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Don’t Miss our February Speaker and Workshop

Brenda Gael Smith, Serendipity Patchwork & Quilting

We are thrilled to have guest speaker Brenda Gael Smith, of Serendipity Patchwork & Quilting speak at our February 5th meeting. She will be joining us via Zoom from the central coast of New South Wales, Australia. Brenda Gael’s lectures and workshops emphasize free form piecing, effective design and use of color to create a fun atmosphere that encourages creative momentum.

Don’t miss her February 6th Workshop!

Her class, Geometricks is sure to improve and innovate your improvisation skills by 100%. You will learn tips and tricks for creating geometric shapes with freeform piecing: triangles, quadrilaterals, and hexagons. You will be able to explore the design possibilities of repeating motifs and learn how to join irregular shaped blocks.

The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members and runs from 2 to 5 pm.

To sign up for the workshop:

Send an email to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com letting us know you are taking the class and let us know if you will be paying via PayPal or personal check. We’ll send you the Zoom link for the class and the class supply list. Solid reading colors work best.

Get to know our Volunteers

Volunteers are the fuel that powers our guild. We would not exist without the efforts of these wonderful members. This month we are featuring four of our committee chairpersons who have volunteered repeatedly throughout the years. Next month we will feature a few more. We still have open volunteer opportunities . Volunteering is a great way to get to know our talented members and with Zoom, it is easier than ever to volunteer from the comfort of your own home. Please consider being a volunteer. We would love to have you.

Kimberly Wingert, Membership Chairperson

My background is in art history and I love the history of American quilts and quilt culture. I began quilting because of my love of modern quilts and Amish quilts which are connected by their simple beauty. I was born in Southern California, but grew up mostly in Minnesota. I returned to Southern California to finish high school. My husband, Andy and I were happily married for 38 years. We have four adult children, two boys and two girls. Sadly we lost Andy suddenly in 2020. I am so thankful for the time we had him in our lives. Although it pushes me a little out of my comfort zone, I am happy to support our guild by volunteering as Membership Chairperson.

Becky Brekke, Fundraising Chairperson

I am happy to volunteer to be the Fundraising Chairperson this year! I have served in a variety of positions since I joined the guild in 2017: Social Media, Secretary, Co VP-Programs, and VP Communications. I have enjoyed the time I have spent on the Board immensely, but this year decided to step back and take a much-needed break. This move also gives others the opportunity to get involved – the experience is truly priceless. 

If you didn’t know, I am an Illinois native and a California transplant for the past 12 years. My husband Tim and I thought we’d only be living in California for 3-4 years – lol! We share our home with our two fur babies, Emily, 16 and Archie, 7 months! And this year my dad became a snowbird and is staying with us until the weather is bearable in Illinois. So, as you can imagine, there’s never a dull moment. I am a contract administrator/office manager for a small family business specializing in the water/wastewater business. I have been in this industry since 1996 and is how I met my husband in 2001! 

If you’d like to get your feet wet and join a committee – come join me in fundraising; it is very rewarding to help insure the guild’s financial success for the upcoming year. A few years ago, I led the guild’s fundraising event called UpCycle Sale Event. It was very successful, and I feel we need something like this again. It motivates me to DESTASH! Contact me or any board member with any questions!

Barbara Mathews, Facilities and Retreat Chairperson

Hi, I’m Barbara Mathews, widowed with three grown daughters, 5 (pretty much gown) grandchildren and a great grandson on the way. I’ve been sewing as long as I can remember – from making Barbie doll clothes, to my own clothes, then my children and grandchildren’s clothes!  Now, I get to make some goodies for my soon-to-arrive great-grandson! 

I’ve been quilting for about 15 years, and enjoy a wide variety of projects.  I’m leaning more toward smaller projects – lap-size quilts, table runners, art quilts – and I’m really enjoying felted wool applique and collage.

I belong to two guilds, and have made many good friends over the years, hosting a couple of friendship sewing groups at my home in Lake Mathews.  Currently, I’m Committee Chair for retreats and facilities, securing and making arrangements for retreats and places to hold our regular meetings and other gatherings.  I would welcome any suggestions in these two areas.

Evie Rienstra, Block of the Month Chairperson

My interest in quilting began at age 3 when I was given a crazy quilt made with conversation prints and embroidery on every seam including the seams hidden under the whisker shield. That quilt ultimately ignited my desire to learn how to make my own quilts; however, I had no idea how or where to learn.

Eventually I attended an Eleanor Burns lecture and a spark was lit. Within a short time, I completed my first quilt — a log cabin, of course. Two years later I joined my first quilt guild and found a community that shares my passion. I’ve joined a few more guilds since then. Like potato chips, sometimes one isn’t enough.

