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Janice Rodgers is the 2017  Program and Workshop Chair.   Assistance and input from Mary Wood, Wendy Feist, Diana Roberts and Betty Upchurch helped make this year's calendar have a variety of lecture topics and workshops for all level of quilters!  We hope you enjoy the programs and will consider taking advantage of these great workshops which are offered at an incredible low price of only $40 each!


Groups Quilts with Diane Steele

Apr 20th, 2017

Program:  Diane Steele who will talk about Group Quilts: Round Robins, Challenges and block Exchanges.  If you think a center medallion with three added borders is the only way to group quilt, just wait!  Diane will bring a trunk show of group projects which she has been a part of and how to spice up your quilting life.  Everyone will receive a handout with dozens of ideas for projects for 5 to 100 of your friends. 

I'm a passionate quilter born and raised in Northern California. I'm active in 2 quilt guilds, the president on one! I've worked in a quilt shop, collect antique quilts, lecture and teach quilting and am a member of the Calendar Girls, a block exchanging and very fun group! I'm inspired by my fellow quilters, quilt shows and quilting magazines so I always have several quilt projects going at a time. Yes, I'm a Rabid Quilter!

Charming Silhouette with Diane Steele

Apr 21st, 2017

 April 21, 2017’s workshop Charming  Silhouettes by Diane Steele will be held at VILLAGE SEWING CENTER, 1455 Santa Rosa Avenue.  NOTE:  This is a onetime change of location!  The workshop fee is a very reasonable $40.

Workshop: Diana writes, “ It isn't often I finish something.  I START new projects all the time but finish? --Quilted, bound and with a label? Oh boy--that doesn't happen often. I blame my penchant for  going to quilt shows and subscribing to a myriad of quilting magazines. They inspire me and make me go "SQUIRREL" all the time! So, I decided I needed to finish these 2 small projects which will be a new class for me to teach.  On the right is, "I'm Your Kitty" and on the left, "Who's Your Honey". The title of the class will be "Charming Silhouette" because they use one Charm Pack, less than a yard of border fabric plus a silhouette I provide. These wall-hangings measure about 35" x 40", a nice size to finish and hang for all to enjoy!” This is a great way to make a colorful and interesting background to showcase one of the silhouettes.  You’ll sew together 5” squares then combine and configure them to make a background that will suit the size of your silhouette.

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A Quilter's Journey: From Appreciation to Imitation to Creation with Marcia Harmening

May 18th, 2017

Program: The presentation will take you on an unusual path into the wonderful world of quilting with plenty of quilts to show along the way.  Marcia will show a variety of quilts showing her technique of Flip and Fuse.

Marcia Harmening is the owner and designer for Happy Stash Quilts. Marcia is a quilt designer, author, and a contributor to McCall’s Quilting. Marcia’s lap quilt, Blown Away, is patterned in the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.

She fell in love with quilting 15 years ago as a means of staving off insanity during the long, dark Alaska winters. She found that colorful fabric combined with colorful friendships is, indeed, the perfect solution for surviving the snowy, monochromatic season. Marcia enjoys teaching on a regular basis and editing quilt books for Brenda Henning of Bear Paw Productions. She began publishing my own patterns in 2008. In 2010, after 23 years in Alaska, she and her husband and their three children relocated to Reno, Nevada, where they are soaking in an unbelievable abundance of sunshine.


Happy Flowers OR Spring into Christmas with Marcia Harmening

May 19th, 2017

Workshop:  No preliminary cutting is necessary. Simply bring your selected fabrics to class with your sewing supplies listed below and we will get a fresh start together! Patterns will be handed out in class. No appliqué or curved piecing is necessary to create the gentle curves in Spring into Christmas and Happy Flowers. Folded squares or rectangles are inserted into the seams of the blocks. Then the folded bias edge of the inserted piece is gently pulled over and top-stitched in place to create the curves which add movement and character to these bright and happy quilts.

The pattern will be provided at no charge to students.  Fabric requirements for both quilt options will be sent to each individual who has signed up for the class.

Other supplies for class:
Rotary cutter
Cutting mat
Sewing machine and accessories
Thread to match each tree fabric OR background of flowers
Scissors, seam ripper, pins, thread, needles, bobbins…


Quilted Landscape Collage with Laura Fogg

Jun 15th, 2017 to Jun 15th, 2017

About Laura:
I have been a quilt artist for almost twenty years. My one quilting class was with Natasha Kempers-Kullen at Asilomar in 1999. Otherwise, I am self-taught. I had an art minor at UC Berkeley, and have taken numerous painting and drawing classes at the local community college. I have a MA and two teaching credentials in the field of Special Education and am now retired.

My quilts have been shown regularly since 2000, and awarded ribbons periodically, at many quilt shows across the US. Many of my pieces have been accepted into major gallery and museum shows across the country, and have also been published in major quilting books and magazines in the US and abroad.

I was recently invited to be filmed on The Quilting Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms. My segment was debuted on February 26, 2017.

I have been lecturing and teaching landscape collage classes for the past twelve years.

Ukiah, CA has been my home for my entire adult life, which is where I raised my three children. Besides quilting, my major hobbies include bicycle riding, kayaking, hiking, organic gardening and writing. I am the author of a book (a memoir on my experiences working with blind children and their families), which was published in 2007 by Medusa’s Muse Publishing Company.

Laura has been a mural painter and seamstress for many years, and has recently begun to combine the two media and go in a whole new direction — art quilting. She uses a “painterly” collage style in her art, with landscapes as her primary focus. Much of her inspiration comes from the beauty she enjoys on a daily basis in Mendocino County.

