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February Meeting Recap

Dates to Remember

  • February 16th – 20th – QuiltCon, Phoenix AZ. Meet us every morning at 8:45 by our Community Quilt. Meet and Eat on Saturday at 1 pm same spot.
  • February 14th and 28th – Drop in Sew with us 7 pm to 9 pm.
  • March 5th – General Meeting Presentation by Stephanie Hackney of Hobbs Batting.
  • April 2nd – General Meeting IN PERSON! Curves Workshop at Lake Mathews Community Center.
  • May 7th – General Meeting IN PERSON! At Lake Mathews Community Center.
  • May 7th – Collage Workshop by Barbara Mathews, 9 am to 1 pm, Lake Mathews Community Center.
  • June 4th – General Meeting guest speaker, Sheila Frampton Cooper.
  • Global Quilt Connection: Sampler Platter 12 pm PST.
    • March 19th and 20th
    • July 30th and 31st
    • September 18th and 19th
  • July 2nd – General Meeting Roundabout Challenge!


Roundabout Challenge due July 2nd

Its not to early to get started! This challenge is all about sewing curves, but don’t worry if curves aren’t in your toolbox. We’ll share tips and tricks on April 2nd. Rules: use at least 3 solid colors, and make a quilt with curves of any type with sides that measure anywhere between 24 and 80 inches.


Visit our 2022 Block-of-the-Month page for more information and download the January and February patterns in Members Corner.

Collage Workshop on May 7th

You will need to bring your own pattern/project and supplies for this workshop. Or explore your inner artist and create your own design. Barbara Mathews will provide instruction and help guide us through. A few supplies will also be made available for purchase.

Retreat Registration begins in March!

Our 2022 Retreat is scheduled for November 7th – 10th at Vina De Lestonnac retreat center in Temecula. The cost to reserve your seat is $100. The total cost is $410. Room mates required.

Have Question? Need Answers? Email us any time at

February Speaker

Brenda Gael Smith, Serendipity Patchwork & Quilting

Our general meeting guest speaker, Brenda Gael Smith, delivered an inspirational program, “Driven to Abstraction,” beginning with her brief bio with photos beginning with her childhood in Australia, through her study of law at Washington State University. She took us on a tour of her studio, showed photos of her first quilt, made from seersucker, and the baby quilts that redirected her career from Law to quilting. She shared how nature inspires her modern geometric and linear quilt designs.

In her workshop on Sunday, Brenda guided us through several ways to make improvisational triangles, squares, rectangles, and hexies. She also taught us clever ways to join improve piecing and shared her inspiration and techniques for many of her curated quilts.

For more inspiration from Brenda Gael Smith, you can visit her website and sign up for her newsletter at

You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram

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January 2022, Meeting Recap

Dates to Remember

  • January 22nd – Road to CA Meet n’ Eat. From 12 to 1 pm on the back patio, Ontario Convention Center.
  • February 5th – Guest Lecturer, Brenda Gael Smith, “Driven to Abstraction
  • February 6th – Workshop “Geometricks” with Brenda Gael Smith $30 via PayPal or Check
  • February 16th – 20th, – QuiltCon
  • July 2nd – IEMQG Quilt Challenge – ROUNDABOUT – its not to soon to get started!

Time to Renew your membership

Don’t let your membership expire, Its time to renew for 2022. The annual fee is $40 and provides access to free resources at For more information go to, “How to Join our Guild” in the Menu.

Block of the Month

Evie Rienstra, our new Block of the Month Chairperson, has just posted our first block for 2022 on the Block of the Month page. Her original Mondrian inspired blocks look fun! Go to our new 2022 Block of the Month page for all the details and a downloadable January block pattern.

Roundabout Challenge

This challenge is all about sewing curves, but don’t worry if curves are not yet in your toolbox. We’ll be sharing tips and tricks along the way. The Challenge rules are simple: incorporate some curves, use at least three solid colors, and make sure the sides of your quilt measure between 24 and 80 inches. We’ll reveal our quilts at the July 2nd general meeting.

