Frequently Asked Questions about GQCCC

What is the mailing address?

GQCCC, 5554 Clayton Road, Suite 4, Concord, CA 94521

Who is on the 2018 – 2019 Executive Board?


Doreen O’Brien [email protected]

1st Vice President

2nd Vice President

Helen Anderson &Maryann Johnson

Cathy Sargent

[email protected]

[email protected]

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Membership Secretary

Mary Pimentel-Wheeler

Jean Gualtieri

Sharon Arce

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]


Eileen Limberg [email protected]


 Open Email in the Directory

If you have additional questions about the GQCCC, click on the + on the right, or email Contact listed below:

  1. Questions About Membership

    How do I join?
    See Membership on the About Us Page
    What are new member get-togethers?
    How can I become a more active member?

  2. Questions About Committees

    Tell me more about the various committees.
    See Bylaws on the About Us Page or talk to the President (email the president)

    I’m interested in volunteering on a committee.
    Talk to the President (email the president)

    I’m interested in chairing a committee.

    I’m interested in becoming an officer.

Information about Meetings

Where and when does the Guild Meet? Meetings

Information on upcoming meetings. Meeting Programs

Ideas for future meeting speakers. President

What was announced at the last meeting? President


Information about Member Workshops

Where and when are the Member workshops?
See the Activities Page

Can I submit ideas for future Member Workshops?
Yes! Email the Workshops Chair with your idea.

I would like to teach a Workshop.
Great! Email the Workshops Chair to volunteer.


Questions about the Weathervane Newsletter

How do I advertise in the newsletter?
Please send an email to the Newsletter Chair.

How do I send an article for inclusion in the newsletter?
Please send an email to the Newsletter Chair.

How do I sign up to get my newsletter online or by mail?
Please send an email to the Newsletter Chair.


Quilt Groups

How do I join a Quilt Group?
See the Farmhouse Page for a schedule of groups and contact the hostess of the group you are interested in.



What books are in the guild library?
There is a list of current library books on the Activities page and here On-Line Library Catalogue

I have other questions about the library.
Email the Librarian with other questions about the guild library.

Special Events

Annual Quilt Show Link                         Challenges at Quilt Show Link


Community Outreach

How can I make quilts for Patriotic Quilts? Link

What can I make for Quilts to Share? Link


General Questions about the Guild

What is the history of the Guild? Link

What are the By-Laws of the Guild? Link

Where and when are board meetings held?  At the Farmhouse last Wed of each month at 7 pm

I’m interested in how GQCCC is run? Come visit a Board Meeting and/or go look up the documents posted in the Members Only area. Link to Board Documents on Members Only Area


What if I have a suggestion for this website?
Please email the website chair your suggestion.

What if I am having trouble accessing the members-only section of the website?
Please email the website chair for help.

Treasury & Money Questions

How do I get reimbursed for Guild expenses?
Download the Reimbursement form here and submit to the Treasurer at the meeting or via her contact information in the directory.

I have a Donation that I want to give to GQCCC.
Please email for Donation Coordination at [email protected] or Link

I have a Donation that I want to document for Taxes
Please download and use the Donation Receipt, fill out, and keep for your records. Donation Receipt

Other Guild Activities

Information about NCQC – Northern CA Quilt Council  NCQC Rep – Monica Kaseman

Information about the CA Heritage Quilt ProjectCA Heritage Quilt Rep

Helpful Links on the World Wide Web of Quilting

5 Reasons to support your local quilt shop

When you support your local quilt shop you are keeping this lovely art form alive in your community. The big brand fabric stores are happy to sell you inexpensive fabric and lots of it, but your local quilt shops will bring out the artist in you. Get to know them!  Also, shopping there supports their ability to bring the newest patterns, colors, notions and tools available, for you.  Still not convinced….see the reasons below.

