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Sunday, April 11, 2010


Voices in Cloth: Final Day

This is the show floor as we walked in this afternoon. I was concerned that with the torrential rains we experienced while driving in to Oakland, that attendance would be down.

The vendors were along the perimeter and there were some exceptional offerings.

I took some pictures of the quilts of some of my friends.

This is Bev Glick's wonderful New York Beauty.

Chris Smith at Reap As You Sew showed two quilts. This is Bring on the Endorphins. She wrote about here it on her blog.

She also showed It's Easy Being Green. You can read that interesting story here.

I took another picture of my friend Candice Abraham's stunning quilt, Lotsa Squares but it turned out all wonky. Her quilt is anything but wonky. Here is someone else admiring her work.

Somehow I again forgot to take a picture of my quilt. I guess I was too excited. Terry Grant was right: people were interested in it. I received so much encouragement.

The last picture I will post is a picture of Linda Weinstein's powerful quilt.

The small town next to ours has a hillside full of crosses commemorating military losses from the war in Iraq. Read more about the Memorial here.

The show closed at 4 PM and by 5:30 nearly all of the vendors were packed up and the quilters were lining up to retrieve their work.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Faces Quilt

This is the quilt that I made for Voices in Cloth 2010. When I began my Faces project on 1/1/2010 I considered it a daily practice project. I tried not to think about what I was going to do with the work. I had another idea for a quilt for the show but somehow, I couldn't get motivated to make the other quilt. As the deadline for submissions neared, I received encouragement to experiment with pieces I had been "sketching." I took the first 49 faces and thought of them as an "album" and stitched them together with bits of hand-dyed cotton. I'll try to remember to take a picture of it as it is hanging at the show. Each of the faces measures about 4-1/2" square. The quilt is about 31" square.

The other "issue" is that the fabric for the squares has changed over the course of the project. Initially, I started with something that I had for another project, already sandwiched. It was a pale batik, cotton batting, and fusible interfacing for the back. It was 4 inches wide. It required no planning or thinking. I used it for Nos. 1-3. I was unable to find any more of that so I bought something else. I ran out of the second fabric at No. 69. Of course, I could find no more of that either but I did find something close to the first fabric. I am thinking about changing to print cloth when I run out of the third fabric.


Friday, April 09, 2010

VIC Set-up: Lunch

Chilaquiles en Salsa Chipotle
Chips tossed with a chipotle purée, garnished with cotija & crema
We had to take a break for lunch so we strolled from the Convention Center down Washington Street, through the Farmers' Market over to 8th Street and Tamarindo.

We also had Tacos del Campo (three tacos made with hand-made tortillas topped with fresh salsa: 1 each, Asada, Carnitas and Pollo Asado ( I forgot to take a picture of this one).

And something like "huaraches" that I didn't write down. They were corn patties with two different toppings: chorizo and potato; and rajas (poblanos) with black beans and cotija and other yummmy stuff.

This was a delicious strawberry agua fresca.
Highly recommended!

Voices in Cloth: The show goes up

Linda, Dana, and I arrived at the Oakland Convention Center this morning at 8:30 AM and this is what the room looked like.

Our biennial guild show is a "pipe and drape" show that begins with ironing muslins that hang behind the quilts.

Meanwhile, the forest of pipes are assembled into rows. We were in charge of row E. I forgot to take a picture at 3:30 when we finished hanging the last quilts. I'll try to remember to take some when I return to see the show this weekend.

The ladders stand ready for hanging the quilts.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Monday, April 05, 2010

Sunday, April 04, 2010


Voices in Cloth

Bee Happy
Raffle Quilt by Jean Smith

My guild, the East Bay Heritage Quilters, an organization of over 500 quilters, is centered in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. We have monthly meetings in Kensington and every two years we present an Extraordinary Quilt Show, Voices in Cloth. This year the show will be April 10 & 11 at the Oakland Convention Center.

These are the two opportunity quilts made by members of our guild. Two lucky raffle ticket holders will win these quilts next Sunday.

L'Attitude Bleu
Raffle Quilt by Karin Lusnak

VIC is a non-juried show. There will be over 200 quilts made by EBHQ members. There will also be wearable art, quilting demonstrations, and great vendors. This will also be a fantastic opportunity to acquire fiber art from our silent auction of quilts and garments.

April 10-11, 2010
Oakland Convention Center

At the last possible minute, I decided to sew together the first 49 faces from my project as my entry to the show.

Friday, April 02, 2010