Amazing Quilts by Grace

Quilts and Workshops by Grace Errea

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About Grace

Grace Errea

Fiber artist, designer, teacher, quilter, and author, Grace J. Errea

Fiber artist, designer, quilter, and author, Grace J. Errea, began quilting in 2000. Her art focuses on the depiction of inspiring scenes in a value based contemporary-realistic manner. She feels very fortunate to have many of her first quilts become exhibited in juried shows and be recognized for their innovation in technique and depiction of nature and people.

In 2005 she chose to retire from a very successful career as an executive in a Fortune 500 computer and telecommunications company to devote herself to her art on a full-time basis. Grace is a self-taught artist and her work illustrates and has been recognized for exceptional primary use of values and secondary use of color. Her focus on value makes it easy for her and her students to create inspiring botanicals, landscape scenes and portraits, in any color.

Grace’s innovative techniques and her focus on value have attracted widespread interest from quilters, as well as national and international galleries, museums and publications. She has been invited to show her art and to teach overseas and in various locations in the United States. Her class offerings are well attended, in demand, and are presented in fun, informal, and educational manner.

Grace presents 1-hour lectures as well as 1-5 day workshops at guild meetings, conferences and seminars.  Lectures include Trunk Show or The Value of Value presentation.  Her style is informative, humorous and inspiring with many real-time, hands-on examples.

Reviews and Surveys have always been 5++ out of 5, and return participation in other classes and lectures is always high.

The aim is to inspire, develop and find that artist within each student or listener.

Grace designs quilt patterns for Hoffman of California Fabrics in Mission Viejo, CA.  Her patterns can be found in prestigious catalogs such as Keepsake Quilting, Nancy’s Notions, and Hancock of Paducah.  She is the author of the C&T book entitled: Impressionist Applique –  Exploring Value and Design to Create Artistic Quilts, Grace is the authority of how to use Value to develop amazing art quilts.

Grace appeared with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims demonstrating her Value and Machine Applique techniques on The Quilt Show, episode 1303. 

Grace will appear in Quilting Arts TV, series 1800.  Precise episode will be announced shortly

Grace currently resides, quilts, and teaches in Southern California. She and her husband have two daughters, Julia and Lauren, and two cats, Thelma and Louise.

Commission Work
Exhibitions and Collections and Appearances
Publications and Reviews
Workshops/Seminars/Retreats/Quilt Guilds
Upcoming workshops (please the the Calendar Page)
Quarterly offering of classes at the following quilt shops

Commission Work

Grace is an expert in using photographs to create patterns and then quilts using that pattern. She has done this for Hoffman Fabrics of California since 2012.  She loves to do commission work. This could be either to:

a) create a pattern from your favorite photos so that YOU can create your quilt or,

b) create commission quilts from your specifications or photo.

Please send her an email to or through the Contact page, to discuss. She will be more than happy to call you if you prefer.

Exhibitions and Collections and Appearances

  • Craft University classes – 2016-2017:   Understanding Value in Quilt Design released in 11/06/16.  Heat-Set Applique releasing in early 2017.
  • Quilting Art TV, episodes 1809 and 1810  playing in 2016
  • The Quilt Show, episode #1303, released July 2013 on
  • Carrefour European du Patchwork, Alsace, France
  • Vicenza Festival, Vicenza, Italy
  • Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016, National Tainan Living Art Center, Tainan City, Taiwan
  • “Sunset on the Beach” quilt was featured on both the SAQA social media feeds on Facebook today: Studio Art Quilt Associates and SAQA Info.
  • Ptarmigan Art Center, Solo Exhibition July 2013, Homer, AK.
  • Seasonal Palette Traveling Exhibit 2013, Studio art Quilt Associated, Inc.
  • Podcast Interview with Mark Lipinski and his blog
  • America the Beautiful, The Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX.
  • Art Quilts Lowell, The Brush Art Gallery & Studios – Lowell, MA
  • Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin, The Quilt Museum – La Grange, TX.
  • California Contemporary Art Quilts, California Heritage Museum – Santa Monica, CA.
  • Creative Force 2007, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.- Houston, TX. &Chicago, IL.
  • Creative Force 2010, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.- Houston, TX. & Chicago, IL.
  • Cutting Edge Fiber Art ,California Polytechnic InstituteSan Luis Obispo Art Center – San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • Fantastic Fibers, The Yeiser Art Center – Paducah, KY.
  • Fiber Art Show, The Perrysburg Art Center, The 577 Foundation – Perrysburg, OH.
  • Fibrations Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. – Houston, TX.& Chicago, IL.
  • Inspirations, The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – Golden, CO.
  • Interpretations, Quilt Visions Art Gallery – San Diego, CA.
  • It’s Small, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA.
  • Juried Student Art Show, Saddleback College Art Gallery – Mission Viejo, CA.
  • Meet the Artist: SAQA 20th Anniversary Trunk Show, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.  Petite Morning Glory was chosen to be in the permanent collection of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NB
  • New Fibers 2010, Eastern Michigan University Gallery – Ypsilanti, MI
  • Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center – Auburn, NY.
  • SAQA@20: Art and Excellence, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. – Houston, TX. & Chicago, IL.
  • SAQA Seasonal Palette, Festival Internacional de Patchwork e Arts Afins in Curitiba, Brazil.
  • Texas Quilt Museum, Butterflies and their Kin Exhibit, TX.
  • Texas Quilt Museum, America the Beautiful, TX.


