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.

Crib Size Batting
Piece of Batting 35” x 50”
4 pieces @ 1” x 40 ish”12 jelly roll strips
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
2 @ 1/3 yd. fabric for pocketsBasic sewing/quilting suppliesThread for machine quilting


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.


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. 


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
3 Zippers (4 yards plus pulls)
Foam core or heavy card board

Register for the workshop at here.

Kate Colleran
Kate Colleran


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
•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.


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


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 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


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


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” 


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


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.


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.


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/

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.

• 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.
• 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

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.

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.

FINISHED SIZE: 55″ x 55″


• 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


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.


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/

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. 

The workshop is based on techniques presented in “Cut-Loose Quilts” by Jan Mullen (C&T Publishing, 2001), specifically the chapter called “Mainly Logz.” 

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.


• 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.


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/

Saturday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 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

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

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

The Christmas garland 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.

Register for the workshop here.


Julia Fiske

Julia Fikse’s one hour 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 https://quilt.ninja/

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!

Register for the workshop here.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Thank you for participating in the creation of this beautiful butterfly quilt for me.

I love the bright colored patterned fabric used to make the butterflies and the great quilting using the colorful variegated thread and the great nature motif of flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, and bees. All these images of nature are perfect for me.

I was so touched to receive this lovely quilt and greatly appreciative of all the work that went into making it.

Thank you so much.

Yesterday’s thank you for my beautiful butterfly quilt was to all the wonderful members of this guild, and the lovely butterfly blocks that were made.  Today is a special thank you to a few individuals:

Tammy Zanella orchestrated the entire quilt making enterprise and prepared quilt block patterns for distribution.  Along with Monica Kaseman, Valerie Sauban and Jackie Seidell, a pattern was chosen and the four of them designed the layout and sewed it all together.  A close up of the quilt highlights the interesting offset sashing arrangement that gives the illusion of butterflies flying around the quilt.

Bobbie Whitlock, quilter extraordinaire, quilted the quilt with a lovely nature pattern of butterflies, bees, dragonflies and flowers and various sizes of bubbles in the border.  The brightly colored variegated thread makes these images pop.

We have all come together around our love of quilting, making friends, learning from each other and having a good time.  The last four years of being an elected officer of the guild has been very rewarding for me, and the best part has been getting to know our members and participating in all the activities.  Thank you all for a super time!

Dale Wolfe

Our May general meeting was busy as the guild’s new slate of executive officers was voted in for the 2017- 2019 term: President Becky Styles, 1st VP Mary Pimentel-Wheeler, Membership Reba Siero, and Corresponding Secretary Karen Morones. Terry McNally will complete the second year of the Recording Secretary 2016-2018 term. This means that Joan Reed, Koni Collins, Julia Nakao and I will be retiring.

Ann Shaw, our May guest speaker, gave a wonderful program as she displayed and discussed her beautiful quilts, which she had designed and sewn using Ruth McDowell techniques. Ann also taught a class the next day, teaching 20 happy members how to create one of her Chicken Challenge creatures. Now our 2018 Quilt Show can feature a Chicken Challenge Exhibit, so get those creatures ready for display!

We have some great programs and workshops coming up over the next few months, so be sure to keep up to date on all the happenings, through our newsletters and our guild website, www.gqccc.org.

As our fiscal year comes to a close, it is time to thank all of you for your generous donations of quilts and other quilted items, fabric and notions, that have enriched our philanthropic programs of Quilts to Share and Patriotic Quilts, and for our Country Store. Your time, talents and kind natures make this guild so special, so please be sure to thank yourself, too.

With summer coming up, vacations, travel and lots of quilting fun are on the horizon, so have a great time. Like most of you, my piles of UFOs are calling me, and hopefully some finished quilts will be ready to give away come September.

Dale Wolfe
President 2015-2017

Spring seems to have finally arrived in time for us to relax and check out some of the many guild quilt shows in the San Francisco surround.   Seeing quilts from other guilds can widen our experiences as we see their quilt patterns on display, their challenges, vendors and guest speakers, all of which can provide more inspiration to us in our quilting lives.  So many ideas out there, new patterns, new techniques and so many paths to follow.

The next three months of general meetings are filled with wonderful speakers to enjoy, each with their own view of quilting to share with us, so be sure not to miss our future general meetings.  Our talented, skilled and generous members continue to teach new techniques in the third Saturday member led workshops, so be sure to check out the long list of offerings in this newsletter and sign up early.

In August, the meeting will be full of member led demonstrations on many techniques and aspects of quilting, which is a nice way of receiving a short introduction to these different techniques, making it easier for each of us to select the next new thing we would like to try.

