Meeting Minutes: July

Happy summer!  Despite the heat, the East Bay Modern Quilters gathered in the new classroom space at A Verb for Keeping Warm, trying to keep cool – even with quilts on our laps.

East Bay Modern Quilters July Meeting

You can click on the photo above to see more pictures of the amazing projects brought to the meeting.  There are also some really great quilt related events that are coming up in the Bay Area.  Read more about them below!

Yo-Yos & Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilt, which features quilts from Eli Leon’s collection, will be opening soon at the Oakland Museum.  It will run from September 12 until February 21.

Stitch Modern alum, Ben Venom will be teaching at the San Jose Museum of Textiles this Saturday!

The Found/Made show at the SJ Museum of Textiles sounds great!  It’s curated by Roderick Kiracofe, another Stitch Modern alum and will be up until November 1.

Stone Mountain and Daughter hosts free, drop-in tutorials on Tuesdays from 2-4.  You might spot East Bay Modern Quilters, Liz or Fern there!

Fern will also be having a trunk show at the Textile Dreams studio on August 8th from 11-3pm.

Chancy will be talking about the improv round robin process at the East Bay Heritage Quilt Guild meet-up on Thursday, August 13th.

As you can see, we’re a busy bunch!  Come hang out with us next month and see what we’re up to.  We meet the last Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland.

Meeting Minutes: May

Did you know that we have a library? We do! Small, but mighty, it has wonderful titles including Sherri Lynn’s newest book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, generously donated by her. (Thank you, Sherri!) Please contact Margaret if you would like to check it out.

Speaking of libraries, don’t forget to check out your town’s library. Via your library website, you can also request books from around your county. And, not only will you find hardbound books, but lots of options in ebooks and magazines abound!

Chancy is hosting a meet up with East Bay Heritage Quilters focusing on round robin quilts. She has asked if people could temporarily donate any of their round robin quilts to her for examples during the class. She can receive your quilt during the June or July meeting and she will return them to you at the August meeting.


For a variety of reasons, we will not be able to hold our June meeting at the Verb. Please note that the June meeting will be held at Sue Fox’s studio, Textile Dreams. We will return to meeting at the Verb in July.

June 30, at 6:30 pm
2525 8th Street, #13C
Berkeley, CA 94710

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Joe Cunningham at Stitch Modern

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This is a great post by Carol Van Zandt about the Joe Cunningham lecture at Stitch Modern!

Originally posted on The Plaid Portico:

We were lucky enough to have Joe Cunningham speak as one of our Stitch Modern special events. Stitch Modern is the annual show of the East Bay Modern Quilters and we will be covering the entire exhibition in a week or so, so stay tuned for that.

Joe the Quilter came to sing to us, talk to us and joke with us- as is his way- and of course to show us his remarkable quilts and talk about quilting and art. He sews every bit of his large, mostly square quilts himself – some by hand, most by machine.  Originally a musician, Joe has been a professional quilter for 35+ years. Having initially delved deeply into the history and traditions of quilts and techniques, his original quilts are unique and sought after. With eleven books under his belt, and quilts in permanent collection of museums, he is a popular lecturer and…

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Meeting Minutes: April

Stitch Modern is over and a huge success! Thanks to everyone that made it possible.

There is a sewing retreat in the works to be held at Walker Ranch for the weekend of September 18. Thanks to Pati for coordinating our retreats, info to be released on the google group as more is known.

And that’s it for the business side of things. As usual, a great show and tell to be had by all.

I hope to see you at the next meeting, May 26th at 6:30pm at A Verb For Keeping Warm.


Stitch Modern 2015

Stitch Modern 2015The East Bay Modern Quilters are proud to present Stitch Modern 2015, our 4th annual quilt show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.  As a group, East Bay Modern focuses on modern design and personal expression through quilting. As a non-juried show, there are no hard rules – this is quilting our own way, whether it’s with the latest fabrics and traditional patterns, or free piecing with no pattern at all!

We hope you will join us!  Click the links below to find out more about our exciting events.

March 27th – April 24th FYI – NEW CLOSING DATE!
Piedmont Center of the Arts
801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA.
Gallery Hours: 12pm-3pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. (The gallery will be closed on Easter, April 5th.)

March 27th: 6pm-9pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Opening Reception – Join the artists for an evening of fun, food, and celebration. There will be a book signing with Sherri Lynn Wood presenting her new book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters Signed books by Roderick Kiracofe and Eli Leon will also be available.

April 12th: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Stitch Up – An afternoon of sewing in memory of Deanna Davis Come and celebrate the life and passion of our friend, Deanna, by helping to make quilts for her favorite charity, The Children’s Quilt Project.  Fabric kits will be provided, just bring your sewing machine or bring your own fabric donation. People new to sewing are welcome!

April 16th: 7pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts
Lecture: Biased and Edgy: My Career in Quilts, a lecture by Joe Cunningham $10 collected at the door, doors open at 6:30pm

April 18th: 10am-4pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts
Workshop: Modern quilts with a message: Designing quilt blocks for today’s stories with Kathryn Clark. $85 (registration required)

April 19th: 12pm-2:30pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Family and Community Activity Day – includes quilting demos

Quilts clockwise from top left: Tara Faughnan, Joel Ignacio, Linda Hlady, Stacey Sharman, Terri Carpenter, Patricia Smith, Kristen Takakuwa

Stitch Modern 2015 is generously supported by Massdrop, a place where quilting enthusiasts can connect with one another, discuss their favorite products and activities, and buy those products together.

