Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Indigo - free online exhibit

In October, during the Taos Wool Festival, I watched a new film called BLUE ALCHEMY; it's now available on DVD, and it explores indigo dyeing in four countries, where it's reviving local economies.  There's a free trailer online:

Searching online for the DVD, I found an online exhibition about indigo, from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Nebraska.  Now, it's 35 degrees today in Nebraska, but you can view the online exhibit while cozy in your pajamas if you want to! 

Here's the link for the exhibit:  Quilt Study Museum

And for Blue Alchemy:  New Deal Films

-- Rachel Holmen

Friday, October 19, 2012

Past Event: Sign up for October Workshop

There are still spaces in the workshop a week from tomorrow, Oct. 27, with Bobbi Finley.  Tile quilts were popular in the late nineteenth century, but they have a look that's also very contemporary. TWO fabrics are all you absolutely need -- maybe one print and one solid. (The blocks shown below require four prints and a solid.) Spend a fun day in the company of your EBHQ friends.

Bobbi has her own blog at check out some of the blocks made at workshops held by other guilds.

October 27, Saturday

Making a Tile Quilt Block - Bobbi Finley


See for details.

Will the Winners Come Forward?

Several EBHQ members were winners of awards at PIQF.  Please tell us who you are!

Email reh at sff dot net, and use the word PIQF in the subject line.  Tell me your name and the name of the award.  Thanks!

-- Rachel Holmen

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Past Event: Last 2 days of Big Quilt Show

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, are the last two days of Pacific International Quilt Festival.

Several of our members have won awards for their top-quality work.  (I'm trying to get a complete list -- if you have won an award, please email with the word PIQF in the subject line, and tell me the name of the quilt and the exact name of the award.)

In addition to hundreds of vendors offering fabric, patterns, gadgets, notions, even shoes and jewelry, there are at least a dozen special quilt exhibits:  from a variety of foreign countries, on the topic of "Discovery", a fun set of quilts that exemplify "Vitamin Q" -- the invigorating quality of quiltmaking, New Quilts of Northern California, quilts featuring specific artists such as Janice Gunner, quilts based on tile patterns found in Bristol Cathedral (England), and more.  Where else can you see a quilt entitled "Gorilla My Dreams" ?

Show hours are 10-6 Saturday, and 10-5 Sunday.  If you pay for entry on Saturday, re-entry on Sunday is included.  If you can only attend on Sunday, there's a special low price.  Free parking.


 -- Rachel Holmen

Saturday, September 15, 2012

CANCELLED: Catch the bus to the biggest quilt show of the year!

UPDATED:  The bus trip has been cancelled; we only received about half the number of reservations we'd have needed to pay for the bus.  

 -- Rachel Holmen

Friday, August 31, 2012

Past Event: Cheap Books!

C&T Publishing is having an online sale of some of their craft books.  The sale begins at 8 pm Friday, ends Monday.  The following weekend, you can go to their warehouse in Concord and buy books and patterns in person.  Full details at

-- RH

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Past event: August workshop not yet filled

We still have room in the workshops being held at the end of August. See the workshop list for more information about the two classes being taught by Barbara Shapel.

If you'd like to know more about Barbara, she has a website at, and a blog at, plus at least one video on YouTube.

 To sign up, please contact Work Shop Chair Arleen Kukua,, and pay the class fee. Enjoy!

-- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

EBHQ Affiliate Member website list

In case you are looking for a list of the EBHQ Affiliate Members -- the quilt shops and long-arm quilters and other professionals who support us -- the full list is here. -- RH

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Past Event: Amazing Stash Sale

An international fabric collector, Jonathan Shannon, is selling off his stash. The sale is Saturday and Sunday at New Pieces.

Past Event: Big Craft Show at Fort Mason, Friday - Saturday - Sunday

Fort Mason has huge spaces for shows like this.  You can buy tickets online, and there's a free shuttle from the Marina Green.  Come out and support fellow crafters.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Past Event: Small quilt show in Pacifica ends Aug. 12

The Sanchez Art Center has quilts on display until Aug. 12, 2012.  The quilters whose work is displayed are Joyce Goode, Judy Woodfill, Janet Mednick, Laureen Neilly, Julie Scribner, Juna Carle, Merrilyn Scott, and Tama Blough.  Several of these women are also quilt teachers and lecturers; at least one has published quilting books.

The gallery is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd. in Pacifica, "about 1.5 miles east of Highway 1".

Here's the show announcement. -- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Is someone else going to do your quilting?

If your primary activity as a quilter is to design and piece your quilt, but not do the actual quilting, several of our affiliate members have posted guidelines on the web.

Guidelines for having a top quilted, or an old quilt restored, from Madelin Wolf, and Quilt Preparation, from New Pieces. -- RH

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More sad news: Kathy Sandbach has died.

