while living in Harlem, NYC. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Kena moved to New York City and lived there for 18 years before moving west to Los Angeles, CA.

Self taught, Kena started out by learning the basic techniques for piecing traditional blocks and patterns. Early on, she was influenced by many of the Harlem Renaissance artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Zora Neale Hurston, James Van Der Zee, and Langston Hughes, to name a few. Intrigued with portrait quilts, she quickly began making raw edge appliqué story and art quilts using images that reflect African American people.

Check out her website at kenaquiltstudio.com

featuring

Karen Combs

Explore the world of optical illusions with Karen as she shows you some of the wonderful quilts that she has created and shares tricks and tips how to make them.  This virtual lecture will be a combination of live presentation, slides, quilts and videos.  It is a beautiful and inspiring trunk show. There will be time for questions after the lecture

This a Zoom-only meeting. Register to attend on Zoom here.

Karen is teaching her class Jewel Box, Saturday, January 28, 2023 on Zoom. To learn more click here.

More About Karen

A native of Michigan, Karen Combs began quilting while still in high school. She has a degree in library science and has worked at many state, city and school libraries before finding her calling as a professional quilting instructor, writer and designer. Her quilts are known for taking a traditional pattern and giving it her own unique “twist.” Karen is intrigued with quilts of illusions and has been designing quilts with a 3-D look for several years.

Check out her website at karencombs.com

Details and registration details can be found at scvqa.org.

Guests are welcome to attend SCVQA monthly meetings and lectures. The fee for non-members is $10.00.

Non-SCVQA members are also welcome to attend workshops, but a $20 premium is charged. Non-members may sign up no sooner than 30 days prior to the workshop, to allow members priority registration for these special events.

2022 Opportunity Quilt
“Rainbow Reflections”

2022 QUILT SHOW
April 2 & 3, 2022


Quilt Show Co-chairs
Ann Hoeft
Linda Luks

2022 Challenge — ROY G BIV
Based on the Rainbow Opportunity Quilt and celebrates the colors of the rainbow. Challenge Chair: Beverly Spurs

Pass the Envelope Challenge Chair
Kathy Callahan

Featured Artist
Mel Beach melbeachquilts.com

Vendor contact: [email protected]

Vendor application: gqcccquiltshow.org/2022-vendor-form

See gqcccquiltshow.org for more information.

FIESTA

80″ X 94″

Celebrating our local heritage and the way all colors can play so well together!

Opportunity Quilt Chair
Diane Slattery

Pattern Information
Inspired by Jessica Boschen’s “Inverted Star” block.

Pattern and Border Design/Fabric Selection
Donna Brooks, Jacque Edgett, Bonnie Sherr, Dianne Slattery.

Fabric Cutting/Kit Assembly
Cindy Allen, Donna Brooks, Kathy Callahan, Jacque Edgett, Bonnie Sherr, Dianne Slattery, Nancy Van Meter, Mary Pimentel Wheeler

Block Construction
Helen Anderson, Jennifer Church, Ellie Conley, Beate Dirska, Taryn Doidge, Birgit Knuth, Fran MacNamee, Audrey McInnerny, Doreen O’Brien, Sharyn Owens, Wanda Reyenga, Erica Riekki, Nancy Ritter, Kathy Rummel, Myrna Rutkas, Cathy Sargent, Margo Spack, Susan Swindell, Kathy Tedesco, Donna Weed, Mary Pimentel Wheeler, Shirley Wilson.

Assembly
Donna Brooks, Jacque Edgett, Bonnie Sherr, Dianne Slattery.

Machine Quilting
Carmen Franklin

Materials
All colored fabrics were donated by guild members, along with some black and white prints. Remainder of black and white fabric purchased at Guild affiliate, Queen Bee’s in Antioch. Background fabric is “Scribbles” from Queen Bee’s. Backing fabric is “Confetti” by Patrick Lose, purchased at Queen Bee’s and online from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Techniques
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted

Raffle Winner
Daryl Harvey

Just as the final details for the 2020 Quilt Show, scheduled to be held in April 2020, were being made, the reality of a global pandemic, sheltering-in-place, and social distancing forced the GQCCC board to cancel the show.

Quilting is often a social activity, and the disappointment of not being able to gather and admire the work of others was great. However, the opportunity quilt was raffled as planned on May 18, 2020. And guild members adjusted and continued to stay connected virtually, keeping each other inspired.

Details of the 2020 Opportunity Quilt are below, for a year that was anything but a “Fiesta”!

Quilt Show Chair: Donna Brooks

2020 Opportunity Quilt

FIESTA

80″ X 94″

Celebrating our local heritage and the way all colors can play so well together!

Opportunity Quilt Chair
Diane Slattery

Pattern Information
Inspired by Jessica Boschen’s “Inverted Star” block.

Pattern and Border Design/Fabric Selection
Donna Brooks, Jacque Edgett, Bonnie Sherr, Dianne Slattery.

Fabric Cutting/Kit Assembly
Cindy Allen, Donna Brooks, Kathy Callahan, Jacque Edgett, Bonnie Sherr, Dianne Slattery, Nancy Van Meter, Mary Pimentel Wheeler

Block Construction
Helen Anderson, Jennifer Church, Ellie Conley, Beate Dirska, Taryn Doidge, Birgit Knuth, Fran MacNamee, Audrey McInnerny, Doreen O’Brien, Sharyn Owens, Wanda Reyenga, Erica Riekki, Nancy Ritter, Kathy Rummel, Myrna Rutkas, Cathy Sargent, Margo Spack, Susan Swindell, Kathy Tedesco, Donna Weed, Mary Pimentel Wheeler, Shirley Wilson.

Assembly
Donna Brooks, Jacque Edgett, Bonnie Sherr, Dianne Slattery.