  • American Quilters’ Association, Nashville, TN.
  • American Quilters’ Association, Paducah, KY.
  • Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA.
  • California Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, CA.
  • Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA.
  • Images Quilt Show, Lowell, MA.
  • International Quilt Festival, Chicago, IL.
  • International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX.
  • International Quilt Festival, Long Beach, CA.
  • Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • National Quilters’ Association, Columbus, OH.
  • Orange County Fair Quilt Exhibit, Orange, CA.
  • Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA.
  • Quilt and Sewing Festival, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Quilts, Inc. – Tactile Architecture Quilt Exhibit, Houston, TX.
  • Quilt Visions Member Show, San Diego, CA.
  • Road to California, Ontario, CA.
  • Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX.
  • Tokyo International Quilt Show, Tokyo, Japan

Publications and Reviews:

  • Author of “Impressionist Applique -Exploring Value & Design to Create Artistic Quilts”, published by C&T Publications.
  • A number of patterns showcased in the Keepsake Catalogs.
  • “From Inspirational Photo to Pattern: Amazing Art Quilts” 6 page article for the Quilting Arts in Stitches e-magazine, Volume 11 – July 2013
  • “Using Value to Create Impressionist Art Quilts” article for the Machine Quilting Unlimited, July/August 2013 issue, pp. 66-71.
  • “Bordings – Bindings and Borders in One” article for the Quilting Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2013 issue, pp. 26-28.
  • C&T Datekeeper – Quilted Masterpieces – “American Treasure Quilt ” on May 1-7 page, and “Life After the Storm” on Sept 15-21 page .
  • 500 Art Quilts – An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work. New York, NY. Lark Books, 2010. pp 180.
  • Polston, Barbara, “Quilting with Grace”.  American Quilter Magazine. March 2010. pp 34-37.
  • Katie Pasquini Masopust, Composition and Design. Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal, Spring 2010.pp. 6-7.
  • Catalogue of Show Quilts. Paducah, KY. American Quilter’s Society, 2010. pp 79.
  • SAQA @ 20 – Catalog of Quilts. Storrs, CT. Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.,2009. pp 33
  • Quilt  TOKYO International Great Quilt Festival 2009 Catalog ,2009. pp 73.
  • Interpretations  Catalogue of Show Quilts, San Diego CA.  Quilt Visions Gallery, 2009. 2.
  • Patricia C. Bolton, SAQA: Creative Force 2007 & A Sense Of Place. Quilting Arts Magazine, April/May 2008. pp 79.
  • Jean Nolte, Editor, Art of Quilting “ Quilts Take Wing. Fons & Porter’s – Love of Quilting May/June 2007. pp 56.
  • SAQA: Creative Force  Catalog of Quilts, Storrs, CT.: Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.,2007. pp 41
  • Catalogue of Show Quilts, Paducah, KY.: American Quilter’s Society, 2007. pp 79.
  • Vivian M. Benton, Editor, Editor’s Choice “ Sunset on the Beach. The Quilting Quarterly, Summer 2006. pp 5.
  • Chris Brown, Editor, Landscape Quilts. American Quilter Society, Winter 2005. pp 41 and Publication’s cover.
  • Fabric Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR. Leisure Arts, 2005. pp 8-9.
  • Walter, Cindy, and Stevii Graves. Contemporary Quilting. Iola, WI. KP Books, 2005.pp 79.
  • Catalogue of Show Quilts, Paducah, KY. American Quilter’s Society, 2005. pp 87.

