Welcome to the Coachella Valley Quilt Guild

Our Purpose

Guild Meetings

Centrally located in the beautiful Coachella Valley of Southern California.  The Guild shall be a non profit organization established to promote appreciation of quilting, to share and to uphold the heritage of a timeless folk art, and to further the education and skill levels of the members of the guild.

2023 Opportunity Quilt

Lily Field


Pattern by Kathy Doughty

Pieced by Stephanie Beasley and Jackie Mason

Machine Quilted by Treese Pflum

To be drawn December 9, 2023

1 ticket $1

6 tickets for $5



Second Saturday of the month


Check out our Hybrid (In person and Zoom at the same time) meetings!


Meeting Times:

10AM to Noon

Doors open at 9:30AM


Membership:  2024 membership renewals and new begin October 1, 2023.  A 2024 new membership includes free attendance to the October and November meetings. 

Guests are welcome at all meetings:  $10.00 guest fee --guests are free to join our Zoom only meetings.





 We are holding hybrid meetings -- in person at UCR and Zoom January to May and September to November.

June, July, and August are Zoom only.


University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Campus

Auditorium Building

75080 Frank Sinatra Drive

Palm Desert, CA  92211


For Directions Click Here

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October Meeting -- Saturday, October 14, 2023

Mary Gorfine

Beyond the Sleeve


Meeting starts at 10:00am 

Program starts at 11:00am


Mary Gorfine will share several ways to display your quilted wall hangings.  From facings with pockets to mounting onto a canvas.  Mary hopes you'll be thinking outside the box next time you want to hang your quilt.  marygorfine.com


Guest Fee - October Meeting -- Mary Gorfine


  • Available
  • Ships within 1-3 days

Note: If you are new and plan to join the guild for 2024, your 2024 membership will include the October and November meetings.  New and renewal memberships begin October 1, 2023.  

October Class -- Sunday, October 15, 2023

Mary Gorfine

Quilted Collage the Laura Heine Way

9:00am to 3:30pm

UCR -- In person class



This class is just plain fun! Spend a day learning Laura Heine’s clever & easy way to recreate shapes without templates. Mary shares tips for fabric selection & how to work with fusible stabilizers before you come to class. In class she’ll help you make the pattern come alive using principles of good design. You’ll go home knowing how to finish the collage and quilt your piece. Choose from several of Laura’s charming Quilted Collage patterns—you’ll learn how to tackle challenges in the designs your classmates are working on and Mary will talk about Laura Heine’s other pattern styles that use variations on the basic technique. 


Go to the Programs 2023 page to sign up for the class, download the supply list, and see the suggested patterns. (Click here to go to that page.)  The class is filling up fast.

Trish Tac Sew in Palm Desert (trishtacsew.com) carries the patterns and supplies needed.


There will be a pre-class Zoom October 7 10am - 11am to help you get ready for the class. 



Quilts of Valor

There will be a Quilt of Valor table set up outside of the meeting room for our September and October meetings.  You can pick up the official QOV labels for your quilts, check on quilt sizes, pick up extra free patriotic fabric, let us know you are making a quilt or find out how to nominate a veteran for a quilt.  Leslie Gardner will be there to answer your questions. 

Want free admission to Road To California?

Volunteer to White Glove

This also allows us to show our Opportunity Quilt and sell tickets at the show.

The signup for volunteer times for the White Glove Service for Road to California is now available.  White Glove Volunteers are front-line volunteers who protect the quilts, ensuring that guests do not touch them. White Glove Volunteers greet visitors, circulate within their assigned area.   We have only 9 slots available and we will process these sign ups on a first come, first served basis.   Everyone who receives a slot will be able to enter Road for free for the day.  After that, we will put anyone else on a waiting list. 
Show dates are Wednesday, January 17 to Saturday, January 20.
The rules are simple:
    Wear a black skirt or pants and a white shirt or blouse.
    Report to the Volunteer Desk 15 minutes before starting time.
    Remain within your assigned area. No shopping during your shift.
    A minimum shift is 2 hours and cannot be split with another volunteer.
    This is standing only and you will be on your feet for your whole slot.
If you cannot stand for that length of time, we do have two slots available for selling raffle tickets for our Opportunity Quilt.  These slots are Wednesday, January 17, from 9:00 - 11:00 and from 11:00 - 1:00.  You will receive a free pass for the day.  Please send an email to Alena Callimanis, acallimanis@gmail.com, or call her at 919 606-6164, if you want to sign up for one of these two sitting opportunities.  This again will be on a first come/first served basis.

Only three CVQG members can sign up for the same time slot.  Volunteer times are subject to change by Road to California if the maximum number of people have signed up before Road processes our Guild information. (In other words, we must process all our volunteers at once, along with the Guild paperwork, before Road will assign us the times you are requesting.  If the times are all taken, they will assign you to the next available time slot that day).  Please sign up no later than September 28 so we can get all the times slots to Road as quickly as possible.
Here is the link: 
If you have any questions, please contact Alena Callimanis, acallimanis@gmail.com or 919 606-6164.


