Stitch Modern 2017

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The East Bay Modern Quilters are proud to announce our sixth annual quilt show, Stitch Modern 2017. We wish to invite everyone to our Opening Night Reception on April 7 at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Entry is free. This an informal party and a great chance to view the quilts and meet the artists. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the opening night, the gallery will be open Noon – 3:00 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from April 7-April 25.

We’ve also got several amazing events throughout the month. Please join us!

Community Sewing Day
Sunday, April 9 from noon-3:00 p.m.  

Join The East Bay Modern Quilters and the East Bay Heritage Quilters for an afternoon of making charity quilts for The Children’s Quilt Project. Fabric kits will be provided, bring your sewing machine or just bring yourself for an afternoon of sewing and good company. People new to sewing are welcome!

Lecture: Kathryn Clark and Sara Trail
Friday, April 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
$10 suggested donation
The East Bay Modern Quilters are excited to present an evening with artist Kathryn Clark (http://www.kathrynclark.com) and Founder and CEO of “Social Justice Sewing Academy” Sara Trail (http://www.sjsacademy.com) as they each discuss their work and the intersection of quilting with social justice issues.

Workshop: Making Prints out of Solids: Lines and Shapes with Maria Shell
Saturday, April 22, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
This year Stitch Modern is pleased to offer Maria Shell’s workshop, Making Prints Out of Solids: Line & Shapes. From her website (http://mariashell.com/classes/) the description is: Using solid colored quilters cotton, students will learn how to stitch an assortment of pieced prints including stripes, chevrons, polka dots, and pointy shapes. While learning these new techniques students will also be given information about selecting a color palette, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.

If you are interested in joining us, tickets are $85. Tickets are non-refundable, however, we will do our best to refund you if there is someone to take your spot. Click here for tickets.

The workshop starts at noon, so we suggest eating an early lunch beforehand; water, coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided. Irons and ironing boards will be provided. You will need to bring your own sewing machine and a list of class supplies will be provided closer to the date of the workshop.

We think this will be an informative, inspiring class and look forward to seeing you there.

 

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Stitch Modern 2016

StitchModern2016The East Bay Modern Quilters are proud to present Stitch Modern 2016, our 5th annual quilt show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.  The East Bay Modern Quilters focus 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.

*Keep up with what’s happening at the show by searching #StitchModern or check out our Tumblr!

April 8th – May 8th
Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA.
Gallery Hours: 12pm-3pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

**STITCH MODERN UPDATE** Due to unforeseen circumstances Stitch Modern will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, May 7th and 8th at The Piedmont Center for the Arts. Unfortunately, that means our show has ended early. Thank you, everyone!

 

April 8th: 6:30pm-9pm, Piedmont Center for the Arts  FREE
Opening Reception – Join the artists for an evening of fun, food, and celebration.

April 10th: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Piedmont Center for the Arts FREE
Label That Quilt! – Don’t become a “Maker Unknown!” Bring your stack of unlabeled quilts and we’ll help you label them for posterity.  Ideas and supplies will be provided.

April 13th: 7pm, Piedmont Center for the Arts
Lecture: Global Perspectives in Quilting, Talks by Youngmin Lee & Sujata Shah $10 collected at the door, doors open at 6:30pm

April 17th: 10am-4pm, Piedmont Center for the Arts
Workshop: Quilting by the Seat of Your Pants: Designing an Original Quilt with Pamela Rocco $65 SOLD OUT

April 26th: 6:30pm – 8:30pm, A Verb for Keeping Warm FREE
East Bay Modern Quilters Monthly MeetingAs always, on the last Tuesday of the month, the East Bay Modern Quilters meeting is the place to be!  If you’ve never been before, don’t be shy, come and introduce yourself. Bring your latest project for show and tell or just come and hang out!

May 1st: 12pm-2:30pm, Piedmont Center for the Arts FREE
Deanna Davis Children’s Quilt Day – an afternoon of making charity quilts in honor 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.  This is an activity that is good for the whole family and there will be activities suitable for all ages. Fabric kits will be provided, bring your sewing machine or just bring yourself. People new to sewing are welcome!
*There will also be a Girl Scout Bake sale!

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

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Stitch Modern 2016: Talks by Youngmin Lee & Sujata Shah

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Global Perspectives in Quilting, Talks by Youngmin Lee & Sujata Shah

Where: Piedmont Center For The Arts

When: April 13th, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

$10 collected at the door

Doors open at 6:30

The East Bay Modern Quilters are so excited to present an evening with quilter and author Sujata Shah and artist Youngmin Lee as they each discuss their work.  You can read more about each speaker below.  We hope to see you there!


 

SujataShahSujata Shah is a graphic designer, textile lover, quilter and author. She is originally from Mumbai, India and has just recently moved to San Francisco from the East Coast.

