Focus Groups

Focus groups generally meet in the mornings before the general meetings and are open to all members. They are wonderful opportunities to get to know your fellow guild members while you learn a new technique. We have many gifted quilters in the guild, and we are grateful that they are willing to share their expertise.


We are always open to new ideas and new groups, so please let us know if you wish to lead a focus group on any quilting-related topic. Contact Gretchen via if you have questions or suggestions. Please put Fun with Fabrics in the subject line.  

Past focus group topics have included Crazy Quilting, Fabric Postcards, Working With Silk, Quilted Tote Bags, Quilt-As-You-Go, Paper Piecing, Hand Quilting, Hand Appliqué, Embellishments, Color for Quilters, Mug Rugs and Needle Felting — to list just a few.


Ongoing Focus Groups

Fun with Fabric

February’s Fun With Fabric Focus Workshop will be on stitch meditation.  It is an interesting concept and something worth investigating.  Please bring a scissors, needle and thread and a very small bag of scraps.  There will be no Fun with Fabric Focus Workshop in March.  The April Fun with Focus Workshop, back by several requests, will be a repeat of Happy Villages.    We meet as usual at 11:00 am.

Charity Coach and Chat

Tina Barth will be leading this group which meets at 11am. The focus is designing and quilting techniques for both beginners and seasoned quilters. This will be a year long venture beginning with the basics of quilt block design. If you have questions, Tina has the answers.

Charity Focus Group  *NEW FOR 2019-2020*

The Charity Focus Group will meet at 11am before the meeting. For the next couple of months we will work on making stuffed animals for the Holiday Charity. Please bring a scissors, pins, regular needle and embroidery needle. The animals will be ready to be stuffed, sewn shut and faces embroidered.

The Service Committee is looking for members willing to demonstrate basic and intermediate techniques for making quilts, stuffed animals, or other items we donate to the many charitable organizations we support.

Long-standing members: Please email the Service Committee at and let her know if you would like to help by attending one or more of these Charity Coach and Chat sessions or to answer questions from newer quilters. The sessions will be held from 11:00am to 1:00pm, before our regular meetings.

Newer quilters: Make your charity quilts with us! By coming to these Charity Coach and Chat sessions, you’ll learn all you need to know about making beautiful, useful charity quilts. During these sessions, you’ll learn how to plan, cut, sew, and finish your charity quilt. And we’ll also talk about making other items — like the holiday stockings and teddy bears.

The members who attended our monthly sessions this year not only learned how to make charity quilts, they picked up techniques they now use to make their own beautiful quilts.

This is open for all members and guests. We look forward to having a lively time with many people.

Elm Creek Quilt Blocks [ongoing focus group]

This popular focus group — based on the Elm Creek books by Jennifer Chiaverini — will continue during the 2018–2019 guild season at 12 noon.

Here is a link to past blocks for the Elm Creek Quilt Group if you want to catch up or if your notes are incomplete.


If you have any questions, contact Lisa Kehrle.





Drawstring Bag Instructions:

At a previous Coach and Chat, Lee Ebs did a demo about cloth bags: how to put them together and the suggested measurements.  These are the bags we stuff with the Christmas donations for the shelters we support.  The bags are great because they can be re-used for many purposes.  The the supply list and the instructions are HERE!


These sessions are open to all members and guests.