May 19, 2010

July 17, 2013

Sue Rasmussen
Her Program:  A Desperate Housewife’s Quilt Journey 

Summer is the perfect time to learn a new quilting technique or refine our skills, and our speaker in July was the perfect person to help us do just that!  Sue Rasmussen has an impressive resume which includes having a textiles science background from UC, Davis, and teaching at guilds and on cruises, and at Empty Spools Seminars.  She also has published many patterns and the book, Quilting 101 What Every Quilter Should Know! She entertained us during the lecture with her colorful quilt journey, explaining along the way how she has refined her skill in quilting.  In the workshop, she helped us develop dramatic twisting flying geese designs and then successfully sew these designs!  You can find her online at:

January 20, 2010

February 16, 2011

May 15, 2013

Marcia Stein
Her Topic: "It Helps to Have a Camera:  Finding Photographic Subjects and Using Them in Your Quilts"

Marcia Stein is a San Francisco textile artist whose award winning work has been shown in a number of juried exhibitions at galleries, museums, and quilt shows throughout the country and is included in several public and private collections.

Marcia’s recent designs combine her interest in photography with her quilt art and she is currently at work on a series of pieces based on her photographs from Santa Fe, Italy, England and the South of France.

Originally from Chicago, Marcia is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She took up quilting in 1992, after a lifelong interest in other needle arts and has been pursuing her interest in textile art full time since 1996.

February 19, 2014

Nancy Rink.
Lecture topic:  Eye on Design

Happy Valentine’s Day! For the February DVQ meeting, we were ready to share a heart-filled evening with Nancy Rink as she presented an “Eye on Design” to inspire us to create our own eye-catching quilts. She showed many of her prizewinning quilts and discussed the design approach and techniques she uses to create her amazing designs.  To learn more about Nancy’s quilt designs click on

Nancy will tell you that, like most us, her first quilt was a disaster. The stitching was too big, the fabric was hideous and the quilt was too heavy. But Nancy’s quilts have come a long way since that first one. She won her first quilt competition and in the 1997 Hoffman Challenge, Nancy was delighted to have her quilt; Byzantine Compass garner a first place ribbon in the Mixed Technique Category.

She has been featured in magazines such as Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Quiltmaker, and Quilt. In 2004, Dogtooth Violets earned one of the top awards in the Kaufman Quilt Quest.  She has won awards at Pacific International Quilt Festival, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, and the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. Recently, Emerald Spring won a first place in Mixed Techniques at Road to California.

Judy Mullen

February 15, 2012

Vicki Johnson
"Breaking the Rules"

Vicki Johnson has been creating quilted and painted art since 1970.  She has a great love of nature and uses landscapes and seascapes as her inspiration.  She is quite talented in many different styles of quilting, such as traditional and contemporary quilting, fabric painting, fabric dyeing and soft sculpture.

Vicki has won many awards in the quilting world. Her painted quilts have been seen in international exhibitions and collections, as well as private and corporate collections.

Vicki's website is

June 16, 2010

Sally Collins

Kathy Arroyo

October 19, 2011

Laurel Anderson
“Laurel’s Quilting Journey”

Laurel has been searching and perfecting her appliqué techniques over the years.  She presented her journey into appliqué from beginner to award winning artist. 

Explore her website gallery of flowers and birds.

January 21, 2015

Joe Cunningham
Lecture topic is: My Life in Quilts

It’s that time again when we greet the New Year full of warm memories of the past and anticipation of incredible events to come. So, please join us and celebrate the start of 2015 by enjoying an exciting evening filled with music, stories and quilts brought to you by the renowned quilter and entertaining presenter, Joe Cunningham! His unique personal style, which is both original and shaped by tradition, is sure to awaken your inner artist for a creative new year.

Joe began making quilts professionally in 1979, after a ten-year career as a musician in Michigan. His early mentors, including the renowned Michigan quiltmaker Mary Schafer, were steeped in the history and traditions of quilts, leading him to a life of study in quilt history and a love of traditional techniques, especially hand stitching.

Over the years his quilts have evolved into a unique, personal style. His quilts are in the permanent collections of museums and in numerous private collections. Cunningham’s 11 books on quilts include the 2010 book “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking” (the first book on the subject) and a museum catalogue for the Shelburne Museum's exhibition "Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present". His column for the national magazine The Quilt Life is called “Biased and Edgy.” He has been seen on the Peabody Award winning PBS series "Craft in America," the HGTV series “Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson”, the PBS series “Sewing with Nancy” and on “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.”