Adding Words to our Quilts

IEMQG member, Patti Reyes, showed us three easy ways to add words to our quilts and she inspired us to experiment with the tools and techniques she introduced. She showed us how to super-size our printer fonts and then securely print them directly onto fabric. She also showed us how to trace super-sized fonts onto our fabric for embroidery and how to improve our handwriting on quilt labels, by tracing fonts. Visit the Tutorials page on this website to download her complete tutorial, “Three Easy Ways to Add Words to Quilts”.

The words in this quilt were printed directly onto the fabric.

Piecing Letters of the Alphabet

In Fresh Quilting Episode #302, We watched Laura Hartrich piece all the letters of the alphabet with just 3 easy blocks. Don’t forget that as an MQG member you have access to every Fresh Quilting episode and many more resources. Visit to take advantage of more great videos and resources.

QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt Challenge: Angles

Our Community Outreach Challenge Quilt is on its way to QuiltCon!

Road to California Submissions

We have several IEMQG members showing quilts at Road to CA. Don’t forget to look for these beautiful quilts!

Laura Greene’s “Wonky Log Cabin” and Patti Reyes’s “Scraptacular Nine-Patch” will be displayed in the SCCQG “SoCal Quilts 2022” Exhibit.

Show and Share

Here are a few quilts shared by our talented members. Don’t forget to share your quilts with us by sending a photo to

“The Green One” by Pat Klassen, 75″ by 75″

Charity Quilts

Did you know that members who donate quilts for charity are entered to win a generous gift at the end of the year. Each donation wins you an entry.

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December 2021 Holiday Meeting

This was the guild’s first in-person meeting since March 2020 – and it did not disappoint! It was such a huge pleasure to be able to reconnect with members again and to meet our new member, Jennifer. The meeting was to start at 11 am but with all the socializing going on we didn’t “officially” start the meeting until 11:40 am. Here’s a rundown of the festivities:

Mini-Mod Block Swap Show & Share

Those who participated in Berene Campbell’s mini-mod block swap shared their creative creations with those tiny 2″ blocks – truly remarkable:


Patti’s thread catcher & pin cushion
Patti’s iPad sleeve


Carlene’s square pin cushion


Barbara’s square pin cushion


Laura’s project bag
Laura’s sewing machine mat


Lynn’s art quilt


Elizabeth’s colorful quilt

Holiday Inspired Games!!

We played two games: “Never have I Ever” and the Bad Santa game. Congrats to Elizabeth for winning the “Never have I Ever” game. Apparently she’s the only one who’s made a wonky log cabin quilt (I think Laura has but she was already sitting down). A very fun game!

For the Bad Santa game, members exchanged sewing related gifts. All gifts were packaged in brown paper bags with numbers on them. As a member’s name was called they could either choose a bag or “steal” an already revealed gift. There were a few steals (bad Santas)! At the end, we all took home very nice gifts!

Unfortunately, we ran out of time to make the owl pin cushion. But Laura provided a quick demonstration and every member received a kit to take home. Laura graciously offered to demonstrate how to make the owl pin cushion at the next sit and sew on Monday, December 13th at 7 pm.

Show & Share

Our members have been SEW busy! Please enjoy what they’ve been up to lately.


MEMBERSHIP – It’s time to renew for the 2022 year! The membership fee is still $40. Please see email sent on December 3rd for additional information. You can always email us at with any questions.

FUTURE MEETINGS – The January meeting will be held on January 8th instead of on the first of the month due to the holiday. The January, February and March meeting will be via Zoom – stay tuned for additional details. We will announce whether we will meet in April at the Lake Mathews Community Center in Riverside at a later date.

MEET & EAT – We are planning to have the next couple of Meet & Eats at Road to California in January and QuiltCon in February. Details to follow.

FAREWELL – A fond farewell was relayed to Barbara. Each board member thanked Barbara for her year as President. As Barbara decided not to pursue another year, the board gifted her with our traditional IEMQG sweatshirt. THANK YOU BARBARA!!

A note from Becky Brekke: I want to thank you for allowing me to be your VP of Communications for the 2021 year. Due to personal issues, I opted not to run again for the position. I truly learned so much about websites and blogging! I hope you enjoyed my posts as much as I enjoyed putting them together for you! You will be left in capable hands with my successor, Patti! Cheers to 2022; I know it will be a great year for all!

