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!