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October 2019 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
October 5, 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)

Gayle reminded everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Pat shared a personal story regarding a happenstance exam that uncovered an issue that was resolved as a result.

Cochella Valley will be displaying their opportunity quilt at one of our meetings.  We, in turn, will be sharing ours at one of their meetings.

A reminder that we will be meeting next month at the Casa Blanca Library.  This location has wonderful space, lighting and centralized (street-level) parking.  We’re looking forward to giving that location a try.  We will also have our holiday party at that location.

Guild Business

Retreat – Make your final payments (Gayle)

Retreat is nearly upon us, November 11-13.  We have a couple openings if there are any interested members.

Guild Challenge – Quilts for Road (Gayle)

Mike, Gayle’s husband, was here today taking pictures of the quilts.  If you missed that, you can still send Gayle any pictures.  We have approximately 42 quilts.

Committee Reports

Programs – Review of 2020 (Laura)

Next month is Member University – Laura is doing circles, Christine is doing pick-up stix, Simone is doing paper piecing

Holiday party will be in December

January we will have Latifah Saafir, a founding member of the MQG for a lecture

June is Sandra Johnson – Sashiko

October will be Wendy Knight – Modern quilting techniques

Fundraising – (Laura)

Laura shared a few items that were donated for fundraising. She reminded everyone about Mountain Shadows from 9am-1pm for the boutique.  Our table will have various items that members have made for sale; other tables will be set-up with items for sale. December 4th is the Kris Kringle Gift Fair in Ontario at the Senior Center. Laura invited members that may know of free events to speak with her about items that we may have available to take for sale. 

December Meeting & Holiday Party (Simone)

The party will have a gift exchange $10 item(s) limit.  Please bring a wrapped item if you’d like to participate. We will have a ‘Sweet & Savory’ appetizer theme.  Simone shared the sign-up sheet with the room along with a chocolate treat to inspire everyone to sign-up.  The event sounds like a lot of fun and more information to follow!

Block Lotto (Simone)

Tipsy Twofer, raw edge applique is our current Block Lotto pattern.  The pattern is available on the website and on Simone’s blog.  The pattern is super easy and has excellent instructions to complete.  Simone shared that the blocks have a lot of versatility and shared some examples of projects using them. Members are asked to use black/white prints to compete the blocks to lend itself

Charity (Rachel)

Rachel and Jessica shared several beautiful quilts that were recently submitted for donation. 

Fundraising (Laura)

The following fundraising events have been scheduled: 

Oct 12th Holiday Boutique at Mountain Shadows in Highland.

Dec 4th Kris Kringle Holiday Boutique at the Ontario Senior Center.

Nominations Committee:  Present slate for 2020 election (Pat)

President – Gayle Bennett

VP of Programs – Becky Brekke and Laura

VP of Communications – Elizabeth Eastmond

Treasurer – Candy Scott

Secretary – Open

Pat shared that we are a very collaborative Board and would encourage anyone interested in participating to let us know.  We will provide support and training, so no real skills are required.  We are looking for any nominations from the floor currently. Pat waited to see if there were any responses from the members in attendance; no responses were received.  The election will be conducted this year via Survey Monkey again from October 26 until November 1.

Show and Shares immediately followed the program; members shared their wonderful creations.

Program – (Elizabeth Eastmond – OP Quilt)

Laura gave a wonderful introduction of Elizabeth.  She began quilting when she was expecting her first baby.  She’s made over 200 quilts, various techniques including machine applique, hand applique, art, improve and modern and traditional.  She’s inspired by her travels and has been featured in various quilting publications. She teaches at guilds and her former career was in teaching as well. Elizabeth’s patterns are available on payhip and blueprint – https://payhip.com/opquilt.

Elizabeth discussed what constitutes a “modern” quilt and gave a brief overview of the modern aesthetic of quilting in the 20th century. She talked about contemporary quilting; something seen in our current time and nowhere else. A multitude of beautiful quilts were shared along with Elizabeth’s quilting journey.  Techniques featured include: Contemporary, Improvisation, Minimalistic, Negative Space, Scale, Alternate Gridwork, Graphic Color Palettes. (scan of handout provided below)

Elizabeth recommended indexing your quilts, she explained the importance of keeping a record of what you have made. 

Make sure to check out Elizabeth’s website for a variety of ‘freebies’ and tutorial/techniques at opquilt.com

Show and Share

Raffles

Winners of the fat quarter and name tag raffles were presented with their prizes.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jennifer Adams
In the absence of Becky Brekke, Secretary