Meeting Minutes: February


There will not be a meeting in March. Instead, the meeting has been moved to April 5th, 6:30 pm, at the Piedmont Center for the Arts to hang up the quilts for our show, Stitch Modern. I hope to see you there.

Upcoming Shows:

Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland
Joyce Gordon Gallery
March 3 – April 30

A continuation of a year long exhibit featuring quilts made by the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland and Oakland community reflecting the people, environment, history, business, culture and other aspects of life in Oakland.

Stitch Modern
Piedmont Center for the Arts
April 8 – May 8
Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-3pm

Our quilt show is almost here! Come see what our members have been up to for the past year. Many speaking events are being scheduled in conjunction with the show, so please stay tuned! For our members: the submission form is now live. You can find it here.

Sew Amazing 2016 Quilt Show
Solano County Fairgrounds, McCormack Hall
April 30 – May 1
$10 admission

This is sure to be a stunning quilt show and vendor mall presented by the Vallejo Piecemakers. Current member, Pati Fried, to be featured as guest artist.



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.

Meeting Minutes: January 2016

What a great meeting to start the year with! It was wonderful to catch up with everyone after the break we had. If you weren’t able to make it, please join us next time:

February 23rd at 6:30pm
A Verb For Keeping Warm
6328 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608


Ending February 21st, this is your last chance to see some quilts from Eli Leon’s collection in the show, Yo-Yo’s and Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts, at the Oakland Museum of California. A fantastic glimpse in the art and lives of 5 quilt makers, Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Thompson and Sherry Byrd should not be missed!

Voices in Cloth
March 19-20
Craneway Pavilion in Richmond
Many of our members have quilts in the East Bay Heritage Quilters show, Voices in Cloth. Demonstrations will also be performed throughout the weekend, including some from our members- Stacey Sharman and Sherri Lynn Woods!

Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland
2/1 – 2/29: Oakland City Hall Rotunda Gallery
2/16: Laney College Library
Another exciting show that several of our members are participating in! This project by the members of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland and other members of the community focuses on quilts about the people, environment, history, business, culture and other aspects of life in Oakland. Quilts will be displayed in various buildings in Oakland throughout the year.

A Visit from the Oakland Museum

It was fun having Mia Pond from the Oakland Museum of California come out to meet with us at the meeting in November.  She came to share information about the Yo-Yo’s and Half Squares show at the museum. It’s a really fun show built around the collection of Eli Leon, a Bay Area quilt collector, curator, and author.  Check it out while you still can!  (It closes on February 21.)

Mia was also there to feature the East Bay Modern Quilters in the OMCA’s Local Maker feature.  It was really wonderful to hear fellow East Bay Modern members share why quilting and our group in particular are so meaningful to them.

Meeting Minutes: September

What a busy night we had! Glad so many were able to make it.

Events around town…

We couldn’t be happier with the imminent book release from our host, Kristine Vejar at A Verb For Keeping Warm. Please join the store in celebrating her book, The Modern Natural Dyer, and their 5th anniversary in the San Pablo location on Saturday October 24th, 4-8pm. Lots of fun is being planned and I hope to see you there.

We are also excited to learn that several of our members will be showing their works in the show, Strata. This quilt art exhibit by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) will be held at the Harrington Art Gallery in Pleasanton from November 12 – December 16, 2015 with the opening reception on Thursday, November 12, 7-9pm. Please come join us in supporting our local quilt artists!

Lastly, don’t forget to check out quilts from Eli Leon’s collection, Yo-Yo’s and Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts, at the Oakland Museum of California this September 12, 2015 – February 21, 2016. A fantastic glimpse in the art and lives of 5 quilt makers, Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Thompson, and Sherry Byrd should not be missed.

In group news…

Many members expressed frustration with our google group and requested another option for sharing news within our group. We opted to give Facebook a try. Not to be confused with our open community organization page, this is a closed group requiring approval to join. Hopefully to be easier to navigate and use, this is a place where members can discuss group news and quilting without the general population involvement. Please contact us if you would like to join.

Pati is already hard at work planning quilt retreats at Walker Ranch for 2016! A beautiful location with lots of space, reasonably priced with room and board included. What more can you ask for? Tentative dates are scheduled for January and November, 2016. Please contact us if you want more information.

Chancy is currently organizing sew in nights at Sue Fox’s studio for this fall. Usually held on a Friday or Saturday night, for 10$ you can stitch ‘n bitch with the rest of us! More information to be posted on our FB group as details are finalized.

