2019-2020 Lectures & Workshops

Lecture: October 16, 2019

Sara Guyol

Honor Our Own

Our October meeting will honor our very own Sara Guyol. We have watched Sara during show and tell present some of her amazing creations and marvel at her use of color and design. Sara’s unique style makes us smile and wonder about her inspiration.  Upon retirement from teaching, she pondered the question, “Well, what to do next?”  Her lifelong love of looking at quilts and reading about quilts helped her make the decision to try making her own.  Sara overcame what she calls her “fear of fabric” and proceeded happily on her little hobby machine – which she quickly outgrew.  Determined to learn a new skill with each project, she developed a repertoire which continues to grow.  She loves a good story and tries to incorporate one into each quilt.  Humor is important as well and she enjoys making quilts that make her smile.  Sara will teach our January workshop titled Funny Face. 

Lecture: November 20, 2019

Shannon Gilman Orr

Lecture: Color Theory for Quilters


Shannon comes to our November meeting from her home in the East Bay Hills with her family of all boys. While studying architecture she minored in costume and set design at the UofA.  Growing up she was the kid who immediately organized the crayon box into color order, rainbow-ized her bookshelves, and loved to see the world in the best light.  Making beautiful things makes her happy and she wants others to feel the same.  After licensing her artwork with Moda Fabrics and diving full on into the quilting world it occurred to her that not all quilters come from an artistic background.  Shannon brings to us her enthusiasm for why and how colors go together and how to use color to your advantage.  She will help us to better understand color basics, fabric styles, texture, scale, color placement and composition.

Holiday Party: December 18, 2019

  • Hosted by Seams to Bee

  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  • Arrival times: Table Decorators 6:00pm & Holiday Quilt Hanging 6:00 pm-6:30pm

  • Location: San Mateo Garden Center

You’re invited to celebrate the Holidays with friends, beautiful Holiday quilts, festive decorated tables, door prizes, gift exchange and delicious food.


Table Decorations: If you would like to host and decorate a table, please contact Ruth Gilroy (rwcgilroy@gmail.com).  Your table will host 8 people. Provide for your table a festive center piece, place setting for 8 to include plates (china, or paper) silverware, napkins, cups.   


Food: Each guest is asked to bring a single plate with 8 servings  (or more) of your favorite festive “finger food”.  If your last name begins with:

     A through J please bring a sweet dish.  

     K through Z please bring a savory dish.  

When you arrive seat yourself at any of the beautifully decorated tables hosted by the decorator.

** Table decorators do not need to bring food**

The guild will provide each table with flavored sparkling cider and water. Coffee and tea will also be provided.


Door Prizes: There will be three chances to win:

#1 the best festive Holiday apparel 

#2 impress us with your funniest holiday hat or accessory 

#3 best Holiday table decorations

Winners will be decided by your friends ballot.


Holiday Quilts:  Deck our walls with your Holiday quilts. Please bring to the party (bring in beginning at 6 pm) and hang for our show & tell.


Gift Exchange: If you would like to participate in the Holiday gift exchange please bring a beautifully wrapped, new gift (valued up to $20)


Lecture: January 17, 2018

Kellie Willey

Lecture: Little Quilts No Big Deal


Kellie’s quilting journey began in 2008 when she met her future mother-in-law Sally a quilter.  Shortly after the wedding Sally gave Kellie a vintage Kenmore sewing machine, a rotary cutter, a cutting mat, a ruler and invited her to share her stash and her friend’s stash.  Kellie took a beginner quilting class and was hooked.  At first she worked on lap sized quilts until Sally’s sister taught her how to foundation piece and make a small quilt.  This started her obsession with making tiny quilts.  Kellie’s lecture includes useful tips and techniques on how to create a miniature quilt including drafting your own pattern, fabric selection, accurate cutting and piecing, free motion quilting tips and useful tools to make the job easier.  Some of her favorite patterns are Double Wedding Ring, Log Cabin and Crazy Quilts

Workshop: January 17, 2020

Instructor: Sara Guyol

Class Title: Funny Face

The goal of this class is to teach the fundamentals of facial anatomy, basic fusing techniques, and the creative placement of fabric elements within the facial collage.  Students will make a fused “Funny Face” or self portrait which can be used as the basis of a larger quilt or stand alone as a pillow or mini quilt.  Tools such as scalloped rotary cutters will be explored, as will sashing options and decorative embellishments.  Participants should be prepared to make multiple faces/blocks as time permits.

