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October 3, Friday open from 12 – 9pm
Pay what you can 12 – 7pm and free 7pm – 9pm

South First Fridays are an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose's SoFA arts district, centered on South First Street. Held on the first Friday of every month, the Museum is open from 12-9pm and offers free admission from 7-9pm. It's a lively scene attended by arts-lovers of all ages.

Fabric Postcards with Maureen Lardie
Make a ready-to mail fabric postcard with fabric and fusible web. Perfect for a special greeting or a small artwork for yourself. $5 Fee.

South First Fridays Website


October 11, Saturday, 12 – 6pm

Fleet Week Cruise Fundraiser for Museum
$500 per person; all proceeds go to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Spend an afternoon on the Bay on a 67 foot Offshore yacht, seeing the sights and sailing to a prime viewing spot to see the Fleet Week air show including the thrilling centerpiece attraction, the Navy's precision flying team, the Blue Angels.

Leaving Alameda Saturday October 11th, 2014 at noon and returning by 6pm, this event includes lunch and a Museum gift bag.

There are only 6 spots available for this very special event. Don’t miss out! Order your tickets now by contacting Debbie Aguirre at All details including clothing suggestions, directions to the boarding location, and parking will be provided with your ticket confirmation.

October 11, Saturday, 12 – 4pm
October 12, Sunday, 12 – 4pm

Mixing It Up Two Day Workshop with Denise Oyama Miller

Mixing It Up (mixed media collage for art quilts) - In this class, you will learn some fun techniques to loosen up how you approach art quilting, using layers and patterns. You will make a 12" x 12" art quilt using mixed media techniques that use fabrics, papers, paints, threads, ephemera and anything else you might want to add. Techniques may include embroidery, fusing, appliqué, and/or painting. The pieces will be heavily machine stitched. Fusibles and acrylic mediums will be used to apply the papers and fabric to the surface. Once completed, the piece will be attached to a gallery-wrapped canvas.

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The supplies provided will be gallery wrapped canvas, hanging hardware, paints, mediums, and brushes. An addiitional supply list of what to bring from home will be emailed to you.

If you have any questions, please contact Joan Phillips, Director of Operations and Resources, at or 408-971-0323 x17.

October 18, Saturday, 11 – 3pm

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Appliqué Workshop with Tova Dian Dean

There are so many ways to use up our fabric scraps. Appliqué is one of the most satisfying, creative ways to do that. We’ll use the first class to make a unique rough edge appliqué design using scraps prepared with a peel off fabric adhesive (one that requires sewing the pieces down). Participants will learn how to make a unique appliqué design. Inspiration pieces will be shared. Day of the Dead patterns will be available or you can make up your own design using the tips and techniques offered. Techniques like under-layering, over-layering, and color choice will be demonstrated. Participants will be guided through the process, step-by-step on how to layout the design. Ironing will be used to put the pattern pieces onto the background fabric. Participants will take the piece home to stitch down to the background fabric, layer the piece, and then to quilt. In the first session, we will discuss how to give depth to the design using machine, or hand, stitching, beading, or embroidery. Layering the piece to quilt together will also be demonstrated. There will be many samples, and opportunities for step-by-step directions.

Level – Basic sewing machine skills needed

Members with $15 kit fee included: $85.00
Non-members with $15 kit fee included: $105.00

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These exhibitions and related programs are supported in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and California Arts Council; by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.