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January 2018 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting
January 6, 2018
Grand Terrace Community Room, Grand Terrace, CA

The meeting was called to order at 2:02pm by Treasurer Gayle Bennett in Laura Greene’s absence. Laura has been out due to illness.

Membership: Gayle shared information regarding membership renewal for 2018. Hard-copy forms were available at the meeting, but she also recommended downloading and printing the renewal form from the Guild website and mail in with check. Address is on the website. Our MQG national dues are paid to date.

Events: Road to California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase will be held January 18-21st. There are two contests offered for local Guilds. Each has a $500 award; (1) Guilds with most attendees and (2) highest percentage of guild members registered at Road. Guests can be counted as part of this contest provided they sign in in the Lobby using the iPads for registration. Information is also available on the Guild website.

Quilt Con is February 22, 2018. Open registration starts this Monday January 8th. Space still available on bus that leaves from Nazarene church in Redlands. Contact Evie for more information.

Programs: Treasurer- Gayle Bennett shared 2018 will have 2 quilting challenges: 1) April is negative space and 2) September is the song challenge. In March or April participants will draw from a bag containing 500 songs to establish your song that will be your song for your quilt design.

Block Lotto: Ginger Gabriel 6.5” square, improve, must use stash fabrics! Details are being placed on the website and a hand-out was also distributed to members.

Upcoming Events: Sit n sew – Trish Williams: February 11 is the next sew and sew between 9am and 4pm at the Mountain Shadows Community Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring a salad/side or dessert and funds to order in pizza. Ice maker is on site and available for our use along with the kitchen to re-heat any items. Encouraged for attendees to bring an extension cord, but plenty of table space and chairs will be available. Please let Trish know if you will be attending as all guests will need to be called in to the guard shack in advance. Jennifer will try and establish a link on website for registration prior to the event for this purpose.

Call for quilts at Upland Library in March. IEMQG will do a presentation of Women Building Business.

Cat will attend the SCCQG Meet the Teachers on April 14 in Carson. Members welcome to attend, but are required to pre-register for lunch. Fee is $15. More information is available on the website http://www.sccqg.org/meet-teachers.htm as well as the registration/lunch reservation.

Cat also reviewed the 2018 programs list for our Guild as follows:
2018 January – Quilt Judging, Linda Rasmussen
2018 February – Modern Minis, Jessica Cook
2018 March – Post Quilt Con, Lynn Hanna
2018 April – Challenge – Negative Space, Amy French
2018 May – Transition Quilter, Laura Green & Spotlight Quilter, Marsha Schuh
2018 June – Beyond the Reef, Natalie Barnes
2018 July – Longarm Presentation, Cat Wallace
2018 August – Craft D’Jour
2018 September – Challenge “Song Title”
2018 October – Sue Stone – Needle in a Fabric Stash
2018 November – Member University
2018 December – Holiday Party

Communications: Jennifer Adams shared work she has done to the Guild’s website for the past 8 weeks. New improvements include more ‘modern’ and clean aesthetic, drop-down menus and sub-menus to create easier navigation and a ‘subscribe’ option to streamline Guild communications. We now have a new calendar with maps and information for upcoming meetings and events. Feedback is encouraged, and all 2018 confirmed members are pre-registered on the website to receive update notices as information is posted. Members were advised they can ‘opt out’ by unsubscribing from the email that is sent out.

Membership: Pat Klassen: 21 members attended, 1 Guest is Kathy Soukup.

Guest speaker: Linda Rasmussen attended and spent nearly two hours covering tips and recommendations for improved quilting, piecing and how quilts are judged. She also explained process to become a quilt judge and shared her personal history. One has 5 years to complete the process. Shared her purpose for judging: to encourage quilters to continue producing and feel like a winner of the work they submitted. She wants all to feel like a winner. Explained differences of a Judged Show and Show by Jury, the importance of proper photos of item, accuracy of completing entrance form. Understand “Original design” and “Art Quilt Design”. Modern Quilts must have all lines, shapes and edges be crisp, clean and exact. Perfect the negative space quilting. Great news, Linda does individual critiquing! She has offered to judge our challenges. Linda concluded her talk by reviewing two quilts from our members. She provided insightful feedback and said she would be happy to visit future events and provide complimentary ‘judging’.

Raffle: ($46), winner is Annie Houston
Nametag: Joan Clarke
Quick Cut 2: Becky Brekke

The meeting was adjourned at 4:36pm and was extended slightly due to the additional time allotted to our guest speaker, Linda Rasmussen.

