Friday, December 21, 2018

The EBHQ Blog is shutting down

Please go to the main website, EBHQ.ORG, to stay current with quilt guild activities. Thank you. -- Rachel Holmen

Friday, March 16, 2018

Past Event: Quilt Show is This Weekend

Our quilt show, Voices in Cloth, is this weekend! Come to the Craneway. Doors open at 10 am each day, Saturday and Sunday. -- Rachel Holmen

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Past Event: January workshops replaced by POSTCARD SATURDAY

The two-day workshop scheduled for Jan 27 and 29 has been cancelled. An email sent to all registered participants says, "It is with great regret that we have to inform you that Katie Pasquini Masopust has had to cancel her workshops. Her husband in in critical condition in the hospital in Eureka and she does not want to leave his side."

BUT you can join your fellow EBHQ members for a free session on Saturday from 9 to 3 to make fabric postcards that the guild will sell at our quilt show to raise money. For more information contact Orna Pascal at

-- Rachel Holmen

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Past Event: The last of Eli Leon's fabrics and scraps -- streetside giveaway NOW

The last of Eli Leon's fabrics and scraps are being given away Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

See this Craigslist posting for details:

From Craigslist

-- Rachel Holmen

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Past Event: Book Sale at Monday's meeting. And remember: no July meeting.

Monday night's meeting will be preceded by a huge BOOK SALE in the building lobby.  So plan to browse and buy!

This will be our last "spring" meeting; no July meeting, then we resume again on August 28.

The workshop is full and has a waiting list, but Yoshiko Wada's talk on Monday evening is open to everyone.  She'll talk about Japanese boro cloth, which I suspect is related in some way to sashiko embroidery.

Yoshiko Wada - "Tattered Rags: The Art of Boro"
Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher, and film producer. Long an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production, she travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops, participating in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fiber and textiles.  Join us as she talks about the development of Boro from the repair and re-use of rags to its manifestations in contemporary art.

-- Rachel Holmen

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Marion Coleman's metal quilt is on permanent display at a Berkeley Library branch

The Hopkins-and-Alameda branch of the Berkeley Library has, just off the main lobby in a hallway near the elevator, a gorgeous quilt made of layers of metal, by our guild's own Marion Coleman. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Past Event: SIlent Auction at this month's meeting -- May 22, 2017

The Silent Auction is a fundraiser for our guild's budget.  Typically, there's a wide range of donations, from hand-made articles to ... well, almost anything.  Knitting yarn.  Quilting frames.

Come to our meeting and see what's offered this year!  Bring friends!

-- Rachel Holmen

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Monday's speaker: Pati Fried

Note; there will NOT be a workshop on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.
But we do have a speaker for our evening meeting:  Pati Fried, a longtime member of this guild.

Topic:  Modern Traditionalist

Pati says, "We will discuss the principles of modern quilt design and a how to use these as fundamental design elements to challenge your work. Being aware of these principles and design elements can act as a roadmap for venturing into new design territory."

And since Monday is Hallowe'en, guild president Joan Sextro urges everyone to some in costume.

-- Rachel Holmen

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Member Blogs

Many EBHQ members have blogs that feature their quilting.  If you have one, please email, or add a comment to this post.

Arleen Kukua -
Claire Sherman -
Pati Fried -
Ellen Wong - Shoot the Moon
Susan Dague -

Monday workshop cancelled; searching for new speaker

Jacquie Gering has had a personal emergency and has cancelled her appearances for today and Monday.   Marty and I will hold an open sewing workshop day today with a hope that we can hold a discussion on what was to have been done on Precision Lines.

There will be no open sewing workshop on Monday.

We are in the process of finding a lecturer for Monday night.

Arleen Kukua

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Marion Coleman featured in the New York Times

Marion Coleman's quilts were featured Feb. 2, 2016, in the New York Times.  It's rare for New York to even notice Oakland, California, for its contributions to the art world, and rare to see quilts discussed.

You might have to pay $1 to see the article (but the Times lets you see ten articles each month for free).  The article includes a slideshow of 8 quilts made by members of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland, one of our sister guilds.

