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December 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

IEMQG Board Meeting Minutes
Via Conference Call
December 4, 2019

The following members were on conference call: Gayle, Jennifer, and Becky.

The 2020 Retreat at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula will be November 9-11 (Mon – Wed). In order to secure this date, we need to send in our deposit this month. Jennifer motioned for Gayle to send a check for the deposit amount for the retreat; Becky seconded the motion. Motion passed. We will again have 10 rooms available (2 single rooms, 2 double rooms, and 6 triple rooms). Open registration will begin at the February meeting. The 2020 retreat fee rates will be as follows:

$241 – 3 person occupancy

$291 – 2 person occupancy

$391 – 1 person occupancy

Further details will be discussed at the February meeting.

Old Business

Committee Reports:

Treasurer, Gayle for Cat

Gayle confirmed reconciliation of the bank account. Gayle proposed that we open a savings account in addition to our checking account at Chase Bank. We will put the proceeds of deposits for the retreat in the savings account so that the checking account balance is not skewed. Jennifer motioned to establish a savings account to move over retreat funds; Becky seconded the motion; motion passed. We will need to change signers on the bank account to reflect the new treasurer, Candy and Co-VP Programs, Becky. Jennifer motioned to adjust signers on the checking account and soon to be savings account; Gayle seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Programs, Becky

December: Christmas Party

Prize for the Big Box game will be a $25 Quilter’s Cocoon gift card. We will also have 2 drawings for 2 sets of modern fat quarters.

January: Latifah Saafir; Becky will try to see if the Main Library community room is available on January 4th. If so, she will contact Latifah asap to advise of location change.

February: Simone Bradford, Color Theory.  Currently 27 color wheels are on back order per Cat’s last correspondence with Gayle. Gayle to send Becky a copy of the receipt for her follow up.

Opportunity Quilt, All

Jennifer motioned for Cat to start piecing the Opportunity Quilt as per her final picture emailed to Gayle last month; Becky seconded. Motion passed. The current plan is to unveil the opportunity quilt at the February meeting and sell tickets from February 2020 until February 2021. We have also planned to reserve a spot at Road to California in January 2021 as the grand finale and final push of ticket sales. Simone received another vendor quote for ticket printing; Gayle to check with her on status as we need tickets by March at the latest. The Guild will be encouraging members to buy tickets for themselves and/or to sell to family and friends. At this point, the only locations to take the Opportunity Quilt to for ticket sales is a meeting at the Coachella Valley Quilt Guild (date to be determined) and Road to California (January 2021). As we are in need of a chairperson(s) for the Opportunity Quilt in order to track ticket sales, it was suggested perhaps that Candy and Judy might be willing to co-chair.

Locations, Gayle

As the community room at the Main Library is a better fit for the guild’s meetings, Gayle suggested that we going forward that we should return to the Main Library. We would use Casa Blanca as a back-up when needed.

Fundraising, Gayle

Kris Kringle Craft Fair brought in funds of $220.

Officer 2020 Transitions Recap/Review

We are all set for 2020 with our new board members. Gayle has been in contact with Candy regarding treasurer duties; Jennifer has trained Elizabeth on the website and social media platforms; Becky has provided Jennifer with notes on who to contact in order to schedule general and board meetings.

New Business

April 2020 Challenge will be mini quilts with a maximum size of 24” x 24”. Several ideas were presented: Crayola crayon (pick 2), magazine page inspiration, fabric line, colors of the rainbow, and modern pattern inspiration. Jennifer suggested that we look at modern patterns on the MQG website for ideas, if we decided to go with the modern pattern inspiration. As we need to announce the challenge at the January meeting, we may want to meet briefly at the Christmas party and make a final decision.

Next Board Meeting

The next board meeting will be January 14, 2019 at JoAnn Fabrics in Ontario at 6 pm. 

Meeting adjourned at 5:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Becky Brekke, Secretary


December Meeting – Holiday Party!

It’s A Party!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  I hope that you have exactly the kind of holiday plans that you love, whether it’s with family, or friends, or maybe you’re having a quiet time of your own. 

Our December guild meeting is coming up a week after the Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday December 7, 2019.  We have cozy plans back at the Casa Blanca branch of the Riverside Library, located at 2985 Madison St, Riverside.  If you didn’t join us last month it is easy to find.  After you take the Madison St Exit from the 91 Fwy drive south a half of a mile and turn Left at the stop sign at Emerald St and take the quick Right into the driveway entrance to the parking lot.

The menu this year is ‘Sweet and Savory’ and if you haven’t signed up for something to bring you can contact Simone Bradford at simonesews@gmail.com and let her know if you’d like to add to the list.  For those who are on the sign up sheet already we are excited to share what I’m sure will be yummy snacks.  Our food never disappoints! 

The meeting is an easy one with quick announcements, a Big Box Of Questions Game, and a notions exchange.  To participate in the exchange please bring a new wrapped sewing notion, price limit $10. 

