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!
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!
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.”
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.”
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.
1. All blocks must be received no later than FEBRUARY 15, 2020
2. Please mark ‘Bushfire block’ somewhere on the packaging.
• 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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 email@example.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!
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
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.