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Upcoming March 2020 Meeting

Next week our meeting will be held at the Downtown Main Riverside Library, upstairs in the General Meeting Room. It will begin at 2 p.m.

Things for you to bring:
1– 4″ x 3″ scraps of fabric in 12 rainbow hues; this will give you a chance to reinforce Simone’s lecture from February
2–Background fabric scraps (see the dark fill-in around the rainbow points, below) Avoid batiks. They are hard to needle, and often don’t like to ease into place. Another brand I avoid is Art Gallery as their fabric base is similar to a batik. (Both are wonderful for regular quilting, though!)
3–Basic Sewing Supplies: needle, neutral thread (or ring of bobbins in all different colors), scissors and a thimble if you use it. Some also like to use thread conditioner when they hand sew. If you do, bring that as well.
4–Fabric gluestick. I’ll have regular gluesticks available for purchase, but fabric gluesticks are narrower width and water-soluble, too. I like the Fons and Porter brand as it’s less sticky; it is sold at JoAnn’s. Start looking for it now, as they often run out.
5– Kit fee of $3.00–please bring exact change.
6–Paper scissors, for cutting apart your pattern.

Please also remember your Block Lotto blocks for our drawing. The more you make and bring, the better your chances of winning them all!

ONE MORE MONTH until our 2020 Guild Challenge, with the theme of Urban, and using at least four square inches of the challenge fabric: Lapis (blue) from Painter’s Palette line of solids. Decide on your design and start sewing now!

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February 2020 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes

February 1, 2020
Riverside Main Library
3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome/Guest Speaker Introduction – Gayle/Laura

Gayle discussed the Road to California quilt exhibit and solicited thoughts and feedback from members regarding the new format for displaying juried quilts (separate hall at the venue).  She also recognized Mike’s contribution for all the beautiful photos taken of the quilts displayed.  Gayle asked members to please pick-up any quilts that were displayed at Road prior to leaving the meeting today. 

Laura introduced our guest speaker and guild member, Simone Bradford.  Simone has a long history with art and design and aspired to be an artist since the age of five.  Simone started designing her own fabric a few years ago.  Simone is excited to be here today and share her expertise on color theory with our members. 

Program – Simone Bradford “Color Theory” 

Simone shared how colors are part of our ‘toolbox’ in quilting.  There are many different ways to approach color.  Her presentation today will just gloss over a general primer for color theory for quilters.  Color is defined as “different qualities of light being reflected or emitted.  When light shines on an object some colors bounce off the object and others are absorbed by it.  Our eyes only see the colors that are bounced off or reflected”. (Crayola.com) 

Saturation/Chroma is the intensity of color and is determined by the amount of gray in that color. Warm colors can be made ‘cool’ by adding blue and cold colors can be ‘warmed up’ by adding yellow. All fabric printers use the Pantone colors as a basis for fabric production. Colors can evoke emotions.  Simone encouraged everyone to utilize colors that evoke the intended emotion of your project. Tints are formed by adding white to the base color. Shades are created by adding black. Tones are created by adding gray. 

Color wheels were distributed to everyone and Simone explained how to identify complimentary colors and how to use the tool when planning quilts. The color wheel combinations include: complimentary (black arrows), split complimentary (orange triangles), triad (red triangle), rectangular tetrad (green rectangle), square tetrad (purple square), analogous (3-5 colors adjacent to each other), monochromatic (any number of values of the same color), counterpoint (two-color combinations), and multi-color (up to 12 colors using matching values around the wheel). 

Break 

Guild Business 

We’re happy to welcome back Ruthann, and several guild members gifted her a quilt for her newborn baby.

Retreat – Gayle

Registration is open for the 2020 Retreat.  We will have 24 spots this coming year at the Vina Lestonnac in beautiful Temecula Valley, however, the guild will only have 10 rooms for our use.  We are not sure how many of each type of room will be available (single/double/triple occupancy) at this time. Deposits are $100 to secure your space and total prices are as follows: $250/triple occupancy, $300/double occupancy, and $400/single occupancy.  We will finalize room assignments when it is about 30 days prior to the retreat date. Final payment will be due at that time. The dates for the event are November 9-11 (Mon-Wed)

Block Lotto – Simone

A reminder about the ‘Tri Ball’ January/February Block Lotto project was shared with the group.  The details can be found on the guild’s website. Simone shared various examples of how to create really interesting and modern quilts with the completed blocks.  One raffle ticket will be provided with each completed blocks.  Winner will be drawn in March for all blocks received!

