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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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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

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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 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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October 2019 General Meeting Minutes

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.

Welcome (Gayle)

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.

Guild Business

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.

Committee Reports

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

Charity (Rachel)

Rachel and Jessica shared several beautiful quilts that were recently submitted for donation. 

Fundraising (Laura)

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

Raffles

Winners of the fat quarter and name tag raffles were presented with their prizes.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jennifer Adams
In the absence of Becky Brekke, Secretary

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Upcoming October Guild Meeting…a Message from Gayle.

Welcome to Fall!  Could there possibly be cooler temperatures just right for quilting coming our way?

Join us October 5, 2019, next Saturday, for the monthly guild meeting located at the Riverside Main Library.  Our guest speaker will be Elizabeth Eastmond presenting her lecture “An Undercover Traditional Modern Art Quilter” Enjoy a look at quilts that bridge all three categories, helping you define for yourself where you belong.  Hint: It can change.

You can find Elizbeth online at:   https://opquilt.com/about-opquilt-and-elizabeth/

Non member guests are welcome to attend for a $5.00 guest fee.  There will not be a Show and Share in order to ensure that our meeting will offer plenty of time to enjoy Elizabeth’s lecture.  

Doors open at 1:30, meeting start time is 2:00. 

If you are bringing your Road quilt top or quilt to be photographed next Saturday we will be available starting at 12:00 PM.

It is Guild election time and we will offer the current slate to the membership at the October meeting.  At the moment we are still in search of someone for the Secretary board position. 

Primary duties of the Secretary are to keep the minutes of the guild meetings, board meeting and any special meetings.  Email a draft for review and send final copy to VP of Programs for posting.  Print a hard copy and save an electronic copy to the Guild’s Google Drive. The Secretary also sends thank you notes to speakers or workshop hosts, maintains the list of speakers and books the guild and board meeting locations.  Participation on our board of directors is a collaborative effort.  If you’ve ever had an interest in getting involved with the board and how we plan and run our guild the Secretary job is a good entry point.  We will teach and support you as you learn the duties involved.  Please email me at gbennett325@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to submit your name for nomination. 

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Road to California Atrium Exhibit Information

We are excited for IEMQG to be a part of the upcoming Road to California Quilters Conference and Showcase through our display in the convention center Atrium. There are some important details we want all our members to be aware for this special event.

Quilt Photos:

We will need to submit photos of all the quilts to Road for planning of the exhibit. Photos will be taken by Michael Graves at Riverside Main Library on Saturday, October 12th beginning at noon until 1:30 pm, prior to our monthly meeting. Just quilt tops need to be complete, binding and backing are not necessary.

If you can’t make it to the October meeting or don’t have your quilt available to have a photo taken, you may send your own (saved as a ‘pdf’ file) to Gayle no later than October 10th.  The picture should be a clear image of the quilt top (only). Send the pictures to Gayle’s personal email at: gbennett325@gmail.com

Additional required items for quilts submitted:

  • All quilts need to be labeled with your Name, Phone, and Quilt Name prior to submission in January
  • Quilts must be a minimum 72” long and no more than 100” wide
  • You also must have a 4” continuous sleeve (not in sections) for hanging the quilt.  A tutorial for making a sleeve can be found on our website here

Road to California to take place Thursday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 26th, 2020.

We are asking our members to submit modern quilts so that they can best represent our guild’s modern aesthetic.

Quilts will be delivered to Road the week of January 13th. We will discuss coordination of this at a later meeting as well as pick-up of your quilt at the conclusion of the show.