Meeting Minutes: May

Several interesting events in June worth checking out!

June 4-5
Come check out the quilt bombing on the Iron Horse Trail in Danville. Hosted by Wooden Gate Quilts, quilts will be hung on the fence of the Iron Horse Trail that runs near the shop. The viewing area is between Prospect Ave. and Linda Mesa from 9:30-5:30, weather permitting.

June 18-19
KPFA Summer Crafts Fair
Craneway Pavilion, Richmond
This is a free arts and crafts fair with a “Quilts and Quilters” Exhibit and Sale.

What are we up to?

Two of our members, Darci and Amelia, are working on a sister sewing group that focuses on garment sewing. I have to say, we love seeing the garments our members made at our quilt meetings! However, if you want a more focused garment group, contact us and we will put you in touch with the new East Bay Stitchers group!

Many of us are interested in a Bay Area – wide modern quilters meet up! Stay tuned for more details for a possible Fall meet up at the de Young. Which incidentally, will coincide with an exciting upcoming exhibit, On The Grid: Textiles and Minimalism.

As always, Show and Tell was a real treat and super inspiring. I didn’t end up taking any pictures (low phone battery, dang it) but you can always check out our Flickr page, the Instagram hashtag #ebmq, or come to our next meeting on June 28th from 6:30-8:30pm at A Verb For Keeping Warm!


Meeting Minutes: January 2016

What a great meeting to start the year with! It was wonderful to catch up with everyone after the break we had. If you weren’t able to make it, please join us next time:

February 23rd at 6:30pm
A Verb For Keeping Warm
6328 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608


Ending February 21st, this is your last chance to see some quilts from Eli Leon’s collection in the show, Yo-Yo’s and Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts, at the Oakland Museum of California. A fantastic glimpse in the art and lives of 5 quilt makers, Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Thompson and Sherry Byrd should not be missed!

Voices in Cloth
March 19-20
Craneway Pavilion in Richmond
Many of our members have quilts in the East Bay Heritage Quilters show, Voices in Cloth. Demonstrations will also be performed throughout the weekend, including some from our members- Stacey Sharman and Sherri Lynn Woods!

Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland
2/1 – 2/29: Oakland City Hall Rotunda Gallery
2/16: Laney College Library
Another exciting show that several of our members are participating in! This project by the members of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland and other members of the community focuses on quilts about the people, environment, history, business, culture and other aspects of life in Oakland. Quilts will be displayed in various buildings in Oakland throughout the year.

A Visit from the Oakland Museum

It was fun having Mia Pond from the Oakland Museum of California come out to meet with us at the meeting in November.  She came to share information about the Yo-Yo’s and Half Squares show at the museum. It’s a really fun show built around the collection of Eli Leon, a Bay Area quilt collector, curator, and author.  Check it out while you still can!  (It closes on February 21.)

Mia was also there to feature the East Bay Modern Quilters in the OMCA’s Local Maker feature.  It was really wonderful to hear fellow East Bay Modern members share why quilting and our group in particular are so meaningful to them.

Meeting Minutes: September

What a busy night we had! Glad so many were able to make it.

Events around town…

We couldn’t be happier with the imminent book release from our host, Kristine Vejar at A Verb For Keeping Warm. Please join the store in celebrating her book, The Modern Natural Dyer, and their 5th anniversary in the San Pablo location on Saturday October 24th, 4-8pm. Lots of fun is being planned and I hope to see you there.

We are also excited to learn that several of our members will be showing their works in the show, Strata. This quilt art exhibit by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) will be held at the Harrington Art Gallery in Pleasanton from November 12 – December 16, 2015 with the opening reception on Thursday, November 12, 7-9pm. Please come join us in supporting our local quilt artists!

Lastly, don’t forget to check out quilts from Eli Leon’s collection, Yo-Yo’s and Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts, at the Oakland Museum of California this September 12, 2015 – February 21, 2016. A fantastic glimpse in the art and lives of 5 quilt makers, Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Thompson, and Sherry Byrd should not be missed.

In group news…

Many members expressed frustration with our google group and requested another option for sharing news within our group. We opted to give Facebook a try. Not to be confused with our open community organization page, this is a closed group requiring approval to join. Hopefully to be easier to navigate and use, this is a place where members can discuss group news and quilting without the general population involvement. Please contact us if you would like to join.

Pati is already hard at work planning quilt retreats at Walker Ranch for 2016! A beautiful location with lots of space, reasonably priced with room and board included. What more can you ask for? Tentative dates are scheduled for January and November, 2016. Please contact us if you want more information.

Chancy is currently organizing sew in nights at Sue Fox’s studio for this fall. Usually held on a Friday or Saturday night, for 10$ you can stitch ‘n bitch with the rest of us! More information to be posted on our FB group as details are finalized.