Membership – Judy

Judy mentioned that she believes everyone has renewed their membership for the 2020 year.  We had 6 visiting members, one that also joined (yay). 

Programs – Laura

March will be an introduction to English paper piecing by our very own Elizabeth Eastmond.  It will be an interactive learning experience, not just a lecture.  The class kit has a fee of $3.00. Go to this post for information about the projects we will be doing and additional materials you will need to bring with you to the meeting. 

April will be our Annual Guild Quilt Challenge.  This year will be thoughtfully evaluated by Linda Rasmussen if you’re interested in having her review your project. You will need to provide your name on the front. The quilt will be a mini project less than 24” in size called the ‘Urban’ challenge.  A full description is available on the guild’s website. Your project will need to include the 4” piece of the Pantone blue color (classic blue) of the year fabric provided by the guild.  The fabric provided is from Pineapple Quilts and is called ‘lapis’ should you wish to purchase more. [See our Program Chairs Becky and Laura for more info.]

Gayle shared that the Ontario Airport has a standing exhibit in the terminal. They have asked us if we might be interested in participating.  This is the reason the Board selected a small project for the challenge this year. 

Show & Share – All

A variety of beautiful modern quilts were shared by: Janet Tranbarger, Lynn Hanna, RuthAnn Salera, and Elizabeth Eastmond. 

Lynn Hanna shared that there is a movement to make tree blocks (12.5”) in size that can be delivered to a group in Austin as a relief effort for the fire victims in Australia. The group picked a tree theme as trees provide comfort.  Lynn will be going to Austin and agreed to take them on the 15th of February if anyone is interested in participating. [See this post for more information.]

Raffles – Gayle (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. 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jenifer G. Adams, Secretary

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March 7, 2020 • Meeting Prep for Hands-on Lecture

Our meeting for March 7th will be a hands-on English Paper Piecing (EPP) lecture by Elizabeth Eastmond, of OPQuilt.com. We’ll make a small Dresden plate mini-mini quilt, using scraps from our stash. This is a shortened version of a class she teaches in the Southern California area, so come and learn English Paper Piecing!

Kit fee for this hands-on lecture is $3–please bring exact change, if possible.

Things for you to bring:
1– 5″ x 3″ scraps of fabric in 12 rainbow hues; this will give you a chance to reinforce Simone’s lecture from last month
2–Background fabric scraps (see the dark fill-in around the rainbow points, below) Avoid batiks. They are hard to needle, and often don’t like to ease into place. Another brand I avoid is Art Gallery as their fabric base is similar to a batik. (Both are wonderful for regular quilting, though!)
3–Basic Sewing Supplies: needle, neutral thread (or ring of bobbins in all different colors), scissors and a thimble if you use it. Some also like to use thread conditioner when they hand sew. If you do, bring that as well.
4–Fabric gluestick. I’ll have regular gluesticks available for purchase, but fabric gluesticks are narrower width and water-soluble, too. I like the Fons and Porter brand as it’s less sticky; it is sold at JoAnn’s. Start looking for it now, as they often run out.
5– Kit fee of $3.00–please bring exact change.
6–Paper scissors, for cutting apart your pattern.

Our meeting time is 2 p.m. and it will be in the downtown Riverside Public Library, in Riverside, CA. See the calendar for more info.

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IEMQG at Road to California

We were very fortunate to be asked to participate at Road to California, by filling their atrium with quilts from our Guild. Many thanks to Gayle Bennett who helped gather the quilts, and to her husband Mike for photographing the quilts. Gayle also collected our quilts and kept them at her home, delivered them to Road, retrieved them and delivered them back to us–thank you so much!

Hope you enjoy the following photos of our quilts in the Atrium, taken by Mike Graves, Gayle’s husband.

Congratulations to all whose quilts hung at Road to California in the Atrium!

Simone and Kelley, shown with their diptych quilt, in black and white. Simone designed and made the quilt; Kelley quilted it.
Elizabeth next to her Plitvice millefiori quilt.

We also had three members who had quilts hang in the Road to California Quilt Showcase: Kelly and Simone, who had their diptych juried into the show, and Elizabeth, who had three quilts juried into the show. Congratulations to them!

