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Program Archives

March 18, 2019 Meeting: "Textile Care and Preservation" with Larry Gonzalez of Retro Clean

This lecture/discussion will discuss the best practices for the care, washing, storing, and display of textile projects to ensure their well-being for generations to come. We will also cover advanced cleaning techniques for projects that weren't so fortunate.

April 15, 2019 Meeting: Quilt & Tool College

Come learn from our own quilting experts and expand your knowledge and skills!

Demo #1: Basting a Quilt the Easy Way Never have to get on the floor again to baste a quilt! You will learn to either pin or thread baste your quilt using wooden boards while comfortably sitting at a table. Come see a live demo. Nadine Cassady

Demo #2: Hand Quilting with no Knots Come learn how to start and stop your quilting thread without a knot! You can also use the technique for starting or stopping any thread you are sewing or quilting with. Nadine Cassady

Demo #3: Crumb Quilt Do you have bits and bobs, leftover charm squares, jelly roll strips or any other small scraps of fabric? Of course you do! You don’t want to toss them but they are too small to actually do anything with. That's where crumb quilting comes into play. With this technique you can use up all of those small bits of fabric to make beautiful, colorful fabric that you can use to make quilts, cushion covers, bags, table runners and more. It is fun and can get addicting. It is easy and stress-free. Sandy Thomas

Demo #4: Quick Pillow Cover with Hidden Zipper Do you have leftover quilt blocks? Turn them into a pillow with this fast method for making a zippered pillow cover. Chris Cole

Demo #5: Quilting on Leather I will be showing everyone the process of quilting on leather. 1. What type of leather works best. 2. What supplies are needed. 3. How to transfer a design to leather. 4. How to use a multi-layer process to achieve more a 3-D look. 5. How to use dyes and acrylic paints to enhance the quilting. 6. How to turn the finished quilted leather into a usable project like a journal cover, tote bag or purse. Doug Sobel

Demo #6: Machine Binding Short on time? Need a quilt that can handle rough kid treatment? Machine binding is the answer to both questions! In this Quilt Joey Strait and Alison Rowe Christine and Michael Gamron College Mini-Lesson you will learn how to complete your binding by machine and keep that polished finish on the edge of your quilt. No hand-sewing necessary! Alison Rowe

May 20, 2019 Meeting: “Let’s Make a Quilt Together” with Joey Strait

Philanthropy Sew-In

You will have a chance to learn how to sew a “Wonky Modern Curves” made from four 10-inch squares. Those who wish to participate in our May Philanthropy Sew-In will receive a packs of squares to make blocks and we’ll make a quilt together! Bring your sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat, 10-inch or larger square up ruler if you have one. Fun, fun! Or work on one of the kits we will supply, or your own philanthropy project.

June 17, 2019 Meeting: “Ancient Inspirations for Patchwork Patterns” with Jennifer Rapacki

Travel back in time to see examples of quilt patterns going back to the middle ages along with information about the evolution of quilt making over the years. Flying Geese, Sawtooth, Birds in the air are just a few of today’s quilt blocks that can be seen in ancient mosaics and architecture.

July 15, 2019 Meeting: Hawaiian Shaved Ice Social and Hula Show with Sherry Ramaila

Come in your best Aloha wear (shirts, mumus, leis, flower behind the ear) and join us for a performance by Sherry Ramaila’s hula group “Hula Halau Ka Mele Wai O Ke ‘Anvenue” (“The Spiritual Song of the Rainbow”) under the direction of Kumu Hula June Kehaulani Rust.  


SPECIAL INVITATION to your kids, grandkids and friends. No charge for children to attend the event and it’s a great recruiting opportunity to showcase the Guild. There will be activities for the kids for you to introduce them to quilting, Hawaiian drawing, etc. Bring your tropical quilts for Show & Tell or any other quilts you would like to


August 19, 2019 Meeting: “Traditional Quilt Blocks Made Modern Using Japanese Fabrics”

with Sandra Johnson

Sandra Johnson, travels the world full time speaking and holding workshops to groups. As a motivational person she will help you explore fabrics, textures, color, construction all the way to completion.

