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!

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Spring Stash Bust!

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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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Roderick Kiracofe and Ben Venom at Stitch Modern

Originally posted on The Plaid Portico:

Well, a few weeks back we were treated to am amazing slide show presentation by artist Ben Venom , who “juxtaposes traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society” and whose “work can be described as opposing forces colliding at lightening speed”. I have to quote his website since I cannot describe it sufficiently myself.  He is an amazing energetic presenter and we were all entranced and invigorated. Unfortunately I have no pictures!  So you are going to have to click on the image below to get to his website. This is something else.  Color me inspired.
Ben Venom, photo by Margo Moritz

Ben Venom, photo by Margo Moritz

After Ben, we changed courses and were treated to a viewing of a stream of quilts from Roderick Kiracofe’s collection while he discussed them.  I got a photos of a few of them to share with you.  Amazing. Most of them were from…

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Sherri Lynn Wood Improv Round Robin

Peppermint Pinwheels:

A great review of Sherri Lynn Wood’s workshop at Stitch Modern.

Originally posted on The Plaid Portico:

What a fun day we had the last day of the Stitch Modern 0214 show, having an improv quilting workshop with Sherri Lynn Wood in the middle of the exhibition space.  Techniques were taught, but mostly this was about taking ourselves to places we would never go, working on each other’s quilts, collaborative quilting. We worked fast, and mostly silently, without rulers even.  Fears melted away, instinct took over.  One could not have replicated this experience alone in one’s own studio.  Don’t want to give it all away in case one of these comes to an area near you, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Sherri Lynn Wood kicking off the workshop

Sherri Lynn Wood kicking off the workshop

We took over the whole main room of the Stitch Modern Exhibition!

We took over the whole main room of the Stitch Modern Exhibition!

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As the day came to an end our improv quilts started getting a bit bigger, and one could find many a quilter laying the…

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Pop Rox, Carol van Zandt’s New Fabric Line, Part Two + Giveaway

Peppermint Pinwheels:

An interview with East Bay Modern’s Carol Van Zandt!

Originally posted on :

Welcome back to Part Two of my interview with fabric designer, Carol van Zandt.

While doing a bit of homework on Carol, I learned that she sewed clothing as a child, and later created home decor. Designing fabric inspired her to make her own quilts.  Here’s a bit about her personal quilting experience.

Are you also a quiltmaker? If so, what style of quilts do you enjoy making?

Carol van Zandt's first quilt.

Carol van Zandt’s first quilt.

I just started quiltmaking in the last eighteen months, inspired by all the people I have met making projects with my fabric.  A trip to an East Bay Modern Quilt Guild meeting tipped me over the edge. I was blown away by the work they were doing. It just hit my sweet spot design wise.  I am inspired to do more improvisational quilting and, though I sometimes plan a basic type of composition with a sketch, I…

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Meeting notes: Feb 2014

Stitch Modern was a huge success! Thank you everybody who participated and made it so wonderful. We had a great turn-out at all of the events and got lots of positive feedback about what a great show we had. Stacey and Birgit, as usual, kept the ball rolling and on track for the entire time so we presented them with a small handmade bag, booze and chocolates! Thanks again, ladies!

One last thing to take care of from Stitch Modern are the charity quilts for WDDC. So many wonderful blocks were made that we will be able to complete two twin sized quilts for them. TWO! How exciting! We are in the works of scheduling a sew day at the library to help finish them. If you would like to help in any way, stay tuned!

The four modern quilt guilds in the area (East Bay, Bay Area, North Bay and South Bay Area) have been invited by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles to strut their stuff by making quilts inspired by the upcoming exhibit, Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin Bearley Collection. Quilts will need to be finished by November and be inspired by the Amish quilts in the collection. More details to follow!

Mark your calendars! We are holding a Spring Stash Cleaning during our next meeting in March. If you have fabric in your stash that you just don’t think you will use, bring it to the meeting! And, perhaps you will find something else to take home!