Respectfully submitted,
Candace Kimball

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December 2017 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting
December 12, 2017
Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park Community Room, Highland, CA


The meeting was called to order at 2:15 by Program Chair Cat Wallace.  Laura Greene was unable to attend due to a recent surgery.  Gayle Bennett filmed a video greeting to send to Laura.


Evie Reinstra announced that Citrus Belt Quilters is taking a bus to Quilt Conn on February 24.  The cost is $40 if you do not get a ticket through MQG, and $32 if you have a ticket already.  The bus will leave Redlands at 8:30 a.m. and return around 4:30 p.m.

Pat Klassen has a sign-up sheet for refreshments for snacks for the 2018 meetings.  Pat will call and remind members who sign up for snacks prior to each meeting.

Members enjoyed a baked potato bar and Cat Wallace raffled three IEMQG mugs.  Several members showed recently completed projects for Show and Share.  Cat raffled more donated prizes, and everyone participated in a round of LRC .   Pat Klassen won the fat quarters used as tokens for the game.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:15.

Respectfully submitted,

Cindy Chrisler

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November 2017 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting
November 4, 2017
Grand Terrace Community Room, Grand Terrace, CA

The meeting was called to order at 2:05 by President Laura Greene. “Five Questions” was won by Marsha Shuh.

Treasurer: Gayle Bennet reported the balance in the checking account—we are in much better financial shape than this time last year. She also has the new membership forms for 2018 available at the membership table.

Membership: We have five new members who joined today.

Programs: The end-of-year Holiday Meeting will be held at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park from 2 -4. Members will potluck a baked potato bar and desserts. Bring 3 fat quarters (modern) for games; meet early to help set up.

Nominations: Tricia Williams presented the slate of officers: Laura Greene, President; Gayle Bennett, Treasurer; Candace Kimball, Secretary; VP Programs, Cat Wallace; VP Communications, Jennifer Adams. Jessica Cook moved to accept the slate; second by Candy Scott; approved by unanimous consent.

Today’s program was four presentations made by Gayle Bennett (walking foot quilting); Tricia Williams (QuiltCut); Laura Greene (wonky flying geese); and Jessica Cook (free motion quilting). Members circulated among the stations.

After the presentation, membership held the name badge raffle, won by Jessica Cook. The bundle of fat quarters was won by Candy Scott. Rachel showed many of the items donated to Disabled Veterans. Several members showed their work in Show and Share. Raffle winners for charity donations were Debbie Lepper and Gayle Bennett.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:45.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Chrisler

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October 2017 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting
October 7, 2017
Grand Terrace Community Room, Grand Terrace, CA

The meeting was called to order at 2:10 by President Laura Greene.

“Five Questions” was won by Donna Gaston. Laura made the following announcements:

(1) QuiltConn entries are due by November 30
(2) the end of the year holiday meeting will be held at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park community room on Saturday, December 9 from 2- 4 and there will be a potluck baked potato bar and desserts
(3) sit and sew will be October 22 from 9 – 5.

Charity: Rachel McGee requested lap quilts for seniors. She has some kits for members to assemble and asked that they are turned in at the November meeting.

Refreshments: Pat Kalssen requested volunteers for November.

Membership: Gayle is updating the membership form for 2019. Dues will remain at $40 per year.

Nominations: Aimee French and Tricia Williams are the nominating committee. Nominations so far include Laura Greene, President; Gayle Bennett, Treasurer; Candace Kimball, Secretary; VP Programs, Cat Wallace; VP Communications, Jennifer Adams.

After the break, Sue Stone of Needle in ad Fabric Stash gave a presentation and pop up shop. After her presentation, members shared their projects in Show and Share.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:55.

Respectfully submitted,
Gayle Bennett

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July 2017 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting
July 1, 2017
Grand Terrace Community Room, Grand Terrace, CA

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 by Treasurer Gayle Bennett (Laura Greene is out of the country!).

Gayle conducted the “five question game” and Rachel McGee won the prize.

Gayle briefly outlined upcoming IEMQG events and announced that the date for the December meeting will be the second Saturday of the month (December 9), and it will be held at the clubhouse at the Mountain Shadows Trailer park in Highland. Gayle also reminded members that the guild needs a Program chair and spoke about the duties of the position.

The next board meeting will be Monday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Joann’s at Ontario Mills. All are welcome to attend.

