Skip Navigation Website Accessibility
HOURS Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-3, Sun Closed

📞 (831) 623-0200

Family Threads News - April 2024 - RESENDING

Family Threads Quilt Shop banner


Hello everyone.

*****We had a little trouble with the newsletter - some didn't get it, some did and a few lucky ones got it multiple times. We have to start fresh with our list, so I do apologize for any inconvenience. *****

Looks like we're gearing up for camping season. 

Who's that in our cover photo? Keira and Gruff. (You can read more below.) Why the teepee you say? Because it's fun and went with our new panels. Would you believe one's a little campfire set that includes s'mores and the other (not pictured) is a little bear backpack! So cute.

We're kicking off April with a sale! Read below for all the details.

Does spring motivate you to take a little drive to San Juan Bautista? The hills are beautiful and green right now. The alternative is to get a little yard maintenance done or wash the windows - doesn't sound like as much fun. I'll be sewing.

Feel like getting a few friends together? Our classroom might be the perfect meeting place and is available for a nominal fee. Please call to schedule a sew date.

Well then we hope to see you soon!

Spring Sale

What's better than spring flowers?
How about a Spring Fabric Sale!

Thursday, April 4, 2024 10-5
Friday, April 5, 2024 10-5
Saturday, April 6, 2024 10-3

20% OFF on the bolt fabric (1/2 yard minimum)
Precut Fat Quarters (including bundles) and Precut Half Yards

And as always our books are 20% off.

Keira and Gruff

A few of you may have seen a lovely new face here at the shop.

We thought we'd formally introduce Keira.

She's working limited hours while she goes to school but once summer gets here you'll probably see more of her.

And being such a good sport, she puts up with our antics. This is what it REALLY takes to get a dog in a teepee for newsletter cover photo. 


A Peek at a Few Things from Our Website

Click on any of the pictures to be taken to our website where we also list sizes and what's included.

Town Event and Us

We will be closed because of the chaos and lack of available parking during the Rib Cook Off.

Closed: Saturday, April 27
(Rib Cook Off is actually Fri, Sat and Sun)






Here's a recap of what we've been posting on social media - just in case you missed it.



Please visit our website's class policies page for information on: 
• Before taking a class
• You'd like to sign up for a class
• Class day is here! 

WHEN VIEWING our Class Schedule, whatever month/page you are on ONLY shows classes for THAT month (and not ALL the classes available for the entire year).

View Class Schedule





Do you have a quilting project you'd like to start or have started but need a little help? Why not set aside time to get some help.

Aneda will be here once a month (the 2nd Thursday). She's been a quilter for decades and has knowledge of piecing, appliqué and paper piecing (machine, not English Paper Piecing EPP). This is NOT a structured class, nor should it be considered a private lesson but rather answering questions and offering help to get you going.

  • Dates: Second Thursday of the month
  • Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Cost: $25
  • Skill Level: N/A
  • Instructor(s): Aneda Phillips
  • Pre-class homework: N/A
  • Supplies: Vary according to your individual project



Why not set aside some stitching time for yourself. Have a wool project you’d like to start but need a little bit of direction? Beth will be here the first Friday of the month. Come with your wool project and supplies. This is not a structured class, but Beth’s here to answer questions and help you along the way. 

To sign up please CONTACT BETH DIRECTLY or 408-418-0247
  • Dates: First Friday of the month
  • Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Cost: $25
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Instructor(s): Beth Upstill (West Coast Wool)
  • Pre-class homework: N/A
  • Supplies: Bring your own wool project and wool stitching supplies



Come and sew on whatever you'd like. Call to sign up - please don’t just show up. 

So that everyone gets a chance, you may sign up for more than one a month but you might get bumped.

Maximum 7 people

Dates: 3rd and 4th Friday of the month
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $5
Skill Level: N/A
Instructor(s): None
Pre-class homework: N/A
Supplies: Whatever you'd like to sew on.



In this Block-of-the-Month program, you'll be following along with Sheila as she guides you through each month's block(s).

All of your block construction will be sewn at home, but each month she'll talk about which blocks you'll be working on and how they are made. You can bring your completed block(s) the following month for a little show-and-tell.

