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Guild Meetings, Programs

Guild meetings, programs and workshops are held at the Oakhurst Community Center* 

Retreats are held at ECCO*


For guild meetings, April-October, 

doors open at 5:30 with meeting starting at 6pm.*

For guild meetings, November-March, doors open at 12:30 with meeting starting at 1pm.*

For workshops, doors open at 8:30 am and workshops start at 9 am, end at 3 pm.*

*unless otherwise announced.

July 11th- Julia McLeod via Zoom and our Annual Ice Cream Social

At our July Ice Cream Social we will have Julia McLeod join us again, this time via zoom.  She has so much more to share with us, and because of technical difficulties at our June meeting she was not able to show us all that she'd planned.  It promises to be a fun and relaxed evening.  

Julia McLeod is a quilt maker living and working in northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in making quilts from rescued textiles, particularly silks. Neckties, saris, kimono and furnishing fabrics all find their way into her quilts. Born and raised in England, Julia worked as a menswear textile designer in the woolen- and worsted mills of Yorkshire and Scotland, and later for a company on Savile Row, in the heart of London’s bespoke tailoring industry. She moved to New York City in the early 1990’s, and America has been her home ever since. Julia enjoys lecturing and teaching on the subject of quilting-making with unusual and reclaimed textiles

If you were inspired by Julia's Trunk Show and lecture, Anything But Silk and want to play around with your silk fabrics, but missed the workshop, refer to the following YouTube videos:

How to Deconstruct a Necktie  

Applying Fusible Interfacing

August 1st and 2nd - Susan Nash
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August 1  - Guild Meeting with Susan Nash.  Lecture: Learn to Collage Quilt  the Laura Heine Way

August 2  - Workshop - A Laura Heine Collage

9am-3pm at the OCC Pavillion 

Choose between the pin cushion and sewing machine mini.  Susan will be selling the pattern and fabric kit at a discounted price of $50. 

Workshop price:

Member price $47.50 if paying online or with the Square terminal.  Click here to sign-up and pay online. 

Cash or check discount price is $45.00, sign-up at the next guild meeting.

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Star Crossed Footstool Workshop

September 6, 2024

Star Crossed Footstool taught by our own Wendy Holt.  Designed by Sheila Sinclair Snyder.  Pattern and hardware will be available at Bear Paw Quilts or online at 

Click here to download the supply list.

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For information about any of our programs or to sign up for a workshop, please contact Lynn G. or Sally W.  using this form.

2024 SMQA Tentative Program Schedule 


January 4 - Guild Meeting -  2023 Rd2CA recap by Lynn Gray.  Cuddle quilt fabric giveaway.


February 1 - Guild Meeting with Madera County DA, Sally Moreno. Topic: Cyber Security.  After our refreshment break Dr Hannah Kaplan from Oakhurst Physical Therapy will speak on ways to improve our posture and discomfort from hunching over our machines and a request to make dresses for little girls in Africa.


March 7 - Guild Meeting - Cuddle Quilt Program - 1pm - 5pm. Please note daytime hours.

March 9 - Saturday Workshop - Bev Gulley teaching Celtic Knot 9am-3pm. Click here for the class supply download.   Click here for class description.


April 4  - Guild Meeting with Pat Robertson’s Trunk Show. She was the 2023 Kings River Quilt Festival featured artist. Cancelled due to snow.


April 10-13 - Spring Retreat


May 2  - Guild Meeting - How to…  stations hosted by guild members to show how to do bindings,quilt hanging sleeve, quilt label ideas….


June 6  - Guild Meeting with Julia McLeod.  Lecture: Everything But Cotton

June 7  - Workshop: Starting with Silk


July 11  - Guild Meeting - Ice Cream Social


August 1  - Guild Meeting with Susan Nash.  Lecture: Learn to Collage Quilt  the Laura Heine Way

August 2  - Workshop - A Laura Heine Collage, choose between the pin cushion and sewing machine mini 


September 5 - Guild Meeting with Scarlett Rose.  Lecture: A View from Both Sides 

September 6 - Stool Workshop taught by Wendy Holt

Sept 9-13 - Fall Retreat


October 3  - Guild Meeting with Jane Haworth. Lecture: Journey as a Quilt Artist

October 4  - Workshop: Cats & Dogs Fabric Collage Workshop


November 7  - Guild Meeting with Claire Marks’ Trunk Show

November 8 - Workshop -  Foundation Pieced Table Topper


December 5  - Guild Meeting - Annual Winter Year End Luncheon

2024 Guild Meetings, Workshops and Retreats

2023 Guild Meetings, Programs and Workshops

January 5th, 2023 at 6pm -  Due to weather and the connected concern for the safety of our members' travel, the meeting was cancelled.