Machine Quilting
Carmen Franklin

Materials
All colored fabrics were donated by guild members, along with some black and white prints. Remainder of black and white fabric purchased at Guild affiliate, Queen Bee’s in Antioch. Background fabric is “Scribbles” from Queen Bee’s. Backing fabric is “Confetti” by Patrick Lose, purchased at Queen Bee’s and online from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Techniques
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted

Raffle Winner
Daryl Harvey

2020 Pass the Envelope Challenge
2020 Inspiration Photo

LINE A

LINE B

LINE C

2020 'Day of the Dead' Challenge

featuring

Rachel Derstine

This presentation shows the many ways couching can be used to take your art to the next level. Instructions in specific technique on how to couch will be shown.

This a Zoom only meeting. Register to attend on Zoom here.

Rachel is teaching her class Artful Couching, Saturday, March 4, 2023 on Zoom. To learn more click here.

More About Rachel

Rachel is 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.

Originally coming from a music background with degrees in piano performance, Rachel had a long music teaching career. Her quilting has only become the focus of her work in the last 12 years.

Check out her website at rachelderstinedesigns.com

Saturday, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

A beautiful quilt with the illusion of depth. Don’t let it scare you — the piecing is easy, created from just triangles! Believe it or not, this stunning quilt is created with just one block, done in different colors.
Created using a light, medium and dark value of four colors of your choice. A perfect pattern for batiks, graduated fabrics, or hand dyed fabrics!

As a bonus, Karen will be showing different layouts for this beautiful quilt in class as well as offering you different size options. You can check Karen’s Instagram to see some beautiful quilts from her previous Zoom classes. 

Fees: Class cost does not include supplies.

  • $50 GQCCC Member
  • $60 Sister Guild
  • $70 Non-member

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. To register for the class click here.

Karen is speaking at the November General Meeting.

2019 has flown by and
2020 is about to begin. Come bring a potluck item and celebrate with us at our
Annual Holiday Social. If you are participating in the Secret Quilter, don’t
forget to bring your gift. The Social is a great chance to get to know other members
in the Guild. We will only have Show and Tell and the Block Exchange. No
outreach programs or Block of the Month for the December general meeting.

The Guild runs smoothly and
exists only because of our many volunteers. “Many hands make light work.” Thank
you Patsy Ronat, Margo Spack, Barbara Windle, and Kathy Callahan, who have gifted the Guild with their time and service and
are ready to move on to let someone else step up and support the Guild. We need
a Traveling Quilt Chair for the 2021 Opportunity Quilt, a Block of the Month
(BOM) Chair and a Webmaster. Volunteering is a great way to meet other members
of the guild. You can also co-chair with a friend and split the
responsibilities. If you can help or want more information about the position,
you can contact me or the member stepping out of the position. Without our
members pitching in we would not have a Guild.

Quilt Show preparations
are well underway. It is the Guild’s number one source of income. It pays for
the rent at the Farmhouse and the Concord Centre. The rent at the Farmhouse
increased by 30% this year and will most likely be that or more of an increase
next year. Help promote the Show to increase attendance. If you are on
Facebook, you can easily share the event. Selling tickets for the Opportunity
Quilt also helps. Member Opportunity tickets will be available at the Farmhouse
and will be at the Holiday Social.

Remember we do not have
a January newsletter. Our guest speakers for our January general meeting will
be Sue Fox and Julia McLeod (Silk and Savage) — “New Quilts from Rescued
Materials”.

Happy Holidays,

Doreen O’Brien
President 2019-21

As
we move into November, I am thankful for the friendships I have made as a GQCCC
Guild member. The holidays and end of year can be stressful but we quilters
have a secret, we can pick up a needle, a rotary cutter or sit down at the
machine and sew our stresses away.

Our
annual holiday donation for 2019, will be to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and
Solano. We will have envelopes at the next two general meetings if you would
like to make your own donation (checks only) to the Food Bank. Please make sure
that you make your check out to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. You
can also donate directly with them on their website, https:// www.foodbankccs.org/

If
you want to participate in the Secret Quilter, fill out the Secret Quilter
form, and bring it to the November meeting. Put your form in the box and then
be sure to take one out. At our December social we will exchange the gifts.
There will be forms at the Farmhouse and at November’s general meeting.

We
are gearing up for the Quilt Show in April. If you have donations or are making
small holiday gifts be sure to include one for the country store. Again, thanks
to everyone that helped sew muslins. We are a volunteer organization and it is
with everyone helping in all different ways that keeps the Guild alive.

Some
members where many hats. Kathy Callahan, our historian and webmaster,
needs to take one hat off and pass it to someone else. Any members that have
website experience or technical experience and can step up and volunteer,
please let Kathy or I know.

I
wish everyone time to do some quilting this holiday season.

Doreen O’Brien

President 2019-2021

Saturday, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Learn the art of couching with yarns to create texture, flow, and extra pizzazz. We will focus exclusively on mastering couching techniques. Students will bring a striped batik or gradient fabric or purchase fabric in class to make this 18″ x 45″ table runner-size quilt. This class will show you the many ways to use couching for definition and sparkle, by incorporating a variety of cording, yarns and metallic threads in your work. PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.

Fees: Class cost does not include supplies.

  • $45 GQCCC Member
  • $55 Sister Guild
  • $65 Non-member

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. To register for the class click here.

Rachel is speaking at the February General Meeting.

It
is October, the month of ghost and ghoulies, purple and orange. Always, a busy
month in our family with making piñatas for birthday and Halloween parties.
Have some holiday quilt projects you’re finishing up? Go ahead and share
pictures with Kitty Nowack and she’ll post your spooky creations on
social media.

Thanks
so much to our guild members that stepped up and helped. We had many members
show up and pick up muslin to sew to re-place the muslins that were stolen,
some people taking ten muslins. Dale Wolfe received eight sewing
machines to donate to the Paradise Ridge Quilters Guild. Your time and generosity
are greatly appreciated.

