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New Pieces for New Pieces Blog

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Good things come in pieces!

The blog is back after a few months away!

A lot is happening at New Pieces * and in the local quilting world. We’d like to use the blog as another way to reinforce the New Pieces Quilt community. I will be looking for items to post about gadgets and techniques, to alternate with  stories about the quilts and quilters in our midst, and other stuff of interest to you all. You are invited to send  your ideas for blog entries to New Pieces, or to write something yourself and send it to me. Pictures are welcome too!

*Many of you will notice that this amazing 360 degree picture of the store is filled with quilts by staff emeritae. We are rebuilding our teaching program as you read this. Please ask about the changes underway, and feel free to suggest great teachers and classes to us!

July 12 x 12″ x 12″ Challenge: Fire!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The July Challenge theme was “Fire” and the response from our challengers was delightfully creative and diverse.  Inspiration ran the gamut from phoenix and firebird to fireworks and bonfires, wildfires and forces of nature.

“Ring of Fire”, by Lissa Miner

“Bonfire Night”, by Heather Jacobsen

“Phoenix”, by Gwen Wallace

by Sharona Fischrup

“Fireworks”, by Jane Voytek

“Campfire Fireworks”, by Claire Adams

“Ode to Colorado”, by Mary Risard Burnett

“The Four Elements”, by Kathy Ritter

“Firebird”, by Roxanne Fiscella

This month’s “favorite” (by vote of whoever came into New Pieces in early August) is Roxanne Fiscella’s “Firebird”, about which Roxanne tells us the following: “Firebird: In Slavic folklore a magical glowing bird from a faraway land which is a blessing and a bringer of doom to its captor. The Firebird feather if found provokes the hero onto a quest that entails a difficult journey and lights the way back to the bird.”

Thank you Roxanne, and thank to to everyone who “played” this month. August’s theme is “Night”. Come join us!


“Spring” is in the Air — and on the Wall!

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

We received 17 amazing 12″ x 12″ quiltlets celebrating “Spring” by the March 31st deadline. Please stop by New Pieces and vote for your favorite between now and 6:00pm on April 5th if you can. The piece with the most votes will win a home made ribbon and a $10 New Pieces gift certificate.

We picked a complicated theme fabric for March, but evidence shows it didn’t slow our quilters down very much.  Each piece has a story, and some of those stories are available on the Facebook page  New Pieces 12 x 12″ x 12″ Challenge . The April Challenge has just begun, and the challenge “kit” (theme word & fat 1/8 of the theme fabric) are available at New Pieces. We welcome you to come play with us — just for the fun of it!


 by Barbara Hazard                                                 by Joy Troyer


by Mary Risard Burnett                                         by Julie Banfield


by Sharona Fischrup                                               by Jane Voytek


by Shawn Dubin                                                         by Helen Zung


by Claire Adams                                                        by Roxanne Fiscella

by Lisa Doyen                                                          by Sharon Whipkey


by Karen Dugas                                                          by Lissa Miner


by Heather Jacobsen                                                  by Kathy Ritter

by Pat Dicker


Mystery Quilter – Linda Shank

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011


It’s hard to describe Linda’s energy using a still camera. She displays a special, wonderful brand of off-kilter, scrappiness in both her quilts and her demeanor.

In addition to her quilts on the walls, Linda pulled out a table’s worth of placemats and a runner, all with Christmas batiks on one side, and more summery fabrics on the reverse.

Pauline Stone Pearsall (October Mystery Quilter) was there, and called Linda’s binding method alone, “worth the price of admission” (Pauline’s no slouch at humor, either!). It was a lively and inspiring hour, and we are so glad she could be here! Check the class schedule to see when the next Mystery Quilter will be joining us.


The Mystery Quilter is Among Us!

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Portrait of the Mystery Quilter?

Join us at New Pieces on Tuesday October 18th, from 12:30 -1:30 pm

to hear from the latest Mystery Quilter! Bring your lunch and a friend for this free talk.

We’d tell you more if we could, but it’s a secret!

Hope to see you there!

A Ghastly Quilt

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Today at New Pieces we got to see Jan Nilsen’s just finished “Ghastlies” quilt. As she said, we’ve been cheerfully dispersing this fabric (from an Alexander Henry line), but probably hadn’t yet seen it made up.

She’s made great choices throughout; the result is a beautiful piece she can use for Halloween — but also other times. Well done, Jan, and thanks for coming in to share with us!


Do You Know About Our Website?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

when you get ALL your tools together, you might need a computer!

Sometimes a customer has a question for which the answer is “Have you seen our Website?”.  It’s tricky to write about the website, since you’re ON the website right now — but maybe a quick introduction is in order — it will help you get more out of what is available at New Pieces.

The New Pieces website has Contact information for the Store, and Directions for getting to our Store (at 766 Gilman Street). You can read About New Pieces for information about the Store and the Staff. And of course it wouldn’t be a quilt store without a place for “Show and Tell”. We are always looking for pictures to add to our gallery of proud friends and customers.

