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Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 9:30a - 3:30p

Location: Always Quilting, San Mateo

Seaglass  - A Unique Art Quilt (and the perfect stashbuster) with  Allie McCathren



There is no one pattern to make a seaglass quilt, and that's the beauty of them. Just like the pieces of found glass it's named for, shaped by time and water, each quilt tells a story.

 I'll show you how to combine fabrics from your beloved scraps (and not so beloved ones as well) to make gorgeous art quilts.

There is no one pattern or template set. This class teaches the technique of how to make these quilt, and walks you through the entire process of design, layout, quilting, and finishing the quilt. 

This class includes written lessons and videos. For the deaf or hard of hearing, all content in the videos is written in the text, with corresponding photos.

Thursday, January 16, 2025 

Location: TBA

Time: TBA

Cindy Grisdela - "Fabulous Freehand Curves"



Cindy is an artist, teacher, and author of Artful Improv and Adventures in Improv Quilts, both books about creating original quilts without patterns. She specializes in improv design and using color fearlessly in your quilts. Her work has won awards in both quilt venues and art venues and can be found in private collections all over the country. 

She has a BFA in Art History from the College and William and Mary and an MBA in Finance from George Washington University. 

Cindy lives and works in Reston, VA.

Fabulous Freehand Curves – Cut large scale curves freehand without templates or patterns. Add dots, skinny lines, wonky triangles and more to give each curve its own personality, then combine them into a fun original design.  We’ll talk about color and design to create the composition as well as the techniques needed.

Thursday, February 22, 2024 Class is Full (closed as of 2/17)

Location: Always Quilting, San Mateo

Intriguing Interleave Quilts Class with Mel Beach



We will unlock the fun and intrigue of Interleave quilts. This workshop will reveal all the secrets behind creating the illusion of curves and transparency. Best of all, these Interleaves are assembled using a quilt-as-you-go technique, so your unique Interleave quilt will be pieced and quilted at the same time!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - After the morning Guild Meeting

Location: San Mateo Garden Center

Binding Bonanza with Julie Curry

We see it all to frequently:  a wonderful quilt top with a less-than-lovely binding.  In this workshop, you will learn techniques necessary to have a fantastic finish for your quilt creations.  You won’t be left “in a bind” to finish your quilts!

Techniques covered:      

  • Standard binding with hand stitching

  • Standard binding with machine stitching.            

  • Quick-Turn binding

  • Two Color (Reversible) binding

  • Magic Flange

All materials will be provided  and you will have an opportunity to practice the techniques listed above.  You just need to bring your sewing machine (in good working order) and a walking foot.  Oh, and a desire to learn!!

Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 9:30a - 3:30p

Location: Always Quilting, San Mateo

Short Cuts to Tradition with Julia McLeod


A full day workshop focused on precision piecing and swift ways to build traditional blocks using quilters cotton fabrics.
Learn accurate ways to make the classic elements of traditional quilt blocks: Nine Patch, Half Square Triangle, Quarter Square Triangle, Flying Geese, Square in a Square.

This class is perfect for beginners, as well as intermediate or experienced sewists seeking to improve accuracy.
Mastering these components will allow you to piece hundreds of different quilt block designs!

Thursday, July 18, 2024 

Location: Always Quilting 

9:30am - 3:30 pm

Conversion with Connie Bowles





I fell in love with Ricky Tims' Convergence Quilts and so will you!  You will be surprised how fast it is to create something that looks so complex but is surprisingly easy and fun using only four fat quarters or one yard of a hand dyed cotton fabric. I love teaching this workshop as everyone has a great time and usually walks away with a completed top.  As Ricky Tims says, ".....these quilts create themselves".  All skill levels welcome.

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