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 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


Lyn Mann
Tuesday, February 28, 2017. 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM

Lyn has visited us at least twice before and every lecture is a revelation; she visits us again on Monday, February 27, 2017 with another wonderful lecture.
Lyn is a scrap master and will teach us how to choose the right border to suit each quilt in her lecture, "Head for the Border". The next morning, please join her class, Dominoes. It is a scrap lover's delight, teaching you about value, color and how to successfully switch them around using just one block. This quilt has a pieced border, adding to the scrappy possibilities. This workshop is $45.00.
Lyn Mann, Dominoes

Supply List

Master of Portraiture

Lola Jenkins
Tuesday, March 28, 2017. 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM

Faces are probably the most intimidating things quilters make. In her class, Portraits I, Lola takes this daunting topic and makes it a simple, fun experience. This is a raw edge fusible applique technique that includes shading with colored pencils. Cost for this workshop is $55 and has an optional $20 kit.
Lola Jenkins, Master of Portraiture

Supply List

Paint, Layer and Stitch

Katie Fowler
Tuesday, April 25, 2017. 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM

Katie Fowler stunned quilt show viewers when she sliced into her highly regarded quilt in an effort to create something better. She joins us on April 24th to share her meaningful, yet lighthearted, look at the creative process. On Tuesday, April 25th, she presents Paint, Layer and Stitch, a playshop in color, design, and creativity. Participants create a small whole cloth painting and learn to utilize a variety of materials. All the materials you need to participate in this workshop are provided by Katie. Cost for this workshop is $45, with an additional mandatory $35 kit fee.
Katie Fowler, Paint, Layer and Stitch

Shadow Illusions--Emerald City

Colleen Wise
Tuesday, May 23, 2017. 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM

Colleen Wise visits the association with her trunk show and lecture, "Casting Shadows: Creating Depth in Quilts" on Monday, May 22. Learn how to add that bit of dimension and realism to your quilts and see how much interest it adds to your work.
Tuesday, May 23 is Colleen's workshop, Emerald City. Put your new knowledge of perspective and shadows to work making this strikingly beautiful quilt. This class is suitable for advanced beginners yet interesting enough for all levels of expertise. Men as well as women would enjoy owning your newest creation. Cost for this workshop is $45. Kits are not offered for this workshop--consult supply list for supplies.
Colleen Wise, Shadow Illusions

Supply List

Past Speakers

See the Meetings page for the list of past speakers.