What a great show and tell we had! Lots of new faces and inspiring projects! I hope to see everyone at the next meeting!

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The Quilts of Stitch Modern

Peppermint Pinwheels:

Can’t make it in to see the quilts at Stitch Modern? Carol Van Zandt blogged the whole show!

Originally posted on The Plaid Portico:

Stitch Modern 2014 , the 3rd annual quilt show of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild is on again at the Piedmont Center for the Arts , with a packed agenda of events (til Feb 23rd!) and of course all new quilts to gawk at!  Here are the first batch I’ll share with you now. More to come…
Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels 

 

Red Cross by Christine Mccargar

Red Cross by Christine McCargar

Red Cross by Christine Mccargar

Red Cross by Christine McCargar

Alexandra's Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Alexandra’s Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Alexandra's Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Alexandra’s Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter

Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter of The Quilted Fox

Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter of The…

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stitch modern lecture in piedmont

Peppermint Pinwheels:

A great review from Magpie Weekend of the Stitch Modern Lecture with Ben Venom and Roderick Kiracofe!

Originally posted on magpieweekend:

The secret is out. I love textiles. I’m going to gush about more of them here…

Quilts! I have been slowly teaching myself how to make quilts. Its a fun, testing, yet gratifying project. This week, I was lucky enough to be invited by a friend to a Stitch Modern Lecture presented by the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild Show. Roderick Kiracofe was the main speaker; Ben Venom, the opener.

Roderick Kiracofe is well known in the quilt community. A quick search on amazon will bring up some of his beautiful books. He shared with us a few pieces (quilts and quilt tops) from his vast and varied collection. Roderick enjoys sharing with people, not only the fronts of quilts but the backs as well. Its like going backstage in a sense. Seeing what only the maker and user of the quilt saw. The quilt’s story becomes more intimate…

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Stitch Modern Panel Discussion, Beyond the Bed: Exploring Quilts in the Public Eye

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When: February 8, 2014, 1pm – 2:30pm

Please join the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild and moderator, Kim Andersson for a discussion highlighting how quilts have gone from being household objects to objet d’art. We have lined up another all-star panel for the Stitch Modern panel discussion this year!  The panel participants are very respected professionals in the broad quilting arena: Kristy Zacharias, Angie Wilson, Nancy Bavor and Sue Fox.  Read a little more about them below.

These are important contributors to the field and they are making it both their passion and their livelihood.  We can’t wait to hear what they have to say about the art and (dirty word, though it can be) craft of working in the field of textile arts.

Kristy ZachariasKristy Zacharias is the Art Director of C&T Publishing – with a special focus on Modern Quilting.

Angie WilsonAngie Wilson is an artist and director of Oakland Hand Made.

Nancy Bavor

Nancy Bavor is a curator at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles as well as an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser and lecturer.

Sue FoxSue Fox is an artist, quilter, teacher, and event organizer.

Want to see all of the Stitch Modern events?  Click HERE!

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Stitch Modern: Family and Community Day

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Where: Piedmont Center for The Arts

When: February 9, 2014, 12pm – 2:30pm

Bring the whole family to Stitch Modern! Not only to see the wonderful quilts, but to also participate in the activities on Family and Community Day on Feb. 9th from 12-2:30 pm.

8488190395_de43cd5d0a_cA popular event for kids of all ages, we will have fabric-related arts and crafts, in which crafters can take their finished products home.

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New to the event this year is the opportunity for you to design your own quilt block which will be made into a quilt by the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild. Quilts will be donated to the local Women’s Daytime Drop in Center. WDDC offers free services to homeless women and children to empower them  to move from the streets to a home. We hope you can join us to learn more about quilting and help us provide a quilt to someone in need!

The quilt show and the Family and Community Day event are free.  All ages are encouraged to attend.

Want to see all of the Stitch Modern events?  Click HERE!

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