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Programs and Workshops

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!


Tool Time with Lisa McKissick

Jan 19th, 2017

Lisa McKissick from Petaluma will entertain us with her talk called "Tool Time." Have you ever stared at the notions wall and wondered what all those tools do and which is the right one to buy? Then Lisa is your Tool Time Girl! This entertaining and informative lecture features over 30 of Lisa’s favorite tools and corresponding quilts. Of course, there will be rulers and cutters and marking devices—but be ready for a number of exceptional little gems along the way!




Northern Lights with Lisa McKissick

Jan 20th, 2017

Try this dramatic paper pieced quilt with a unique secondary pattern! This paper piecing class breaks all the rules! Less work, more fun! It is paper piecing, without sewing through and tearing off the paper. We use freezer paper and sew next to the paper. So much easier and a lot more fun! Choose contrasting fabrics to help you get that wonderful secondary pattern!

Tool: Optional but recommended - Add a quarter ruler (at least 12")

Sign up at the next guild meeting! Workshop fee: $40. Remember to include your check when registering to guarantee your spot!

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A Love Affair with Japan II with Tracey Brookshier

Feb 16th, 2017

Tracey's slides will give insight into the amazing Tokyo International Great Quilt Show. You'll see gorgeous quilts, and learn about Japanese quilting culture, which is very different than ours. A trunk show of Tracey's quilts designed with Japanese and Asian-inspired fabrics follows.

Sankaku with Tracey Brookshier

Feb 17th, 2017

Sankaku is the Japanese word for triangle. This quilt was designed to show off beautiful panels or large scale prints and is strikingly graphic using high-contrast values. Concentric triangular borders have a math secret—the blocks in each border are exactly 1" larger than the blocks in the previous border. This relationship continues for each additional border, however large you make the quilt!

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Embroidery Changes Thorough the Decades with Robin Kingsley

Mar 16th, 2017

Robin Kingsley from Bird Brain Designs in Kelseyville will talk about how she got started with embroidery in the early 1960s. From there she will share how embroidery has changed throughout the decades and what enjoyment stitching can bring to relaxing! In addition, you will have the opportunity to realize how you can incorporate embroidery into your quilts to embellish, finish seams, add character and more to make them even more special!

Embroidery Loves Patchwork with Robin Kingsley

Mar 17th, 2017

Participants will embroider the center of a Tiny Treasure Tote with additional decorative embroidery on the Patchwork Tote. You will learn embroidery techniques that will add texture and interest to your quilt. Each participant will be asked to purchase the tote kit which includes all supplies for completing the embroidery except for a pair of scissors and a thimble! This project should be able to be completed by the end of the workshop!

Sign up at the next guild meeting! Workshop fee: $40. Remember to include your payment when registering to guarantee you spot!

Supply list:

Sewing machine

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 to 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…