Sujata finds inspiration from the textures and imperfections of handmade objects. Her exposure to different cultures has helped develop her distinctive style of quilts, which blends utilitarian and traditional quilts in an exciting way.  In 2014, she published her book, Cultural Fusion Quilts: A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions.

Talking about the process of quilting, she says, ”I find hand stitching therapeutic and nourishing to the soul. Through my quilts I remain connected to my past, my culture and heritage. The more I hand stitch, stories of my daily life get stitched into my quilts.”

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She has just returned from a trip to India with Amy Butler where they were exploring the palaces and markets, forts and mud huts, folk artists and museums, meeting ralli quilters, embroidery artists, and block printers to learn from the best in preparation for a textile tour in 2017.  She took some amazing photos which you can see on her Facebook page.

Her presentation will include a slide show of her travels in India as well as her journey as a quilter. She will also be showing original quilts from her book  and share how she connects the dots between her memories of the past and today’s creative process.


 

youngminleeYoungmin Lee is a Korean-born artist who studied fashion and textiles and worked in the fashion industry before moving to the United States in 1996.  She now makes work using a traditional Korean technique called Bojagi.

Bojagi wrapping cloths are a unique form of Korean textile art. Lee often uses a Ssamsol technique (similar to a flat fell seam) to make her work.  This technique creates a patchworked piece of cloth that is fully reversible and is traditionally used for a variety of things such as gift wrapping, covering food, and clothing storage.

Because she has a background in fashion, she used to think more in terms of Western-style construction techniques, but that changed when she began working with bojagi.  She says, “[It] made my direction to go back to my own heritage and culture, which feels more comfortable and natural. Textiles give me freedom to connect my current and past, traditions and culture that I belonged before and now.  They also connect my imagination with reality.  I cut, arrange, and put textile pieces together to find the way that I move along.”

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Youngmin’s pieces are extremely time consuming to create and gorgeous to behold.  You can get a peak at her work on her website, but make sure to come to the lecture.  These are pieces that must be seen up close and in person to be truly appreciated!


 

Stitch Modern 2016: Quilting by the Seat of Your Pants with Pamela Rocco

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Quilting by the Seat of Your Pants: Designing an Original Quilt with Pamela Rocco

Where: Piedmont Center for The Arts
When: Sunday, April 17th, 2016, 10am – 4pm
$65 Wait List (20 student limit) SOLD OUT

pamroccoThe East Bay Modern Quilters are excited to announce that our 2016 Stitch Modern workshop will be taught by Pamela Rocco. She has been quilting for more than 40 years and received her formative training when she was in Appalachia with the Teacher Corps in 1969 and met women who inspired her to learn how to quilt.

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Spines 63.5″ x 83″ Pam Rocco, 2013

Many people are familiar with Pam through her monthly column, Words to Quilt By, in the Quilters Newsletter magazine. Her improv style is easily recognizable with her use of bright, bold, and ethnic fabrics.

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Mosaic, 46.5″ x 56″ Pam Rocco 2013

Pam’s quilts have been heavily influence by other cultures and she feels that her best work is often ad libbed – made up on the spur of the moment using whatever is at hand.  She sees quilting as a salvage art, incorporating both new and used materials to play with form and color. In her world, almost anything can be incorporated into a quilt once you learn how to see design possibilities everywhere you look.

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Broken Paths, 45″ x 61.5″ Pam Rocco 2011

In this one day workshop, you will explore how to design an original quilt using two techniques, viewfinder and thumbnail sketching. Learning to work more intuitively and improvisationally, you will explore all the elements of quilt design to create your own one of a kind quilt.

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The workshop will be held on Sunday, April 17th from 10am until 4pm at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. We will have a maximum of 20 students, so sign up soon!  SOLD OUT

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Stitch Modern 2016 is almost here

If you have been to two meetings in the last year, you are eligible to enter a quilt into our quilt show, Stitch Modern. This year Stitch Modern will be showing at the Piedmont Center for the Arts from April 4 to May 8th. If you wish to enter a quilt, you need to fill out the google form here, be sure to read all information carefully. Payment ($35) is required at time of quilt drop-off in order to exhibit. Read the submission form for details.  All exhibitors are required to volunteer hours to support the show there are various events and/or gallery hours so be sure to mark which dates are available for you.  One of our members will try to assign you to a time that works for you.  If you have NOT attended at least 2 meetings in the last year but  would like to see what goes on at our show, come by to help us hang our quilts on Monday night, April 4th (this will take the place of our usual meeting the last Tuesday of March).  The more the merrier!

ALSO, we need photos of your Stitch Modern quilt entries ASAP so we can make fliers, postcards, and other promotional materials.  Email your photos to eastbaymodern at gmail dot com – close-ups are great, even if your quilt isn’t finished we can use a photo (top only or a portion of the front).  Check here to see last year’s postcard, for an idea of what we are looking for.  If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments.

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

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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!

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

Stitch Modern 2015: Community Day

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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)

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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?!

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