EBHQ educational sessions are held the last Monday of the month, excluding July and December. Our May session is held the next-to-last Monday because of Memorial Day. We start to gather at 6:30 to greet one another, view displayed quilts, find pamphlets describing regional quilting events, or check out books from our extensive library.  Brief announcements start at 7:30 p.m., followed by a featured speaker from the quilting world. Guest admission is $5.   Map for Educational Sessions
                                                                   photo by Rachel Holmen

Speaker Velda Newman's award winning quilt, Zinnia, (88" X 211") is admired at a recent EBHQ meeting.

February 25, 2019

Sue Fox/Julia McLeod - Silk and Salvage: new Quilts from Rescued Materials

Sue Fox and Julia McLeod are thrilled to be sharing our Silk & Salvage quilt-making story with our own home guild. Over the past 15 years we have made dozens and dozens of quilts using silk and other materials salvaged from unlikely sources. and we’ll show and talk about why these unusual materials intrigue us. As local gals, we’ll also share our local resources, where we look for and find fantastic textiles—and show how we determine the fiber content when there is no label at hand. Our slideshow gives you a peek into each of our studios, as it follows how we've developed a few of our projects. Plus— we’ll bring about 15 to 20 quilts for a good old fashioned trunk show. All in all, it promises to be a colorful and inspiring evening!

March 25, 2019

Mel Beach - Free Motion CREA-TV and Reality Lecture/Trunk Show

Tune in as Mel shares her love of free-motion quilting as it relates to her guilty pleasure of watching reality television!! She’ll share her own unscripted, real-life adventures of learning to free-motion quilt and you won’t want to change channels as she shares her confessions about her fear factors, extreme makeover story, and her myth-busting tips and tricks for quilting on a domestic sewing machine.


April 29, 2019

Yoshiko Wada - Transformative Power of Stitchery: Northeastern Japan and Nui Project

Sashiko, a form of Japanese folk embroidery based on the basic running stitch, originated in Japan's northeastern Tōhoku region as a practical method to darn textiles such as insulated layered clothing and cloths used to wrap and carry. It is now celebrated for its simple aesthetic—its simple graphic motifs often build to create complex compositions with varied symbolic and historical meanings and can also express regional identities and personal aesthetics within a community.

Esteemed textile scholar Yoshiko I. Wada will discuss sashiko’s specificities and the phenomenon of its global spread, drawing connections between this folk craft elevated to art and the work of untrained artists at Nui Project, operated by the Shobu Gakuen Social Welfare Facility in southern Japan. Through meditative, time-consuming processes, these stitchers from the North and South find a commonality of self-healing and personal expression where the artist transforms the stitchery and the stitchery transforms the artist.