Happy Holidays from the IEMQG!

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November 2021 Guild Meeting

First up at our meeting this month was to tour Sharon’s sewing space or “therapy” room as she likes to call it. We all enjoyed touring her large sewing room and seeing her vintage Micky Mouse collection as well. Thank you Sharon!

Next Laura showed slides on how to create her fabric postcards. Check your email as Laura emailed the instructions if you’d like to create them for family and friends for the holiday season. Thank you Laura!

Lastly, we toured Gayle’s sewing space. She took us through the transformation of dining room to sewing room. We love how she utilizes her space and that it also can be used as a guest room. Thank you Gayle!

Unfortunately, Patti was not able to present her “Three Ways to Add Words to Quilts”. However, she will demonstrate this at our January meeting – stay tuned!

2022 Executive Board

Congratulations to the newly elected 2022 Executive Board members. The new Board for 2022 is as follows:

  • President: Candy S
  • VP of Programs: Laura G
  • VP of Communications: Patti R
  • Treasurer: Gayle B
  • Co-Secretary: Lynn H and Debi Gardner


Just a reminder that QuiltCon FREE registration ends on November 30th. If you think that you may attend, it’s worthy of registering for your free entry into the event. This is a “perk” of your paid membership. Register through the website. and click on the QUILTCON tab.

Holiday Party (in person)

Our Christmas party will be held in person at the Lake Mathews Community Room starting at 11 am on Saturday, December 4th.

  • Bring your own lunch.
  • Bring a $15-20 quilt related gift in a brown paper bag folded on top (please do not staple or tape) for the Bad Santa game
  • Bring your Show & Share, including your Mini Mod Swap blocks
  • Wear holiday attire: ugly sweater, mask, etc.
  • Water, coffee, tea, and a cupcake will be provided
  • Activities: Bad Santa game, Never Have I Ever game, Owl pincushion project, Show & Share

We hope to see you in person next month!

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October 2021 Guild Meeting

The reveal was definitely worth the wait! Below are the challenge entries – which one was your favorite?

Entry 1 – Ginger

I have a fascination with Churn Dash blocks and with Marcia Derse fabric (This quilt features “Art History 101” and “Treasure Hunt”) I met Marcia at the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Show in Portland.  I created my own pattern, which we often do with Modern Quilts.  I’ve used Marcia Derse fabric in a number of quilts and was curious how it would function as the background fabric. This quilt is called “Curiosity.”   I love having it on the wall in my office. It’s a constant source of pleasure for me.

Entry 2 – Sharon

I did the challenge!!! This was a great way to wrap up Lynn’s series on modern quilting. The top is 47″ by 41″ a little smaller for me.

Entry 3 – Debi

Untitled; 24.5″ x 24.5″

Entry 4 – Michele

I wanted to play with scale. The churn dash blocks are 1-1/2 and 2 inches. The entire piece is only 9″x9”.

Entry 5 – Elizabeth

I merged and rotated two churn dash blocks, and after I finished the stitching, I sat and studied it. I really liked where the deep blue and the aqua merged in the middle retaining something of themselves. The colors also blended by giving a little of their color to the other, making a new hue. Yep, I thought, reflecting on our recent thirty-second wedding anniversary, this little bit of a quilt is just like marriage, so I stitched in the number of years from our recent anniversary in the quilting. Thanks to the Guild for motivating us with this challenge!

Entry 6 – Patti

Cool Bright Churn dash

Mini Quilt 22” x 19.5”

I started by making the smallest churn dash I could (1.5” finished) and then increased my HST’s by .25 inch each I used a cool bright color palette and started by making the smallest churn dash I could at 1.5”. Then increased the block size by 3/4 inch each time up to 6 inches. I improvised an alternative layout, and finished it off with modern channel quilting and a scrappy binding.

Entry 7 – Lynn

I had lots of ideas, but each one looked forced to me, and the rigidity of the block just couldn’t be tamed to my satisfaction.

So, I embraced the perfectly symmetrical block, made it with minimal contrast, matched part of the block to the background so it would not stand out in a blaring way, and tumbled them in the sand, like treasured shells or rocks you might find carried in by the tides.