Sandra will take you on a journey along the quilt and sewing trail, beginning with the very first quilts and clothes she made, and her wish to honor her grandmother’s sewing art. Sandra’s workshops feature traditional, modern and art quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have influenced quilt designs to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few poets, public officials and humanitarian activists. Making her own clothing is also discussed in her sewing workshops. Better than store-made is what she strives to achieve and this is passed on to her students.

September 16, 2019 Meeting: Quilt Shop Highlight: Quilt Emporium with Lisa Hanson

Join us for a presentation by about what’s new at one of our favorite local quilt shops! Lisa will give us her thoughts on how history will view this era in quilting.

October 21, 2019 Meeting: “Make It Modern” with Dora Cary

Using her amazing eye for color, Dora Cary will talk about her path from growing up to be an engineer in Romania to a quilting passion and business in the US.  She will share her ideas for making traditional patterns modern, her quilts, favorite techniques, plus a no-baste method of quilting.

January 20, 2020 Meeting: “Following the Barn Quilt Trail” with Suzi Parron

Suzi's talk will take you on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother's quilting art. The presentation features over one hundred stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes.

March 16, 2020 Meeting: "QUILT APPRAISING: From Civil War to Present Day" with Julia Fikse

**Note: Meeting to be rescheduled due to COVID 19**

Quilt appraising is not just for vintage quilts. All quilts have value. The value may be sentimental, it may be monetary and/or it may document a particular time in history. Julia Fikse will be joining us for a discussion of quilt appraisals and our format will be a bit different than usual so all may participate. She will start at 6:30pm with a “Bed Turning”. That means that she will layer two tables with quilts and one by one uncover them and briefly talk about each of them. We will all gather around for this part of the program. After the usual business part of our meeting, Julia will begin her lecture talking about and bringing us quilts from each era beginning in the Civil War to the present day. She will tell us about how you can tell when they were made, trends from each era and more.

In addition to your attendance, there are two ways you can participate:
1)  Discussion of a your quilt: If you would like Julia to discuss your quilt she will include it in the “Bed Turning"
2)  Written Appraisal: The cost for this appraisal is $75. This is not required for inclusion in the “Bed Turning"

To have your quilt included in either of the two areas described above, please send a photograph of your quilt to me (Alison Rowe at by March 10th. This will allow Julia time to prepare her feedback. You will also need to bring your quilt to the meeting.

This will be a fun and interactive lecture and we look forward to hosting Julia!



April 20, 2020 Meeting: "Playing With Precuts" with Colleen Granger

**Note: Meeting to be rescheduled due to COVID 19**

Colleen will provide demonstrations on using pre-cuts to create some of Colleen’s patterns. She shows some tips and techniques to use when using pre-cut fabrics. She will also have a trunk show of quilts created with pre-cut fabrics.

April 19, 2020: "Rings of Change" with Colleen Granger

**Note: Meeting to be rescheduled due to COVID 19**

This design can be customized to your liking. Pick fabrics that you like; you’ll need 18 - fat 1/8 yards (9" x 20"). This project can also be done using a 2 1/2" strip pack. There are also laser cut kits available in either American Made Brand fabrics (shown with the 4-patch background) or laser cut batik kits featuring Hoffman fabrics (shown with the black background). Lots of choices.

Workshop location:  Kingdom Sewing Center

1790 E Los Angeles Ave, Unit D

Simi Valley, CA

Cost:$55 for CVQ Guild members; $65 for non-members.

May 16, 2020:  Saturday Sew-In

**Note: Meeting to be rescheduled due to COVID 19**

Bring your current project, work on a philanthropy quilt or just come to hang-out.

Location: New Hope Lutheran Church

29295 Agoura Road (near the corner of Kanan Rd.)

Agoura Hills, CA

Lots of room to spread out, tables, refrigerator, microwave.

