IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
August 3, 2019
Riverside Public Library
3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.
Welcome – Gayle
Road to California Atrium Exhibit
We have 18 quilts committed to the exhibit, but we will need 44 quilts per the show requirements. Photo & measurements are required by the October meeting. Mike will be there to photograph them for you; he will be there early and stay late in order to photograph all quilts brought in. Quilt requirements are as follows: minimum 72” long and a maximum 100” wide, must have a 4” sleeve, a label (quilt name, quilter’s name, date, etc), and modern (this is the Guild’s preference). The show is looking for a variety of quilt styles and colors that best represent the IEMQG.
We have often heard Linda Rasmussen say that we should enter our quilts in shows as often as possible, along those lines, the Glendale Quilt Guild has a Quilt Show every spring. Entries are open to the public so you do not to be a member to submit a quilt. A great opportunity to exhibit member’s quilts to show how talented our guild is.
Charity, Gayle for Rachel
Pat, Lisa and Gayle put together charity kits (including backing) for Homestead Seniors. The Bonnie Hunter pattern included in the kit is easy and quick. Gayle timed herself and completed a quilt in 107 minutes. Laura handed out kits during the meeting.
For the September guild meeting, go through you fabric stash and bring your “ugliest” fabric. We’ll help you decide what to do with it for our featured activity ‘What was I Thinking’ Fabric Share. This will be an interactive event, where members will bring fabric they’re not sure what to do with. They can also share, trade and/or give fabric away.
October 5th: Elizabeth Eastmond of OPQuilt will be the featured speaker.
We are still in need of a VP of Programs, if you are interested in taking over this position, please contact any Board member for additional information.
The following fundraising events have been scheduled:
Saturday, Oct 12th, from 9 am – 1 pm (set up is from 7 am – 9 am), Holiday Boutique at Mountain Shadows in Highland. Laura made flyers and handed them out to members to display at local guild meetings, coffee houses, and quilt shops. Laura also updated the list of recommended craft items and provided a wine bottle pattern for this month. We netted about $100 profit from the proceeds of last month’s rummage sale.
Sit and Sew, Jennifer
Jennifer found us a location for future Sit and Sews at the Quilter’s Cocoon in Riverside. Our 3rd quarter Sit and Sew will be on Saturday, September 21st from 10 am – 4 pm. There is no Sit and Sew scheduled in the 4th quarter due to the holiday season. This is a good opportunity to work on charity items or your own projects. We hope to see you there.
Block Lotto, Simone
Simone showed members examples of Fibo’s Sister for the Block Lotto for August/September and the blocks will be collected at the September meeting. This next block is designed to make four blocks at a time using 16 improv strips. Make as many blocks as you want and for each block you will receive one ticket to be entered in the drawing. Please use warm colors and the borders should be low volume fabric. The block tutorial will be located on both the IEMQG website and Simone’s blog.
There were 25 members in attendance; 1 new member; and 1 guest. Effective for the September meeting, Judy will take over Ruthann’s position.
Featured Speaker, Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef, Aurifilosophy
Shelley introduced our featured speaker, Natalie Barnes, who is Aurifil’s newest thread ambassador. Natalie took us on a journey through the history of Aurifil, from its early beginnings starting in 1957 in Italy. It wasn’t until 1983, that Aurifil procured Egyptian cotton thread for embroidery, and the Aurifil thread as we know it today was born. Natalie reminded us of all the reasons we love Aurifil (and why it’s the go to thread to use in piecing and quilting): natural fiber, strong, minimal lint, colors, variety of weights, and the sheen. She explained each type of thread weight and gave the uses and advantages of each one. Natalie also went over how to read the Aurifil thread label and gave us some neat tips as well. Lastly, Aurifil has taken steps toward sustainability; researching the use of alternate materials for thread spools, and partnering with the Plastic Bank to offset annual plastic production. In addition, they are exploring creative repurposing of spools. Natalie surprised everyone with swag bags. Each bag contained an Aurifil brochure which recapped everything Natalie presented for future reference and a spool of thread. Thank you, Natalie and Aurifil!
Break and Pop Up Shopping!
Show and Tell
8 members shared their wonderful creations.
Winners of the fat quarter and name tag raffles were presented with their prizes.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.