Our fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th, so be sure to renew prior to June 30th.  Guild membership renewal forms can be found at general meetings, in the Farmhouse and on the website – gqccc.org.   I like to renew early so I can be sure to be included in the new membership directory and to receive my membership card.  Don’t forget that having a membership card in the guild also means discounts at many quilt stores that we like to frequent, so renew now so there will be no “discounts interruptus” to mar your shopping experience.

See you at the general meeting on Monday May 15th.   Ann Shaw will show all her beautiful quilts that she has created using, world famous and now retired, Ruth McDowell techniques.  Twenty lucky guild members will be taking a class with Ann so that they can learn these special techniques on the day after the meeting.

This will be a great year!

Dale Wolfe
President 2015-2017

Our 2017 Quilt Show last weekend was so beautiful.  All of the teams worked together to create a lovely viewing of our quilts.  Many positive comments have been received regarding the new layout for our quilt frames, with pauses in each row and two new Guest Resting Areas.

This year our guild was especially fortunate to have Nancy S Brown as our Guest Artist.  Nancy’s quilts, with animals as her specialty, were enjoyed by our members and guests, as was her daily presentation at 1pm, on both Saturday and Sunday.

Both previous vendors and new ones joined our quilt show this year, with lots of great fabrics, tools, books, patterns, design walls, jewelry, comfortable shoes AND also a vendor who makes delicious Dark Chocolates!  I think that all of us probably tasted those chocolates, maybe several times.   And, as always, our Country Store was both robust and successful!

We welcome new members who joined during the quilt show and are so glad that you will travel with us along our journey of inspiration, learning and fun.   The future holds many great guest speakers, member led workshops, and opportunities to sew for a cause, making quilts, pillow cases, wheelchair bags and more.   Both of our outreach groups, Quilts to Share and Patriotic Quilts, have kits available at our general meetings, to check out and sew and return the next month.

Now that spring is here, and summer is on the way, there are lots of quilt shows in the coming months, to further inspire you.

See you at the April general meeting.  And let’s get quilting!

Dale Wolfe
President 2015-2017

Yes, it is that time again! QUILT SHOW is only a few weeks away! By now you have turned in your Quilt Entry Forms and have signed up for some volunteer time slots for before, during, and/or after the Quilt Show. Please be sure to block off time for you to see all the quilts and visit the guild’s Country Store and our wonderful vendors, too, okay? We can all breathe in some inspiration as we enjoy seeing each others’ quilts.

Our March General Meeting on MONDAY, March 20, will be very special. Following the business portion of the meeting, a guild member, Bobbi Whitefield, will award a Quilt of Honor to a young man who is a neighbor and was injured during his deployment to the Middle East. His family members will be joining us for the meeting, too, to witness the ceremony.

For our program, Julie Silber, a world-renowned quilt expert, will be our guest speaker. After the program, there will be the great unveiling of both the HAWAII Challenge and the FABRIC TELEPHONE/PASS THE ENVELOPE Challenge. So it will be a full evening. PLUS Show & Tell and then lots of Door Prizes. Volunteer signups, too. So see you then!

 Dale Wolfe, GQCCC President 2015-2017

I am sorry to report that Jennie Rayment, our scheduled guest speaker for this month, will not be able to come. Jennie was coming from Great Britain to speak at our general meeting this month and to teach a two day class for our members. Unfortunately, not enough members signed up for the class, so it had to be cancelled. As it was not financially feasible for Jennie to come all that way, just to give a one hour presentation, her trunk show also had to be cancelled.

Lucky for our guild, our 2nd Vice President, Donna Brooks, jumped into action and found a wonderful guest speaker to replace Jennie. Sandra Mollons will be coming to our guild instead.

February brings us Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Black History month, and our preparation for the April Quilt Show. As individuals, we are busy preparing our quilts to enter into the show, and as a guild, we are busy preparing to host the Quilt Show.

Our guild provides great guest speakers, guest speaker classes, a nice venue, a Farmhouse for mini groups and member led workshops, and outreach opportunities, but these great benefits are only possible through our member-ship fees, Opportunity Quilt tickets sales and our Quilt Show. Please support our guild with Country Store donations and volunteer opportunities at the Quilt Show. We have a lot of fun as we work together.

So it is time to get our weathervane block apron out, and ready it for wearing during the Quilt Show. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s quilts that will be entered into our quilt show. The excitement begins!

Dale Wolfe

2015-2017 President

As another year comes to an end, it is nice to look back at all that our guild has accomplished. Our philanthropic teams, Quilts to Share and Patriotic, have stayed busy all year, making kits for our members to complete, accepting quilts and items that our members make with their own stash, and delivering these items to a number of 501 (c)3 nonprofit groups who distribute them to those in need.

As guild members we have enjoyed great guest speakers, classes, workshops and every day mini groups in our wonderful Farmhouse.