Take a moment and view his gallery:  To find out more about Joe, view: and  his web site

October 20, 2010

July 16, 2014

Speaker: Sandi Cummings
Program: Thinking Outside the Block

As the summer heats up, let’s give a warm DVQ Welcome to one our local residents, Sandi Cummings. She is a noted contemporary artist, best known for the vibrant, carefree use of color and lively movement within her quilt designs. Her work has been juried into many artquilt shows, including Visions, Women of Taste and Quilt National. Many of her pieces are held in both personal and corporate collections

She started quilting about 30 years ago with the usual traditional patterns, but knew immediately that she wanted to branch out. So now she uses a variety of techniques, which include inspirational photographs, her own collection of multi-colored dyed fabrics and screen printing. The result of this process is the use of bright colors and innovative designs throughout her quilts and gives one the opportunity to blend the warm and tactile properties of fabric with the richness of color and pattern. She enjoys sharing her techniques, which offer a bridge into the world of contemporary quilt making.

August 20, 2014

Speaker:  Judy Sisneros
Lecture topic is:  “You Make the Decision –the Fabric Does the Work”.

Now that we are in the heat of our summer months, we welcome Judy Sisneros from Rocklin, CA with her hot colored quilts from her new Pizzazz collection. Judy started her quilting career approximately twenty-seven years ago. She started doing strip-pieced landscape quilts and realized other quilters wanted to learn her technique. So she started teaching and wrote her first book in 1994 called “Simply Landscaping”. Since then, she has started her Pizzazz Collection and has published three books; 9 Patch Pizzazz (which has sold over 70,000 copies), Rectangle Pizzazz and her newest book is Circle Pizzazz. The word “pizzazz” was added by C&T publishing because of the wild and bright colors used in Judy's quilts.

Judy’s lecture title is “You Make the Decision –the Fabric Does the Work”. She will have a trunk show of about fifty quilts - old and new ones with lots of funny stories she will share with us about her journey as a quilter and writer.

Judy has discovered that her love of teaching takes her traveling which she does with gusto. Her approach to teaching is casual and fun, and she encourages originality and creativity. She wants her students to enjoy their quilts enough to make more as gifts.

To find out more about Judy, go to her web site: 

June 15, 2011

Christine Barnes
"Magic Fabrics - Special Effects"

Christine spoke about colors and light.  Put simply, “magic fabrics” give a quilt light and life.  Some suggest light coming from below the surface (luminosity) or bouncing across the surface (luster).  Others convey the milky hues of opals or imply colors that overlap to create transparency. Fabrics usually display variations in value—light areas among darker areas, or light-to-dark gradations—and they typically contain warm colors. Batiks, hand-dyes, and hand-painted fabrics have a dappled quality; some commercial fabrics appear to “smolder,” an illusion that lends depth and warmth to even the simplest quilts.

See more at her website:

November 16, 2011

Linda Schmidt
“Short Attention Span Talks and Trunk Shows—Quilts Only”

Linda was our guest in November.  Since her last DVQ visit, she discovered many new products and techniques.

Her work involves wearable art, landscapes, portraits, and experimentation with thread and fabric.  She fills the empty space on canvas with stitched fabrics of color and beauty.

Visit her at

 May 2012

 Liz Berg
"Confessions of an Art Quilter"

Liz has shared with us her journey of how a traditional quilter discovered the world of art quilting. She brought many of her quilts to share with us.

Liz was once fearful of the quilt police and has now become a fiber artist whose quilts have won numerous local and national awards in both quilt and art shows (where they don't check stitch length!).

Liz has a website:

April 21, 2010

August 18, 2010 

Rebecca Rohrkaste

September 19, 2012

Bobbi Finley
"Tile Quilts - Reinventing a Forgotten Form"

We’ve all seen beautiful tiled murals and been so impressed.  Some of us have thought about creating a quilt in the style of these masterpieces but haven’t had the time—or the know-how—to make such a quilt.  Bobbi Finley has done just that, but her lovely creations have a distinctive "modern" twist to them.  Bobbi has shared her secrets and provided guidance so we all can create our own "modern" version of a 19th century tile design quilt.

Bobbi has been quilting since 1987.  Her quilts are part of the collections of the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City and the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. She is co-author of Tile Quilt Revival: Reinventing a Forgotten Form, and Fresh Perspectives: Reinventing 18 Classic Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center Museum.

