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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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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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September 2019 General Meeting Minutes

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

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

Welcome – Gayle

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

Guild Vision 2020

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

Road to California Atrium Exhibit

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

IEMQG Officer Elections, Jennifer

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

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

Committee Reports

Block Lotto, Simone

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

Charity, Rachel

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

Fundraising, Laura

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

Social and Refreshment Break

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

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

Show and Share

8 members shared their latest quilt creations.

Raffles

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

Sit and Sew

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

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

Respectfully submitted,

Becky Brekke

Secretary

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June 2019 General Meeting Minutes

June 1, 2019
Grand Terrace Community Center
22795 Barton Rd, Grand Terrace, CA 92313

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome

Gayle welcomed everyone to the IEQMG’s 3rd birthday celebration! Gayle reminisced about the guild’s beginning as a friendship group that eventually turned into the IEMQG shortly thereafter. A few of the founding members are still active in the guild today. 

The November retreat at Vina De Lestonnac is full. However, if you are still interested, there is a waitlist. See Gayle to be added to it.

Gayle announced the meeting location for the next two months will be at the Main Library in Riverside (3581 Mission Inn Ave).

Committee Reports:

Raffles/Fundraising/Exhibits, Laura

A raffle chairperson is needed.  We have someone for next month, but we need someone permanently going forward. Please contact Laura or any board member if interested.

Our quilts are hanging in the Chaffey Museum.  There are over 40 quilts displayed as well as a rocking chair by Alison and a chair by Simone.  We received more quilts than the space allowed, as such quilts were returned from members that submitted multiple projects. Everyone that submitted one project was displayed. Laura phoned members whose extra quilts were not being displayed and had the quilts at the meeting for pick-up.  On Sunday, June 2nd there is an artist’s reception at the museum from 2-4 pm.

We are exhibiting at Road to California in January 2020. The quilts will be displayed in the atrium of the main exhibit hall. The quilts must be a minimum of 72″ long and a maximum of 100″ wide. Quilts must have a 4″ sleeve. A photo of the quilt tops will be required in October. Additional details to follow.

The following fundraising events have been scheduled: 

Oct 12th Holiday Boutique at Mountain Shadows in Highland; 1 table

July 25th local rummage in Rancho Cucamonga; 1 table

Dec 4th Kris Kringle Holiday Boutique at the Ontario Senior Center; 1 table

Opportunity Quilt, Cat

A very enthusiastic Cat, asked for volunteers to donate their time and talents to the first ever IEMQG Opportunity Quilt by making half square triangles (HST).  Cat put together kits with directions for HSTs; see Cat at break or after the meeting to sign up and take a HST kit home with you today. Assembled HSTs are due at the July meeting.

Block Lotto, Simone

Simone showed members several of the volume blocks called The I.E. (The Improv Effect) together to show what they could look like as a quilt.  The blocks will be collected at the July meeting.  The block tutorial is located on both the IEMQG website and Simone’s blog.

Attendance, Ruthann

There were 28 members in attendance and 5 guests.

Programs, Shelley

Shelley introduced our featured speaker, Dora Cary of Orange Dot Quilts.  Dora took us on a journey from herself as a small child in communist Romania in the 70’s through 2008, when she made her first quilt (and became a US citizen). Her schooling and degrees earned in Romania, aided her greatly in becoming a pattern designer. Dora prides herself on making patterns easy and less complicated.  Many of Dora’s techniques are non-traditional, and this led her to start teaching her techniques in 2017.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed her presentation of her quilts as indicated by the oohs and aahs heard many times. Dora ended her presentation with a series of 5 questions about her journey. Winners were recipients of her patterns and goodies.  If you’d like to find out more about Dora and her products, visit orangedotquilts.com

Refreshments (cake!) and shopping immediately followed Dora’s presentation.

Raffles

Winners of the raffles were presented with their prizes.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Becky Brekke