Now we are ending the year in a holiday celebration at our December meeting, with fabric and word games and a little surprise entertainment, with plenty of time to visit with other members and just relax, too. Please bring a finger-food style savory or sweet to share, (7) 5 1/2 inch fabric squares, and a pencil. You may also bring a check made out to STAND! For Families Free of Violence, and it will be forwarded along with the Guild’s donation.

Once the holidays are over we will turn our attention to the quilt show and the nominating committee, so be thinking about how you would like to help this year. Of course, your lovely quilts will be needed to display in the quilt show. As our November guest speaker, Jan Soules, gave us lots of ideas of how to finish our borders to enhance the beauty of our quilts, they are sure to be better than ever.

Each month our newsletter lists many activities to join in, so please take advantage of all the guild has to offer and contact the name listed, with any questions you might have. Opportunity Quilt Chair for 2019 is ready to be filled as are the five positions on the Nominating Committee. Elections will come up this spring to fill President, 1st Vice President, Membership Chair and Corresponding Secretary, duties of which are listed in the bylaws, so see if these responsibilities fit into your life. They can also bring a lot of fun and new friends for you.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season with family and friends and a happy new year!


Dale Wolfe, President, 2015-2017

After enjoying so many beautiful quilts at Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in October, I have enough inspiration to last me for many months to come. YES! I realize that I say this every year but it is still true!

Jan Soules, our November guest speaker, will present a trunk show of her award-winning quilts and describe how to make super borders to increase your quilt’s impact. This kind of information could come in very handy when you are stitching your quilt en-tries for our annual quilt show in April 2017, so please be sure to attend our general meeting.

Exciting News! Next year, our guild will be welcoming Jennie Rayment, the Calico Queen from England, to give a trunk show (always surprising!) and teaching a two day class, in February 2017. Read more in this newsletter.

Other ways to participate in the quilt show, are to join one of our two challenges: Challenge Hawaii and Fabric Telephone. They are always good for a fun time as you plan your entry.

There are lots of ways to become more active in the guild. Lots of tasks to be done. But when I say “become more active in the guild” I really mean “make more friends.” I didn’t start getting to know people and making friends, until I became involved in the work of the guild. Then I started meeting people and making connections, in workshops, selling tickets, cooking for the homeless. We don’t become friends because we are all sitting in the same room listening to the same speaker. We become friends as we work together, doing something we enjoy, laughing, talking together. The work is just the excuse to get together. So please dive in and have a good time!

Dale Wolfe, President, 2015-2017

With all the warm weather it is hard to believe it is October already. This is the time of year for planning and sewing for holiday giving. I am busy cutting fabric and making up kits for each of my planned projects for the season. It takes a little extra time up front, but when I do have stitching time, I can sew like gangbusters on my sewing machine and fly through some projects.
What do you have planned this month? Pacific International Quilt Show (PIQF) is open to the public from Thursday October 13th through Sunday October 16th. Kaffe Fassett is giving an hour lecture on Thurs-day afternoon around 4:30 PM. That should be some-thing to see with all his lovely fabrics. I expect that his lecture should be great, too. Lots of interesting vendors are normally at PIQF, so there are always things to see after you are totally saturated with looking at quilts. Hard to believe, but it does happen!
Although our quilt show is in April, it really takes a large committee and many moons to prepare for it, so we had our kick off meeting Saturday morning. We are still short a few Chairs: Demonstrations, Treasurer, and Vendors. So please see if you can volunteer. “Many hands make light work.” John Heywood.
While you are working on your holiday giving projects, please consider making some extra ones to donate to Country Store as they are requesting Boutique items for the Quilt Show this year.
Maybe most important of all – QUILT! We need more of your lovely quilts to hang in our 2017 Quilt Show. Check out the categories, and start creating a lovely quilt to enter. Or join one of our two challenges for the show: The Challenge (Hawaii) and Fabric Tele-phone. Beverly Spurs is Chair of The Challenge and Kathy Callahan is Chair of Fabric Telephone. Both of these talented and creative quilters will help you get inspired to try something new.
So “HAPPY QUILTING TO YOU!” (Sung to the tune of “Happy Birthday”.)
Dale Wolfe, GQCCC President 2015-2017

Thanks so much to all of you who participated in our Sew In at the August general meeting. Both of our philanthropic groups, Quilts to Share and Patriotic, went all out getting ready for the event and were well prepared for our sewing members! A good time was had by all of our stitchers, as we sewed for those in need.

Now that fall is upon us, our Quilt Show Committee is gearing up for the 2017 Quilt Show. The income from the Quilt Show pays for our largest expense each year, the Farmhouse, where we hold mini quilt groups, member led workshops, board meetings, and our library of 1200 great quilt-related books. We also use this income to pay for our general meeting venue at Centre Concord and our wonderful guest speakers. So it is important to have lots of volunteers involved in this venture. Remember that the energy flows when we all work together!

