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Let's Be Thankful for Melody Crust!

Posted August 25, 2014

Fiber artist Melody Crust proudly proclaims that she loves all things shiny! Join us on Monday, November 17th at 9:30 a.m. to hear her present her lecture Quilt Toppings; Fun & Fanciful Embellishments.

On Tuesday November 18th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Melody will teach her Simple Surfaces workshop. Come and play with different surface embellishing techniques in this fun class! In addition to the class fee, there will be a kit fee of $30 that includes foil, adhesive, and paint sticks.

Sue Bianchi, Programs Chair

2015 Quilt Show Logo

Posted July 27, 2014

We're pleased to reveal the logo for our upcoming quilt show. Thanks to Tiffany Tamboury for the design concept and to Margot McClaughry the digital interpretation and execution. What a team! Click over to the quilt show website to see the new logo!

Quilt Show Chairs

2015 Quilt Show Children's Quilts

Posted July 27, 2014

Pass on the tradition of quilting to someone under the age of 18. These quilts, completed in the last two years and at least 70% completed by the young person, will be shown in a special Children's Quilt Exhibit at our quilt show in 2015. Summer is a perfect time to start a wonderful memory with those special children in your life. For more information, contact Quilt Show Chairs.

Quilt Show Chairs

Quilt Challenge for 2015 Quilt Show

Posted July 27, 2014

The theme for the 2015 Quilt Show Challenge is 'A Blast From the Past'. The challenge is open to all SCVQA members. This time around there are no kits to buy, just a few simple requirements. A special category has been added for established small quilt groups. Completed quilts are due on November 17 at the guild meeting. Please email: to sign up. You will receive a copy of the challenge rules and entry form via email. If you do not have access to email, please contact Nancy Brown (408-251-8272) or Mollie Anderson (408-274-8068 or 408-470-1319). Hope you'll join the fun. I'm sure there are lots of 'blasts' in all of our pasts!

Quilt Show Challenge Committee

2015 Quilt Show Featured Quilter Announced

Posted July 27, 2014

The Quilt Show committee is pleased to announce that Sue Frame will be our featured quilter. Sue's quilt "Firmament" was the viewer's favorite at the 2013 show and will be on the postcard for the upcoming show as well! We're looking forward to getting to know Sue as she shares her enthusiasm for quilting and how she creates her masterpieces.

Quilt Show Chairs

Quilting 101 Has Returned!

Posted July 27, 2014

Quilt 101 now meets on the second Tuesday of every month. Our new "forever" home is in the GYM on the WestGate Church campus. The gym offers us a large space, plenty of parking, immediate access to a bathroom and kitchen facilities. WestGate Church is offering us a great rental rate for this facility. SCVQA members will pay $5.00 for a 10 am to 3:30 pm day of learning and quilting with friends.

Quilting 101 Chairs

Sue Benner is Coming!

Posted July 6, 2014

Were we ever lucky! Sue had a cancellation and we called at the right moment! Don't miss the September 22nd meeting where Sue will give her lecture Quilts: The New Geometry. This should be inspiring as she talks about geometric abstraction, comparing traditional quilts and 20th Century modern art.

Sue will be teaching her class Fusing the Grid twice - Sunday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 23rd. Create a series of several art quilts based on the grid. Sue offers many ways to work with rectilinear design using fusible collage as a construction method. This is a great workshop for developing new directions in color, working in a series, and experimenting with silk and other fibers. The techniques and ideas that Sue teaches here form the basis for much of her work. This workshop will be $60.00 per session.

Sue Bianchi, Programs Co-Chair

More Ann Shaw!

Posted July 6, 2014

Due to the overwhelming demand for the Ann Shaw Chicken Challenge class, we've been able to add a class to Wednesday, July 30th! We still have some spots open for the class. Don’t miss out!

Make sure to join us on July 28th to hear Ann Shaw talk to us about Line, Shape and Design in Quilts. This lecture will give us plenty of opportunity for Q&A!