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Bushfire Quilt Blocks

Australia has been hit hard by the fires, which many of us here in California, found to be horrifying as we have lived this reality before. The Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild have put out a call for quilt blocks, describing their situation:
“Our NSW communities have been ravaged by fire since August 2019. In particular, the South Coast of NSW were devastated by bushfire on New Year’s Eve. Our state has suffered enormous losses. Families have lost loved ones, others their homes and all their belongings. Farmers have lost livestock, others their livelihood, not to mention the extensive loss and damage to our native flora and fauna. Unfortunately, it is only the start of our fire season and immediate forecasts predict worsening conditions, and anticipate further loss and destruction.”

from Kristy of BonJour Quilts

Also from their Facebook page:
“We have decided to make tree blocks. The tree is a symbol of growth and nourishment. A tree symbolizes the generations of a family; a tree sprouts from a seed, the roots provide strength and stability, and whilst the new sapling is young and vulnerable they are protected by the other trees until they grow and flourish. In time the branches spread and then create new fruit that gives life to the next generation. There is no restriction to one type of tree block. We would love our quilts to be beautiful and diverse just like our wonderful communities ….. If you would like to help, please make a tree block of a generous 12.5 inch square using a low volume / white or pale grey background.”

Linda Hungerford designed the quilt block, above, for which she gives a great tutorial on her blog, Flourishing Palms, so please give her credit if you make her design. Below is Lorena’s design.

Many quilters have made blocks and are sending them to Australia, but we can now mail them to:
Austin Modern Quilt Guild
P.O. Box 82445
Austin, TX 78708
I imagine they’ll send all blocks off after QuiltCon in two weeks, so please hurry.

Mailing Instructions:

1. All blocks must be received no later than FEBRUARY 15, 2020 

2. Please mark ‘Bushfire block’ somewhere on the packaging.

More information can be read at Ace Camps Travel Company, including more photos of #bushfireblocks.

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2020 Quilt Challenge

• Urban can be the design made by the layout of a city
• Urban can be about the people in that city
• Urban can be about the shapes, shadows, and lines of a city
• Urban can discuss ideas of city life
• Urban can tackle problems of cities
• Urban can be about the people, the animals, the traffic, the noise, the food, the smells, the shops, the city workers, and whatever else you can think of

To help give you a few ideas, try taking a look at this Mood Board, which has the outline of our Guild’s challenge, as well as a lot of ideas to fill our challenge theme of Urban. Click the arrow on the lower left to start the slideshow.

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Upcoming February 2020 Meeting

GET READY, GET SET, GET SIMONE BRADFORD!
At our next guild meeting Simone Bradford will be giving us a talk about color, value and help us learn the difference is. She’ll teach us the basics of the color wheel, and everyone will receive a color wheel to practice with and take home. Simone has a degree in Graphic Arts and used that to design a recent collection of fabric for Paintbrush Studios. You won’t want to miss her inspiration with color, designs, and of course, quilting. See you there! 

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Jan/Feb Block Lotto: Tri-Ball

The Block Lotto blocks for January/February are now up on Simone Designs (Simone’s blog). This block is called Tri Ball, and is a clever raw-edge applique design that can be laid out in multiple ways:

The instructions to make Tri Ball are up on her blog, but read on for some tips. There are also more layouts on her blog, where they can be seen in full size. As per her usual, Simone has created another stunning design for us. Gather together your fabrics:

  • Low volume for the background
  • Warm colored fabric for the half-circle, such as reds, pinks, oranges, and yellows
  • Cool colored fabric for the triangles, such as blacks, blues, greens and purple

I tried out her pattern and really had fun with it. (NOTE: I added a 1/4″ on the flat side of the half-ball to keep that shape once it’s sewn into the seam.)

[Bonus: by sewing an extra line 1/2″ away from the snowball-block line, I was able to cut in between the two stitching lines, gaining me a stack of half-square triangles.]

I decided to make some for myself, but wanted to have turned-edge appliqué, so I added 1/4″ all the way around, and used the freezer-paper method to shape that curve. You can see them pinned to the background with small appliqué pins on the right.
A REMINDER: We are asking you to make raw-edge appliqué for the blocks that you turn into for the Block Lotto drawing.

Please head over to Simone Designs for info on how to make these blocks. Make blocks during January and February, and bring them in to the March meeting for our Block Lotto drawing. The more blocks you make, the better your chances at winning!

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January 2020 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
January 4, 2020
Riverside Main Library
3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome/Guest Speaker Introduction – Gayle

Gayle shared Latifah’s history as a founding member of the MQG and also the chapter of the MQG. 

Program – Latifah Saafir Lecture “How Many Ways to Sew a Curve?” 

Latifah, and her sister, learned to sew from their mother as a young child. She began quilting in 2009, her quilts were heavily influenced by her upbringing between LA and TX. Her earliest projects included bias binding and curves! She discussed her love of using bias tape for artistic elements on the quilt as well as for binding.  

