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)