Monday, November 23, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Past event: Alameda County Arts Commission Exhibit - Deadline for Submitting Quilts is September 28th

1st Floor Left, Tax Collection area

EBHQ Member Alert!! Here’s a fantastic opportunity to show your work.
Now is the time to choose one or more of your quilts to show in the annual exhibit for the Alameda County Arts Commission. The show is neither judged nor juried but it IS a great way to show your newest work and share our fabulous guild with the city of Oakland.
Quilts will be hung in three secure places for the public to view them beginning October 23rd– the first floor and fifth floor galleries at 1221 Oak Street and in the Main Entrance Lobby of the Highland Care Pavilion, 1411 E. 31st Street. Deadline for entries is September 28th.
For more complete information and to print out entry forms, go to Questions? Call or email Jane Herlihy.     (510)821-3637 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Past event: OOPS - the August 2015 meeting is NEXT week

Your blog editor goofed -- the August meeting for EBHQ is not tonight, it's next Monday, August 31. My apologies. -- Rachel Holmen

CORRECTION: Aug 31, not tonight for next EBHQ meeting

CORRECTED TEXT: Summer is coming to a close, and next Monday's meeting (August 31) features Ana Lisa Hedstrom, who will talk about "35 Years of Shibori Dyeing for Pieced Clothing and Quilts". See you there! -- Rachel Holmen

Monday, August 03, 2015

It’s Time to Show Your Quilts!

EBHQ’s Alameda County Arts Commission Exhibit

Oct. 23 - Feb. 26, 2016:          Alameda County Administration Bldg., 1221 Oak Street, near the Oakland Museum and just three blocks from Lake Merritt BART
Oct. 23 - June 2, 2016:            Highland Care Pavilion, 1411 E. 31st Street, Oakland

Don’t miss the chance to be included this year and show off your fabulous work. Both shows are located in well-lit, secure areas with high traffic that are open to the public during normal working hours, Monday through Friday. Our annual show is highly anticipated by the County workers and the public who visit these buildings. What a wonderful way to promote quilting and EBHQ in the East Bay!

We need up to 40 pieces (that have not been previously shown here) 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. Quilts will need to have a 4” sleeve sewn on the back.

1. Submit entry forms no later than September 28th EBHQ general meeting
2. Deliver quilts at one of these events: General meetings on August 31 or Sept. 28, Drop-Ins on Sept. 8 and 19. Or make special arrangements with Jane Herlihy.
3. Show Installation: October 23, 2015
4. Show De-installation: Feb. 26 (County Administration Bldg.) and June 2, 2016 (Highland Pavilion)
5. Quilts returned to you at general meeting following the date of show closure, or by special arrangement.

Information will also be posted on our website and in the upcoming August Friendship Knot.Print out entry form:

Questions? Contact:    Jane Herlihy   (510)339-3494

-- posted by Pati Fried

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Entry deadline: New Quilts of Northern California

Guild members may want to enter quilts at PIQF (Oct. 15-18).  You may enter the general show, or the "New Quilts of Northern California".  And you can sign up for classes.  So here are three different signup forms for these opportunities:

A printable general entry form is at, and it must be postmarked by Sept. 1.  You may also enter online, at

The entry for New Quilts of Northern California is at and the form must be postmarked by August 9.

PIQF also offers classes from many excellent instructors.  The signup form is due by Sept. 28, but you may wish to sign up soon, since popular classes fill up before the deadline.

The expo portion of the show runs from 10am to 6pm, Thursday the 15th through Saturday the 17th; the expo will also run Sunday the 18th from 9am to 3pm.  (Note:  there will be a sports game beginning around 1 pm on Sunday, which will affect traffic and parking in the area.)

EBHQ usually brings its Opportunity Quilts to PIQF; please sign up to offer white-glove assistance so that we can display our quilts. 

-- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Past event: Indigo dye workshop in San Francisco, July 12, 2015

Indigo To Go Workshop

with Joy-Lily

Sunday July 12, 2015; 12 - 4 PM 
Location:   Sharon Art Studio in Golden Gate Park  

Cost:  $75 ($65 if you are a member of the Sharon Art Center)  plus $20 materials fee

Discover how easy it is to mix up and use and maintain a dye vat of pre-reduced indigo. Watch your cloth turn blue in the air, like magic. Create dramatic, colorfast, indigo blue and white patterns on your clothing, quilt fabric, and home decor. Bring your own white items to dye: T-shirts, socks, pillowcases, tea towels, etc. Class will be held outdoors under a canopy. 

Sign up online at course code 40892,  or call 415-753-7004

Photos: dyed socks; pole-dyed fabric; scarves with stitched shibori designs.

-- RH

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Your Artwork in a BART Station?

At the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland on Friday night (right at the 14th Street BART station entrance), I picked up a flyer about workshops for artists that are being sponsored by BART for this subway art project. Two workshops are already scheduled: July 8 at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, and July 18 at ProArts Gallery. Contact Abby Thorne-Lyman ( and check the website, Additional workshops are planned, and the flyer notes in English, Spanish, and three other languages (I'm guessing Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean), "If you need language assistance services, please call (510) 464-6752 at least 72 hours prior to the date of the event."

I have no idea if they're interested in textile art, but I'm sure a quilt could be the basis for a piece of more crowd-safe artwork.

