Encouraging the Art of Quilt Making
The purpose of the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association (PVQA) is to encourage the art of quilt making which includes acquiring and sharing knowledge of quilt designs and quilt techniques; preserving and continuing the tradition, culture and history of quilting; encouraging quilt making and collecting, sponsoring and supporting quilting activities, including outreach programs, and providing education meetings.
Founded in 1978 by a small group of women who had taken a quilting class together, the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association (PVQA) has blossomed from the original 56 charter members at the end of that first year to over 275 members.
The Board is made up of people elected by the members who are responsible for making sure the guild runs smoothly. The Board terms start in June.
Board meetings are usually held on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at Santa Cruz Community Church, 411 Roxas St., Santa Cruz, but are being held via Zoom until COVID-19 Social Distancing requirements are lifted. Members are welcome to attend.
The Very Special Person award (VSP) is given annually to a member who has given notable service to the Guild. These are the pillars of our guild—those who know how to get things done. The intention of the VSP Award is to honor the members of the Guild who do things for the Guild, often quietly and behind the scenes. Our Very Special People are one of the reasons the Guild is so special.
The group usually meets monthly at Temple Beth El at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, but meetings are currently being held via Zoom until COVID-19 Social Distancing requirements are lifted. Meetings are open to the public and feature internationally recognized quilt artists. Monthly meetings offer a wide variety of topics. Check out our upcoming meetings on the Upcoming Meetings page.
Quilting workshops given by some of our featured speakers are presented throughout the year. The workshops are usually held at Community Foundation Santa Cruz in Aptos around the date of the speakers’ presentation at our General Meeting, but are being held via Zoom until COVID-19 Social Distancing requirements are lifted. The workshops offer a wide variety of techniques and topics. Check out our upcoming workshops on the Upcoming Workshops page.
Quilting Bees are held several times during the year to work on personal or group projects. Sometimes members present skills workshops during the Quilting Bee. The time and place of the Quilting Bees vary and are announced in the newsletter.
Membership is open to everyone. Guests are always welcome!
Membership in our guild has many advantages: professional guest speakers at monthly meetings, workshops, quilting bees, block of the month, and much more.
PVQA has outreach groups exclusively dedicated to making quilts for charitable donations. PVQA also supports the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.