Sue Bianchi, Programs Co-Chair

Parliamentarian News, Officer Nominations 2014-2016

Posted June 12, 2014

According to the SCVQA Bylaws, the Board of Directors at their May meeting approved the following slate of officers for the 2014-2016 term.

President Shelagh Deming
2nd VP/Programs Anne Brooks
Parliamentarian Tami Giltz
Membership Susan Arnold

Members will vote for slate of directors at the July and August meetings. Terms start October 2014 and run through September 2016. Nominations from the floor will be accepted before the close of the June membership meeting. Job descriptions of all positions are posted on the Board page of our website.

SCVQA Parliamentarian

SCVQA Proposed Bylaws Changes

Posted April 4, 2014

Bylaws changes proposed by the board have been sent to online members and will be available at the membership desk at the meetings for your review. They are also available on the Board and About pages of the website. The membership will vote on the changes at the May and June meetings.


Opportunity Quilt News

Posted March 12, 2014

We are in the beginning phases of developing our Opportunity Quilt for 2015. We have received over 20 drawings of blocks that can be included in our Calendar-double-sided-machine-appliqué quilt. At our March and April meetings the drawings will be on display and each member will have the opportunity to vote for 12 blocks to include in the finished quilt.

Once we have our 12 blocks chosen, we will ask for members to do the appliqué of the blocks (from their own stash). We will hold small workshops to make sure that we have coordinated our blanket stitch size and methods of doing points and negative points. The machine appliqué work will also act as the quilting as this quilt will be assembled in the quilt-as-you-go fashion.

After the blocks are appliquéd, we will hold small workshops to do the inking on the back of the blocks and then comes the assembly work with members adding the front and back sashing, quilting and adding the borders, and adding the inserted scalloped binding. We plan to have it ready to unveil before our March Quilt Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

If you want to help, sign up for the part that interests you during the break at each of our general meetings.

Don't forget to Vote!!

Terri Schneider

Parliamentarian News, General Member Meeting Announcement

Posted January 20, 2014

It is nomination time for upcoming vacancies on the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association Board of Directors. Four positions are open, President, 2nd Vice President, Parliamentarian and Membership. Terms start October 2014 and run through September 2016.

The Board of Director nominees for the 2014 ballot are announced to the board and members in May. SCVQA members will vote for the nomination committee's slate of directors at the July and August meetings. Job descriptions of all positions are posted on the Board page of our website

The nominating committee looks for and is open to receiving nominations for open board positions. If you or some member you know is interested in being a nominee or wants more information please contact Myra Talavera, Parliamentarian or a member of the nomination committee: Sue Bianchi, Shelagh Deming, Chuck Charles Louis, Jennifer Portune or Jaunell Waldo.


SCVQA Holiday Party
Monday Evening, December 16

Posted December 5, 2013

Arrive in the lobby with a dozen or two of your favorite cookies and 10 to 15 copies of the recipe. The object of this will be to share a tasty treat with fellow SCVQA members and let them take home the recipe of their favorites to share during the holidays. Please note boldly on the recipe if the cookies contain nuts to accommodate those with allergies.

After a very brief business meeting, we will have a Show and Tell so plan on bringing your favorite creation from the past year, or maybe a quilt that has special meaning for you or your family.

We will be sharing with two special charities this year, one for our wonderful quilts and the other for more basic items:

  • For those who would like to donate quilts, we will be providing all quilts collected to the Child Abuse Council (CAC) of Santa Clara County.

    CAC's need is for quilts appropriately sized for younger and older kids, toddlers to teens, both boys and girls, each of whom is given a quilt the first time they are brought into the interview center. This will give them something of comfort to take with them to the next stop in their journey.

    More information about this organization can be seen at CAC.

  • A non-quilt related opportunity for giving please consider The Grateful Garment Project.

    The mission of this organization is to ensure that every victim of a sexual crime who crosses the threshold of a SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) facility or who seeks medical attention and/or law enforcement involvement is provided with whatever new clothing, toiletry, snack items and miscellaneous items they may require.

    If you can't help yourself and would like to sew something for this organization, fleece lap throws and quillows are appreciated.

