What was I thinking? …A Message from Gayle

What Was I Thinking?! 

Join us Saturday September 7, 2019 for our monthly guild meeting.  The September program will be an interactive presentation for guild members to join in.  We all have them, those fabrics that we just couldn’t resist, or just can’t quite recall how we ended up with, that we also can’t figure out what to do with. Or what on earth we were thinking when we even bought them, right? Bring one of yours to the meeting and have the opportunity to show it off to the group and receive suggestions, input, and inspiration for what to do with it.  Maybe you’ll just find it a home to go to, other than back to yours, if a fellow quilter discovers that they have the perfect project to solve your fabric dilemma.  Participants will be entered in a drawing for a prize.

Mark your calendar for our Sit and Sew scheduled for Saturday September 21, 2019 that will be held at the Quilters Cocoon at 9901 Indiana Ave, Riverside from 10 AM to 4 PM.  The guild will be providing fabrics and patterns to work on charity quilts or several boutique items, or bring a current project of your own.  And of course, there will be shopping available!

If you haven’t visited the guild website recently there is now a link to our Activity Calendar that lists meetings and other goings on with the guild.  From the Welcome page at click the ‘here’ link in the welcome message to be taken to the guild’s calendar.  Hover over an event for more details. You can also access the calendar from this link

Our Fundraising Chairperson Laura Greene is looking for volunteers to work our table at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community Annual Gift Fair.  The event is Saturday October 12th  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and help is needed for set up, the sale, and take down. Please see Laura at the September meeting if you can be available to help. She has two hour work slots arranged.

Don’t forget to get in on Block Lotto! 

September’s meeting will take place at the Riverside Main Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside. Parking behind the building, on the street or in the parking structure just across the street at no charge.

Socialize from 1:30, meeting start time 2:00 PM.

Hope to see you all there!


July guild happenings – a message from Gayle

Our regular monthly meeting is next Saturday July 6th and will take place at the Riverside Main Library, 3581Mission Inn Ave in Riverside.  Doors open by 1:30pm and the meeting begins at 2:00pm. After you’ve celebrated our Independence Day on the 4th come celebrate quilting with the Guild!

This month’s speaker will be our own Christine Sharp as she presents her transitional quilter journey.  If you’re like me and a fan of Christine’s bold colors and white backgrounds I’m sure you’ll be interested to hear her story and see her quilts.  The talent of our guild members continues to amaze and inspire me. 

The Splashes of Color and Space exhibit that we have hanging at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art is a wonderful sampling of this talent.  If you haven’t been to Ontario to see this exhibit the quilts will hang there until July 20th.  For museum hours and location see their website;

The week of July 8th Rachel McGee will be delivering charity quilts to Calicento Ranch, be sure to bring any charity quilts you have completed to the meeting.  If you have quilts and can’t attend the meeting please let me know and we’ll see if we can arrange to get them from you.  Our fundraiser chairperson Laura Greene was off to China for teaching last week, but if you have boutique items that you’d like to turn in we can also collect those.  Our first sale event will be at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community in Highland on October 12th.  We’ve been invited to participate in their annual event.  We’ll also be part of the annual Kris Kringle Kraft fair in Ontario at the Senior Center in December. 

For those of you that may not have heard our member Trish William’s husband Jim passed away last week.  Jim had been dealing with some serious health issues for the past few years.  They recently relocated to Spokane Valley WA and live close her daughter and son and extended family there.  Many of her guild friends have been able to extend our condolences and support to her and she assured me that her family is encouraging her to come down in November to participate in the retreat.  Please keep her in your thoughts.

Happy sewing, see you next Saturday.


Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

May 2018 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
May 5, 2018
Arlanza Public Library
8267 Philbin Ave., Riverside CA

Meeting called to order by President Laura Greene at 2:05

Welcome – Warm-up

“My journey with modern quilts is moving along swimmingly.” The attendees assembled into 3 groups: one that agreed, slightly and disagreed with the previous statement.  That person who spoke about “backsliding”, going back and forth was Sally Hartman from the disagree group and received a gift.