November 17, 2010

November 20, 2013 

Judy Mathieson
Her Topic: "Retrospective and What’s New"

Judy Mathieson became interested in quilt making in 1973 while completing a BS degree in Home Economics (Textiles and Clothing) at California State University, Northridge.  Since 1983 she has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States and in Canada, Japan, Australia, Scotland, New Zealand and England.

Her work has won numerous prizes at Houston Quilt Festival, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Quilt National, Visions, NQA, and many other shows.

Mariner's compass quilt designs and their many variations are Judy's specialties. She uses various methods of piecing including freezer paper foundations that eliminate stitching through the paper. She also makes quilts for her own pleasure featuring dogs and sheep since her husband enjoys training his dogs for local sheep herding competitions.

Sadly, we did not have a workshop in November with Judy.  After 30 wonderful years of teaching, Judy has decided to limit her teaching, but we are thrilled that she is able to present a lecture to our guild.

Visit Judy's website at

March 16, 2011

Melinda Bula
"Discovering the Artist Within Through Quilts and Wearable Arts"

What a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome Spring by learning to thread paint our quilts from this acclaimed teacher.  Melinda’s sense of color and design has won her numerous awards not only for quilts, but also for her wearable arts.  

Why flowers?  “I have found that if you can create a flower and see all the colors and values in one flower petal you can paint anything.  Studying the flower trains your eye to look at small details and focus. This skill can then be transferred to other subject matter.  Plus, why not work from one of God’s most beautiful and colorful creations?” We were treated to a peek into her latest projects, and her latest books.

Visit her site at:

April 2012

Freddy Moran
"A Trunk Show of Quilts and Discussion of Color"

Freddy is truly an artist using fabric as her medium.  She first put her degree in art to work by designing and teaching needlepoint.  Then she moved on to creating a lively and unique quilting style.  Her quilts are a profusion of strong colors and playful designs, with countless fabrics combining stripes, polka-dots, and patterns large and small!  She shared a trunk full of these lively creations as she explained her use of color, especially using red as a "neutral" in quilting.Freddy was the featured artist at our 2007 Quilt Show and has taught classes at many venues, including "Empty Spools" at Asilomar, but this is the first time she was a speaker and teacher at our guild. We were very excited to have Freddy as our guest speaker.

March 17, 2010

June 18, 2014

Robyn Green from Hoffman Fabrics

Program: Hoffman Bali Batiks: Magic Fabrics for Quilting

Come join us on a DVQ Summer Vacation as we take a trip to the Hoffman fabric factory located in Bali, Indonesia! Have you ever wondered how Hoffman California Fabrics can create such bright and gorgeous batiks? The start-to-finish, by-hand process is so incredible that Hoffman likes to think of their batiks as “magic fabrics”!  They will share their industry’s magic and show us their newest fabrics before they are released to quilting stores. Together we will celebrate Hoffman’s 90th birthday with lots of special door prizes and even a couple of grand prizes to the lucky quilters who come to this special presentation!

You’re invited to a very special night with Hoffman’s dedicated sales representative, Robyn Green, who is going to spill some of their trade secrets. She will reveal the special methods used for designing, hand-dying and batiking fabrics. You’ll also get a peek inside the Hoffman factory located in Bali, Indonesia, and meet the teams of talented craftspeople and employees who help produce these fabrics made exclusively for quilters. Robyn is bringing lots of fantastic fabric for us to see and to stimulate our quilting creativity.

Hoffman California Fabrics is excited to share its Bali story about designing and manufacturing batiks and screen printed fabrics for quilters, home sewists and other manufacturers. Hoffman Fabrics welcomes you to view their fabrics, download free quilts, project patterns and find Hoffman retailers at They are also on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

                                                                                                     April 20, 2011

Judi Warren Blaydon


October 15, 2014

Jennifer Sampou
Lecture topic is:  Inspired Design

As we settle deep into autumn, the rich textures and vibrant colors of fall are all around us. Observation and contemplation coupled with the intense desire to create something gorgeous and tangible are the main ingredients that drive our October speaker, Jennifer Sampou and her work as an artist and fabric designer. She invites you to come and enjoy an evening filled with images of her world travels, varied approaches to developing fresh, gorgeous fabrics, a glimpse at fabric before they are released at Market and share products and her trunk show quilts that are sure to inspire your inner artist.

