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