For general meetings, the guild has use of the room until 5:00, so there is no real rush to end the meeting at 4:00. IEMQG qualifies as a 501 (c) (3) through our affiliation with MQG, and we can issue receipts for donations that are tax deductible.

The next challenge, “Go Big,” will be due at the September meeting.


Charity: Rachel McGee has a top and back that need assembly. She took 12 pillowcases to Disabled Vets in June.

Block Lotto: Twenty-nine blocks were turned in. Cindy Chrisler won the drawing. The next block will be “Umbrella Party” using bright moderns on a gray background. Seams should be pressed open to reduce bulk. These blocks will be due in August.

Challenge: There were 18 quilts displayed from the challenge “Word.” Rachel Rogers led a discussion of each entry. Members who would like to participate may hang their quilts at the museum at La Sierra College in Corona.

After the refreshment break, Lisa Holmes presented the Spotlight quilter, Angela Walters. She had four speaker-themed door prizes, which were won by Debi Gardner, Aimee French, Gayle Bennett, and Sharon Bergh. Aimee French gave a presentation at this month’s Transitioning Quilter.

Show and Share followed, and the last item on the agenda was the drawing for the raffle of fat quarters.

The meeting adjourned at 4:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Chrisler

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May 2017 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting
May 20, 2017
Grand Terrace Community Room, Grand Terrace, CA

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 by President Laura Greene. There is a change in the program today, Kim Wingert was supposed to make a presentation but had to cancel due to illness. Laura conducted the “five question game” and Cindy Chrisler won the prize.

Laura announced that QuiltCon has posted the challenge “Emerging Light” on their website. They also have posted the criteria for guilds to enter a charity quilt challenge, if guild members are interested in creating such a quilt.

Citrus Belt Quilters will host a workshop on June 29 with Allyson Allen, who will teach modern quilting techniques. The workshop costs $30 and is open to all. Members who are interested in attending may contact Cindy Chrisler for more information. Cindy will work with Rachel Rogers to get this information posted to the Instagram account and with Jessica to post it on Facebook.

There were 18 members at today’s meeting.

Donna Gaston received 24 blocks for the improve block lotto. Donna Gaston was the winner. The next block, due in July, is a house. The pattern and instructions will be posted online.

Rachel Rogers has reorganized the website and added a blog. She will add other features, such as “spotlights” on members. Members are encouraged to check the website weekly for updates and give input on what they like. Rachel will also post items on Instagram. Jessica Cook manages the guild’s Facebook page. Members should contact Jessica if they have questions about Facebook entries.

Rachel McGee brought pillow case kits to make for Disabled Veterans. She has labels available for community service projects, and members can also purchase the logo to use for labels or name badges. Rachel also has a quilt top and back ready to be quilted. She has acquired about 10 quilt to donate to Disabled Veterans.

The next Sew Day will be on Saturday, June 10 at the Mountain Shadows mobile home park from 9 – 5. Attendees should bring snacks and a lunch.
Aimee French made a presentation on this month’s Spotlight Quilter, Allison Glass. Aimee presented patters and fabrics designed by Allison Glass, and a top she pieced from Allison Glass’s designs. There will be no Spotlight Quilter next month due to the speaker, and in July Angela Walters will be featured.

The Word Challenge quilt will be due at the July meeting. Quilts may be put on display at a campus in the Riverside area (details are pending).
Members are invited to have lunch with Latifa Saafir prior to the next general meeting. If you are interested, you should contact Laura Greene.
After the refreshment break, members shared recent projects during Show and Share.

Candace Kimball conducted the raffle, and winners were Marilyn Simone and Carlene Scott.

Jessica Cook is this month’s Transitioning Quilter. She gave a mini-trunk show of her miniature quits. Members were supposed to make heart blocks but ran out of time. Laura provided patterns, and those who wish to do so may make heart blocks on a dark background with a modern print for the heart itself, and trim to a 5 ½” unfinished block. Laura will use the completed squares to make a larger heart. When finished, the quilt made from the heart blocks will be given to Kim Wingert.

The next meeting will be held on June 3 and feature Latifah Saafir. Guests will be charged $5 at that meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 4:00 PM.
Respectfully submitted,

Cindy Chrisler

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April 2017 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting
April 1, 2017
Grand Terrace Community Room, Grand Terrace, CA

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 by President Laura Greene. Laura announced several upcoming national shows and deadlines for entries. Laura got an email late Friday afternoon from the City of Grand Terrace informing her that the community room will not be available for the May meeting. The Fontana Library may be an alternative site; members should watch their email for a notice of where the guild will meet next month. Laura conducted the “five question game” and Lynn Hanna won the prize. Laura announced that the next Sit and Sew will be on Saturday, April 22. More information will be posted on the guild’s Facebook page and on Instagram.

