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.

Conejo Valley Quilters

1534 N. Moorpark Rd., #279
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360​