Next meeting of EBMQ is 8/29 at Hello Stitch

As discussed at our last couple meetings, we will alternate where we meet, still on the last Tuesday of every month, except December. The August meeting will be at 6:30 pm at Hello Stitch. (The September meeting will be at Bay Quilts).

1708 University Avenue | Berkeley , CA 94703

[510] 982-6549 |


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.

June meeting

I missed the last two meetings. Lots of things are happening.

Starting with the August meeting, we will alternate where we meet. In August we will meet at Hello Stitch, 1708 University Ave in Berkeley. Then in September, we’ll be back at Bay Quilts. If you have an easily transported chair, you might want to bring it. Hello Stitch has fewer chairs than Bay Quilts.

We discussed the pros and cons of merging EBMQ with EBHQ (East Bay Heritage Quilters). We’ve lost our insurance for our show, Stitch Modern. So to solve that problem, we could officially join the Modern Quilt Guild, or we could join forces with EBHQ. We discussed this a few years ago, and chose then to do neither. Now with the insurance issue, we’re talking about it again. EBHQ is willing to change their name, and drop the “heritage” part. This isn’t as surprising as it sounds since EBHQ has  more art quilters and modern quilters in it than heritage quilters.

Fern Royce has a show with multi-media artist Linda Race at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop. It’s at 3350 Adeline St in Berkeley from 7/2 through 7/30.

March meeting notes


Hi, this is Claire posting a few notes from tonight’s meeting at Bay Quilts.

On the card for Stitch Modern there’s a mistake. The date for the community sewing day is correct, April 9, but the card says it’s a Friday, but it’s actually on Sunday.

The lecture, with Kathryn Clark and Sara Trail on April 21, won’t be in the gallery with our quilts, but in a meeting room in the back, right hand side of the building, near the restrooms.

There are 5 spaces left in our workshop with Maria Shell on April 22.

Please come to the opening of Stitch Modern on Friday April 7 at 7 pm at the Piedmont Center for thr Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA.

Here’s a few more photos from tonight’s meeting.

Next meeting is March 28.

We’ll meet as usual on March 28 at Bay Quilts, at 5327 Jacuzzi St, Suite 3-C, Richmond, CA 94804, from 6:30- 8:30 PM. This is the time to bring and drop off your quilt/s for Stitch Modern. The deadline to register your quilt online for Stitch Modern  is this Thursday, 3/23. Click here for the link to the online form.

If you’ve never been to EBMQ before, don’t be shy, come and introduce yourself. Bring your latest project for show and tell, or just come and hang out!

Luke Haynes at SFQG


From Sue Fox—  FYI— This Tuesday evening at the San Francisco Quilters Guild—  $5 entry fee for non members.
SFQG meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of most months and are held the San Francisco Chinese Seventh Day Adventist Church at 7777 Geary Blvd, cross street 42nd Avenue, San Francisco, CA.  Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. However, it is a tradition for members to come early to socialize, browse our extensive library, or check out the various activities. Doors open at 6:30.
March 21, 2017 • Luke Haynes
Inspirations and Creations
This dynamic  quilter presents a digital slideshow—plus a few actual quilts—to demonstrate the kinds of works he has created and some of the inspirations he draws upon from architecture and beyond. Learn more about Luke Haynes at

Stitch Modern 2017


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 ( and Founder and CEO of “Social Justice Sewing Academy” Sara Trail ( 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 ( 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.