My goal with the IEMQG Block of the Month is to provide patterns that spark the imagination and stimulate creativity. I look forward to seeing what is produced with this year’s BOMs.

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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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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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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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IEMQG News & June Meeting Info!

Happy 3rd Birthday to the IEMQG!

For our June 1st meeting we will celebrate the third birthday of our guild! This meeting will be held at the Grand Terrace Main Library, 22795 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313. The guild meeting will start at 2:00 PM – arrive early to browse and socialize. We’re looking forward to a wonderful afternoon celebrating with Dora Cary of Orange Dot Quilts including her lecture and trunk show!  We will allow plenty of time for refreshments and shopping Dora’s pop-up shop following her presentation! More information can be found about Dora on her website here!  We will have raffles and lots of fun so you won’t want to miss it!

Please note, in order to give our speaker ample time we will not have Show and Share this month.

As a reminder, the very next day on Sunday June 2nd the Chaffey Community Museum of Art will host an Artist’s Reception for the IEMQG’s exhibit “Splashes of Color and Space”, and other featured artist’s installations.  The Reception will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the museum. The art museum is adjacent to the Ontario Museum of History where our work was shown in January. Directions to the museum and additional details can be found here.  We hope to see all of our guild members at the reception and do hope you’ll take time to stop by the museum and view our latest exhibit which will run until July 20th!

We look forward to seeing everyone at our birthday celebration and meeting!

Gayle & The IEMQG Executive Board

Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

May 2019 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
May 4, 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 proudly announced that our guild won one of the Road 2 California guild participation challenge! She assured us the prize money will be put to good use. She also informed us about the Seven Sisters Quilt Show on June 29th-30th in San Luis Obispo.  For more information be sure to go to http://www.sevensistersquiltshow.org/

Gayle reminded members that with your paid membership to the guild, you also become a member of the national MQG. Be on the lookout for an email from them with details on how register on their website. One of the perks of membership is the access to the free pattern library. Be sure to check it out.

Gayle was excited to inform the membership that we nabbed a spot at the Vina De Lestonnac Retreat in Temecula for this year’s retreat! The retreat will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11th, 12th and 13th, starting at 10 am on Monday and ending at 2 pm on Wednesday.  We will be able to accommodate approximately 22 quilters.  Prices for the retreat are as follows: Single room; $386.00;
Double room: $286.00; Triple room: $236.00; and Day Commuters: $33 per day includes lunch (add $18 to stay for dinner). A $100.00 deposit is due at the time of sign up, which can be paid via PayPal, check or cash.  Additional details to follow in the coming months.

After the meeting, Gayle invited members to attend the Executive Board meeting at Shelley’s home.

Committee Reports

Programs, Shelley
June 1st: Our birthday meeting! There will be cake and lots of treats.  The featured presentation will be given by Dora Cary of Orange Dot Quilts.  The meeting location for this event will be in Grand Terrace.

July 6th: Transitional speaker will be Christine.

August 3rd: The featured presentation will be given by, Aurifil Ambassador, Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef.

Charity, Rachel
We are still in need of charity quilts for adults, seniors, teens, and children. We have new IEMQG quilt labels. See Rachel for a label and please attach them to your donated quilts.

Fundraising/Exhibits, Laura
Laura announced she had made up more quilt kits for either a charity quilts or craft fair item. She also had fabric for a flash sale.  She also brought in post card flyers for the Chaffey Museum Exhibit on May 23rd and encouraged everyone to take a stack and share.  If you didn’t bring in your quilt to show at the exhibit, you can still drop them off at the museum on May 18th and 19th.

Membership, Ruthann
If anyone has any issues registering with the MQG, please contact Ruthann.

Block Lotto, Simone
Simone showed members examples of low volume blocks called The I.E. (The Improv Effect) for the Block Lotto for May/June and to be collected at the July meeting.  The block tutorial will be located on both the IEMQG website and Simone’s blog.

After a short break, Kim superbly presented “Community and Creativity, a History of Women and Quilting”.  Kim gave a short biography of herself: daughter for an antique dealer; lover of all things old; Art History major; ‘American Patchwork’ was the title of her thesis.  Kim took us on a quilting journey through the centuries starting in the 17th century to current time. It was amazing to hear how quilting has transformed the lives of women throughout the ages. Kim taught us to see how quilting became more than just making quilts for bed covers; it was a way to express social concerns, record personal accounts and make political statements. A huge thanks to Kim for an outstanding presentation.

Show and Shares immediately followed Kim’s presentation; 7 members shared their wonderful creations.

Raffles
Winners of the Block Lotto, fat quarter, and name tag raffles were presented with their prizes.

