Meeting Minutes: August

Submissions are open for the show, Amish: The Modern Muse. You can find the online form here. If you are submitting, bring your quilt to the September meeting!

Lots of minis were made for the compilation quilt. It’s looking fantastic!

While not much business was discussed, we had a great show and tell!

august collage

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Amish: The Modern Muse

We are now accepting submissions for the show, Amish: The Modern Muse, hosted by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles!

You can find the form in the menu bar at the top of this page, or here.


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Stitch Modern Charity Quilts

If you have been following our group for a while, you may remember our charity quilt project from Stitch Modern, our annual quilt show.

The idea was to help non-quilters to get a sense of how much fun quilting can be. Designing quilts and quilt blocks is often the most enjoyable part of the process, so why not let the public take part in our charity project?

The people that visited the last Stitch Modern got the chance to play with pre-cut squares and rectangles to create a 12 inch block. Members of our guild then stitched them together. We had such a great turnout that we were able to produce two generous twin sized quilts for our chosen charity, The Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center, which offers free services to homeless mothers and their children. We were honored that we could contribute to this organization.

We want to take a moment to give a big thank you to the following people who helped make these quilts happen:

Beautiful design work: Stitch Modern enthusiast of all ages!
Piecing and fabric donations: EBMQG members at large
Backing fabric: Tara
Batting: Stacey
Quilt top assembly: Patricia, Tara, and Terri
Quilting: Terri
Binding: Patti and Kristen

Lastly, I also want to give a special thank you to Kristen who kept all the materials (and people!) organized.

Now are we ready for some pictures?!






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Meeting Notes: July


Our charity quilts for WDDC are finished and well received! More on that soon.

Our past member, Lauren, sent us goodies from Japan. Be sure to come to the next meeting if you want a piece of the pie!

Lastly, we had a Q&A for the show, Amish: The Modern Muse. More details posted here. If you are making a mini for our guild’s compilation quilt, they are due at the next meeting (August). If you are making your own quilt for the show, submissions will open Sept. 1st.

The business end was short as we all wanted to wish Valerie off with a party after the meeting. During show and tell, we each showed off our mini’s to be gifted to her, without telling her who they were for. How surprised she was at the end of the meeting!

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Amish: The Modern Muse, Call for Entry

The East Bay Modern Quilt Guild is excited to participate in the upcoming show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Amish: The Modern Muse, which will be on display from November 15th until January 3rd in conjunction with the show, Antique Ohio Amish Quilts: The Darwin D. Bearley Collection.

If you are a member of the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild, the South Bay Modern Quilt Guild, or East Bay Modern, you are invited to enter a quilt in this juried show.  To find out more information, see the official Call for Entry.

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Meeting Notes: June

Our long time member, Valerie, has been accepted to grad school on the east coast. The next meeting will be her last one, so please join us for a get together at a local restaurant after the July meeting to see her off!

We have been coordinating with Sue Fox’s studio to establish Sewing Meet-ups for our guild. Her studio is local and set up with multiple cutting and sewing stations, making it an ideal location for our group. You would need to bring your own equipment if you decide to take part in these Sewing Meet-ups. More details to be forthcoming!

The Amish inspired quilt exhibit now has a name! Amish: The Modern Muse. This show continues to generate a lot of interest here. We would like to submit a compilation of mini quilts as one big quilt. If you are interested, mini’s must be presented at the August meeting. They must be 10-12 inches square, be inspired by the Amish, and have the color TEAL in it. We will be determining the best way to hang them at the August meeting. If you cannot make it to the August meeting, contact us and we’ll let you know where to send them!

If you would like to submit a regular quilt to the Amish: The Modern Muse show, the Call for Entries announcement goes live on July 1st. It will have all the information and guidelines you will need to know to submit a quilt for the show.



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Meeting notes: May

East Bay Modern May2014
So sorry that I am writing this so late!

Our meeting was as fun as ever and not much business was discussed. The main announcement was that Joe Cunningham is to be the juror for the Modern Inspired Amish show coming up in October with the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. There will be an online submission form and all quilts will be juried in person. He believes in jurying for the artistic merit of the quilts, rather than the technical construction. So- if you are new to quilting and nervous of your skills, there is no reason not to enter! Please refer to this post for more information on the Amish show!

We also discussed about creating a compilation of mini quilts to be submitted as one art piece. The mini quilts need to be 10 – 12 inches in size and be Amish inspired. We will hang all the mini quilts together to represent one quilt from our guild. Deadline for the mini quilts is for the August meeting. 

In other news….

