Part 2, here we go! Selections of quilts from Quilt 2017, put on by the San Francisco Quilt Guild. Enjoy!
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Quilt 2017 by the San Francisco Quilter’s Guild part 1
Here we have a selection of the more modern quilts from Quilt 2017 put on by the San Francisco Quilter’s Guild. Many of the quilts are from the Bee Modern group within the guild, an active modern quilting group. This is part 1 of 3, enjoy!
Time for Stitch Modern 2017
It’s time again!!
Stitch Modern is a modern quilt show put on by the East Bay Modern Quilters at The Piedmont Center for the Arts. This will be our 6th annual show. It’s a good one!
In conjunction with the show there are also several events. The opening night, Friday, April 7th, starting at 7PM, is always a good time AND a good time to see the quilts and meet the artists while enjoying refreshments.
There is also a workshop, Making Prints out of Solids: Lines and Shapes with Maria Shell Saturday April 22nd. I think at this writing there are still a few places left. Details below! And a community day SUNDAY, April 9th (mistype on the invite; it’s Sunday, not Friday). Plus presentations by Kathryn Clark and Sara Trail on Friday, April 21st. More details and photos below!
The gallery will be open Noon – 3:00 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from April 7-April 25.
We’ve also got several amazing events throughout the month. Please join us!
Community Sewing Day
Sunday, April 9 from noon-3:00 p.m.
Join The East Bay Modern Quilters and the East Bay Heritage Quilters for an afternoon of making charity quilts for The Children’s Quilt Project. Fabric kits will be provided, bring your sewing machine or just bring yourself for an afternoon of sewing and good company. People new to sewing are welcome!
Lecture: Kathryn Clark and Sara Trail
Friday, April 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
$10 suggested donation
The East Bay Modern Quilters are excited to present an evening with artist Kathryn Clark (http://www.kathrynclark.com) and Founder and CEO of “Social Justice Sewing Academy” Sara Trail (http://www.sjsacademy.com) as they each discuss their work and the intersection of quilting with social justice issues.
Workshop: Making Prints out of Solids: Lines and Shapes with Maria Shell
Saturday, April 22, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
This year Stitch Modern is pleased to offer Maria Shell’s workshop, Making Prints Out of Solids: Line & Shapes. From her website (http://mariashell.com/classes/) the description is: Using solid colored quilters cotton, students will learn how to stitch an assortment of pieced prints including stripes, chevrons, polka dots, and pointy shapes. While learning these new techniques students will also be given information about selecting a color palette, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.
If you are interested in joining us, tickets are $85. Tickets are non-refundable, however, we will do our best to refund you if there is someone to take your spot. Click here for tickets.
The workshop starts at noon, so we suggest eating an early lunch beforehand; water, coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided. Irons and ironing boards will be provided. You will need to bring your own sewing machine and a list of class supplies will be provided closer to the date of the workshop.
We think this will be an informative, inspiring class and look forward to seeing you there.
Quilter Spotlight: Darci Alexis
Darci Alexis has been active in the East Bay Modern Quilters, teaches, and is a new (and amazing) long arm quilter. A graphic designer and art director by trade, she sews, she pieces and she quilts. You can also find her on her site Darci Sews.
We all saw Darci take to longarming so easily and are pretty excited to have another modern longarmer in our midst. Though truth be told Darci traverses through modern, traditional and just about ever style seamlessly. We’ll show some extra close-ups of her quilting along with sharing some of her quilts.
Many of you have probably already seen her beautiful “Feminist Quilt”, which by the way, has a pattern now, here.
The Power of 12 Exhibition at Bay Quilts
The December exhibition at Bay Quilts in Richmond, CA featured “Artwork from Five Years of Creative Expression” by “The 12×12 Challenge” alumnae. The premise: 12 Women commit to creating 12 works of art in 12 months each measuring 12’x12″. The 12×12 groups meet monthly at Textile Dream Studio in Berkeley.
