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Open Quilting

Note: Saturday Open Quilting is currently closing at 1 pm.  We are looking for host(s) for the 1-3 pm timeslot.  Contact EBHQwebsupp@gmail.com if you're interested.  

EBHQers have enjoyed many enjoyable months of meeting in person again at the Albany Church. We've worked on projects, swapped fabric, checked out each others quilts, chatted up a storm.

Now, it's time for a few changes, designed to enhance your Open Quilting experience.

Masks are optional.

The EBHQ Lending Library has been moved to the second floor of the Albany church. Our quilting books can now be accessed during Open Quilting hours. You can sit in an airy, light-filled room to browse through books, or check them out for home use. Read about the Lending Library here.

It's never too early to start making postcards for Voices In Cloth 2024. You can now pick up free Postcard Making Kits at all Open Quiltings! Contact our new VIC Postcard Co-Chairs, Diane Vecchi or Sarah Kaplan (see EBHQ Directory) for more info. We need all the help we can get in creating these very popular items to raise money for EBHQ.

Available at OQ for your use during each session: irons, ironing boards, cutting mats, extension cords for your sewing machine, large tables with risers for pinning quilts (if space allows), and design boards.

Scrap Swap: you may bring fabric of any size to give away. However, if it's not scooped up by someone else, you must take your fabric home. There is no space to store any more fabric in the closets. They are quite full--crammed actually.

Remember to bring your textile donationsAccepted items: any textiles, new or old, synthetic or natural. All we ask is that they be clean. This includes fabric scraps, batting, clothing & household items like linens. No foam please! 

To comply with EBHQ protocol:

  • entrants to OQ must sign in, even if only visiting the Lending Library, indicating their name, phone contact, vax status and membership status
  • masks are optional
  • attendees should practice social distancing
  • doors may be propped open for air circulation, so layer up

Room procedures:

  • every entrant must sign in
  • bring/wear a name badge (make a fun one)
  • bring your own covered water or coffee container for sipping 
  • tidy up your own work area before leaving (gather your scraps, etc.)
  • take your leftover Scrap Swap fabrics home

What you can do during Open Quilting:

  • bring a brown bag lunch (no sharing food)
  • Hot water will be available 
  • bring a sewing project to work on
  • hand bind a quilt, embellish a top
  • bring your sewing machine and piece or quilt
  • share your work at 11 a.m. in an informal Show & Tell
  • get advice if you're stuck on a project
  • get inspiration and information from the Lending Library
  • bring fabric for the Scrap Swap table
  • pick up a kit to sew or a quilt sandwich to quilt at home
  • pin a quilt, or cut fabric, on a high table (if space allows)
  • share quilting your enthusiasm with friends
  • schmooze to your heart's content

When & Where


Second Tuesday 9-3 pm and

Third Saturday 9-1 pm each month



Albany United Methodist Church, 980 Stannage Ave. (cross street Marin Ave.)

Enter through the wooden gate with an Open Quilting sign, follow the fence to the glass doors.


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PO Box 6223

Albany, CA  94706

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