Programs and Classes 2019



Meetings and Classes are held at


University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Campus, Auditorium Building

75080 Frank Sinatra Drive Palm Desert.  Click here for Directions


The Coachella Valley Quilt Guild presents excellent speakers, including nationally known teachers and lecturers, that provide insight to a wide variety of topics related to quilting, from traditional to modern, from piecing techniques to design embellishments. The lecture presentations are given immediately after our monthly Saturday membership meetings, and classes are usually held on the Sunday following the meeting at the same facility. Classes can fill up fast, so if you see one that interests you, contact the Programs VP at



March Meeting -- Saturday, March 9, 2019


How to Have Fun

Meeting begins at 10am

Presentation begins at 11am



Joe Cunningham began making quilts professionally in 1979, after a ten-year career as a musician in Michigan.  His early mentors were steeped in the history and traditions of quilts, leading Cunningham to a life of study in quilt history and a love of traditional technique.  Over the years, his quilts have evolved into a unique, personal style.  His quilts are in the permanent collections of museums, and well as in numerous private collections.  Cunningham’s 11 books on quilts include the 2010 book, “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking,” (the first book on the subject), a museum catalogue for the Shelburne Museum’s exhibition, “Man-Made Quilts:  Civil War to the Present,” and his essay for the de Young Museum show, “Amish Abstractions:  Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown.”  His column for the national magazine, The Quilt Life, is called “Biased and Edge.”  He has been seen on the Peabocy Award winning PBS series “Craft in America,” the HGTV series “Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson,” and the PBS series “Sewing with Nancy,” and “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.  He gives talks about quilts and teaches workshops nationwide.  Visit his website at


March Class -- Sunday, March 10, 2018


Rock the Block, Block Style

9am to 3pm

$50 – Members

$75 – Non-members

All Skill Levels

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In this class, we will make a fractured landscape from a series of unique blocks, all created with my simple, step-by-step process.  Making these blocks is simple enough for anyone, but as challenging as you want to make it.  All fun, all day!


April Meeting -- Saturday, April 13, 2019


Challenges:  A Trunk Show

Meeting begins at 10am

Presentation begins at 11am


Challenges is an apt word to describe Robert Tucker’s artistic prowess. He is enticed by them. You won’t find him climbing a mountain nor baking a soufflé, but you will find him extending his hands and whipping up colors, patterns and compositions into what pleases his eye.

Quilting has come naturally. His artistic history includes collage, sculpture and assemblage. His eye leans into bold compositions, bold color choices and juxtapositions, as well as a delight in clean edges, and exploration of the integrity of the materials he works with.

In the back of his mind he had considered applying his interests to quilting but was not sure how to proceed. During a trip to Big Bear in September 2011 he visited their local quilt show and was informed about the basics, and where to gain skills in our Coachella Valley. He bought a sewing machine that week and within a year had 60 quilts under his belt.


He finds excitement and unexpected results as he challenges himself. Whether the challenges are personal such as mastering certain stitchery, lining up the godforsaken corners and points, applique, wool work, ice dyeing; or if the challenges are local or online he throws himself into them. 


May Meeting -- Saturday, May 11, 2019

Kathy Dunham

Let Color Work For You

Meeting begins at 10:00am

Presentation begins at 11:00am


Learn how to add more pizzazz to your quilts with artist & quilter Kathy Dunham.  Technique alone does not make an outstanding quilt.  Proper color choices can make or break a good design.  Kathy is a certified color instructor and has taught at such institutions as The Getty Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum. By combining art and quilting she creates exciting visual pieces of work.



Color can set the mood, attract attention or make a statement.  Find out which combinations work best and how to apply contrast to make your creations stand out. 

June Meeting -- Saturday, June 8, 2019

Sit and Sew Social

Come join fellow guild members at UCR for an informal sit and sew. Bring handwork or machine work.  Work on your own project or a charity quilt. There will be pre-cut pieces to make a block for a charity quilt.  More information to follow.

10am to 2pm

The Coachella Valley Quilt Guild is dark in July and August.  Check out the friendship groups for activities and meetings during those months.

September Meeting -- Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mary Gorfine

 Mastering Fusibles

Meeting begins at 10:00am

Presentation begins at 11:00am


Mary made her first quilt in her college dorm room in 1973. She immediately realized that sewing flat things was a lot easier and way more fun than making clothes. That little quilt won 1st place in a student art contest and she never looked back. Mary has taught quilt making skills for over 30 years and eagerly tries anything—well, almost anything-- that promises to make the process faster or easier. She’s played with lots of different stabilizers and will share her tips and tricks for working with fusible stabilizers and some of their “cousins.”

October Meeting -- Saturday, October 12, 2019

Becky McDaniel

My Applique Journey

Meeting begins at 10:00am

Presentation begins at 11:00am



Before I could ride a bike, my grandmother had me tatting lace and taught me how to sew. My love affair with quilts started at this same time in my life. I’ve found applique to be the most interesting aspect of quilt designs and will take you from some old methods that you may have never heard of all the way through 3 modern techniques that I use in my designs and patterns. For more information check out Becky's website: becky

September Class -- Sunday, October 13, 2019

Becky McDaniel

Orange Peel Pillow

9am to 3pm

Members: $40

Non-Members: $75


Machine Appliqué (with foundation that puffs after washing)
I will be teaching a machine appliqué technique that will look like you did the appliqué by hand when you are finished with your project! 

We will make this scrappy Orange Peel pillow using a foundation paper on the inside of your appliqué, that when soaked will change to a puffed fiber.  Because your appliqué fabric will be pre-washed and shrunk and the rest of your fabric will not, this will pull your stitches into your base fabric making the stitches disappear! 

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November Meeting -- Saturday, November 9, 2019

Linda Sullivan

Colourwerx Trunk Show

Meeting begins at 10:00am

Presentation begins at 11:00am


It’s no surprise that Linda loves colour and loves creating colourful contemporary quilt designs, patterns and art pieces as well as teaching the art of quiltmaking! 

With over sixteen years experience as professional quiltmaker, Linda is intensely passionate about the art of quiltmaking. Always searching for a twist on traditional quiltmaking, her designs are well known for their whimsical look, adventurous appliqué and fearless use of colour. 

To date, Linda has designed over a hundred quilt patterns - many published in ‘McCall’s Quilting’, ‘Quick Quilts’, ‘American Patchwork & Quilting’, and Quiltmania’s ‘Simply Moderné’ magazine - authored two books and even designed a “Fun and Bright” fabric line for P&B Textiles. 


In 2016, Linda and Carl relocated back to their home state of California and formed Colourwerx - a new design company which mixes their love of ‘pure colour’ with a passion for bold, contemporary design. Today, they enjoy collaborating together on designing patterns and creating quilts, as well as self publishing a line of top selling quilt patterns. They also offer their freelance design services to industry leaders and fabric companies such as Free Spirit Fabrics, Northcott Fabrics and Island Batiks, where many more of their quilt designs can be seen and enjoyed.

December Meeting

Holiday Luncheon

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Save the date to join us for a wonderful lunch, silent auction, raffle baskets and a great social time!