Attendance: There were 24 members in attendance and 5 guests.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Becky Brekke

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May Meeting Information

Our next guild meeting will be Saturday May 4th and we will meet again at the Riverside Main Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, in the Auditorium room on the second floor. Ruthann helpfully provided information regarding a nearby parking structure that is available if parking around the library itself is full.  The parking structure is located at 3743 Orange St and looks to be a nice short walk from the library, please see the map here. Parking is free on Saturdays. We start socializing at 1:30 with a meeting start time of 2:00.

The program this month is our own Kim Wingert presenting “Community and Creativity; A History of Women and Quilting”.  Kim debuted this program two years ago at the Upland Library for Women’s History Month and we are excited to have her bring this entertaining and insightful presentation to our guild.

Laura will be collecting quilts for our exhibit at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art.  Quilts need to be submitted on Saturday May 18th.  The display will hang from May 23rd to July 20th and the museum hours are Thursday through Sunday 12:00PM to 4:00PM. You can visit their website at: https://www.chaffeymuseum.org/.  If you have a quilt, or two, or other item, that you wish to submit but will not be at the May meeting please contact Laura to make arrangements. There is a brief form to complete to go with your quilt and Laura will have copies available at the meeting.  Or if you plan to deliver your submissions yourself you may download and print the form here.

Our May Board Meeting will take place after the guild meeting at Shelley Wardrop’s home, a short 2.5 miles from the library at 1979 Prince Albert Drive, Riverside.  All guild members are welcome to attend.

Remember your name tag for a chance to win a fat quarter and bring any recent finishes for Show and Share.

We have some exciting announcements for this month’s meeting and hope to see everyone there!

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April Guild Meeting

The adventure continues! The April 6th guild meeting will be held at the City of Riverside Main Library at:

3581 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA.

It’s even easier to find than last month’s location. From the 91 Fwy take the Mission Inn Ave exit and go West about three blocks, the library is on the right.  All parking is FREE on Saturdays. We’ll be in the ‘auditorium’ upstairs, there is an elevator. More information regarding the location can be found here! Click on Hours and Locations and on Main Library on the map.

We will be viewing the creations from the Board Game challenge.  Linda Rasmussen will curate the display with her positive feedback.  However, if you prefer that your piece is not part of Linda’s presentation you will have the opportunity to opt out while still showing your challenge to the guild.

Once again there will have available free, yes, FREE fabric from the generous donation made to our guild. Included will be a selection of larger quantities, 4 to 11 yards, for backings or quilt tops. All quilt shop quality! Pick up some supplies for charity quilts or items for our sale this year.

We are looking forward to your input regarding this site too.

See you there!
Gayle

 

 

Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

February 2019 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Agenda
February 2, 2019
Mountain Shadows Community Clubhouse
4040 Piedmont Drive, Highland, CA 92346

 

The meeting was called to order at 2:01 pm by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome:

Gayle explained that the meeting today would follow a different format than usual.  Program first, followed by the business meeting, then back to Program to finish up.

Regarding last month’s Road to California, no word, as of yet on the winners of the Guild Challenge.

Program Part 1 – Lynn Hanna:

Lynn, began by explaining what to expect in our afternoon of creative exploration through the utilization of painting and music.  Lynn promised painting would be the easiest part. We would be blindfolded so that we could paint with inspiration. Also, being blindfolded would alleviate any pressure we might have to create something specific. Adding to the mix, we would paint to music to bring out our creative spirit. Everyone paired up with a partner.  We had our choice of a variety of paint colors, we were to choose at least two.  On each table were sheets of paper that we drew into 3 vertical sections. The first group started painting when the music began and stopped when the music ended. We painted two more times to the music until both sections were completed. The second group began painting once the first group finished in the same manner. The painted sheets were set aside to dry and the business meeting began.

Guild Business:

April Challenge Quilt – Gayle

The April challenge quilt is to be inspired by your favorite board game.  We are fortunate to have Linda Rasmussen curate the quilt entries once again. This year, if you prefer not to have your quilt curated, you just need to indicate this on the sign in sheet at the April meeting. Any size quilts are allowed from a mini to full size quilt.

Exhibits – Laura

Upland Library

Bring quilts in March for the Upland Library exhibit, which will run from March 3 – March 31. Drop off quilts at the March general meeting and pick up at the April general meeting. The quilts will be hanging from the 2nd floor of the library for Women’s History Month. Modern and larger sized quilts are encouraged. Quilts will need a sleeve, no exceptions. See the website for quilt sleeve instructions.

As part of the Women’s History Month, Laura will be presenting, ‘Visionary Women: Resolving Life’s Issues and Story Quilts’ on March 5 from 6pm -7:15pm. If you have a quilt that tells a story of an event in your life, please contact Laura as she may use your story and quilt in her presentation.

Laura will contact the library regarding advertising of the exhibit.