A really wonderful  show and tell tonight with historic family quilts, lots of newly finished quilts and many works in progress!


Meeting Notes: November

The biggest topic discussed was… Stitch Modern! If you haven’t noticed yet, registration forms are up! You can find it here.

Most important on the agenda is advertising! We would like to get our advertising cards printed very soon (like by next week!). So if you have a picture, even if the quilt is not complete, please send it on to Kim Andersson or add it to the Stitch Modern flickr site. Close ups of the patchwork, overall shots and work in progress shots are all welcome. It must be of the quilt you plan on entering into the show.

To make Stitch Modern the best it can be, we will need donations! We will have a drafted donation solicitation letter in place for anybody who thinks they can use it. A monetary donation is preferred to cover our costs, but also items for door prizes will be accepted. If desired, recognition for the donation will be provided at our show, but we will need to know as soon as possible to make that happen. Thank you!

There is now a google calendar detailing the events for our show. You will find all the info in February of 2014 on the calendar. The show will officially run January 30- February 23.

We are coming along with finding people for our quilting careers panel discussion- but we need ideas for a name! Some popular ones were: Quilting Biz, Stitching for Tricks, Cashing for Threads, Quilting for Profit…

We are coordinating with Ben Venom and Roderick Kiracofe for the speakers night! They will likely speak together on one weeknight, for an hour each.

Sherri Lynn is interested in doing another workshop with us! There’s a possibility that this event and projects from it will be featured in her next book! This workshop will likely be held the weekend of 22nd and there will be an additional fee for this event, the cost depending on how many people sign up. Limited space availability so preference will be given to EBMQG members.

Several people brought in scraps for both projects for Community Day! Thank you! We probably could still use some more. For the design-a-block charity quilt, we would love squares and rectangles in multiples of 3 (plus add seam allowance), but no larger than 12.5 inches. So for example, 3.5 inch squares, 6.5 inch squares, 3.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles, or 3.5 x 12.5 inch rectangles. If you don’t have time to cut your scraps, we have people willing to cut! We hope to make this an ongoing event during all gallery hours so if you are signing up to watch the gallery, please know that you may have a small station for this. Also, let us know if you are willing to help sew the blocks up on our open sew day, Feb. 16th. We are in the works of deciding which charity(s?) to donate the quilt to, so if you have any suggestions we’d love to hear it.

Now on to some other news!

Look for Dan’s quilted backgammon game in the book, Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects.

Carol Z. invites us to the East Bay Sashiko Workshop! We are still trying to pin her down for a Sashiko Day for Stitch Modern, but if that doesn’t work, this is a good alternative. She has also been asked to teach at Quilt Market next year!

Kristen continues to teach a drop-in class on the third Tuesday of the month at New Pieces. It’s a block of the month class featuring blocks from the Farmer’s Wife sampler quilt.

Meeting Notes: August

C&T Publishing are having a sale! For this weekend only, they are having their online Summer Sizzler Blowout Sale. Then for those in the area, on Sept. 7th they are having their annual warehouse sale. It’s a great deal, so make sure you check it out.

The date for the retreat has been finalized for the weekend of Oct. 25! If you are a member of EBMQG and would like to go, please leave a comment on our google group under the thread RETREAT. Don’t have access to the google group and you’re a member? Leave a comment here and we will followup with you!

The Modern Quilt Guild is now open for individual membership!

A new quilt store is now open in Novato! Quilt Elegance is located in the beautiful Bel Marin Keys, but they have an online shop for those out of the area. They are able to carry high quality quilting cottons at $7.99/ yd! They carry all sorts of things to finish your projects and classes are available as well. Please support a local business and check them out!

One of our members, Pati, is now a contributor to the wonderful blog, See How We Sew. Her first blog contribution is a fascinating look in her block experiment. My favorite is the Jack’s Delight block in round 3!

Patterns Gone Digital came highly recommended for those of you thinking of getting into the pattern business.

Stitch Modern is just around the corner and we need to get planning! For those that want to participate in the process, please let us know. We will need people to finalize and organize events. Some ideas that were brought up:

  1. Publishing a book and authors forum.
  2. Selling on Etsy/ quilting as a business forum.
  3. Include local fabric stores with a shop hop.
  4. Kid day events.
  5. Do demos.

Meeting Notes: July

Hi there! We know it’s been awhile, but we’ve continued to meet on the last Tuesday of the month in our new location at A Verb For Keeping Warm! Here are the highlights of our July meeting.

