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!
GET READY, GET SET, GET SIMONE BRADFORD!
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!
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.
Reminder, our meeting next month will be at the … continue reading
Join us for our monthly IEMQG meeting at the Riverside Main Library located at 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside . This month will feature a guest lecture from one of MQG’s founding members, Latifah Saafir of Latifah Saafir Studios. You won’t want to miss her presentation! Read more about Latifah and her happenings on her website: http://www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/ Please note, a guest fee of $5.00 applies to any non-members attending the event.
Make sure you bring your name tag for the raffle and we’d love to see your latest creations in our Show and Tell segment!
Hope to see you there!
The following members were on the email correspondence: Gayle, Jennifer, Judy, Laura, Pat, Simone. Rachel, Kelley, and Becky.
The Retreat at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula was a huge success! The work room, accommodations and food exceeded the guild’s expectations. We took the liberty to secure the same dates/time frame for next year.
Treasurer, Gayle for Cat
Cat turned over the treasurer info to Gayle this month and it was all in great shape so we’ll only needed to maintain our current activity until Candy takes over in January. At the December board meeting, we’ll have a good picture of finances moving forward now that the retreat money has been disbursed and after the Kris Kringle craft fair on December 4th.
We had an impromptu fabric sale at the retreat (fabric donated by former member Aimee French). We collected $234 and expecting $50 more that Evie needs to pay.
Kris Kringle Craft Fair, Ontario – Scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th. Gayle, Laura and Pat will work this event.
December: Christmas Party
Christmas Party, Simone
Christmas party will be Saturday, December 7th from 2-4, at the Casa Blanca library. Board members to help with set up starting at 12:30 pm and tear down immediately following the meeting. Simone attached the holiday party flyer, sweet & savory food sign-ups, and IEMQG Board supplies sign-ups. Judy will send out a reminder email to those that signed up to bring either sweet or savory appetizers.
Activities for the party include the eating all our seriously yummy appetizers, Big Box of Questions Game & Notions gifts exchange. Notions should be wrapped and cost no more than $10. For the Big Box of Questions game it would be good to put a gift card from Quilter’s Cocoon inside the last box to unwrap. Do you have a recommendation for the amount? Gayle suggested modern fat quarters (we have a couple of bundles that were donated by Aimee) and a gift card from Quilter’s Cocoon? Jen suggested that the prize should be just a bundle of fat quarters which are super modern and valued around $90 so it’s roughly the same as a $75-$100 gift card and a very nice prize (and free for the Guild). Judy suggested if the inner box can hold fat quarters, then maybe $50 for the gift card with FQs? Or $100 without them? This will be a topic of discussion at the December board meeting and a final decision will be made at that time.
For the coming year, we have one new member (Patti Reyes) and 14 renewing members that have paid dues for 2020. The 2019 membership forms were scanned into the shared drive and then shred.
It was decided that no raffles or boutique items will be offered at the Christmas party.
Meeting Locations, Becky
We have room reservations at the Casa Blanca library for December and January. Due to a room conflict with Casa Blanca for our February meeting, the meeting will be held at the Main Library. The Activity Log has been updated to reflect the change.
Next Board Meeting
The next board meeting will be December 4, 2019 at JoAnn’s in Ontario at 6 pm.
Becky Brekke, Secretary
IEMQG Board Meeting Minutes
October 22, 2019
JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts, Ontario, CA 91764
The meeting was called to order at 6:11 pm by Gayle, with the following members in attendance: Gayle, Jennifer, Judy, Laura, Pat and Becky.
Treasurer, Gayle for Cat
Bank balance will be updated at the next meeting.
Upcoming Sale/Craft Fair Events:
Mountain Shadows, Highland – We brought in approximately $130 for this event. Good selling items were jar grabbers, traditional bibs, baby quilts and dog scarves. We thought we’d have more sales but probably not an event we would participate in next year.
Kris Kringle Craft Fair, Ontario – Scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th, Gayle, Laura and Pat will work this event.
Opportunity Quilt Discussion, Gayle for Cat
Cat has the quilt blocks on her design wall and Pat helped to design it. They worked on a new arrangement for five hours but they still feel it’s a work in progress. We revisited our aggressive time line of completion by the Christmas party. It was decided that we would like to consider a more reasonable completion time of possibly January or February 2020. One suggestion was to raffle the Opportunity Quilt after Road to California in January 2021. Our initial thoughts of having the Opportunity Quilt done in time for Road in order to display and sell tickets for our raffle quilt, does not seem like it will come to fruition as the only day that may be available is Sunday, which is usually a low attendance day and that we will not have a raffle permit in time. The permit process became more complicated than originally thought.