There were 21 Members and 1 guest at today’s meeting.

Jessica Cook brought the sandwich board IEMQG sign and stationed it outside the Library to advertise our meeting today. The sign can be used for any occasion involving IEMQG.

Gayle Bennett, Treasurer, reported that last month’s fundraisers fulfilled the goal of raising enough funds to pay for the June speaker. She thanked Jessica for her donation of fabric that successfully raised the funds.

Rachel McGee, Charity, noted that one member donated several quilts at this meeting. If members don’t want to donate such a large project as a quilt for charity, she suggested making pillow cases. Rachel has a donation of two tops with backs that need quilting. She also has strips of red, white, and blue available.

Donna Gaston drew the winner of the H/I blocks submitted at this meeting, which were won by Gayle Bennett. Next month will be the “improve block” swap made from the fabrics swapped today. If you did not participate in the swap, you can still make blocks based on four colors. The drawing next month will be winner takes all.

Lynn Hanna presented a slide show on quilts at QuiltCon East, which she attended last month. Lynn had submitted a quilt but it was not accepted for display.

After the refreshment break, Laura introduced a new segment for guild meetings, “Transitioning Quilter.” Each month, a member of the guild will show 3 – 4 quilts that show how they transition from traditional quilting to modern quilting. Gayle Bennett was the featured Transitioning Quilter for this month, and showed traditional scrappy quilts made by her grandmother and herself, followed by her “adventure into negative space.” She encouraged members to participate in challenges, especially those issued by Friends of the Modern Quilt Guild, which influenced her transition into modern quilting.

This month’s Spotlight Quilter is Joe Cunningham. Laura played some video clips and showed slides of some of his quilts. She asked members to suggest quilters for future meetings. Next month will feature Angela Walters.

Show and Tell featured ten members and their quilts.

Marlene Hinton, guest, won the raffle of “word” fabric.

The next meeting is Saturday May 6, 2017 and Kim Wingert will be our speaker.

Meeting adjourned at 4:00 PM.
Respectfully submitted,

Cindy Chrisler

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March 2017 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting
March 4, 2017
Grand Terrace Community Room, Grand Terrace, CA

The meeting was called to order at 2:05 by President Laura Greene. Laura announced that the
LAMQG March meeting will feature speaker Chawne Kimber. The Ventura MQG meets the 2nd Monday of the month; the Las Vegas MQG meets the last Wed of the month, and the Temecula Valley MQG meets the 3rd Thursday of the month. March 18th is National Quilting Day. Post your quilting on Instagram, #iemqg, and find us on Facebook at IE Modern Quilt Guild. Birthdays for March were announced. National MQG – Quiltcon 2017 – will be held in Savannah, GA this year.

There are a number of Fresh Quilting podcasts available with your Natl MQG membership. The MQG website is a challenge to navigate.
Michele Nichols was introduced by Gayle Bennett. Michele has been a driving force in creating and moving the IEMQG forward. After Quiltcon 2016 she, Laura Kong, and others met up and shared plans to collect like-minded people interested in Modern Quilting throughout the Inland Empire. This led to the group effort that was the Meet and Greet at the Garcia Center in June 2016. Nearly 60 people showed up, and the IEMQG was born. For today’s program, Michele presented a number of her quilts as well as her wearable creations.
There were 29 Members and 5 Guests at today’s meeting.

Jessica and Rachel held a drawing for charity quilt donors. With every donation you receive an entry to the drawing and when there are 10 entries a winner will be drawn.

Donna Gaston presented the new block for the Block Lotto. The link to instructions for this fun new block is posted on our website at www.iemodernquiltguild.com. Blocks are due at the April 1st meeting.

There will also be an Improv Block Swap at the next meeting, using four fabrics, either solids or prints that read as solids. Participants should bring 1 small, 1 medium, 1 large, and 1 extra large piece in a ziplock bag. Bags will be swapped. At home, participants will add one fabric of your own and create an “improve” block of any size to turn in at the May meeting.

Jessica Cook hosted a sale table of donated fabric. Proceeds will go towards our speaker fund for Latifah Saafir at our June meeting.