And you may be one of the lucky ones to take home a door prize from Jennifer’s amazing Stash!

Since childhood she has enjoyed hobbies such as creating lush terrariums in glass jugs, etching decorative leather belts in her dad’s workshop, and sewing elaborate sequined ornaments for the Christmas tree with her mom. As a young woman she studied Surface Design at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and worked in Wales, UK, with Laura Ashley. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a BS in textiles, wanderlust led her to San Francisco where she was hired as the creative director for P&B Textiles.

In 1996 Jennifer ventured out on her own and opened Studio Sampou in San Francisco servicing Northcott Fabrics and later began an exclusive and fruitful relationship with Robert Kaufman Fabrics. As one of the first licensed quilt fabric designers for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Jennifer has designed over 3000 prints and sold millions of yards of fabric.  

May 18, 2011

Anelie Belden
"Dresden Dance"

Stroll down memory lane and see the life of the Dresden Plate Design.  

She talked about its beginning, the variety of designs the block has had, and ventured into the future with a trunk show of her Thoroughly Modern Dresden Plates quilts. 

Fiber artist Anelie Belden has taken the traditional Dresden Quilt design and created new updated Dresden Designs which are featured in her new book titled Thoroughly Modern Dresden published by C&T Publishing.  Anelie has recorded a program with “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.  She has taught at the Quilt Festival in Houston, and will teach at the Empty Spools Seminar in Asilomar in 2012.  Her designs are modern and the construction is updated to make the blocks sew together more successfully, with a variety of design options.

More about Anelie at

Jill Schumacher

Joe Wood

March 19, 2014

Tracey Brookshier.
Lecture topic:  Brave Use of Color

As this month Marches in, let’s give a DVQ Welcome to our speaker, Tracey Brookshier. Her brightly colored traditional pieces with contrasting fabrics caused one quilt show judge to praise her “Brave Use of Color”. This is the topic of her trunk show of over 20 amazing quilts based on classic blocks that are bright, bold and modern. And, as Tracey discusses her quilts, she will share comments on inspiration, design problems, and amusing observations on the life of a professional quilter.

Tracey’s bold contemporary quilts have been featured in books and magazines in the US, the UK, France, Australia and Japan. She has created over 50 advertising quilts for various fabric companies and design patterns for her own company, Brookshier Design Studio. Tracey has organized international challenges and has judged guild, county and state fairs as well as the Pacific International Quilt Festival. Tracey is a recent empty nester, living in Capitola with her young-at-heart dog and a very patient husband.

The Japanese Jigsaw is the feature of her workshop at the DVQ Studio on Thursday, March 20th. Tracey has created an easy to construct variation of the classic Pine Bark block that looks fabulous in many fabrics from Asians to batiks to reproductions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a world class master.

To learn more about Tracey, you click on her web site,

June 19, 2013

Harmony Susilla - Organic Fabric Designer
Her Program:  Fabric Design:  Behind the Scenes from Seed to Selvage!

If you don't know about the staggeringly beautiful organic fabrics designed by Harmony Susalla, then this was your lucky day.  A textile designer who doesn't quilt or sew, Harmony left her career as a financial planner/securities dealer to became a textile designer.

If you have you ever wondered what it takes to bring a fabric design to life, come to Harmony’s lecture and learn from an insider just what is involved in sourcing, designing and producing an organic cotton fabric line.

Harmony challenged herself to study how organic fabric is made and how she could begin designing it.   She jokes that when she started out, organic cotton was available to sewers and quilters "in beautiful shades of oatmeal and granola".  Harmony set out to create the first company offering colorful printed organic cottons specifically for home sewers and small businesses.Harmony only wholesales her fabrics, but she agreed to make an exception for us and brought some of her organic cotton fabrics with her for us to purchase before or after her lecture. She looks forward to sharing her design process, secrets and challenges with us, as well as answering any questions we had.  Be sure to check out Harmony’s website, to get a glimpse of her beautiful designs.  And, if you are a subscriber to Ricky Tims & Alex Anderson’s The Quilt Life magazine, you may already know about Harmony.  The June 2013 issue has a very informative article about organic fabric, which includes an interview of Harmony.

Velda Newman

October 16, 2013

Marie Strait
Her Program:   Scraps, Scraps, Scraps!

