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 admin@moah.org.

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

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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, QuiltOhana.com. -- Rachel Holmen

Past Event: AIDS quilt to visit San Francisco at 2278 Market

From Sunday, Feb. 12 to Monday, Feb. 20, 2012; daily hours noon to 8 pm
SF Gate tells us that the AIDS quilt hasn't been displayed in San Francisco since 1999. The quilt will be unfolded at a special event noon Sunday Feb. 12.
The Names Project website has a page with instructions for making your own panel. See The Names Project: Make a Panel.
-- Rachel Holmen

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

EBHQ spring 2012 workshops

We have some terrific teachers coming to our guild this spring: Gwen Maxwell-Williams, Patty Hawkins, Marjan Kluepfel, Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Ann Horton.
See the guild website, http://www.ebhq.org/workshops.

February 25 & 27 (Saturday and Monday -- a two day workshop)
Circles, Circles, Circles -- All Over the Place, taught by Gwen Maxwell-Williams

March 24 & 26 (Saturday and Monday -- a two day workshop)
Capturing Landscapes' Essence in Fabric Collage, taught by Patty Hawkins

April 28, Saturday
Dyed Fabrics--They're Ir-resist-able, taught by Marjan Kluepfel

April 30, Monday
Plantasy, taught by Marjan Kluepfel

May 19 & May 21 (Saturday and Monday -- a two day workshop)
Developing Your Shape Vocabulary, taught by Terry Jarrard-Dimond

June 23 & June 25 (Saturday and Monday -- a two day workshop)
Workshop name to be determined

For links to the teachers' websites, photos of their work, and other details, see the main EBHQ site, http://www.ebhq.org/workshops.

-- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Postcards: Behind the Scenes

Quite a bit of prep work went into the fabric postcard workshops. In some cases, fabric was washed and dried. Most of it was given a fusible backing. Then a lot of it was fussycut into small pieces, typically with a design element (such as a single typewriter key). Some shapes were leaves and flower petals. (Did someone have a die-cutting gadget?) So when guild members arrived, construction was speeded up by all this advance work. Here are two photos of some of the pre-made elements. -- Rachel Holmen

Monday, February 06, 2012

Fabric Postcards will be Sold at Quilt Show

A group of talented volunteers met recently at Sue Fox's TEXTILE DREAM STUDIO and, with irons and sewing machines, created some interesting fabric postcards. Most of these are silk; a few are cotton and other fabrics. These will be sold at the quilt show in March -- I believe for $5.00 each -- and the proceeds will go to the guild's treasury. Thanks to everyone who contributed! -- Rachel Holmen
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small quilts four by six inches

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Quilt Show Tickets available at New Pieces

The spring Quilt Show is next month.  Advance tickets are $10 per person for both days (that is, if you buy a ticket for Saturday, you may also attend on Sunday).  New Pieces, near Fourth and Gilman in Berkeley, has advance tickets for sale until early March.  If you want to order by mail, click here.

Two beautiful Opportunity Quilts will be available.    The mailorder form includes a space for ordering opportunity quilt tickets -- you might win one of these!
The Secret Quilt, by Carla Gulatti.  84"x86"

Thank Your Lucky Stars, by Jane Herlihy.  80"x91". 

Thanks to C&T Publishing for both photos.