The Nominating Committee, led by Maryann Carroll Moser, will be contacting you about the openings available on our guild teams. The Nominating Committee needs new members, too! Annual elections in May 2017 will be an odd year election for President, 1st Vice President, Corresponding Secretary and Membership Chair. So read the Bylaws to learn what each position is responsible for so you can volunteer to be the next President, or 1st Vice President or Corresponding Secretary or Membership Chair. All of these positions lead to more guild involvement, more fun and more new friends.

Great guest speakers are scheduled for the months to come, so check out our fall programs and workshops in this newsletter and on our website at www.gqccc.org  for more information.

Let’s Quilt!

Dale Wolfe
President 2015 – 2017

How are you faring with the heat? I have been spending the late afternoons on my Bernina, as I sit under the ceiling fan turned on high. I hope that you, too, are finding a way to keep cool while sewing during these hot summer months.

August is the second month of our guild’s fiscal year. Come join us at our general meeting this month as we cut, sew, press, and do some handwork, to benefit our Outreach Groups: Quilts to Share and Patriotic Quilts. These teams have been working hard to prepare all the fabric for this fun evening. This is a great opportunity to visit with old friends, make new friends, and enjoy a treat or two along the way, while you sew for a cause.

For our new members, our Membership Chair is hosting a special Open House to help acquaint you with our Farmhouse and all the opportunities for fun and education there, so check out her article in this newsletter.

There are other volunteer opportunities coming up, too. Contact Ann Gimbel if you would like to sign up to take our Opportunity Quilt to another guild to sell tickets. It is a fun opportunity to meet other quilters and experience what other guild meetings are like. Another volunteer opportunity is as a member of the Nominating Committee which is responsible for vetting future guild officers and helping to fill board member slots. Contact Maryann Carrol Moser to get involved.

Don’t forget that membership renewal me is here. Renew by the August general meeting to avoid the late fee charge and ensure the receipt of your newsletter each month so you can continue to enjoy all the wonderful programs the guild has to offer. Also, using your valid membership card can get you extra discounts at many quilt stores, too.

In the meantime, until we meet again, please stay cool! It is way too hot out there for us delicate quilting flowers!

Dale Wolfe,
President 2015-2017

July begins another quilting year for our guild. Elections were held in May and our officers were installed in June. Three of our officers were elected for another term to continue in their even-year board positions for the next two years: 2nd VP Donna Brooks, Recording Secretary Julia Nakao and Treasurer Jill Orr. (Jill is also the Publicity Chair and Webmaster this last year.) Mary Pimentel-Wheeler was elected to complete the second year of the odd-year officers’ term. (Mary is also the Librarian.) A big thank you to each of them. Their willingness to serve is appreciated.

The board wishes to thank several of our members for their past service: Dianne Slattery for Tech Block of the Month; Valerie Sauban for her year as Parliamentarian; Tammy Zanella for her two year term as 2016 Opportunity Quilt Chair, working from the initial design, until it was raffled off at our Quilt Show this year in April; and Laura Mott who was our Recording Secretary and Workshop Chair concurrently, while also working for Quilts to Share, is now focusing on her work as Quilts to Share Chair. We all appreciate the work that you four have done with us.

Needless to say, there are always lots of opportunities for volunteering in all sorts of capacities, so when you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.

There are lots of quilting activities to look forward to in coming months, from our Sew-In in August, to Alden Lane Quilt Show in September and Pacific International Quilt Show in October, along with our wonderful guest speakers, member led workshops and guest speaker classes. Too many fun things to do are coming up soon!

It is also dues time again! Have you renewed for the coming year? If not, now is the me to do so, so that you will continue to receive our newsletter, be listed in the membership directory, and be able to enjoy the wonderful programs which our guild provides.

Dale Wolfe

President 2015-2017

What have you sewn lately? With no quilt show in the works, I had extra time to enjoy sewing a Quilts to Share child’s quilt kit yesterday. Very fun to see these cartoonish cats frolicking across the fabric. Our Outreach groups – Quilts to Share and Patriotic Quilts – have kits ready for us to check out at the general meetings each month to sew for someone in need. For our August Sew In, these two Outreach teams are busy preparing lots of kits for us to sew. It is always a good time when you can sew with others and talk about what we all love, QUILTING!

In the evenings, I like to do hand sewing: hand appliqué, English Paper Piecing and Silk Ribbon Embroidery are my favorites! (I do hand sew bindings, too, but that also means the sandwich is quilted, an infrequent event in my life.) A big benefit of being a guild member is the opportunity to try new techniques, in the Guest Speaker Classes and also in our Member Led Workshops. There are lots of opportunities for you to try a new technique and see how you like it.

This summer I will be signing up for some classes and workshops and I hope you join me. With Laura Fraga, improving my hand appliqué and learning about the Dear Jane quilt. With Judy Coates Perez, thermo fax screens, textile paint, paint sticks and more. With Jennifer Rapacki, fabric weaving, raw edge appliqué, trapunto and beading. And this is a very short list, as it does not include all the great Workshops that are being held this year that I’d like to take.