From the C & T blog.  See and then

Her son Ken posted on June 13, 2012: "...she passed last week here in Las Vegas. We’re planning a celebration next month on the 14th in Lodi CA and then we’re looking to scatter ashes in Bandon. No time set for that trip yet.

Thank you for your concern. You can feel free to pass along this info and can reach me at"

-- Rachel Holmen 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Past Events: Two sales and a party

The Cotton Patch in Lafayette is having a big sale Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, at their store in Lafayette.   The Berkeley/NorthOakland fabric, yarn, and fiber store A Verb for Keeping Warm, is having a kickoff party Saturday afternoon for its Seam Allowance club, whose members will pledge to make 25% of their own clothing during the coming year.  And there's indoor yard sale on Saturday, July 7, from 10am-7pm at Textile Dreams Studio on 8th between Parker and Carleton.

10-5 Saturday; 11-4 Sunday - Cotton Patch big sale
Try out Bernina and Janome sewing machines at the Cotton Patch Annex.
Check the store's front porch for outrageous bargains!
Inside the store, 25% off everything.  EVERYthing.  (Well, not the fixtures, or the staff...but all the fabric, all the patterns, all the notions, all those fabulous utility fabrics and interfacings that make our projects better.)
Address:  1025 Brown Avenue, Lafayette, CA  94549, (925) 284-1177
Not too far from Lafayette BART station, or drive to the Oak Hill Road exit, turn left on Oak Hill Road and then right on Deer Hill Road; right again under the freeway onto Brown Avenue (at the bottom of a little hill).

3-6 pm Saturday,
A sweater from the Seam Allowance kickoff announcementKickoff party for "SEAM ALLOWANCE" Club at VERB (San Pablo at Alcatraz, Berkeley). Take the Pledge! To make (at least) 25% of your own clothing!
 On Saturday, June 30th, from 3-6 pm, club members will gather to kick off a year of making their own clothing. They would love to have you join them! Reservations are recommended for this free event. Please phone 510.595.8372, or notify info ((at)) averbforkeepingwarm ((dot)) com. Club details: monthly Seam Allowance meetups to learn sewing and knitting tips and tricks, a chance to meet other members and show off what you've made, set goals and discuss aspirations, hear guest speakers, receive a 10% discount for Seam Allowance projects, and -- best of all -- receive a Fancy Membership Card! For more details, and information about the four main speakers on Saturday, see

Next week:  Saturday, July 7, 10am-7pm TEXTILE DREAM STUDIO yard sale
After 24 years, Textile Dream Studio is moving -- only a block away -- and it's time to have a big sale.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Remembering Carol Lee Blangsted

Carol Lee Blangsted, who held dozens of board posts over the years at EBHQ, and who emceed the November "show and tell" event every year, lost her battle with cancer on June 22, 2012.  She'll be remembered for her knowledge, her skills, for the classes she taught, for her well-made and often humorous quilts, and most of all for her hats.  The sad news was conveyed to our members by new board president Deanna Davis at yesterday's guild meeting.

Carol Lee Blangsted was interviewed and recorded in 1998 for the EBHQ Living Treasures project.

If you have photos of Carol Lee, or of her quilts, or memories you'd like to share, please email photos for this blog to, and post memories as comments to this post.

Here's a photo of her quilt "Remember Test Patterns?"  in the Voices in Cloth 2012 show.

The New Pieces website has several photos of Carol Lee, and photos of some of her quilts in listings of past classes.

-- Rachel Holmen

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Past Event: Still room in Ann Horton's workshop

The Ann Horton workshop has a few openings left; you do NOT need to be an EBHQ member to attend.  (I think there workshop fee is a few dollars less if you're a member.)

Here's a revised supply list:

Designing Quilts for Textured Embellishment

Fabric pieces (fat quarter size) for sky, hills, foreground and leaves
Unusual textured fabrics such as upholstery fabrics, nubby knits, etc. (optional)
Pieces of yarn, fuzzy threads, wool roving, etc. (optional)
2 border fabrics: larger border (1/2 yd.) and narrow border (1/4 yd.)
Cotton batting and 1 yd. backing fabric
Thread – general sewing and rayon in assorted colors for embroidery and thread work
Stabilizer: 1 yd. light to med weight tear away for embroidery and 1 yd. rinse away
Sewing supplies: scissors, pins, acrylic ruler, rotary cutter, matt, hand sewing needle
Free motion quilting foot or darning foot
Small appliqué iron ( optional - if you have one it will be handy) and small pressing pad
Paper, freezer paper, pencil and paper scissors
Additions to this list, from email:
A small hoop (5 to 6 inches) for our thread painting technique
A piece of organza - any color - about the size of a fat quarter (I'll have extra if you can't find some by Monday)
Hand sewing needles for some basted applique techniques
A fabric that has a bird (or fish) on it that you could include in your small quilt project
A few fabrics that include large flowers, etc. that you could include on your project, if desired

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Free pass: Watch Sonya Barrington through June 17

Sonya Lee Barrington, a noted San Francisco quilter, has arranged for free "passes" this week only, to view her at The Quilt Show, an online show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.

