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Conejo Valley Quilters Programs and Workshops

PLEASE NOTE DAY, TIME and LOCATION of our meetings

At this time in-person meetings will be held on Tuesdays at the Thousand Oaks Library and are hybrid.


In months when the room is not available, or when we have out of area speakers, our general meetings will be held virtually only in the evening of the third Monday of the month.



Members can view the February  "Show Us Your Bags" Slide show presentation in the "Members Only" section of the website HERE.




MARCH 28, 2023 - 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Marvin E. Smith Community Room, Grant R. Brimhall Library

1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks




In recognition of National Quilting Month, Conejo Valley Quilters (CVQ) will hold an open house general meeting to showcase the art of quilting in its many forms.

CVQ members represent of wide range of expertise and styles:  beginners and hobbyists, those who produce show quality works, and some who create custom pieces for clients. The March open meeting will showcase styles ranging from traditional to modern, and include art quilts as well. Various stations will display examples of quilt styles along with information about the techniques and tools used. Some examples include foundation paper piecing, English paper piecing, applique, embellishment and trapunto.

“Our members share an enjoyment of the creative process quilting provides. We constantly learn from each other and from the featured speakers and workshops the guild offers,” said Lynn Jurss, CVQ President. She added, “Our Community Giving program also provides members the opportunity to practice and refine their skills while providing needed quilt donations to community groups we support, James Storehouse and Many Mansions.”

The CVQ March open house meeting is designed to educate community members about the personal enrichment quilting provides, as well as the satisfaction that comes from sharing the end products with the community. CVQ always welcomes potential members, including beginning quilters. This event promises to be an excellent opportunity to view the variety of styles and techniques that fit under the broad umbrella of quilting.  

This program is not a Thousand Oaks Library sponsored event.










Want to join us, but can't make it in person?   Please register HERE to obtain your Zoom link no later than NOON, MARCH 28.






MONDAY APRIL 17, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m.

General Meeting via Zoom:

Carol Wilhoit: "Infinite Opportunity: Quilts Hidden in Your Stash                                                 













Rather than use the term “scrap” quilt, Carol prefers “stash” quilt. Stash quilts utilize your stash and scraps. Stash quilts contain thoughtfully selected materials and look better because of the variety. Carol will show us design principles that make multi-fabric quilts work. She’ll include pairs of quilts to show the impact of incorporating these design considerations. She will also show us examples of color combinations for selecting and using fabrics from our stash to make fabulous multi-fabric quilts.


BIO: Carol Wilhoit has been quilting for forty years and teaching quilting classes for about ten.  As a retired physician, she enjoys bringing her technical mind to quilting.  She enjoys figuring out how to make the construction process easier while producing better results. She loves sharing her tips and tricks with others and encouraging students as they try new projects and techniques. One of Carol's favorite aspects of teaching is seeing students succeed at completing a challenging project.  Another is seeing students have “Aha!” moments during which they see how simple changes in construction technique can help them create projects that look better while taking less effort. Carol has also refined techniques for building, organizing, and using a fabric stash that make it a joy to have and to use. 

Visit for more info.


Guest fee: $5   



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Monday, May 15, 2023 - 6:00 PM  Candace Hassen Trunk Show: "Inspiration"

Virtual meeting via Zoom




Join us on March 28 to see these quilts and many more!

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Join us as Candace shares with us her method of utilizing horizontal strip piecing to form diamond motifs and more. She will show us her quilts and describe the ideas behind them, as well as share strategies for staying organized and finishing your quilts. She will also convey her design decisions for her quilts and give inspiration beyond just quilts.

BIO:  Candace took up quilting 25 years ago and immediately fell in love. Having been a weaver for decades, she came to the realization that both weaving and quilting rely on color interplay and repeated geometric design. Color has always been one of her favorite things, and years of hand dying yarn has given her an extensive foundation in working with color. Candace designs quilts and publishes patterns from them. She says the more fabrics and colors the better. She enjoys working with traditional fabrics and blocks, as well as contemporary fabrics and approaches. She explores design ideas from a variety of places such as nature, other textiles and art forms. She also enjoys presenting guild programs, teaching and making custom quilts.

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Join us as Kellie shares with us her method of taking large traditional patterns and miniaturizing them using various methods to give them a mini modern look.  During her lecture, you will hear tips and techniques that will take the fear out of miniature quilting. You will also have a front row seat to view several of her little quilts up close.


BIO:  Kellie's quilting journey started in 2008 when her mother-in-law gave her a vintage Kenmore sewing machine, a rotary cutter, cutting mat and rulers. Now she is passionate about making miniature and small-scale quilts. Kellie has won many awards for her little quilts and has recently begun teaching others the love of small-scale quilt making.  Kellie encourages quilters to enjoy the process and get comfortable with scaling down their work. Her philosophy is “You already know how to cut, piece and sew, and it’s easy to make it smaller once you know the tricks”.  Kellie recently started producing her own line of miniature quilt patterns which are available at her website.


More info:

Facebook - Kellie Willey's Little Quilts

Instagram – kelliewilleyquilts

Etsy- LittleQuiltCreations



Monday, JULY 17, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m.