Entry 8 – Laura

“My Matcha”
Three sizes of churn dash.
Yes, the arrows are the churn dash block.
I tried to make them irregularly placed and they are.

Entry 9 – Laura

Alternate Grid with negative space

Entry 10 – Barbara

Block Section of “Hot Mess”.

Entry 11 – Anny

I did an alternative grid.
I used a Windham Fabric Pattern – the pattern name is “Legends” by Wendy Sheppard.
Fabrics are from my stash.


And the guild favorite is…….


Here are a few bonus photos of her beautiful quilt:

Corner turned up, showing the back.
Detail of words quilted in.


MEET & EAT – The next Meet & Eat is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 9 am – 1 pm. Bring your lunch, a chair, show and shares and join your quilty friends at the SSgt. Salvador J. LaraCasa Blanca Library.

NOMINATION COMMITTEE – This year’s nomination committee consists of Laura Greene, Patti Reyes and Carlene Drake. If you are interested in any Board positions (President, VP Programs, VP Communications, Treasurer, or Secretary), please contact them. Voting will take place during the November meeting.

If you’d rather serve on a committee (Membership, Social Media, Hospitality, Block Lotto, Fundraising, Charity, Opportunity Quilt or Facilities), please let any of the committee members know of your interest!

QUILTCON 2022 COMMUNITY OUTREACH QUILT CHALLENGE – Triangles are now DUE! Please mail to Patti (email her at or bring to the October Meet & Eat. We need your help with naming our quilt!!! A few buzz words to help are: Angles? Hive? Bee? Citrus? Hexies? Any and all suggestions are welcomed.

We are collecting donations for the longarm quilting. Any amount is appreciated. Pay via PayPal to – please indicate “Quiltcon Quilting” in the description or you may bring to our October Meet & Eat. Thank you!!

SAVE THE DATE – Our Christmas party will be held in person at the Lake Mathews Community Room from 11 am – 3 pm on Saturday, December 4th. Additional details to follow soon.

Enjoy the cooler weather and see you next month!

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Upcoming October 2021 Meeting

***REMINDER: Our meeting time has been changed to 10 – 11 am as the Sampler Platter will occur later in the afternoon.***

Our featured program for October will be the Churn Dash Challenge reveal! You still have time to participate as your quilt does not need to be completely finished – having your quilt top completed only is sufficient! This is your opportunity to work with an alternate grid and/or other elements of a modern quilt! All that’s needed to participate is a photo of your quilt top or finished quilt. All entries are due by the Wednesday before the October meeting. Send a photo to Laura at the guild’s email address,

We will be voting on our favorite churn dash quilt and we have a very nice gift for the winner. We are ‘sew’ looking forward to seeing all your creative creations!

As a reminder, the Sampler Platter will be from , from 12 – 3, zoom (hence time change above), email with Zoom link and PDF file for presentations will be sent prior to meeting. Sampler Platter continues Sunday, October 3, from 12 – 3 as well. The Sampler Platter is 15-minute lessons by well known quilt instructors from around the world. Attend as many as you like courtesy of the IEMQG. We encourage your feedback; please contact any board member! Enjoy!!

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September 2021 Guild Meeting

This month’s meeting led by Laura (in Barbara’s absence) focused on revisiting favorite quilts from previous shows. Several members submitted photos of their favorite quilts. Laura shared two videos:

“The Best of QuiltCon 2020”: Discussion followed about the quilting, the lines and the shapes that express emotions in quilts. Discussion about the purpose of quilts: Is it to make something pleasing or to express an idea, feeling or emotion. What do you do when making a quilt?

The Best of QuiltCon 2018″: Discussion about the colors used and your favorite color palette followed.

Laura shared, “Abstract Design in American Quilts at 50: Journey to Japan Virtual Gallery Walk Through”: Discussion about the similarity and differences in quilts from Japan compared to local work followed. Some people like to read the title and artist statement to get a better understanding of the maker’s intent.  Some people just make quilts and realize the quilt is reflecting an idea or feeling they are felling as they work.  Gayle puts a bit of fabric from previous quilts she has made in every new quilt, to link the connections together.  Mary thinks each person will react differently to the same image in a quilt and that is the one of the wonderful things about art. Lively and insightful discussions followed.