Congratulations
to Joan Barker, Ann Hoeft, Susan Lynn, Fran McNamee,
and Jackie Seidell for having their quilts accepted into PIQF. Be sure
to look for their quilts at the show, October 17th to 20th at the Santa Clara
Convention Center. If anyone else got their quilt in PIQF, let us know so we
can honor you and find your quilt at the show.

Would
you like to take a quilt cruise? Pat Abernathy shared at the general
meeting about a quilt cruise leaving from San Francisco next year. Contact her
if you would like more information.

Joe Cunningham gave
a great presentation this past general meeting starting with a guitar and a
song. This month we have Claire Witherspoon, “Confessions of an Eclectic
Quilter”.

Happy
Haunting,

Doreen O’Brien

President
2019-2021

Summer
is coming to an end and school will be starting for my kids next week. I am
looking forward to having more time to quilt and sew. Saturday, September 14th from
10 am to 3 pm, we are having a sew-in to prepare the muslin for the Quilt Show.
Please contact Dianne Slattery or Chris Lee if you can come help
sew.

Thanks
again for all the volunteers working hard to recover from the storage theft.
Good news, the insurance claim was honored and we have already received the
check from State Farm.

We
had a great social last month organized by Nancy Van Meter. She raffled
off her old serger and other fun items and made delicious home-baked cookies. Irene
Davidson-Thomas
shared her work with Sew Powerful Purse Program, which
provides health and sanitary items to girls in Africa. Dale Wolfe gave
an update on the Paradise Ridge Quilters Guild. They are in need of sewing
machines. If you have one to give you can contact Dale for more information.
You can also help by purchasing Opportunity Quilt Tickets (their quilt was
saved from the fire) by mailing a check to Ridge Quilters Guild, PO Box 1688,
Paradise CA 95967. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 13 for $10. Please include
your email address so that they can email you a confirmation of your ticket
purchase and your ticket numbers. The drawing will be on October 15, 2019 at
their general meeting.

We
still have many members that have not renewed yet. I am working on allowing
people to renew or join from our website. For now, you can drop off your
renewal form and payment at the Farmhouse if you can’t make it to this month’s
General Meeting. Our guest speaker is Joe Cunningham who will be talking about
“My Life in Quilts.”

Liz at the Farm Bureau asked me to remind all members about the Farmhouse rules. You can find the rules on the website and they will also be in the new member directory. Some key points Liz has stressed:
Empty the trash into the outside receptacles.
Please make sure the front and back doors are locked when you are leaving.
Please make sure the front and back doors are locked when you are leaving.
The thermostat is for more than just our space and thus we are not to adjust it.
The bathrooms are old so please be cautious not to put too much down the pipes and double-check that the sink is not dripping when you are done.

Keep stitching,
Doreen O’Brien President 2019-2021

My
first month as President has gone very smoothly. It is such a pleasure to work
with such talented, dedicated people.

The
Guild has a new position, Social Media Chair. Kitty Nowack has taken on the
role and dived head first into making the Guild’s social presence current and
active. We now have a Twitter account and you can find the Guild
@GQCCC_Official and by using #contracostaquilters. Kitty is also working on
setting up an Instagram account.

If
you are on Facebook and have liked the Guild’s page, Contra Costa Quilt Guild,
you may have noticed new posts appearing on your news feed. Kitty has been busy
posting and putting our events on the calendar. We are currently at 395 likes,
let’s see if we can get to 500 likes by next month.

All
members can help spread the quilting bug on social media by reposting on your
social media and forwarding pictures of our activities to Kitty at [email protected]
Please include the names of the people in the picture for Kitty.

Our
Quilt Show chair, Donna Brooks, has found our featured artists for the 2020
Show – sisters, Jean Jurgenson and Aileyn Ecob. Check out their website, fiberonthewall.com to
see all their beautiful quilt creations

If
you have not yet renewed your membership, please turn in your membership forms
and dues to the Farmhouse or bring them to the meeting this month. It will be a
member appreciation event with games and a focus on being a Greener Quilter. To
keep with the theme, if you can carpool to the meeting with another quilter
friend, please do.

Thank
you to everyone that has been pitching in helping recover from the storage
break-in. As the saying goes, many hand make light work.

Happy Quilting,
Doreen O’Brien
President
2019-2021

As I begin my term as President, I would like to extend a hug of
appreciation to all of our outgoing officers and chairs: Becky Styles as
President, Mary Pimentel-Wheeler as 1st Vice President, Karen Morones
as Corresponding Secretary, Reba Siero as Membership Secretary, Joan
Reed
as Parliamentarian and Jill Orr as Publicity Chair. Being a
volunteer organization, the Guild could not exist and run as smoothly as it
does without people jumping in and doing their part. A big thank you to those
members that stepped up to fill positions: Helen Anderson and Maryann
Johnson
as 1st Vice President Co-Chairs, Sharon Arce as Membership
Secretary, Jean Gualtieri as Corresponding Secretary, and Jeff
Slattery
as Publicity Chair.

I am sad to report that the Guild’s storage unit was robbed. Among
other items, we lost the muslin needed to hang quilts for the Quilt Show. We
are going to need people to pitch in and help prepare new muslin for the quilt
frames. July 2nd and 9th at the Farmhouse from 10 am to 3 pm will be muslin
cutting days; contact Diane Slattery for more information. In September,
we will be scheduling a couple of sew days to hem and sew all the newly cut
muslin.

We are also in need of Guild members to teach workshops in 2020.
Do you have a skill, technique or unique way of piecing a quilt? Perhaps you
have a pattern you want to share. You can earn a little money and bond with
your quilting friends. If there is a skill you would like to learn let us know.
Knowing that others want to learn a specific task can help motivate people to
teach a skill they have.

This year is beginning with a need for extra support from our
members. Quilters are known for stepping up and helping those in need. I know
that all of you will do your part in helping insure that our Guild activities
will run smoothly in the upcoming year.