We always say, “a check ensures your place in a class or a workshop”. But there is a little more to that, as they do get cancelled if there are not enough signed up. (With guest speakers, classes contractually have to be cancelled a month before the date.). Although many of our classes and workshops are so popular that they fill up fast so do sign up early.

There is also something special planned for the New Members who joined at the quilt show, so stay tuned. Our Membership Chair is in charge so I cannot say a word!

Dale Wolfe President 2015-2017

Happy Spring!

With each passing season, more inspiration seems to pop up – tulips, iris, daffodils – all the lovely flowers of spring. So many ideas! So many paths to follow! Bring your inspired creations to share with us at Show and Tell at our general meetings.

Now that 2016 Quilt Show is over, we can relax and enjoy the wonderful line up of guest speakers for the remaining months in 2016, along with guest speaker classes and of course, our talented, skilled and generous members continue to teach new techniques in the member led workshops. Please check out the o offerings in this newsletter and sign up for classes and workshops with Jill Orr, our Treasurer.

Another fun activity is our August general meeting when we have a Sew In to support our Outreach Groups. Bring your sewing machine and sit down and sew precut projects. Sit next to a stranger and walk away at evening’s end, with a new friend. Really does work like that, too!

Our fiscal year runs from July 1st through June 30th, so membership renewals are due in July. Guild membership renewal forms can be found at general meetings, in the Farmhouse and on the website – gqccc.org. I like to renew early so I can be sure to be included in the new membership directory.

See you at the General Meeting on Monday, May 16th. Carol Van Zandt will show us how she de- signs fabrics from Doodles. Fun, eh?

Dale Wolfe
President 2015-2017

photo credit: GQCCC 2014 Opportunity Quilt “Springtime Bouquets”

It was a Blue Ribbon Day for Ann Gimbel yesterday at the GQCCC quilt show with First Place in the Hand Applique category and Viewer’s Choice Show Award! Congratulations Ann.

“My daughter Dana asked me to use her wedding invitation for her wedding quilt (Designed by Kelly Smith, Mint Chip Press).  She picked the fabric in 2010.  Techniques used were back-basted, reverse appliqué, and quilt as you go.  Finished March, 2016.”

Picture: Moulin Rouge by Dale Wolfe, 2016 Pass the Envelope Challenge. I was the second in my chain, following Kathy Callahan’s lovely hand appliqued Eiffel Tower. Of course, Moulin Rouge came to mind as a Can Can dancer is more recognizable than a red windmill. So …Voila! Oh La la.

Good evening, Quilting Friends,

What a great quilt show we had with so many wonderful quilts hung – a total of 207. Not one but two Special Exhibits this year. The rest was our Featured Artists: Ann Gimbel, Beverly Spurs, Jackie Seidell, Kathy Callahan in our ‘A Is For Appliqué Exhibit’. Their hand appliqué quilts were so lovely.

Our Life me Members Exhibit featured our members over 80 years old, and their quilts were beautiful. The fabric, patterns, and the colors may have changed, but the same great quilting techniques were used by: Barbara Abel, Margaret Bender, Karen Bray, Ro Catalano, Pat De Rushia, Ranny Frank, Lena Kolle, Karen Mahshi, Evelyn Phillips, Myrna Rutkas, Marian Wohlfrom.

Our Poppy Fields Forever Opportunity Quilt was won by Gerene Sayre, a former guild president, who has moved to Nevada and she was so tickled to receive this lovely hand appliqué quilt.

Best of Show went to Ann Gimbel, for Dana’s Wedding Quilt, and she was awarded a $100 gift certificate from The Cotton Patch by Linda Morris, manager.

Of course, there has not been me to prepare the final tallies for the quilt show, but preliminary figures show a lower attendance this year – just 722, or $7220, under our six year average of 870, which is a attributed to the newspapers not publishing our articles. The Opportunity Quilt brought in $6,643 and Country Store had $17,800 in sales, both of which were higher than recent years. More detailed information on will come as reports are completed.

A really big thank you to all the members of the Quilt Show Committee, who work all year in order to make this a successful show and a money maker for our guild. They are super! That said, we always have room for more volunteers, so join in, it is a lot of fun to work together and make more friends!

Dale Wolfe
President 2015-2017

Quilt Show, Quilt Show, Quilt Show!!