For those of us who have wondered what to do with all those small pieces of fabric, our speaker, Marie Strait, was there to help us.  Marie has been teaching quilting for more than 30 years, many of which have been focused on making scrap quilts.  She describes herself as a “split personality” quilt maker, one who enjoys putting a contemporary twist to traditional quilt patterns while using lots and lots of fabric!  She has taught at quilt guilds and stores across the country as well as at Merced College, Manteca Adult School, and Madera Adult School.  And her work has been shown extensively, including Pacific International Quilt Festival.

During her lecture, Marie explained the importance of value in color and the different styles of fabrics in successfully using different fabrics to make scrap quilts.  You may find her online at:

Sue Nickels

April 16, 2014

Helene Knott.
Lecture topic: Transcending the Vision

"Where do ideas come from and how can I turn them into a quilt?" "But what if I have no drawing skills?" These questions and more were addressed by our April Speaker, Helene Knott. Her presentation, "Transcending the Vision, The Creative Process of Design", took us on a pictorial quilt journey from inspiration to construction.

Helene’s quilts and designs have taken Best of Show and Best of Country awards in quilt shows and exhibitions such as The International Quilters Association, American Quilters Society and World Quilt Competition. Her quilts have been featured in calendars and the cover of Quilters’ Newsletter Magazine. Helene’s landscape and "Postcards from Japan" and "Garden Patch Cats" quilt patterns have received acclaim throughout the world.

Being born and raised in Pacific Grove, on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, helped set Helene onto a creative path for life. She explored artistic mediums including painting, stained glass, metal-smithing and embroidery. But it was 42 years ago that she focused on fiber, fabrics and quilting. That focus led to creations which include Animal Totem quilts with Seminole Piecing and reverse applique and her unique Striplique Landscape technique that combines appliqué with fast strip piecing resulting in a slightly stylized landscape that can be as simple or intricate as you wish.

Helene showed us how to take an inspiration, which can be ethnic or pictorial, and moved us toward a richly textured contemporary quilt in "The Creative Process of Design". Check out Helene’s web site and her incredible quilts at:

January 18, 2012

Anne Sutton
"The Magic of Applique"

We are all probably familiar with Anne’s work and we were thrilled to have her speak to us this month. The title of Anne’s lecture was “The Magic of Appliqué”.  If you are familiar with Anne’s work, you will agree that her designs are truly magical.

Visit Anne's website at 
or at her blog: http://

August 21, 2013

Laura Nownes and Diana McClun
Their Topic: Shared Stitches

No doubt the majority of our members have the book, Quilts, Quilts, Quilts! in their library. This book has been the go-to book for quilters around the world for almost 25 years!  We were very excited to bring you the authors of that book, Diana McClun and Laura Nownes.  Many of our members have taken classes from Diana and Laura over the years and have sung the praises of how much they have learned from these two very talented quilters.

Diana is one of our Charter Members!  Diana opened one of the first quilt shops in this area in 1980, Empty Spools in Alamo.  If the name Empty Spools rings a bell and you weren’t quilting in 1980, that’s because Diana is one of the co-founders of the iconic Empty Spools Seminars, which I am sure many of you have attended.

Laura and Diana met when Laura signed up for a class at the Empty Spools quilt shop in 1980.  She soon became the store manager.  They authored Quilts, Quilts, Quilts in 1987 and over the years, between teaching and writing books, they also have written dozens and dozens of patterns.  No doubt, no matter what your skill level or interest is you will come away from this evening with new found knowledge.

In 2010 the Sampou Hensley family made their dream of living abroad come true and moved to Mexico. There they experienced a different culture, learned another language, and delved into a new life.  In 2011 Jennifer focused on design for a new fabric line based on the countless colorful and festive celebrations she has experienced in Mexico…. FIESTA marked her return to fabric design. Take a peek at this clip of her fiesta debut at Market!

In addition to some wonderful door prizes, Jennifer will be bringing a portion of her own private stash as a special “Only in the Bay Area- For the love of Quilters”  to sell. Fabrics that are out of print and difficult to find. Also she will have her current lines as well.

To find out more about Jennifer, view:  and  her web site  

August 15, 2012                       

"Dyeing to Tell You"

 So many quilters have started dyeing their own fabrics, it just seemed natural to invite a professional dyer to speak to our members.  Joy is a silk painter, dyer, quilt maker and fabric printer.