Doreen O’Brien

President 2019-2021

We’re on the way to the 2020 Quilt Show with a chairperson, Donna
Brooks
. She would like some help with either a co-chair or an assistant who
could learn the ropes. It’s a great way to meet people and work with a neat
group of committee chairs who really make the Quilt Show work. If you are
interested at all, please call Donna or me.

There are many great things going on in the Guild: the many small
groups that meet at the Farmhouse including the new art group that meets on
Monday afternoons, doing quilts and other projects for Patriotic Quilts and
Quilts to Share, the workshops coming up this summer, and Lynn Wilder’s class
in July. Make sure you take advantage of these opportunities.

June is my last month as president of the Guild. I must say it has
been a very good two years and I’ve enjoyed working with all of you. You are a
good group of volunteers who do wonders for the quilting world and particularly
for our Guild. Thank you for all that you do.

Keep up that good work for the new board of officers.

Becky Styles

President 2017-2019

We survived another Quilt Show. It was great and even though
attendance was lower than in year’s past, we made enough money to cover the
rental of the Farmhouse ($775 per month) and monthly rent of Concord Centre
($229/month). So we’re good to go for another year.

Next year we will each have to work on getting more friends and
family to attend the Quilt Show.

Patsy Ronat delivered Raynell’s Beautiful Bees quilt to her
delighted daughter, Shirley Coleman on Monday. (Shirley had a day off and was
going to be home, and Patsy felt “safer” about taking a quick and easy drive to
Tracy than to mail such a precious package.) Shirley remembers helping to cut
pieces for the quilt (always on Mondays; they were “Mom” days, time dedicated
to playing or working together), so it was nice to be able to bring the quilt
“home” to her on a Monday! Raynell’s quilt is now with her family.

We have a great speaker, Colleen Granger, for the May meeting.
This is our annual business meeting so we will be voting on the bylaws, the
proposed budget, and the officers nominated for 2019-2021. You received the
proposed bylaws revisions last month and the proposed budget is included in
this newsletter.

Enjoy the nice weather!
Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

QUILT SHOW TIME

Hope you are all ready for the big weekend April 6 and 7. Please
try to bring three friends to the show.

As usual everybody has done a great job preparing. Thanks to all
volunteers and especially to Mary Pimentel-Wheeler and Jill Orr for co-chairing
the show. Great job! It is a well-oiled machine if you are considering being
the chair for next year. Think about it.

We do have a slate of officers for the election in May. See the
article in this newsletter. Thanks to all who volunteered to take a position to
serve the Guild.

There are spaces in all upcoming workshops. One of the best
bargains around for $15. Check out the workshops and sign up.

Lastly, check out the bylaws revisions. (Not too boring!!) The
vote will be at the May general meeting.

See you at the Quilt Show and at the general meeting April 15.

Becky Styles

President 2017-2019

It’s that busy time of the year getting ready for the Quilt Show.

  • Have you sold your raffle tickets?
  • Have you filled out an entry form for
    your quilt(s)?
  • Have you donated fabric to the Country
    Store?
  • Have you signed up to volunteer at the
    Quilt Show?

Remember this is our big fundraising event of the year to help pay
for the Farmhouse, speakers, rental for Concord Centre and the storage
facility. In fact without the Quilt Show we could not provide all the things
that we do.

Again, we’re a volunteer organization and we’re only as strong as
our members help us to be. Have you done your share?

Don’t forget to check out the great speaker classes and the Guild
workshops that are offered. Schedule is in this newsletter.

Keep on quilting as you get ready for the Quilt Show.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

Spring is around the corner as is our Quilt Show. More on that later.
If you missed the December social, you missed this wonderfully decorated cake donated to us through CASA. The detail was amazing.
We’re gearing up for the Quilt Show. There are several articles in this newsletter about the Show. Make sure you read them and do your part. Again, the Quilt Show is how we pay for speakers, the room at the Farmhouse and Centre Concord not to mention our charitable activities. So please do your part.
Not only is the Quilt Show around the corner but so is nominating time for new officers. This June we will be installing a new president, 1st vice president, membership secretary, and corresponding secretary. Three people from the general membership and two board members are needed for the nominating committee. If you are interested in any of these positions or helping out on this committee, please contact me or any board member.
Remember to donate your yard of fabric to the Country Store if you haven’t already.
Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

with Leona McCann
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Have Celtic knot quilts intrigued you or made you feel nervous about making them? Then this is the class for you!

The Celtic Love Knot pattern may look complex and difficult, but in fact once broken down to manageable sections. The middle medallion can be put together in a few hours. This workshop promises to be fun, and at the end you will have created a spectacular quilt.

This workshop will be in-person.

Register for the workshop here.

with Laurie Biundo
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Learn how to make a double-zipper bag that can be used for almost anything — a toiletry bag for travel, shoes, snacks, quilting supplies, or anything else! The bag pattern is the Double Zip Gear Bag 2.0 from ByAnnie, which has instructions for three sizes:

SMALL: 4″H x 8½”W x 5½”D
MEDIUM: 5″H x 10½”W x 7″D
LARGE: 6½”H x 13½”W x 9″D

This workshop is for sewers with some experience. Laurie will teach zipper insertion and how to work with mesh and vinyl.

The supply list will be available a month prior to the workshop to those who register. Participants will need to provide their own fabric, but Laurie can order the pattern and other required supplies at a discount. She will need your list of requested supplies and payment at least three weeks ahead of the workshop.

This workshop will be in-person.

Register for the workshop here.

2019 Opportunity Quilt
Raynell’s Beautiful Bees

April 6 and 7, 2019

For highlights of the show, click on the links below.

Quilt Show Chairs: Mary Pimentel-Wheeler and Jill Orr

2019 Opportunity Quilt

Raynell’s Beautiful Bees

79″ X 97″

A handmade quilt becomes an heirloom because the creator stitches so much of themselves into the work. Raynell Coleman brought together the design, colors, and people to begin work on this quilt. Her dear friend, Dianne Slattery, and many others in the guild, completed work on the quilt when Raynell became ill. She was able to see here vision come to life before her passing. The quilt was graciously given to Raynell’s daughter by the raffle winner, and remains as an heirloom in their family.