Dale Wolfe’s Important Dates to Remember:

Monday 3.14.16 – LAST DAY for Quilt Entry Forms to be accepted

Monday 3.21.16 – Guild General Meeting
– Volunteer Signups
– Country Store Donations

Wednesday 3.30.16 – Quilt Receiving & Consignment Receiving at the Farmhouse
DAY 10:00AM – 3:00 PM
EVENING 7:00PM – 9:00 PM

Thursday 3.31.16 – Quilt Receiving & Consignment Receiving at the Farmhouse
DAY 10:00AM – 3:00 PM

Friday 4.1.16 – Quilt Show Setup?- 12:00PM – 8:00PM

Make Sure to Invite and Bring Your Friends & Family to the Quilt Show

Link to Quilt Show

Saturday 4.2.16 – QuilShow is Open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM?
Take time to enjoy beautiful quilts that you –Our Members–have made!, pick up goodies at from our Vendors and GQCCC’s Country Store, last chance to buy raffle tickets for this year’s Opportunity Quilt, first chance to pick up tickets for next year’s Opportunity Quilt during the quilt’s “Sneak Peak” on the frame, and Vote! for your favorites in the Viewer’s Choice categories!

Sunday 4.3.16?  Quilt Show is Open 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Viewer’s Choice Winner’s are revealed and ribbons will be on the quilts all day.

TAKE DOWN ?4:00-5:00 PM
Quilt RETURNING – After ALL quilts have been taken down and accounted for.

Dale Wolfe
President 2015-2017

Good Morning, Quilting Friends!

We are back at Centre Concord for 2016, so please be sure to join us there for our general meetings, as many wonderful speakers have been engaged to inform, inspire and entertain us.

The first quarter of the year is a busy time for our guild with Quilt Show on our minds.   As individuals, we are busy preparing our quilts, so that we can enter them in the Quilt Show.   As a guild, we are busy preparing to host the Quilt Show.

As you know, our guild provides great guest speakers, guest speaker classes, a nice venue, a Farmhouse for mini groups, member led workshops, and outreach opportunities, but it is only possible through our membership fees, Opportunity Quilt tickets sales and our Quilt Show.  So please support our guild’s activities with your purchase of tickets, donations to Country Store and volunteering at the show.

Hundreds of Volunteer Time Slots need filling during the Quilt Show, so please sign up at the February and March general meetings.  And don’t forget your Apron with our Weathervane block on it.  Beverly’s has aprons for $5.00 and instructions for making the Weathervane Block are on gqccc.org under QUILT SHOW.

Getting involved and becoming more active by volunteering will greatly improve your guild experience.   As you know, when I say “become more active in the guild” I really mean “make more friends”.   We become friends as we work together, doing something we enjoy, laughing, talking together.  The work is just the excuse to get together.  So please volunteer for the Quilt Show and work with us so we can all become good friends.

Dale Wolfe 2015-2017

Quilt Show – Dale Wolfe’s Important Dates to Remember:

Tuesday        2.16.16  –  Guild General Meeting

– Quilt Photos taken for $1 each

– Quilt Entry Forms accepted

– Volunteer Signups

– Country Store Donations

Monday        3.14.16   –  LAST DAY for Quilt Entry Forms to be accepted

Monday        3.21.16   –  Guild General Meeting

– Volunteer Signups

– Country Store Donations

Wednesday  3.30.16   –  Quilt Receiving & Consignment Receiving at the Farmhouse

–  DAY 10:00AM – 3:00 PM   &  EVENING 7:00PM – 9:00 PM

Thursday      3.31.16   –  Quilt Receiving & Consignment Receiving at the Farmhouse

–  DAY 10:00AM – 3:00 PM

Friday            4.1.16    –   Quilt Show Setup

–  12:00PM – 8:00PM

Saturday        4.1.16   –   Quilt Show

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM   – Show is Open

Sunday          4.2.16   –   Quilt Show

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM    – Show closes at 4:00PM

4:00 PM  –  6:00 PM   –  Quilt Show TAKE DOWN

5:00 PM  Quilt RETURNING – After ALL quilts have been taken down and accounted for.

Happy New Year’s Everyone!

Our January meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 19, back at Centre Concord.

January is the beginning of a new year, and a busy time within our guild.

As quilters, we enjoy trunk shows by our wonderful guest speakers at our general meeting each month.

2016 schedule:

Jan – Nancy RitterJul   – Judy Coates-Perez
Feb – Lisa McKissickAug –  Outreach Sew In
Mar – Sandra BruceSep  –  Jennifer Repack
Apr  – Peggy MartinOct  –  Young-Min Lee
May – Yvonne PorcellaNov –  Jan Soules
Jun  –  Laura FragaDec –  Holiday Gathering

As quilters, we enjoy learning new ideas and techniques from our Guest Speaker Classes:

As quilters, we like to learn from our member taught workshops, too, and Laura Mott is working on 2016 lineup as we speak. So be sure to read the newsletter and the website for updates.

As quilters, we like to get together and quilt, too.  Mini groups meet mornings, afternoons and evenings, each day of the week at the Farmhouse and are open to all members.  Workshops are held here and our library with over 1200 books is available to our members .