                                    New York Times 2016 article about Oakland quilts

(And along the way, I found this nice link for Gee's Bend quilts:

 -- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Past Event: Rachel Clark speaks tonight at the San Francisco Quilters' Guild meeting

Rachel Clark will be the speaker tonight, Feb 16, 2016,  at the San Francisco Quilters' Guild.
See their website for directions.  Things start happening around 6:30 pm, as members arrive and snacks are shared.

Other future events of note:
The African American Quilt Guild of Oakland (AAQGO) has a family workshop as part of Black History Month: Feb 27, noon, 1801 Adeline, Oakland (at a library)

AAQGO will have a show in 2016; dates not yet known

AAQGO has a "flea market" on May 28, 2016

Freddy Moran is doing several workshops at the Cotton Patch in March (unfortunately, some conflice with EBHQ's Voices in Cloth quilt show); she will also present 2 workshops for SFQG in mid-July.

SFQG August - the alphablocks by Kevin Kosbab look cute

SFQF Sept 20 - Pixeladies workshop

SFQG Sept 24 - Thom Atkins on beading (workshop)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Past event: Alameda County Arts Commission Exhibit - Deadline for Submitting Quilts is September 28th

1st Floor Left, Tax Collection area

EBHQ Member Alert!! Here’s a fantastic opportunity to show your work.
Now is the time to choose one or more of your quilts to show in the annual exhibit for the Alameda County Arts Commission. The show is neither judged nor juried but it IS a great way to show your newest work and share our fabulous guild with the city of Oakland.
Quilts will be hung in three secure places for the public to view them beginning October 23rd– the first floor and fifth floor galleries at 1221 Oak Street and in the Main Entrance Lobby of the Highland Care Pavilion, 1411 E. 31st Street. Deadline for entries is September 28th.
For more complete information and to print out entry forms, go to Questions? Call or email Jane Herlihy.     (510)821-3637 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Past event: OOPS - the August 2015 meeting is NEXT week

Your blog editor goofed -- the August meeting for EBHQ is not tonight, it's next Monday, August 31. My apologies. -- Rachel Holmen

CORRECTION: Aug 31, not tonight for next EBHQ meeting

CORRECTED TEXT: Summer is coming to a close, and next Monday's meeting (August 31) features Ana Lisa Hedstrom, who will talk about "35 Years of Shibori Dyeing for Pieced Clothing and Quilts". See you there! -- Rachel Holmen

Monday, August 03, 2015

It’s Time to Show Your Quilts!

EBHQ’s Alameda County Arts Commission Exhibit

Oct. 23 - Feb. 26, 2016:          Alameda County Administration Bldg., 1221 Oak Street, near the Oakland Museum and just three blocks from Lake Merritt BART
Oct. 23 - June 2, 2016:            Highland Care Pavilion, 1411 E. 31st Street, Oakland

Don’t miss the chance to be included this year and show off your fabulous work. Both shows are located in well-lit, secure areas with high traffic that are open to the public during normal working hours, Monday through Friday. Our annual show is highly anticipated by the County workers and the public who visit these buildings. What a wonderful way to promote quilting and EBHQ in the East Bay!

We need up to 40 pieces (that have not been previously shown here) in a wide range of styles and dimensions. Quilts can be up to 65” in length and of any width, but small and medium quilts are most welcome and show very well. Quilts will need to have a 4” sleeve sewn on the back.

1. Submit entry forms no later than September 28th EBHQ general meeting
2. Deliver quilts at one of these events: General meetings on August 31 or Sept. 28, Drop-Ins on Sept. 8 and 19. Or make special arrangements with Jane Herlihy.
3. Show Installation: October 23, 2015
4. Show De-installation: Feb. 26 (County Administration Bldg.) and June 2, 2016 (Highland Pavilion)
5. Quilts returned to you at general meeting following the date of show closure, or by special arrangement.

Information will also be posted on our website and in the upcoming August Friendship Knot.Print out entry form:

Questions? Contact:    Jane Herlihy   (510)339-3494

-- posted by Pati Fried

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Entry deadline: New Quilts of Northern California

Guild members may want to enter quilts at PIQF (Oct. 15-18).  You may enter the general show, or the "New Quilts of Northern California".  And you can sign up for classes.  So here are three different signup forms for these opportunities:

A printable general entry form is at, and it must be postmarked by Sept. 1.  You may also enter online, at

The entry for New Quilts of Northern California is at and the form must be postmarked by August 9.