The East Bay Modern Quilters thank Fried & Williams for underwriting this exhibit.


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Stitch Modern 2015: An Evening with Joe Cunningham

Stitch Modern HeaderBiased and Edgy: My Career in Quilts
A lecture by Joe Cunningham

Where: Piedmont Center For The Arts

When: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$10, collected at the door

Joe Cunningham

Joe Cunningham in front of Patchwork Quilt, 2012.

The East Bay Modern Quilters are excited to announce that our Stitch Modern 2015 lecture will be given by Joe Cunningham. Joe began making quilts professionally in 1979.  He approaches quilt making as a painter approaches a canvas.  He is known, in part, for creating visual interest on his quilts with lines created with bias tape and improvisational quilting stitches. You can see some of his most recent work in this gallery.

Joe has studied with the quilters of Gees Bend in Alabama and been an artist in residence at the De Young Museum.  He has published extensively on the subject of quilting, including 10 books and numerous magazine articles.  His work can currently be seen in the exhibition, Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.

Join us to learn more about Joe Cunningham’s fascinating career in the world of quilts. He will also be bringing some of his recent work to share!

New York Beauty by Joe Cunningham

New York Beauty, 2014, 72 x 72 inches by Joe Cunningham

Last reminder for members — submit your quilt to Stitch Modern

I am reminding you all to submit your quilt to Stitch Modern today – this is a first come first served show (as space allows) and we want to give our active members (active means attended at least 2 meetings in the past 12 months) priority before possibly opening this up to other area guilds.  There are already some large quilts entered, if you have to choose between two (or more) let’s go smaller rather than bigger.

We will decide tomorrow whether there is space to allow sister guilds to submit so don’t delay!!  If you have any questions, let me know.

Also, there was a question about payment.  Bring a check with you at the quilt hanging or bring cash (best) to pay for your entry.  We are not sending out invoices at this time.

Thanks, and happy stitching everyone!  :)


Stitch Modern 2015: Community Day

Stitch Modern HeaderCommunity Day

Where: Piedmont Center for The Arts

When: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 12pm – 2:30pm

Community Day is always a great hit at Stitch Modern.  All ages are welcome to join the East Bay Modern Quilters for a fun day with textiles.

1689707_1460093817535813_1719788778_nThere will be fabric crafts and a bake sale hosted by the Piedmont Girl Scouts! It will be a great opportunity to explore the world of fabric and thread with your whole family, plus you can check out the quilts of the Stitch Modern 2015 show while you’re there.

914587_269223816573435_460906686_nSo, join us on April 19th from 12pm-2:30pm at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. This event is open to the public and the cost is FREE!!!

Stitch Modern 2015: Block Lab Workshop with Kathryn Clark

Stitch Modern HeaderModern quilts with a message: Designing quilt blocks for today’s stories with Kathryn Clark.

Where: Piedmont Center for The Arts

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10am – 4pm

$85 Registration (20 student limit)


Kathryn Clark photo by Leslie Sofia Lindell

The East Bay Modern Quilters are thrilled to announce that our Stitch Modern 2015 workshop will be taught by the artist, Kathryn Clark.  If you don’t already know her by name, I’m sure you’ll recognize her series of Foreclosure Quilts which chronicled the devastation wreaked upon families and communities during the financial crisis.  Her latest project is Block Lab, which revisits the roots of American quilting and updates it to reflect that which is important in the lives of quilters today.

Workshop description:

We’re no longer living in a world of wagon wheels and churn dashes. Why don’t we have quilts that tell stories about today?


Water Quilt Block by Kathryn Clark

Traditional quilt block designs such as wagon wheel, churn dash and double wedding ring are popular patterns that are deeply rooted in the historic stories of America. It’s time to reinvigorate quilt design and develop new block patterns that reflect our contemporary life and times. From water scarcity to technology, a lot has happened over the last few years in our world that’s worthy of translation into a quilt. This workshop will help students develop their own block pattern based on contemporary topics of their choosing. We will spend the morning brainstorming and sketching ideas and then learn how to translate a design efficiently into a pattern block that can be developed into a quilt.

We will be working primarily in black and white in this workshop and Kathryn will provide you with your basic fabrics.  Please check the supply list for all the other materials you will need to bring!


Migration Quilt Block by Kathryn Clark

Kathryn Clark’s work has been featured in such places as The Atlantic, Uppercase Magazine, Poppytalk (click here to see the article and view her beautiful studio!), and New American Paintings and her work has been shown in shows around the country.  She will be teaching the Block Lab series at Arrowmont this summer, so we’re getting a sneak peak of what she will be presenting there!

You can read more about Kathryn Clark and her work on her blog.  Or, read more about her Block Lab series on her Block Lab webpage.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 10am until 4pm at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.  We will have a maximum of 20 students, so sign up soon if you’re interested!


Calling all Stitch Modern 2015 Quilts!

Yes, you guessed it, the fun has officially begun.  We are accepting quilts for our guild’s annual quilt show, Stitch Modern.  This is our fourth show, and boy did it sneak up on us!

You can fill in our quilt submission form here.  You may recall our show is not judged nor juried, but you DO need to read and follow all directions carefully.  Your quilt needs a sleeve and rod, label, and should be recently made (2 years or newer).  If you have any questions, post them here and we’ll do our best to answer them!  After March 15th we will open the submissions up to our sister guilds as space allows.  First come first served, as usual!  We can’t wait to see all your beautiful quilts.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for all our wonderful activities during the show.  We hope to have a lecture, panel discussion, family day, and workshop so check back here for details coming soon!!