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