Stacey has once again offered her cabin up for a quilting retreat this Fall. Current available weekend dates are: Sept 14 and 24, Oct 5 and 19th. The cabin can accommodate about 8 sewists. If you are a member of EBMQG and want to join, please let her know by either leaving a comment here or on the google group thread on which dates are good for you. She will schedule a weekend that hopefully accommodates the most people.

Our third annual quilt show, Stitch Modern, takes place in February. Birgit is in the process of finalizing the dates with the Piedmont Center of the Arts. Please think about what you would like to enter! Anyone who has attended at least two meetings is eligible to enter a quilt. Please note that we don’t meet in December and typically set up the show during our January meeting. We will likely have requests for submissions in October/ November. Please stay tuned!

Piedmont Center for the Arts is holding another quilt show, Interpreted Inspiration, the weekend of August 16-18th. They also have a call for artist submissions for the upcoming juried show, Return to Simplicity. We would love to see a quilt in the show! Deadline for submission is September 2nd!

Tara has a quilt pattern scheduled to be published in the Interweave magazine. She is also working with someone to publish another quilt pattern to sell. Congrats!

East Bay Heritage Quilters continues to welcome us to their modern meet ups!

Margaret holds onto our EBMQG library, please let her know if you’d like to borrow a book.

Lots of recommendations for Leah Day’s website for help with free motion quilting. Also check out her blog, The Free Motion Quilting Project.

Empty Spools Seminars also came highly recommended!

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on August 27th!


East Bay Modern Quilt Guild May 2013 Meeting

May 2013 East Bay Modern Meeting

May 2013 East Bay Modern Meeting

Right now I’m SORELY missing our ex-pat, Lauren, not just because she’s such a great East Bay Modern member, but because she was EXTRA great at writing up the meeting wrap-up blog posts! (I hope you’re having tons of fun over in Japan, Lauren! We miss you!) Enough crying into my keyboard, though. We have quilting to talk about!

Last month we said goodbye, both to Lauren, and also to our meeting location for the past few years, New Pieces in Berkeley. We will all miss Sharona’s wonderful hospitality and thank her so much for putting up with us! Without her and the shop, I’m not sure where this group would be, but I suspect that we would be crammed into the corner of a dirty coffee shop, if anywhere!

This month, we moved over to Oakland to a new kid on the quilt shop block, A Verb for Keeping Warm. Kristine, the owner has stocked her lovely store with all sorts of gorgeous yarns and fabrics to tempt us as we sit and chat.  Since we didn’t have any “guild business” to focus on this month(if you like that kind of stuff, refer to our last few months of meeting notes to get your fill!), we had lots of time for everyone’s favorite, show and tell! I won’t go into detail, but here are a few of the things we touched on during the evening:

You can see lots of eye-candy over on Flickr, but it’s never as fun as coming to a meeting, hearing about the work, and meeting some great people, so if you’re in the area,  come to the next meeting. We’d love to meet you!

Meeting Notes: April 2013

EBMQ April 2013

This is the last meeting that will be held at the New Pieces Quilt Shop! As a thank you to Sharona for hosting our meetings, we gifted a handmade sign to her shop to show how much we appreciate her store and her generosity in letting us hold our meetings there for the past years. Our next several meetings will be held at A Verb For Keeping Warm (AVFKW) on a trial basis. The store is located at 6328 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 94608. We are so grateful to Kristine in giving us this chance to meet at her store. The time has not changed- we will continue to meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Thanks to everyone that filled out our survey. It was helpful to gauge what people are thinking at this time on the various issues that we have currently in our group. Here’s a brief recap on the survey results:

Most of the people who took the survey come to our meetings on a frequent basis and they live in either Berkeley or Oakland/ Piedmont. Most of our members are not affiliated with EBHQ, however many of us do belong to another MQG group. Most people felt that our guild is just the right size with several that think we are getting too big.

Overwhelmingly, people do not want this guild to change and maintaining affiliation  with the MQG is only slightly more important than becoming a SIG with EBHQ. Also, group autonomy was only slightly more important to our members than having the support/ insurance of a larger guild. About 55% of the people who took the survey are willing to be an officer to maintain our status with a larger guild. Meeting like-minded quilters and Show and Tell are the most important aspects that people like in our guild. Our show, Stitch Modern, ranks third in importance.

Most people do not mind paying dues and spending $45 and $55 per year tied at first place as being an acceptable amount someone would be willing to pay for membership dues. If dues were collected, people wanted it to be used for the meeting location. However, workshops and guest speakers rank 2nd and 3rd in importance. Other ideas for using the money include covering our basic costs, philanthropic ventures and that we fund for all items listed in the survey. Overwhelmingly, the most important extra event that people wanted the guild to support is our show, Stitch Modern. Guest lectures and workshops rank 2nd and 3rd in importance.