International Quilt Museum (IQM): As a member of the IEMQG you have access to the online resources at the IQM in Lincoln, Nebraska. Go to the website and input the following information, User: iemodernquiltguild@iemqguild and Password: Qui1ts!

Survey Results: Laura shared a summary of the recent survey that 20 members responded to. Members identified benefits of having in-person meetings, zoom meetings, and a combination.  There was not a majority consensus on the kind of meetings we should have in the future. Members appreciate high quality teachers, amount to pay for the classes varied. Members were split on selling items no longer used but were more positive about purchasing other’s items to fundraise for the guild. Three-quarters of our members agreed to work on a community quilt for QuiltCon. Laura took an informal poll on an in-person meeting time as the board is considering changing from 2 pm to 10 am.  There was much discussion about times, dates, and ability to participate if things change.  The board will look at sending out another formal survey to all members, with closed-ended questions, before deciding about future meeting times/dates. The survey results are as follows.


SHOW AND SHARE – The board has unanimously reversed an earlier decision to only share Modern Quilts at Show and Share.  Moving forward, please submit any quilt you are working on regardless of the type, to help us get to know each other through our work and to celebrate the wonderful creations we each make. Show and Share quilt photos can be submitted anytime to the  Quilts that arrive by the Monday preceding the general meeting will be included in that general meeting.  Photos that arrive after that will be held until the next general meeting.

MEET & EAT – The next Meet & Eat is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 9 am – 1 pm. Bring your lunch, a chair, show and shares, community group quilt triangles and join your quilty friends at the SSgt. Salvador J. LaraCasa Blanca Library.

We are going to test this as a hybrid meeting, and here is the zoom link:


October General Meeting, October 2, 10 – 11 am, Zoom (Note time change!).  Churn Dash challenge due (send picture of your quilt the Monday prior to the meeting to  You should still have plenty of time to finish your churn dash featuring alternate gridwork and negative space. Can’t wait to see what you all create!

Sampler Platter, October 2, from 12 – 3, zoom (hence time change above), email with link and PDF file for presentations will be sent prior to meeting.  Platter continues Sunday, October 3, noon to 3 as well.  The Sampler Platter is 15-minute lessons by well know quilt instructors from around the world.  Attend as many as you like courtesy of the IEMQG (we paid for members to be able to attend).

RETREAT AT VINA – We have two openings. If interested, let Barbara know ASAP.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE – We are in need two volunteers from the general membership to join Laura and Patti on the committee. Nominating committee will recommend candidates for President, Programs, Communications, Treasurer, Secretary, Charity, and possibly other positions. If you are interested, please contact Laura or Patti.

SPOTLIGHT QUILTERS FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS – Who would you like to see spotlighted?  A quilt Con favorite instructor, a You-tuber, Blogger, favorite author?  Let Laura know if you have someone in mind you would like to know more about.  Would you like to give a 10–15-minute summary of a quilter at one of our Zoom meetings?  Let Laura know.

See you all next month!!

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August 2021 Guild Meeting

Guild Mini Mod Swap

Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky introduced the guild swap project. Below are the key points of her presentation:

  • Fundraiser for scholarships to BIPOC, LGBTQ2SL+ and Indigenous people from Canada.  (Where Berene lives)
  • Berene has spoken to many guilds and raised over $10,000 so far.
  • She shared photos of two recent scholarship recipients.
  • Donate $5 by pay pal to the guild or a check to Candy.  The guild will send one check to Berene.
  • Additional donations can be made here.

Berene has designed the mini block patterns and the blocks finish at 2″x 2″. Some blocks are simple, like a four-patch or cross blocks, some are paper pieced and some are curved.

