Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Raffle quilts visit the KPFA Crafts Fair

Saturday Terri, Gwen, and Margo took the EBHQ Raffle Quilts to the KPFA Crafts' Fair in San Francisco. Fair-goers admired the quilts, bought raffle tickets, and were invited to come to the quilt show. Deanna & Mabry sold fabric postcards which were well received. We appreciated the generous space that KPFA provided us, where we were able to displaly six other quilts.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Past Event: Holiday Craft Fair is this Sunday!

The East Bay Heritage Quilters will host their annual Holiday Craft Fair for treasures made by hand to delight all ages.

Quilts, Jam and Jellies, Jewelry, Pincushions, Books, Ornaments,
Stationary, Place Mats, Quilts, Pillows, Scarves, Fabric Post Cards,
Dolls, Toys, plus much more.

Oh. . . and did we mention. . .  QUILTS!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Past Event: Mark Your Calendars for the Holiday Craft Fair!!

The East Bay Heritage Quilters will host their annual Holiday Craft Fair for treasures made by hand to delight all ages.

Quilts, Jam and Jellies, Jewelry, Pincushions, Books, Ornaments,
Stationary, Place Mats, Quilts, Pillows, Scarves, Fabric Post Cards,
Dolls, Toys, plus much more.

Oh. . . and did we mention. . .  QUILTS!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Results of a Postcard Session by Mabry Benson

I met with 4 of my friends and got them started on fabric postcards. They were all happy to get a personal tutorial on the process, and the push to get started - and ended up having fun. I had borrowed a lot of samples from Susan Dague to give them ideas and tips for making them. - Mabry

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Past Event: Volunteers Needed for KPFA Craft Fair!

URGENT! Gwen needs you!
12 Volunteers are needed for hosting the EBHQ Raffle Quilt booth at the KPFA Craft Fair
Work a shift at the booth, then enjoy the rest of the day at the fair!

This is an opportunity for valuable VIC publicity
 by selling our quilt show and quilt raffle tickets.

KPFA Craft Fair
December 14--15, from 10am to 6pm

Please contact Gwen McMillan to offer your services.
Contact info is in your EBHQ directory.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Past Event: Innovations in Fiber Art VI open through Nov 30 in Sebastopol

Go see it!

Don't miss Innovations in Fiber Art VI, an international exhibit of the Surface Design Association (www.surfacedesign.org) and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (sebarts.org). Admission is free; donations are appreciated. The exhibit opened on October 24th and will close on November 30th, at SebArts: 282 S. High Street, near the intersection of Hwys 12 and 116 in downtown Sebastopol. Jurors Joan Schulze and Susan Taber Avila selected 58 pieces from over 500 submissions by an international field of entrants. EBHQ member Alice Beasley is included. It's a fine exhibit of new work, and delightful to find it so close. Well worth the drive to Sebastopol, which is beautiful on its own this time of year!

Submitted by Jennie Alexich

Friday, October 18, 2013

Past event: PIQF is happening now!

The biggest quilt show in Northern California is on now through Sunday: the Pacific International Quilt Festival at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  Free parking.

For full details, see Quiltfest.Com. Open till 6 on Friday and Saturday, till 5 on Sunday. One admission fee gets you in all days.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

More Postcards!!!

Susan Dague has posted a great group of photos of postcards made for the VIC 2014 show. Click on the link to see what she has shared:
Susan Dague Quilts

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hand Dyed Fabric by Jennie Alexich

These photos show two projects. One is a nearly completed piece using my hand printed and emersion dyed fabrics, working title "Companions". The other is a new piece of hand printed cloth (whole piece and a detail). I used several processes on it, including deconstructed screen printing, stamp resist, and painting with thickened dye. It's on my design wall without further intention for the time being. It might become a small whole cloth quilt.
 - Jennie Alexich

Friday, September 13, 2013

EBHQ's Nancy Brown is Honored at Local Quilt Show

Nancy Brown is the featured artist at this weekend's Diablo Valley Quilters' show, held near Rossmoor.

Location:  Tice Valley Community Gymnasium, 2055 Tice Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek, California.  This is an easy drive from Oakland or Berkeley, and there's free parking.