Klatch Coffee Exhibit.  Mini’s to be displayed are due at June meeting for the month of June

display.  Store can fit 16 approximate 12” quilts (100’ perimeter).  It is preferred to have a 9” sleeve or loops for hanging.  Sewing instructions for sleeve on website.  Members may bring Command Strips to hang their quilt.

Committee Reports

Program Announcements (Cat Wallace sub by Laura Greene)
June meeting.  Natalie Barns with pop-up store.
July meeting.  Cat doing transition quilter and spotlight is Trish

Challenge (Gayle Bennett).  You can still pick a song and or buy another song for $5.  No size restriction for the quilt.  Be prepared to explain the relationship of the song title to the quilt in September.  The Song Title Challenge drawing is available during break.

Retreat. October 19, 20, 21.  2 or 3 spots left.  $156.75 (base price).  Paying now locks in spot.  Last sign-up date is August meeting.  Will have a sign-up sheet for food.

Block Lotto (Shelley Wardrop, sub by Carlene Drake) – Raffle tickets are given for 12” Half Square Triangle and next Block Lotto.  64 blocks were submitted from last month.  Winner of last months’ block lotto drawing is Shelly.  The new block lotto is the arrow pattern.  Her instructions reference feathers and that is the angled portions off the shaft and can be found on our website.

Upcycling Event (Becky Brekke) – Sale has been moved to October meeting.  Candy brought in “jar grabbers.”  She made as an example of items we can make to sell.

Refreshments Sign-up (Welcome table Trish).  Sign-ups for the year is complete.

August guest speaker (Laura Greene).  Those that attended Meet the Teachers had the opportunity to meet Shawnee Miller (Thrilling Threads) from Menefee.  She teaches the art technique of threads and ribbons.   She is booked to speak at our August 4 meeting for $150.  Shawnee will also give a hands-on class August 19 at MSMCH for $35 per person (with a minimum of 6 attendees).  Bring machine to August 19 meeting.  See sign-up sheet for August 19 class.

Transitional Quilter (Laura Greene).  First quilt was a 9 patch in 86.  Laura’s quilts were influenced by the various remote places she lived.  As she started to naturally expand and experiment with modern quilting, her works were not accepted by her peers.  While exploring modern quilting, she noticed a progression to a smaller quilt.  Today she realized she is more of an art quilter.  She says “I’m not so modern”.

Break: Visit and Snacks

Spotlight Quilter (Carlene Drake). This month’s spotlight quilter Is Yoshiko Jinzenji.  “Sewing Party,” a quilt on display at QuiltCon, was her “hook” to Yoshiko’s work.  Amish quilts were Yoshiko’s beginning inspirations. While living in Indonesia and Japan, she became interested in dying fabrics and color.  She transitioned to minimalistic colors, working with 2.  She uses a frame to isolate small shapes of color in a print.  Those isolated shapes are then used as blocks in a quilt.  Her patterns are basically traditional quilting patterns but she finds a way to change it up.  Mostly she likes to work with white negative space and how the edge of the white next to a color becomes the interest.

Charity (Aimee French).  27 quilts donated last month.  If you previously donated a quilt, please come forward and let Aimee know your name and she will give you a raffle ticket.  Next month she will have a sign-up sheet when a blanket is donated.

Show and Share


Fat Quarter Raffle (Candace Kimball), Sally

Name Tag Raffle (Welcome Table Trish), Becky

21 in attendance, 1 guest 1 new member

Meeting adjourned at 4:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Candace Kimball

Blog · IEMQG Meeting

Upcoming Meeting Reminder and Call for Quilts!

Dear Modern Quilters,

This is a reminder to bring one of your modern quilts to display at the Upland Library for Women’s History Month. They will be hanging on banisters over a second story. If you’re wondering what kind of modern quilt to submit, bold quilts will be best. Our own Cathleen Wallace will be speaking on March 14th at 6:00 PM about women who have made quilting their profession in her talk called, “Nevertheless She Persisted.”

Also our next meeting this Saturday will be from 1:00-3:00 at the Ontario Museum of History and Art. Lynn Hanna will be presenting her review of QuiltCon West 2018. For more information about the meeting check out the calendar and home page of our website.  You’ll find a map/directions and more information there.