(June 24, 2012: though the free passes are no longer available, the show remains online.  -- Rachel Holmen)

(And I noted that there is a link on The Quilt Show website for those of us with slow connections --  click WATCH SHOWS and then look along the top menu to the far right, where you'll see SLOWER SPEEDS.)

Here's the email Ms. Barrington sent to friends:

Sonya Lee Barrington, Episode #1012

Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues......

My episode is airing, beginning today, on “The Quilt Show”! I am really excited and I hope you like it. I had great fun doing the taping. This is an online “Quilt Magazine”. It has terrific online articles with video, sound and all of the bells and whistles of the new technology that is driving the information age.

Watching usually needs a paid subscription but as a special offer, they have kindly given me links, special dates for free viewing and discounts if you want to purchase your own personal subscription.
From June 10 - 17, 2012, click on this link below and you can watch the episode for free. sonya_lee_barrington/coupon_number/213828978143

If you want to subscribe and receive a discount of 20% when joining, the coupon code is: 213828978143.

Please note in order for you to view my show you need to sign up as a Basic (Free) member and TQS will take care of the rest.
  • Log on to the website 
  • Click on the Join Now button 
  • Create a profile name and password 
  • Complete the sign up process for the Basic (Free) membership
Once you have done so, let us know and we will automatically upgrade your status to Star (Paid) membership

Enjoy...I am looking forward to hearing from you with feedback.

Sonya Lee Barrington                

Friday, June 01, 2012

Terry Jarrard-Dimond reports on her visit to our guild

Terry Jarrard-Dimond talked about her visit to our guild in her personal blog.

Terry Jarrard-Dimond Studio 24-7: East Bay Heritage Quilters

Thanks, Deanna Davis, for letting me know about this one. -- Rachel Holmen

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Past Event: Big Sale of Traditional Quilts THIS WEEKEND

Sorry for the lack of advance notice.  Eli Leon is selling his traditional quilt collection at Elbow Grease Studios in Berkeley.

Elbow Grease Designs' Showroom
2743 9th Street in Berkeley (map)

The sale begins at 10 each day.  Regular hours 11 - 4 Tues, Wed & Thur, 11 - 7 Fridays
(and by appointment).   510-841-8548

There's a Facebook gallery with lots of photos --

The Facebook hours say the Elbow Grease studio is closed for the weekend. This is incorrect; the studio is OPEN from at least 10 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend also features MAKER FAIR in San Mateo, and the every-other-year conference of Northern California Handweavers Conference at the Oakland Convention Center -- see the earlier post on this blog.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

No scope for imagination

Any comments? 

I recently listened to an audio version of the classic novel "Anne of Green Gables", and was sure I had heard the heroine comment, "there's no scope for imagination in patchwork."  So I found a paper copy, and sure enough, here's the exact quote:

"...there's no scope for imagination in patchwork. It's just one little seam after another and you never seem to be getting anywhere."

Too bad she couldn't have seen a quilt show like our recent Voices in Cloth!

If you run across a similarly, um, LIMITED view of quilting, could you post the quote as a comment on this post?  I'm sure quilters will be amused.  -- Rachel Holmen

More about Marjan Kluepfel's Dye Workshop

Arleen Kukua has posted a wonderful report about Marjan Kluepfel's dyeing workshop at   Here's a photo of Arleen's work in progress.  (There are actually two posts, one about the Monday workshop, and a separate post about the Saturday workshop.)

Past Event: Weaving Show in Oakland this weekend

Also Maker Faire in San Mateo. Northern Calif Handweavers expo is this weekend.

 This event only happens every OTHER year, and it moves around, so we're lucky to have it local this time. It's at the Oakland Convention Center, where EBHQ used to have its shows; right next to 12th Street BART Station. Parking is available; if you don't like the convention center prices, drive down Washington Street and you'll see several less expensive lots. I've used the one at 7th and Washington (only reachable from the 7th street side) for years and nobody's ever bothered my car. (I get my hair cut next door at the fabulous TOPPS Salon.)

 The website for CNCH has a $2 discount coupon you can print and bring with you.

 The gallery of weaving samples is always just amazing, and there are baskets, and often things woven from improbable materials (old cassette tape; Capri Sun juice containers; you name it).   There's a hands-on, make it/take it area, and chances for hands-on weaving, spinning, etc.

-- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Late Spring Exhibits at San Jose Museum of Quilts

On May 12, a set of special activities will interest quilters and weavers.

From the website for the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles:

"May 12, Saturday from 10am – 4pm
Join us for ArtHouse!