Entries from the President’s challenge “Animal” were displayed on the front table for all to admire and presented by each quilter. Laura Greene will display entries at the Upland City Library on Euclid Ave, for Women’s History Month. IEMQG member Kim Wingert will speak on March 29th at 6:30 pm on Women and Quilting. We encourage members to show support and attend her talk. Contact Laura Greene or Gayle Bennett if you need details and want to plan to meet.

Second Quarter Challenge theme is “Word” and will be due at the June 3rd meeting.

The meeting was finished with an inspiring display of member’s work in Sew and Tell.

The next meeting is Saturday April 1, 2017 and Lynn Hanna will present a show of photos of QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah, GA.

Meeting adjourned at 4:00 PM.

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February 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

IEMQG Board Meeting
March 27, 2017
Joann’s Fabrics Classroom, 4470 Ontario Mills Parkway, Ontario, CA

Present: Laura Greene, President; Gayle Bennett, Treasurer; Cindy Chrisler, Secretary; Michele Nichols, Past President; Tricia Williams, Membership, Candace Kimball, Raffle Chair. Donna Gaston, Rachel McGee, and Jessica Cook were unable to attend. The meeting was called to order at 6:30. The minutes of the last meeting (February 21, 2017) were approved (Gayle, Michele).

Secretary: Cindy had no report. The next meeting was set for April 17 at 6:30 at the same location.

Past President: Michele congratulated Laura for doing a good job this year.

Membership: Tricia has updated the membership list. Debbie Ulray has requested to be removed from the membership list. Tricia forgot the MQG pins at the last general meeting but will make sure to bring them to the next meeting and give them to those who signed up last time. Laura will send a welcoming email to new members and make sure they are enrolled in the national guild.

Raffle: Candace was given information about a cutting system (QuiltCut2) that is being donated by a member to raffle off at the guild. This is a high price item (estimated at over $200), so the raffle will be conducted over three months (April, May, June). People will write their name and phone number on the ticket, and they do not have to be present to win. The winning ticket will be pulled at the end of the June meeting. Other raffle ideas include directed raffles if the guild has several items. The budget for the raffle is $20 per month. Candace will work with the challenge themes for some raffle items. Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6/$5 for all raffles conducted by the guild.

Challenges: After discussion, the board decided on the following themes for the next two challenges. The challenge due in September will have the theme “go big” and the challenge due in December will be “quilting in negative space.”

Treasurer: the guild has a little over $1500 in the checking account. Gayle reported that Jessica’s sale of her purged items was very successful and raised almost all the remaining money needed to cover the fee for the June speaker. Other fund raising ideas include an opportunity quilt and selling quilts and other items donated by members to the public via social media or public venues (craft shows, fairs, etc). Gayle will look into venues in Ontario where we can sell items without having to pay for a booth. Discussion for selling items through Facebook and Instagram were discussed. The Board would like to create a position for outside sales and find a coordinator for the position. Latifah Saafir has not yet returned her contract to the guild.

Hospitality: members have signed up for refreshments for next month, but we may need more water bottles.

Charity: Jessica and Rachel did not attend; no report.

Sale Table: Michele will run the Sale Table for the April meeting.

Block Lotto: Donna was unable to attend. There is some confusion about the sizes of fabric to bring for the swap. Laura will ask Donna for clarification and send a blast out to members and post it on the guild’s Facebook page.

Programs: The April meeting will feature Lynn Hanna presenting her pictures from QuiltCon East. A projector and screen have been secured for the meeting. The Spotlight Quilter will be Joe Cunningham; Laura has a nice video clip of him to share. Laura would like to have a new segment at the meetings featuring “transitional quilters” in the guild who will use 3 – 4 of their own quilts to show their transition from “traditional” quilts to “modern” quilts. Gayle will be the April Transitional Quilter; Jessica Cook will be asked to present in May; the June meeting is full and this will not be on the program; other members will be approached at meetings as potential Transitional Quilters.

Future programs include Andres Rosales from MQG for May. However, he is not the most motivational speaker and his topic would be general information about MQG and how to navigate their website. Laura will ask Robin Grube to speak in May on the use of the color wheel and general color and design of quilts. Laura will ask Kim Wingert to present a talk on Amish quilts for the July meeting (Kim is giving a talk on quilts at the Upland Library on Tuesday, March 28). Michele suggested contacting Robert Tucker of Coachella Valley Quilt Guild to speak, he is their webmaster and may speak for a minimal fee (lunch, transportation), and Laura will contact him. Gayle will contact Needle in a Fabric Stash for July and The Batty Lady, possibly for August; Tricia will contact Kathy Lee of the Redlands Sewing Center as a potential speaker; and the guild may offer mini-tutorials for a meeting program.

