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March 2020 General Meeting Minutes

NOTICE: Our Saturday meeting on April 4, 2020 will be shifted to May 2, 2020, due to library closures in Riverside. We’ve scheduled Laura Green presentation on bindings for May, and rescheduled the Urban Quilt Challenge for September.
To keep up with other meeting cancellations, please watch this blog, IG or Facebook for announcements.

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes for March 7, 2020
Riverside Main Library • 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
The meeting was called to order at 2:10 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

I promise we were listening, but we were busy cutting out our EPP pattern.

Welcome/Guest Speaker Introduction – Gayle
Charity – We are collecting charity quilts. The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) for San Bernardino will be our designated charity for distribution to children pulled from their homes in extreme circumstances. Many are taken in the middle of the night and depending on the circumstances they can spend the night at the DPSS.  We do not have anyone specifically handling Charity. We are asking for our members to sign-up to help staff the Charity Table at meetings, simply record the information for the person donating and this duty will rotate on a monthly basis. Quilts can be lap or any size for comfort.  
Quilt kits are available for guild charity projects. Amy French donated a large amount of Allison Glass fabrics. The kit includes top, binding and backing. The guild has a large roll of batting for members to use for charity quilts. If you reach out to Gayle, she can bring batting in whatever size you need. You aren’t obligated to quilt the projects as we do have resources for that with our members.  We appreciate quilt tops also.

Raffles – The raffles this month will be a choice between a scissor/needle threader gift or a Latifah pattern and a spool of thread.  Tickets are encouraged and helpful for our guild. 
Membership Survey – A survey is being distributed by Gayle for our members to provide some candid feedback about the guild. The surveys will be anonymous, and the results will help shape what we do in the months ahead.

Program – Elizabeth Eastmond “English Paper Piecing” 

The first project we learned was traditional hexagon EPP using a basting stitch. An awesome trick Elizabeth shared to begin was utilizing a hole punched in the center of the hexagon to secure the fabric with a pin (versus glue). We began the process to make a flower piece using a light hexagon for the center and dark hexagons to fill out the flower petals. Elizabeth explained how the stitches are long basting stitches and then the stitches to combine hexagon pieces are small and not through the paper. 

Our second project was using a ¼” glue stick (Fons & Porter preferred) to essentially secure the fabric around the pieces. Then the construction to secure the pieces together is the same, small stitches. Elizabeth cautioned not to use too much glue on the edge of the pieces as it makes it challenging to get the needle to go through the pieces when securing them together. We were cautioned NOT to trim dog- ear pieces as we’re constructing petals/pieces.  Trimming leaves the raw edges exposed on your project. 

Break 

Guild Business 

Block Lotto – Elizabeth (in Simone’s absence)
The new Block Lotto was unveiled for this month called ‘Drunkish’ [see previous post].  She would like it to be in 3 analogous colors – blue/blue green/green. The drawing was also conducted for those that presented blocks for Tri-ball.  

Raffles – Judy (in Pat’s absence)
Winners of the fat quarter bundle prize for the revenue raffle and the name tag raffle prize were presented with their prizes.

Programs – Becky

Special thanks to Elizabeth for her wonderful workshop today. 
Next meeting is our guild challenge “Urban.”

[REMINDER: OUR NEXT MEETING IS MAY 2, 2020.]

For the Urban Challenge, quilts are to be no larger than 24″ in either dimension (w or l). The blue color swatch that was distributed needs to be included in the project in some manner.  Linda Rasmussen will be curating the event again. We love her feedback and constructive advice about our work.  If you don’t want yours included, you can opt out of that part of the challenge. 

Sit-and-Sew is planned for April 18th, from 10am to 4pm at Quilter’s Cocoon in Riverside, but check our Instagram feed for updates, if there are any.  There is a $5 fee payable at the event. Becky shared that the owner of Quilter’s Cocoon recently visited Hoffman Fabrics and she will be getting lots of new fabric in the shop.

If there is to be a cancellation of this event, we will announce it on this blog, our Facebook page or IG. Please check there for further announcements.

An upcoming guild program will be with Laura Green about quilt binding.  She will share various binding techniques that she’s learned over the years, many from Helen Frost. 

Membership – Judy
We have three new members, Welcome! We also have four visitors joining us today!  

Announcements – All
March 28-29 quilt show hosted by the Glendale Guild. 

Show & Share – All
A variety of beautiful modern quilts were shared by the membership:

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jennifer G. Adams
Secretary

Recipes from the Treats Table at the back of the room

Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies from Judy R.
Ingredients:
1/2 c. butter – softened to room temperature
1/4 c. Crisco (I used butter-flavored)
1 c. dark brown sugar1 egg – also at room temperature
1/4 c. molasses
2 1/4 c. sifted all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (optional if you’ve used salted butter)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
granulated sugar for rolling cookies in
Directions:
Mix the first 5 ingredients until smooth and creamy.  In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together until well blended then mix into the creamed mixture just until incorporated.  Refrigerate dough for a few hours or overnight. Use a measured scoop or roll pieces into the size of walnuts. Roll the tops in the granulated sugar and place them about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a smooth surface.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 for 10 minutes. If you have an oven that is hotter in the back, turn the sheets halfway through. They will be starting to crack but do not yet appear to be “done”.  Pull them out anyway! Leave them on the cookie sheet to cool and they will finish baking. Last step: be in the moment and savor every bite.


Ranger Cookies, from Judy R.
Ingredients:
1 c. butter or shortening – softened to room temperature
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs – room temperature
2 c. sifted all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
2 c. rolled oats
2 c. of non-sugary wheat-type cereal flakes (Team, Total, Heritage Flakes)
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. nuts
1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips
Directions:
Mix the first 4 ingredients until smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, soda and salt until well blended then mix into the creamed mixture just until incorporated.  Stir in oats, cereal, coconut, nuts and chocolate chips.  Drop by measured scoop or spoonfuls 2 inches apart onto an un-greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly with smooth surface. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 10 – 12 minutes. Slide onto a cooling rack.
Last step: have milk handy.