A FREE art and art-making block party on South First Street in downtown San Jose between Williams and Reed Streets that includes art shows, guided gallery tours, artist talks, hands-on art activities, original artworks for sale, improv comedy and more! Presented by High Fire ClaySpace and Gallery, MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, The Stage and Notre Dame High School Improv Comedy Players. Free Parking at Notre Dame High School at 596 South Second Street and the City parking lot underneath Hwy 280 one block south of the ICA. Activities at the Museum:
  • Guided Gallery Tours of Mark Adams
  • Weaving Demonstrations by master weaver Tricia Goldberg (10am - 12pm)
  • Weaving Workshop for adults and children by Fabmo (2pm to 4pm)"

The pictorial tapestries of Mark Adams will be featured from May 15 – July 29, 2012. There will be special activities from June 21 to 24.

For more information about either the ArtHouse event, or the Mark Adams exhibit and events, see the museum's website at

Monday, May 07, 2012

Change to June Workshop with Ann Horton

The workshop topic for June has been revised. See Basically, Ann will now teach a one-day workshop (Monday) of general interest called Designing Quilts for Textured Embellishment.

If the workshop doesn't fill up at the May EBHQ meeting, signups will be opened to the general public.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Past Event: Rosie's Big Bash - May 25

Past Event:  Special Offer for Rosie’s Big Bash at the Craneway Pavilion on May 25th

(See the poster below.) Our VIC venue the Craneway Pavilion is extending a discount rate of $19.42 to EBHQ members for their opening celebration of the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center. Rosie’s Big Bash, on May 25th, starts at 7 pm with free swing dance lessons, followed at 8 pm by a concert and dance with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. To get tickets, go to and find the listing under calendar or upcoming events. Select the $35 GA ticket - apply the code EBHQ (**in all caps**) during the checkout process and the discount will be calculated.

From EBHQ President Jo Magaraci

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Free downloadable book on Sashiko

Those interested in Japan's sashiko garments will want to download a free 16-page booklet by researcher Michele Walker, from A book on Kogin embroidery by Reiko Hara is also available for download at the same site.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Workshop Display at Voices in Cloth - part 2

This photo was taken just to the left of the photos shown in part 1, posted April 20:

White shirt with elephants, by Diana Berry, inspired by Libby Lehman workshops

from Thom Atkins' workshop on beading: Bezels, Edges, and Fringes:

Three square panels by Gwyneth McMillan

To their right are three more panels, the top by Arleen Kukua, center by Claire Sherman, lower by Suzi Stone

The two lower items in this section were inspired by the Alice Kolb workshop, Machine Crazy Quilting.

The irregular-shaped red and orange panel was made by Joan Sextro, and to its right is one in blues and purples by Roberta Horton.

The floral vest, from a Rosemary Eichorn workshop, was made by Suzi Stone.

The next section shows four panels by EBHQ members.

Jane Sassaman workshop, panel by Jo Magaraci.

middle left, Melody Johnson workshop, panel by Jennie Alexich.

middle right, Dale Fleming workshop, leaf by Claire Sherman.

lower panel, Melody Johnson workshop, panel by Sue Fox.

Magenta shirt: Sue Cavanaugh workshop on shibori dying: shirt dyed by Jeanie Minor

This photo was taken just to the left of the photos shown above in this post:

Three large squares in blue and taupe, created by Cele Stauduhar in the workshop Circles, Circles, Circles taught by Gwen Maxwell-Williams.

Floral vest by Sue Fox, inspired by two workshop instructors: Rosemary Eichorn in Raw-edge Applique Vest, and Maureen Noble in Quilting with Decorative Threads.

The top panel is by Sonia Callahan, inspired by Carol Sunderland's workshop on Dispersed Dye Techniques.

Two map quilts, inspired by Valerie Goodwin's workshop Mapmaker, Mapmaker. The center map is by Susan Peck, the lower by Patt Bagdon.

White shirt with elephants, by Diana Berry, inspired by Libby Lehman workshops

Photos by Rachel Holmen.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Workshop Display at Voices in Cloth - part 1

The workshop section of the Voices in Cloth show generated a lot of interest. Here is a pair of photos. The second photo is a detail view of the right-hand section.

Three panels and three garments are shown.