Workshops & Seminars/Retreats/Quilt Guilds

  • A Quilters’ Gathering, Manchester, NH.
  • American Quilters Society (AQS), Lancaster, PA
  • Arapahoe Country Quilt Guild, Denver, CO
  • Beach Cities Quilter’s Guild, San Juan Capistrano, CA.
  • Cactus Sewable Quilt Build, Yucca Valley, CA.
  • Canyon Quilters’ Guild, San Diego, CA.
  • Canyon Quilters of San Diego, San Diego, CA.
  • Chula Vista Quilt Guild, Chula Vista, CA.
  • Coachella Valley Quilt Guild, Palm Desert, CA.
  • Cotton Patch Quilters of Kern County, Bakersfield, CA.
  • Cottonwood Quilt Guild, Elkhorn, NE
  • Crazy Quilters of Laguna Woods, Laguna Woods, CA.
  • El Camino Quilter’s Guild, Oceanside, CA.
  • Empty Spools  5-Day Seminars at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA.
  • Faithful Circle Quilters’ Guild, Downers, IL.
  • Fallbrook Quilt Guild, Fallbrook, CA.
  • Flying Geese Quilt Guild, Santa Ana, CA.
  • Foothill Quilt Guild, Auburn, CA.
  • Friendship Quilters’ of San Diego, San Diego, CA.
  • Galveston Quilters, Galveston, TX.
  • Glendale Quilt Guild, Glendale, CA
  • Gold Coast Quilt Guild, Cayucos, CA.
  • Grapevine Quilter’s Guild of Mendocino County, Ukiah,CA.
  • High Country Quilters, Palmdale, CA.
  • Hudson River Valley Art Center 3-Day Seminar, Greenville, NY.
  • Kaleidoscope Quilt Guild, Lemon Grove, CA.
  • Inland Empire Quilters, Corona, CA.
  • Iowa Quilters Guild, Denison, IA.
  • Island Quilters Guild, Galveston, TX.
  • Legacy Quilters, Lakeside, CA.
  • Lincoln Quilters Guild, Lincoln, NE.
  • Manteca Quilt Guild, Manteca, CA.
  • Material Girls Quilters’ Guild, Hopland, CA.
  • Missouri Valley Piecemakers, Missouri Valley, IA.
  • Mountain Quilters, Tehachapi, CA.
  • Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • Napa Valley Quilters, Napa Valley, CA.
  • New Zealand Quilt Symposium 2017, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Night Owl Quilters, Upland, CA.
  • North Cities Quilt Guild, Placentia, CA
  • Orange Grove Quilters’ Guild, Garden Grove, CA
  • Orange County Quilt Guild, Anaheim, CA.
  • Pajaro Valley Quilt Association, Santa Cruz, CA.
  • Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Missouri Valley, IA
  • Pine Needles Quilters, Wrightwood, CA.
  • Quilt Guild of Greater Houston, TX.
  • Quilt Wyoming Retreat, Powell, and Casper, WY
  • Quilters Guild of Plano, Plano, TX.
  • Quilting in the Desert 5-Day Seminar, Phoenix, AZ and Scottsdale, AZ
  • Quilting on the Beach 5-Day Seminar, Kona, HI
  • Road to California Quilters Conference 5-Day SeminarOntario, CA.
  • Rocky Mountain Creative Quilters, Fort Collins, CO
  • San Diego Quilt Show 5-Day Seminar, San Diego, CA.
  • San Francisco Sewing and Quilting Collaborative 4-Day WorkshopSan Francisco, CA
  • San Fernando Valley Quilters’ Quilt, Northridge, CA.
  • Santa Maria Quilt Quilt, Santa Maria, CA.
  • Santa Monica Quilters’ Quilt, Santa Monica, CA.
  • Santa Rosa Quilt Guild, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • Scripps Ranch Quilt Guild, San Diego, CA.
  • Sierra Gold Quilters, Pine Grove. CA
  • Simi Valley Quilt Guild, Simi Valley, CA.
  • South Bay Quilters, redondo Beach, CA.
  • Sunshine Quilters of San Diego, San Diego, CA.
  • Surfside Quilter’s Guild, San Clemente, CA.
  • Tehachapi Mountain Quilters, Tehachapi, CA.
  • Teton Patchworks Quilters’ Retreat 8-Day of Classes, Tetonia, ID
  • Tucson Quilters Guild, Tucson, AZ.
  • Tuscany Art Institute 5-Day Seminar, Pienza, Italy
  • Valley of the Mist Quilt Guild, Temecula, CA.
  • Valley Quilt Guild, Hemet, CA.
  • West Houston Quilt Guild, Houston, TX
  • Westside Quilters of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Wondering Foot Quilt Guild, Arcadia, CA.

Quarterly offering of classes at the following quilt shops

  • Betty’s Fabrics, San Louis Obispo, CA. (2014)
  • Bits and Pieces, Poway, CA (2013-2015)
  • Candy’s Quilt Works, Northridge, CA (2013)
  • Paradise Sewing, Poway, CA. (2013-2014)
  • Calico House, Placentia, CA. (2010-2011)
  • Memory Lane, El Cajon, CA. (2010-2012)
  • Orange Quilt Bee, Orange, CA. (2012)
  • Quilter’s Paradise , Escondido. CA. (2009-2013)
  • Quilter’s Studio, Newbury Park, CA.(2010-2012)
  • Sacred Moondance, Lake Forest, CA.(2009-2010)
  • Material Possessions, Lake Forest, CA. (2005-2009)
  • Time to Sew, Laguna Hills, CA. (2007-2009)
  • Leah’s Fabrics, Mission Viejo, CA. (2005-2007)