  1. Inspiration! Check out those beautiful quilts on display. They probably have all the patterns available too.
  2. Advice: Not sure what kind of a border to put on your quilt? No doubt there is a helpful associate who can give you lots of good advice. Then you can’t wait to get home and work on your project! And of course, you need to bring the finished project back to show it off! They can’t wait to see it.
  3. Find new favorites. Quilter’s don’t have to be explained this one!
  4. Bring your quilt to be professionally quilted. Many quilt shops have long arm services or can refer you to someone who can.  If you get to watch, it is mesmerizing.
  5. To buy beautiful fabric! Visiting quilt shops gives you exposure and access to fabric that is the best of the best.
Map of Bay Area Quilt Shops

Our Local Quilt Shops:

Bay Quilts (GQCCC Affiliate)
5327 Jacuzzi Street, Suite 3C, Richmond, CA 94804-5832
510.558.0218 – website:

New Pieces Quilt Shop (GQCCC Affiliate)
766 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
510.527.6779 – website:

Hilly’s Quilts (GQCCC Affiliate)
720 West 2nd Street, Antioch, CA 94509
925.978.4587 – website:

Stone Mountain & Daughter Fabric (GQCCC Affiliate)
2518 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA   94704
510.845.6106 – website:

The Cotton Patch (GQCCC Affiliate)
1025 Brown Ave, Lafayette, CA 94549
925-284-1177 – website:

Wooden Gate Quilts (GQCCC Affiliate)
125-F Railroad Ave, Danville, CA 94526
925.837.8458 – website:

Broadway Quilts
20525 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476
707.938.7312  – website:

\Cornerstone Quilt Shop
1425 W. Texas Street, Suite A, Fairfield, CA 94533
707.438.2969 – website:

In Between Stitches
2190 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550
925.371.7064 – website:

Other Local Guild Links

Amador Quilters

Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild

Carquinez Straight Stitchers

Delta Quilters

Diablo Valley Quilters

East Bay Heritage Quilters

East Bay Modern Quilters

Elk Grove Quilt Guild

Flying Needles Quilter’s Guild

Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County

Napa Valley Quilters

North Wind Quilters

Ocean Wave Quilters of Ft. Bragg

Petaluma Quilt Guild

Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild

River City Quilters

San Francisco Quilter’s Guild

Santa Rosa Quilters

Vallejo Piecemakers

Area Machine Dealers

Concord Sewing Center
2958 Treat Boulevard, #B?Concord, CA 94518
925.825.2122 – website:
Mon-Fri 9:30 am-5 pm;?Sat?9:30 am – 4 pm ?Sun Closed

Dublin Sewing Center
7367 Village Parkway, Dublin, CA 94568
925.829.6511 – website:
Mon – Fri 9:30 am – 5:30 pm; Sat 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

The Cotton Patch (GQCCC Affiliate)
1025 Brown Ave, Lafayette, CA 94549
925-284-1177 – website:
Mon, Tue, Wed& Fri 10 am – 5:30pm; Thu 10am – 6:30pm; Sat 10am – 5 pm Sun 12 noon – 4:pm

The Sewing Machine Shop
1661 Botelho Drive Walnut Creek, CA 94596
925.937.7575 –
Mon – Sat 9-5

Viking Sewing Gallery
Located inside JoAnn’s Fabric & Craft’s
1675 Willow Pass Road, Ste B Concord, CA, 94520
925.825.5644 – website:

Quilt Tutorials & Patterns

Color Theory for Quilters
Free course begins with a basic overview of the color wheel and how quilter’s can use it to understand the interaction of colors in patchwork– a particularly helpful skill when you’re trying to pair prints with solids.

Fabric: Pre-Wash it or Not?
The idea of pre-washing your fabric is somewhat controversial. There are also many things to consider; what type of fabric is it? What will the fabric be used for? Laura from SewVeryEasy covers this and more in the linked video.

Fabric Bleed Corrections

If you’ve ever had a problem with fabric bleeding (those pesky reds, purples and even turquoises), Vicki Welsh in VA tested various products and methods that may help you.  The link above has her testing for you to see, and here is her detail process document that you can use to even possibly improve a finished quilt that has fabric that’s bled. Key word: Soak! Save My Bleeding Quilt!

Quilting website with hundreds of free quilting patterns and tutorials.

Free Motion Quilting Blogspot
400+ free motion quilting videos and blog by Leah Day.

How to Photograph Your Quilt
Your latest quilt is finally finished! It’s a stunning design, and you really feel great about it. Now all you have to do is photograph it. Here’s some tips for the folks who may know more about fabrics than they do about photography.

Quilt Patterns Through Time
The History of Quilting Patterns & Free Quilt Block Patterns

Links of Interest

Alliance for American Quilts

The Applique Society
A diverse group of appliqué artists, teachers, designers, authors, collectors and enthusiasts interested in joining with others worldwide to advance and promote appliqué.