February 2nd, 2023 at 6pm - Guild Meeting and Cuddle Quilt Program

March 16th 2023 at 6pm - Guild Meeting and Game Night 

April 6th, 2023 at 6pm - Guild Meeting and Karen Brow-Meier lecture on The SMUGGLE Principles - Seven design elements which make a quilt “sing"

April 7th, 2023 9am-3pm - Karen Brow-Meier teaching Newly Hatched Wall Hanging Workshop

May 4th, 2023 at 6pm - Guild Meeting and Colleen Pelfrey lecture "Life With A Border Around It"

May 5th, 2023 9am-3pm - Colleen Pelfrey teaching "Taking Out the Dye" Workshop.  

Click here for supply list.

May 20 & 21, 2023 - Quilt Show

June 1st, 2023 at 6pm - Guild Meeting and Ice Cream Social.  We will honor our volunteers and celebrate the successes.  Please be sure to bring along any family members or friends who volunteered to help at our Quilt Show.  Ribbon recipients, we will have a special Show and

tell just for you. There will also be our normal Show and Tell.

June 30, 2023 noon - 1pm.  Zoom meeting - Jeanette Walton will cover fabric and pattern preparation for the paper-pieced Starbaby Quilt.

June 30, 2023 1:30-5pm - Meet at Bear Paw to cut out purse kits in preparation of our Sew Powerful Purse Project. 

July 6th, 2023 at 6 pm - Guild Meeting and Sew Powerful Purse Project

Linking seamstresses from around the world to combat extreme poverty by providing re-usable feminine hygiene supplies and health training to girls in Zambia. This enables them to attend school all month and improve their academic performance.

July 7th, 2023 9am-3pm Sew Powerful Purse Workshop.

August 3rd, 2023 at 6pm - Guild Meeting and Jeanette Walton “Inspiration” Trunk Show

August 4th, 2023 9am-3pm -Jeanette Walton teaching paper pieced Starbaby Quilt Workshop

September 7th, 2023 at 6 pm - Guild Meeting and Trunk Show with our own Betsy Blum, one of our founding SMQA members and current SMQA Co-President. 

October 5th, 2023 at 6pm - Guild Meeting and Sandra Mollon's Trunk Show

October 6th, 2023 9am-3pm - Sandra Mollon teaching "Thread Painting" Workshop

November 2nd, 2023 at 6pm - Guild Meeting and Veterans Program

December 7th, 2023 at noon, doors open at 11:30 for our Annual Winter Luncheon and Installation of Officers

2022 Guild Meetings and Programs


January 6, 2022 - Cancelled

February 3-4, 2022 - Cuddle Quilts

March 3, 2022 - Guild Meeting and a Sew-N-Tell Trunk Show by our own Penni S., Faith M., and Diane M.

March 9-12, 2022 - Quilt Retreat

April 14, 2022 - Guild Meeting and Presentation by John Egbert

April 15, 2022 - Chrysanthemum Quilt from the book: Not Your Grandmother's Log Cabin with John Egbert

May 5, 2022 - Guild Meeting and Presentation by Anelie Belden

May 6, 2022 - Split Blade Dresden Workshop with Anelie Belden

June 2, 2022 - Ice Cream Social

July 7, 2022 - Buy a Table and Sell Your Treasures

August 4, 2022 - Trunk Show with Heidi from Authorized Vac and Sew

September 1, 2022 - Guild Meeting and Presentation by fiber artist Linda Schmidt.