Laura’s work has been shown both locally and nationally. Many pieces have been juried into major shows, and a number have been prizewinners. Her work has been published in calendars, magazines, and books. She lectures and teaches art quilting classes throughout northern California. For the last 30 years, Laura has been teaching blind people how to get around with a white cane. Maybe it is this all-day focus on lack of sight that makes the world such a visual treat for her. Everything in her landscapes is cut freehand and allowed to move around as she machine appliqués pieces onto the layers below. She works fast as a means of achieving a more dynamic outcome.



Quilted Landscape Collage with Laura Fogg

Jun 16th, 2017 to Jun 16th, 2017

 Workshop:  Discover the “artist within” as you play with the fabrics of your choice to create a small (2’ by 3’) landscape collage wall quilt. Expect this to be a fun, creative, interactive and successful experience. Each student will start with a photo of a place that inspires them (possibly a scene from Emandal) and create a freehand collage quilt which can be sewn together in or out of class by hand or with a sewing machine. There are no patterns or rules in this class…it’s a chance to play and explore your unique artistic eye with the support of both the instructor and your classmates.  Her workshop is designed for all levels of quilters!

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Transition from Technician to Artist with April Sproule

Jul 20th, 2017 to Jul 20th, 2017


Program:  In her lecture, April will discuss how she evolved over the years from an entirely left-brained analytical perfectionist in her art work to a person who has learned to work in an entirely different manner. Now able to work from her heart with an uninhibited and enlightened outlook, she will share valuable tips on how to find your own creative voice and work through those bothersome creative blocks that we all encounter.


She will share many of her quilts and fiber art pieces and reflect on how monumental the pieces were in her artistic development and transformation.


Fabric Painting with Stencils with April Sproule

Jul 21st, 2017 to Jul 21st, 2017

Workshop: Stencils have been around for centuries, and they remain one of the easiest and most effective ways to apply imagery to fabrics. In class, we will be using a unique collection of stencils I have developed that are incredibly simple to use. The Textile Design Stencils are perfectly suited for a wide variety of fiber art applications such as quilting projects, wearable art, and home décor. The paints are water-based and completely washable.

The following information and techniques will be covered: basic stenciling techniques, borders, allover patterns, central motifs, color mixing, and the layering and shading of the images. You will be amazed at the spectacular results that can be achieved so quickly, and absolutely no painting or drawing experience is required. There will also be instructions for an optional wallhanging project provided if you prefer to work on that in class.

Come and join us for a fun-filled day of color, design, and the exploration of new ideas. Check out the Stencil Gallery on the website to see examples:

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How to Buy Fabric with Color with Christine Barnes

Aug 17th, 2017 to Aug 17th, 2017

Program: I’m often asked, “Where do you find these fabulous fabrics?” As quilters we have endless sources, but choosing fabric with color in mind takes an awareness of basic color concepts and the qualities that make fabrics special. In this digital-image presentation and trunk show, you’ll learn how to select fabrics for successful quilts and avoid the pitfalls when building your stash.


Layered transparency with Christine Barnes

Aug 18th, 2017 to Aug 18th, 2017


Christine will now be teaching 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.  You will learn and experience color and finish with a  unique one of a kind quilt. 

The workshop will be held at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center on Yulupa Avenue in Santa Rosa on August 18th from 9-4.  Set up begins at 8:30. The cost of the workshop is $40 plus $10 for the pattern.

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Working with Precuts with Michelle George

Sep 22nd, 2017 to Sep 22nd, 2017

One of the perks of being a member of the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild is that you can take this September’s workshop for free!  Yes, this September 22nd you may chose to participate in this unique workshop and make one of the two quilts shown! 

Michelle George will be teaching how to make these quilts which use precuts.  You will learn what to do with the jelly rolls and/or layer cakes that you bought a long time ago and have been storing in your stash!  BUT you don’t have any jelly rolls or layer cakes…not a problem.  On September 21st after the Founder’s Day Luncheon the GoBaby! Machine will be available for you to cut strips and squares.  In addition, it will available all day during the workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Scottish Rite Building, 600 Acacia Lane, Santa Rosa from 9-4.  Lunch will be provided, too!

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Five-Inch is a Cinch - How Nickel Quilts are Created with Pat Speth

Oct 19th, 2017 to Oct 19th, 2017


How Nickel Quilts Are Created –This trunk show is sure to get quilters fired up about using 5" squares of fabric. Pat will bring a great assortment of quilts from her collection.   You will learn to focus on the blocks in the quilts and the simple components from which they are made.

Pat started working with 5 inch squares as a basis for her quiltmaking in 1993 after attending her first retreat. She was asked to do a program for her guild in 1997 using the 5" squares, which gave her the push to explore new uses and techniques for working with the squares. Pat, while working a full time job, started on the book, Nickel Quilts in 1998 and was able to have it ready for the publishers in June 2001.


Picket Fence Units with Pat Speth

Nov 20th, 2017 to Nov 20th, 2017

Workshop:  In this workshop you will learn how to make the picket fence unit with the sew & flip method. No triangles to cut or bias to work with. You will receive a handout that includes 39 design variations on the Millennium Star block that are created by rotating and substituting the block components. Pat will show you many great borders using these units. A handout will be given and discussed on how to make your pieced border fit your quilt top. Rated: All skill levels.


Students will be able to make of these 5 Quilts:
Chesapeake, Millennium Star, Pinwheels on Parade, Dawn to Dusk and Woodland Clover.

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