The Social Justice Sewing Academy is all about community! Students and adults create the quilts, then share them with the larger community. Often the quilts travel to shows and museums (see former Quilt Con post). One day not too far into the future they will be in the DeYoung Museum!!
I wish all students had the chance to voice their experiences, opinions, fears, anger, hurt and grief, desires, hope, knowledge and wisdom with the world. They have so much to say and share. The future will be theirs! I am grateful for all the adults listening to young people these days!
Here are photos of the quilts I and quite a few others were working on at the EBHQ community workshop on May 18, 2019. The students who work with SJSA made the squares, and us women cut strips, added borders, and created patterns from the pieces of fabric to surround the squares.
These are the 3 quilts we worked on that day:
A few of us worked on the denim pieces to be used in Quilt #3
Here’s a quilt to show us how we would be laying out the squares and working around them, an example of a quilt already made with Japanese fabric:
I hadn’t heard of him before, and might not have gone to hear him if not for my role of running the raffle before East Bay Heritage Quilt Guild’s educational meetings which happen every last Monday of the month (except Memorial Day). http://www.ebhq.org
A delightful man, showing his collection of many southeastern rural quilts from the 1950’s to now. Not the usual primly perfectly (beautifully) points matching, patterns and quilting to admire with open mouths. But so interesting!! So humbly sewn together with what was available, including the double knit polyester from back in the 70’s, that looked like regular quilts from afar until you got up close to touch them. I was awestruck with these quilts and managed to get a few photos. But you can go to his website to see a few more. And I’m sorry for the less than accurate clear photos!!
I will be creating a page that we all can have our entrepreneur stores and websites on. This is the age of strutting out into the world of online experiences. Wow, what an experience it has been! I am not one to navigate technology. Right now I envy the young! And can’t wait to get back to the world of tactile fabric!!
Ok, here are some more of my favorite quilts:
Alright, that’s all folks!! Hope you enjoyed all these beautiful and creative quilts and clothes!! Back to work on bringing notions, embroidered patches, lace and feather collars, cute buttons, fabric to all who want and need them!!
Please let me know if you want me to add your store whether brick and mortar or online into the entrepreneur page on this blog!
As usual, each quilt show I go to, I learn something, I get inspired, this time I spoke with a couple of artists who won honorable mention but I thought they should have gotten first prize! They were so proud of their jointly created and constructed quilt. They are artists in different ways, had rings on fingers so we deduced they are married. And they were so sweet talking with us, thanking us for the attention and appreciation. In the midst of hearing about their process, I didn’t get a close up of their AMAZING quilting patterns that changed in every small and large block. SOOOO beautiful! If anyone reading this has photos of that, please add them for this quilt.
These were also made collaboratively, by the guild members.
And then some of my favorites up close.
This was the featured artist. I’ll let her write ups speak her stories.
Following my last post, I bring these images in because so many of us across this country, whether we speak out or not, have feelings about what’s been going on. I know that some of you may not agree with this. I’m sorry to step on anyone’s toes. But we all matter!! Our words matter. Our actions matter. Lives who are endangered every day just because of the color of their skin, the country they come from (as we each and everyone one of us has come at some point except the people who were here first, and those brought as slaves), the language they speak, the traditions they have brought, what gender or who they love. None of us should feel threatened as we go about our daily lives, going to school, to work, coming from ravaged countries to seek asylum, or speaking out (unless it’s threatening the lives of anyone, that isn’t free speech, it’s hate!).
After all, this is San Francisco!! And here’s a project that many people across this country and Mexico are joining in together.
As soon as I can, I will post more of the quilts. Here’s a last one today to bring us back to what I hope we all want!
So big love to all!!! Keep being inspired, speaking your truth, and quilt!! Or any type of art.
I hope that everyone who is reading this is safe, dry, warm or cool as it may be. SO much going on in our world!! May we all keep the best for EVERYONE in our minds and hearts, not just for some people. There are so many in struggle, pain, injustice, housing crisis, poor nutrition……
In trepidation of hurting anyone, I expose my heart and thoughts….