September 2, 2022 - Mini Landscape Quilt Workshop with Linda Schmidt

October 6, 2022 - Guild Meeting and Presentation by Karen Bolan - Collaboration is Fun

October 7, 2022 - Workshop with Karen Bolan 

Pieced Curves and Play with Transparency 

November 3, 2022 - Guild Meeting and Trunk Show with our own member, Bev Gulley

November 4, 2022 - String Star Workshop with Bev Gulley

December 1, 2022 - Annual Winter Dinner 

2021 Programs

January 7, 2021- Because our January Zoom meeting does not accommodate our usual cuddle quilt sewing, Patty Cramer and Maria Ciccarelli have developed a project we can do without the noise of sewing machines in the background as we meet. These heart pillows are for distribution to post-operative patients at St. Agnes Hospital.  Click here for instructions.

February 4, 2021 - Twin sisters Lora and Lisa of Material Girlfriends (and designers of our last two mystery quilts) will present: 

Overcoming Quilting Disasters - Horror movies are less scary than when you have a HUGE problem with a quilt! Bleeding and shredding and tears, oh my! Chin up, my quilting friend; help has arrived. Enjoy twin sisters, Lora Zmak and Lisa Norton of as they provide you with numerous solutions to Quilting Disasters. Have a particular problem? Bring your quilt and questions and enjoy their humor and expertise.  Click link for "Quilting Disasters and How to Fix Them" print-out.

February 5, 2021 - 9am to noon

February 6, 2021 - 9am to noon

Confetti Hunter Star Workshop

March 4, 2021 - Presentation - “Edgy” by Linda Wagner

April 1, 2021- We will play a version of a scavenger hunt following the business meeting portion of the evening. 

May 6, 2021 - Guild meeting via zoom.  Two of our guild members will give information about how to chose a quilt design as a final finish to a perfect quilt. 

June 3, 2021 - Guild meeting via zoom. Can you identify the quilting acronyms?  ST. FQ. and certainly a few more obscure ones. Join us on Zoom, get the most correct answers, and win a prize. For the general meeting, you will receive an invitation by email from SMQA which includes instructions on how to sign into the meeting. Remember that the sign in information is for the June 3rd meeting only, and you can begin signing in at 5:30 p.m

July 8, 2021- Guild meeting and Ice Cream Social.  This is our first in person meeting since Covid restrictions have been relaxed.  Please see the July newsletter (to be sent on Thursday, July 1st) for details.

August 5, 2021 - Guild meeting with Janet Morita as presenter.

August 6, 2021 - Workshop on Ice dyeing with Janet Morita as instructor. 

September 9, 2021 - Guild meeting with a game of "Strip Poker". 

September 13-16, 2021 - Fall Retreat

October 7, 2021- Guild meeting with Rachel Clark as presenter

October 7, 2021 - Workshop with Rachel Clark

November 4, 2021 - Guild meeting John Egbert

November 5, 2021 - Grand Convergence workshop with John Egbert. Click here for supply list.

December 2, 2021- Annual Christmas party and swearing in of new SMQA officers.

2020 Programs

January 9, 2020 - Cuddle Quilts

February 6, 2020 - Game night - a word game and strip poker, so start putting aside your 2-1/2 inch strips.


February 7,020 - Workshop will be the byAnnie "A Place for Everything" bag.  Patterns will be available at Bear Paw.  Penny Simily will be teaching the class.  Click here for the class supply list.  Bear Paw has offered their instruction room on Saturday, February 8th, and Penni will be available, if you need more time and instruction to complete the bag.  

March 5, 2020 - This is Your SMQA

March 12-15 - Spring Retreat

April 2, 2020  - The April 2020 meetings will be cancelled.  This is because of the recent directives from the CDC for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 3, 2020 - The April 2020 meetings will be cancelled.  This is because of the recent directives from the CDC for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 7, 2020 - The May 2020 meetings was cancelled.  This is because of the recent directives from the CDC for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 8, 2020 -  The May 2020 meetings was cancelled.  This is because of the recent directives from the CDC for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

June 4, 2020 - California Public Health and CDC guidance continue to advise against gathering in groups, so there will be no SMQA general meeting in June. 

July 2, 2020 - Cancelled- California Public Health and CDC guidance continue to advise against gathering in groups, so there will be no SMQA general meeting in July. 