    Suggested purchased donations are: Larger sizes of sweat pants or pajama bottoms, sweaters, sweatshirts, sport bras, underwear, T-shirts. Also needed are slippers, flip-flops or slip-on sandals, hairbrushes, hair ties and toothbrushes, non-perishable items such as protein and granola bars, microwavable meals and soup, etc. Also welcome are financial donations. Please make your tax-deductible donation payable to: The Grateful Garment Project. More information can be obtained at: The Grateful Garment Project


Ring in the New Year with Therese May!

Posted December 5, 2013

Could we begin 2014 any better? Multiple award winning Therese May has had works published in numerous books and magazines as well as having works chosen to exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute and at the Louvre. San Jose is so lucky to claim her as one of their own artists! Join us on Monday, January 27th at 9:30 a.m. to hear Therese speak on her story as an artist and quilter.

On Tuesday, January 28th from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Therese will teach her class Quilted Portraits. These wonderful, technique filled quilts can range from people to pets to fictional characters. Sign up soon! This class will fill quickly.More ...


Special Opportunity at November Meeting

Posted October 12, 2013

Last November the Guild was saddened at the loss of a long-time member, Marilyn Abbott. Marilyn had run our quilt show a few years ago and was an active volunteer in many areas. Like the rest of us, her sewing room had a number of UFOs. Her family graciously allowed her small quilt group, TBA, to take and finish a number of her quilts. The smaller quilts were given to friends and donated to various venues. But three of the larger quilts have been completed and will be displayed at the November meeting. Two of the quilts just needed a little bit more quilting and binding and one just needed binding. You will have an opportunity to win one of these quilts. The timing is perfect for a possible gift for someone on your list. Proceeds will benefit the Guild. More ...


Cathie Hoover Retrospective Trunk Show

Posted October 3, 2013

On the morning of November 18th, Cathie Hoover will show 21+ years of original work including quilts and garments! She'll share her techniques, materials, trade secrets, and inspirations (some of them involving cows). In addition to speaking and teaching extensively, Cathie has won multiple awards for her quilts and wearable arts.

On November 19th, Cathie will teach a class called Technique Sampler. Join this great class for extensive demonstrations and hands-on applications of the techniques that she uses to make her quilts so unique. You will leave the class with the skill to use these techniques to make them uniquely yours!


Tonye Belinda Phillips is Coming in October!

Posted July 14, 2013

A native or Oregon, quilter Tonye Belinda Phillips' passion for folk art inspired her to develop a simple method for making stunning hand-appliquéd quilts. She has her own ideas for choosing fabrics, working with color, and creating the appliqué shapes, as well as placing, basting, and stitching them up. Her work is whimsical and a joy to look at.

Several of her quilts have been featured in various quilting books including: Through the Garden Gate by Jean and Valori Wells, Transitions by Andrea Balosky and Quilted Memories by Mary Lou Weidman. Her work can also be seen at the Clearwater Gallery and Sisters Art Works in Sisters, Oregon and The Stitchin Post in Sisters, Oregon.

Tonye will be presenting a lecture and trunk show to us at our evening meeting on October 21st. On Tuesday, October 22, Tonye will be teaching "SALTBOX: Build a House in a Day".


Parliamentarian News: Voting

Posted June 23, 2013

According to the SCVQA Bylaws, the Board of Directors at their May meeting approved the following slate of officers for the 2013-2014 term.

First VP Terri Schneider
3rd VP/Programs Sue Bianchi
Recording Secretary Janet Hagquist
Treasurer Carol Current

The slate of candidates was presented to the general membership at the May 20 meeting. The floor was opened for nominations. No nominations were received. This process will be repeated at the June general meeting. Voting on the slate will be conducted at the July and August meetings.


Date Changes for November Meeting, Workshop

Posted May 3, 2013

Because the church has a conflict with our regular meeting date in November, SCVQA will meet a week earlier than we had planned. Cathie Hoover, our contracted speaker, was able to change her schedule to present her lecture on Monday, November 18, 2013 and teach a class on Tuesday, November 19. Please mark your calendars now. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for our members.

First VP

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