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Programs and Workshops, 2018 is going to be fantastic!  I am honored to have Phyllis Gallaway as my mentor.  She was the one thing I needed to commit to this all-important part of Santa Rosa Quilt Guild’s incredible line of education.  We took a survey from the members, selecting the teachers and projects most requested.  We start with a color class to begin the year.  Then we move through a slate of soft and gentle curves, raw edge appliqué, mini-quilts featuring three-inch finished blocks, and cats finish the year in the ‘Frolicking Felines’ workshop!  I am so excited to be Program and Workshops Chair and look forward to full classes where wonder and amazement abound in many formats…

Rhonda Denny

At a Glance for 2018

Instructor                   Date                Website                                  Program                     Workshop

Liz Berg                       Jan 18-19        Art Quilter                     Color for Quilters

Joe Cunningham         Feb 15-16           My Life in Quilts            Hand Quilting Omnibus

Michelle Peerson         Mar 15-16     When Life Gives You    Outside the Box
                                                                                                            Scraps, Make Quilts  

Lorraine Olsen            Apr 19-20  Miniature Quilts           Miniature Blocks

Maggie Ball                 May 17-18       Quilters w/o Borders   Op-art Kaleidoscope

Mel Beach                   Jun 21-22      Challenge Yourself     Magnificent Mandala 

Karla Alexander          Jul 19-20     Quilts From Stash       Circle Play

Sue Nickels                 Oct 18-19            Made By Machine      Machine Appliqué

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me at


Quilters Without Borders with Maggie Ball

May 17th, 2018 to May 17th, 2018


In June 2004, Maggie visited Mongolia as a volunteer to teach quilting to low income and unemployed women. She returned in June 2006 to help organize the first International Quilt Show in Mongolia, and again in 2009 to teach and visit the new Mongolian Quilting Center in Ulaanbaatar. This illustrated lecture recounts Maggie’s experiences teaching and traveling in Mongolia, a land rich in tradition and beauty, and her continuing association with the Mongolian quilters

Op-Art Kaleidoscope with Maggie Ball

May 18th, 2018 to May 18th, 2018


This quilt, made from sixteen 14” Op-Art Kaleidoscope blocks, is surprisingly easy to construct using my method with no wedge-shaped templates or triangular rulers. Cut the wedges and kites with a regular ruler, mix the pieces and assemble large Kaleidoscope blocks. Slice these blocks and play. Students are encouraged to experiment and explore some of the many options for switching the diced pieces to generate interesting looking Op-art Kaleidoscope blocks for their own unique quilt.

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Challenge Yourself with Mel Beach

Jun 21st, 2018 to Jun 21st, 2018


Discover the world of Quilt Challenges and the many opportunities awaiting you (and your quilts!). Join me as I recount my adventures (including a few misadventures) while participating in Quilt Challenges at both the local and national/international level.  I hope to inspire you by sharing my own quilts and their stories, along with tips/tricks that I hope will inspire and encourage you to enter your own quilts, regardless of style or level of experience/skill! 

Magnificent Mandalas with Mel Beach

Jun 22nd, 2018 to Jun 22nd, 2018


Are you looking to add zen to your free motion quilting?  We’ll warm up designing mandalas on paper, before learning how to use minimal marking to free motion quilt a whole cloth mandala of your own design. Watch your mandala bloom as you add layers of texture and color!   

This workshop is geared towards more experienced quilters who have previous experience/comfort with free motion quilting.

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Lift the Quilts Out of Your Stash with Karla Alexander

Jul 19th, 2018 to Jul 19th, 2018


An informative discussion for quilt makers of all skill levels and experience.  You will be looking at your stash in a whole new way and actually start using your fabric rather than just admiring it!  Enjoy the confidence you'll gain exploring traditional and untraditional quilt methods by adding your own twist!  

Tips will inspire excitement, creating unexpected surprises ready to be quilted into your next project! Challenge yourself to take small or bold steps as you learn to work with your fabric and create your own methods and styles.  A trunk show with lots of and lots of quilts will illustrate many different styles of quilts as well as subjects discussed.

Circle Play - Arc Deco with Karla Alexander

Jul 20th, 2018 to Jul 20th, 2018


Sewing circles has never been so much fun! No worries if you've never sewn curves before OR if you prefer straight seams! You will leave this workshop a master of curves!

Come ready to experiment and learn new exciting techniques to create waves, perfect circles, free-form cut ovals, arcs and gentle curves. Nothing is set in stone, changes are welcome and you will be encouraged to follow your instincts while exploring additional options. Of course you are always welcome to follow my preplanned pattern instructions step by step if that is your style.

Tackling and understanding the curve is the objection of this workshop.

Please Note: Class will be held at Village Sewing Center 1455 Santa Rosa Ave at arrive at or around 9:15 to plug your machines in.

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Nickel Mania with Pat Speth

Jul 26th, 2018 to Jul 27th, 2018



Pat is teaching a two day workshop called Nickel Mania.  The workshop is full and there is a wait list.  This workshop will be held at the LBA&GC.

To be put on the wait list, contact Rhonda Denny.

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