Opportunity Quilt Chairs
Raynell Coleman and Diane Slattery

Pattern Information
The design was adapted from “Swarms of Summer” by Sherri Bain Driver and Barbara Tone Lister, published in American Quilter, Summer 2007. The adaptation from the original pattern was drawn by Raynell Coleman, with input from various guild members.

Fabric Selection
The fabric for the nine-patch floral blocks, and bee wings and bodies, were primarily donated by guild members. The quilt backing, and blue for borders and bee block centers, were ordered online from Missouri Star Quilt Company, because we could not find enough in our local stores.

Block Construction
Ten guild members completed the 77 paper-pieced bees, and the 19 floral nine patch blocks. The work took about 100 hours

Appliqué
Bee heads were appliqued, and antennae were embroidered by three guild members for 36 hours.

Layout/Assembly
The layout and assembly of the quilt top took 5 people 90 hours.

Hand Quilting
Fifteen guild members spent 407 hours hand quilting.

The quilt require a total of 668 hours to complete all piecing, appliqué, embroidery, quilting and finishing.

Materials
100% cotton fabric and Quilter’s Dream Wool batting.

Techniques
Paper-piecing, appliqué, and hand quilting.

Raffle Winner
Susan Pilieri, who gifted the quilt to Raynell’s daughter Shirley.

2019 Viewer's Choice Winners

Best of Show
“In the Mist on Rainy Pass” by Shirley Lewis-Stolen

Creative Item
“Beaded Dragon Vest” by Cynthia Bane Mammon

“Bee” Challenge
“A Closer Look” by Janelle Pena

Pass the Envelope Challenge
“Cousin Lizzie” by Phyllis Nishimori

2019 Judged Winners

Adult First Quilt
1st Place – “Oma and Opa’s Sunshine Angel” by Gwen Ehrlich
2nd Place – “2018 Mystery Quilt Project” by Cathy Sargent

Appliqué
1st Place – “Be Ribboned Wreaths” by Cynthia Bane Mammon
2nd Place – “Bug-A-Lot” by Cindy Greco

Creative Item
1st Place – “Garden Flowers Purse” by Dale Wolfe
2nd Place – “Beaded Dragon Vest” by Cynthia Bane Mammon

Hand Quilted
1st Place – “Angel’s Trumpet” by Cindy Greco
2nd Place – “Lattice Star” by Elizabeth Huff

Machine Quilted
1st Place – “Christmas Morning Delight” by Holly Oddson
2nd Place – “Crayons” by Barbara Beil

Mixed Techniques
1st Place – “The Whole Hive” by Shirley Wilson
2nd Place – “In the Mist on Rainy Pass” by Shirley Lewis-Stolen

Original Design
1st Place – “Sea Horses Tie the Knot” by Valerie Sauban
2nd Place – “Queen Bee Aggie” by Phyllis Nishimori

Pieced
1st Place – “Big Red” by Jackie Seidell
2nd Place – “Cartwheel Costa Rica” by Ellie Conlie

2019 Featured Artist
“Elements” by Sandy Klopp

Sandy Klop

americanjane.com

Happy Holidays to all as we celebrate families, friends and the end of 2018.

As we end this year and prepare to start a new year in just a few weeks, it’s fun to reflect on what we accomplished in the past year and plan for the next:

Very successful Quilt Show with over 900 guests attending..

Opportunity Quilt raffle ticket sales of over $8,000.

Patriotic Quilts and Quilts to Share donated approximately 90 quilts and 168 quilted items to local charities. Good job!!!

Again if you have any quilted (or otherwise) items to donate to the Country Store, remember do it! Have you donated your yard of fabric to the Country Store?

Please join us at our Holiday Social on December 17 with some finger food to share.

If you want to donate to the Food Bank, make your check payable to Contra Costa Food Bank.

There will be envelopes and a box at the December meeting. This is in addition to the Guild’s donation.

Remember this newsletter is for December and January combined. No newsletter in January. We will have Show and Tell at the December meeting but blocks (exchange and BOM) are due in January.

We function better when we all pitch in. If you would like to help in some way, please contact a board member or me. Guild things are going smoothly (but we can always use volunteers) and hopefully we’ll see you at the December social.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

Welcome to the holiday season! If you are making small quilted items for gifts, make an extra one for the Country Store. Make it your present to the Country Store.

One more name to add to the list of member quilters for hire: Luann Hirsch, cell 925-451- 3373. She is a long arm quilter. This list will be on our website in the next month.

You can still fill out a Secret Quilter Pal form and turn in at the November meeting. Remember if you put a form in the bag, you need to take a form out. Gifts will be exchanged at the December social. The Secret Quilter form is on the website under the October meeting information.

Your board decided to make our annual Holiday donation to the Contra Costa Food Bank. There will be envelopes available at the November and December meeting if you wish to make a separate donation. Let’s help make sure that no one goes hungry this holiday season.

Happy quilting and see you on November 19th .

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

Congratulations to Louise Tanno whose Golden Gate Bridge quilt will be displayed at PIQF. Check it out when you are at PIQF.

Remember to bring your filled out Secret Quilter Pal form to the October general meeting. There will be blank forms available that night also.

Our Opportunity Quilt, Raynell’s Beautiful Bees, had its first showing at Alden Lane Show on Sep- tember 22 and 23. It was well received particular- ly by bee lovers!

Below is the list of quilters in our Guild who will quilt by check. Feel free to call if you want to use their services.

Carmen Franklin 925-756-7067
I do longarm quilting for clients and for donations. Heirloom, Custom, Edge to Edge. From King size to table toppers. I take checks, PayPal or Cash. I do charge sales Tax. Clients can provide their batting or I can I provide it. Please call with size of top. Cost per inch.

