Programs and Classes



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, Cal Trimpey, at




January Meeting -- Saturday, January 13, 2018

At our January meeting, Laura Fraga presented an interesting talk about her quilting journey with special emphasis on her involvement with the Dear Jane quilts.  She also shared the story of the original "Dear Jane" quilt which actually was called "In War Time".  It was created and sewn by Jane Stickle during the Civil War and completed in 1863.  Brenda Papadakis discovered the quilt at the Bennington Museum in Vermont and introduced it to the world in 1996.  It earned the name "Dear Jane" because in her book about the quilt, Brenda wrote each entry as a letter to Jane Stickle.  Laura shared some of her quilts and some of her students' quilts that were based on the "Dear Jane" quilt.  For more information, visit .

February Meeting -- Saturday, February 10, 2018

“My Recent Quilts”
Meeting begins at 10am
Presentation begins at 11am

About 15 years ago, Thom, a sculptor, was involved in a traffic accident that severely damaged his wrists and thumbs. Since it was clear that pushing clay around was no longer a possibility, he decided to combine his love of beads with fabric, and explore the pairing as a new medium of expression. In time, surgery repaired the damage but the shift had been made and a whole new vista of fabric and beads had opened up. “Bead Embellished Quilts,” less sculptural and more colorful, became the order of the day. Finding the balance between beads and fabric, where each is integrated into the design and both are essential to the overall composition, has provided ample challenges for Thom’s active imagination. He has come to a point where neither “Bead Embellished” nor “Quilt” seem accurate or applicable terms, yet he continues to use them for lack of more precise definitions of what he does. We are very excited to welcome Thom to the Coachella Valley.

Check out his website:

February Class -- Sunday, February 11, 2018

“Beads I:  Bead Embroidery for Quilters”
Class:  9am -- 4pm
Skill Level:  Some prior knowledge of hand sewing/quilting

Cost: $35 members -- $45 non-members

Required kit: $25 -- has all the supplies you need.

We will take a look at beads, their shapes, varieties of finishes, and their use on quilts to create texture and color changes in the surface. We will learn the basic stitches for applying beads, and what they do to the surface of the quilt, and how the application of beads quilts the surface. This is a process class. The student should have some prior knowledge of hand sewing and hand quilting.

March Meeting -- Saturday, March 10, 2018

“Painting with Cloth”
Meeting begins at 10am
Presentation begins at 11am

For nearly 30 years Katie Pasquini Masopust has produced high quality contemporary art quilts that have been coveted and collected by a broad range of admirers. From her early beginnings as a painter dabbling in traditional quilt making, her work has evolved from structured Mandalas and mind-blowing dimensional pieces to very painterly landscapes and abstracts executed with the finest fabrics and most creative stitching techniques.

Katie’s easy, energetic manner has made her a very popular teacher and lecturer. When not in residence at her studio in Northern California she travels the world presenting her contemporary quilting theories and techniques to classes; not only in North America, but in Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Awards and accolades have been numerous for Katie, culminating with her 2005 induction into a very select group of art quilt professionals who have earned the Silver Star Award presented by Houston Quilt Festival.

See Katie's work at her website:

March Class -- Sunday, March 11,2018

“The Artful Log Cabin”
Class times:  9am – 3pm
$60 Members
$75 Non-members

The log cabin block is so very versatile, we will use that as the basis for creating linear abstract art quilts. Start with a painting or photograph, crop that to a strong personal composition, overlay a grid, this can be an even grid, an uneven grid, curved or random grid, this linear drawing is laid over the inspiration photo or painting to become the map. Then log cabins made up of the colors found in each unit of the grid will be constructed and then put together to make the quilt. Emphasis on composition, variety, color, value and visual pathways.  For more examples, visit Katie's website:

Click here for a supply list.

April Meeting -- Saturday, April 14, 2018


“Modern Traditionalist”

Meeting begins at 10am

Presentation begins at 11am


Pati studied graphic design in college, but always found herself lingering in the textile department. After graduating and working in corporate marketing for several years, she finally discovered quilting and was hooked. Mixing pattern, color, and texture was a perfect fit for her, both as a quilter and a designer.