Lecture: February 19, 2020

Sue Rasmussen

Lecture: A Desperate Housewife’s Quilt Journey


A diversified quilt instructor since 1988, Sue Rasmussen has degrees in Textile Science and Agricultural Economics and has produced an extensive and varied body of work, including hundreds of quilts, quilt art and quilted clothing, many of which are nationally exhibited.

Tonight’s humorous presentation, showing dozens of Sue’s quilts, takes you through her development as a quilt maker in the two main quilt styles that Sue loves and is know for:  Intricate Pieced Quilts and Machine Pieced Landscape—Pictorial Quilts.  Emphasizing her more recent quilts, Sue discusses several quilts in detail: the importance of design, color, fabric, choices, and quilting patterns.  The lecture ends with several story quilts that are guaranteed to make you giggle.  

Workshop: February 19, 2020

Instructor: Sue Rasmussen

Class: Machine Quilting on your home sewing machine


This workshop teaches students, while working through several exercises, the basics of free motion machine quilting on a home sewing machine.  Beginning with simple shapes, students work through many quilt designs such as echo quilting, stippling and other “filler” designs, and simple curves to more complex designs.  Class includes discussions of basting techniques, difference in batting, marking quilt tops, comparisons of threads and needles, and quilt binding.


Lecture: March 18, 2020 - Cancelled due to Covid19

Diane Steele

Lecture: “Group Quilts” Round Robins, Challenges and Block Exchanges


Diane is a passionate quilter born and raised in No CA.  She is active in 2 quilt guilds, the president of one.  Diane lectures and teaches quilting.  She knows it's fun to be part of a group project whether it's 5 of your quilting buddies or all 100 in your quilt guild.  She is a member of the Calendar Girls, a block exchanging and fun group of quilters.  Diane will bring quilts and tops, examples from group projects she has been part of over the years showing the different, interesting interpretations each quilter came up with. A hand-out with many ideas for your group to pursue will be given out as well.

Workshop: March 19 & 20, 2020 (2 day class) - Cancelled due to Covid19

Rescheduled for Nov 16 & 17, 2020 due to Covid 19

Instructor: Dora Cary

Class: Only One


Make a stunning quilt with one piece of fabric and a much simplified One Block Wonder technique. Say NO to fussy cutting and Y seams and YES to super fast cutting tips and chain stitching straight lines to create gorgeous blocks that will make an amazing quilt. The pattern requires only one fabric and includes fabric requirements for all quilt sizes.  In the first day of class Dora will explain her super fast method for cutting the fabric for the blocks and share tips for fast piecing and how to reduce the bulk at the intersection of four seams. The second day of class, students will finish sewing their blocks and she will share composition tips. Depending on the chosen quilt size, most students should have a finished quilt top. At the end of the class Dora will share her No Baste Method for quilting on a home sewing machine (not on a long arm). Kits (fabric plus pattern) will be available to purchase in class. The class is perfect for quilters of all levels. Each student will need to purchase a quilt pattern.


Lecture: April 15, 2020 Cancelled due to Covid19

Anelie Belden

Lecture: Dresden Dance


Anelie Belden is a nationally known sewing instructor, quilt and pattern designer and author.  She began sewing by constructing garments which lead to her degree in Fashion Design.  While working in the fashion industry she began to explore the art of quilting which became her passion.  She has taken the traditional Dresden quilt design and created new updated Dresden Designs which are featured in her book “Thoroughly Modern Dresden.”   Anelie’s designs are modern and constructed using a breakthrough piecing technique to improve speed and accuracy.   She has appeared on “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims and has taught at Empty Spools Seminar, the Houston Quilt Festival, quilt guilds throughout the USA and on cruises.  Anelie is an accomplished quilter whose quilts have been featured in “Quiltmaker’s Magazine” and “The Art of the Quilt Calendar.”  She loves sharing her passion with anyone interested in quilting and learning new ideas! 