Ann Hoeft 925-963-9331
[email protected]

Dianne Slattery 925-300-6346
[email protected]

Donna Weed 925-726-6321
Antioch, CA

See you at the October general meeting. Enjoy the cooler weather of October.

Becky Styles
President 2017-201

Reminder if you want to be on the machine quilting resource list for the guild let me know. The idea is for members to know who in the Guild does quilting for hire. So far I have four names. I’m sure there must be more of you how there. Let me know if you’re interested.

We will be doing the Secret Pal Quilter again this year with a couple of changes. The forms to sign up will be available in September (and October if you can’t make the September meeting). You can bring the form back to the October meeting and draw a name for your Secret Quilter. We will do only one gift this year. The gift will be given out at the December social meeting and your Secret Quilter will be revealed. This is optional.  [Click for Link to the Secret Pal Form] 

Hope you are thinking about what quilt(s) you want to put in the Quilt Show. It will be here before we know it.

Also looking into the future, believe it or not, this spring we need to start working on the 2021 Opportunity Quilt. If you would be interested in coordinating this event, please let me know.

Have a good September.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

Happy August to you! A couple of things need your attention.

The Jenny Lyon free motion quilting class on September 18th needs people to make it a go. I took her class when she was here last time and it is well worth the money. Send a $65 check to the treasurer (Eileen Limberg) to save your spot and let Nancy Van Meter know you are enrolled.

Second thing is the Country Store is in need of fabric. The last few years they have not needed fabric because of estate donations. Fortunately, no one has died with a big stash!! So I’m asking each member to donate 1 yard of fabric (could be 2 half yard pieces) to the County Store. It is needed now so there is plenty of time to process it. Bring it to a meeting or put it in the box under the table at the Farmhouse. Thanks in advance.

Thanks to Dale Wolfe and Julia Nakao who made 70 Perkiomen blocks that were sent to the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild to assist the victims of the Thomas fire.

Plan on coming to the August 20 meeting to watch four demonstrations of different techniques. In addition, it is our summer social meeting. Hope to see you there!

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

Welcome to our new fiscal year. I look forward to serving as your President for another year. My goal is that we have fun participating in guild activities. Remember we are a volunteer organization. Please make sure you do your part when asked.
Along that line, Joan Reed has agreed to be our Parliamentarian for another year. Thank you, Joan.
The Guild recently received compliments on our friendliness from two visiting opportunity guilds and Nancy Brown, a speaker. Keep up the good smiles and being friendly.
We had a good turnout for our Open House for new members on June 30. Hopefully you were able to attend. It’s a way for new members to learn about what we do at the Farmhouse. By the way, it’s called the Farmhouse because the room is in the County Farm Bureau building by St. Bonaventure Catholic Church.
Summer has finally arrived! As you make your summer quilting plans, remember to consider the Guild workshops on the third Saturday of the month. The dates are on the website.
See you at the July meeting.
Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

The weather can’t decide whether it’s fall or summer but we keep quilting regardless of the temperature!

As a group, you are very generous The Country Store donation sale raised $830 for the Guild. Thanks for a great job, Mary  Stockler!

On June 30, we’ll host an Open House at the Farmhouse from 10-12 for new members. Of course all members are welcome to come meet the new members. Join us in the fun!

At the June meeting we’ll be installing the three new officers: Nancy Van Meter [2nd Vice President], Melissa Gerber [Recording Secretary], and Eileen Limberg [Treasurer]. We’ll also say thank you to Terry McNally, Donna Brooks, and Jill Orr for their service to the Guild.

Don’t forget to send in your membership application if you haven’t already. Applications are on the Website and at the Farmhouse. Remember dues are to be paid by July 1 to be included in the membership directory.

See you at the June meeting.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

Hope you are enjoying spring finally!

There is a nice article about our Guild in the Contra Costa Marketplace publication. The link to read the article is marketplacecontracosta.com. When I checked, the May issue was not online yet. Warning there are many pages of advertisements and our article is on p. 54. There is a printout of the article at the Farmhouse.

Definitely plan on coming to the May meeting. Besides Nancy Brown being our speaker, we will be voting on the bylaws, election of officers, and the budget for 2018-19. The bylaws were included in the April newsletter and the budget for 2018-19 is included in this newsletter. Your vote is needed for all these items.

The membership application form is included in this newsletter and on the website. Remember dues are due by the end of June. Send your $30 in during May and get that task checked off your list.

See you at the May meeting.

Becky Styles

President 2017-2019

The Quilt Show is just a week away. Hope to see all of you there. Thank you to all who have signed up to work and have entered quilts. It should be a great show!

The nominating committee found three great volunteers for the office vacancies coming up. Melissa Gerber will run for recording secretary; Nancy Van Meter will run for 2nd vice president; and Eileen Limberg will run for treasurer. Elections will be at the May meeting.

If you have any experience with hand quilting, even if limited, the hand quilters need you. The hand quilters are dwindling in numbers and we’re known for our hand quilted quilts. Please contact Dianne Slattery if you think you can help.

Remember GQCCC is only as strong as the weakest member, so please step up to be a strong member.

See you at the Quilt Show.
Becky Styles

President 2017-2019

Hi Everyone

It’s time to get ready for the Quilt Show. April is just around the corner!

At the March meeting, all Board members and Quilt Show Committee chairs will be wearing their Guild aprons. If you have a question, just ask a person with an apron. If you are volunteering to work at the Quilt Show, you need to be wearing an apron. The apron should be a neutral beige color (natural color) with a weathervane block. There are three versions of the pattern on our website (Under Quilt show — Volunteer Opportunities). In addition if you want to buy a block already made, Valleria Furtado sells weathervane blocks at the Guild meeting.

By the way, there are still volunteer positions open for the Quilt Show. If you haven’t signed up, please do so at the March meeting.

Raynell Coleman’s quilting supplies are in the Farmhouse (plus another donation) for you to take what you want. Whatever is left after March 9, will be disposed of in one way or another.