Please note the new cost structure below.

If you're looking for a little sewing time, you might consider coming to one of our Finish-It-Friday monthly events.

  • Dates: Third Saturday of the month Starting April 2024
  • Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Instructor(s): Sheila Galindo
  • Pre-class homework: N/A
  • Supplies: (Book) The Perfect Patchwork System we offer 20% off; (optional) acrylic templates


QUILTING 101 - Sophie's Delight

If you've wanted to learn to quilt, here's your chance. Aneda and Joanna will be here over the course of three weekends showing you how to choose fabric, quilting tool basics - using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat together to cut block pieces, how to sew "quilters" seams using the proper measurement and different techniques. Of course they'll be throwing in tips and tricks too.

While this is beginning quilting, you need to know how to use your sewing machine BEFORE class. You do not have to know all the in’s and out’s, but please come to class knowing at the very least how to turn your machine on, thread your machine and wind a bobbin. Also, quilting is based on using a 1/4” seam, so please make sure your machine has a 1/4” foot.

We require a minimum of 4 students (maximum 6) for this class to happen.

  • Dates: 3 WEEKENDS - Saturday AND Sunday April 20, 21, May 18, 19 (Last weekend to be announced)
  • Time: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm (the shop actually closes at 3:00 pm and is closed on Sunday; so you'll be here after hours with the instructors)
  • Cost: $185
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Instructor(s): Aneda Phillips and Joanna Johnson
  • Pre-class homework: At the end of each class, instructions for pre-cutting supplies for the next class will be given. So yes, there’s some homework.
  • Supplies: Fabric - (8) 1/2 yard pieces, 1-1/2 yards of background, starch, small iron and ironing mat + basic sewing/quilting supplies; Pattern included with the class.



This beautiful quilt starts with a medallion and grows from there. The pattern offers three sizes – wall hanging 60” square, throw 72” square and queen 92” square. You can use any colors for your strips - pick from a collection for a coordinated look or go for scrappy.

During this class you’ll be shown how to make the blocks and put the quilt together. You will probably not have a completed quilt in 2 days.

We require a minimum of 4 students (maximum 6) for this class to happen.

  • Dates: Saturday, April 27 AND Sunday, April 28
  • Time: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm (the shop actually closes at 3:00 pm and is closed on Sunday; so you'll be here after hours with the instructors)
  • Cost: $80
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Instructor(s): Aneda Phillips and Joanna Johnson
  • Pre-class homework: Cut out fabric per pattern instructions
  • Supplies: Pattern, fabric according to pattern, starch, small iron and ironing mat + basic sewing/quilting supplies; OPTIONAL (but QUITE handy) Creative Grids Corner Clipper Ruler 



Sheila's back teaching another Stained Glass class. Don't worry, no glass cutters needed - just black bias tape! You'll be working on a table runner and it's actually a quilt-as-you-go. So once the bias tape is sew on you'll just have to attach the binding and enjoy! 
Measures 16 x 44

We require a minimum of 4 students (maximum 6) for this class to happen.

  • Dates: Saturday, June 1
  • Time: 10:30 am - 2:30
  • Cost: $35
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Instructor(s): Sheila Galindo
  • Pre-class homework
  • Supplies: Pattern Forget-Me-Not; Background 1/2 yard, Four fat quarters + 1/8 yard (braids), flowers - about a fat quarter for each; binding 1/4 yard; Clover Fusible Quick Bias Black 1/4in; SF101 18 x 48; black thread + basic sewing/quilting supplies




She was not a sunrise quilter, in fact she was a morgenmuffel. But once evening hit - watch out, she could stitch anyone under the table.

A person who is grumpy and doesn't like to wake up early in the morning.

Each week our good friends at Machine Medics come to pick up/drop off your sewing machines.

Each week Luis (with Karen's help sometimes) brings us a word and we have to figure out the definition. It's now become a source of entertainment we thought we'd share.


Thank you for supporting Family Threads Quilt Shop.
We are now in our 14th year.
We appreciate you so very much and look forward to seeing you soon.


Family Thread Quilt Shop
107 D The Alameda
PO Box 1203
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045 


Contact Us
Stop by the Shop