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President’s Message

Greetings Modern Quilters!

Welcome new members! I’m so excited to see all the new faces at our meetings and even at Zoom Drop-in Sew. We do our best to welcome everyone whether you are new to quilting, an experienced quilter, or somewhere in between. We are so glad that you have found us.

This month we are celebrating our 7th Birthday. Our June meeting will be a hybrid meeting (in person at Arlington Library and on Zoom) with guest speaker, Sheila Frampton Cooper speaking to us via zoom. Sheila will also teach a 2-half-day class via Zoom on July 3rd and 10th, and we will join from our own sewing rooms. Remember to sign up early, as the class is limited to the first 20 quilters. The price is $45 for guild members and $55 for non-members.

It is hard to believe that we are already in May, 2022. Wasn’t QuiltCon just a few weeks ago? What a great turn-out of IEMQG members we had, and I’m already looking forward to next February 22-26, 2023 when we meet in Atlanta.

Speaking of QuiltCon 2023, be on the lookout for email from the MQG with a schedule of classes, lectures and sign-up dates. There will be a separate email regarding hotel reservations. The MQG block of rooms sells out quickly, so now is the time to start planning.

May Meeting Recap

Our May meeting was in person at the Lake Mathews Community Center where we were able to share ideas for up-cycling our left over quilt blocks (orphan blocks) and even swap a few blocks. Our talented members shared bags, pouches, rug mugs, pin cushions, pillow tops and even quilts made with left over blocks. Members also brought their left over blocks to the meeting for adoption by others who left the meeting inspired to give the adopted orphan blocks new life. It will be fun to see what members do with their adopted blocks. Maybe we’ll see some get turned in to Sew Powerful Purses! Go to www.sewpowerful.org to learn more about how these purses keep African girls in school! Give your finished purse to Laura Green before our August meeting.

Announcements

  • We need volunteers to help sell Opportunity Quilt tickets at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival August 4th – 6th. Email us at iemodernquiltguild@iemqguild.com
  • Don’t miss our Retreat on November 7th-10th at Vina De Lestonnac, $100 reserves your spot. Total cost is $410 for four nights and all meals.
  • Join our 12 x 12 Challenge! learn more at 6 pm before Drop-in Sew.
  • Please consider making a Sew Powerful Purse for African girls. These easy-to make purses keep girls in school! Get the free pattern and see how important these purses are at www.sewpowerful.org Finished purses can be given to Laura Green for delivery.
  • Submit your MQG Make-a Difference Challenge quilts by August 8th. Go to the MQG Website for all the details. This year the theme is OCEANS to support Oceana, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the worlds oceans on a global Scale.
  • Keep an eye on your email for QuiltCon announcements from the MQG!

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April Meeting Recap and Important Dates

All About Curves!

Our April meeting was in person and well attended! We had so much fun learning to sew curves! Guild secretary, Lynn Hanna, taught us to make gentle improve curves by overlapping two pieces of fabric, cutting a gentle curve via rotary cutter, and then sewing with right sides together. It was really that simple! Programs Vice President, Laura Greene, showed us how to turn fabric under for appliqu├ęd curves using card stock for a pattern and aluminum foil for turning the fabric. We all left the meeting having mastered rolling hills and beautiful sunsets. These new skills are sure to help us with our July Round About Challenge .

Block of the Month

Evie revealed the April Block of the Month (BOM), and explained that her inspiration for this year’s BOM program comes from modern architecture. Read more about the BOM Here. You will find all the BOM patterns in Member’s Corner.

Join us in May for our Collage Workshop!

Please join us Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Lake Mathews Community Center for a sure-to-be-fun no-sewing Collage Workshop by Barbara Mathews (supply list below). Barbara will share all her tips and tricks and you may end up with a “ready-to-quilt” project by the end of class. Please RSVP to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Our meeting will follow. We’ll share creative ways to up-cycle orphan blocks.

Collage Workshop Supplies
  • A pattern (available in most quilt stores, Etsy, and Amazon) or draw you own!
  • A good variety of scrap fabrics
  • Plenty of Steam-a-Seam 2 (enough for all your applied fabrics- 3 or 4 yards)
  • A light weight, non-woven fusible interfacing (at least as big as your pattern)
  • a Sharpie and #2 pencil
  • Good fabric scissors (like Karen K Buckley, sufficient for making detailed fabric cuts)
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Please email us if you have questions!!!

Dates to Remember

  • April 11th and 25th – Drop-in Sew 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Check Members Corner and your email for Zoom Link
  • April 16th – Meet and Eat via Zoom – Drop-in sew, eat, and Show-and-Share,
  • May 7th – 9:00 am Collage Workshop by Barbara Mathews and 2:00 pm General Meeting IN PERSON at Lake Mathews Community Room
  • June 4th – General Meeting in person at Arlington Library and via Zoom. Guest Speaker Sheila Frampton Cooper and IEMQG Birthday Celebration
  • July 2nd – Round About Challenge Reveal. Click here for details. Round About Challenge
  • November 7-10 – Retreat at Vina De Lestonnac. $410 per person includes all meals and lodging. Reserve your spot with a $100 deposit. Registration form in Members Corner

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Some of our talented members showed quilts with curves. Lots of inspiration for the Round About Challenge.

Show and Share was overflowing with inspiration.

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March Meeting Recap

Dates to Remember

  • March 19th 11:30 – Meet and Eat at Riverside Heritage Museum.
  • March 14th and 28th – Drop-in Sew. Check Members Corner for Zoom link.
  • March 19th and 20th – Global Quilt Connection Sampler Platter. Watch your email for Zoom link.
  • April 2nd – General Meeting, Curves Workshop . IN PERSON at Lake Mathews Community Room, 16453 El Sobrante Rd, Riverside, Ca 92503. Room opens at 1:30.
  • May 7th – Collage Workshop by Barbara Mathews and General Meeting. IN PERSON at Lake Mathews Communtiy Room – Workshop starts at 9:00 am Meeting starts at 2:00 pm.
  • June 4th – General Meeting via Zoom. Guest Speaker “Sheila Frampton Cooper” and IEMQG 5th Birthday Celebration.
  • July 2nd – General Meeting Roundabout Challenge!
  • November 7 – Retreat at Vina De Lestonnac – Reservation Form in Members Corner.

Consider Volunteering!

We are looking for a few creative helpers to organize fundraisers. Whether its organizing and collection of handcrafted items for a boutique sale, or making a raffle basket for bi-monthly raffles, we need your ideas, creativity and elbow grease. If you think you can help please contact email us iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com .

Looking for a Challenge? Enter a contest!

Guest Speaker, Stephanie Hackney

Guest Speaker, Stephanie Hackney of Hobbs Batting

Our March speaker, Stephanie Hackney of Hobbs Batting, gave us all the resources we need to pick batting for any project. She recommended that we answer five basic questions when choosing batting for a project. What are you making? What do you want the finished surface to look like? Who is it for? How will it be used? And Where will it be used? If you need a highly durable batting, then she recommends that you consider using polyester. It is strong, shrink resistant, and non allergenic. Because it doesn’t shrink it provides a smooth finish. Cotton is a great choice for warm climates, and because it tends to shrink a bit, it will provide a crinkled texture to a finished quilt . It can be purchased with a built in stabilizer referred to as scrim which helps retain its shape. Wool while best known for the warmth it provides, is the perfect batting for show quilts since it doesn’t retain creases, but it can shrink and felt and should only be laundered in cold water. Silk batting, while a little more delicate, is know for its wonderful drape and is the perfect batting for clothing. For more information about batting visit http://www.hobbsbatting.com