Welcome and Upcoming Speaker

President’s Welcome:

Welcome to the Amador Valley Quilters’ website, which aims to introduce you to the many activities and opportunities available to you.  We hope it entices you to visit us personally.  We meet at Pleasanton Middle School, on the second Saturday of each month, at 1:30 P.M.

Our guild has a lot to offer.  We are a large group (more than 350 members) and we are able to bring in many top name teachers/speakers to share their talents with us through classes, trunk shows and talks. As a means for our members to share their varied interests in quilting we have many  friendship groups such as round robins, art quilting, and applique, just to name a few.  Our outreach programs include activities like, rookie quilts, Quilts of Valor, community quilts which are distributed to many different organizations throughout the year, and we help with events which introduce people to quilting such as Alden Lane’s Quilting in the Garden “Budding Beginners” program.  On top of that we go on mystery shopping trips, hold retreats, quilt shows, social events, and silent auctions and we have a wonderful lending library full of quilting resources for our members.  These are some of the activities to encourage our members to get involved, and did I mention the most important of all? Have fun!  I invite you to visit one of our meetings, hear a speaker and see what we have to offer.


Sandee Harvey
President, 2013-2014                                                                               

Amador Valley Quilt Guild is a charitable organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; tax ID# 68-0218621.

Upcoming AVQ Events:

Note: For all AVQ events, please see our Event Calendar.

April 2014 – Thom Atkins



A fifth generation Californian, Thom was born in Palo Alto, raised in Minnesota, and returned to California to earn a BA in Art from San Jose State. Following college, he joined the Navy for four years, during which time he taught oil painting while stationed in Japan, completed Medical Illustration School in Bethesda, Maryland, and did illustrations for the Navy at the Smithsonian Institute. After the Navy, Thom settled in Seattle, Washington for a few years, where he did graduate work at an art institute, managed a craft gallery where he was introduced to beads, and eventually started his own business as a landscape designer. This experience contributed to his passion for color, texture and form on a grand scale. From Seattle, Thom went to New York for three years, where he began working with stained glass, making both flat and three-dimensional pieces. He also taught glass art in the public school system as a visiting artist.  Thom returned to Santa Cruz, California in 1980 where he still lives. He continued to create art, working in stained glass, then welding, forging, silver smithing, and bronze casting.

White Poppy

White Poppy

In 2002, Thom was involved in a traffic accident, severely damaging his wrists and thumbs.  Since it was clear that pushing clay around was no longer an alternative, he decided to combine a love of beads, started in Seattle, with fabric and explore them as a new medium of expression.

Bead Embellished Quilts became the order of the day. .  After doing several shows, Thom admits that quilts with beads are a whole lot easier than bronze to pack and carry around. Thom’s work may be seen in many shows across the nation.

 Jan Steinhoff – Program Chair