August 6, 2020 - Zoom virtual meeting 

September 3, 2020 - We will have our first virtual presentation.  Heather Kojan is an experienced quilter and teacher on the east coast.  Her designs for a variety of scrap quilts along with her interest in improvisation, curves, and modern quilts, make her a great choice for our first virtual presentation.


September 14-17, 2020 - Fall Retreat - cancelled


October 1, 2020 - Sue Pelland will present a virtual trunk show featuring applique quilts made with Rotary Cut Applique techniques.  We will see first-hand how each of the shapes are cut, fused, and stitched.

November 5, 2020 - We will welcome back, Jenny Lyon for both a presentation and a virtual two part workshop. 

Presentation: “The Beauty of the Imperfect” The imperfect is beautiful! I’ll show you inspiring and encouraging examples of my work as well as the work of others that are beautiful in their imperfection and I’ll share my journey to imperfection. 

November 7 & 14 - 

We have also scheduled Jenny Lyon for the workshop, "Yes You CAN Free Motion Quilt".  The six hour Zoom workshop will be presented over two days, three hours each day:  Saturday, November 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and Friday, November 13th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

We will work on 5 beautiful and fun motifs that you can put on your own quilts using your home sewing machine! 6-hr workshop

Those of you who participated in Jenny's workshop last year will remember how enthusiastic a teacher she is, and how attentive to individual requests for guidance.  She provides a supportive and fun atmosphere while you learn on your own machine.


The class fee is $35.00 for the six hours.  There is a limit of 20, so that Jenny can provide individual attention, support and encouragement, just like she does in person.

Supply list

In order to reserve a spot in the workshop, please contact Betsy Anne Youngholm.

December 3, 2020 - “Celebrating 12 Months of Quilting”, will be on Zoom.  The December general meeting will include the swearing in of the 2021 Board Members, a vote on the proposed budget for 2021, the unveiling of the mystery quilts, and show and tell. We will also hold a drawing for the table toppers we would have had on the tables if we were able to meet as a group.


2019 Programs

January 3, 2019 - Cuddle Quilts

February 7, 2019 - Cancelled due to weather and road conditions

February 8, 2019 - Cancelled due to weather and road conditions

March 7, 2019 -  Panel Discussion 

March 7 through 10 - Spring Retreat

April 4, 2019 - Guild meeting with Fern Royce as presenter: "How I Found the Liberated Pathway" 

April 5, 2019 - Workshop "String Quilts" with Fern Royce

May 2, 2019 - Country Store for the guild members.  

June 6, 2019 - Ice Cream Social

July 11, 2019 - Guild meeting - Paper Piecing and English Paper Piecing Demonstrations

July 12, 2019 - Free Sew

August 1, 2019 - Guild Meeting with Dora Cary as presenter: "My Path to Fearless Quilting" 

August 2, 2019 -  Workshop "Make it Modern"

September 5, 2019 - Guild meeting with Laurel Anderson as presenter.

September 6, 2019 - Workshop - Wild Roses.  For supply list click here.

October 3, 2019 - Quilts of Valor

November 7, 2019 - Guild meeting with Jenny Lyon as presenter: "Quilting is a Contact Sport"

November 8, 2019 - Workshop "Fearless Fills and Frills" with Jenny Lyon.  For supply list click here.

December 5, 2019 - Annual Christmas Party

Past Programs- 2018

January 4, 2018 - Cuddle Quilts

February 1, 2018 - Guild Meeting with Truck Show presented by one of our newest circles: Sew Crafty Quilters

February 2, 2018 - Wacky Divine Nine Quilt Workshop with Mary Platz

March 1, 2018 - Meeting cancelled "due to the expected winter weather forecast (maybe rain and/or snow).  We do not want our wonderful quilting friends out on the wet/icy roads" to quote our president, Rhonda Lloyd.

March 2, 2018 - Rescheduled for August 3, 2018

March 8-11, 2018 - Spring Retreat

April 5, 2018 Guild Meeting with Cindy Wiens - Solids Showcase

April 6, 2018 - My Swedish Ex Workshop with Cindy Wiens.  Click here for supply list.

May 10, 2018 - Guild Meeting with our own Jeri Carney - How to prepare a quilt for the longarm quilter

May 11, 2018 - Stash and Dash Workshop taught by our own Lissa Metzger, pattern

June 7, 2018 - Ice Cream Social

July 5, 2018 - Guild Meeting - Popcorn and Movie Night

August 2, 2018 - Guild Meeting and lecture with Cathie Hoover  - Accept The Challenge! 

