Drop-In is a great place to work on your own quilts or other textiles, socialize with like-minded individuals, and pick up/drop off fabric or a quilt for the Deanna Davis Community Quilt Project (DDCQP).
Bring your projects and sewing machine if needed. Available for use are design boards, irons and ironing boards plus raised tables that are great for layering and pin basting larger quilts. Our EBHQ members love to share hints and helpful advice at Drop-Ins if you want input.
At Saturday Drop-in DDCQP volunteers always welcome your help. No tools or skills are necessary, just willing hands and hearts.
Pot luck lunch at noon is a treat for all with everyone bringing something to share. Drop-Ins are green! We're trying to save on paper goods, so please bring your own table service for lunch and breaks. Coffee and tea are provided.
The guild’s annual Show and Tell night is coming up, ladies and gents, and it’s time to show off those fabulous creations that we’ve all been working on! Whether you’re just starting out, or are a seasoned pro, we’d love to see what you’ve created since last year. Each and every work of art is welcome with no judgment; this is an event to celebrate the artistic process we all so enjoy.
You can show up to two items, so look through your finished quilts, wall hangings and garments and decide which ones you want us to see. If you had a quilt displayed at PIQF this year, we’d love to see it. Not all our members have a chance to see your work at that venue. Our entry form is online this year and even those who are hesitant have told us how easy it is to fill out.
No educational session in December - Happy Holidays
Traditional pieced units—Half-Square Triangles, Drunkard’s Path, Triangle in a Square, and more—are the building blocks for this modern alphabet sampler.
Students may work towards the 26-block quilt (49" × 58") or a runner/banner spelling out a word or name. Full-color pattern ($16, payable in class) contains detailed cutting and piecing instructions for all 26 letters, complete alphabet quilt, and suggestions for runners or banners.
We’ll cover all the main piecing techniques in the workshop so you’ll be able to finish the remaining blocks confidently. We’ll also look at color choices to create the translucent effects seen in the sample quilt.
All skill levels welcome!
The workshop project is a 16" square pillow cover, a manageable size for free-motion sewing as well as a fun home accent. Students may choose from two trapunto designs for their pillow (included in class fee). Familiarity with their own sewing machine and some free-motion quilting experience is necessary for all students. Many students finish their pillow during a full-day class!
Mid-Century Modern Quilts
The 1950s through 1970s produced some fabulous design that still remains current today, but did mid-century modern styles influence quilting? While pointing out period quilt artists who did work in an identifiably MCM style, the lecture also considers why there weren’t more of them, and how he looks to other areas of mid-century design to bring the flavor of this exciting period to his quilts. The accompanying slide show will show historical quilts and other source material from his ongoing research, while his MCM-influenced quilts will be presented in trunk-show style.
When you design quilts as you go, you embrace serendipity and become an “accidental artist”. Learn several methods of creating fused quilt designs in an improvisational manner. Begin with a heap of pre-fused fabric scraps from Laura’s stash to trigger your design ideas. Learn various systems for constructing your artwork and put your colorful fabric kit to good use. You’ll create and learn as you go. It’s fun to design on the fly!
Densely hand stitched, these small landscape vignettes are created from your original design. They are made with cotton threads and free stitched on hand-dyed silk fabric. The vignettes are rich in color and texture and marks by the maker. You’ll learn about fabric and batting choices, how to transfer your design to the silk, the threads and needles best for stitching, and how to devise embroidery stitch combinations unique to your design. It is a slow, thoughtful, tempo of making intimate art work.
Where Did I Go Wrong: Confessions of a Serial Quilter
Explore the artist’s quirky mind with this lecture about quilt making in a series. Enjoy the revelation that one chicken quilt will surely lead to a second, third, or fortieth. Discover what drives a person to create multiple quilts about a blue chair, garden implements, or unsung kitchen appliances. All is revealed in this exposé, the Confessions of a Serial Quilter. After the lecture, which includes dramatic renditions from Songs of the Fuser, Laura will display her small art quilts, answer questions, and offer a trunk show of hand-dyed fabric and threads from the Artfabrik dye shop.
Whether you love traditional or modern quilts, or something in between, there is historical design aspects of all quilt styles that are tried and true. This workshop is an opportunity to push the boundaries of time honored, traditional block design to the edge - where original ideas are found. By following a step-by-step method and being given permission to alter and explore, creative design originality will emerge. Discussions on how to create an original quilt design with these new blocks will also be part of the workshop.
The fifth layer isn't just about baubles and beads. It is consciously adding the finishing elements to the 4 layers of a quilt that you worked so hard on. This is your opportunity to bring the quilt to life by enhancing and emphasizing specific areas, add movement and texture, and to create a conversation between the viewer and your work. We will spend the day exploring unusual ways to add interest to your work with fabric manipulation, embroidery and big stitch thread work, inks and stamps, and yes, a few baubles and beads. Students are encouraged to bring an unfinished work to discuss in individual conferences on how to add a successful 5th layer.
Watching Tradition Evolve
We live in an innovative society. Change and transformation is everywhere. Quilting is ever changing, just as art has evolved through the ages. Modern, improvisational and minimalist design all draw inspiration from history. Let's shake things up a bit and discuss how to use traditional quilts and block design as a jumping off point for innovative design in your next quilt. Warning: You will go home inspired and ready to start something new!
Speaker - TBA
At the annual meeting the President and Treasurer will present reports on the current status of the guild. In addition, members will elect five new members to the board. The board candidates were announced in the April and May Friendship Knot.
East Bay Heritage Quilters (EBHQ)
PO Box 6223
Albany, CA 94706
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