PIQF also offers classes from many excellent instructors.  The signup form is due by Sept. 28, but you may wish to sign up soon, since popular classes fill up before the deadline.

The expo portion of the show runs from 10am to 6pm, Thursday the 15th through Saturday the 17th; the expo will also run Sunday the 18th from 9am to 3pm.  (Note:  there will be a sports game beginning around 1 pm on Sunday, which will affect traffic and parking in the area.)

EBHQ usually brings its Opportunity Quilts to PIQF; please sign up to offer white-glove assistance so that we can display our quilts. 

-- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Past event: Indigo dye workshop in San Francisco, July 12, 2015

Indigo To Go Workshop

with Joy-Lily

Sunday July 12, 2015; 12 - 4 PM 
Location:   Sharon Art Studio in Golden Gate Park  

Cost:  $75 ($65 if you are a member of the Sharon Art Center)  plus $20 materials fee

Discover how easy it is to mix up and use and maintain a dye vat of pre-reduced indigo. Watch your cloth turn blue in the air, like magic. Create dramatic, colorfast, indigo blue and white patterns on your clothing, quilt fabric, and home decor. Bring your own white items to dye: T-shirts, socks, pillowcases, tea towels, etc. Class will be held outdoors under a canopy. 

Sign up online at course code 40892,  or call 415-753-7004

Photos: dyed socks; pole-dyed fabric; scarves with stitched shibori designs.

-- RH

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Your Artwork in a BART Station?

At the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland on Friday night (right at the 14th Street BART station entrance), I picked up a flyer about workshops for artists that are being sponsored by BART for this subway art project. Two workshops are already scheduled: July 8 at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, and July 18 at ProArts Gallery. Contact Abby Thorne-Lyman ( and check the website, Additional workshops are planned, and the flyer notes in English, Spanish, and three other languages (I'm guessing Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean), "If you need language assistance services, please call (510) 464-6752 at least 72 hours prior to the date of the event."

I have no idea if they're interested in textile art, but I'm sure a quilt could be the basis for a piece of more crowd-safe artwork.

-- Rachel Holmen

P.S.  The Alice Beasley talk on Friday was wonderful, and the artwork will be up for another few weeks.  This show is easy to get to, and it's well worth your trouble.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Past Event: Alice Beasley Speaks Friday in Oakland

Alice Beasley has exhibited her quilts at many of EBHQ's "Voices in Cloth" shows.  She has a current show at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland.  The gallery is holding a special event from 6 to 9 pm this Friday as part of this exhibit.  Ms. Beasley will be speaking at the gallery this Friday at 7 pm; her talk will be moderated by Nancy Bavor, who is the  Curator of Collections at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

The exhibit, entitled "Loss: Public/Private", examines absence and loss in both our private (life, aging, loneliness); and in our public lives (voting rights, gun violence, global financial crisis).

The Joyce Gordon Gallery is located at 406 14th St. in downtown Oakland; the gallery phone number is (510) 465-8928.  

-- Rachel Holmen

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bandanas and Boro Cloth -- a followup to Jean Cacicedo's recent talk

Jean Cacicedo's talk on Monday included some fascinating stuff:

She mentioned a book, "Indigo: The Color That Changed the World", which I found on Amazon by Caterine Legrand.    (And for anyone who loves indigo, I personally recommend the video BLUE ALCHEMY,  by Mary Lance.  See

"Boro cloth", much-mended fabric created in Japan, originally by families too poor to buy new fabric, was discussed and shown in Jean's talk.  Here's more information:

With permission from Yew Tree House Antiques, this post displays an image of a boro cloth currently for sale. Put the word "boro" into the website search box to see it and the information about it -- I could not come up with a direct link.

The wool gauze Jean likes is available from Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, whose webpage is

Many of us know that crewel embroidery was an attempt to replicate the patterns on textiles brought to Europe and America from India.  But I certainly didn't know something Jean discovered during a trip to India to study weaving and dyeing techniques:  the origin of the word bandana.