A Sew and Share will wrap up the meeting.  I hope you can make it and look forward to seeing everyone!

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November 2019 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
November 2, 2019
SSgt. Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library

The meeting was called to order at 2:04 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome – Gayle

Gayle thanked everyone for joining us at our new location, the Casa Blanca library in Riverside. The meeting room is slightly smaller than anticipated but it should work out for us.

Road to California Atrium Exhibit

The flash drive with quilt photos and list of the guild’s quilts to be exhibited has been turned in to Lisa at Road to California. Lisa said the variety looked good. We are looking to see our quilts hanging at Road.

Committee Reports

Programs, Laura


Christmas Party!! The theme this year is Sweet & Savory. There is a signup sheet for members to either bring a savory or sweet treat. We will be playing the Big Box of Questions and doing a notions exchange.  For the notion exchange, please bring a $10 wrapped sewing notion for this game. Also, we are looking for sewing related decorations for the food tables. At the Christmas party we will have a couple brief announcements but no formal business portion. Please plan on attending for a jolly good time. The location will be at the Casa Blanca library, from 2-4 pm on December 7th.


Latifah Saafir Lecture, “How Many Ways to Sew a Curve?”.

Sit and Sew on January 18, from 10 am – 4 pm at Quilter’s Cocoon in Riverside.

Atrium Exhibit at Road To California, January 23-26. Note, we’d like to win the guild attendance challenge again this year, so be sure to log in as IEMQG members on the tablets located in the main hall of the convention center.


Color Theory with Simone. We have purchased color wheels to follow along during Simone’s lecture.

Block Lotto, Simone

There were 30 submissions for block lotto! Simone showed the block lotto black and white submissions for the Tipsy Twofer. The lucky winner of this month’s block lotto went to Kelley!

Charity, Gayle for Rachel

We have wool batting in crib/lap size if you need it for charity quilts you are working on. We still have a few quilt kits available. Please see Gayle for either.

Patty, with Coachella Valley Quilt Guild is here with their 2019 Opportunity Quilt, “Rio de Flores” to sell raffle tickets. In turn, we will be displaying our Opportunity Quilt and selling raffle tickets at their guild next year.

IEMQG Officer Elections, Judy

Judy announced the new Executive Board Slate for the 2020 year.

President: Gayle

Co-VP of Programs: Laura and Becky

VP of Communications: Elizabeth

Treasurer: Candy

Secretary: Jennifer

Social and Refreshment Break

Program – Member University

Gayle demonstrated mitered borders.

Laura demonstrated circles of emotion.

Simone demonstrated paper piecing.

Christine demonstrated her slice and dice technique.

Thank you to all the ladies for their wonderful presentations; we learned so much today!

Show and Share

3 members shared their latest quilt creations.


Winners of the mystery bag, basket and name tag raffles were presented with their prizes.

Fundraising, Laura

We brought in $151 at the Mountain Shadows boutique and an impromptu garage sale in October.  Laura has a lot of fabric yet to sell and if you are aware of a boutique or are planning a garage sale, please contact Laura.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Becky Brekke


November Meeting…a message from Gayle

Location, location, location. Important in real estate and apparently in Quilt Guild meetings too! Please join us for the November 2, 2019 guild meeting as we present our Member University.  As the holiday season approaches, we realized that the neighborhood of Riverside Main Library would have additional events taking place that will make parking and traffic more of a challenge than ever.  We recently checked out the community room at the Casa Blanca branch of the Riverside library and we will be moving 4.6 miles down the 91 Fwy to that location for our November, December and January meetings.

The full name of the facility is the SSgt Salvador J Lara, Casa Blanca branch of the Riverside City Library. 

The library is located at 2985 Madison St, Riverside. As you approach the library on Madison St, you’ll find a stop sign at the intersection of Madison St and Emerald Ave.  Turn left onto Emerald and then take the first driveway on the right into the parking area.  There is an ample parking lot on site and easy ground level access into the building. 

We have an interactive set of four demonstrations planned for Member University this year. Simone Bradford will be offering paper piecing, Laura Greene will share an artistic approach learned at Asilomar, Christine Sharp will demonstrate the slice and dice method used in particular in her Pick Up Stix quilt and I’ll be offering a demonstration on mitered borders.  We’ll have a fun Show and Share this month too. Arrive early to socialize, we are open at 1:30 and the meeting will start a 2:00. 

In November the guild will begin accepting membership renewals and new memberships for 2020.  Our dues remain $40 per year and include your individual membership to the National Modern Quilt Guild.  You’ll need to complete a 2020 Membership Form and the guild accepts cash, checks and PayPal using your Debit or Credit card.  A 2020 Membership Form is available via the link below this post if you’d like to print one up ahead of time, and of course we’ll have a supply at the meeting. The guild board of directors have planned some fabulous programs next year.  We will kick off January with Latifah Saafir and have two additional speakers scheduled for the months of June and October. As always there are volunteer opportunities if you’d like to be more involved in your guild.  Anything from selling raffle tickets on occasion to working with fundraising and other activities. 