Like any family, we must plan, budget and work for what we would like to do.  Our guild earns money through our annual Quilt Show, Opportunity Quit ticket sales and our membership fees.

April 2 and 3 are the days that this year’s Quilt Show is held.   But work has already begun.  The Quilt Show Committee had their first meeting in early October 2015 to start planning and organizing.   Each month until quilt show will be a busy one as the guild prepares for the big event.

Viewers Choice quilt entry categories have been increased to encourage more members to participate.  If this is your first adult quilt, there is a category; if you like making kits, there is a category; if you like doing your own design,  there is a category….We have a category for you!  So please enter the show this year. Personally, I would rather see one quilt from every member than 6-10 from one person.  All of us are doing something we love so let’s share with others by showing what we have done.

January General Meeting:

  1. Signups begin for the hundreds of volunteer positions that make our Quilt Show so successful.  Quilt Show committee members will be in Centre Concord Lobby at 6:15 pm so come early to sign up. Signups will continue at the February and March general meetings.
  2. March 14th is the last day that Quilt Entry Forms will be accepted.
  3. At both the January and February general meetings, a photographer will be available to take a photo of your quilt(s) to attach to the Quilt Show Entry form, for $1 per quilt, so bring your quilt to the meeting.
  4. Questions about entering a quilt?  Mary Pimentel-Wheeler will be there to assist.  March 14th is the last day that Quilt Entry Forms will be accepted.
  5. Country Store raises a lot of money for the guild each year.  Donations of fabric, quilt books, and tools are accepted at the January, February and March general meetings or contact Mary Stockler who is available to answer any questions.
  6. Pick up your Opportunity Quilt tickets and take care of that small task.
  7. Enjoy the Program – Our own Nancy Ritter is guest speaker and the Viewers’ Choice Winner at our quilt show for the last several years.
  8. Go home to bed.   Dream about the colors, patterns and textiles of fabric, the great variety of techniques in quilting, and the next quilt you are going to make!

Good night,

Dale Wolfe
President 2015-2017

Happy December, Quilting Friends!

We are so fortunate to have enjoyed another great year of guest speakers, classes, workshops, mini groups and more! Our generous guild members have made hundreds of quilts, and other items to give back to those in need in our community through Quilts to Share, and to our Veterans through Patriotic Quilts. We are blessed.

Our holiday gathering, on December 21 at Shadelands, will be very special this year. Denise Oyama Miller, of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), will be bringing a traveling interactive art quilt exhibit for her presentation. We will work, in smaller groups, with the lovely art quilts that Denise has brought, as we touch, talk, evaluate, share ideas, receive inspiration and conjure up lots of lovely things to do in the future! Please bring a savory or a sweet to share. We are repeating the fun game we played last year, so if you would like to join in this rousing play, please bring seven (7) – 5” 1/2″ squares.

Each year the guild’s biggest expenses are the rent for the Farmhouse, (where mini groups, workshops, and board meetings are held), guest speaker fees, and rental of Centre Concord for our general meetings. One way our guild raises money is through the sale of Opportunity Quilt tickets to other guilds and each member purchases $20 of tickets that they can keep or sell again. It is that time of year, my dears! We need to get our checkbooks out.

Another way we raise money to pay for all the benefits our members can enjoy is by having a Quilt Show each year. The Quilt Show is scheduled for April 2-3, 2016. Committee Chairs will start signing up volunteers at the January general meeting as there are hundreds of volunteer opportunities at the Quilt Show. Please sign up to volunteer – it is a great opportunity to make new friends!

And in closing, whatever your holiday plans are for the last month of 2015, I wish you lots of comfort and joy! And a Very Happy New Year!

Dale Wolfe, President

Left Right Center game! Bring on the Fun, Share with Your Family

This month’s featured picture is this month’s block! How to make it: Click Here

Our Monday, December 21, 2015  Holiday Gathering will be very special this year.  Not only are we having Savory & Sweet, we are also having an exciting presentation. Denise Oyama Miller, a member of Studio Artists Quilt Associates, will be bringing the SAQA Traveling Interactive Art Exhibit for her presentation.  Denise will break us up into several groups and then we will work with the lovely art quilts that Denise has brought, as we touch, talk, evaluate, share ideas, receive inspiration and conjure up lots of lovely things to do in the future!


On Monday November 16, 2015, we are happy to welcome Sherri Lynn Wood as our guest speaker.  Sherri is a truly Modern Quilter and will be sharing her insights with us.  She will also bring some copies of her recently published book for sale, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.

Sherri always encourages students of improv to look at their environment for inspiration, not to other people’s quilts.  When Sherri first started her blog, she had a series of weekly posts on Inspiration Sundays, under the category of Sketchbook. Each post featured an image of an object in her environment and an abstracted pattern sketch of that object.  Two of the techniques she has developed, the wedge-curve technique and the bias-strip piecing technique, were based on organic items: zinnias and onions, and are included in her book.   This is sure to be an interesting evening.