Vest by Suzi Stone at left, from Rosemary Eichorn workshop

Left section, from top:

Jane Sassaman workshop, panel by Jo Magaraci

Melody Johnson workshop, panel by Jennie Alexich

Dale Fleming workshop, leaf by Claire Sherman

Melody Johnson workshop, panel by Sue Fox

Center garment: Sue Cavanaugh workshop on shibori dying: magenta shirt by Jeanie Minor

Center section, from the top:

Ann Johnston workshop on free-motion quilting, panel by Sonia Callahan

Carol Shinn workshop on 'Painting’ with Machine Embroidery, sailboat panel by Jo Magaraci

Lesley Riley workshop on Quilted Memories: family photo panel by Mary Mashuta

Two blue panels from Lynn Koolish's fabric painting workshop, both by Lee Feinstein

Beaded panel from Thom Atkins workshop on bead embroidery, also inspired by Laura Cater-Woods' workshop on Tempting the Muse, panel by Jennie Alexich

From Emily Richardson's Painting and Composition workshop, panel by Lynn Koolish

Vest by Sue Fox, from Debi Tong Gray's Chanchanko Vest workshop

Right-hand section: All from Jill Schumacher's workshop on Machine Trapunto

Top and lower-left blocks were both made by Joan Sextro

Middle block by Jean Stenquist

Small white block at lower right by Patricia Bagdon

Photos by Rachel Holmen

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Past Event: May 12 -- A special meeting for new members

We know that many new members signed up at the recent Voices in Cloth quilt show. Welcome!

At 9:30 am on May 12, in the social hall of the Albany Methodist Church, 980 Stannage Avenue at Marin, all new members of EBHQ are invited to an orientation meeting. You'll meet other guild members and get tips on how to get the most out of your guild membership. Attendees of the new member orientation are urged to stay for a Minigroup meeting which starts at 10. For more information contact Susan Taylor at 510-527-7655 or There's no charge for either meeting.

The rest of the day will be our regular Dropin event, where you can work on any project you bring with you, or help out with the Children's Quilt Project.

Monday, April 16, 2012

REVISED -- Calling All Machine Embroiderers!

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN REVISED.  See the blog post headed "Change to June Workshop with Ann Horton".

Ann Horton has won over 100 awards at quit shows across the country and internationally. Let her teach you how YOU can make stunning, unique works of art.

Sign up for EBHQ's June workshop with Ann Horton, called Designing Quilts for Digitized Embroidery. She will guide you through the addition of texture, color, and depth using a modern embroidery machine. She says, “The medium of textile art offers a palette of color, pattern, texture, and sculptured layers that are limitless in possibilities."

Check out the details of Ann's quilts at her website, -- click the GALLERY link. One of my favorites, with a detail photo shown in this post, augments some Guatemalan fabrics with complementary embroidery ("Ancient Weaver"), and one superimposes wildflowers on the quilt border ("First Day") as well as showing a textured wall --- and all that texture is machine embroidery. Another quilt is a moving portrait of a woman at her loom ("Threads of Her Hands").

Contact Cindi Cossen to sign up: email her at, and please start your subject line with EBHQ.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Past Event: Kerr Grabowski workshop in Danville - June 10 and 11

EBHQ members are invited to attend a two-day session on deconstructed screen printing, sponsored by The Arty Chicks of Diablo Valley Quilters at the Danville Women's Club. Kerr Grabowski,fabric dyer and painter, Diva of Deconstruction, invites you to come walk the road where artistic intent and “happy accident” merge. You will have a blast!!! The cost of this two-day workshop is only $125 plus a $25 supply fee that includes most supplies and fabric.

For registration or more information, contact Dorothy Foster at (925) 838-3030, or email Kerr's website (including some video clips of her teaching) is

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Drop-In = Meetup

Hi, check out for details on our twice-monthly meetups, called "drop-ins". They're free, and EBHQ members can work on any project, or help out with the Children's Quilt Project.

The drop-in location is easily accessible from the 72 bus line that runs along San Pablo Avenue (get off at Marin, walk 2 very short blocks east, and use the second side entrance to the church, on Stannage) and if you drive, there's lots of free street parking within half a block. You can bring a lunch, contribute to a potluck lunch, or pick up something from a nearby restaurant. Hours are 9am - 3pm.

In November, there's usually a special garment show-and-tell at the Saturday drop-in.

The next few dates for drop-ins are:
TODAY, April 10, 2012
Sat April 21
Tues May 8
Tues June 12
Sat June 16
Tues July 10
Sat July 21 (Even though there's no monthly meeting or workshop in July, drop-ins will be held.)
Tues Aug 10
Sat Aug 18

No Saturday drop-in for May.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Past Event: The Art of Tea

While not technically a quilt exhibit, the current show at ACCI in Berkeley includes some quilts. ACCI is having its first collaborative exhibition with the KPFA Crafts Fair, called "CreativiTea", now through April 8, 2012.

Website: http://

ACCI is the Arts and Crafts Cooperative, Inc., and is supported in part by the nonprofit Berkeley Foundation for the Arts. The Gallery is located at 1652 Shattuck Ave. (a block south of Cedar) in Berkeley.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Past Event: Freddy Moran workshop for Diablo Valley Quilters on April 22

Diablo Valley Quilters are hosting a workshop on April 22 with Freddy Moran. This dynamic teacher insists, "Red is a neutral." I'm not sure if there's still room, but you might want to check it out. (And it won't conflict with Marjan Kluepfel's workshops for EBHQ, which are April 28 and April 30.)
Red is a neutral.

