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I'd like to recommend Madelin Wolf as a terrific seamstress. I
believe that she can do anything involving fabric! She's an
artist and makes quilts for special occasions. She's in West Berkeley near Juan's
Place (1025 Carleton - and 7th?)and her numbers are 334-6671
and 644-2063. Tell her I sent you!
I'm looking to hire someone to assemble a simple quilt. It's
made of 8 x 8'' squares and needs to be pieced together into a
wall hanging. No interior quilting or patterning is required-
just putting together the squares into a larger square. Any
recommendations? E-mail or call 234-3333
Check out Quiltmamas.com. Quilt Mamas are two women in
Berkeley who offer quilting services. You can see the quality
of their work at their annual quilt sale 12/3; they would be
glad to hear from you.
Has anyone had a quilt professionally made from old t-shirts?
There are a million sites on the web that advertise this, but I'd
rather give my precious t-shirts to someone who's recommended. If
you had this done, how much did it cost? Thanks!
I don't know of a quilter; however, I made a T-shirt quilt for my
daughter and now my son wants one! They're great! When I was
struggling with mine, I thought about hiring a seamstress from
our local laundry/alteration place to assemble the pieces. It's a
fairly simple project. Good luck!
I believe your best bet for having a quilt made from anything precious --
including your old t-shirt collection -- is to visit New Pieces on Solano
right here in Berkeley (cross street Ordway). I wouldn't dream of
sending off to have a quilt made from a vendor online, unless of course I
knew them personally. You just don't have adequate control of what
happens once you send your precious mementos away.
That said, New Pieces does everything from design work, to meticulous
and beautiful construction, to really top notch free arm machine quilting.
I've seen many quilts that they have designed and many more that they
have finished for folks, quilters and nonquilters alike. I generally hand
quilt my quilts, but have taken them a number of my quilts recently to
have them machine quilted, and I have been very happy with the work
that my fellow quilters at New Pieces have done.
I spoke with Sharona, the owner of New Pieces, and she advises that
''Each quilt is unique, and priced according to work involved...a twin
would cost around $1000, a double: up to $1400, a queen, up to
$2400.'' You should allow 3-4 months for the completion of a whole
I am visiting from Europe until June next year and would like to
take a quilting class. I can sew but have never done any
quilting, and there seems to be quite a few different approaches,
so I'd rather not just buy a book and try by myself. Any
recommendation in the Berkeley-Albany-El Cerrito-Richmond area?
You want New Pieces, THE quilting store in Albany.
Check out New Pieces on Solano Avenue in Albany.
They have quilting classes of all sorts and sell really gorgeous
fabric and notions for quilting needs.
I cannot reccomend highly enough the begining quilting class at
Quilt Fans in Alameda. This class is taught by a woman named
Brenda who is an exceptional teacher and quilter. You learn
many different techniques & can go from there in just about any
direction. There are many other classes that are open to
beginers and if you go to the shop you can see what quilt you
would be making. Owner of the shop is very very helpful as
well - Kathy. The number is: 510-749-6717.
Dear would-be quilter,
You are in luck! New Pieces is a wonderful full-service quilt shop,
quilting service, and gallery, located at 1597 Solano Avenue, cross
street Ordway, in north Berkeley. 510-527-6779 They offer a wide
variety of classes, from beginning to advanced. They are open seven
days a week and they have everything you need to get started in
quilting, and to keep you going, forever! Great fabric selection, and
more importantly, I think, many of our best local quilters work there.
They all know what they're doing, and they are lovely individuals as
well. You will instantly feel right at home. They also have a web
I *highly* recommend you take the Beginning Machine Quilting
Class at New Pieces. The teacher I recommend is Angie Woolman.
I took this class with her several years ago, and it was
wonderful. She gives a very thorough explanation of all aspects
of beginning quilting.
New Pieces is on Solano in North Berkeley.
There are lots of classes offered through the lovely fabric
store on Solano called New Pieces. They have a website at
There are a few evening classes and some weekend classes. I
haven't seen the fall schedule, but there are probably still
some openings, and if not, you could certainly check for the
Spring classes when the schedule comes out.
Stonemountain and Daughter Fabric Store on Shattuck
offers several quilting classes.... from beginner to advanced.
The number is (510) 845-6106.
Also, try www.craigslist.org and you can enter some search
subjects in the proper category (probably under 'community')
and i'm sure there's someone out there doing a quilting
New Pieces on Solano in Berkeley has great classes. Cindi is
especially good for beginners.
We are interested in commissioning a quilt and would like to
work with someone local who would be willling to collaborate
on colors and design. We are especially interested in a
direct referral to a local quiltmaker!
You should talk to Sandy Klop, a Walnut Creek quiltmaker
(and -- full disclosure -- my partner's mother). She has a
wonderful sense of color and design, and has designed both
traditional- and contemporary-looking quilts. You can see
some of her designs on her website, www.americanjane.com,
but you really need to see the quilts in person to get the
full effect of her genius. She is always bursting with
ideas and enthusiasm about quilts. I think she'd be a
great person to work with if you want to commission a quilt.
You can reach Sandy Klop by email through her website.
You're in luck because there is a fabulous quilt store right
here in Albany that can either make you a quilt or give you
some recommendations for people who can- New Pieces on
Solano Av - http://www.newpieces.com/about.html
I was just there a couple of weeks ago with a friend of mine
who is a textile artist. She was visiting from out of town
and she was thrilled to be able to visit New Pieces in
person - apparently they are well known in the textile
community as a supplier and also as a hangout of famous
quilters. They also have a gallery and many exmaples of nice
quilts to look at. On their website it says they have a
quilting service and will make commissioned quilts. They
also will do quilting of others' quilts. While I was there
I watched someone quilting on the long-arm sewing machine
which they use for free-form machine quilting. It's like
drawing with a sewing machine! Very cool.
am interested in having a quilt made from my son's baby
clothes. I have found several websites online that offer this,
but I would prefer to find someone locally that I can meet with
in person. Does anyone know of a person/company in the Bay Area
that will make a quilt from baby clothes?
If your email doesn't generate any other suggestions, maybe call
the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles www.sjquiltmuseum.org
and ask for a recommendation.
Sometime in the past month someone posted a website to order
beautiful handmade quilts by a cooperative of women (Nicaraguan or
Guatemalan???) and I've lost the website and can't remember the
name. If anyone has this info, please email me. Thanks.
I just had a baby - and received
one of these totally beautiful quilts as a present (I didn't
know I was getting one when I posted the note below). Here is
Baby and other quilts made by the Juan Pablo Segundo
Cooperative (baby quilts are 2 squares x 3 squares for
$25.00, crib quilts are 3x4 for $35 ) are nice shower gifts
and help a good cause.
The cooperative is made up of a group of women living on the
north coast of Honduras in the remote mountain village of El
Pital. I learned about El Pital when my friend Lauren told
me about Un Mundo's 1998 Hurricane Mitch relief effort to
help this village, to which I contributed.
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