Good Morning, Quilting Friends!

Our November meeting will take place at Shadelands, as will the December Holiday gathering. In January, we will be back at Centre Concord for our general meetings.

Sherri Lynn Wood, our November guest speaker, will discuss her path as a modern quilter and share her unique quilts with us. Check out future guest speakers at this link on www.gqccc.org.

After enjoying so many quilts at Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) this month, I have enough inspiration to last me for many months to come. I have started a new project, too, which put a big smile on my face! Just hope I am able to have something completed in time for our Quilt Show in April.

Speaking of the Quilt Show, here is what my list looks like for the next few months:

  • Sign up for the Jenny Lyon Free Motion Quilting class in January, so I can quilt my project!
    $65 Check Holds Your Place in Class
  • Work on the Challenges: The Poppy Challenge and the Envelope Challenge – Add Embellishments!
  • Sign up to volunteer before, during, and after the show.
    Sign-ups coming in January
  • Locate my apron!
  • Pay for Opportunity Quilt Tickets – DONE
  • Donate quilt books and fabric to Country Store Committee – stacked by the front door

This month I was fortunate to travel with Tammy Zanella, our Traveling Quilt Chair, to both Northern California Quilt Council (NCQC) and East Bay Heritage Quilters (EBHQ), to sell Opportunity Quilt Tickets at their meetings. I smile a lot as I remember once again, why I love quilting and quilters! It is always so nice to attend another guild’s meeting and see what is going on and how they do things and who their guest speakers are. At NCQC, the topics were fabric design, quilt study group, modern quilt group, Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)…lots of new info! If you haven’t sold tickets before, please try it. This is a fun activity to do with a friend, too.

There are lots of ways to become more active in the guild. Lots of tasks to be done. But when I say “become more active in the guild” I think I really mean “make more friends.” As I have noticed that when I joined I knew one person and not well. I was a member for several years and never knew anyone’s name. I didn’t start getting to know people and making friends, until after I became involved in the work of the guild. Then I started meeting people and making connections, in workshops, selling tickets, cooking for the homeless. We don’t become friends because we are all sitting in the same room listening to the same speaker. We become friends as we work together, doing something we enjoy, laughing, talking together. The work is just the excuse to get together.

Dale Wolfe

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Quilts to Share (QTS), our Community Outreach group, continues to move forward, as it has in the past, making kits for guild members to check out and sew.   The QTS team prepares kits for quilts, bibs, placemats, potholders and pillowcases.

For Fall 2015, in addition to the kits that are regularly prepared, our QTS group has also made kits and sewn pillowcases for each person – women, men and children -who are participating in the Winter Nights program. 

The Winter Nights Rotating Shelter Program  is a project of the Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.  It provides a clean, safe and warm facility at night and a daytime services center during winter for homeless families with children. The program will serve up to 30 persons at any given time.  Congregations throughout central and east Contra Costa provide space, meals, and volunteers.  Winter Nights will provide bedding, and Winter Nights professional staff will supervise the shelter 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

For the Fall 2016 Winter Nights program, we have an even more ambitious plan in place – we plan to sew a quilt for each person participating in the program.
On October 24, 2015, six Board Members joined together to shop, cook and serve dinner for 80 people, at the Concord Adult Shelter on Arnold Industrial Way.  It was not only a fun team building occasion, we also had the opportunity to visit with many of the people who came to eat.

Our September general meeting was great, with guest speaker, Rita Hutchens, but the best part was to see over 100 members in attendance at the temporary location in Walnut Creek. More great guest speakers are scheduled for the months to come, so check out our lineup of programs in this newsletter. Our website at www.gqccc.org highlights our guest speakers through May 2016, so sure to read about all the great guest speakers who will visit us in the months to come.

We are so lucky to be so close to a major international quilt show held in Santa Clara each October. Pacific International Quilt Show (PIQF) is nothing if not awe inspiring. The quilts are amazing and so many interesting and intriguing new products, and fabric, from a large list of vendors. It is well worth the drive!

October 3rd we held the kick off meeting for our annual quilt show that will be held in April 2016. These dedicated committee members are what makes ours how so successful. This is our major fundraiser each year and is a great opportunity for both new members and old to make new friends while volunteering in one of the hundreds of shifts that help to keep the quilt show running, and so popular and profitable. Please start thinking about what you would like to do when you volunteer at the quilt show. Remember that the energy flows when we all work together!

The Opportunity Quilt ticket packets for our members will be available to pick up at our October general meeting. I like to bring my checkbook and pay for the tickets at the meeting and just take care of that responsibility right away, sticking my return address labels on the ticket stubs so I can cross that box off.