American Quilter‘s Society
Inspired by the enduring creativity and importance of quilts and quilt making, our objective is to provide a forum for quilters of all skill levels to expand their horizons in quilt making, design, self-expression, and quilt collecting.

American Quilt Study Group
Establishes and promotes the highest standards for interdisciplinary quilt-related studies, providing opportunities for study, research, and the publication of work that advance the knowledge of quilts and related subjects.

Appraisals of Quilt Worth
Nancy Bavor has been a quilt maker, teacher and collector for over twenty years. She lectures nationally on quilts and quilt history and is an American Quilter’s Society Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles. Visit her website for schedule, or for appraisals, email her.

Copyright Information for Quilters
Copyright can be confusing.  Here is a handy graphic intended as a general guideline and overview of the most commonly encountered dilemmas for quilters.

International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Mission is to inspire an understanding of the cultural and artistic significance of quilts by collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting and promoting discovery of quilts and quilt making traditions from many cultures, countries and times.

Lost Quilt Come Home
Dedicated to displaying lost or stolen quilts in the hopes that some may be returned.

Northern California Quilt Committee
Facilitates communication among quilt groups, shop owners, teachers, judges, museums and vendors. NCQC maintains a master calendar of quilting events occurring in the Northern California area.

Protect Your Quilt
Tips on what do you will want to consider to protect your quilt in terms of copyright infringement, documentation, appraisal, labeling, photographing, and even the quilter!

Quilting in America
Quilting is not ‘quaint hobby of long ago’. Believe it or not, the world of quilting is more than thriving.  It tops the US Dept. of Statistics in the Craft Industry for Sales!  Interesting to think about next time you are at the local hardware store and your partner is eyeing a new blade or saw, his/her other half is probably at the quilt shop with other intensions!

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)
An information resource on all things Art Auilt related for our members as well as the public.

The Smithsonian 
From the National Museum of American History

The Quilting Hub
Worldwide hub of quilting, a community maintained as an accurate information resource for events, shops and more.

The Quilt Index
The Quilt Index contains digital images and history on more than 50,000 quilts (and counting!). Contributors from 25 museums, libraries, universities and state documentation projects are already participating in this unmatched virtual collection.

Why Quilts Matter
This fascinating series explores quilts in fresh new ways by taking you behind the scenes to reveal the unique position of quilts at the center of American culture. You’ll go on an amazing quilt journey from function to art, to women’s empowerment, economic clout, American politics and beyond.

Long Arm Quilting

Below is a listing from the Northern California Quilt Council of Long Arm Quilters in the area.  If you would like to be included on the GQCCC website as a long arm quilter, please contact the GQCCC Website Chair at [email protected].

Please note that GQCCC or NCQC do not endorse any individual, organization or business.   Contact the individual and/or business directly to request resumes and references.

NCQC Long Arm Quilters Resource List

Places to Go, Things to Do: Whether You are Out and About, or Staying In

Screenshot 2015-11-02 21.23.12San Jose Quilt Museum
The Museum is the nexus for fiber artists, art lovers, collectors, quilters, and crafters who share a passion for fiber art and a deep commitment to its preservation and evolution.SJMQT Website Link
520 South First Street, San Jose, California 95113
Museum and Museum Store Hours: Wednesday to Friday 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 3 pm
First Friday of every month: Pay what you can 12 – 7pm and free 7pm –9pm (Except January and July)
The Museum is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays.
Call 408.971.0323 x10 for more information.
Admission:  General: $8.00,   Seniors and Students with ID: $6.50,   Member and children 12 and under: Free


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Northern California Quilt Council
Promoting Quilting by Networking Guilds, Teachers, Shops and those who love quilts.  NCQC has 4 meetings each year, the 2nd Wednesday of January, April, July and October.  GQCCC is a member and all GQCCC members are always welcome to attend the meetings.  NCQC Website Link

Presentation1Asilomar Empty Spools Seminars
2018 Dates: Feb 25-March 2; March 2- 7; March 18-23; March 23-28; April 13-18
Five day quilt making workshops in Pacific Grove, CA. See the link for session descriptions.  Asilomar Website Link

Area Quilt Shows

“Legacies of Love” presented by Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Southern Alameda County
Saturday July 21, 2018  10-5 and Sunday July 22, 2018 10-4
Dominican Center, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont, CA (Enter Mission Tierra from Mission Boulevard)
Weekend Admission $10, Children Under 12 Free, Free Parking
Special Exhibits: Silicon Valley Modern Quilt Guild & Vintage Stitchers, Embroiderer’s Guild of America

