Nov. meeting tonight at Bay Quilts!

We’ll be meeting at Bay Quilts at 6:30 tonight, Tuesday, 11/28/17. Please come-the more the merrier.

I think that the current quilt show at Bay Quilts is by Fern, one of our members. That’s another reason to come to the meeting.

Below is a wonky log cabin block. (This post was so short I had to include an image).


log cabin.JPG


Photos from the August meeting


Here are some photos from the Aug meeting.

A committee of about 5 people was appointed to look at our choices of joining EBHQ, joining MQG, or or something else. A lot of us felt that we didn’t have enough information to take a vote. The committee will figure out what our options are and report back.

The fabric swap was great. The remaining fabric was donated. I’m not sure about

the name of the group -something like Social Justice Sewing Academy.


Fabric swap!

Hi all-
Darci reminded us on FaceBook that, “tomorrow’s meeting is also a fabric swap! After all the discussion around structure we’ll need some “retail” therapy.

Bag up your smaller scraps, bring the larger pieces as is and let’s have some fun. Whatever is left will be collected and donated.

See you tomorrow!”

Correction- Next meeting is Tue 8/29/17 at Hello Stitch Studio

In a previous post I had the date wrong for this coming week’s meeting. I corrected my mistake, but wanted to be sure everyone knew. Our meeting on Tue 8/29/17 will be at Hello Stitch, at 1708 University Ave in Berkeley. I hear there is ample free street parking. We will be alternating where we meet. So, the September meeting will be at Bay Quilts. Even months, we will meet at Hello Stitch and odd months we will meet at Bay Quilts. This is an important meeting to attend. We’ll be discussing the results of the poll about the future of EBMQ.



Free fabric!

This activity is Saturday 26 August— tomorrow!!

Hello Everyone,

I’ve decided to donate the remainder of Eli Leon’s materials to you, the local art and quilting communities. It would be lovely and fitting to see some of what Eli amassed over 50 years of collecting have a new life in your artwork and quilts. I know he would love this idea if he could still understand!

There are mounds and mounds of fabric, clothing, and clothing fragments, much of it vintage, plus some quilt fragments and blocks. There are also other things for the taking: shelves and miscellaneous practical items.

Please forward this notice to your quilt guilds and artist friends!

Stop by 5663 Dover St in Oakland Sat Aug 26th from 11AM – 2PM.

Thank you again for everything!



Jenny Hurth
Eli Leon Living Trust
(510) 384-3220


Sujata Shah workshops at EBHQ

Sujata Shah who gave a talk for us at Stitch Modern 2 years ago is doing 2 workshops for EBHQ on Sept 23 and 25. The workshops have been changed, so the EBHQ website may not have the correct info yet. You don’t need to be a member to take either of the workshops. Her workshop Saturday 9/23 is: Making Freeform Blocks, Part 1
Make triangle and other blocks without templates and marking; see what happens when you embrace the imperfections and irregularities of human hands. Sujata’s method of cutting in layers and organic piecing is unique, fast, and fun and combined with her piecing techniques, mimic the appearance of block prints of India. You’ll learn how adding curves to cutting, sewing, and the final trimming of blocks make the quilt-making process engaging and unpredictable until the last stitch. Each block you make will be different than the next in size, shape, and form, yet there will be overall harmony and balance to the quilt you make. You’ll also learn about the origins of the blocks, stories behind the quilts Sujata has made, and discussions on color combinations, textures, and quilt layouts during class.

Monday 9/25: Making More Freeform Blocks, Part 2
This workshop can be taken independently or as a continuation of Saturday’s workshop (see Saturday workshop description)–don’t worry if you don’t take the Saturday, workshop, you’ll be able to jump right in as Sujata introduces more free-form blocks and shares her process and techniques for making these imperfect and irregular blocks. You’ll have so much fun, you won’t want to stop making these organic, free-form blocks.

I’ll be there both days. If you have question, you can ask me.


More photos

The quilt on the left is by Fern Royce. She was hand quilting it during the meeting. She plans to finish it in time for her show on 7/2. On the right is her show announcement.