Ready to show off your quilting skills?  Here are some local (more or less) places to do that:


Road to California -- January 2024

Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds (SCCQG) is having an exhibit at Road that you can enter a quilt in.  For more information go to sccqg.org


Riverside County Date Festival -- February 16-24, 2024

Watch the email blasts or website for dates when to enter your quilt or go to datefest.org


Desert Guilds Quilt Show -- March 1 & 2, 2024

Pavilions in Palm Springs -- This is our show so lets make it great.

Enter forms available Quilt Show 2024 or at desertguildsquiltshow.com

Opportunity Quilt Goes On the Road -- And YOU can help out!

** Road to California, January 17-20 — If you’d like to work a shift and get free admission for the day, contact Alena Callimanis at  acallimanis@gmail.com for details. We will be there one day, and the date is TBD.
** Riverside County & Date Festival, February 16-25. We will need volunteers! Details TBD.

All Star Virtual Sampler Platter -- Save the Dates

Saturday, September 23, noon-3pm and Sunday, September 24, noon-3pm

CVQG has paid for our members to attend this event.  It is FREE to all members who wish to attend.  Watch your email blast for the links and the PDF file. Come enjoy a fantastic zoom classroom experience! Learn lots of quilting techniques from some of the best teachers around! 


To see the full line up, click here.


AIDS Quilt Collaboration

The Guild is collaborating with the Mizell Center in Palm Springs for their upcoming AIDS Quilt exhibit this coming November. They will have several panels from the original quilt on display. They are asking our members to make 3' x 3' panels for a 12' x 12' quilt top they will be assembling for their exhibit. See the attached pdf handout for the exact specifications of the quilt panel.


The theme for the panels should focus on "Survival" and what that means to you. We are asking that groups of two or more work on one panel. A total of 16 panels will be made. More information is available in the pdf file below. 

If you'd like to make a panel, the possibilities are endless. Your panel can be pieced, appliquéd, painted, embellished...wherever your creativity takes you. If you'd like to participate, please contact Treese Pflum or Jackie Mason.

AIDS QUILT - KM 8.2.v2.1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 296.4 KB

Save the Date -- Holiday Party

Holiday Party

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Hope you plan to be there!! 

(Guests are welcome!)

Quilting For Good Times - Indio & La Quinta

Elizabeth and Linda from the friendship groups Quilting for Good Times at Indio Senior Center and La Quinta Wellness Center went to Camp Ronald McDonald in Idyllwild and presented 5 quilts to children who were there.  Program Director Shannon was delighted to receive the donation of quilts and Elizabeth and Linda were treated to lunch.



9am - 11am

Joslyn Senior Center


Next Sew What Table will be Saturday, November 4, from 9 to 11.  So mark you calendars, plan to come, and remember us if you have any quilting fabric, tools, or notions you can donate.  Drop off small donations any Tuesday at The Joslyn Center between 9 and 11:30, or at any scheduled Philanthropy drop-off, or contact me to make arrangements.


It's not too early to start making items for the guild to sell at the boutique booth at the Desert Guilds Quilt Show.  Pass Patchers and Coachella Valley are joining together to offer show attendees the opportunity to purchase various handmade items, but we need your help to have these wonderful items available.


There is no paperwork for you to fill out.  All you have to do is make things that can be sold for between $3 and $12.  For this show we would like to gather 400-600 items.  Obviously, if you choose to make more pricy items we will not turn your donation down.  Please keep in mind that our items have always been of the best quality and items that we would be proud to give or receive as a gift.


Joan Kiening has agreed to take on the job of chairing the boutique for the show but she need your help for it to be successful.  


If you are in need of ideas, please see Joan Kiening or Kathleen Herring and we will try to help you with suggestions.  Remember the show is in March, so items related to Easter, Spring and Summer should do well.


See the Quilt Show 2024 page for guidelines by clicking here.

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Philanthropy Quilt Drop Off



Tuesdays, Sept. 12 & 26 10am-11am

Lunch Bunch Meeting Room

Joslyn Senior Center, Palm Desert


Friday, September 22 10am - 11am

Trish Tac Sew -- inside store

Hwy 111, Palm Desert


 Bring in your quilts and placemats and burp cloths and fidget quilts.

Pick up a burp cloth kit complete with instructions!

(If you need another time, contact Treese Pflum, Philanthropy.)


For more information on Philanthropy Quilts click here.

Join Us For Block of the Month

Click here to go to the page to download the directions to do the Block of the Month. It is a great way to collect blocks and try something different.  Due at the September Meeting.

See what members have been working on! Click here or go to PHOTOS -- Show and Share on the menu!

We Are Social
We now have an Instagram page!  If you seek quilting inspiration from Instagram from your favorite designers, you can now follow the guild too. Look for our CVQG logo for the profile picture on Instagram to find us easily. Tag us on your Instagram postings by tagging @coachellavalleyquiltguild or using the hashtag #cvqg. Don't forget we also have a Facebook page. Robert Tucker continues to run our Facebook page.   
Follow us at coachellavalleyquiltguild on Instagram and Coachella Valley Quilt Guild on Facebook.

If you or any guild member you know have won a prize at a recent quilt show, we would love to acknowledge your accomplishment.  Please send an email with a photo and details to info@cvquiltguild.org