August 3, 2018 - Workshop with Cathie Hoover - Wild and Crazy Quilt.

September 6, 2018 - Guild Meeting with Lisa McKissick - Tool Time Two

September 7, 2018 - Workshop with Lisa McKissick.  Click here for supply list.

Fall Retreat- September 17-20, 2018

October 4, 2018 - Guild Meeting - Free Motion Quilting - demos by members

November 1, 2018 - Guild Meeting with Claire Witherspoon - Confessions of an Eclectic Quilter

November 2, 2018 - Workshop with Claire Witherspoon - Scrap Strategies

December 6, 2018 - Annual Christmas Dinner

Past Programs - 2017

January 5, 2017 - Cuddle Quilts

January 6, 2017 - Free Sew Day 9 am - 3 pm

February 2, 2017 - It is 2017 and the weather is perfect for sewing and quilting and time to think about our quilt
show in May. The February program will be “Finishing Touch”. This is to assist in completing quilts for the quilt show. There will be stations set up to watch a short demo on binding, piping and sleeves


February 21, 2017 - Betsy Anne will be at Bear Paw Quilts and More, from 10:30 to noon, working on Cuddle Quilts. Please come, join in the fun!

March 2, 2017 - Sheila Collins from Sunnyvale, CA

Lecture and Trunk Show: Sheila Collins of Sunnyvale will join us in January to talk about her creative journey from fashion design to quilting

March 3, 2017 - Mandala Blossom, 20” x 20"

"I’m a big fan of mandalas and have been wanting to create one of my own, so I’m very happy to share this with you. I created the piece with layers to add dimension and covered buttons were the perfect finishing touch. The background fabric has been stretched over a canvas. Finished size, 20” x 20”".

Class Supply List

April 6, 2017 - Doors will open early, at 5pm for a fabric sale.  We will have the opportunity to work on small projects that will be sold at the Quilt Show 

Country Store.

April 7, 2017 - Free Sew Day, from 9 am to 3 pm. SMQA members and their guest are welcome to sew and socialize without a structured program or educational activity.  

May 4, 2017 - We will have the opportunity to meet some of the recipients of our Cuddle Quilts

May 20 -21, 2017 - Our Quilt Show - A Stitch in Time

June 1, 2017 - In June, with a successful Quilt Show behind us, we can relax. We will have a trunk show by Cindy Wiens. Cindy writes a blog called “Live a Colorful Life”.

June BOM

July 6, 2017 - Ice Cream Social - In July we will enjoy ice cream and all the toppings. No calorie counting allowed! We will also play "Strip Poker". Each of you will need to bring 25 2-1/2 inch strips cut the width of fabric (selvage to selvage).


August 3, 2017 - Patsy Carpenter lecture and trunk-show

August 4,2017 - Paper Piecing with Patsy Carpenter workshop.  Mini Stars Table Runner: 

Mini stars is a perfect beginner class to enter the world of Judy Niemeyer paper piecing.  It's fun and can be made in a day as you perfect the technique.  All work is done in class. The only pre-class work is getting the perfect fabrics together along with the pattern and supplies, and you are on your way.  The instructor will have plenty of patterns available for purchase.  The supply list can be found here.  

September 7, 2017 - CANCELLED! Due to the numerous fires, the excessive smoke and the unavailability of the Community Center, our September general meeting has been cancelled.   Lynn Mann, our scheduled speaker, is available to attend our October general meeting on 10/5 and will teach the class on 10/6.   

September 8, 2017 - Workshop - CANCELLED

October 5, 2017 - Lyn Mann lecture and truck-show

October 6, 2017 - Lyn Mann workshop. THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS AN UGLY FABRIC: In this this class, students will each bring squares of an ugly (or hard to use) fabric to share.  We will construct a simple scrap quilt while learning how to make any fabric great, depending on what you put with it.  A really fun day!!!  Many say this is the best class they ever had. The supply list can be found here.

November 2, 2017 - A program to honor veterans 

December 7, 2017 - Annual Christmas party including installation of officers


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