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

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!


Stitch Modern Charity Quilts

If you have been following our group for a while, you may remember our charity quilt project from Stitch Modern, our annual quilt show.

The idea was to help non-quilters to get a sense of how much fun quilting can be. Designing quilts and quilt blocks is often the most enjoyable part of the process, so why not let the public take part in our charity project?

The people that visited the last Stitch Modern got the chance to play with pre-cut squares and rectangles to create a 12 inch block. Members of our guild then stitched them together. We had such a great turnout that we were able to produce two generous twin sized quilts for our chosen charity, The Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center, which offers free services to homeless mothers and their children. We were honored that we could contribute to this organization.

We want to take a moment to give a big thank you to the following people who helped make these quilts happen:

Beautiful design work: Stitch Modern enthusiast of all ages!
Piecing and fabric donations: EBMQG members at large
Backing fabric: Tara
Batting: Stacey
Quilt top assembly: Patricia, Tara, and Terri
Quilting: Terri
Binding: Patti and Kristen

Lastly, I also want to give a special thank you to Kristen who kept all the materials (and people!) organized.

Now are we ready for some pictures?!






Stitch Modern Lecture: Roderick Kiracofe & Ben Venom

stitchmodern2014headerWhere: Piedmont Center for The Arts

When: February 13, 2014, 7pm – 8:30pm

$5 Entry fee at the door

The East Bay Modern Quilt Guild is very excited to present an evening with the artist, Ben Venom and author, collector, and curator, Roderick Kiracofe as they each discuss their work.  You can read more about each speaker below.  We hope to see you there!

Piedmont Center for the Arts
February 13th, 7 – 8:30pm
$5 entry at the door, no advance ticket sales

Roderick Kiracofe

Roderick KiracofeRoderick Kiracofe is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including, The American Quilt: A History of Cloth & Comfort and Cloth & Comfort: Pieces of Women’s Lives from Their Quilts and Diaries. He self-published his latest books, QUILTS 1  and QUILTS 2 and many of the quilts from those books were showcased as part of a special collection at Quiltcon. His newest book, Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000, published by Abrams, will be released in Autumn 2014.
Quilts by Roderick KiracofeHe co-founded The Quilt Digest and curated “Showcase” for volumes 1-5 (1983-1987); produced and designed Yvonne Porcella: A Colorful Book and was a regular participant on the PBS series The Great American Quilt, one of PBS’ most popular series. He was a consultant to the California Heritage Quilt Project and consulted on the selection of the quilts for the exhibition and book Ho for California.  He served on the first board of directors for Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and more locally, he currently serves on the Board of Oakland Art Murmur.

Mr. Kiracofe is an art collector and has assembled one the largest private collections of “unique” 20th century quilts and quilt tops. He was also actively involved in the creation of some of this country’s most important private and corporate quilt collections including Bank of America, Levi Strauss & Co., Esprit de Corp among others. He has curated exhibitions in the US and Japan and quilts from his collection have been shown in several museums.

Ben Venom

If you happened upon the massive quilt at Bay Area Now at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2011, then you’ve seen the work of Ben Venom.  It’s fresh and exciting and it has gotten a lot of attention! His work has been shown in galleries and museums in many cities in the US and Europe.  He’s been featured on blogs, magazines, and even been interviewed on NPR.

We at East Bay Modern can’t wait to hear him talk more about his work, his influences, and his journey into the world of quilting.

Want to see all of the Stitch Modern events?  Click HERE!

Stitch Modern 2014

Stitch Modern 2014

The East Bay Modern Quilt Guild is proud to present Stitch Modern, our 3rd 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!  Please sign up for our newsletter if you would like more information regarding the programs below.

January 31 – Feb 23rd at
Piedmont Center of the Arts
801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA.
Gallery Hours: 12pm-3pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Jan 31st: 6pm-9pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts
Opening Reception

Feb 8: 12:30pm – 1pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts
Needle Ceremony- An informal memorial service for our spent sewing needles and pins based on the Japanese Hari kuyou ceremony which happens on February 8th. Bring your spent machine, hand sewing, and pins and join us in celebrating our tools and their service.

Feb 8: 1pm – 2:30pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts
Panel Discussion, Beyond the Bed: Exploring Quilts in the Public Eye – Please join us for a moderated discussion highlighting how quilts have gone from being household objects to objet d’art.

Feb 9: 12:00pm-2:30pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts
Family and Community Activity Day – includes quilting demos

Feb 13: 7pm-8:30pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts $5
Lecture: Ben Venom & Roderick Kiracofe

Feb 16: 12pm-3pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts
Sew Day with the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild

Feb 23: 9:30am-4pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts $75
Workshop: Round Robin Improv with Sherri Lynn Wood. Click here to find out more and sign up for the class!

Quilts clockwise from top left:
Joel Ignacio, Adrienne St John, Stacey Sharman, Margaret Glendening,
Valerie Gibbins, Terri Carpenter, Carol Van Zandt.

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.