Monday, November 17, 2014

Past Event: Today is the deadline for Show-and-Tell entries

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, is the deadline for entries to this year's show-and-tell. Here's a link to the online entry form

Show-and-Tell is the Monday *before* Thanksgiving this year.

- Rachel Holmen

Friday, November 14, 2014

Past Event: Call for Quilts!

We have been asked by the Unitarian Universalist Church, if we would be interested in displaying quilts in their Fireside Room. This is the room directly next to where we hold our EBHQ General Meetings each month.The quilts would be a wonderful way to show our work and promote the guild. Do peek into the fireside room at our next meeting to get a feel for the location. Quilts will hang above the fireplace, on a 3-4 month rotation.  A winter themed quilt would be really great for our first installation, but all quilts will be considered. 

The fireplace is no longer used for fires, and the room is mostly shaded in daylight hours. A sheet can be provided so the back will not get dusty. 
Display will include a short write-up on the artist and our organization next to the quilt. You may also price your quilt for sale.  
Quilt submissions need to be between 40 to 60 inches wide. 
Quilts will need to be in good balance with the fireplace. Photos and sizes should be submitted to Pati Fried at for consideration. The exhibit team will contact you with information and scheduling. 
This will be an ongoing exhibit, so please keep this in mind for future months.

Questions? Contact Pati Fried at 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Past Event: Alameda County Arts Commission Quilt Exhibit

EBHQ’s Alameda County Arts Commission Exhibit

Now through February 26, 2015

The Alameda County Arts Commission Exhibit is now installed and already being enjoyed by many visitors! Please take time to visit the two locations that are hosting our guild member' quilts.

Alameda County Administration Building
1221 Oak Street, Oakland
1st and 5th Floor


Highland Hospital Pavilion
1411 E 31st St, Oakland
Main Lobby

I wanted to share a few photos. Due to long halls and glass enclosures, they are not the best photos. But it does show how lovely they look in the spaces.

Alameda County Building - 1st Floor

Alameda County Building - 5th Floor

Highland Hospital Lobby

I also wanted to share part of the lovely letter that I received the Program Coordinator for the Exhibit:

Already we are getting rave reviews about the show! The County employees were extremely excited by the show.  I had several employees tell me about all their many favorites.  One employee even used an online translator to see what the meaning of the African language phrase is on the Kangs of Africa quilt.  The exhibit is a big hit!

It is so nice to bring art to the people who work and visit both the County Administration Building and the Highland Pavillion. It clearly makes them happy.  I could really see the thoughtfulness with which you and your team put into the groupings.  They not only worked very well together but they also worked extremely well in each individual space.  So thank you for all your work on putting it together! 
Violet Juno
Program Coordinator
Alameda County Arts Commission
A Division of the County of Alameda

And to add to Violet's letter, thank you all for sharing your quilts and thank you to Claire Sherman and Kim Buteau for helping put this together.

Pati Fried.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Past Event: March 2015 quilt show by our sister guild in San Francisco

The San Francisco Quilters' Guild has announced its March 2015 show, "Quilt San Francisco", to be held March 20-21, 2015, at the Event Center, St Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco
They'll bring their opportunity quilt to EBHQ's January meeting, so plan to buy your show tickets then.
-- Rachel Holmen

Monday, October 27, 2014

Past Event: Tonight's meeting

Today is the second day for the workshop with Dutch designer Els van Baarle (, who will be speaking at tonight's meeting.  See the main EBHQ website for meeting details and a map.

-- Rachel Holmen

Past Event: Mid-November quilt show in Oakland

"Patchwork Show" at Jack London Square, 11-5 on Nov 16. Free.
150 vendors, "artisan food", DIY crafting, local music.

This show is run by a commercial vendor (just as PIQF is).  Their website says, "Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life’s bi-annual, makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music. All Patchwork shows are free to attend and family friendly. Vendors are selected through a jury process and feature clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plushies, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies and more!"

-- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Past Event: Alameda County Arts Commission - Turn Quilts in at September General Meeting!

Gallery 5 b

Just a reminder that you have a few days left to sew on bindings and add sleeves to your wonderful small quilts. Bring them to the September 29 General Meeting, along with a form for each quilt. Here are all the details.

EBHQ’s Alameda County Arts Commission Exhibit

Oct. 27, 2014 through Feb. 26, 2015
Alameda County Administration Building
1221 Oak Street, near the Oakland Museum
Just three blocks from Lake Merritt BART.
It’s time to enter your quilts in our annual exhibit for the Alameda County Arts Commission (ACAC). Our show is highly anticipated by the County workers and a wonderful way to promote quilting and EBHQ to the public. Don’t miss the chance to be included this year and show off your fabulous work!

The show is located in two well-lit, secure areas, with high traffic that are open to the public during normal working hours, Monday through Friday.

