NOUN: A quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax.
Another successful quilting retreat is under IEMQG’s belt! Word on the street is that it was “sew” welcomed and needed. Thanks to everyone who attended!
We asked for feedback on the retreat and we received this thoughtful response from Lynn that was definitely worthy of sharing:
“The retreat was a time for connecting and reconnecting. Several members who have moved, returned and several new faces joined the mix of faces we have come to know on our zoom screens. But this time in person. We haveall lived through the common experience of isolation the past year and a half, and now, some cautiously and some explosively, emerged to negotiate the world’s new normal. It was enjoyable to linger over the delicious meals to just chat in person. So eager for the in person connections, we quickly became immersed in all things fabric. We connected and deepened friendships. I enjoyed working on the community quilt, moving triangles around trying to make order and hearing other opinions about the design. Collaboration like this has been missing in my life and was a welcomed and enjoyable experience. We each had our own projects and with each finish a proud moment was captured with a photo. We also worked on luggage tags, rope bowls, and sewing mats with directions shared by members. I worked on the mini mod block swap project. Inspired by the retreat, the beautiful location, and the weaving of stories and experiences, I created an improvisational piece reminiscent of a landscape. The mini mod blocks became rows of sparkle dotted through the scene of cheery colors. Creating with fabric is usually done alone, and has truly been a guiding light during the pandemic. But the retreat returned the activity to the social realm and infused new energy and life into the creations.“
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.
Next months meeting will consist of two member demonstrations and two sewing room tours; plus a few extras!
Three Ways to Add Works to Quilts by Patti
Patti will show us three easy ways to add words to our quilts using your home printer, freezer paper, fabric and pens.
Fabric Postcards by Laura
Laura is excited to share the ways to make fun and easy mail-able postcards for friends and family. She will present the step-by-step process for making fabric postcards that can be mailed and will explain all the do’s and don’ts to this process.
Sewing Room Tours:
Gayle’s Sewing Room
Tune in to see how Gayle’s sewing room serves multiple purposes.
Sharon’s Sewing Room
Sharon’s sewing room is the 2nd largest room in her home!! Tune in to see how her room also serves multiple purposes.
Voting for the 2022 Executive Board
We will be casting our vote for the 2022 executive board. If you’d like to run for a board position there is still time to be added to the ballot. Please email us at email@example.com.
Name our QuiltCon Challenge Quilt
HELP!!! We would value your input on naming our QuiltCon Challenge Quilt!! Please send in your suggestion(s) to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or put it in the chat during the meeting.
This seven part series began in October 2020 by our very own guild member, Lynn Hanna. She takes us through the elements of What is a Modern Quilt in great detail and follows with examples of beautiful quilts. This is a long post so grab your beverage of choice and enjoy!
Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic area of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate gridwork. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.
Part 1 – Bold Color and Prints
One characteristic of Modern Quilts is the use of bold colors and prints.
Courageous and daring
Not hesitating to break the rules of propriety
Flashy and showy to the eye
Part 2 – High Contrast and Graphic Areas of Solid Color
One characteristic of Modern Quilts is the use of high contrast and graphic area of solid color.
High contrast could be from color complementary colors, saturated/pastels shape geometric/organic, variety of triangles texture quilting density, variety of fabrics value black and white/shades of grey size thick/thin lines, large/small shapes pattern floral/geometric, solid/busy detail.
Giving a clear and effective vivid picture
The use of diagrams, graphs, or mathematical curves
The use of the written word or computer generated image
Part 3 – Alternate Gridwork
Modern quilts often use alternate gridwork. Alternate gridwork means arranging your quilt in unconventional or unexpected ways.
-Stagger blocks as you arrange rows and columns:
-Leave open spaces in place of blocks:
– Arrange blocks to float in negative space:
-Place all blocks at the top or bottom of the quilt:
-Add sashing between blocks to change the design shapes:
Part 4 – Improvisational Piecing
Modern quilts sometimes improvisational piecing.
WHAT IS IMPROV?
“Improvisation is about exploring. It is about finding your own way and making your own decisions through noticing your own preferences and pattern of mind.” — Sheri Lynn Wood
“Improvisational compositions in quilting are similar to improv in jazz music; making things up on the spur of the moment and feeding off each other’s energy. Start with two pieces of fabric and sew them together. Maybe you like the colors together or the shapes created. You don’t know exactly what the final design will look like. Once the process begins, each choice of color or shape influences the next.” – Cindy Gisdela
Problem solving as you go; it’s all in the process
Free from perfection; shows the had of the maker
Working without a plan; responding to each new addition as you go
Making do with what you have
Taking risk, breaking rules and creating spontaneously
Setting your own limits
-Improv blocks assembled in grid formation:
-Improv columns, rows or other large shaped areas assembled together similar to the construction of a traditional quilt:
-Improv motive can be repeated in various scales, colors, or orientations:
-Sometimes the quilter plans the quilt to become an image or picture and improvisation is used in the cutting and assembly:
-Sherri Lynn Wood suggests using “scores” for improv quilting. These are parameters or rules you set for yourself to allow improv to occur:
-Irene Roderick teaches a technique she calls “dancing with the wall.” You make design choices as you go, putting elements on the wall and rearranging them as the quilt “directs” your dance:
-Improvisational quilts can be anything goes, break rules, and take on a life of their own:
Part 5 – Minimalism
WHAT IS MINIMALISM:
The word comes from a popular art movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s
Art was characterized by extreme simplicity
Work glorified use of line and form
Well know painters who used this style include: Frank Stella, Gene Davis and Elisworth Kelly
Paintings from the Minimalist Art Movement:
-Minimalism in Modern Quilting:
Simple and impactful graphic designs
Often a limited color palette
Images limited to essential elements
Large scale piecing
Linear and echo quilting
Simple, Impactful Design:
-Limited Color Palette:
-Images limited to Essential Elements:
-Large Scale Piecing:
-Linear and Echo Quilting:
Part 6 – Negative Space
Modern quilts may use expansive negative space.
