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 http://www.lukehaynes.com/

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 (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.


East Bay Modern Quilters February Meeting

Hi, this is Claire. I’m now updating our blog. We had a great meeting tonight. If anyone took pictures that they’d like me to post, please send them to me.

The online form to enter your quilts for our upcoming show, Stitch Modern will be up and running, by the end of this week. Like last year it will be $35 for each quilt entered. Everyone can have at least one, possibly two quilts in the show. Indicate which one is your first choice in case there isn’t room for both. The opening night party will be Friday April 7, 2017. We have two really interesting quilters coming to talk to us on Friday evening,  April 21, Sara Reed, founder of the Social Justice Sewing Academy and the artist, Kathryn Clark.

The main Berkeley Public Library is having their Annual Quilt Show from May 1 through June 4, 2017. Call librarian Debbie Carton ASAP at 510-981-6236 if you’d like to show a quilt. (You don’t need to live in Berkeley to be in this show). This show isn’t juried, but they don’t have a lot of room. There is room for six 6′ x 6′ quilts, fourteen 3′ x 3′ quilts, six 12″ x 12″ quilts, ten 8″ x 8″ quilts and up to 60 “postcard quilts,” which are 4″ x 6″ or 3″ x 5″. Call to find out what size(s) they still have room for. The quilts can be delivered April 22, from 11 AM – 12 PM, or April 25, from 6:30- 7:30 PM. I’m making a 3′ x 3′ quilt for this show. They usually have a lovely potluck breakfast opening for the quilters in the show, which takes place before the library opens to the public.


November Meeting Update – Please Note the New Location!

As announced at the last meeting, the East Bay Modern Quilters will now be meeting in a new place!  As always, on the last Tuesday of the month, the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild meeting is the place to be and this month we will be meeting at Bay Quilts at 5327 Jacuzzi Street, Suite 3-C, Richmond, CA 94804 (http://bay-quilts.shoplightspeed.com/). 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!

Please bring your own folding chair. There are a few chairs available, but not many, so if you want a seat to sit on, bring your own.  See you there!

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!

Stitch Modern 2016 viewing hours cancelled 5/7 and 5/8

Dearest Stitch Modern enthusiasts and, dare we say, fans!  We have the unfortunate luck of needing to close our 2016 exhibition early.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to open the doors to visitors to view our quilts this weekend, May 7th and 8th.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.  Please do come visit us at our monthly meetings if you like!  We are meeting the last Tuesday of May.  May 31st at 6:30pm at A Verb for Keeping Warm

Members: we are still scheduled to remove quilts from the gallery on 5/9 at 6PM.