A quote from an interview with Freddy in Quiltmaker: "One of my daughters in law signed us up for a quilt class. I told her I didn't really like thread and she said, "Just get in the car." So I did. I'll never forget standing in the quilt shop that day, looking around at all the fabric. My heart started to pound looking at all those colors." (Source article. )

Amazon lists some of Freddy's books here.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Past Events: San Jose Museum of Quilts: spring 2012

At the San Jose Museum of Quilts: The current exhibit is selections from Quilt National '11; now through April 29. Note that the museum will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 8. A sale of textiles and other items, to benefit the museum, will be held May 4-6. Website:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Past Event: Concord Quilt Show This Weekend

The Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County, one of our neighbors, is having its show this weekend (March 31- April 1, 2012) at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road. For details, see ContraCostaQuiltGuild.Org. Admission is $8 for a single day, $10 for both Saturday and Sunday. Here's a small photo of their opportunity quilt.

Time to Enter the Alameda County Fair

See this link for a full list of adult contests: It costs $2.00 per item to enter; you get 1 free admission ticket to the fair; and there are cash prizes.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Past Event: Fiber and Dye Exhibition at Botanic Garden through April 8, 2012

Fiber & Dye Exhibition at UC Botanic Garden (botanic garden website) through April 8. Free with garden admission; and garden admission is free for exhibit if you're a member of the San Jose Museum of Quilts. You might also be interested in workshops on March 31, Creating a Garden Garment ($40), and April 7, Naturally Dyed Eggs ($12).

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A few photos from Voices in Cloth

Photos selected almost at random from the hundreds that I took. -- Rachel Holmen

Calm colors

Dolls made by Sonda Von Burg's class; part of the workshop special exhibit.

Part of the workshop special exhibit.

Probably my personal favorite quilt from the whole show.

A lively interpretation of the classic Log Cabin quilt.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Facebook page for quilt show

If you use Facebook, do a friends search for "East Bay Heritage Quilters Voices in Cloth 2012", and you can see photos uploaded by Melissa Quilter and others.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Past event: The show is up!

Voices in Cloth is up, and will open for public viewing at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Ssturday, March 17, 2012). The lighting at the Craneway is amazing -- an all-glass ceiling. Here are a few photos of the special exhibit showing items created during EBHQ workshops.
And a photo of some members getting that area arranged.
Since I was helping set up this area, I didn't see muc of the rest of the show, but there is at least one other special exhibit, of African-American quilts. There will be children's activities, vendors, demonstrations -- all told, a fun event and a feast for the eyes. -- Rachel Holmen

BART and bus to the quilt show March 17-18, 2012

Do you know you can use any phone to get exact bus departure times for reaching the quilt show March 17 and 18?  Here's detailed information about how to take BART to Richmond, and the 74 bus to the show.  

General information:  The bus runs twice an hour on Saturday and Sunday, and the ride takes 12 minutes.  The schedules are the same both days.  The last weekend bus leaves at 10 minutes to 8 in the evening.

Cost:  Adult fare is $2.10 each way.  The senior fare (65 and up) is $1.05 each way; this is also the youth fare (ages 5 to 18).  

Drivers do NOT carry change, so either bring exact change or use your Clipper/Translink card.

Coming to the show:
Take AC bus 74 southbound from Richmond BART.  Get off the bus at  "Harbour Way South & Ford Point". The bus stop is closer than ANY possible parking place you might get.

Getting an EXACT departure time:  if you have a smart phone, you can ask for information about stop 51200 at Richmond BART.  See the end of this article for more information about using your phone to get bus schedule information.

Getting home after the show:
Take 74 northbound to Richmond BART.   To get an exact departure time for the bus, ask for information about stop ID 54541. 

The last weekend bus leaves at 7:50 pm and reaches Richmond BART at 8:02 pm, so no worries about being stranded at the end of the show without a ride. 

Using a phone to get bus information -- three ways:

Bus riding has changed since the old days, since there's a lot more information available about actual bus arrival times. You can dial 511 from any phone -- even a pay phone, or use text messaging, or use a web browser to get quick, reliable information.

By voice:

You can dial 511, say MAIN MENU when the recorded voice starts talking (it's okay to interrupt, really). At the main menu, say DEPARTURE TIMES, and then say or dial the stop number: 51200 if you are at Richmond BART on your way to the show, or 54541 if you are leaving the show. I find it best to enter the stop numbers with my phone keypad since the voice system doesn't always hear stop numbers correctly. The recorded voice will tell you the street intersection (to confirm your stop ID) before it tells you the bus arrival times.

With text on a cell phone:

At Richmond BART, you can text "nbus AC 51200" to phone number 41411, and you'll receive an immediate reply with the next two departure times. At the Harbour Way stop, text "nbus AC 54541" to 41411 to receive the pickup times there.