We need up to 40 pieces in a wide range of styles and dimensions. Quilts can be up to 65” in length and of any width, but small and medium quilts are most welcome and show very well. All entry forms and quilts must be turned in by Sept. 29 to allow time to curate the show and compile exhibit information for installation on Oct.24th. You may exhibit more than one quilt as long as you include separate entry and release forms for each. All quilts will be returned at the February General Meeting.
Click here to access the Entry Form.

All quilts and entry forms must be turned in by September General Meeting on Sept. 29. Submit entry form (and photo, if possible) by Sept. 29 to:

Pati Fried – email to , or mail to 105 Calvert Court, Piedmont, 94611. 

Contact for Special Arrangements:
Pati Fried, 510-502-4248
Claire Sherman - 510-525-6622
Kim Buteau - 925-332-6747

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Past Event: Still room in this week's workshops

Want to have some fun this weekend?  Both the Saturday and the Monday workshop have a few openings.  These workshops are taught by Stacey Sharman, a founder of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild.  Saturday, June 28, 2014 – Improvisational Confetti Quilt, and Monday, June 30, 2014 – Improvisational Split Log Cabin Quilt. 

Stacy's website is  For more information about the workshops, including supply lists, see the EBHQ website's workshop page.

Non-members of the quild are welcome to attend; each workshop costs $55.

-- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Past Event: WWII Home Front Exhibit Extended

We are excited that Richmond Museum of History has extended the "Quilts of the Home Front “ exhibit through June 29th.  Museum director Melinda McCrary says “Higher than usual visitor volume continues, and we are delighted by this interest.“  Featured are the thirty 2014 challenge quilts, many period items from the Museum’s permanent collection, and three large story quilts about the Japanese American internment on loan to RMH. You still have time to see this great exhibit, or visit again!

Get info about days/hours/entry fees at

Help spread the word that our Second Call for Quilts will close on July 20, 2014. Up to two new entries per artist may be submitted. Details are on the Project website:

Stay tuned! We are working on additional venues for quilts from both calls through the summer of 2015.  Watch for information on the website.

Best regards,
Jennie Alexich and Rosemary Corbin, Coordinators

Email the Project at:
Copyright © 2014 WWII Home Front Quilt Challenge 2014, All rights reserved.
Challenge partner

Our mailing address is:
WWII Home Front Quilt Challenge 2014
P.O. Box 70847
Richmond, CA 94807

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Lots Happening at the San Jose Museum of Quilts during May, 2014

Cool stuff is happening at the San Jose Museum of Quilts.

Tuesday, May 6, will be a "day of giving" as the museum kicks off a short fundraising campaign.  If you can contribute, click either of the link here: or

Now though July 20, 2014: Quilt National 2013 -- 87 quilts selected from over 800 displayed at one of last year's major exhibitions.

Also now through July 20, 2014: "Now and Then: Early Art Quilts by Ros Cross 1973-76", five quilts from a Southern California quilter who was born in England.

May 7 – July 20, 2014: New SAQA exhibit: Northern California Inspirations.  "The works presented in this gallery are by members of the Northern California/Nevada Region of Studio Art Quilt Associates…"

"On June 8, 2014, Inside Quilt National, a Fiber Talks program with juror Judith Content and Quilt National artists Leslie Bixel and Sylvia Gegaregian will run from 1:00–3pm."  Advance tickets required.

-- Rachel Holmen

(Hey, if you're a member of EBHQ and have ideas for the blog, I'm happy to add you as a contributor.  Just send me a message.  Pati and I don't have to be the only contributors.)

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Past Event: May Meeting is Tonight

The May meeting is tonight (since next Monday is Memorial Day).

Our speaker is Sandra Bruce, whose website is

-- Rachel Holmen

Past Event: Quilt Show This Weekend at Vallejo Fairgrounds

The Vallejo Piecemakers have their quilt show this weekend (May 3 and 4, 2014; Saturday till 5, Sunday till 4), and artists in Benecia are having open studios.

The quilt show is at McCormick Hall on the  Solano County Fairgrounds.  Directions and a map are shown at

-- Rachel Holmen

Handwoven Fabric Sale at Laura & Kiran

Friday was the first time I'd ever been inside the Berkeley showroom for Laura & Kiran, a firm which imports fabric -- mostly handwoven.  I stumbled onto their spring sale, which is on for several more days.

Above is an interesting ikat fabric. 

The store's website is, and they're located only a few blocks from New Pieces, at the corner of Page and Fourth in Berkeley (if you are on Gilman, Page is one block south and parallel).  I found street parking without difficulty.

I didn't buy anything ... yet.

-- Rachel Holmen

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Past Event: Texture fans: there's a weaving show in Oakland today and tomorrow

The Conference of Northern California Handweavers (CNCH.ORG) is having its every-other-year conference this weekend, April 26 and 27, 2014, at the Marriott Convention Center in Oakland (roughly 12th and Broadway; easily walkable from 12th St. BART station).  I went yesterday and had fun looking at the exhibits and talking with vendors, including one that had an amazing Laotian loom on display.  Lots of fun fibers for sale, some of which might work well as embellishments for quilts.