Date:  Sat. and Sun., Sept. 14 and 15, 2013

Hours:   Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm

Admission: $10, ticket good for both days

Here's a photo from Nancy's website:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fabulous Fabrics from Saturday's workshop with Rayna Gillman

Here are some of the fabrics created in Rayna Gillman's workshop on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

 The two photos at right show "before" and "after" overprinting.

Workshop coordinator Arleen Kukua and EBHQ member Pat Bailey show off some fabric.

 Textured shading plates and stencils; "found" stencil; draftsman's circle templates
To use a textured plate, set it under the fabric, then use an inked brayer to roll on top of the fabric -- this will pick up the pattern in the style of a brass rubbing.

You can also use foam brushes to paint through a stencil (though it takes skill to avoid having any ink or paint get under the stencil and make the design less clear).
 Here's an inked brayer on top of fabric that has a texture plate underneath.
The center photo shows cardboard strips attached to the bottom of a silkscreen.  The last two photos show masking tape applied directly to the back of a silkscreen.
 This small hard plastic grid was a popular "stamp".  The center photo shows a rubbery grid set under fabric and used as a texture grid.  The right-hand photo shows a small roller-style stamp, which was most easily "inked" by painting it with a foam brush.  A foam dauber can also be a good tool.
 Found textures -- scotch tape roll centers, and slices of foam "noodles" -- were popular for making circles.  The center shows a commercial stencil set on the back of a silkscreen.  The right-hand photo shows results of another commercial stencil -- and you don't have to use the full square or rectangle of the stencil, you can just select PART of the stencil to ink.
 Hand-made stamps made of rubber or foam, glued to transparent plastic.  The center photo shows a stiff cardboard roll covered with various kinds of string; it's inked and rolled onto fabric to create designs.  The right-hand photo shows a stencil set on the back of a silkscreen, with the resulting fabric visible below it.

Always a good idea to wear rubber gloves when using inks.  An old credit card works fine as a squeegee for a silkscreen.  To create a waterproof work surface, cover a piece of foam core with batting, then add a pillowcase which you can remove and wash after each project.

-- Posted by Rachel Holmen

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

More Tangled Up in Blues - Mabry Benson

Exercise #7       Use up the bright turquoise. 

The Result

Even after 7 tops, the cool color bin is still pretty full. I guess it isn't overflowing anymore

Monday, August 19, 2013

Our Beautiful Raffle Quilts Visit Petaluma

Along with 18 other guilds, we displayed our raffle quilts on the sidewalks next to the show venues. We we glad for the shade, but had a few windy incidents to contend with. Gave out lots of fliers, sold some raffle tix, chatted with Janet Shore who gave us selling instructions - first say 6/$5, then quietly 1/$1.  Many ladies said how wonderful the Craneway site was, and look forward to the next show. 

Thanks Susan, Mabry, Edy!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Postcard Play by Susan Dague

Postcard play

by susandaguequilts
I don't think it's procrastination, but I got stuck in the vortex of a postcard binge this week.   I couldn't get out until I finished these, and I had fun all the while.
Leftovers from my current project:
The fruits of my most recent vintage fabric / embroidery marathon:
And my current favorite:
(If you haven't silently said, "Awwwww . . . "  yet, you're having a really tough day.)
I also include one experimental card, using a technique that I want to try a bit more:
For first-time viewers, these postcards are being made for the Voices in Cloth 2014quilt show that our East Bay Heritage Quilters guild hosts.
For instructions on making your own cards, click here for a tutorial, and to see a gallery of more postcards samples, click the tab marked "EBHQ Postcards" on my home page.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Tangled up in Blue - Mabry Benson

Take a peek at what is on Mabry Benson's Design Wall -

In my never quest to use up the mass of fabric in the sewing room (a

quest that never seems to get closer to realization), am working on
the batik collection. This is a pile of triangles from a mostly
turquoise color range.

The Pile

Working Outward

Almost Done

Filled In

I will now let t
his simmer while
 I do some machine quilting.  There are still plenty of triangles for more - quilts for my sisters, nieces & nephews. - Mabry Benson