"bandana (n.)
    also often bandanna, 1752, from Hindi bandhnu, a method of dyeing, from Sanskrit badhnati "binds" (because the cloth is tied like modern tie-dye), from same PIE root as band (n.1). Etymologically, the colors and spots are what makes it a bandana."  (from  


"from Hindi bāndhnū tie-dyeing, from bāndhnā to tie, from Sanskrit bandhnāti he ties" (

Now I have to go look at one to see the modern translation of the dot pattern which is India's equivalent of Japanese shibori.  I've put a few internet images with this post, but you can find lots more by searching online yourself.

— Rachel Holmen

Monday, May 11, 2015

Past Event: Bring a friend for free on May 18! (Yes, this month's meeting is earlier than usual.)

Guild members are encouraged to bring friends to our next meeting -- when we'll be holding our Silent Auction.  Last year's auction was full of beautiful, amazing items -- everything from jewelry to hand-made items for your home!

The meeting is May 18; doors open at 6:30 pm.  

After the auction, we'll hear Jean Cacidedo discuss The Dynamics of Design, and we'll see examples of her work.  Jean continues to be instrumental in the Wearable Art Movement. She will provide insight into the dynamics of designing with cloth, the transformative properties of cloth itself, and the change beneath the surface of the cloth.

- RH

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Past Event: A few chances left to learn NOTAN from Jean Cacidedo

There are still a few openings for next weekend's workshops.  You don't have to be a member of EBHQ to attend.

The Saturday workshop (May 16, 2015) has one opening -- this workshop uses only black and white paper to help you learn the techniques of Notan.  Monday's workshop on May 18

Saturday's workshop is called "Notan: the Dynamics of Design in Black and White"; Monday's is "Notan: the Dynamics of Design with Color".    See for more details. 
  • For registration questions contact Workshop Chair, Marty Suess as quickly as possible:  (email preferred) or 510-374-6221.

- RH

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Past Event: Sewing Session to Honor the Late Deanna Davis

The Modern Quilt Guild has invited EBHQ members to join them this coming Sunday afternoon, April 12.

          Stitch Up - An afternoon of sewing in memory of Deanna Davis

Come and celebrate the life and passion of our friend, Deanna, by helping to make quilts for her favorite charity, The Children's Quilt Project.

Fabric kits will be provided.  Just bring your sewing machine or bring your own fabric donation.

People new to sewing are welcome!

Sunday, April 12

Piedmont Center of the Arts
801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA

Other events and gallery hours may be found on our website, Stitch Modern.  Questions or comments?  Contact Pati at

We hope you can join in.

(signed) -- East Bay Modern Quilters

In Memory -- Deanna Davis

From the current president of EBHQ comes this sad letter.

"In Memory

I am saddened to announce that Deanna Davis passed on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.  In memory of Deanna’s life, on the following Saturday, the immediate family and a few close friends, met in her garden with her quilts hanging.

We all know the love she had for Children’s Quilts and the Guild as a whole.    I worked with Deanna on the Board for the last four years in her roles as Hostess Coordinator, President and Past President.  She inspired me and I am sure many others to continue our work with the Guild. I know Deanna will be missed by all of us.

Pamela Jensen
EBHQ President"

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Past Event: Feb 28: Artist Reception in Vallejo for "World War II Homefront Quilts"

"World War II Homefront Quilts"  
January 24 - April 4, 2015

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Reception: Saturday, February 28
2:00 to 4:00
Meet the Quilters and learn the stories behind the quilts

734 Marin Street, Vallejo, Ca 94590
Telephone: (707) 643-0077

Museum website and more details:

The reception open to the public and free with the price of admission ($5). The flyer for the event includes EBHQ member Andre Morand's quilt, Richmond Shipyards. His quilt is also on the museum's website. The other quilt pictured, Stamp Collectors, is by Geri Beam. 

-- Rachel Holmen

Monday, November 17, 2014

Past Event: Today is the deadline for Show-and-Tell entries

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, is the deadline for entries to this year's show-and-tell. Here's a link to the online entry form

Show-and-Tell is the Monday *before* Thanksgiving this year.