Joy’s work has been exhibited around the country and around the world. She currently teaches fiber arts through adult education and quilt and art guilds.  Through teaching she encourages adults to experience the joy of fashioning original and meaningful products with their hands.  Her teaching style is collaborative and playful, and she offers techniques that are goof-proof to help students create work they will love on their very first try.  Her first book, Carefree Quilts - Free-Style Twist on Classic Designs, offer easy methods for putting the fun back into quilting.

Her website is:

Sandi believes that every quilt builds on the one before, and with each new quilt your confidence and perception grows.  Let the fabric inspire you and trust that small voice inside you that suggests you “Think Outside the Block.” To find out more about Sandi, go to her web site:

February 17, 2010

April 17. 2013

 Laura Lee Fritz
Her Topic: "How Shall I Quilt This Quilt?"

What better way to celebrate spring this month than have long-arm quilter extraordinaire Laura Lee Fritz as our speaker!  She is a Bay Area native who grew up loving fabrics, art, textures, color, and nature.  She currently conducts her long- arm quilting business on her farm in Black Point, outside Novato, while she tends her fiber-producing sheep and organic gardens. 

Laura Lee has published six books and has shown hundreds of her quilts and wearables in exhibitions in museums and international quilt festivals around the country.  In addition to lecturing and teaching at guilds and quilt conferences, she also teaches quiltmaking at Napa Valley College.  Please check out her website:

So she was highly qualified to enlighten us on how to artfully quilt our projects during her lecture on Wednesday night and her workshop on Saturday.  Her lecture highlighted ways we can draw inspiration from things around us to create interesting quilting designs, and her workshop focused on how we can use our images in creating meandering designs. 

March 18, 2015

Sandra Bruce
Lecture topic:  Material Matrix

Sandra was introduced to quilting in 1982 when she luckily became next-door neighbors with Therese May, the renowned quilter, who was on the cutting edge of the quilt world. She found her work to be fascinating. In 1990 Sandra became more serious by taking lots of classes and learning as much as possible about quilting. She loves traditional quilts and contemporary as well!

When it comes to challenging herself, Sandra went in a new direction when her quilting group opted to tackle self-portraits. Inspired by the artist Chuck Close, she created a massive quilt based on a photo of herself, made from 1,600 two-inch squares which she proceeded to interpret with fabric.

“It’s wonderful to combine my love of illustrating and lettering with quilting — marrying the fabric with the art.”

In 2013 she began teaching and lecturing her latest quilting technique, "Material Matrix".

Her lecture, “Material Matrix”, will showcase her work, background, and the road that led her to this technique which includes both a visual presentation and show and tell.

For more information about Sandra, please go to her website:

Dale Fleming

 Sandy Turner

January 16, 2013

Maria Elkins
"People and Portraits"

Maria is an award-winning fiber artist who has spent more than 15 years experimenting with various ways to depict people and portraits using the textile medium.  She has appeared on "Quilting Arts TV" and filmed a DVD workshop, "Making Faces".  During her lecture at our general meeting, she told of her journey as a fiber artist and showed us how she uses fabric, paints, inks and other embellishments to create amazing portraits.

Visit her website:

February 20, 2013

Cathie Hoover
"Accept the Challenge"

Cathie Hoover has quite an impressive resume! She has been making quilts and quilted wearable art since 1979. Cathie is a former co-editor of American Quilter magazine. Over the years, Cathie has done it all in the world of fabric, quilting, and wearable art. Her specialties include all manner of machine appliqué, decorative machine embellishment, wearable art design, and a wide range of piecing and quilt construction techniques.

Cathie says "Whatever your skill level, one of my goals is to help you realize your potential as a fabric artist."

Her website is:

September 15, 2010

June 20, 2012

Alethea Ballard
"The Maverick Quilter"

We all have seen - and then bought – a beautiful, large-scale print fabric that we absolutely had to have.  And then we thought, "Now what?!  What can I do with this?!"

Well, Alethea Ballard, author of Maverick Quilts could help us! She described her unconventional and impromptu working style in creating beautiful quilts using these "difficult"—but lovely—fabrics.  And she shared ways we can break from the traditional quilt model to create unique and innovative artistic quilts.

Click to see her work.

January 15, 2014

Jan Krentz
Lecture topic:  "The Great Star Review"

For the New Years first DVQ meeting we were thrilled to present a Quilting Star, Jan Krentz! Jan began her love affair with sewing in 1959 and completed her first quilt over 40 years ago.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska in Interior Design & Textile, Clothing & Design. Over the past 20 years, she has become an internationally recognized quilter and instructor, author and designer. She has lectured and taught classes throughout the United States and in New Zealand, Ireland, England and Canada.