If you participate:

  • You will select a color group (warm, cool, or neutral).
  • You will select a background color (black, white, or gray).
  • You will receive a set of patterns.
  • You can get construction tips from Berene’s tutorials on YouTube.
  • You will make six blocks for yourself, and six blocks for four others in your group, a total of thirty blocks.
  • You will mail six blocks to each person, and you will receive six blocks from each person in your group, until you end up with thirty blocks.
  • You can use them to make a small quilt, or any number of projects suggested on her website
  • The projects are yours to keep.
  • You will receive an email from the inland empire modern quilt guild asking if you want to participate.
  • The email will include relevant due dates.
  • You will select your colors and provide a mailing address.
  • Once the groups are formed, you will receive all the directions, dates, and resources for help to complete your blocks.

The guild will have a show and share of the projects from this mini mod swap at our December meeting.


RETREAT AT VINA DE LESTONNAC: As a reminder our annual retreat this year is November 8, 9, and 10. There are a couple of spots available – if you are interested in joining the retreat, contact Barbara to reserve a spot. We are taking reservations from non-guild members at this time as well.

QUILTCON COMMUNITY QUILT OUTREACH CHALLENGE: Our guild is making a group quilt to hang at QuiltCon in Phoenix in February 2022. To participate, contact Patti or Lynn to receive a package of fabric, triangle template, and directions. As a recap, each participant is making six triangles and returning them by September 18, at the next Meet & Eat. You can also return the triangles by mail. The layout of the triangles/hexagons will be a joint project at the retreat in November. For additional information please refer to the QuiltCon Group Challenge information packet

MEET & EAT: The next Meet & Eat is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 9 am to 1 pm. Bring your lunch, a chair, show and shares, group quilt triangles and join your quilty friends at the SSgt. Salvador J. LaraCasa Blanca Library (Note the meeting time has changed in order to avoid the extreme heat in the middle of the afternoon).

CHURN DASH BLOCK CHALLENGE: This is your opportunity to work with an alternate grid and/or other elements of a modern quilt! All that’s need to participate is a photo of your quilt top or finished quilt. All entries due by the Wednesday before the October meeting. Send a photo to Laura at the guild’s email address,

“See” you next month – stay cool!

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July 2021 Guild Meeting Recap

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!

In our President’s absence, Candy welcomed guests to the meeting. We kicked off the meeting program with Lynn Hanna’s final installment of “What is a Modern Quilt?”


Part 7 of the series is called “Updating Traditional Quilt Designs”. Lynn explained the three ways to update a traditional quilt design by changing the scale, altering the block shape or orientation, and color placement. She showed several examples of each. Sad to see this series end, but if you missed any part of the series, don’t worry, we will be doing a recap blog post next month including our top 3 quilt examples from each series.


As a reminder, we will show off our quilt tops (does not need to be quilted or bound) at the October meeting to give you plenty of time to complete the challenge. This is your opportunity to explore modern design utilizing an alternate grid layout or negative space, for example (pssst, this is a great time to use Lynn’s “What is a Modern Quilt” series for inspiration).  Also feel free to show off any drawings, pattern books, or practice blocks on Facebook and Instagram to inspire others. Our work in progress will hopefully get others enthused & inspired and lessen any apprehension. ICYMI, here’s the information sheet with all the details you need. If you have questions, please contact either Patti or Laura.

QuiltCon 2022 – PHOENIX, AZ

The upcoming QuiltCon is scheduled for February 16-20, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The class schedule is now available. Discounted MQG member class registration begins on Wednesday, August 4th at 7 am PST. If you’re not sure right now if you want to attend QuiltCon or take any classes, you should at least register by November 2022, to receive your free pass (which is a perk included with your MQG membership). After November, there is a fee to get into the convention. Quilt entry submissions are being accepted between September 1 – October 31st. If your quilt(s) are chosen to be in the show, you will be notified by December 15th. Hope to see a bunch of IEMQG member quilts on display – if yours is selected, please let us know! By the way, on the QuiltCon website there is a newsletter you can sign up for so you don’t miss any important dates or details.

QuiltCon Community Quilt Outreach Challenge

We are pleased to announce that IEMQG will be participating in this challenge! The co-Chairs for this challenge are Patti and Lynn! The MQG launched this challenge which affords Guilds the opportunity to make a group quilt, enter it, display it at QuiltCon, and sell it to raise funds for Women of Color Quilters Network and the Navajo Quilt Project.