As we go towards 2020, let’s figure out how we can bring into being that which many of us aspire to in this country- freedom for all, basic needs met for each person, children kept with caring and loving adults, TRUE health care for prevention, medical care when necessary, people before profits. Guns in the hands of ONLY those who never plan to use them against anyone else, which means very strict laws which every other developed country has except ours, this includes police. Children to be safe in schools, people as they worship in temples, mosques and churches, and everywhere, as well as all people around the world. A president who treats women equally and respectfully, understands that everyone but Native and African Americans come from immigrant ancestors, that flooding, major hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires are directly as a result of Climate Chaos. That people who pick our food, build our houses, care for our children and elders must be particularly treated well in all areas of life.
These are my prayers and wishes, I know this doesn’t necessarily relate to quilting!! Sorry if you feel preached at. It’s just my heart is heavy, but hopeful for 2020!
So, in the meantime, while I do what has to be done in my own life, I love to walk in Nature, listen, smell, look at all the beauty around me, breathe that luscious air!! I wish that for everyone, to replenish with what has been given to those of us lucky to live close enough, and have access to this.
Here are some beautiful small quilts : 12 x 12’s they’re called. These are from a collection of Sue Arnold’s, shown at the EBHQ Quilt Show 2018. I don’t have the individual names of the quilters, I am very sorry for that. Also, I was taking photos around and in between people looking at them, so they are not all perfectly shown in their perfection! Will be doing much better in the future!!
And I add 2 of my 8 x 8’s that I put into library shows. All having to do with Nature in their own creative ways.
I hope these art quilts have reminded you of your own, and/or inspired you to bring Nature into your art and into your life. Please share with us your own art that depicts your loves that keep you sane and happy through your lives!
Enjoy the rest of March and look for photos from the San Francisco Quilt Guild’s show.
I’m showing more quilts that might not be as exciting as some, but are in the tradition of using what we have to create something special. In this instance, for kids who need to feel special in their challenging lives. Children in hospitals who need to stay for a long time, or when they are going home after a long illness, children going to a new foster home, youth who are transitioning out of foster care at 18.
Here are kits that people pick up at a number of times and places, including at New Pieces store in Berkeley, as well as the EBHQ meetings last Monday evening of the month except July and December, drop-in sewing times at the Albany Methodist Church on Stannage at Marin Ave on 2nd Tuesdays and 3rd Saturdays. You do not have to be a member for any of this, but are asked to pay $5 for the meetings since we pay professional quilters for their time and travel.
People come to sort fabric into piles for others to design into quilts, or pick up a kit to piece everything together into a quilt top, or put all the layers together and make the whole quilt, or pick up a quilt that just needs to have the binding sewn on.
Quiltcon is new to me, but many of you have followed it for years! I know you can go to the website to see some of the quilts, but thought I would highlight my favorites and the local to Bay Area quilters. https://www.quiltcon.com
Local winners: in the Youth category, from Social Justice Sewing Academy
1st Place: Activist ABC’s 20” x 83” By Bianca Mercado Individual Member Antioch, California Quilted by Nancy Williams
The photo on the Quiltcon website doesn’t do it justice, and the measurements are for each panel, 20″ wide, and some longer than others as you can see in their photo.
I took videos of these panels and don’t yet know how to bring in videos. Sorry, still learning!! But please go to SJSAcademy website, the icon is the top one above Hello Stitch on the home page of the Portico, and you can click on that, go to their gallery. Activist ABC’s is at the top, you can see the whole thing and each block by clicking on the photos below the large photo. The volunteer embroiderers and quilters do an amazing job on the youth’s designs! It’s beautiful and inclusive of many people’s needs for justice.
The 2nd place youth winner is just as beautiful and meaningful, again by Social Justice Sewing Academy youth artist.
