Upcoming Events

We are now holding in-person events at the Benicia Senior Center and will continue to offer some programs and Saturday Sit & Sews via Zoom.  

Thursday, Nov 17, 6:30-8:30pmIn-person at the Benicia Senior Center. We are using one of Margaret’s quilts for inspiration for our 2024 Opportunity Quilt and already have lots of bright stash fabrics to get started! Guild members, come see and help sew blocks from kits. Assistance will be provided.

Saturday, Nov 19, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Quilted Jigsaw Puzzle Technique taught by Kim Brownell (The Wacky Doodle Quilter) at the Florence Douglas Senior Center, Vallejo. With this technique students can combine two hobbies, because it is very much like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle.  A raw-edge fusible applique is used leaving a negative space between each piece.  The background fabric can be in any color, but if black is used the piece will have a wonderful stained-glass look.  This is a fun class for both beginner and experienced quilters. Click here for the Supply List. $25 class fee + $25 kit fee (purchase at class). Please click here to Register online.

Thursday, Dec 1, 6:30-8:30pm CSS Holiday Party! In-person at the Benicia Senior Center. We will play Bunco and hot chocolate will be provided. Winners of PIQF will be announced (sorry no potluck).

Thursday, Jan 5, 2023, 7pm – 8:30pm General Meeting at the Benicia Senior Center. Doors open at 6:30pm. Happy New Year! Come to hear about the latest guild happenings, share your creations, and see what others have been working on (you may even win a prize!)

Friday – Sunday, January 13-15, 2023, 9am – 8pm each day – 3-day Virtual Retreat (on Zoom). Theme: “My Dreams / My Resolutions.”  A virtual retreat is a great way to get to know each other better, while doing something we all love – sewing.  This is basically a 3-day Sit & Sew on Zoom with lots of fun and educational activities and prizes. Come and go as your schedule dictates. You can work on your own projects or on something you learn in one of the short classes. The schedule will be shared to participants at least a week ahead of the event so people can plan their weekend.  Cost: $25, please click here to Register online.

Thursday, Jan 19, 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Kris Cisse will teach the Exploding Heart pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts in 2 sessions.  Make it scrappy with random fabrics or stick to 3 colors in the same family! The first session will be on Jan. 19 from 6:30-9:00pm.  The second session will be:
Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00am – 12:00 noon at the Benicia Senior Center.  Kris will teach a 45″ square piece rather than the 72″ square shown in the pattern.  Click here for the Supply List$25 class fee, plus ~$10 for the full-size pattern (please order yourself online). The price includes both sessions. Please click here to Register online.
To see examples in other colorways from workshop with the Vallejo Piecemakers click May 2022

Saturday, Mar 11, 9am – 5pm. Day away sewing retreat! In-person, at the Benicia Senior Center. The fee is $25 and includes technique demonstrations and prizes.  Bring a lunch and drink, as well as you project(s) and sewing supplies. Please click here to Register online.

Saturday, April 22, 9am to 12 noon. Virtual class, Artful Couching with Rachel Derstine. Learn to couch yarn to the surface of your quilt.  This is wonderful way to add definition and texture to your quilt. Please click here to see the full class description, online Supply List and sources. Click here for a compact SL.
The fee is $35, please click here to Register online.

CSS is a quilt guild composed of individuals who seek to promote quilting and needle arts while engaging in charitable activities that serve our local communities near the Carquinez Strait. We share our love of quilting while inspiring, encouraging, and educating one another. The Carquinez Strait Stitchers believe in the value of our creative community where self-expression is honored, and diversity is expected. All are welcome!