The Association continues to welcome an exceptional group of guest Speakers. One of the many benefits of membership is the opportunity to take workshops from top quilters in the industry. Workshop participation is limited to SCVQA members unless the class has not filled 30 days prior to class. Non-members are invited to sign up at that time if vacancies exist. Workshop prices vary by instructor and reflect actual costs.


Registration begins 3 months prior to each workshop. To register for a workshop, complete the SCVQA Workshop Registration Form from the latest guild newsletter and bring it with your check to a general meeting, board meeting, or mail it to the indicated Programs Chair. You can email the form to Programs but your spot will not be secured until your check is received. Spaces in the workshops fill on a first come, first served basis and workshops usually accommodate 20 students. Any registrations received beyond 20 are automatically wait-listed in the order they are received.

To register by email, please send your name, phone number, specify which workshop you wish to take, to and confirm that you are mailing payment.

For more information about workshops please contact .


Workshops are held at:

Westhope Presbyterian Church
12850 Saratoga Avenue (just north of the intersection with Cox)
Saratoga, CA 95030

Use the third driveway north of Cox to enter the church parking area.

Supply List

Many workshops have a specific supply list provided by the instructor. A basic supply list suitable for most workshops is:

  • Sewing Machine. Sewing machine that you are familiar with and that is in good working order.
  • Iron/Ironing Board. A minimum of three small ironing boards and irons will be provided by SCVQA, but you may want to bring your own if you have a small, portable board and iron with low wattage.
  • Water and lunch. Workshops break for lunch. You will have more time to visit with the teacher and other students if you do not have to go out for lunch.
  • Ziplock bags or Project Box. These are useful for taking your project or its pieces home.
  • Chair pad. The chairs can be a little hard to sit in for hours of sewing. Consider bringing a pad to put on the chair either to adjust the height or cushion the chair.
  • Small light for your work area. These might not be necessary in our new location, Westhope Presbyterian.
  • Small paper bag for trash at your work area.

Instruction begins at the listed start time. To select a work area and set up before instruction begins, please arrive 10-15 minutes early.

Upcoming Workshops

Abstract Lines and Landscapes

Geri Patterson-Kutras
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM

The July 24th meeting provides a summer treat with a visit from Geri Patterson-Kutras. Geri will share her process for creating her intriguing landscape art quilts. You will be awed by her interpretations of the colors and shapes found in natural landscapes, architecture and the human form.
Then on Tuesday, July 25th the workshop, Abstract Lines and Landscapes, will allow you to explore this process and create your own luscious landscape. Think about all those photos you have taken on your journeys with the intention that they would inspire great art quilts. You will learn construction techniques that will encourage you to get those photos out and make your inspirations into reality!
Check your calendars now. This is a workshop you do not want to miss.

Geri Patterson-Kutras

Supply List

Walking Foot WOW!

Mel Beach
Due to popular demand, there are three workshop dates to choose from!!!
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM Normal location at Westhope Presbyterian
Sunday, August 27, 2017, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM ***Special location*** Click here for map.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM Normal location at Westhope Presbyterian

Discover the world of Quilt Challenges and the many opportunities awaiting you (and your quilts)! Join our very own Mel Beach on August 28th at 7:00PM as she recounts her adventures and misadventures while participating in quilt challenges at local, national, and international levels.

Then, during the workshop Mel will teach us how to create beautiful, modern quilted texture with a walking foot in her workshop, Walking Foot WOW!. Let's move beyond the basic stitching in the ditch and explore decorative stitches, repeat patterns, and even gentle curves to create drama and eye catching quilting designs to your unfinished quilt tops!
Check your calendars now. This is a workshop you do not want to miss.

Mel Beach Mel Beach

Supply List

Double Vision **Two day workshop**

Louisa Smith
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM Normal location at Westhope Presbyterian
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM Tanglewood Club House, 4690 Adamo Drive, San Jose CA. 95136

Be wowed by Louisa Smith on Monday, September 25th at 9:30 am as she shares her quilting journey. The Strips'n Curves best-selling author continues to earn praise from traditional, art, and modern quilters alike with her newest book, Double Vision Quilts.
Do you love color and optical illusions? Are you fascinated by the work of M. C. Escher? Then you must join Louisa for her two day class using gorgeous fabric and incredible colors. Learn how layers of shapes and colors fool the eye, allowing you to create dynamic quilts using easy construction techniques. You do not want to miss the opportunity to work with this exceptional instructor.
**Cost for this two day workshop is $110.**
Louisa Smith, Double Vision

Past Speakers

See the Meetings page for the list of past speakers.