-Negative space is the unoccupied area that surrounds the objects, shapes, or forms in a composition:
-Ideas to consider as you plan to use negative space in your own quilts:
Negative space can be the space surrounding blocks:
Negative space can be within a block itself:
Negative space flows in, around, and between our quilt blocks:
Negative space does not have to be just one color:
Negative space can define shapes:
Sometimes the negative space also forms a design element that becomes part of the composition:
Sometimes the negative space and the figure are indistinguishable:
Negative space cancreate movement:
Negative space can draw your attention to a focal point or highlight emphasis in the quilt design:
Negative space can give the eye a place to rest:
Negative space can create a secondary design element:
Negative space can unclutter a design:
Negative space can be used to scatter or disperse a design:
Negative space can be used to concentrate a design in one area:
Negative space can be used to balance an asymmetrical design:
Negative space can be used to repeat a design element from the block:
Negative space can be a place to highlight quilting designs:
Part 7 – Update a Classic Quilt
Change the scale
Alter block shape or orientation
Use color placement as a design element
Change the Scale:
Alter Block Shape or Orientation:
Use Color Placement as a Design Element:
In summary, the elements of a Modern Quilt include:
Use of bold colors and prints
High contrast and graphic area of solid color
Expansive negative space
Alternate grid work
Update of classic quilt designs
Please refer to this post as a reference any time you need inspiration and/or a refresher on what elements make up a modern quilt!
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
“Chopsticks” Alternate Grid with negative space 48×48”
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.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED – YOU ARE A TALENTED & CREATIVE BUNCH!
And the guild favorite is…….
Here are a few bonus photos of her beautiful quilt:
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 email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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.
***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, email@example.com.
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!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Greetings, fellow quilters! With the weather we’ve had the last few days, it looks like fall could be just around the corner! Where did this year go!!?? Time flies when you’re having fun, and the IEMQG has plenty of fun to offer!
The Vina de Lestonnac Retreat is just around the corner in November – fall in wine country is beautiful! Can’t wait! Berene introduced us to a fun swap project at our last meeting. Laura is asking for a few more people to join in – looks like fun! Then, several of us are participating in the QuiltCon Group Challenge blocks – we’ll be laying out the blocks and putting it together at the retreat in November. It was a super simple string technique triangle with fabric provided – easy peasy! The Churn Dash /Alternate Grid Challenge is due the Wednesday before the October meeting – I’m having some trouble with this one – anyone else?? Tune into the next Zoom Sit and Sew to get some direction on this, if you need it. Our next Meet and Eat is at the Casa Blanca Library on September 18th in their outside area. The time has been changed to hopefully beat the heat – 9am – 1pm. The address is 2985 Madison St. in Riverside.
Whew! No wonder time is flying by! We are busy, busy, busy! I know I have a lot of my own projects thrown in there – there’s always a UFO lurking in the background wanting some attention!
I hear several people are attending QuiltCon – February 16 – 20, 2022 in Phoenix. Some have signed up for classes already – I’m sure it’s not too late to make plans to go!
FYI – We’re hoping to be meeting in person for our December 4th meeting – stay tuned for updates and location.
I pray you’re all staying safe and healthy and keeping busy at your sewing machine!
Fall is coming upon us quickly and we wanted to give you a head’s up on the upcoming meeting programs for the next few months. A couple need your participation, so we hope you can help out!
September Guild Meeting
For the September guild meeting, Laura is looking for members to provide input (photos) for “Favorite Quilts of Past Shows.” This part of the program will be about 45 minutes or more, so please send several photos. (We will also share survey results and the International Quilt Museum as time permits). Laura knows that many of us have some favorite quits from quilt shows that bring back fond memories of times with friends and great purchases. Maybe you are planning to go to QuiltCon or Road to CA, and you have been reminiscing about in-person quilt shows. Please sift through hard copy or on-line photos for your favorite quilts from quilt shows to send in your pictures. You can send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-684-9788. If you know the maker, date, show, size, or other details that would be nice, but we can just admire a great quilt through discussion or visual admiration. You might even copy and paste photos of your favorite quilt show quilts from the internet. Maybe you want to scour magazines, books, museums, or Pinterest. Let me know if you want to talk about your photos or you just want us to have an open discussion. We’d love to hear people answer, “What is it about this quilt that you love?” Photos will be due by August 31st; in one week. Label the subject of your photos, “September – Favorite Quilts.”
October Guild Meeting
We want to share a couple more Sewing Spaces/Studios. (It’s been a long Covid-19 isolation, and you have been in your sewing space). Can you share your sew space? If so, contact Laura. We will also share our churn dash top from our alternate grid challenge. Additionally we want to “SPOTLIGHT A Favorite Modern Quilter”. Any suggestions? Would you like to talk about this person at the meeting or give Laura information to present? This “SPOTLIGHT A Favorite Modern Quilter” will be a recurring part of the meeting in the next year.
November Guild Meeting
Member University will be the program for this month. Do you have a skill you want to see or share from your home or by video? So far we have scheduled stockings by Christine and postcards and/or words on fabric by Patti. The sewing demo should be about 10 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions.
Any questions or comments, please drop us a line at email@example.com. We appreciate any and all feedback!