Workshop: April 16, 2020 - Cancelled due to Covid19

Instructor: Anelie Belden

Class: Dresden Jacket or Quilt (your choice)


This jacket is made using a sweatshirt of your choice. It can be long or short, loose or fitted. We will cut it up and then add a flowing Dresden design onto the body of the jacket. Dresden blades are used to make the collar and the trim around the edge.  A zipper is used as a closure. Piping and embellishing can be added to the design. This is a loose fitting jacket and does not require difficult garment sewing techniques.


Lecture: May 20, 2020 - Online

Lisa McKissick

Lecture: Tool Time Girl


Have you ever stared at the notions wall and wondered what all those tools do and which is the right one to buy? Then, Lisa is your Tool Time Girl! This entertaining and informative lecture will feature over 25 of Lisa’s favorite tools and corresponding quilts.  Of course, there will be rulers, cutters and marking devices–but be ready for a number of exceptional little gems along the way!  Lisa keeps current with tools for quilters.  Lisa comes to us from Petaluma.  She is a pattern author, retail buyer and quilter with over 25 years of quilting experience who will captivate you with this clever, instructive presentation.


Workshop: May 21, 2020Cancelled due to Covid19

Julia Curry

Workshop: Outer Limits

Supply List

Do you remember that old TV show?  “You are about to participate in a great adventure.  You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reach from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits.”  This pattern will "blow your mind"!!  It looks so complicated, but Julie has developed a method using 3" strips sewn into panels and cut into cross-sections.  Using her system, you can easily create this awesome quilt.  Prepare to explore...The Outer Limits!

Julie Curry is a life-long quilter with a passion for all things quilting.  This award-winning quilter coordinates the Creative Home Arts Department for the San Mateo County Fair and is a trained quilt judge.  She is active in the Peninsula Quilt Guild and the Pacifica Quilters Club.  Julie has taught quilting classes at local shops, quilt guilds, quilting cruises and for private groups.  Julie’s specialty is creating and teaching happy, scrappy stash quilts.  Let’s have fun!


Lecture: June 17, 2020 - Online

PQ Speakers:

Mary Raftery - Using an app Quiltful to help organize quilting projects
Barbara Hall - The low-tech way of organizing with notebooks
Julie Curry - Organizing your scraps. Julie will send the paperwork if requested.

Lecture: July 15, 2020 - Online 

Mel Beach

Lecture: Free Motion Crea-TV and Reality



Tune in as I share my love of free-motion quilting as it relates to my guilty pleasure of watching reality television!! I’ll share my own unscripted, real-life adventures of learning to free-motion quilt. You won’t want to change channels as I share my confessionals about my fear factors, extreme makeover story, myth-busting tips and tricks for quilting on a domestic sewing machine, and “show”mance with some of my favorite tools and notions! Be sure to set your TiVo and DVR, as you won’t want to miss this humorous and inspirational presentation - complete with a trunk show finale!

Mel Beach is a San Jose, California, based quilt artist, teacher and lecturer, who breaks away from tradition by adding her own modern, beautifully textured and colorful twists. She loves stretching her creativity through her completion of 80+ quilt challenges at the local and international level. Her quilts draw upon her inquisitive nature of asking "What If?", “Why Not?”, working in a series, comedy improv studies, along with her love of nature, photography and sketching.

Mel is passionate about teaching/lecturing, with a focus on quilting on a domestic machine and modern quilting techniques. Starting in 2016, Mel has taught for quilt shops, guilds and quilt shows throughout California, with engagements in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, NB, and New York, and several large venues: Road to California, Pacific International Quilt Festival and Craft Napa.

Her quilts have been exhibited locally, juried into national quilt shows and traveling exhibits, published in books/magazines, earned awards/ribbons and selected as Finalists. She is a Michael Miller Brand Ambassador and AccuQuilt GO! Getter. Mel was featured on Quilting Arts TV (series 2500 and 2600) and The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims (episode 2112), and has published articles with Quilting Arts Magazine and The Craft Industry Alliance.


August 19, 20120 - Online

" Presidents Choice"

September 16, 2020 - Online

"Birthday Party"

Peninsula Quilters Guild of San Mateo County

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