Ticket update: Simone has gotten two quotes and is waiting for one more. Further discussion tabled until next month.
The Coachella Valley Quilt Guild will be bringing their Opportunity Quilt called “Rio de Flores” (River of Flowers) to our November meeting. And in turn we will plan to take ours to one of their meetings next year.
A possibility for displaying the Opportunity Quilt and selling raffle tickets could be at the Ontario Museum of History and Art for their October festival. Per Leslie Matamoras, booths are free to non-profit groups. We could take advantage of having a booth to sell raffle tickets, promote the Guild, even donate quilts to sell for the Guild. We could focus on donating mini quilts, lap quilts, framed quilts, etc.
Programs slate through next year:
November: Membership University
December: Christmas Party
January: Latifah Saafir, ‘How Many Ways to Sew a Curve’ Lecture
February: Simone Bradford, Color Theory
March: Laura Greene, Perfect Bindings
April: Mini Quilt Challenge
May: Jennifer Adams, Transitional Quilter
June: Sandra Johnson, ‘How the Heck Do I Quilt This’ Lecture
July: Dark due to the Fourth of July
August: Quilt Vendor Presentation (Wonderfil? The Batty Lady?)
September: Then and Now
October: Wendy Knight
November: Member University
December: Christmas Party
Laura & Becky, Co-VP of Programs
Elizabeth, VP of Communication
Laura reached out to St. Marks Church for a potential workshop location. They charge $100 to rent out their room.
The next Sit and Sew will be on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Quilter’s Cocoon in Riverside.
VP Communications, Jennifer
Election email sent from Survey Monkey. The voting ends on 10/31/19 at 8 pm.
Jennifer trained Elizabeth for two hours on the website operations and duties.
Judy passed out both the Membership and Hospitality Chairperson duties, as there were several overlapping tasks. We made changes to both sets of duties and Judy will update them as discussed. Becky will also update the Secretarial duties. Jen to post the new membership forms on the website. 2020 membership forms will be available at the November meeting.
Pat needs approximately 11 fat quarters for the name tag raffle for next year.
We are not in agreement if we need a dedicated raffle chairperson. We are in agreement that we need better table and ticket organization of this position and a dedicated spot at the meeting. For the November meeting Jennifer will man the raffle table. She will also put together a small raffle for a trial run as it was agreed that smaller raffles seem to be more popular than the larger raffle basket. Also discussed was the possibility of foregoing raffles this coming year.
Christmas Party, Jennifer for Simone
Christmas party will be Saturday, December 7th from 2-4, board members to help with set up starting at 12:30 pm and tear down immediately following the meeting.
Pat will purchase the table centerpieces and Judy will assist with providing the tablecloths. Motion to allocate a maximum of $30 for centerpieces by Jennifer, motion seconded by Gayle. Motion passed. Jennifer will provide coffee/tea, cups, and sugar. Becky will provide plates, napkins and forks. Simone will bring the Big Box of Questions Game and run the Notion Exchange (maximum of $10).
We decided on sewing related items would make great decorations for the food table. There will be an announcement for these items at the next meeting.
Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds (SCCQG), Jennifer
Gayle confirmed that Cat paid next year’s SCCQG dues. Unfortunately, dues will be going up next year. The October meeting topic was Mastering Social Media Marketing Strategies. The presenter opened it up for questions at the beginning of the meeting, which turned out to be a mistake as too many questions were asked and not enough time for the lecture topic to be fully explored.
The SCCQG has Road to California challenge called, “Call for Quilts – Challenge 2020: Honoring Road to California”. You are challenged to create a quilt that is inspired by this wonderful quilt festival and features a technique that was learned in a Road to California workshop or uses a pattern/book and/or fabric purchased from a vendor at Road to California during the years 1995 – 2019. Exhibit entries are limited … continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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
Rachel and Jessica shared several beautiful quilts that were recently submitted for donation.
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.
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
Winners of the fat quarter and name tag raffles were presented with their prizes.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
In the absence of Becky Brekke, Secretary
IEMQG Board Meeting Minutes
September 26, 2019
JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts, Ontario, CA 91764
The meeting was called to order at 6:10 pm by Gayle, with the following members in attendance: Gayle, Jennifer, Cat, Simone, Laura, Pat and Becky.