As a Guild, we made 79 blocks that Dale Wolfe sent to the Ventura Quilt Guild for the Thomas fire victims. Thanks to all of you that made blocks. You can still make blocks and bring to the March meeting.

Make sure your Quilt Show entries are in by March 12.   Happy Quilting!

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

Hi Everyone

It is a new year and we have a lot of quilting ahead of us.

Erica Riekki has stepped forward to take over the position of Farmhouse Manager. If you want to know anything about the Farmhouse, call Erica. Thank you, Erica.

Please remember to make one (or many more) blocks for the Thomas Fire Victims. There’s an article from Dale Wolfe with more information in this newsletter. It’s an easy block. Let’s see how many we can produce for the fire victims.

Remember the Quilt Show is just two and half months away. Hopefully you’re working on your entry for show. Also remember to volunteer to help work the show. All hands on deck for a great show!

After many years, Ellen Heathcote is stepping down as Patriotic Chair after the Quilt Show. If you have an interest in this area, please talk to Ellen.

In addition, we will have three board positions up for election in May. The treasurer, second vice-president, and recording secretary positions are available. We have procedure manuals for the positions and the outgoing officers are willing to help with the transition. We also need people to help nominate good qualified people for these positions. This is really two-pronged request: if you are interested in any of these positions or helping with nominations, please contact me. Or least don’t say no when I call you!!

Stay dry during the rain and keep on quilting.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

Detail from 2018 Opportunity Quilt
Tile Tango

April 7 and 8, 2018

For highlights of the show, click on the links below.

Quilt Show Chairs: Mary Pimentel-Wheeler and Jill Orr

2018 Opportunity Quilt

Tile Tango

66″ X 66″

At the first meeting of the Design/Assembly team we looked at various pattern ideas and then surfed the web. Jackie suggested one of her favorite designers, Becky Goldsmith, so we went to her website. When the picture for “Tile Tango” came up there was a little gasp from each of us and the search ended… we had found our quilt! We decided to stay with the blues and purples that the designer had used. We put a call out to guild members for fabrics and received such a good response that we only needed to purchase the white background, blue polka dot and backing fabric. The quilt was lovingly hand quilted for many months before “traveling” to numerous other guild meetings to sell tickets.

Opportunity Quilt Chair
Monica Kaseman

Pattern Information
From a quilt featured in the book “The Quilter’s Practical Guide To Color” by Becky Goldsmith. Permission for use of the design granted by the author.

Design/Fabric Selection/Assembly
Valerie Sauban, Jackie Seidell, Dale Wolfe, Tammy Zanella

Hand Appliqué
Joan Beall, Margaret Bender, Maryann Bowers, Sandy Butner, Kathy Callahan, Cindy Greco, Monica Kaseman, Sharon Mazanec, Audrey McInerney, Claire McIvor, Jill Orr, Jackie Seidell, Reba Siero, Beverly Spurs, Louise Tanno, Tammy Zanella

The quilt required 197 hours to hand appliqué.

Hand Quilting
Raynell Coleman, Pat De Rushia, Heide Dressler, Ranny Frank, Eva Lee, Marian Wohlfrom

The quilt required 266 hours to hand quilt.

Label
Monica Kaseman

Materials
100% cotton fabric and Quilter’s Dream Wool batting.

Techniques
Hand quilted and hand appliquéd

Raffle Winner
Kate Ahearn

2018 Viewer's Choice Winners

Best of Show
“Baskets” by Jackie Seidell

Creative Item
“Asymmetrical” by Michelle Bogovich

Pass the Envelope Challenge
“Balance” by Valerie Sauban

“Polka Dotty” Challenge
“Henrietta” by Phyllis Nishimori

2018 Judged Winners

Adult First Quilt
1st Place – “My First Quilt” by Kelly Doidge
2nd Place – “Trip Around the Sun” by Jeff Slattery

Appliqué
1st Place – “Baltimore Autumn” by Cindy Greco
2nd Place – “Sweet Tweets” by Cynthia Bane Mammon

Creative Item
1st Place – “Handkerchief Cushion” by Beverley Spurs
2nd Place – “Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down” by Kitty Nowack

Hand Quilted
1st Place – “Ginger Jars” by Beverly Spurs
2nd Place – “How the Elephant Got Its Trunk” by Louise Follett

Machine Quilted
1st Place – “Raindrops” by Bobbie Whitlock
2nd Place – “Heritage” by Cindy Greco

Mixed
1st Place – “Baskets” by Jackie Seidell
2nd Place – “French Doors” by Bobbie Whitlock

Original Design
1st Place – “Mouse Trap” by Joan Barker
2nd Place – “Golden Gate Bridge” by Louise Tanno

Pieced
1st Place – “Eyes Wide Open” by Loretta Jones
2nd Place – “Fractured Dresden Plate” by Ellie Conley

2018 Featured Artist

Hi Everyone

Tis the season to be jolly! Please join us at the December 18 meeting for a holiday social gathering. We’ll have singing entertainment, fun and games, food. Bring finger food to share.

Your Secret Quilter will be revealed at the December meeting. There apparently was some confusion concerning my comments about a thank you note or gift for whoever has your name. It’s your choice but I think at least a thank you note would be appropriate.

If you want to make a personal donation to our Christmas charity choice, please make your check out to the Elderly Wish Foundation. There will be an envelope at the sign in table at the December meeting.

Patsy Ronat has agreed to be the Traveling Opportunity Quilt chair for the 2019 quilt. Thank you, Patsy, for volunteering.

I know it seems a long way off but we do need a chair to design and coordinate the 2020 (yes, 2020!). If you have some good ideas or would be interested in helping, please let me know.

Here’s to a very happy holiday season to all of you.

Becky Styles

President 2017-2019

Welcome to the month of November. I missed the October meeting because I was on vacation on a New England cruise from New York City to Quebec. Beautiful countryside and so different than the California landscape.