No fee.

SEPTEMBER:  Karen Eckmeier, “The Quilted Lizard”

Since she was a little girl she has always felt the need to create.  After several years in the corporate world, in 1996 she gave in to the artist in her and started making art quilts, which were very well received in national and international shows. The awards encouraged her to move forward in her new direction. Her hobby officially became her business in 2002 when she opened her business “The Quilted Lizard.” For 8 years she taught at a local quilt store and in 2002 began teaching her technique “Layered Curves” and “Accidental Landscapes™” nationwide. She believes teaching workshops gives her the opportunity to share her passion for playing with fabric with others, and she loves it!!

LECTURE, September 21, 2020 6pm (note new time!) – “Happy Villages and Accidental Landscapes”

Karen shares her two favorite approaches to playing with fabrics: Fabric collage (Happy Villages) and layered/topstitching (Accidental Landscapes). This lighthearted and informative presentation will show you how the techniques evolved and will inspire you to try fabric collage or layered/topstitching in your own creations.  The presentation includes a mini trunk show.  Click here for a video overview of one of her techniques. 

WORKSHOP, September 26, 2020 10am-4pm (note new day!) – "Accidental Landscapes - Beach Scenes” 

The workshop will focus on “Accidental Landscapes - Beach Scenes”, her layered topstitch technique. In this workshop you will create a small wallhanging of a beach scene of your design and introduce you to techniques that may also be used in other designs. The workshop is for all skill levels. You can see an amazing display of workshop creations here

Pattern will be provided with your enrollment.

The workshop fee has been reduced for our first virtual presentation to: $30/members, $40/non-members

OCTOBER:  Mel Beach, “Mel Beach Quilts”

Mel Beach is a San Jose, CA based quilt artist, teacher and lecturer, who breaks away from tradition by adding her own modern, beautifully textured and colorful twists. She loves stretching her creativity through her completion of 80+ quilt challenges at the local and international level. Her quilts draw upon her inquisitive nature of asking "What If?", “Why Not?”, working in a series, comedy improv studies, along with her love of nature, photography and sketching. 

Mel is passionate about teaching/lecturing, with a focus on quilting on a domestic machine and modern quilting techniques. Starting in 2016, Mel has taught for quilt shops, guilds and quilt shows throughout the US, and several large venues: Road to California, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Virtual Quilt Show, Online Quilt Festival, and Craft Napa.

Her quilts have been exhibited locally, juried into national quilt shows and traveling exhibits, published in books/magazines, earned awards/ribbons and selected as Finalists. She is a Michael Miller Brand Ambassador and AccuQuilt GO! Getter. Mel was featured on Quilting Arts TV (series 2500 and 2600) and The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims (episode 2112), and has published articles with Quilting Arts Magazine and The Craft Industry Alliance. Lastly, she has a great teaching style and when you hear her speak, you can tell she is originally from NY.

Learn more about Mel here or on her website:

Contact Workshop Chair Janine Mansell at to register for the workshop. After registering, you will be able to pay by check or pay online (+$1 service fee) here

General Meeting – Monday, February 15, 2021, 6 pm“Color Theory” with Mary Tabar

We will learn about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors; about mixing colors to get 12 colors from

three primary colors. This is a combination of a short PowerPoint presentation, with a virtual trunk show detailing Basic Color Theory. We will gain the confidence to try new color combinations.

Workshop – Sunday, February 21, 2021, 10 AM to 4 PM:  “Watercolor Strip Quilt” by Mary Tabar

Cost $40 members, $50 non-members

Join us and Mary virtually on Sunday, February 21, 2021, from 10:00 – 4:00 and learn how to make this stunning quilt from just three different fabrics.  This is a strata-based pattern that can be arranged in multiple layouts. It is different every time you make one. Simple to do but it delivers spectacular results. 