2nd Place: Exit Wound 55” x 60” By Audrey Bernier Individual Member Antioch, California Quilted by Nancy Williams
I’m sure it will come into their gallery soon, I don’t seem to be able to copy it, but you can go to quilt con’s website to see it. Since I can’t bring in the photo here, I trust that you’ll go looking for it!
Sherri Lynn Wood of Oakland, CA had a special exhibit. An artist who shares my values of recycle, upcycle, reuse of fabrics, etc. Check out her website https://sherrilynnwood.com
Next post will have photos I promise!!
Also, I’m working on bringing the pages back on this site. I want to highlight links to videos I have used in my sewing/quilting. Another page for entrepreneurs. Any requests?
I attended, and worked at, my quilt guild’s monthly meeting on Monday night. Because I was coming back from my vacation, spending the day working at creating a home for my future art studio, and single handedly working the raffle we have before our meeting, I completely spaced on preparing for a fantastic blog post!! Please forgive my newby faux pas!!
I could have taken photos of Sue Fox and Julia McLeod’s wonderful inspiring talk and trunk show. Beautiful, modern and traditional mixed silk and other fabrics quilts collaboratively created together. Please check out their website to see photos that should be right here!! I’m learning, thank you for your patience and support as I learn this business of reporting and sharing of the creations we all love to see and get inspired by for our own innovations.
Good afternoon from the Sierra Mountains in California.
I come up here every year at this time to Bass Lake. I like the winter because I don’t have to hear any motorboats or jet skis. I like the quiet for a change from being in the city. I do enjoy the children and teens playing in the snow. Lots of sledding down a little hill and snowball throwing! Since I haven’t lived in snow for about 35 years, I thrill at the sight of snowflakes falling silently. It’s magic! And waking up to every leaf, needle and branch glistening in the rising sunshine, takes my breath away. Of course I had to run out and take photos!!
My favorite is to hike up onto a mountain with a waterfall cascading down to the lake, icicles dripping from rocks above the water. Granite rocks at the top of a path with educational signs telling of the Mono Indigenous peoples who lived here, and still do in the area. Next time I come, I will visit the Sierra Mono Museum in North Fork, a nonprofit run by Mono native peoples depicting the history of their land, way of life, art, and what’s happening now.
I also bring sewing, and projects. never just one, right?! I can spread out on the kitchen/dining table, living room floor, and design, piece and sew. This year some of what I am working on are projects inspired by Karen Eckmeier aka The Quilted Lizard. Karen came to our guild, EBHQ, did workshops and an educational meeting. A delightful person!
I love lizards, have had unusual and beautiful experiences with them (just learned that they immunize ticks!!) Here are some photos of her and her creations, her books, and my inspired art.
Happy Saturday! My daughter yelled out the car window to people on the street, much to my son’s chagrin when they were 8 and 13!!
Hope you’re having a great weekend. What projects are you working on in between weekend-goings-on? Lisa
The East Bay Heritage Quilt Guild (EBHQ) creates and gives away about 1500 quilts each year to children in hospitals, foster care and after “natural” disasters. They also make and give adult quilts for the hurricanes, floods, fires, tsunami’s, earthquakes. I think this is not an anomaly, other quilt guilds do this too. The African American Quilt Guild of Oakland asks each member to make one each year to give away as part of their membership.
I’m including the photos I took today of these mothers and daughters and their quilt guild mentor who worked on a number of “kits” ready to go out to other people who finish them. It is indeed a labor of love! In this EBHQ Quilt Guild, years ago Deanna Davis started this project. When she was alive, she stored all the fabric that was given to the guild for the quilts, and sewed many of them herself. Now it is up to many people in the guild, and those who come to help, to bring them forth and out to those in need.
The top photo shows Ellie with her mother Maria Belshaw of Orinda, working on this quilt with the help of Paula Zurowski, long time member of EBHQ.
So, have fun being creative in whatever ways you enjoy! And have a great Sunday. So nice to have the sun shining after all the much needed rain.