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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.

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Upcoming September Meeting Program Information!

Our next meeting is just around the corner on September 7th at 2pm at the Riverside Main Library. Our program entitled, “What Was I Thinking? The ugly fabric challenge” is going to be a fun and interactive meeting for us all!

Here’s how the program will work:

Bring a fabric from your stash that you can’t quite fathom what you must have been thinking when you bought it. Or maybe don’t recall what the purpose was – a project of some sort – and now you’re stumped!

Enter your name on the sign up list when you arrive.

Each participant will be given two minutes to show and attempt to explain how you acquired your fabric.

We’ll take a couple minutes for suggestions or ideas from the audience.

      If someone loves your ugly fabric feel free to pass it along.

      Maybe you can leave with an idea of how to use it.

      Maybe it is destined to be the backing for a pet mat?

Using a random number generator for each participant on the list, one lucky presenter will win the terrific prize that Laura posted online. (It’s a good one so you won’t want to miss your chance!)

Come prepared to offer creative and constructive advice.  Or just come for an entertaining event. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!

Until then, happy sewing!

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What was I thinking? …A Message from Gayle

What Was I Thinking?! 

Join us Saturday September 7, 2019 for our monthly guild meeting.  The September program will be an interactive presentation for guild members to join in.  We all have them, those fabrics that we just couldn’t resist, or just can’t quite recall how we ended up with, that we also can’t figure out what to do with. Or what on earth we were thinking when we even bought them, right? Bring one of yours to the meeting and have the opportunity to show it off to the group and receive suggestions, input, and inspiration for what to do with it.  Maybe you’ll just find it a home to go to, other than back to yours, if a fellow quilter discovers that they have the perfect project to solve your fabric dilemma.  Participants will be entered in a drawing for a prize.

Mark your calendar for our Sit and Sew scheduled for Saturday September 21, 2019 that will be held at the Quilters Cocoon at 9901 Indiana Ave, Riverside from 10 AM to 4 PM.  The guild will be providing fabrics and patterns to work on charity quilts or several boutique items, or bring a current project of your own.  And of course, there will be shopping available!

If you haven’t visited the guild website recently there is now a link to our Activity Calendar that lists meetings and other goings on with the guild.  From the Welcome page at www.iemodernquiltguild.com click the ‘here’ link in the welcome message to be taken to the guild’s calendar.  Hover over an event for more details. You can also access the calendar from this link http://www.iemodernquiltguild.com/ecwd_calendar/events/

Our Fundraising Chairperson Laura Greene is looking for volunteers to work our table at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community Annual Gift Fair.  The event is Saturday October 12th  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and help is needed for set up, the sale, and take down. Please see Laura at the September meeting if you can be available to help. She has two hour work slots arranged.

Don’t forget to get in on Block Lotto! 

September’s meeting will take place at the Riverside Main Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside. Parking behind the building, on the street or in the parking structure just across the street at no charge.

Socialize from 1:30, meeting start time 2:00 PM.

Hope to see you all there!
Gayle

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A Message from Gayle – IEMQG August Meeting News!

Join us next Saturday as Natalie Barnes will bring her AURIfilosophy to the IEMQG.  Learn all things Aurifil thread!  Included with the program will be a pop up Aurifil shop.  For those of you new to Aurifil you can purchase threads to try.  To those of us devoted to Aurifil as our favorite thread (that would be me), well, I should probably make a shopping list.  Just recently I was thinking of a color that I needed.

Our exhibit at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art came to an end on July 22nd.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a quilt, or chair, and made the exhibit a success.  If you did not pick up your quilt in person I have them and they’ll be available to retrieve at the guild meeting. The exhibit was very well received and I’m pretty sure we changed the image in a few people’s minds about quilting. 

I did take the opportunity to solicit quilts that were shown at Chaffey for our big exhibit as the featured guild to hang in the atrium at Road to California.  Those quilts have been photographed and measured for submission to Road and I’ll email the quilters individually about that.  Please keep in mind that quilts for Road to California must be a minimum of 72 inches long and can be a width up to 100 inches.  We will need to submit photos and measurements of each quilt to Road in October. This photo can be just the completed quilt top since delivery of the quilts to Road isn’t until January.  My husband Mike will be available at our October guild meeting for anyone who needs a good shot of their quilt and has also offered to convert any photo format that you have available to a PDF as Road has requested.  You can email those photos to me when the time comes.  This exhibit is open to guild members only and we need 44 quilts. I’m sure we can deliver!

The August meeting is at the Riverside City Main Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside.  Our guild meetings are scheduled at that location for August, September and October.  Depending on how you travel to meetings, please be aware that the 60 Freeway will be closed between the 15 Fwy and the 91 Fwy from 10 pm Friday nights to 5 am Monday mornings.  This is scheduled for every weekend, except Labor Day, from now until mid-November.  I’ll need to plan accordingly!

Come socialize at 1:30 Saturday and enjoy the guild meeting at 2:00, see you there!

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July guild happenings – a message from Gayle

Our regular monthly meeting is next Saturday July 6th and will take place at the Riverside Main Library, 3581Mission Inn Ave in Riverside.  Doors open by 1:30pm and the meeting begins at 2:00pm. After you’ve celebrated our Independence Day on the 4th come celebrate quilting with the Guild!

This month’s speaker will be our own Christine Sharp as she presents her transitional quilter journey.  If you’re like me and a fan of Christine’s bold colors and white backgrounds I’m sure you’ll be interested to hear her story and see her quilts.  The talent of our guild members continues to amaze and inspire me. 

The Splashes of Color and Space exhibit that we have hanging at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art is a wonderful sampling of this talent.  If you haven’t been to Ontario to see this exhibit the quilts will hang there until July 20th.  For museum hours and location see their website;  https://www.chaffeymuseum.org/

The week of July 8th Rachel McGee will be delivering charity quilts to Calicento Ranch, be sure to bring any charity quilts you have completed to the meeting.  If you have quilts and can’t attend the meeting please let me know and we’ll see if we can arrange to get them from you.  Our fundraiser chairperson Laura Greene was off to China for teaching last week, but if you have boutique items that you’d like to turn in we can also collect those.  Our first sale event will be at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community in Highland on October 12th.  We’ve been invited to participate in their annual event.  We’ll also be part of the annual Kris Kringle Kraft fair in Ontario at the Senior Center in December. 

For those of you that may not have heard our member Trish William’s husband Jim passed away last week.  Jim had been dealing with some serious health issues for the past few years.  They recently relocated to Spokane Valley WA and live close her daughter and son and extended family there.  Many of her guild friends have been able to extend our condolences and support to her and she assured me that her family is encouraging her to come down in November to participate in the retreat.  Please keep her in your thoughts.

Happy sewing, see you next Saturday.

Gayle