Contact Workshop Chair Janine Mansell at 818-802-0628 or to register for the workshop. After registering, you will be able to pay by check or pay online (+service fee) here.

Activity Night, Monday, April 19, 2021, 6:00pm

 Join us for an evening of Jeopardy Game, and a highlight of guild quilters.

Lecture, Monday, June 21, 2021, 6:00pm

"Quilts Through the Decades" by Julia Fikse.

Join a discussion by Julia, with Crazy Quilt emphasis.

Zoom Workshop, Saturday, June 12 and 26, 2021; time TBA $30 members, $35 non-members

Embroidered Zipper Bag -- Taught in two sessions, small bag construction and crazy quilt embroidery.

Contact Chris Stout at or 805-231-0297 to register for workshop prior to using payment buttons here.

Ball Rolling for Happy Healthy Hands with Angela Kneale 

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021,10:00 AM to 12:30 PM            

Workshop Fee: $25 plus purchase of book and ball


Class description: Our hands are truly amazing! Aristotle described the human hand as the “tool of tools” – and unfortunately, many fiber artists develop the unhealthy habit of using our hands too much. What if caring for your hands was as easy and enjoyable as spending a few minutes playfully rolling with a small bright-green ball?

Occupational therapist and author, Angela Kneale, leads the group (via Zoom) in Ball Rolling for Happy, Healthy Hands, a fun and accessible method for providing self-care for our overused hands. Learn more than 25 playful healing movements, healthier posture and positioning, greater awareness of ergonomics, better breathing, enhanced relaxation, and whole body benefits.

Angela Kneale, OTD, MA, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist, integrative health coach, Franklin Method® educator, and certified Stott Pilates® instructor. She provides health and wellness services through her private practice, teaches mind-body movement, and Pilates exercise. Kneale is the author of eight books, and specializes in the integration of movement, breathing, postural alignment, and relaxation techniques for optimal health.



Saturday, September 25, 10 AM – 4 PM; Friday, October 8,10 AM – 4 PM

Permission by the designer to use this pattern in a class has given CVQ a rare opportunity for some Halloween fun and fundraising. More information will be presented at the general meeting and on the website. Once you sign up, you can come to either or both sessions. If there is interest, we could plan a third session as well. 

Cost: $15 for Guided Sew-Along and Pattern.

March 21, 2022 6 PM -- "Yvonne Fuchs: Aurifilosophy"


Aurifilosophy – All About Thread!  90 min lecture and trunk show

  • Are you ready to achieve brilliant results with all the amazing weights of luscious Aurifil thread? Yvonne will share a structured presentation and large trunk of Aurifil projects (many quilted on her home/domestic machine) that were pieced and quilted exclusively with Aurifil thread.

  • We will cover thread basics, including information on weight and ply, spool positioning, bobbin thread weight considerations, needles, and tension settings. Packed with helpful tips and tricks, Yvonne will share projects and photos aimed to inspire and expand your use of Aurifil threads on all your quilting projects. Each program attendee will receive a small spool of thread and an Aurifil Product Brochure.

  • You’ll leave inspired with your new knowledge!

Visit her website at

Guests are welcome, $5 guest fee. Click here for payment and zoom link.

Good-Bad-Lovely Challenge for 2020 (postponed)


We will be creating philanthropy quilts using mystery guild fabrics. At the March General Meeting, please stop by and grab a bag filled with fabrics and then use your amazing talents to create a quilt. We will display them at our Summer Social and Viewer Choice Awards will be given for Flimsies (quilt tops) and Completed Quilts. The quilts will be added to our Philanthropy contributions.

A few rules for the challenge:

1.  Use as much of the challenge fabrics as possible.

2.  Try to make larger quilts.  Many of our charities prefer twin size.

3.  You may add 2 additional fabrics to compliment the challenge fabrics.

4.  Additional binding and backing fabrics can be provided from CVQ or from your own stash.

Happy Quilting!!

Cathy Lory

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