Catch a Program at Home and Where to Find it in Contra Costa County

Screenshot 2015-11-02 21.51.11Beads, Baubles and Jewels 
Host: Katie Hacker.  Lots and lots of jewelry making ideas and projects are explored with special guests. To see their website go to
Channel 22, KRCB, Wednesdays at 9:30 am
Channel 43, KCSM, Monday – Friday at 3:00 pm
Channel 22, KRCB, Wednesday at 9:30 am

Screenshot 2015-11-02 21.55.47Fit 2 Stitch
Host: Peggy Sagers.  This show is primarily about apparel and home decor sewing.
A website can be found at
Channel 22, KRCB, Tuesdays at 9:30 am
Channel 189, KQEDL, Fridays at 2:30 pm

Screenshot 2015-11-02 21.57.37Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting
Hosts: Marianne and Mary Fons.  Shows demonstrate all the steps in sewing featured blocks and projects. There is also a companion website: Great show for beginners.
Channel 22, KRCB, Mondays at 9:30 am
Channel 22, KRCB, Mondays at 9:30 am
Channel 189, KQED, Mondays at 2:00 pm

Screenshot 2015-11-02 21.59.30Hands on Crafts for Kids
Hosts: Candie Cooper and Katie Hacker.  The hosts showcase various projects as they explore design concepts. Visit their website at
Channel 43, KCSM, Monday – Friday at 4:30 pm

Screenshot 2015-11-02 22.00.49It’s Sew Easy
Host: Angela Wolf.  Sewing projects inspired by periods in history are presented by the host and special guests. Featuring mostly apparel sewing. See website at
Channel 22, KRCB, Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Channel 43, KCSM, Monday – Friday at 10:30 am
Channel 22 and HD 722, KRCB, Wednesdays at 10:00 am

Screenshot 2015-11-02 22.02.31Quilt in a Day
Host: Eleanor Burns.  Shows demonstrate all the steps in sewing featured blocks and projects.   The companion website for this program is Great show for beginners.
Channel 568, RFD, Thursdays at 3:00 pm

1013628_910976632284181_7634729378365851135_nQuilting Arts
Host: Susan Brubaker Knapp.  Covers all kinds of techniques for art quilting and fabric dyeing with project ideas for all skill levels. Two or three special guests join Susan on every episode. Find the companion website at:
Channel 22, KRCB, Mondays at 10:00 am
Channel 43 KCSM, Monday – Friday at 11:30 am
Channel 22, KRCB, Mondays at 10:00 am
Channel 189, KQEDL, Mondays at 2:30 pm

Screenshot 2015-11-02 22.11.49Sew It All
Host: Ellen March.   Teaches a fundamental sewing technique and a quick-and-easy project that uses the technique. Learn how to make the most out of your sewing machine. A special guest joins Ellen on each episode. See their website:
Channel 22, KRCB, Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Channel 17, KCSM, Monday – Friday at 10:30 am
Channel 22, KRCB, Tuesdays at 10:00 am

sewing-with-nancySewing With Nancy
Host: Nancy Zieman.  This show covers all kinds of sewing and quilting for all levels. If you miss a show you can see it later at  She also has a blog website and a shopping website called “Nancy’s Notions”.
Channel 22, KRCB, Thursdays at 10 am
Channel 43, KCSM, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am
Channel 22, KRCB, Thursdays at 10 am
Channel 189, KQEDL, Wednesdays at 2:00 and 2:30 pm

Screenshot 2015-11-02 22.16.19Knit and Crochet Now!
Host: Bret Bara, editor of Crochet Today magazine.  Show features the top designers and experts in the field. In each episode, a rotating cast of guests demonstrates the most popular techniques. See the website at
Channel 22, KRCB, Fridays at 10:00 am
Channel 22, KRCB, Fridays at 10:00 am

knitting dailyKnitting Daily
Host: Vickie Howell.  A needle crafts how-to program covering everything from knitting and crochet to stitching, and beyond. The show introduces viewers to designers, authors and teachers and guides in learning new techniques using the latest products in yarn and fiber. For the website go to
Channel 43, KCSM, Monday – Friday at 11:00 am
Channel 17, KCSM, Monday-Friday at 11:00 am

TV Program listing was provided by GQCCC Guild Member, Monica Kaseman. If you have any comments or updates, please use contact information in the directory, or email GQCCC Website Chair.