Congratulations to Betty Berg for having her beautiful quilt included in the just-released C&T book, “One- Block Wonders of the World,” by M. Rosenthal & L. Bardes. They even included her photo! So nice to have one of our talented members recognized in print. Hurray, Betty!

We were informed that we cannot make blood donations in Raynell’s name at the local blood banks. However, please know that any donation you make helps someone in need of life-saving blood. While your donation cannot be designated for Raynell directly, it does help to replenish the stock of blood that is being used up for her treatments, and is greatly appreciated. Please consider donating blood even if it can’t be done in the way we want it.

The 2018 Quilt Show is just around the corner. The Country Store is looking for hand crafted items to be donated. The Country Store has plenty of fabric but any cute item that makes the CS look like a fancy boutique is always helpful and appreciated.

The board decided the Guild’s annual Christmas donation will be to the Elderly Wish Foundation. Their mission is to grant wishes to seniors, 50 years and older, who have a life-threatening or chronic illness in Contra Costa County. The website is https:// www.elderlywish.org. We will be collecting donations from members at the November and December meetings, and the Guild will make a $250 donation to the foundation. If you wish to donate, please make the check out to “An Elderly Wish Foundation,” and place it in the box at the Sign In table at our next general meetings.

Have a fun month and if you wish, get sewing on all those cute items for the Country Store.
Becky Styles

President 2017-2019

A big thank you to Monica Kaseman and the 24 Guild members who sold tickets at Alden Lane last weekend. Everyone had fun and we made a lot of money for the Opportunity Quilt.

If anyone would like to help schedule the showing of the 2019 Opportunity Quilt, Monica has lots of good notes to help you do this job. Please contact Dianne Slattery or me if you have an inkling to help.

Enjoy the meetings and take advantage of all the Guild has to offer members.

Don’t forget your Secret Pal Quilter gift for the October meeting.

If you haven’t picked up your directory and Guild card, please do so at the October general meeting. See you there October 16, 2017.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

First, a huge thank you to our five demonstrators (Kathy Callahan, Birgit Knuth, Phyllis Nishimori, Mary Pimentel-Wheeler, and Mary Stockler) at the August meeting. It was a great way to learn new techniques. Don’t miss this meeting next year!

Linda Darnsteadt, a Guild member, had a photo of her “Cabins at the Lake” quilt in the Fons and Porter’s “Love of Quilting” July/ August 2017 magazine in the Sew & Tell section. Congratulations on the recognition.

Also in Mary Fons’ latest blog, our Guild was actually mentioned, The Quilt Scout: In Praise of Guilds! Here’s the link: https://www.maryfons.com/2017/07/quilt-scout-praise-guilds.

For those of you who missed it, you can still participate in the Secret Quilter program at the September general meeting. Fill out the form, put it in the red and white bag, and at the end of the meeting, take a form out. At the August meeting, someone put one in but forgot to take a form because there was one left. Get it in September if you put a form in but do not have one now.

The board has decided to change the format of the meetings between now and the new year to see how it works. Show and Tell, book raffle, and door prizes will be done with announcements before the speaker. Remember to keep these things as brief as possible. This helps those members with transportation problems and everybody can concentrate on the speaker.

Also if you are thinking about going to the Road to California in January in Ontario, California, put your name on a card at the sign in table at the September meeting. We have two tickets to the show which were given to the Guild. We will have a raffle for these tickets.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

Hope you are enjoying this hot weather; I definitely am not enjoying it!! I like 80 better than 100!

The incorporation papers have been filed with the State of California and now we wait for the next step. I’ll keep you posted.

Be sure to come to the August meeting to learn some new techniques demonstrated by our members and do some socializing.

The board has decided to change the website (https://www.gqccc.org/members-only) password every year to protect the Guild’s internal information. In the near future, you will receive an email blast with the new password for the coming year. Once you enter this password, you’re good to go. Only has to be entered once. Watch out for this email so you don’t miss out on important information (like board minutes, treasurer’s reports, upcoming quilt shows, etc.). If for some reason you haven’t received it by September 1, check with Kathy Callahan, Jill Orr, or me to get the password.

Also in August there will be a Secret Quilter questionnaire. If you chose to participate, you fill out the form and put it in the basket. At the end of the meeting, take a form out of the basket (make sure it’s not your own form). This person will be your Secret Quilter. Each month from September through December, you will bring a present for your quilter. The present will have the name of your Secret Quilter on it and you will put it in a brown paper bag with no name. During the meeting the presents will be taken out of the bags. At the end of the meeting, you pick up your present. It is all explained in the form. This a fun thing in which to participate.

There have been some changes. Lee Zahn, Workshop Chair, is moving to Boise, Idaho. We’re sorry to see her go and appreciate her work. She found her own replacement, Diane Slattery. Diane will do a great job, also.

Maryann Carroll-Moser has agreed to schedule visiting guilds and their opportunity quilts. Thank you, Maryann.

If you want to help do something, just let us know. Remember we are a volunteer organization. Any questions call me, 672-6845.

See you at the August general meeting, August 21, 2017.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019

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Welcome to our new fiscal year. I look forward to serving as your President for the next two years. My goal is that we have fun participating in guild activities. Re-member we are a volunteer organization. Please make sure you do your part when asked.

At the July meeting there will be a vote on changing our organization from a nonprofit association to a non-profit corporation. In researching liability insurance for venues which we needed insurance, it was discovered that we could not get liability insurance to protect the officers and the guild if we were ever sued because we were not incorporated.

In October 2016 the board approved the incorporation process. An attorney has been hired to file all the paperwork and guide us through this process. This vote will be in July. An email blast will go out with more information.

Also plan on coming to the August meeting to learn a variety of new techniques demonstrated by our members. The Secret Pal Quilter activity will be introduced at this meeting, also.

See you at the July meeting.

Becky Styles
President 2017-2019