Web Browser:

You have three choices. The first is best if you know your stop ID.

So come and enjoy our wonderful quilt show!

(Information provided by Rachel Holmen of EBHQ)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Past Event: Button History talk March 17 in Palo Alto

Past event: Button History Lecture March 17 with Donnis Stoner

Attend an evening exploring the fascinating world of buttons and their use.
Renowned local collector Donnis Stoner will exhibit her collection of historic, practical, and whimsical buttons.

Saturday the 17th at 2pm.  This event includes a tea, $15 for members or $20 for nonmembers. Please prebook at MOAH.ORG.

Located in the Livermore Center at the Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Avenue (near Bryant), Palo Alto

For more information contact 650-321-1004 or email

Past event:  Thursday, March 15 at 7pm
Free for Members/$5 for Non-members

-- from Pam Jensen

Friday, February 17, 2012

Past Workshops and Speakers, a partial list

Shawn Dubin asked how to locate a list of past workshops and speakers, to help her describe her entry in the V.I.C. special exhibit of works created or inspired by our speakers.  What follows is a VERY QUICK AND DIRTY list, with omissions; I'll try and fill it in but I figured it was more important to post it quickly, to help members working on their application forms. -- Rachel Holmen

Jan. 2012:  Laura Fogg, fabric landscapes


Dec. 2011: no meeting

Nov. 2011: show and tell

Oct. 2011:  Sue Cavanaugh
Cavanaugh on Cavanaugh: Reinventing Myself as an Artist
No workshop

Sept. 2011: Jill Schumacher: Creating Your Heirloom Quilts of Tomorrow
Saturday September 24, 2011 -- Mini Whole Cloth Quilt
Monday, September 26, 2011 -- Trapunto by Machine

March 28, 2011
Speaker: Alice Kolb: Much Ado About Mush
Saturday, March 26, 2011 – Crazy Quilt Journal
Monday, March 28, 2011 -- The Perfect Simple Vest

February 28, 2011: 
Speaker: Lynn Koolish: Confessions of an Eclectic Quilter
Monday, February 28, 2011 — Painting on Fabric: monoprinting, palette knife & more
Saturday, February 26, 2011—Shibori Dyeing

January 2011 Speaker: Linda Gass.  Quilts based on aerial photos
January 2011 Workshop:  Ellen Oppenheimer: Batik Dyeing


Dec. 2010: no meeting

Nov. 2010: show and tell

October 25, 2010: Thom Atkins, Why I Put Beads on Quilts
workshop Saturday, October 23: Basic Embroidery Stitches for Quilters
workshop Monday, October 25: Bezels, Edges and Fringes

September 27: Marilyn Belford, Techniques of the Art Quilt
workshop: Saturday & Monday, September 25 & 27, 2010: Dealing with Faces

August 30: Jan Krentz, Design Inspiration from Everyday Life
workshop:  Saturday & Monday, August 28 & 30, 2010: Stone Mosaic 3-D Framed Diamonds

July: no meeting

SILK CLUB playdates began in June, 2010.

June 28, 2010: speaker Susan Else -- Off the Wall: Quilting in Three Dimensions
Saturday, June 26: Beasts in the Jungle -- Plants
Monday, June 28: Beasts in the Jungle -- Animals

May 24: Roberta Horton and Mary Mashuta -- Double Trouble Quilts
workshop Saturday, May 24: Pizza Quilt (Mary Mashuta)
workshop Monday, May 26: Amish Color Adventure (Roberta Horton)

April 26, 2010: speaker Dale Fleming, Quilter's Journey
workshop Saturday, April 24: Six Minute Circles
workshop Monday,April26: LeavesSoSimple

March 29, 2010:   Lenore Crawford, Fusing, Fabric Painting & Stitching to Create Your Own Work-of-Art Quilt
workshops March 27 & 29, 2010:  Fusing, Fabric Painting, & Stitching to Create Impressionistic Fabric Art

Feb. 22, 2010: speaker Sue Nickels, Machine Quilting for Today’s Quilts
workshop:  Feb. 20 and 22, 2010:  Machine Quilting Essentials

January, 2010: speaker Laura Cater-Woods -- Fabrication of a True Story
workshop Jan. 23, 2010: Off the Wall and Onto the Page
workshop Jan. 25, 2010: Tempting the Muse

Dec. 2009: no meeting

Nov. 2009: Show and Tell      

Oct. 26, 2009: The Pixeladies (Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki): Embellishing History: Lasting Memories
workshop Oct. 24, 2009: Digital Designing with Layers
workshop Oct. 26, 2009: Embellisting History: Designing Lasting Memories

Sept. 28, 2009:  Carol Shinn
Sept. 26 and 28, 2009:  Carol Shinn, "Painting" with Machine Embroidery

Aug. 2009: speaker Valerie Goodwin, A Dialogue Between Quilting and Architecture
Aug. 29 and 31 workshop: Map Maker, Map Maker, Make Me A Map!