The clean lines and graphic images of modern design are a huge part of her happy place and she loves the free spirit of improvisational piecing. But the rich history and longstanding techniques of traditional quilting have always been close to her heart, too. She is amazed that such a humble American art form could explode into the strong, international quilting community we see today.

So, to keep her sanity and stay true to herself, she chooses to embrace it all - modern, improvisational, and traditional. By choosing elements from all three design styles in her work, she strives to create quilts that anyone can relate to.  For more information about Pati, see her website at:


April Class -- Sunday, April 15, 2018


“Winter Brrrd Houses”

Class:  9am - 3pm

Skill Level:  All

Cost: $35 members -- $50 non-members



Combine pieced blocks, improvisational curves and a little folk-art appliqué for this whimsical quilt with so many options. Make a whole village of houses or just work on 2 or 3, it's your choice.  This is also very easily adapted to other seasonal settings - spring, Christmas, summer camping - the options are endless.  Some of the techniques that will be taught are: improvisational curves and piecing, tips on successful design wall construction, stuffed appliqué, big stitch/embroidery.

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More upcoming Programs -- check back for details!


May 12, 2018

June 9, 2018

September 8, 2018 -- Suzanne Wade

October 13, 2018 -- Leah Zieber

2017 Programs and Classes

Check out what we have been doing!

September Meeting -- Saturday, September 9, 2017


Linda Anderson

"Art Quilting"



At our September General Membership Meeting, we welcomed Linda Anderson, an artist from La Mesa, California, who dazzled us with her stunning, photographic-like art quilts.  Most of her quilts begin as white bits of fabric which she paints individually before attaching them to the quilt.  She spends many hours of painstaking attention to detail as she creates, layer by layer, each beautiful piece of art.  See more of her pieces at her website:

October Meeting -- Saturday, October 14, 2017

Michelle Flores, Marketing Coordinator
“Go Back to the Future with Hoffman Fabrics!”

Our October speaker for the guild meeting was Michelle Flores marketing and media coordinator for Hoffman California-International fabrics. It was great to see and hear about the newest from Hoffman. It would be rare to find a quilter that has never used a Hoffman fabric in the past or does not have Hoffman in their stash. More than a handful of guild members had lucky ticket numbers and left with Hoffman fabrics in hand, generous gifts from Michelle.

November Meeting -- Saturday, November 11, 2017

“Quilted Pages”
Meeting Starts at 10am
Presentation Starts at 11am

Allyson Allen, a former high school English and Special Education teacher, has been teaching quilting and doll making through state funded programs in public and private schools for 25 years, seven of those years teaching at three southern California Youth Authority facilities. She also teaches at quilt shows, retreats, and cruises. Her workshop venues have included the Disney Music Center, the California African American Museum, the African Market Place & Cultural Faire, and the California Craft & Folk Art Museum. Her work has been commissioned by entertainers, dignitaries, and organizations across the country, and her quilts, fiber art pieces, and handmade journals have been featured in numerous newspaper articles, exhibit catalogs, and books. Her exhibit venues include galleries, cultural centers, museums, art venues and embassies throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, and Africa. She is a multiple California Arts Council grant award recipient, twice nominated for NEA National Heritage Fellowship consideration, and has been recognized for more than two decades as an award-winning Master African American Quilt and Doll Artist by the state of California. She is a Special Exhibitor, lecturer, and instructor for Mancuso National Quilt Shows.
Check out her website at:

November Round Robin -- Saturday, November 11

1pm to 3pm


Following the November program there will be a four station Round Robin event where you will learn to make two new items for the Desert Guilds Quilt Show Boutique (and of course yourself) -- a coin purse and a travel bag. The other two stations will be technique demonstrations -- continuous binding and English paper piecing .  Join the fun from 1 to 3pm by signing up with Cal at the meeting.  

Material Fee: $5