The most important aspect in a new meeting location is parking, followed by the ability to display quilts and adequate room for current group size.

Last year we started Sew Days, however most people couldn’t attend due to the time it was offered and of prior commitments. It appears that all day Sunday would be a better time for the most people.

Many people contributed additional comments and the most frequent point made is that they love the way this guild is currently run, especially our informal and friendly atmosphere. The most common complaints include needing a larger space to meet, needing better electronic communication, and poor viewing of quilts/ speakers due to space limitations and/ or how we are set up around the tables. The most common reasons people like EBMQG include our autonomy and doing what we want, Stitch Modern, and Show and Tell.

It’s a lot to consider in regards to all the issues (meeting location, joining MQG, or joining EBHQ) that our guild is currently facing. Obviously there will be a lot of changes up ahead so please keep an open mind and let’s continue the conversation at our next meeting!

And last, but not least, we said our goodbyes to Lauren with an after meeting party at Picante. We will miss her wonderful personality and presence at our meetings, but we wish her lots of fun (and fabric) in Japan!

Please show your support and check out these upcoming events!

May 8th – June 9th

32nd Annual Quilt Show at the Central Berkeley Library on the second floor.

May 20th

Our member, Joel, will be a featured quilter at the next EBHQ meeting. There is a $5 charge to attend the meeting if you are not a member.

February Meeting Notes

Spring is here and can you believe how quickly winter went??!! This was our first meeting since November (technically we had a January meeting, but we used it hanging Stitch Modern) and we had a lot to go over.

First off…

STITCH MODERN WAS A SUCCESS!!! We had a really good showing at our second annual quilt show. Stacey wrote up a good review in another post which you can check out here. Thanks to everyone for their hard work!! Now, time to start planning for next year;)

If you missed the talk at A Verb for Keeping Warm about Rabari Applique or you were there and want to learn more, Kristine Vejar is having a class at her shop on March 24. For more information check out this link.

Tony Fisher, the marketing and community relations person at Healdsburg Senior Living, has invited our guild to participate in a quilt show. Last year’s show was a big success and they are expecting a bigger turn out this year. The show will be Saturday April 13 from 9 am to 4 pm at Healdsburg Senior Living. They would like 6-10 (depending on size) quilts that would hang from lines (so no hanging sleeve required). There will be prize money involved. Please think about if you are interested in hanging a quilt in this show and if you are available to volunteer that day. Here is a link to last years show.

QuiltCon was awesome!!! Several of our guild members attended and had a great time…maybe too good a time?! Three of members had quilts hanging, Joel Ignacio’s “Decoded Paragraph”, Dan Rouse’s “Hurle Burle Marx”, andf “Terri Carpenter’s Flock of Starlings”. Not only did Terri get in, but she won!!!! She placed first in Piecing, Small Category. Good job everyone!!!! (If you want to see the all the winning quilts check out  here and here) If you missed the fun you can watch the lectures for free on Craftsy!!

Speaking of awesome and talented guild members, our own Kim Anderson is a finalist in Repeat(Ed) on The Printed Bolt. She will be competing in a series of challenges with fabric design. Great Job and we look forward to seeing your creations, Kim!!!

We have a block challenge for our guild members. This was not discussed at the meeting because we ran out of time and didn’t create it until most everyone left…oops! It started when we got a bundle of super cute fabric, but didn’t have enough for everyone. Our solution is as follows:

1. Create a 12″ block that describes you. This may be simple piecing, paper piecing, applique…whatever. We just want a block that expresses who you are.

2. Quilt the block as you see fit. This means it must have three layers and can be tied, hand quilted, or quilted by machine…what ever fits you best.

3. Bind the quilted block as you see fit. We are open to creativity on this. You can do a traditional binding or a zig zag/serging stitch.

4. Bring the block to the March EBMQG meeting to share and be entered in a drawing for a fat quarter bundle! It is just that easy!!

Feel free to post your block progress in our Flickr and check out this link for more information.

This weekend is the San Fransisco Quilter Guild show Evolution of an Art Form in which we will have a special exhibit. The show is Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 – 5:00 and Sunday, March 10 10:00 – 4:00 at the Concourse Exhibition Center 635 – 8th Street, San Francisco.

You do not need to volunteer to have a quilt hanging, but any help would be really appreciated. Set up will be Friday at 11. We will be hanging out show. We need volunteers during the show to answer question and hang out by our quilts. We would take everything down on Sunday at 4. There are more details in our Google group.

If you want to have a quilt in the show please register it here. We need to know how much room we need so please do this ASAP!!! Also, make sure that your quilt will have transportation to the show and a hanging rod.

For more information please join check out our Google group.