Claire did a demonstration at the EBHQ June meet-up. (Again, I’m so sorry to be late posting this for the meeting was last night!!) However, several of our members participate with the EBHQ meet-ups, so I encourage you to check them out!

Stacey is doing two workshops at the end of the month with EBHQ. You can learn techniques from her Improv Confetti quilt and the other on her Improv Split Log Cabin quilts. They are spectacular projects, please check here for more information and to sign up!



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East Bay Modern Quilt Guild Monthly Meeting, April 2014

East Bay Modern Quilt Guild April 2014Terri wasn’t able to make the meeting (we missed you, Terri!) and that means that you’re stuck reading my notes this month!  So that they get posted in a timely manner, I’m keepin’ them short and to the point!  You can see more photos from the night over on our Flickr page.

The Berkeley Public Library is having a miniature quilt show that features one of Claire’s quilts.  You can see it starting May 1 at the Downtown Berkeley Library building on the 2nd floor.

Carol’s sashiko meet up is going gangbusters down in San Jose.  Want to attend?  Check out how here.  Want to start having one closer to the East Bay?  She’d love to start one more locally!  Let her know you’re interested here.

We talked about the possibility of having evening stitch ups.  That’s what I’m calling it:  A stitch up – where you get together and sew, or just hang out.  Kinda like book club, but with needles involved.  I’ll keep you posted on that!

The Vallejo Piecemakers Quilt Guild is holding it’s first ever quilt show this weekend.  Go check it out!  Joel will have 3 quilts in the show!

Heather Ross will be doing a book signing this weekend at Book Passage in SF.  We predict large crowds.

We have so many talented members and two of them have quilts in magazines!  Ann has a quilt in Modern Quilts Unlimited, and Tara has a quilt in Modern Patchwork.

Kim has some new fabric coming out soon, but it may be hush hush, so I won’t say anything else about it!

Carol brought us some of her lovely Pop Rox fabric.  She’s so good to us!  Thank you, Carol!

The Amish Quilt Challenge for the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is ON!  Check out the details in last month’s meeting notes.

Alison recommended taking part in a project that commemorates the terrible floods that took place in Colorado last year. If you’re interested in finding out more, click the link:

I’ve probably forgotten to add something…I’m out of the habit of taking good notes!  Let me know what’s missing and I’ll add it in!

Want to come to a meeting?  Everyone is welcome!  Find out about our next meeting on our calendar.

PS – You may have noticed that I started adding Instagram feeds on the right side of the page.  If you’re interested in adding yours, and you’ve come to at least two of our meetings,  just leave a comment below and it will be done!


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Meeting Notes: March

What a great fabric swap we had! The leftovers were donated to EBHQ for their charity quilts.

We had a little bit of money left over from Stitch Modern and it was agreed to use that money for the next Stitch Modern in 2015.

The charity quilts for WDDC continue to be assembled by individual members. Quilt backs are being organized. Our goal is to present them to WDDC in June. I think we’ll make it!

Quite a few people are excited to take part in the Amish inspired exhibit hosted by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Submissions are open to members of the four bay area modern quilt guilds, that includes us!

1. Quilts must be inspired by the Amish- no specific time or geographic area. Some images will be provided by SJMQT if you want to be inspired by a specific quilt from their Ohio Amish exhibit that will be going at the same time, however you are not required to be inspired by this exhibit.
2. There is no minimum size for your quilt, but it must be no longer than 104 inches on any one side.
3. There is an entry fee, to be determined.
4. A juror will determine which quilts get to be exhibited. A curator will determine where the quilts get to be displayed.
5. A portion of the quilts to be shown must be for sale. Price will be split 50/50 between maker and museum. You determine the price of your quilt.
6. Quilts will need to be entered by October 1st.

If you don’t think you will have time to make a larger quilt, we hope you will join us in making a mini quilt! Just for our group, we want to submit a compilation of mini quilts to represent a much larger quilt. It must be 10-12 inches square, constructed like a quilt, and is due at the June meeting.

Carol Z. of KimonoMomo will have a booth at a local quilt show next weekend, April 5/6, hosted by the Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa.

Patricia and 2 other artists will be exhibiting their work for the month of May at the Rockridge Library.

Did you know that our host, A Verb for Keeping Warm, also hosts the group called Seam Allowance that focuses on clothes making? They meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month. To check out the calendar for events and classes that the Verb offers, check it out here!


Spring Stash Bust!


Got fabrics that you don’t think you are going to use anymore? I sure do!

Come trade your fabrics at the next meeting!

Tuesday at 6:30, March 25th, at A Verb for Keeping Warm.

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