Chaffey Art Museum

The exhibit at the Chaffey Art Museum is called ‘Splashes of Colors and Shapes’ and will run from May 23 – July 20.  There will be plenty of space dedicated to this exhibit and as such we will need many quilts.  We would like to use the board game challenge quilts.  Modern quilts only, if there is any question if your quilt is modern or not, please send a picture to Laura for confirmation. There will be four (4) pedestals available for objects.  If you are interested Laura will have forms available at the March general meeting.

Membership – Ruthann

23 members were in attendance.
2 new members joined the Guild.
3 new guests were in attendance.

Charity – Jessica for Rachel

Paradise Fire Victims – they have been returning quilts as they have enough.  However, if you’ve made a quilt already, please bring in and we will donate to one of our three (3) charities.

Break – Visit & Snacks

Raffles

Alisa awarded a prize to the raffle winner and Pat awarded a prize to the name tag winner.

Show & Share

Carlene, Pat, Debbie, Lynn, Cheryl, Debi, Laura and Jessica all brought in items to show and share with the group.

Fundraiser – Jessica and Laura

Jessica and Laura showed coasters, dog leashes, mug rugs, and jar grabbers that would be easy to make and sell at our boutiques this fall.  So far, we are planning in participating at the Riverside Convention Center on Black Friday and at the Redlands Art Walk. There was discussion on doing a trial boutique in September.

Block Lotto – Ruthann for Simone

Ruthann reminded everyone that Block Lotto is next month.  Instructions and pattern are on the website.  There is one entry per block. If your number is called, you will win all the blocks. Technique for this block lotto is raw edge finish.  Block lotto is every other month this year.

Program Part II – Lynn Hanna

Everyone retrieved their painted sheets and Lynn finished her presentation. Lynn asked the group to pick one or two pieces of their sheets that they liked best. Then we used the two (2) 90 degree cardstock angles to hone in on these areas, outline them in pencil, and cut them out.  Once they were cut out, we pinned the shapes to the portable design wall. The intent was for each person to discuss why they chose the particular piece, but due to the inclement weather, the meeting ended in order for everyone to safely get home.

Announcements & Adjournment

Next meeting is Saturday, March 2, 2019 – location TBA (Grand Terrace has another event in our regular room).

Meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Becky Brekke
Secretary

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A message from Gayle – Upcoming Meeting, Activities and Reminders!

WOW!  2019 is off to a great start after our January meeting with Linda and Carl Sullivan from Colourwerx! Their presentation of quilts with vivid colors and modern designs was motivating!  I loved their stories about the path they’ve taken in life that brought them to this point.

Our February 2nd regular meeting day is full of opportunity for involvement in your guild. Multiple choice for how much you want to participate. This month’s meeting and earlier activities will take place at Mountain Shadows Mobile Home community’s clubhouse located at 4040 Piedmont Dr, Highland.  Just let the gate attendants know you are there for the quilt event at the clubhouse and they’ll direct you in.

We’ll start our day at at 9:00 AM for a Sit and Sew, managed by our Fundraiser Chairperson Laura Greene, for the purpose of starting to produce items that will be offered for sale later in the year.  In particular we’ll be working on fabric coaster sets on this day, but any projects are welcome.  Keep in mind that all themes for the coasters, and other items we’ll make during the year, are welcome. We can have fun and be creative while we produce sell-able items with a broad appeal.

If you’re participating in Laura’s morning sit-and-sew coaster craft project, supplies you will need to bring are:

  • Holiday fabrics (or greens or reds) along with white and cream fabric – Alternately you can bring 5″ squares in the aforementioned colors
  • Batting Squares or scraps – 5″ pieces needed for the coasters

Laura also has a holiday tree runner project which, if you’re interested, requires the following materials:

  • 16 – 5″ squares for background
  • 2 – 4″ squares for background
  • 8 – 5″x 9″ rectangles for trees
  • 2 – 4″ x 2″ rectangles for trunks
  • 10″ x 50″ piece of batting
  • 10″ x 50″ piece for backing

If you plan to come early to sew we’ll be posting ideas to bring for a potluck lunch.  A lunchtime board meeting is planned at noon, and as you know all guild members are welcome to join in. Setup for the guild meeting will start at 1:00, at which time the Sit and Sew will wrap up.

Next up in the afternoon is our February Guild meeting that will follow our regular schedule.  Open at 1:30 with a meeting start at 2:00.  The meeting is going to be fun and interactive.  We will be improving our improv skills with a painting activity that will be led by our own artistic Lynn Hanna.  Hint; there are Blindfolds involved!  Please wear, or bring, clothing or an apron for painting, just in case, and step outside your comfort zone with us!

Bring your Show and Share and we’ll see you there.  Contact  me or any of the board if you have any questions.

And now I’m off to Road! Make sure if you go to stop by the Information Booth in the lobby to sign-in on the available iPads for the Guild Attendance Challenge!

Gayle