This year’s theme is angles and must be twin size, which is approximately 65” x 85”. There is a specific fabric line and color palette as well: Moda Bella Solids – White, Boysenberry (9900-217) , Geranium (9900-258), Amelia Orange (9900-161), Yellow (9900-24) and Fig Tree Olive (9900-69). We can use two colors only or all six!

Patti designed a modern hexagon quilt design. Each member interested in participating will make six triangles. A packet has been created with all the supplies required to make the six blocks. Packets will be distributed at the July 17th Meet and Eat and collected at the September Meet and Eat. If you are unable to attend the July Meet and Eat, alternate arrangements can be made for receiving a packet.

We hope you will participate in this awesome opportunity! For additional information, please read the QuiltCon Group Challenge information packet.


MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch, show and shares, and join your quilty friends at the SSgt. Salvador J. LaraCasa Blanca Library (Note this is a new location).

SURVEY: A survey was emailed to all members last month. Results will be revealed soon – stay tuned!

BOLO ALERT: We have a guild block swap in the works and will be discussed in greater detail at our August meeting. Additional details will be provide in a separate blog post in a couple weeks.


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June 2021 Guild Meeting

The Guild had the pleasure of having David Owen Hastings as our guest speaker for the June meeting. His lecture was entitled, “Minimal Design, Maximum Impact”.

A little about David’s history: David lives in Sequim, Washington, he was the 2020 President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, he’s a quilter, graphic designer, and a print and textile artist. His modern aesthetic is by far minimalism.

PART I – HISTORY OF MODERN QUILTING: David provided the definition of Modern Quilting as bold, simple designs; high contrast areas; expansive use of negative space; and large scale minimalism. He provided several examples of early influences and influencers such as Amish Quilts, Quilts of Gee’s Bend, Gwen Marston, Nancy Crow, Yoshiko Jinzenji, Denyse Schmidt, Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle, the Flickr group: Fresh Modern Quilts, and the founders of the MQG, Alissa Haight Carlton and Latifah Saafir.

PART II – INSPIRATION: David introduced us to three (3) modern quilters who have inspired him – Carson Converse, Erick Wolfmeyer and Pamela Wiley.

PART III – PROCESS: David’s recipe for successful minimalism are elegantly sophisticated, variations on a theme, simple, bold palette and quietly impactful. Dave ended with design concepts to keep in mind: spare, simple compositions for a clean, modern look. He said something that we need to hear at times, “when in doubt, take it out” to achieve your modern design concept.

David provided an overview of his lectures and workshops. There are some links below on how to join a few of them.


Happy Birthday IEMQG

The guild celebrated it’s 5th birthday! Members wore their party hats (even David) in commemoration! We had the honor of having our founding President and current member, Michele Nichols, take us down memory lane with her presentation entitled, “How the IEMQG was Born”. Thank you Michele!! (see the website for a blog post dedicated to Michele’s presentation).


JUNE 12TH WORKSHOP: There are still 6 spots available for David Owen Hastings workshop “Mini Mid-Mod Quilts” on Saturday, June 12th from 2pm – 5 pm. Contact Laura Greene for details.

MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch, show and shares, a chair and join in with friends at Shamel Park, Riverside. Please note there may be a location change to the Casa Blanca Library. If this changes, you will be notified at the next meeting and/or via email.

SURVEY: A survey was emailed to all members last week. Please complete by Thursday, June 10th. Results will be revealed at our next guild meeting in July.

RETREAT: The November 8th – 10th retreat at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula is full. If you’d like to be placed on the wait list, please contact Barbara Mathews.

***Links as referenced in David Owen Hastings’ lecture for future reference:***


Souls Grown Deep Foundation — Gees Bend Quilters

Flickr – Fresh Modern Quilts

Book – Modern Quilts, Designs of the New Century


Carson Converse

Carson Converse at Quilt National (youtube)

Erick Wolfmeyer

Seven Quilts by Erick Wolfmeyer: gallery walk through (youtube)

Pamela Wiley

Pamela Wiley with West Elm (youtube)


David Owen Hastings — Open Enrollment Workshops & Lectures

David Owen Hastings — Instagram


Northwind Art

Minnesota Quilters Show (search for “Hastings”)

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

See you next month!!