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Workshops are in addition to our programming put on by the speakers we bring to our monthly meetings. Extend your knowledge and take full advantage of your membership by participating in as many workshops as you can!

 Members can sign up for a workshop at the monthly meeting, on this website, or by mail, as soon as the workshop has been posted. Non-members can take workshops when space is available.

Workshop fees are indicated, when available ahead of time, in the workshop description. The individual workshop fees are determined by the cost of the instructor, cost of having them here, any special equipment requirements, and how many students are necessary to make the workshop happen. We want to be able to bring in the best instructors at the lowest cost possible for our members.

Cancellation Policy:

A full refund will be given for cancellations 30 days prior to the workshop, or if your place can be filled from the waiting list. If it is less than 30 days before the workshop and your place cannot be filled, you must find your own replacement or forfeit the registration fee.

Upcoming Workshops

    • March 21, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • DVQ Studio
    Register

    Rope Bowls

    In this workshop taught by DVQ member Kathy Urban, you’ll learn how to make fabric-wrapped rope bowls with a braid around the top or a decorative flower. Everyone should bring the basic supplies. Kathy will bring a kit ($12 each) for those who request one. If you don’t want to purchase a kit, please bring the additional supplies. Everyone will receive a pattern and instructions for making the flower. If you have questions, please call Kathy Urban or email her at info@diablovalleyquilters.org.

    Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be given for cancellations 30 days prior to the workshop, or if your place can be filled from the waiting list. If it is less than 30 days before the workshop and your place cannot be filled, you must find your own replacement or forfeit the registration fee.

    Basic supplies

    • Sewing machine that can do a zigzag stitch
    • An open-toe presser foot is ideal
    • Rotary cutter and scissors
    • 4-6 straight pins
    • Thread: Beige to blend with bare rope and/or thread to match the fabric
    • A variety of cotton or batik fabrics: A large flower/focal point works well for the bottom of the bowl. The rest will be 1”x 18” strips of the same or coordinating fabrics. Kathy will bring some fabrics to share. 

    Additional supplies needed (if you don’t buy a kit)

    • 50 feet of 3/16” or ¼” cotton rope (with synthetic core is okay)
    • 90 or larger machine needle
    • Small piece of fusible web (size of bowl bottom)
    • Purple glue stick
    • Two Wonder clips or mini clothespins

    Kit includes ($12 each, payable to Kathy Urban by check or cash)

    • 100 feet of rope
    • Heavy duty sewing machine needle
    • Fusible web
    • Purple glue stick
    • Two mini clothespins


    • May 16, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Zoom Only
    • 20
    Register

    Making Magic, a Disappearing Block Sampler Quilt with Brita Nelson

    NOTE: This is a Zoom only workshop

    This workshop will be structured similar to a “sew along.” There are 9 blocks and I will teach each one in turn. I have 2 cameras, one on me and the sewing machine and one pointing straight down at the cutting mat and pressing surface. I will demonstrate how to make the block along with little tips on accurate piecing and pressing. You will then follow along and take turns showing the class how your block came out. I will show other possible layouts and talk about things like how to enlarge the pattern, or use different colors and how these blocks might look in a finished quilt.

    Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be given for cancellations 30 days prior to the workshop, or if your place can be filled from the waiting list. If it is less than 30 days before the workshop and your place cannot be filled, you must find your own replacement or forfeit the registration fee.

    20230516 Disappearing Blocks Supply List and Prep Instructions.docx

    • August 22, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DVQ Studio

    This workshop is a little different (no sewing machine required) and there isn't a project you need to finish. Colleen shows you quilts she's made with DeColourant in the design process. She teaches a variety of techniques for using DeColourant and demonstrates how to use the many tools she's acquired. Colleen provides all the DeColourant you need for the workshop and sends you home with a small container. 

    Supply List: 

    • Bring different fabrics (100% cotton) to play with. You can precut squares or cut in class, but bring extra. Scraps work fine. My experience is that dark colors work better than lighter, and fabrics that read like solids work better than those with big patterns. I've used a lot of Maywood double dye black fabric, most batiks work well and most Stonehenge works well. Some fabrics may leave an ugly color. You just don't know until you try. Bring options.
    • Rotary cutting tools (mat, cutter, ruler), scissors
    • Optional: Stencils, designs or pictures you like on printed paper, leaves, or anything you think might make a cool design. If there is something you like..for instance giraffes....Look up giraffe silhouettes and print them on paper. 
    • Optional: Sewing machine
    • I will provide DeColourant for the class and bring different tools I've found interesting. 
    Questions: Contact me at http://colleenpelfreyquilts.com


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