Conejo Valley Quilters Programs and Workshops

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General meetings and workshops are currently held on Zoom. For information regarding our meetings and the Zoom link, contact us here.



Guests are welcome! $5 guest fee (unless otherwise stated



  • May 16, 2022 6 PM -- "Magic Fabrics/Special Effects" with Christine Barnes


Christine Barnes explains why magic fabrics are the secret weapons for special effects. Put simply, magic fabrics give a quilt light and life. Some suggest light coming from below the surface (luminosity) or bouncing across the surface (luster). Others imply that see-through colors overlap to create new color mixtures (transparency). What constitutes a magic fabric? I describe many as “shot with light.” They usually display variations in value—light areas among darker areas, or light-to-dark gradations—and they typically contain warm colors. Batiks, hand-dyes, and hand-painted fabrics have a dappled quality; some commercial fabrics appear to “smolder,” an illusion that lends depth and warmth to even the simplest quilts.

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

  • June 20, 2022 6 PM -- "Gems and Joy" with MJ Kinman


MJ likes to say she makes the biggest diamonds in the world. But instead of using the hardest substances in the world, she uses the softest – fabric. She describes the techniques she uses to create her giant gem portraits as traditional piecing using freezer paper for templates.

MJ’s work has been exhibited in national competitions, galleries, and museums, including the National Quilt Museum and the International Quilt Museum. Her work is included in private and public collections, including Maker’s Mark Distillery and the National Quilt Museum.

Her "Gems & Joy" slide lecture and trunk show chronicle a 25- year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world using fabric. During the presentation, you'll hear about techniques to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials used to create the wash of color and light across a gem's surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem's facets. And as so often happens with any artist's decades-long journey, MJ will share what she's learned about the importance of choosing joy and saying "no" to fear as she made the leap from the Corporate Life to the Creative Life.

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


Workshop cost (unless otherwise stated): $45 members/$55 non-members.

Note: we welcome guests to register for our workshops at member pricing through June 2022.


  • May 21, 2022: 10 am - 4 pm  -- "Transparent Squares" with Christine Barnes


Layered transparency—the illusion of layers of see-through color—is surprisingly easy to achieve when the values are just right. In this modern minimalist quilt, light center squares seem to float above the darker shapes. Sections of gray ombré appear to flow underneath the blocks, enhancing the sense of light and movement. Pattern included.

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  • June 25, 2022: 10 am - 4 pm -- "Dames and Diamonds" with MJ Kinman


I'm delighted to introduce guild members to the technique I use to create all my gem patterns: traditional piecing using freezer paper as a template. I've designed three patterns inspired by some of the world's most beautiful gems, all of which are made available to class participants.
Participants will choose one of the fully-charted gem patterns to make during class to download and work on in class. During class, we'll not only create a quilt block of the patterns, but I'll share all kinds of gossip about the gems and their outrageous, eccentric, and intriguing owners.

Patterns are available as PDF downloads.

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