Member-led Workshops

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

Get ready to play with your Orphan Blocks!

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

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

Other than that you need:
Neutral thread, white, beige, or a light gray
Seam ripper
Scissors
Sewing machine
Iron
Pencil or friction pen for marking
Rotary mat, cutter.

This workshop will be on Zoom.

Register for the workshop here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This workshop will be in-person.

Register for the workshop here.

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

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

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

Register for the workshop here.


Supplies Required for Workshop

Fabric:

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

For cutting:

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

For sewing:

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

For notetaking:

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

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

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

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

Making baby bibs is so much fun!

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

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

This workshop will be on Zoom.

Register for the workshop here.

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

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

This workshop will be in-person.

Register for the workshop here.

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

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

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

Register for the workshop here.

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

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

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

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

Supplies needed include:

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

This workshop will be on Zoom.

Register for the workshop here.

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

During the workshop, you will:

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

You will receive a materials list prior to the workshop.

This workshop will be in-person.

Register for the workshop here.

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

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

This workshop will be in-person.

Register for the workshop here.