- Rachel Holmen

Friday, November 14, 2014

Past Event: Call for Quilts!

We have been asked by the Unitarian Universalist Church, if we would be interested in displaying quilts in their Fireside Room. This is the room directly next to where we hold our EBHQ General Meetings each month.The quilts would be a wonderful way to show our work and promote the guild. Do peek into the fireside room at our next meeting to get a feel for the location. Quilts will hang above the fireplace, on a 3-4 month rotation.  A winter themed quilt would be really great for our first installation, but all quilts will be considered. 

The fireplace is no longer used for fires, and the room is mostly shaded in daylight hours. A sheet can be provided so the back will not get dusty. 
Display will include a short write-up on the artist and our organization next to the quilt. You may also price your quilt for sale.  
Quilt submissions need to be between 40 to 60 inches wide. 
Quilts will need to be in good balance with the fireplace. Photos and sizes should be submitted to Pati Fried at for consideration. The exhibit team will contact you with information and scheduling. 
This will be an ongoing exhibit, so please keep this in mind for future months.

Questions? Contact Pati Fried at 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Past Event: Alameda County Arts Commission Quilt Exhibit

EBHQ’s Alameda County Arts Commission Exhibit

Now through February 26, 2015

The Alameda County Arts Commission Exhibit is now installed and already being enjoyed by many visitors! Please take time to visit the two locations that are hosting our guild member' quilts.

Alameda County Administration Building
1221 Oak Street, Oakland
1st and 5th Floor


Highland Hospital Pavilion
1411 E 31st St, Oakland
Main Lobby

I wanted to share a few photos. Due to long halls and glass enclosures, they are not the best photos. But it does show how lovely they look in the spaces.

Alameda County Building - 1st Floor

Alameda County Building - 5th Floor

Highland Hospital Lobby

I also wanted to share part of the lovely letter that I received the Program Coordinator for the Exhibit:

Already we are getting rave reviews about the show! The County employees were extremely excited by the show.  I had several employees tell me about all their many favorites.  One employee even used an online translator to see what the meaning of the African language phrase is on the Kangs of Africa quilt.  The exhibit is a big hit!

It is so nice to bring art to the people who work and visit both the County Administration Building and the Highland Pavillion. It clearly makes them happy.  I could really see the thoughtfulness with which you and your team put into the groupings.  They not only worked very well together but they also worked extremely well in each individual space.  So thank you for all your work on putting it together! 
Violet Juno
Program Coordinator
Alameda County Arts Commission
A Division of the County of Alameda

And to add to Violet's letter, thank you all for sharing your quilts and thank you to Claire Sherman and Kim Buteau for helping put this together.

Pati Fried.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Past Event: March 2015 quilt show by our sister guild in San Francisco

The San Francisco Quilters' Guild has announced its March 2015 show, "Quilt San Francisco", to be held March 20-21, 2015, at the Event Center, St Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco
They'll bring their opportunity quilt to EBHQ's January meeting, so plan to buy your show tickets then.
-- Rachel Holmen

Monday, October 27, 2014

Past Event: Tonight's meeting

Today is the second day for the workshop with Dutch designer Els van Baarle (, who will be speaking at tonight's meeting.  See the main EBHQ website for meeting details and a map.

-- Rachel Holmen

Past Event: Mid-November quilt show in Oakland

"Patchwork Show" at Jack London Square, 11-5 on Nov 16. Free.
150 vendors, "artisan food", DIY crafting, local music.

This show is run by a commercial vendor (just as PIQF is).  Their website says, "Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life’s bi-annual, makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music. All Patchwork shows are free to attend and family friendly. Vendors are selected through a jury process and feature clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plushies, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies and more!"

-- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Past Event: Alameda County Arts Commission - Turn Quilts in at September General Meeting!

Gallery 5 b

Just a reminder that you have a few days left to sew on bindings and add sleeves to your wonderful small quilts. Bring them to the September 29 General Meeting, along with a form for each quilt. Here are all the details.

