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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.

Reminder, our meeting next month will be at the … continue reading

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January 2020 General Meeting with Special Guest Speaker Latifah Saafir

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!

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President’s Message • January 2020

Welcome 2020!

The IEMQG will start the new year with a special speaker Latifah Saafir. A talented quilter, pattern creator and designer of fabric, Latifah will present her lecture “How Many Ways to Sew a Curve.”  If you’re like me and have never attempted a curve, or if you are curve expert, I’m sure she’ll have valuable tips and information. The January meeting will take place on Saturday January 4, 2020.  Doors open by 1:30 PM and the meeting begins at 2:00 PM.  The location is the Riverside Main City Library at 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside.  There is a $5.00 guest fee for non members.  Please spread the word and bring a guest and come enjoy her presentation. Latifah will bring a pop-up shop for our shopping pleasure.  

Road to California begins on Wednesday night January 21, 2020 with Preview Night, the entire show runs Thursday through Sunday, January 22 to 26, 2020. We are excited to see our guild’s forty-four quilts hanging in the atrium this year!  If you have submitted a quilt for this exhibit please remember to add your four -inch hanging sleeve and a label on the back with Your Name, Quilt Name, and your Phone Number. (Tutorial for sleeve is on our website under “Tutorials.”)  We will be collecting quilts at the January guild meeting and also making arrangements to collect them afterwards.  Please be sure that you have turned in your quilt to me by Sunday January 12th so that they can all be delivered on time.  All 44 quilts must be delivered together.  

Last year the IEMQG won the $500 prize for the attendance challenge in the smaller guild category. Remember to register this year when you attend, it would be great to be the winner again!  Of course, classes begin on Monday January 20th for those registered.  Are you taking any classes? For lots of information on Road To California check out the blog,  https://www.road2ca.com/blog/home/ , or follow them on Facebook at Road to California Quilters Conference & Showcase.

In January we will install our Executive Board for 2020.  We are as follows:

  • President – Gayle Bennett
  • VPs of Programs –  Becky Brekke and Laura Greene
  • VP of Communications – Elizabeth Eastmond
  • Treasurer –    Candy Scott
  • Secretary –   Jennifer Adams

Currently in Chairperson positions:

  • Membership Chair – Judy Racine
  • Hostess –   Pat Klassen
  • Block Lotto –   Simone Bradford

We have an opening for Charity Chairperson

Volunteering for the guild is a great way to get to know more of your fellow guild members.  You don’t need to commit to a big job, we can always use your help. 

We have a great year planned with three speakers, instructional presentations, and a new twist on the Ugly Fabric Challenge that was such interactive fun.  There is a Sit and Sew planned for January at Quilters Cocoon quilt shop, more information to follow soon.  The meeting space at the Riverside Main Library is working well and we’ve developed our backup plans for other library locations as needed.  We are excited to see what the new Main Library will have to offer; I understand a parking structure adjacent is part of that plan. 

Thank you especially to the board and volunteers that have helped me navigate this year as president and contributed their time and effort to the guild. Thank you to all of our members for being part of IEMQG and making us the guild that we are. 

As we enjoy this holiday season, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Hanukkah Sameach, Happy Solstice, and any other observation, or combination of, that has meaning to you.

Gayle Bennett

Minutes · Minutes General Board

November 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

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.

Old Business

Committee Reports:

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.

Fundraising, Gayle/Laura

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.

Programs, All

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.

Membership, Judy

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.

Raffles, All

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. 

Respectfully submitted,
Becky Brekke, Secretary