Several vendors also offer interesting fabric dyes.

For cheap parking, try the lot at 7th and Washington Street -- $3 cash for the whole day.  (Enter the lot from 7th Street, which is one way heading .)

Click here for more details, and a $2 discount coupon.

-- Rachel Holmen

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Photos from the 2014 Voices in Cloth quilt show

I've been told there is concern that some members may not want photos of their quilts displayed here on the EBHQ blog, or on the EBHQ website.  If you had an entry in our recent show, and if it is okay for me to post photos of it, please email me with your okay (and if possible, the entry number or name):

Since the main EBHQ website has a long tradition of showing photos of MANY quilts from our past shows, I would like to see that tradition continued (although I do not post photos on the main website; the webmaster handles that).

The guild historian also likes to have photos from past shows.

-- Rachel Holmen

UPDATE:  show photos are now on the EBHQ website.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Past event: Today -- Sunday March 23 -- is the last day of our 2014 quilt show

Shawn Dubin's "You're In The Army Now" garment
We have over two hundred stunningly beautiful quilts on display, plus a number of wearables.  There's a special exhibit of items made in past workshops, to give you an idea of what fun it is to be a member of this active guild. 

Beautiful Women, by Barbara Bailey
Arleen Kukua made this stunner after taking a class with Rita Hutchens
Come and see!!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

WWII Home Front Challenge Gets Great Publicity

Check out the great media coverage EBHQ is getting in the San Jose Mercury, Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times! It is online now, will be in all three papers on Saturday and possibly will get picked up by some of their smaller weeklies. Yay!!!

IWWII Home Front Challenge for VIC 2014
Bay Area quilt show stitches WWII Home Front historyDesigns commemorating Rosie the Riveter and the rest of the Home Front movement during World War II are featured in one of the Bay Area's leading quilt shows, coming March 22-23 to Richmond.
Read more:Home & Garden link:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Quilt Show Newletter

Guess who has a write up in The Quilt Show Newsletter? 

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Calling all Bay Area quilters and quilt lovers! Be sure to check out the upcoming Voices in Cloth exhibition to be presented by the East Bay Heritage Quilters ...2112_learn_more_0.png

Monday, February 10, 2014

Past Event: More Volunteers Needed for Voices In Cloth

I just got off the phone with Leah Brown, who says there's still a need for extra volunteers especially Saturday morning and Sunday morning.  There are a variety of jobs, a few of which even let you sit down!  Mostly, though, we need people to help at the door -- put on the wrist bands, hand out programs -- and people to "white glove" throughout the exhibit.

(Due to changes in our setup procedure, however, we won't need NEARLY as many people on Friday as the guild has needed in the past.  We love the Craneway!)

So if you want to really be a PART of this wonderful show, email Leah at

-- Rachel Holmen

Monday, January 27, 2014

Past Event: Today's meeting is deadline for entering wearables and quilts

The entry deadline for Voices in Cloth is the meeting this evening at First Unitarian Church of Berkeley in Kensington.

See for the necessary forms.  Your items don't have to be finished or delivered today, but the FORMS and photos need to be turned in for the people planning the show layout.

If you have workshop items to enter, that deadline is still a week or two away.

-- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Interesting article about American textiles

A modern photographer has posted an interesting slideshow of American weaving factories.  Most of the photos relate to wool rather than cotton, but they're fascinating anyway.  (And did you know that indigo -- to dye fabric blue -- was a major American crop, encouraged in particular by a teenage girl -- Eliza Lucas Pickney -- left in charge of her father's plantation?)

For more about Eliza Pickney, read Cokie Roberts' fascinating book, Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation.

-- Rachel Holmen

Monday, January 06, 2014

Past Event: Entry Deadline is Coming Up Fast! January 24 is the last day to mail in your entry.

January 24 is the last day to postmark your quilt entry for the March quilt show, Voices in Cloth.

Please see the entry form by clicking this link.  Online entries will be accepted until Jan. 27.

-- Rachel Holmen

Quilt Shows for Spring 2014

In addition to our own Voices In Cloth show, March 22-23, other nearby guilds are also having quilt shows.  Here's a list of some of them:

Feb. 7-9, 2014, in Folsom, at the Community Center, is the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild show.

Feb. 22-23, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Rachel Clark is the featured artist at the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association's show.

March 15-16, the Valley Quilt Guild show is held at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds.

March 22-23, in Auburn, the Foothill Quilters Guild show featuring "Glorious Foothill Flowers" will be held at Gold Country Fairgrounds.

March 29-30 at the Golden Palace in Fresno, the San Joaquin Valley Quilters Guild's Quilt Show has the theme "Springtime in the Valley".

April 5-6, at Centre Concord, the annual show held by the Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County.

April 5-6, Quilts by the Bay is held by Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild at Chautauqua Hall in Pacific Grove.

-- Rachel Holmen