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.  Workshops are usually held at the Norman P Murray Community Center Juniper room, 24932 Veterans Way Mission Viejo.  Workshops run from 10:00 AM - 4:00PM.   Please arrive at least 15, but no more than 30 minutes early to set up your workspace.  After the workshop chair helps the speaker and sets up the classroom, she will be happy to help you if you need assistance.  

Remember to bring your lunch/drink/snack for the LIMITED lunch break time.

Workshops registration starts approximately 3 months before the workshop date.  Only BCQG members can sign up during the first month.   (You can email MaryKay Fitzpatrick for workshop status).  See workshop description for more specifics. 

 Registration fee for members is $35. Non-member fee is $60; non-members contact MaryKay Fitzpatrick to register.    Workshop description in the newsletter includes additional material/supply fees due to speaker.

You may cancel and receive a refund if you let the workshop chair (MaryKay Fitzpatrick) know by email at least 45 days before the workshop.  After that time, you will only be refunded if there is a person to fill your spot from the waiting list.  We will issue a refund check after payment is received from the replacement for your spot.

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March 15, 2024 Workshop – Game of Improv with Maria Shell

10 AM – 4 PM at the Norman Murray Center, Juniper Room

Waiting List Only: email MaryKay Fitzpatrick 



Roll the dice, spin the wheel, pick your category. This workshop is a full exploration of letting go of expectations and embracing the unknown. Improv piecing is a method of creating that involves work, chance, technique, exploration, and tenacity. We are going to explore all of these things within the perimeters of a game. 

Maria’s book, Improv Patchwork: Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape, is on her supply list and available through her website or on Amazon. See her website,, to learn more about Maria and her projects.

Maria has provided a wonderful color chart and method using the letters in your name to assist you in choosing your solid fabrics. The resulting color choices may be a little outside of your box, but trust the method. You will be surprised!

Everyone’s finished piece will be different!


This Workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, email MaryKay Fitzpatrick .


Students taking this workshop will get a 15% discount on the book and fabric for the class, using STUDENT as a coupon.




April 12, 2024 Workshop

Ombré Table Runner with Jennifer Sampou



The Reversible Table Runner is a study in color via ombré. You will learn the subtleties of hue and value by using just three or four SKY ombré fabrics per side. This is a beginner project because of the limited choices you have in order to focus on color play within a manageable palette and basic sewing. Students love how just a few fabrics sewn back together can be so successful.

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Suggested Supplies:

Use code for 15% off: STUDENT

Purchase Ombré Table Runner bundles in different color-ways: OriginalNightfallBrilliance, Bloom. $59

Purchase the Ombré Quilts book that contains the pattern. Physical copy or digital download. $21.95/$17.99

Registration is open you can sign up online or email MaryKay Fitzpatrick or click here to register online. Non-members welcome to register via email as of February 1st.
Students taking this workshop will get a 15% discount on the book and fabric for the class, using STUDENT as a coupon.

Sign up for class here

Magical Mandalas – Snow and Ice Fabric Dyeing

May Workshop with Cindy Lohbeck

Friday, May 10, 2024, 10 AM - 4 PM  - Norman P Murray Center


Cindy has worked in textiles and fabric dyeing for over 30 years. 

She started Hands On Hand Dyes in 2007, to share her love of textile arts through an extensive line of fabric dyeing kits. Watch the Sunday Snippet for more information about the specifics for her workshop.


Students will work on a five-yard collection of mandalas. 

Cost is $35 for members. Email Mary Kay Fitzpatrick or register on line. Non-members may register for this workshop as of March 1. Cost is $60. Cost for membership is $40.