East Bay Modern October 2010 Meeting

We came, we saw, we talked!  Oh yeah, and we ate!  Thanks to Sharona, we had some lovely new digs for our meeting: New Pieces Quilt Shop!  It was quite a change from our former spot at the coffee shop, and quite an improvement.  Although the photos from the meeting will lack that coffee shop “ambiance,” we were able to spread out, get comfy and actually see the hand-work we brought while we ate the goodies brought by different members of the group.  (That reminds me, I still have a mini-Butterfinger in my purse, mmmmm.)

The downside of this wonderfully relaxed and fun meeting was that I was so busy having a good time chatting and quilting, that I didn’t take any notes!  But, I did take some pictures.  You can see them below, or you can always check out the action on our Flickr group.  East Bay Modern members are encouraged to join and upload your pictures.

If you missed the meeting, don’t worry, we’re meeting again on the last Tuesday of November at 6:30 again at New Pieces.  That will be our last formal group meeting of the year. So, come in November and get some work done on those handmade Christmas presents while hanging out with a lot of beautiful fabric and some pretty cool people! …or you’ll have to wait until January to meet us…

 East Bay Modern October Meeting Mosaic

East Bay Modern September Meeting Notes

Wow!  We have a great new blog thanks to Cynthia, our newest member!  Not only did she do a great job putting up the new blog, she also did half of my work on reporting the meeting!  I’ll just add some photos of the wonderful show and tell and a few links to things we discussed, and my job for the September notes will be done!

Kim, Birgit, Sharona, Kristen, Cynthia and I met at the Royal Grounds in Berkeley, despite the heat and had some great discussions and shared some impressive and cute projects!

Kristen's Titus Skirt Pattern

At the last meeting we had discussed the mythical “perfect skirt” pattern.  As it turns out, there appear to be a few floating around out there.  Kristen brought in her pattern from Titus to show us, and was even wearing the skirt she had made from it (I failed to get a photo of that!).  It’s a cute little A-line with a drawstring waist and the pattern looks very simple.  I might have to venture beyond the world of “flat sewing” and give it a go.

Kristen's Vintage Patterns

She also brought in some vintage patterns from East Bay Center for Creative Reuse.   Okay, Kristen, lets see you rocking those looks in October!

Kristen's Crosses Quilt

Kristen's Quilt Label

Kristen brought her finished quilt with a hand embroidered label.  Oooh, I love that label.  I think I’m going to have to start doing something like that for my quilts.  Great job, Kristen!  It’s been fun to see this go from merely a drawing in your notebook to a completed project.

Kim's Altered Snowball Quilt

Kim's Altered Snowball Quilt Back

Kim also brought in a quilt she completed.  This was originally a snowball quilt that she made in a class at New Pieces.  When she got it home, she didn’t think it looked quite right, so she cut each of the snowballs into quarters and re-sewed them.  Genius!  And, the quilting on this is really nice.

Birgit's Quilted Pot Holder

Birgit's Halloween Pennants

Birgit brought in a few cute and seasonal projects she’s been working on in her new dedicated sewing room/sweatshop.  She also showed us a picture of the landscape quilt that she started talking about making last month.  Upload the picture, Birgit!  First quilt completed – YEAH!

Stacey's Linen and Denim Quilt

Stacey's Baby Quilt Top

Fabric cut with a Cricut

I brought in a finished quilt made with all second-hand fabrics and an unfinished baby quilt top.  I was also super-excited about the fabric cutting abilities of my new Cricut cutting machine!

Sharona's Rainbow Quilt Top

Sharona showed us her latest quilt top (I didn’t notice at the time how well her shirt went with the quilt!) and fabrics from her stash for a very unique wedding quilt.  (You can see the stack of wild prints in the foreground of the picture.)

Cynthia's Yoga Applique

Cynthia showed us a very intricate needle-turn applique of a very intricate yoga pose that uses a wide assortment of different kinds of fabrics.  She’s definitely going to be the go-to girl for figuring out how to handle difficult materials!  The beautifl background fabric was also hand-dyed by her using Pebeo Setacolor pigments.

Cynthia and Sharona are members of the East Bay Heritage Quilt guild and we discussed the differences between that guild and the Modern Quilt Guild.  It was fun and informative to hear about the perceived differences.  A few other guilds discussed were Studio Art Quilt Association (who’s online auction is happening now!) and Northern California Quilt Council where Sharona will soon be giving a talk about us “modern” quilters.

Here are just a few of the other things we talked about:

Huh, and I thought I wouldn’t have a lot to write about.  Leave me a note if I left anything out!