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

Last reminder for members — submit your quilt to Stitch Modern

I am reminding you all to submit your quilt to Stitch Modern today – this is a first come first served show (as space allows) and we want to give our active members (active means attended at least 2 meetings in the past 12 months) priority before possibly opening this up to other area guilds.  There are already some large quilts entered, if you have to choose between two (or more) let’s go smaller rather than bigger.

We will decide tomorrow whether there is space to allow sister guilds to submit so don’t delay!!  If you have any questions, let me know.

Also, there was a question about payment.  Bring a check with you at the quilt hanging or bring cash (best) to pay for your entry.  We are not sending out invoices at this time.

Thanks, and happy stitching everyone!  :)


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!


Calling all Stitch Modern 2015 Quilts!

Yes, you guessed it, the fun has officially begun.  We are accepting quilts for our guild’s annual quilt show, Stitch Modern.  This is our fourth show, and boy did it sneak up on us!

You can fill in our quilt submission form here.  You may recall our show is not judged nor juried, but you DO need to read and follow all directions carefully.  Your quilt needs a sleeve and rod, label, and should be recently made (2 years or newer).  If you have any questions, post them here and we’ll do our best to answer them!  After March 15th we will open the submissions up to our sister guilds as space allows.  First come first served, as usual!  We can’t wait to see all your beautiful quilts.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for all our wonderful activities during the show.  We hope to have a lecture, panel discussion, family day, and workshop so check back here for details coming soon!!

Meeting Minutes: February

Not much news tonight, but details were discussed on our fourth annual show, Stitch Modern, at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. The discussion continues on our Google Group, so please join us there if you are interested in participating!

Important Dates to take note:

Next Meeting: March 24 (Not March 31st!)
Next Meeting Location: Piedmont Center for the Arts (Not at A Verb for Keeping Warm!)
Stitch Modern Show: March 27 – April 26
Opening Reception for Stitch Modern: Evening of March 27, free
Block Lab Workshop with Kathryn Clark: April 18, all day, registration to be required
Stitch Modern Community Day: April 19, free
Panel Discussion: TBD

So many more details to be determined, stay tuned!

Feb meeting

Meeting Minutes: January

Hello! We had a full house for our first meeting of the year, including our two newest babes of the group (Adrienne’s and Amelia’s little ones). A good thing too! We gifted them with a quilted alphabet book with letter pages made by various members.

Are you going to QuiltCon? Get in touch with other East Bay Modern Quilters while there! Details to be determined.

Pati updated us on the plans for a sewing retreat at Walker Ranch in March and September. Members, if you want more info please check the google group or contact us here and we’ll be in touch!

There are many local events to look forward to!

January 21 – March 1
Amish: The Modern Muse, Part II at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Due to unforeseen circumstances with city plumbing, the opening of Part Two was delayed. All is fixed now and the show is open. Please join us on March 1st for an informal goodbye and take down party! We will keep you posted as the date nears.

February 14 – May 17
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will be hosting quilts from Unexpected and Unconventional: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950- 2000. Details can be found here. Roderick Kiracofe will be doing a talk about these “maverick” quilts on February 21st, if interested, please register here.

March 27 – April 24
Our fourth annual Stitch Modern show! Stay tuned for more info on speakers and other events being planned.

Show and Tell was a blast as usual! Go check our Flickr page for better pictures! And I hope to see you at our next meeting on February 24th, 6:30pm, at A Verb For Keeping Warm.

PicMonkey Collage

Amish: The Modern Muse Part II

A great photo recap of the Amish: The Modern Muse show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts

The Plaid Portico

So excited to see the second installment of the Amish: The Modern Muse at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  It did not disappoint!  It struck me as quite dramatic as I entered the gallery room. The exhibition goes until March 1st so if you are in the area, head down there! There is nothing like seeing quilts in person, plus the larger exhibition of Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection is NOT to be missed.

The show was curated by San Francisco Artist Joe Cunningham, and includes quilts submitted by East Bay Modern Quilters, the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild and the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild.


Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter

Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter

Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco

Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco

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Amish: The Modern Muse Part II Is Now Open!

Although there was a little delay in the opening, Amish: The Modern Muse Part II at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is now open with a whole new batch of fresh and fun, Amish inspired modern quilts and I’ve been told it looks fabulous!

If you’re a member of the East Bay Modern Quilters and would like to go to San Jose to check out the show with us, we’ll be doing a carpool on February 28th – check the google group for more info!