See you Saturday,
Laura Greene
President, Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild
Minutes · Minutes General Board

January 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild
Executive Board Minutes
January 22, 2018 – 6:30pm
Joann’s Fabric and Craft
Ontario Gateway Center, 4470 Ontario Mills Pkwy, Ontario, CA 91764


Members Present: Laura Greene, Gayle Bennett, Cat Wallace, Pat Klassen, Candace Kimball, and Trish Williams

Review and accept January meeting minutes for approval.
Motion voted and approved for December Board Meeting and January General Meeting minutes.

Committee/Sub-Committee Reports:
VP Programs-Cathleen Wallace
Jessica Cook’s ‘Go Modern-Go Mini’ quilts- contact Jen to add blurb on website

March meeting Lynn Hanna -Post Quilt Con Presentation
Rasmussen is presenter in April for Negative Space Challenge.  Make an announcement to members to bring “A quilt” to March meeting for Upland Library Exhibit.
May is Laura instead of Pat for Transitional Quilter.

VP Communications-Jen (absent, but Gayle has info. on storage space purchase, Vista Print calling cards)
If the board has information that needs to go out to the members, please flag Jen to disperse to one or all as needed and/or post to the website.

Minutes taken at the general meeting are to contain information given at the meeting only.
General meeting minutes are not to include funds earned by raffle.

30 people have paid 2018 membership fees to date ($1200). Anticipates another 20 people. Dues and raffles this year should be $2,600. Starting the year with $1,871- all bills paid!
Propose purchasing cloud storage for the guild. It will cost $1.99 per month. Voted and approved.
Discussion about upgrading promotional guild material from low-grade paper to higher quality product, the intended use of material (like Quiltcon) and possible costs associated with it. Promotional printing is approved for $100.

Contact Jenn regarding roster and people not registered yet.  Add a “registered since column” in membership roster

Pass around a sign-up sheet at the meeting.

Considering Amy French and Lisa Holmes for Charity Chairperson.

Facebook-Jessica – Absent

Block Lotto-Shelley
Everyone participating (1 block = 1 ticket) gets a ticket that will be used for a December drawing. Dark Month for block lotto in April and September.

Donation Table Sales-Vacant
Group discussion about raising additional funds resulted in “Upcycling Fundraiser” for August meeting. This is in lieu of the
fundraiser table.  Need chairperson for “Upcycling Fundraiser”. Upcycling is a fundraiser event selling donated modern used/modern new
goods at the August meeting.  Members encouraged to bring modern sellable stuff, then all leftovers to be donated.

New Business:
Sit and Sew; February 11
Using FB as an advertising tool, to promote the activity the board plans to chat on FB about the activity.

Challenges; Negative Space, Song Title
Start drawing at March meeting for a song. You can purchase a second drawing for $5.

IEMQG Quilt Exhibits; Upland Library, Upland Tearoom
Teacups and Treasures, a new venue to possibly exhibit quilts: just opened, sparse decorations.
Coffee Klatch is June. Consider exhibiting Negative Space items, need quilts with sleeves.
See Upland Library below

Upland Library Presentation, March 14, 6 pm
Group discussion about the topic of discussion at the library, what to talk about. Laura read the theme of the activity and the
consensus was we wanted something about successful business women in the quilting community.
Theme “Never the Less She Persisted”
Interview and research several women who have prospered in quilting.
March meeting for presentation in Upland library.

SCCQG Meet the Teacher
April 14; 9 am to 2 pm in Carson at the Carson Community Center
Free if no lunch is eaten. Lunch is $15 (sandwich and drink).
Invite membership to attend the meeting. It is a great resource for future speakers.

February Meeting Agenda
Open meeting with discussion about did Road have enough Modern Quilts
Bring quilt for upland library
Looking for upcycling coordinator
List committee chairmanship on website
Meet teachers
Jessica Cook will do modern minis presentation
Show and tell

Next meeting – Feb 19, Joann’s at 6:30, Pollo Loco 5:45

Respectfully submitted,
Candace Kimball