Latifah shared her exploration into various techniques such as the six-minute circle method.  Latifah showed a variety of her quilts and shared the Clammy Journey with us! Latifah shared that she developed a technique called Pinless Piecing.  If you search her on Google, you can find the video that explains how the technique works. She said this technique was used in tandem with the Glammy Clammy!

She has designed three collections with Hoffman Fabrics – Graphic (inspired by LA graffiti street art), Double Dutch (dedicated to her urban childhood), and 1985 (inspired by the Hoffman Archives).

Break & Shopping at Latifah’s Pop-up Shop – Clammy, Clammy and more Clammy!

Guild Business – Gayle
Board 2020 Announced – Gayle, President; Candy Scott, Treasurer; Jennifer Adams, Secretary; VP(s) of Programs Becky Brekke and Laura Greene; VP of Communications, Elizabeth Eastmond; Hospitality, Pat Klassen; Membership, Judy Racine

Guild Communication – Gayle encouraged everyone to sign-up to follow our guild on Facebook and Instagram.  We utilize social media for announcements related to the meeting location (should a change be needed), upcoming events and other important announcements.  Jennifer shared that an email will be sent with an easy link to access updates and communications made to the guild website.  Please check your spam folder as sometimes those messages end up there. 

Road Challenge  – Attendance/Sign-in Reminder to sign-in in the lobby when you attend Road.  Last year we were lucky enough to win the challenge prize of $500.  We would love to win that again so please take a minute to sign-in on the iPads in the lobby at the Information Desk when you arrive!

Road Atrium Display Quilt Collection – Final Date 1/12/2020 Thanks for everyone that brought the quilts today. All quilts will be turned in to Road for display in the Atrium (lobby) at Road to California. Gayle’s husband, Mike, will come in to photograph our quilts (hopefully) prior to the start of the event.  Regardless we will get some wonderful pictures to commemorate the special honor! 

Gayle also mentioned that following the end of our meeting today, she asked if anyone has a minute to help her haul the 40+ quilts in her passion to her car, she would appreciate it!

Raffles – Gayle shared the current need for someone to assist on a monthly basis to sit at the table at the meeting and collect funds and hand out tickets.  This would be a one-month obligation and a sign-up list was sent around the room for anyone available/interested to sign-up! Gayle will make sure you are reminded just prior to your month so you’re aware. 

Charity – We are in need of someone to help coordinate our charity efforts.  The job is very fun and flexible.  This person would basically be responsible for determining a charity to donate our quilts and make a recommendation to the Board.  Gayle shared the importance of this role and the minimal time involved in this role.   

Programs – Becky

Sit & Sew – First Sit & Sew will be held two weeks from today on Saturday, January 18thfrom 10am-4pm at the Quilters Cocoon. 

February Program – Next month will be our very own Simone Bradford to share Color Theory with the guild.  You won’t want to miss it!

Block Lotto January 2020 – Simone

Simone shared our January/February block called Tri Ball.  Block is two raw geese and a rough-edge applique circle.  She showed wonderful examples of the possibilities for the block with several quilt examples.  Simone will have full instructions available and template available on her blog as well as on our guild blog later this week.  She’s asking that you do the triangles on the block be done in cool colors; applique circles in warm colors and neutral backgrounds. The block finishes at 7 ½”. You will receive a raffle ticket for however many completed blocks you bring. This is a very quick and easy block to make!  

Opportunity Quilt – Cat

We are on track to start assembling the blocks. It’s not particularly travel-friendly as it’s a large project (lots of 2 ½” blocks – lots of them!).  Cat is off the whole week of Road to CA if anyone is interested in coming by her home to help her sew and assemble the Opportunity Quilt.  Goal is to have the quilt completed by February. Please contact Cat if you’re interested and available to help.  Cat is also looking to borrow any available sewing machine for the project.  Cat provided a brief overview of the Opportunity Quilt project as a fundraiser for our guild.  This will continue for the next year and culminate (hopefully, booth space permitting) at Road to California in 2021.   

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

Raffles – Pat

Winners of the fat quarter bundle prize for the revenue raffle and also the name tag raffle prize were presented with their prizes. 

Announcements & Adjournment – All

Bus trip to the Glendale Quilt Show on March 28th.  The bus ride includes an admission ticket and will leave from Redlands. Please see Evie for more information.

Bluprint (formerly known as Craftsy) is offering a free preview this weekend for anyone interested.  There are a lot of wonderful classes and free preview will be offered until January 7th.

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