EBHQ’s Alameda County Arts Commission Exhibit

Oct. 27, 2014 through Feb. 26, 2015
Alameda County Administration Building
1221 Oak Street, near the Oakland Museum
Just three blocks from Lake Merritt BART.
It’s time to enter your quilts in our annual exhibit for the Alameda County Arts Commission (ACAC). Our show is highly anticipated by the County workers and a wonderful way to promote quilting and EBHQ to the public. Don’t miss the chance to be included this year and show off your fabulous work!

The show is located in two well-lit, secure areas, with high traffic that are open to the public during normal working hours, Monday through Friday.

We need up to 40 pieces in a wide range of styles and dimensions. Quilts can be up to 65” in length and of any width, but small and medium quilts are most welcome and show very well. All entry forms and quilts must be turned in by Sept. 29 to allow time to curate the show and compile exhibit information for installation on Oct.24th. You may exhibit more than one quilt as long as you include separate entry and release forms for each. All quilts will be returned at the February General Meeting.
Click here to access the Entry Form.

All quilts and entry forms must be turned in by September General Meeting on Sept. 29. Submit entry form (and photo, if possible) by Sept. 29 to:

Pati Fried – email to , or mail to 105 Calvert Court, Piedmont, 94611. 

Contact for Special Arrangements:
Pati Fried, 510-502-4248
Claire Sherman - 510-525-6622
Kim Buteau - 925-332-6747

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Past Event: Still room in this week's workshops

Want to have some fun this weekend?  Both the Saturday and the Monday workshop have a few openings.  These workshops are taught by Stacey Sharman, a founder of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild.  Saturday, June 28, 2014 – Improvisational Confetti Quilt, and Monday, June 30, 2014 – Improvisational Split Log Cabin Quilt. 

Stacy's website is  For more information about the workshops, including supply lists, see the EBHQ website's workshop page.

Non-members of the quild are welcome to attend; each workshop costs $55.

-- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Past Event: WWII Home Front Exhibit Extended

We are excited that Richmond Museum of History has extended the "Quilts of the Home Front “ exhibit through June 29th.  Museum director Melinda McCrary says “Higher than usual visitor volume continues, and we are delighted by this interest.“  Featured are the thirty 2014 challenge quilts, many period items from the Museum’s permanent collection, and three large story quilts about the Japanese American internment on loan to RMH. You still have time to see this great exhibit, or visit again!

Get info about days/hours/entry fees at

Help spread the word that our Second Call for Quilts will close on July 20, 2014. Up to two new entries per artist may be submitted. Details are on the Project website:

Stay tuned! We are working on additional venues for quilts from both calls through the summer of 2015.  Watch for information on the website.

Best regards,
Jennie Alexich and Rosemary Corbin, Coordinators

Email the Project at:
Copyright © 2014 WWII Home Front Quilt Challenge 2014, All rights reserved.
Challenge partner

Our mailing address is:
WWII Home Front Quilt Challenge 2014
P.O. Box 70847
Richmond, CA 94807

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Lots Happening at the San Jose Museum of Quilts during May, 2014

Cool stuff is happening at the San Jose Museum of Quilts.

Tuesday, May 6, will be a "day of giving" as the museum kicks off a short fundraising campaign.  If you can contribute, click either of the link here: or

Now though July 20, 2014: Quilt National 2013 -- 87 quilts selected from over 800 displayed at one of last year's major exhibitions.

Also now through July 20, 2014: "Now and Then: Early Art Quilts by Ros Cross 1973-76", five quilts from a Southern California quilter who was born in England.

May 7 – July 20, 2014: New SAQA exhibit: Northern California Inspirations.  "The works presented in this gallery are by members of the Northern California/Nevada Region of Studio Art Quilt Associates…"

"On June 8, 2014, Inside Quilt National, a Fiber Talks program with juror Judith Content and Quilt National artists Leslie Bixel and Sylvia Gegaregian will run from 1:00–3pm."  Advance tickets required.

-- Rachel Holmen

(Hey, if you're a member of EBHQ and have ideas for the blog, I'm happy to add you as a contributor.  Just send me a message.  Pati and I don't have to be the only contributors.)

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Past Event: May Meeting is Tonight

The May meeting is tonight (since next Monday is Memorial Day).