General Meeting via Zoom

Kellie Willey - "Miniature Quilts for the Everyday Quilter"

Guest Fee $5: 

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 , 2023 - 3:00-5:00PM  -  Social time - 2:30 PM

Marvin E. Smith Community Room, Grant R. Brimhall Library;

1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

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Monday, SEPTEMBER 18, 2023 @ 6 p.m.

General Meeting via Zoom

Rachel Derstine:   “Artful Couching: Texture and Definition

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Join us as Rachel shows us all about couching and teaches us the many ways couching can be added to garments, bags and quilts. She will talk about her inspiration, influences, as well as discuss color, lines, shapes and values. Learn the art of couching with yarns to create texture, flow and extra pizzazz.



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Workshop cost (unless otherwise stated):

Half Day Workshops are $35 members/$50 non-members.

Full Day Workshops are $50 members/$65 non-members.


Saturday, March 25
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

"Introduction to Quiltangle"
a Virtual Workshop
with Hope Bell

Cost: $35 members/$50 non-members This workshop is SOLD OUT

Our newest workshop will help you learn or improve your free-motion quilting skills in a fun, no-stress, and fresh way.  Beginners welcome!

Hope’s Sea Turtle quilt shown here is a beautiful example of how she has adapted the Zentangle® style to quilting which she calls Quiltangle.  Using a “focus fabric” subject and Hope’s method of creating interesting designs, you will quilt black-on-white stitched fills to complement your theme.

Hope will take students through the process of personalizing a pattern, transferring it to fabric, and quilting it using a variety of fill techniques in this 3 hour Zoom class. You can choose from two fat quarter-sized designs and customize if you want. The class samples can be viewed in the "Member’s Only" area on the CVQ website.

This workshop is SOLD OUT


Saturday, May 20

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

"Indian Summer"

a virtual workshop with

Candace Hassen


Join us via Zoom for a workshop with Candace Hassen, who will be teaching her method of utilizing horizontal strip piecing to form diamond motifs.  

Learn more about Candace in her Bio in her Program description (above) or on her website:


Supply list provided upon registration.  Pattern fee is included in price.


Cost:  Members $42; Nonmembers $57 ($2 will be added if paying online below)

Note:   if paying by mail, please register first by sending an email to then send your check to CVQ address below.


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Workshop - September 23, 2023
"Artful Couching" with Rachel Derstine,


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Date/time: Saturday 9/23/2023 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Location: Zoom

Price:  Members $35;  Nonmembers $50


Payment information can be found at end of workshop description.


Join us via Zoom on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a workshop with Rachel Derstine.  Learn the art of couching with yarns to create texture, flow and extra pizzazz.  Rachel will focus exclusively on mastering couching techniques.  She will show us the many ways to use couching for definition and sparkle by incorporating a variety of cording, yarns and metallic thread.  Please bring a 38” x 18” completed quilt sandwich using a striped batik or gradient fabric, if possible, including a stabilizer of your choice. Supply list will be provided prior to class.  A couching foot is recommended.


BIO: Rachel Derstine is an award-winning fiber artist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her works are featured in invitational and juried gallery shows and fine art/craft shows throughout the country.  She has had articles published in Machine Quilting Unlimited and Art Quilting Studio magazines.  Her work has been purchased and installed in institutions such as Epic Corporation in Madison, WI, and the Milton Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.  Having grown up in Japan, this influence is evident in her style and use of kimonos, silks, ikats, hand dyed and batik fabrics. She includes traditional techniques of quilting as well as her own contemporary methods. She does all her piecing, applique and couching on a domestic sewing machine and her quilting on a long arm quilting machine. 

Artwork website:
Online and virtual live quilting classes:
Facebook Pages: Rachel Derstine Designs, Artful Quilting and Sewing
Facebook Group: Artful Quilting and Sewing Group
Instagram: @derstinedesigns,  @artfulquiltsew 

Cost:  Members $35; Nonmembers $50 ($2 will be added if paying online below)

Note:   if paying by mail, please register first by sending an email to then send your check to CVQ address below.


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Conejo Valley Quilters Events


      CVQ 2023 "Earth Days Sew-In" VIRTUAL RETREAT 


                            When: Fri. April 21 -- Sun. April 23, 2023, 9 AM - 8 PM


Our Mission: To have a good time at a social gathering with people who love to do

what we do - QUILT!


Theme:  Using orphan blocks and panels in your quilts


Where: On Zoom


What: Spend time together as we work on our own projects and learn some new things about incorporating orphan blocks and panels into quilts.  We also plan to share tips and tricks for quilting.



  • Work on your own projects for the entire retreat, if you wish.

  • Random prize drawings throughout the long weekend and evening games with more prizes.

  • Break-out rooms open for small groups who want to exit the main room for a bit.


Challenge: Use some of your own orphan blocks or a panel to create a fun quilt. You can ask for a coordinated packet if you don't have any appropriate to use.

Cost: $25.00  ($1.50 will be added if paying online below)

Note: if paying by mail, please register first by sending an email to then send your check to CVQ address below.

Maximum # of participants: 40

Deadline to sign up is noon Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

For more information about membership and our meetings, click here.

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