Bank Balance Report – Chase statement, check register, income and expense reports were distributed and discussed. Upcoming expenses are SCCQG and website fees due this month. Gayle noted that we might want to consider a larger budget for (general) supplies next year as we’ve almost doubled the budgeted amount for this year. Cat provided the check in advance for the October speaker to Laura as she will not be able to attend.
Rachel and Jessica sent donated quilts to Paradise and they requested to be reimbursed for shipping and related expenses, approximately $30. Laura motioned that they should be reimbursed for the expenses incurred; Jennifer seconded the motion. Motion passed. Becky advised Cat that she will pay the $20 refreshment fee for Casa Blanca library prior to the November and December meeting dates and will send Cat an email confirming the transaction each time. Jennifer was reimbursed for expenses relating to the retreat goodie bags. Jennifer has a couple more treats (sweet) to purchase to complete the bags.
Opportunity Quilt Discussion, Cat
Cat advised that she is slightly behind schedule. However, she will have time to catch up if she works on it at the retreat, and by keeping the quilting simple and sleek, she is confident the quilt will be completed by December 7th, which is the guild’s Christmas party and the Opportunity Quilt kick-off date.
Gayle was unable to get assistance with the ticket printing process from a couple contacts at Nite Owls. We will forge ahead without assistance as the raffle tickets need to be printed in early November or sooner. Simone showed us her raffle ticket mock ups. Currently she is trying to determine the ticket size. She’s guessing that color tickets are not feasible cost-wise. We will keep it simple and stick to black and white. Simone will design the tickets but she still needs to find a company to print them. She has a contact that she has worked with at Staples. Becky will send Simone contact information for Preferred Choice Printing out of Corona as another option. Jennifer will send Simone the link to the shared drive with the IEMQG vectored logo – possibly using it as a background watermark on the raffle tickets.
The question came up of how many tickets should we get printed. We came up with 3,000 tickets as our baseline (500 packets of 6), as ticket prices will be $1/each and $5/6 tickets. Gayle will speak with Leslie from the Ontario Museum to see if we could sell Opportunity Quilt tickets there. If so, we would most likely need to print additional tickets. We also decided to start at ticket # 1000.
We went over the items to be included on the tickets:
Quilt Name: Blurring the Lines
Drawing Date: December 5, 2020
Ticket Price: $1/each and $5/6 tickets
Size: Either “Queen” or Cat will provide actual dimensions
The tab should include space for name, phone number and email if there’s room.
Should state “Do not need to be present to win” and the guilds website address.
Gayle will provide paperwork to the MQG to request an exemption letter to submit when we obtain the required permit from the state of California to sell raffle tickets at Road that will be valid for one year. The cost of the permit is $20. Gayle also mentioned that we need to purchase a quilt stand for displaying the opportunity quilt. Becky motioned to approve buying a new quilt stand for approximately $115; Jennifer seconded the motion. Motion approved.
Upcoming Sale/Craft Fair Events:
Inventory and pricing at Laura’s home on Sunday, October 6th at 11 am. Currently we have 250 items available for sale. The Christmas items were pulled aside for the Kris Kringle Craft Fair.
Mountain Shadows, Highland – 9 am to 1 pm on October 12th: Laura, Pat and Gayle will work this event. Laura was advised not to overfill the table. There will be a box under the table with items to fill the table as room is available. We’ll have two tables, rectangle and square, a dress form (for purses, etc), and we will be near the railing so we can hang quilts. Laura is planning to have two sections, one for pet related items and the other for baby related items. She is also bringing baskets to display the baby items and dog dishes for the pet items. Gayle will bring a wire rack to display the bibs and a cash box/change. There will be 17 vendors this year (versus 12 last year) and a bake sale. The guild will donate an item for the numerous raffles to be drawn. Admission is free and members will be encouraged to attend at the October meeting.
Kris Kringle Craft Fair, Ontario – Wednesday, December 4th, Gayle, Laura and Pat will work this event. Jen updated the Kris Kringle flyer. Laura will have copies available at the October meeting. Further discussion tabled until the October board meeting.
Upland Library, Laura
Laura asked if we would like to exhibit about 12-14 quilts next March at the Upland Library. However, we would not be agreeable to a providing a lecture/presentation. Laura offered to coordinate the event. We decided to table the discussion until early next year.
Road to California, Atrium Exhibit, Gayle
Gayle informed us that we are about 9 quilts short. We will contact members to see if they can help us out to reach the minimum amount of quilts required. As a reminder, Gayle needs to submit photos of the quilt tops no later than October 15th. Mike will be available at noon at the October meeting and afterwards to take photos. … continue reading