Winning numerous awards including Winner of the 1998 Teacher of the Year award, Jan is also the author of Lone Star Quilts & Beyond, Hunter Star Quilts & Beyond, Diamond Quilts and Beyond, Quick Star Quilts & Beyond, and Quick Diamond Quilts. 

The classic Lone Star Quilt design is one of Jan’s specialties that she shared with us in both the evening lecture and our workshop. Her Summer Salsa Lone Star design, seen in bright, sizzling summer colors, is a great favorite and the focus of our 2 day workshop with this amazing quilter. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a world class master.   To learn more about Jan you can click on and to watch Jan discussing the Lone Star in a TV interview on

For information about Jan Krantz, please visit her website:

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February 25, 2015

Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts

Lecture topic is:  Fabric Design - From Concept to Store


Joanna is a textile designer, a quilt pattern designer and owner of Fig Tree Quilts for 12 years. She and her company have produced over 200 quilting, sewing and Children’s patterns and thematic booklets. The company focuses its designs on classical patterns with fresh and innovative methods so they are accessible to every level of sewer.  Each year they introduce 2 new fabric collections for MODA Fabrics and this year they are on their 30th  line! Quite an achievement! Joanna’s quilts tend to be variations of traditionally pieced designs incorporating small figured prints and romantic florals.

Her lecture will be covering how to get a fabric design from concept to store, working with color and a different perspective on the color wheel (how to interpret warm and cool colors).

She will bring and offer products to sell guild members, including her new book “With Fabric and Thread”.

The workshop will be “Jelly Roll the Fig Tree Way”. Members will get to choose between three patterns.

Please visit 's Joanna's website:

March 20, 2013

Deborah Gansberger
"Leave-in Foundation Piecing"

Deborah has been sewing and designing and crafting since she was a little girl.  She took a break from working with textiles to raise her family and then jumped in with both feet to sew and design.  She was inspired by artists such as Jinny Beyer and Carol Bryer Fallert to teach herself how to quilt;  something she had always wanted to do.  She was drawn to art quilts, but still loved traditional quilts – she just didn’t want to make traditional quilts in the traditional way.

Paper piecing helped her to achieve perfection, but she hated tearing out the paper.  She was frustrated that she couldn’t see where she was putting the fabric or if she had cut the fabric correctly.  She challenged herself to find a better way.  Deborah and her husband owned a textile printing company for over twenty years and she soon realized that she had the technology at her finger tips to develop an alternative to paper piecing.  It took several years of testing and retesting to achieve perfection.  EZ Piecing is the result and she has not made a quilt without her leave-in foundation since then.

Please check out Deborah’s website – you will truly be inspired:

November 14, 2012

Mary Mashuta and Roberta Horton
"Double Exposure:  Shared Opinions. . . . Differing Views"

Mary and her sister Roberta Horton joined us for this special lecture.  They share a love of quilt making, fabric, and color.  They also share common genes.  Their shared visions are filtered through different minds and expressed by different hands.  We heard how the sisters share a home (with two studios, of course) and manage to produce quilts that express their own perspective and talent.

Both ladies have websites:
     Mary's is
     Roberta's is

March 21, 2012

Colleen Granger
"How'd You Do That?  The Secret Revealed"

Colleen Granger is no stranger to Diablo Valley Quilters.  She entertained us with a lecture in 2004, and we were very happy she came back to share more great stories with us.

Colleen’s journey into quilting started in Alaska in 1998.  What a perfect place to wrap yourself up in quilts!  She is a long arm machine quilter, pattern designer, writer, instructor, and lecturer.

Colleen shared tips, tricks and techniques she uses to accomplish her designs.

Her latest book is all about Circle Quilts and different ways you can show off a circle design. The circle quilts are created with easy, strip piecing.

Visit Colleen's website at

Rami Kim

August 17, 2011

Annemarie Yohnk
"Quilts Remembered"

Annemarie Yohnk visited this month. Traveling to us from Minnesota, her expertise is in Quilts Remembered. Her lecture focused on doll quilts from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. Most of the pieces displayed in the trunk show are antiques.

A few newly made doll quilts from her collection were also included as well as a selection of original quilts from the Quilts Remembered Pattern Company.

Her website address is