Here we have a selection of the pieces in the show (there were a total of 150 works!), followed by a little look-see into Bay Quilts, so scroll down for that!
For those of you who live anywhere near the San Francisco Bay Area or who travel here, there is a new fabric shop in town! I had heard about Bay Quilts, but didn’t really get it until I visited in person. Their huge selection of solids of so many varieties is a dream for the modern quilter. Located right off Central Ave from either 80 or 580 in Richmond but on the edge of Albany, this new fabric store has an astounding selection of fabrics with lots of room to move, a gallery wall and Angie Woolman’s long arm services upstairs.
They have every single kona cotton color ($6.50 range/yd) color a variety of shots, peppered cotton, hand-dyed muslin, chambrays and yarn dyes. There is hand-dyed wool, hand-dyed silk-cotton, Azure Blue Textiles, Kasuri Dyeworks, Dyesmith Gradations. There are batiks, Japanese prints from Kokka, Echino, Lecien, Kona Bay and Daiwabo. There are organics from Mona Luna, Cloud 9, Birch and Art Gallery. And then prints from the usual suspects: Alexander Henry, Kaufman, Westminster, Riley Blake, Andover, In The Beginning, Art Gallery, Hoffman, Clothworks, etc etc etc.
Here is a partial visual tour–
Modern/Minimal, The Quilts of Cathy Miranker
There is a dedicated gallery space at the new Bay Quilts in Richmond, CA at which I was lucky enough to see Cathy Miranker‘s exhibition Modern/Minimal. A member of the San Francisco Quilters Guild, and Bee Modern (an SFQG sewing circle), Cathy is also an individual member of the Modern Quilt Guild and the Studio Art Quilt Associates.
I’ve run across Cathy Miranker’s quilts in other California shows and they always make it on the blog – they are modern, original, thoughtful and with an attention to detail that doesn’t compromise any improvisation. A wonderful body of work is represented in this show, and I hope to see more shows from modern quilters in this space!
Quilter Spotlight: Fern Royce
At the Sweet Adeline Bakeshop in Berkeley, California, a selection of Fern Royce‘s quilts were on display throughout the month of August. I’m a fan.
Fern Royce started sewing at age 10 and began quilting in 1995. Self-taught without the use of patterns, she studied books on Amish quilts, African American quilts, and antique quilts, among others. She cites the influence of Gwen Marston‘s “liberated quilting” improvisational movement, and she now teaches students to make their own quilts in the Bay Area.
Spotlight: I Spy the Alphabet
Several members of the East Bay Modern Quilters have gotten in on the modern letter action using Terri Carpenter‘s I Spy the Alphabet paper piecing pattern to make projects with her ultra modern letters. I did too. So versatile. Take a look!
Quilter Spotlight: Pam Rocco
Pam Rocco, whose work I have been admiring in numerous California quilt shows, came to Stitch Modern to teach a workshop “Quilting by the Seat of your Pants”. Enjoyed by all.
From Santa Cruz, she is the vice president of the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild. Besides being a sought after teacher, she has had a monthly column, Words to Quilt By in the Quilter’s Newsletter magazine. Her improv style is easily recognizable with her use of bright, bold and ethnic fabrics.
Pam has been quilting for more than 40 years and received her formative training when she was in Appalachia with the Teacher Corps in 1969 and met women who inspired her to learn how to quilt.
Pam’s quilts have been heavily influenced by other cultures and she feels that her best work is often ad libbed – made up on the spur of the moment using whatever is at hand. She sees quilting as a salvage art, incorporating both new and used materials to play with form and color. In her world, almost anything can be incorporated into a quilt once you learn how to see design possibilities everywhere you look.
Take a look at her work!
Stitch Modern 2016: Part 2
Here is have the second half of the quilts from the 5th annual Stitch Modern show put on by the East Bay Modern Quilters. Though my photos leave something to be desired, The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a beautiful place to see the quilts in person.