Laura asked the Board members to look at the membership list and select potential program chairs. Names selected include Amiee French, Jaimie Kozaki, Ginger Gabriel, Judee Koda, Cat Wallace, Lisa Homes, and Carleen Drake. Cindy suggested that the position be filled by co-chairs.

The next Sit ‘n Sew will be held on April 22 at the community room of the trailer park at 12830 6th St. in Yucaipa (Rachel McGee’s trailer park). It will be held from 9 a.m. until 3:00ish and lunch will be a pot luck.

The sandwich board discussion is tabled until the next meeting.

The June meeting will be the guild’s “birthday.” Laura suggested having cake and birthday decorations.

Communications: Rachel Rogers has agreed to be the VP of Communications.

The next meeting will be on Monday, April 17 at 6:30 at the Joann’s Fabrics in Ontario. Cindy will call and reserve the room.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05.
Respectfully submitted,

Cindy Chrisler, Secretary

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January 2017 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting
January 7, 2017
Grand Terrace Community Center

President Laura Greene called the meeting to order at 2:00. A “Get to Know You” game was played.

New Business

Nicole Mundel, Program Chair, announced several activities. A Sit and Sew is scheduled for January 14 at the Ontario Museum, and up to 12 members can participate. There is a free lecture at the same museum on the 17th. Road to California is January 19 – 22, and Modern Quilt Guild has several webinars coming up.

Deb Ulrey will look into setting up an Instagram account for IEMQG. Members can link their accounts once it is set up. Jessica Cock will set up a Facebook page for IEMQG. Candy Scott moved that the Facebook page be an open page, second by Deb Gardner. After discussion regarding privacy concerns, the motion was passed with majority consent. The name of the page will be “IE Modern Quilt Guild.” The status of the account (private v. open) can be reevaluated and changed if needed.

Gayle Bennett, Treasurer, presented a general overview of the guild’s finances. Due to the number of members that renewed at this meeting, the guild’s financial obligations will be easily fulfilled.

Cindy Chrisler, Secretary, had no report.

Tricia Williams, Membership, will need to provide a current roster for MQG by January 31.

Pat Klasen, Greeter, reported that there are 28 members and 10 guests at the meeting today. She has requested that one or two members shadow her so they can sub for her when she is out of town on meeting days. Stu Mandel volunteered to assist her.

Rachel McGee and Jessica Cook, Charity, presented a recently completed quilt to Gwen Pawluk of Disabled American Vets. They will raffle the quilt to raise money for their cause. Gwen expressed her gratitude on behalf of her group to the IEMQG.

Hospitality next month will be provided by Gayle Bennet and Rachel McGee (water) and Cindy Chrisler, Debi Gardner, Marsha Schoh, and Sharon Bergh (snacks).

New Business

Laura announced that to celebrate Modernism Week, February 16 – 24, there will be trips from Palm Springs to the Sam Maloof house as well as other tours of modern architecture. Laura may try to organize an event for that week.

Laura proposed having a standardized name tag made for IEMQG members, such as a design printed by Spoonflower or machine embroidered. Annie Houston will look into this.

Laura would like guild members to advertise the guild at local shops, shows, and through other guilds. She will print bookmarks for members to distribute. Painted Lady in Redlands has bookmarks advertising the guild.

Members who participated in the “Rip ‘n Tear” game last month were challenged to make a quilt from their participation and bring it to today’s meeting. Four quilts were shown, ranging in size from wall hanging to twin size quilt.

Laura suggested a possible activity for a future meeting, where members would use phones or iPads and have a “tech time” at each meeting.
After the refreshment break, guild members played a game where they were divided into 5 groups and each group assembled a puzzle of a modern quilt. Nicole presented a tutorial on the one-seam flying geese block. Laura presented the first of quarterly challenges for IEMQG members. This challenge, due at the March meeting, will be to make a quilt in an animal theme. Guidelines will be in the newsletter and online. Entries may be displayed at the Grand Terrace Community Center or elsewhere to publicize the guild. This month’s featured “Famous quilter” is Elizabeth Hartman, who designs animal prints. Show and Share featured quilts by 12 members. Drawings for the door prize and raffle were held, and Jessica and Rachel awarded two prizes to members who donated quilts for charity.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30.


Respectfully submitted,

Cindy Chrisler, Secretary