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



page1image6019424Before 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.


May Meeting -- Saturday, May 12, 2018

Meeting begins at 10am
Presentation begins at 11am


This will be your chance to meet and learn from the pro’s in the Long Arm Quilting Industry and take the mystery out of this option to hand or domestic machine quilting.  We have pulled together a panel of quilters from our very own group to the neighboring communities to answer all of our questions and enlighten us just how much this industry has to offer us as quilt makers.

We will have panelists that can expand on what they professionally offer and all of the variables, as well as the machines and techniques they use.  From, preparation to designs/methods, turn around times, and costs.  Learn all about the Tools of the Trade.

For quilters that wish to learn how to long arm quilt themselves… we’ll learn options for learning how and hands on training. 



Remember.. It’s not a Quilt.. until it’s Quilted.. and for those of us who have more quilt tops than time to get them all quilted, join us to learn and ask all of your questions.

June Meeting -- Saturday, June  9, 2018

Meeting begins at 10am


Come meet members of our many Friendship Groups and see what they are doing!

CVQG is dark in July and August.  Join us in September!

September Meeting -- September 8, 2018


Meeting begins at 10am

Presentation begins at 11am



The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans with healing and comforting Quilts of Valor.  Over 180,000 quilts have been awarded to our brave veterans who have risked their lives in service to our country.  The QOVF program gives us quilters an opportunity to say, “thank you,” with gratitude and love stitched into quilts.  It’s what we can do.  Suzanne Wade, from the QOVF will be talking to us about the Foundation and its programs.  More information can be found at the QOVF website:

October Meeting -- Saturday, October 13, 2018


Meeting begins at 10am

Presentation begins at 11am



Watch America’s quilt traditions unfold before your eyes as we travel back through 180 years of quilting history. Discover the truth about fabric color in nineteenth century quilts and see some fantastic examples of true American Beauties.  Leah Zieber is a Southern California quilt historian and quilt maker who specializes in Antique Reproduction Quilts from the nineteenth century. Her reproduction quilts have been exhibited at quilt shows and historical museums across the country. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary look at quilting history by one of the country’s preeminent quilt history experts.  See more information about Leah at


November Meeting -- Saturday, November 10, 2018


Meeting begins at 10am

Presentation begins at 11am



Paper piecing has been around for a long time, but the “Judy Niemeyer” (Quiltworx) paper piecing technique has been refining the process for over 20 years, and the result is an array of patterns and designs that often feature beautiful, long points and stars.  A small number of certified instructors teach the technique all around the world, and we have the rare opportunity to see a Quiltworx trunk show by one of Judy Niemeyer’s top instructors.  Catherine Wilson, a quilt designer and certified Judy Niemeyer instructor, started Queenie Quilts in 2010 as a means of providing quilters with world class instruction and custom-built kits to assist them in making their own Judy Niemeyer masterpiece.   Visit Cat’s website at


December Meeting -- Saturday, December 8, 2018

Holiday Luncheon at the Bellatrax

More details to follow in the fall!

Information and photos from past speakers and classes.

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 2018

Thom Atkins wowed our members and guest at the February meeting with his display of bead embellished quilts.  It was amazing the effects he achieved by combining beads and fabrics.  


His powerpoint presentation on his creation process held the audience's attention.  He not only told us how he went about creating these works of art by he showed us with the detailed pictures he had taken.  


On Sunday, Thom shared some basic and not so basic beading stitches as the class participants created a mini sampler using the kits that were available for purchase.  The material and the beads provided offered an introduction to the beading process.


Check out his website:

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.

Click here for the supply list.


More upcoming Programs -- check back for details!


May 12, 2018 -- Long Arm Panel

June 9, 2018 -- Friendship Group Fair

September 8, 2018 -- Suzanne Wade -- Quilts of Valor

October 13, 2018 -- Leah Zieber -- History Repeated -- Antique Quilts

November 10, 2018 -- Catherine Wilson -- Afternoon Guild Round Robin

December 8, 2018 -- Holiday Luncheon




January 12, 2019 -- Nancy Lee Chong -- "Hawaiian Quilting:  It's History" and Sunday class: Hawaiian Applique

February 9, 2019 -- Frieda Anderson -- "Moving Forward with a New Tradition -- Art Quilts" and Sunday class:  Autumn Mums

March 9, 2019 -- Joe Cunningham -- "How To Have Fun" and Sunday class:  Rock the Block, Block Style

April 13, 2019 -- Linda Sullivan -- "Colourwerx Trunk Show"

May 11, 2019

June 8, 2019 -- Studio Tour

September 14, 2019 -- Show and Share

October 12, 2019 -- Becky McDaniel -- "Trunk Show" and Sunday class: Orange Peel Pillow

November 9, 2019 -- Monica Gonzales -- "What's New at Market?" -- Afternoon Guild Round Robin

December 14, 2019 -- Holiday Luncheon

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