A really wonderful  show and tell tonight with historic family quilts, lots of newly finished quilts and many works in progress!


Meeting Minutes: August

Want to go on a field trip? Ideas are being tossed about to visit SCRAP and QuiltWorks in San Francisco. Know of another place that would make a good day trip? Let us know! Most likely to be held on a Saturday, keep an eye out in the google group as plans are being made.

Want to see some of Eli Leon’s fabulous quilt collection? Then check out Yo-Yo’s and Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts at the Oakland Museum of California this September 12, 2015 – February 21, 2016. You will find many of us at the opening reception during Friday Nights @ OMCA on September 11 from 5-9pm. I hope to see you there!

I’m sorry I didn’t take pictures at this meeting, but you can check out our Flickr group to see what our members have been making!

Meeting Minutes: July

Happy summer!  Despite the heat, the East Bay Modern Quilters gathered in the new classroom space at A Verb for Keeping Warm, trying to keep cool – even with quilts on our laps.

East Bay Modern Quilters July Meeting

You can click on the photo above to see more pictures of the amazing projects brought to the meeting.  There are also some really great quilt related events that are coming up in the Bay Area.  Read more about them below!

Yo-Yos & Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilt, which features quilts from Eli Leon’s collection, will be opening soon at the Oakland Museum.  It will run from September 12 until February 21.

Stitch Modern alum, Ben Venom will be teaching at the San Jose Museum of Textiles this Saturday!

The Found/Made show at the SJ Museum of Textiles sounds great!  It’s curated by Roderick Kiracofe, another Stitch Modern alum and will be up until November 1.

Stone Mountain and Daughter hosts free, drop-in tutorials on Tuesdays from 2-4.  You might spot East Bay Modern Quilters, Liz or Fern there!

Fern will also be having a trunk show at the Textile Dreams studio on August 8th from 11-3pm.

Chancy will be talking about the improv round robin process at the East Bay Heritage Quilt Guild meet-up on Thursday, August 13th.

As you can see, we’re a busy bunch!  Come hang out with us next month and see what we’re up to.  We meet the last Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland.

Meeting Minutes: May

Did you know that we have a library? We do! Small, but mighty, it has wonderful titles including Sherri Lynn’s newest book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, generously donated by her. (Thank you, Sherri!) Please contact Margaret if you would like to check it out.

Speaking of libraries, don’t forget to check out your town’s library. Via your library website, you can also request books from around your county. And, not only will you find hardbound books, but lots of options in ebooks and magazines abound!

Chancy is hosting a meet up with East Bay Heritage Quilters focusing on round robin quilts. She has asked if people could temporarily donate any of their round robin quilts to her for examples during the class. She can receive your quilt during the June or July meeting and she will return them to you at the August meeting.


For a variety of reasons, we will not be able to hold our June meeting at the Verb. Please note that the June meeting will be held at Sue Fox’s studio, Textile Dreams. We will return to meeting at the Verb in July.

June 30, at 6:30 pm
2525 8th Street, #13C
Berkeley, CA 94710

PicMonkey Collage

Joe Cunningham at Stitch Modern

This is a great post by Carol Van Zandt about the Joe Cunningham lecture at Stitch Modern!

The Plaid Portico

We were lucky enough to have Joe Cunningham speak as one of our Stitch Modern special events. Stitch Modern is the annual show of the East Bay Modern Quilters and we will be covering the entire exhibition in a week or so, so stay tuned for that.

Joe the Quilter came to sing to us, talk to us and joke with us- as is his way- and of course to show us his remarkable quilts and talk about quilting and art. He sews every bit of his large, mostly square quilts himself – some by hand, most by machine.  Originally a musician, Joe has been a professional quilter for 35+ years. Having initially delved deeply into the history and traditions of quilts and techniques, his original quilts are unique and sought after. With eleven books under his belt, and quilts in permanent collection of museums, he is a popular lecturer and…

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Meeting Minutes: April

Stitch Modern is over and a huge success! Thanks to everyone that made it possible.

There is a sewing retreat in the works to be held at Walker Ranch for the weekend of September 18. Thanks to Pati for coordinating our retreats, info to be released on the google group as more is known.

And that’s it for the business side of things. As usual, a great show and tell to be had by all.

I hope to see you at the next meeting, May 26th at 6:30pm at A Verb For Keeping Warm.