Come check out this location and our demonstrations this month.  Our December meeting/holiday party will take place at this location also. 

Happy Quilting.

Gayle Bennett

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September 2019 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
September 7, 2019
Riverside Public Library
3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501

The meeting was called to order at 2:02 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome – Gayle

Gayle gave a warm welcome to start off the September meeting.

Guild Vision 2020

This year is our 3rd year as a guild. The year has been a chaotic due to the continued turnover in Programs. Trish started the year as VP of Programs, and she moved out of state. Shelley volunteered to help out in the interim until we could find a permanent replacement, but then she moved out of the area. As such, it gave the Board the opportunity to put together the remaining programs for the coming year, 2020. We promise that you will not be disappointed with what we have lined up. Stay tuned for more details at the next meeting.

Road to California Atrium Exhibit

A reminder that Mike will be available prior to the October meeting to take photos of your quilt top. If you aren’t able to make the meeting, Gayle will need your pdf photo emailed to her no later than 10/14/19 as all photos are due on 10/15/19. If you plan to submit a quilt, they must be a minimum of 72” long and a maximum of 100” wide, contain a 4” sleeve for hanging, and a label (name, phone number and quilt name). The guild request the quilts be modern so that they can best represent our guild’s modern aesthetic. It’s important to note your quilt does not need to be bound or quilted at this time. The 10/15 requirement is solely for Road to plan the display of our quilts. Quilt drop offs will be the week of January 13th. We will discuss coordination of this at a later meeting.

IEMQG Officer Elections, Jennifer

Before speaking about elections, Jennifer announced she still has Aurifil swag bags from the August meeting. If you missed the meeting and would like one, please see her at the break.

We will be utilizing Survey Monkey again for this year’s elections. You can vote, by clicking on the link from your phone, tablet, or computer. Please be sure to confirm your contact information (email & phone) at the table with Judy. The Secretary position is open; please see the website for job duties (click on the BYLAWS, and you will see that one of the drop downs is Guild Job Descriptions). We also need a Nominating Committee, at least 2 volunteers. The Board would provide guidance and assistance as required. This is a short time commitment; please let us know if you are interested.  Please note, if run unopposed, the President, Gayle; Co VP of Programs, Laura and Becky; Treasurer, Candy; VP of Communications, Jennifer. As this would be Jennifer’s 3rd term (as our guild is small, we have no term limits), she is open to having a partnership in the position or handing it off entirely. Please let any Board member know if you have any interest in any positions.

Committee Reports

Block Lotto, Simone

Simone showed the block lotto submission for Fibo’s Sister. The lucky winner of this month’s block lotto went to Lynn! Simone showed members examples of Tipsy Twofer for the Block Lotto for October / November and the blocks will be collected at the November meeting.  Make as many blocks as you want and for each block you will receive one ticket to be entered in the drawing. Colors to be used are black and white and the background is recommended to be low volume fabric. The block tutorial and template will be located on both the IEMQG website and Simone’s blog.

Charity, Rachel

Rachel thanked everyone for all the charity items donated. She is taking 14 donated quilts to Home Instead Seniors. If anyone is interested, she has quilt tops (Laura donated holiday fabrics for quilt tops) and blocks that need to be made into quilt tops. Please stop by the charity table to pick them up and bring your completed quilt (quilted or not) to next month’s meeting.

Fundraising, Laura

A reminder that we will be at the Holiday Boutique at Mountain Shadows in Highland, on Saturday, Oct 12th, from 9 am – 1 pm. Please stop by to shop our table and get a head start on your holiday shopping.  If you are making dog leashes, Laura has the hardware for your use. Kris Kringle Holiday Fair will be Wednesday, December 4th at the Ontario Senior Center from 8 am – 1pm.  Pat showed us 18 inch square “cat mats” that are easy to make. It’s a great opportunity to try a new patter with the charity fabrics. She swears cats of all kinds love it for their cat naps!

Social and Refreshment Break

Program: What Was I Thinking?!? Fabric Challenge (Interactive Guild Presentation) / Cat, MC

Our members went through their fabric stash and brought in their most challenging and “ugliest” fabrics. Cat started off the fun with her own questionable fabric choice! We had a whopping 17 members participate – they had 2 minutes to do a share and let us know how and why they bought the fabric. Audience members had a chance to provide their ideas on how to revitalize or suggest a new use for the fabric. Fabrics were given a new life, a second chance, while others were given away to new homes. A prize was given for participation. Needless to say this fabric challenge program was a huge success!

Show and Share

8 members shared their latest quilt creations.


Winners of the fat quarter and name tag raffles were presented with their prizes. The basket raffle will be drawn at the October meeting.

Sit and Sew

Date has changed. There will be an announcement on the new date & location.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Becky Brekke