Under Quilting Service is a brief explanation of the quilt related services available at New Pieces. Even old friends of New Pieces may be surprised at the range of tasks we can do for you when you don’t want to do them yourself. We recommend reading this part of the website to acquaint yourself with the range of possibilities, and their estimated costs. “Quilting Service” also has samples of some of the quilting designs we offer — and precise instructions on preparing your quilt top & back for longarm quilt service — Reading these instructions can save you time and money.

In Classes you will find a calendar of all upcoming events and classes and a description for each class – usually with a photo of the class sample quilt. While we have always tried to indicate how much experience you may need for certain classes, we recently began tagging some classes as being especially appropriate for certain kinds of students:


If you find a class that interests you, you can register by phone or come see us in person. If you are looking for a particular class or pattern, there is also a search function (click on “go here>>” on the Classes page to get there). If you still don’t see what you’re looking for — let us know!


...Have you seen the Mystery Quilter?

SO… since you’re reading this you already found the Blog.  You either got here by clicking “Blog” on the navigation bar (the red bar under where it says “New Pieces Quilt Store & Gallery”, or by clicking link from our Facebook page. The Blog is meant to give you an idea of what we’re about. We use it brag about students and teachers and to remind you about upcoming classes; we mention new things happening in the store and offer tips and how-tos. The Blog is about the things we’d tell you if you were right here in the Store. If there are things you want to know more (or less) about please don’t hesitate to let us know, either as a comment here, or on the New Pieces Quilt Store  Facebook page. It’s not a conversation without your input!

Have you Made a New (School) Year’s Resolution?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

There’s a new school year right around the corner — Children are sharpening their pencils and laying out outfits and backpacks for return to the local grade schools. High school students are upgrading their high-techery and scuffing their shoes for an optimal first-day cool.  UC Berkeley is filling up, and classes start on Thursday; many of us have college students long gone for the Fall term. It was 78 degrees (F) in Berkeley today — a sure sign that the cool Summer weather is coming to an end, and a hot Bay Autumn is at hand. It’s time to get started, on something!

Becky Keck showing off a Freshly Quilted Work of Art (FQWA)

What’s your plan? Are you ready to do something new (or get back to doing something you used to love before life got so hectic?) Why not make your New Year’s Resolution NOW, at the beginning of the school year — instead of waiting until January when days are short, veggies are scarce and hibernation beckons?

Maybe this is the year you join a quilt guild; you can choose from the likes of  EBHQ , a venerable and powerful local group that meets in Kensington, the last Monday evening of the month (August 29th), or East Bay Modern Quilt Guild, a smaller newer group that meets at New Pieces on the last Tuesday (August 30). Here’s a list of other Quilt Guilds in the area, if you’re from farther out. You could finally take that class you’ve been meaning to at New Pieces. Maybe you can just make a promise to make yourself, and your sewing, a higher priority than it may have been lately.

Now is a perfect time to think about sharing a quilt or your skill with others:

You can make something for a loved one. You can teach a loved one, or an acquaintance, or a a classroom full of children to make something.

You can donate a quilt to either Quilts4Japan or Children’s Quilts/EBHQ . Q4J has collected hundreds of quilts to send to those in need; Children’s Quilts has packets of pre-selected, pre-cut fabrics available (free!) for you to assemble. You can pick one up at New Pieces Quilt Store; you can also drop off donations for either group at the Store, any time we are open.

EBHQ members can show off a quilt at the November meeting (“Show-and-Tell”) or start planning to display one in Voices in Cloth 2012 a sensational biennial quilt show to be held on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.

There are so many other ways you can share your skills and knowledge. We just want to give you a little nudge, and encourage you to get started on what’s next. We’re living in challenging times. Sewing something is a calming, reassuring, affirming way to deal with uncertain times. Quilting is good for us and for everyone.

Happy New Year!

Mystery Quilter Revealed!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The August Mystery Quilter  (8/16) was Sally Morris, quilter extraordinaire. Sally brought her show-and-tell quilts in a giant suitcase; she was equally generous with her time and expertise!

Among the stack of stunning quilts was this paper-pieced beauty that would have been enough by itself … but then Sally pulled out this one:


A second quilt made from the “leftovers” from the first quilt! What a range of wonderful work she shared with us!

Thank you so much, Sally, for your generous spirit and your skill. We are lucky to know you!


The next Mystery Quilter talk will be at 12:30pm on September 20th. Please mark the date and time on your calendar today, and plan to be with us for an informal, informative, lunchtime talk with ??????????

Quilts4Japan Update

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011














In the months since the horrific earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, Quilts4Japan has inspired acts of (not-at-all) random kindness by several hundred quilters. Check out Quilts4Japan on Flickr for a really lovely collection of pictures of  the quilts, so far.

Many of the quilts come from the Bay Area, but the project is broadening. Using local volunteer resources and an outpouring of support. Eve Kushner and Gail Shea have coordinated collection and shipping of about 400 handmade quilts so far. Distribution is being handled by  Patchwork Tsushin magazine of Japan. The need for comfort and quilts remains unabated. If you have considered donating a quilt to this project, DO! If you haven’t started that quilt yet, DO! If you are unable to make a quilt at this time, but still want to contribute to the project, please contact Gail Shea via

Thank you Gail, Eve, and everyone who has contributed to Quilts4Japan, so far.