Visiting speakers are the backbone of our monthly Guild Meetings.  The wonderful workshops they present for guild members on the Sunday following the meeting are the best deal in town! Our workshops are self-supporting and we depend on our members to participate to help keep the great speakers coming to our Guild.

We have some great workshops coming up, so check out the speakers’ websites and stop by the Workshop table at the Guild meeting to see samples, patterns and books.
After June 2017, our workshops will be held at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore.
They occur on the Sunday that follows the Guild general meetings and run from 10 am to 4pm.  Set up starts at 9:30.
June 2017, workshop will be held from noon to 4:45pm at the Livermore Library, located at 1188 S. Livermore Ave. Livermore, Ca.   The workshop meets in the community room on far right corner of the front of the library.

2015 library

For more information, contact the Workshop Chairperson via our Contact Form or stop by the Workshop table at the Guild meeting.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops:


May – In-House Program

No Workshop: Happy Mother’s Day


JuneLinda Wagner

Lecture: Make Mine Scrappy – Many of my quilts contain 100-400 or more fabrics. This includes insight into border decisions, design choices and impact of quilting on finished product.
Workshop: NOON – 4pm. Livermore Library: Gidgets and Gadgets – Techniques, techniques and even more techniques.
Make a small quilt or stretch and put everything you learn from this technique class and make a quilt your favorite size.  Some of the techniques:  Triangle in a square, four at a time Flying Geese, triangles from strips the size you would cut squares or rectangles.  Multiple methods for all techniques. Lots of demos, tips and gadgets to give you options when you quiltPattern: Freedom Freedom. 
$5 Notebook fee

Supply list
Pattern: Freedom Freedom

July Mel Beach

Lecture: Challenge Yourself.  Discover the world of Quilt Challenges and the many opportunities awaiting you (and your quilts!)
Workshop: New Location!! Intriguing Interleaves – Unlock the fun and intrigue of Lorrie Cranor’s Interleave quilts. All the secrets of creating the illusion of curves and transparency using only straight line stitching will be revealed.

Supply List


AugustAshley Nickels

Lecture: From Traditional to Modern, it’s All in the Family (of Quilting!)
Ashley will talk about the changing trends in quilting beginning with her mother’s first quilts in the late 1970’s to current projects that are influenced by the traditions of the past and the current climate of modernism.

Workshop: Basics of Modern Machine Quilting
In this class, students will learn basic machine quilting techniques and gain insight into creating a modern composition on their quilts.

Supply List

SeptemberMeri Vahl


Lecture: “An Art Quilter’s Journey – How I discovered that quilts can not only be art, but also lots of fun”
Workshop: Layered Landscapes


Supply List


October – In-House Presentations.   TBA


November – Alexandra Vonburg

Lecture: “Telling Stories”
Workshop: Free Form Piecing


December: Holiday Tea



January Jennifer Dick

Lecture: Stories in Stitches – Stories of the quilts of Western Missouri collected in 2010 and a slide show of the best of The Cass County Quilt Documentation Project.
Workshop: Starburst


February – In -House


MarchPeggy Martin

Lecture: Beyond Tradition – Expand your creativity by using traditional quilts as a springboard for design inspiration. See how one idea leads to another, making one small change at a time to come up with totally new ideas and looks.
Workshop: Jelly Roll Jive – These simple, fast strip-pieced blocks make a contemporary positive-negative design. Use busy prints for a softer look, or solids for more graphic impact.



AprilChristine Barnes

Lecture: Magic Fabrics/Special Effects – What constitutes a magic fabric? I describe many as “shot with light.” They usually display variations in value—light areas among darker areas, or light-to-dark gradations—and they typically contain warm colors.
Workshop: Luminosity – This dazzling special effect is surprisingly easy to achieve, once you understand a few simple concepts.



To view a list of speakers from previous years, please visit our Member Archives