Our speaker is Sandra Bruce, whose website is

-- Rachel Holmen

Past Event: Quilt Show This Weekend at Vallejo Fairgrounds

The Vallejo Piecemakers have their quilt show this weekend (May 3 and 4, 2014; Saturday till 5, Sunday till 4), and artists in Benecia are having open studios.

The quilt show is at McCormick Hall on the  Solano County Fairgrounds.  Directions and a map are shown at

-- Rachel Holmen

Handwoven Fabric Sale at Laura & Kiran

Friday was the first time I'd ever been inside the Berkeley showroom for Laura & Kiran, a firm which imports fabric -- mostly handwoven.  I stumbled onto their spring sale, which is on for several more days.

Above is an interesting ikat fabric. 

The store's website is, and they're located only a few blocks from New Pieces, at the corner of Page and Fourth in Berkeley (if you are on Gilman, Page is one block south and parallel).  I found street parking without difficulty.

I didn't buy anything ... yet.

-- Rachel Holmen

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Past Event: Texture fans: there's a weaving show in Oakland today and tomorrow

The Conference of Northern California Handweavers (CNCH.ORG) is having its every-other-year conference this weekend, April 26 and 27, 2014, at the Marriott Convention Center in Oakland (roughly 12th and Broadway; easily walkable from 12th St. BART station).  I went yesterday and had fun looking at the exhibits and talking with vendors, including one that had an amazing Laotian loom on display.  Lots of fun fibers for sale, some of which might work well as embellishments for quilts.

Several vendors also offer interesting fabric dyes.

For cheap parking, try the lot at 7th and Washington Street -- $3 cash for the whole day.  (Enter the lot from 7th Street, which is one way heading .)

Click here for more details, and a $2 discount coupon.

-- Rachel Holmen

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Photos from the 2014 Voices in Cloth quilt show

I've been told there is concern that some members may not want photos of their quilts displayed here on the EBHQ blog, or on the EBHQ website.  If you had an entry in our recent show, and if it is okay for me to post photos of it, please email me with your okay (and if possible, the entry number or name):

Since the main EBHQ website has a long tradition of showing photos of MANY quilts from our past shows, I would like to see that tradition continued (although I do not post photos on the main website; the webmaster handles that).

The guild historian also likes to have photos from past shows.

-- Rachel Holmen

UPDATE:  show photos are now on the EBHQ website.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Past event: Today -- Sunday March 23 -- is the last day of our 2014 quilt show

Shawn Dubin's "You're In The Army Now" garment
We have over two hundred stunningly beautiful quilts on display, plus a number of wearables.  There's a special exhibit of items made in past workshops, to give you an idea of what fun it is to be a member of this active guild. 

Beautiful Women, by Barbara Bailey
Arleen Kukua made this stunner after taking a class with Rita Hutchens
Come and see!!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

WWII Home Front Challenge Gets Great Publicity

Check out the great media coverage EBHQ is getting in the San Jose Mercury, Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times! It is online now, will be in all three papers on Saturday and possibly will get picked up by some of their smaller weeklies. Yay!!!

IWWII Home Front Challenge for VIC 2014
Bay Area quilt show stitches WWII Home Front historyDesigns commemorating Rosie the Riveter and the rest of the Home Front movement during World War II are featured in one of the Bay Area's leading quilt shows, coming March 22-23 to Richmond.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Quilt Show Newletter

Guess who has a write up in The Quilt Show Newsletter? 

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Calling all Bay Area quilters and quilt lovers! Be sure to check out the upcoming Voices in Cloth exhibition to be presented by the East Bay Heritage Quilters ...2112_learn_more_0.png

Monday, February 10, 2014

Past Event: More Volunteers Needed for Voices In Cloth

I just got off the phone with Leah Brown, who says there's still a need for extra volunteers especially Saturday morning and Sunday morning.  There are a variety of jobs, a few of which even let you sit down!  Mostly, though, we need people to help at the door -- put on the wrist bands, hand out programs -- and people to "white glove" throughout the exhibit.

(Due to changes in our setup procedure, however, we won't need NEARLY as many people on Friday as the guild has needed in the past.  We love the Craneway!)

So if you want to really be a PART of this wonderful show, email Leah at

-- Rachel Holmen