Note: For all AVQ events, please see our event calendar.
September- Christie Fincher
“Top 10 Things a Quilter Should Know”
Cristy Fincher is the daughter of Master Quilter, Sharon Schamber. Cristy was born with a love for all things sewing, in her DNA. Growing up in Sharon’s couture wedding gown factory gave Cristy a lifetime of education about patterns, grain lines, production, fitting dresses, and the science of how fabric behaves, all by the age of 10. She loved spending time in her mom’s studio, and would wind bobbins as Sharon was sewing on her industrial Juki. Cristy’s teen years were spent working in Sharon’s factory, assisting with production, and sneaking in time to play with fabric and sew.
Now, Cristy is passing on Sharon’s legacy of sewing and quilting techniques through her shop Purple Daisies, LLC, teaching locally, nationally, by sharing her own tutorials on her blog Sew Much Like Mom, and as a Craftsy instructor.
Welcome to the Amador Valley Quilters website. If you are interested in joining a group of dedicated quilters, then you have found the right group to join. We are a very active group of over 400 members who appreciate, create, exhibit, and give away a wide variety of quilts. There’s something for everyone in this guild, whether you want to piece, embroider, applique, create wearable art, do stitchery or threadplay, knitting or any other kind of needlework, or just want to be a Professional Appreciator.
So, take a few minutes and check out the website. Look in the Gallery to see some of the variety of quilts and garments we make; check out the Events calendar, our Outreach programs, our Programs and Workshops, then drop into one of our Second Saturday General Meetings at the Pleasanton Middle School on Case Avenue. Our meetings start at 1:30 p.m., but come early so you can check out the tables where members can take some books out of the Library, sign up for a workshop, and maybe pick up a community quilt or a Block of the Month to work on. At 1:30 there is a short business meeting, followed by a program from a local or national speaker, followed by a time for sharing the new works of our members, unless it’s time for the silent auction or the Holiday Gathering.
We sponsor Budding Beginners at the yearly Alden Lane “Quilting in the Garden” quilt show, offer “Quilting Then and Now” events at the Alviso Adobe Museum, and offer travel opportunities to various quilt shows and shops in the area. We also give away 900+ quilts each year to a multitude of needy organizations, have a lemonade social in the summer, a silent auction in the spring, hold our own quilt show in odd-numbered years and a Guild Retreat in even-numbered years.
We welcome participation in our Guild from all of our members, long-time or brand-new, and hope you will come for a visit and stay to become an active member of our Guild!
Linda S. Schmidt
Amador Valley Quilters, Inc. is a charitable organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.