-- Rachel Holmen

P.S.  The Alice Beasley talk on Friday was wonderful, and the artwork will be up for another few weeks.  This show is easy to get to, and it's well worth your trouble.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Past Event: Alice Beasley Speaks Friday in Oakland

Alice Beasley has exhibited her quilts at many of EBHQ's "Voices in Cloth" shows.  She has a current show at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland.  The gallery is holding a special event from 6 to 9 pm this Friday as part of this exhibit.  Ms. Beasley will be speaking at the gallery this Friday at 7 pm; her talk will be moderated by Nancy Bavor, who is the  Curator of Collections at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

The exhibit, entitled "Loss: Public/Private", examines absence and loss in both our private (life, aging, loneliness); and in our public lives (voting rights, gun violence, global financial crisis).

The Joyce Gordon Gallery is located at 406 14th St. in downtown Oakland; the gallery phone number is (510) 465-8928.  

-- Rachel Holmen

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bandanas and Boro Cloth -- a followup to Jean Cacicedo's recent talk

Jean Cacicedo's talk on Monday included some fascinating stuff:

She mentioned a book, "Indigo: The Color That Changed the World", which I found on Amazon by Caterine Legrand.    (And for anyone who loves indigo, I personally recommend the video BLUE ALCHEMY,  by Mary Lance.  See

"Boro cloth", much-mended fabric created in Japan, originally by families too poor to buy new fabric, was discussed and shown in Jean's talk.  Here's more information:

With permission from Yew Tree House Antiques, this post displays an image of a boro cloth currently for sale. Put the word "boro" into the website search box to see it and the information about it -- I could not come up with a direct link.

The wool gauze Jean likes is available from Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, whose webpage is

Many of us know that crewel embroidery was an attempt to replicate the patterns on textiles brought to Europe and America from India.  But I certainly didn't know something Jean discovered during a trip to India to study weaving and dyeing techniques:  the origin of the word bandana.

"bandana (n.)
    also often bandanna, 1752, from Hindi bandhnu, a method of dyeing, from Sanskrit badhnati "binds" (because the cloth is tied like modern tie-dye), from same PIE root as band (n.1). Etymologically, the colors and spots are what makes it a bandana."  (from  


"from Hindi bāndhnū tie-dyeing, from bāndhnā to tie, from Sanskrit bandhnāti he ties" (

Now I have to go look at one to see the modern translation of the dot pattern which is India's equivalent of Japanese shibori.  I've put a few internet images with this post, but you can find lots more by searching online yourself.

— Rachel Holmen

Monday, May 11, 2015

Past Event: Bring a friend for free on May 18! (Yes, this month's meeting is earlier than usual.)

Guild members are encouraged to bring friends to our next meeting -- when we'll be holding our Silent Auction.  Last year's auction was full of beautiful, amazing items -- everything from jewelry to hand-made items for your home!

The meeting is May 18; doors open at 6:30 pm.  

After the auction, we'll hear Jean Cacidedo discuss The Dynamics of Design, and we'll see examples of her work.  Jean continues to be instrumental in the Wearable Art Movement. She will provide insight into the dynamics of designing with cloth, the transformative properties of cloth itself, and the change beneath the surface of the cloth.

- RH

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Past Event: A few chances left to learn NOTAN from Jean Cacidedo

There are still a few openings for next weekend's workshops.  You don't have to be a member of EBHQ to attend.

The Saturday workshop (May 16, 2015) has one opening -- this workshop uses only black and white paper to help you learn the techniques of Notan.  Monday's workshop on May 18

Saturday's workshop is called "Notan: the Dynamics of Design in Black and White"; Monday's is "Notan: the Dynamics of Design with Color".    See for more details. 
  • For registration questions contact Workshop Chair, Marty Suess as quickly as possible:  (email preferred) or 510-374-6221.

- RH

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Past Event: Sewing Session to Honor the Late Deanna Davis

The Modern Quilt Guild has invited EBHQ members to join them this coming Sunday afternoon, April 12.

          Stitch Up - An afternoon of sewing in memory of Deanna Davis

Come and celebrate the life and passion of our friend, Deanna, by helping to make quilts for her favorite charity, The Children's Quilt Project.

Fabric kits will be provided.  Just bring your sewing machine or bring your own fabric donation.

People new to sewing are welcome!

Sunday, April 12

Piedmont Center of the Arts
801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA

Other events and gallery hours may be found on our website, Stitch Modern.  Questions or comments?  Contact Pati at

We hope you can join in.

(signed) -- East Bay Modern Quilters

In Memory -- Deanna Davis

From the current president of EBHQ comes this sad letter.

"In Memory

I am saddened to announce that Deanna Davis passed on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.  In memory of Deanna’s life, on the following Saturday, the immediate family and a few close friends, met in her garden with her quilts hanging.

We all know the love she had for Children’s Quilts and the Guild as a whole.    I worked with Deanna on the Board for the last four years in her roles as Hostess Coordinator, President and Past President.  She inspired me and I am sure many others to continue our work with the Guild. I know Deanna will be missed by all of us.

Pamela Jensen
EBHQ President"

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Past Event: Feb 28: Artist Reception in Vallejo for "World War II Homefront Quilts"

"World War II Homefront Quilts"  
January 24 - April 4, 2015

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Reception: Saturday, February 28
2:00 to 4:00
Meet the Quilters and learn the stories behind the quilts

734 Marin Street, Vallejo, Ca 94590
Telephone: (707) 643-0077

Museum website and more details:

The reception open to the public and free with the price of admission ($5). The flyer for the event includes EBHQ member Andre Morand's quilt, Richmond Shipyards. His quilt is also on the museum's website. The other quilt pictured, Stamp Collectors, is by Geri Beam. 

-- Rachel Holmen