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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!

Reminders

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.

Block-of-the-Month

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 iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com

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 http://serendipitypatchwork.com.au

You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram http://facebook.com/SerendipityPatchworkQuilting http://instagram.com/brendagaelsmith

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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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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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Road to California Guild Challenge Results!

Guild Challenge Results

The Travelling Quilters, Road to California’s official Bus Trip Guides, sponsored a Guild Challenge for Road 2019. Guilds were able to compete for two, $500 cash prizes. Each category was based on guild attendance during the show. One award was for the quilt guild with the highest percentage of guild members attending and the other prize was to be awarded to the guild with the highest gross attendance at the show.

In order to qualify, a quilt guild had to enter with Road to California prior to Road 2019. Then, during the show, individual guild members registered their attendance on iPads that were located by the south lobby doors. Winning guilds have been notified and received their $500 prizes at a recent Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds meeting.

Congratulations to the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild and Beach Cities Quilters Guild for winning.

There’s lot of ways for your guild to participate at Road to California 2020- our 25th Anniversary Show. Displaying an Opportunity Quilt, volunteering as White Glove attendants, and entering the 2020 Guild Challenge are just some of the ways to join in the celebration. Plan now to be a part of our milestone event. Look for details regarding guild participation in the future on our web page, our blog and our social media.

Road to California • 1160 N. Dewey Way, Ste. A • Upland, CA 91786 • http://www.road2ca.com

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March Guild Meeting

Just a quick reminder that the March 2nd guild meeting will be held at the La Sierra branch of the Riverside City Library.  The address is 4600 La Sierra Ave, Riverside and is easy to find. From the 91 Fwy take the La Sierra exit north 1.5 miles to Schuyler Ave.   The Library is on the Northwest corner and if you turn left on Schuyler Ave the parking lot entrance is on that side.

Things to remember to bring to the meeting: Any quilts that you will be providing for our display at the Upland Library for Women’s History Month. Your Block Lotto blocks! We will be raffling our first gift basket of the year.  This month’s program is our own Alison Cutler who will be presenting her Transitional Quilter talk and trunk show.  And of course don’t forget your Show and Shares.

If you need supplies to make charity quilts or fundraiser items Laura will be handing out 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!

We are looking forward to your input regarding this site and hope you’ll join us!

 

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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

 

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Important IEMQG News and a note from our 2018 President, Laura

Hey Modern Quilt Lovers,

Our quilts are on exhibit at the Ontario Museum of History and Art at 225 Euclid Ave, Ontario, CA 91762, so bring your friends and relatives for a visit. The museum is hosting a reception for our Pop Up Exhibit next Saturday, the 22nd from 1:30-3:30.  The exhibit will run until December 30th!

I am nostalgic and proud to leave two years as president of our IEMQG during a period of growth and stability. My favorite activity was the opener at each meeting that got people talking and debating. I’m also thrilled with the transition quilters, spotlight quilter presentations, paid speakers, member universities, quilt challenge evaluations, fat quarter raffles, name tag raffles, sale table, Upcycle Event, holiday parties, and Block Lottos at our meetings. The efforts to keep the meeting sites free have allowed us to spend wisely on other activities.

Our Show and Shares, demonstrations, speakers, sit n sews, and challenges have encouraged us to submit our quilts into several exhibits-La Sierra College, Klatch Coffee, Upland Library, and Ontario Museum of History and Art. We have also been fortunate to have Linda Rassmussen, a quilt judge, curate our modern challenges for free. Our speakers, Latifah Saafir, Sue Stone of Needle in a Fabric Stash, Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef, and Shawnee Miller with Superior Threads, have encouraged us to push our limits with modern vibes in our quilting. Our first retreat at a cute home in Fallbrook was fun and promoted our camaraderie. The friendships that I have developed are crucial to my happiness and outlook in the IEMQG. I look forward growing my relationship with each of you.

We’ve embraced modern ways in quilting, as well as, online voting, a current website, blogs, Facebook, and Instagram. I look forward to next year’s events-Linda Sullivan, Dora Cory, Chaffey Art Museum exhibit, and more.

Also, as a reminder, our annual membership renewal is taking place now!  You won’t want to miss all the wonderful events in 2019 as well as access to the Modern Quilt Guild’s website with lots of videos and helpful information.  More information can be found here including the form that can be printed out and handed in at our next meeting.  Payment can be made by cash, check or charge (via PayPal).

Wishing you all a wonderful 2019!
Laura

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Ontario Museum of History & Art Quilt Exhibit Submission Guidelines & Application

As discussed at our last general meeting, our guild has been invited to participate in a quilt exhibit this December at the Ontario Museum of History & Art.  Guidelines for submission are provided below.  The deadline for entries is 3 pm PST Monday, September 17th.  However, in the event you have a quilt top that is ready, but not quilted or bound, you can still submit your entry provided it is completed and ready no later than Friday, November 30th.

In an effort to streamline the drop-off process, quilts can be brought to our November meeting and given to Gayle.  The application to submit your quilt (a fillable PDF) is available here.  This form must be completed and emailed to the Museum’s Assistant Curator, Leslie Matamoros at lmatamoros@ontarioca.gov along with two digital pictures of the quilt (one full view and one detail) prior to September 15th.  Please note that quilts can be no larger than 48″ wide by 54″ long and must have a 4″ sleeve secured to the entire width of the top edge of the back (minus 1/4″ on each side).  Instructions for adding a quilt sleeve to your quilt are available here.  Feel free to contact Gayle or any member of the Executive Board regarding any questions.

Ontario Museum of History & Art
225 South Euclid Avenue
Ontario, California 91762
Phone: (909) 395-2510
Contact: Leslie Matamoros, Assistant Curator

APPLICATION
 Each entry must include two (2) digital images (.jpg), a detail and a full view, 150 dpi.
 Please use the application form and two photos for each entry.
 Items must consist of three (3) distinct layers: top, middle layer, and backing and must be quilted by hand and/or machine.
 No quilts over 48” wide by 54” long will be accepted.
PREPARATION
 Securely attach a 4” sleeve to the entire width of the top edge of the back of your quilt minus ¼” inch on each side.
 Quilts without sleeves will not be displayed in the exhibit.
 No rigid frames, rods or mounting devices may accompany quilt entries.
 No Multiple panel entries
 Items must be labeled with the quiltmaker’s name, return information and the year the item was completed.
 Items should arrive clean, free of pet hairs and strong odors.
 The museum reserves the right to not display the item if the quality or conditions do not meet the museum’s standards upon hands-on inspection.
 DO NOT ship items. Each item must be labeled and delivered in its own separate box or plastic envelope/bag in person.
 Each item must be enclosed in a plastic bag appropriate to the size of the entry. No dress boxes, tubes or packing pellets will be accepted.
DEADLINE: The deadline for entries is 3 PM PST Monday, September 15, 2018
ENTRY RETURN
The exhibit will close on December 30, 2018 at 4 PM.
Items on exhibit may not be removed early for any reason.