[no July 2009 speaker or workshop]

June 29, 2009 - Emily Richardson, The Creative Process
workshop: June 27, 2009 - Painting and Composition
         the same workshop was repeated Monday, June 29, 2009

May 18, 2009 - Maya Shoenenberger, Depth and Perspectives
May 18, 2009 - Glowing Object workshop
May 16, 2009 - Landscape I

April 27, 2009 - Liz Berg, How a Traditional Quilter Became an Art Quilter
workshop: April 25, 2009 -- Design for Art Quilts
           April 27, 2009 -- Color for Quilters

March 30, 2009 - speaker Ann Johnston -- Texture and Relief for Quilters
workshop: March 28 and 30, 2009 -- Quilting Hand-Dyed Fabrics

Feb. 23, 2009 - speaker Rose Hughes -- Raven…Wisdom in Life & In Quilts
workshop Feb. 21, 2009 - Double Quilt Applique
workshop Feb. 23, 2009 - What's On Top: Embellishments

Jan. 26, 2009 - speaker Lonni Rossi: Woman vs. Weather, Controlled Spontaneity

[end of this post]

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Computer Passwords

I’d like to share some thoughts on computer passwords with my quilting buddies: At an EBHQ board meeting recently I was startled to hear that many use the same password for everything they do on their personal computer. Consumer Reports Jan 2012 has a very helpful article Hack-proof your passwords. I recommend reading the article and rethinking password choices and storage plans. Some brief notes follow.

L, Deanna

The average consumer can't tell how securely their password is stored on a site but using the strongest password gives you the best chance of resisting some attacks.

Hacking tools are much more powerful now, cheaper, and more readily available.

The risk of having a password stolen is probably slim but the risk is real and rapidly growing. The June 2011 Consumer Reports State of the Net survey projected that 3.7 million online U.S. households had been notified in the past year by a company, organization, or the government that their personal information had been lost, stolen, or hacked.

Best ways to protect passwords
Don't use the same one twice.
Make them strong.
Avoid the obvious.
Keep them safe and up-to-date.
Tips on how to secure your computer and browser.
Clear directions: How to create a strong password (and remember it)

From Deanna Davis

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Laura Fogg workshop: by Arleen Kukua

Last week, I took a 2 day workshop given by Laura Fogg.  She asked us to choose a picture that inspired you and you wanted to recreate into a small wall quilt.  I chose a picture that we took from the balcony of the New Otani Hotel.  It overlooked the Natatorium and San Souci beach.  The picture had a lot of buildings all along the shoreline, but I decided to leave them out.  Hey, it's my memory, and I just remember the sound of the wind in the coconut trees and the waves on the beach.  

The technique Laura showed allowed you to use fabric instead of paint.  You start with cotton backing and cotton batting cut to the size of the picture that you want to do.  With your picture as inspiration, you choose fabrics that will be your sky, your clouds, the beach, the waves, the concrete, the coconut tree.  Starting with the sky you can layer your fabric directly onto the batting.  Once you have all your pieces cut out and on the batting, you place a layer of tulle to keep all the pieces in place.  Use pins to hold all your pieces together.  Can you believe I finished cutting out the main picture in one day?  Well, I did have to change the picture, when Larry told me that I was missing San Souci beach in the foreground.  How could I forget?   So on Sunday, I redid the left hand portion of the picture.

On the second day, we used the free motion foot to quilt the pieces in place and carefully took out the pins.  Once it was all quilted, I started on the border.  First you straighten out the sides.  Attach a backing border, cotton batting and an eyelash border to the sides.  My first mistake was choosing the Kaffe fasset wash fabric.  It was very flimsy and stretchy.  I should have fused some interfacing to strengthen the fabric. It makes for a beautiful border, but the stretchy fabric does not lay flat.  Laura did warn us about the grain of the fabric and now I understand what she meant.

I cut some green fabric into strips to make the coconut fronds.  My friend Deanna gave me the fabric that made up the coconut trunk.  Its perfect.  Laura showed me how to fold the fabric to give the trunk dimension.  Do you notice the coconuts?  I think that was Deanna's idea.  In a workshop, Deanna and Toni and Rusty and I shared a working area and were able to help each other with ideas, fabric and inspiring words.  Good Job!  That looks Great!  Try this fabric.  It did help to have inspiring words and Laura was full of encouragement.

We mitered the borders, quilted a simple design on the border with the free motion quilt and then got to work on the foregrounds.  I chose a simple coconut tree.  Do you see the wool roving?  That softened the line of the waves that hit the beach.  I found a turtle button and stitched it on the beach.  Ta Da.  It's done.

-- Arleen Kukua
This post came from Arleen's blog, -- Rachel Holmen