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Incoming Challenge Quilts, Happy Memorial Day, and Other Fun

Happy Memorial Day!

We’ve been watching with interest as all the Urban Challenge quilts have been coming in to our emailbox–you are really creating some interesting little quilts.

We’ll be presenting them at our first ever Zoom Meeting on Saturday, June 13, 2020. We’ve been trying to figure out a way to meet with you all, and hope you can join us at 2 p.m. on that day. Our Program Chairs will send out a link to your email; just click to join using Zoom.

Tomorrow, May 26th, is our deadline for the quilt to be submitted. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

Then, beginning June 14th, Flag Day, we hope you will send us photos of your patriotic quilts, which is — loosely defined — any quilt with red or white or blue or redwhiteblue. We’ll have an ongoing show of them through June and into July, when we don’t meet. Maybe you’ve always been wanting to make a little one, to stand on your desk, or a bigger one for a (socially distanced) picnic. We want to see them!!

Use these guidelines of things to tell us about your quilt:

We recently had a Board Meeting via Zoom. Click to read the minutes:

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Urban Challenge Deadline: May 26, 2020

We are excited about the entries we’ve received for our Urban Challenge, originally set for an April reveal, but now set for a June 13th reveal at our upcoming Zoom Meeting. We just wanted to remind you about the parameters of our guild’s 2020 challenge and encourage you to get making — it’s a small quilt, so it can be made quickly, in a day or maybe two.

Remember this? It was our original advertisement for our Challenge, and included a 4″ swatch of blue fabric, which you must use in your quilt somehow. More is okay, but at this date it may be hard to get locally; take your swatch in to match if you need to buy. The original was Lapis, a Painter’s Palette solid fabric from Paintbrush Studios.

The two other guidelines:

Except for that April 4th meeting thing….

The full details and a Google “Mood Board” are found on this post.

Email a good-quality picture of your challenge quilt to: iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com
Please include:

• Quilt Name/Title
• Dimensions
• Quilter’s full name
• Origin of Quilt Design (original design, variation on an existing block, pattern, etc.)
• A Few Details about what you want to say about it. This might include some construction details or things you struggled over, or things at which you were successful. It might also include what prompted you to make it, or who it is for. Pretend you are standing in front of us at our Guild Meetings, and give us the quilt’s biography. We’d love to hear it!
(We’ll edit them for clarity and punctuation.)

That’s it! Thanks for entering, and we’ll send you a reply mail letting you know we received it.

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President and Board Members Messages: May 2020

Hello there quilters!  I hope everyone is weathering Quarantine Quilting. About a month ago I came to the realization that no matter how you are experiencing the Corona Virus it was all stressful.  Stressful to be home, stressful to be in the work place.  We’re all dealing with anxiety and either way it feels isolating and there doesn’t seem to be any especially good way to get through it.  We just are.   I won’t pretend; it’s been hard for me as I’ve continued to work and I admit I adopted a bit of a ‘head in the sand’ coping mechanism. I need to express my thanks our board members and committee people who have carried on with their guild duties. I appreciate their efforts.  

As quilters we have inner resources that likely made this experience more bearable.  For myself I can definitely say that the peace of my quilting and sewing are a vital part of how I’ve coped.  The sanctuary of my sewing room after work and on the weekends has probably kept me saner than I otherwise would have been. 

At this point we are looking forward to a regular meeting in August: hopefully, we will be cleared to hold meetings by the State of California.  We are also waiting for news about the Riverside Main Library branch location since they will be preparing to move to the new building in the near future.   Have a look at the design of the building located at 3911 University Ave, Riverside here:  https://www.johnsonfavaro.com/riverside-main-library   We’re excited about the new facility, but it’s tentative when our first meeting there will be available.  It’s likely that we’ll take advantage of one of the other library facilities in the meantime. Stand by for news of our August meeting as it becomes available.  If you haven’t joined us on Facebook or Instagram they are both good sources of quick updates, along with the website/blog.

We are all looking forward to getting together!  Take care of yourselves and we’ll see you soon.
Gayle

And now, updates from our Guild Board Members

First up is Judy Racine, of Membership:

Hi everyone!  We now have 46 IEMQG members.  We are really sad to see Jennifer Adams and Simone Bradford leave our group as they are both moving out of the area. They’ll be so missed!  

I was trying to think of a gift I could give you all and decided on this recipe that I found, and then modified from 365daysofcrockpot.com. (spoiler: there is nothing healthy about this!)  I know we are passing out of soup season, but if you’re ever in the mood for Marie Calender’s Potato Cheese soup, this is the recipe for you:

CopyCat Marie Calender’s Potato Cheese Soup

32 oz. chicken broth (one box)
6½ cups potatoes (6-7 cups), peeled and 1/4 inch sliced
½ cup white onion diced
1½ cups celery diced
(JR: I added 1 tsp. of garlic and a couple TBS of butter at the beginning)
16 oz. Velveeta cheese (this is the smaller box)
8 oz. sharp cheese grated (do not buy pre-shredded or it won’t melt well)

  1. Add the chicken broth, potatoes, onion, and celery to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours (Cook’s Note: You can also simmer this on the lowest heat on the stove keeping an eye on it – turning it off a couple times to simmer ~ 4 hours since my husband moved my crock pot to the garage and now he can’t find it!)
  2. At the end, cut  the Velveeta into small cubes, add that and the shredded sharp cheddar to the slow cooker, stir gently until the cheese melts. (Some potatoes  will break apart, this is ok because it will help thicken the soup.)
  3. Taste, then add salt and pepper to your liking.

My mom is a great cook and she told me it was better than Marie Calender’s, so — there’s that!
Hoping to see you all soon!

Candy Scott, Treasurer:

All finances are accounted for, checks and cash from our last meeting has been deposited. We also have a balance in our checking account, with no bills outstanding.

On a more personal note, like many people, I spent the first two days of quarantine just researching various face mask patterns.  Fortunately, I had ordered elastic from a wholesaler in L.A. before many people realized there was going to be a shortage.  To make it interesting I used fabric with sports, music, food, or animals, etc.  Whether we made just one for ourselves, or 100 or more for front line and first responders, family or friends, we are all doing something to help flatten the curve.  Thank you. Now I’m taking a break from mask making and working on a couple of baby quilts. 

Elizabeth Eastmond, Communications Chair:

I have been busy behind the scenes, smoothing out the migration of our Guild’s Website. Hopefully, you didn’t notice a thing (but I also need to say a thank you to my son, Peter, who made all the difference). We are also attempting to get your email notification sign-ups transferred, but until we do, we’ll send out links via a blast email. Please make sure your email address is up-to-date, by contacting us at iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com if it is not.

Kelley, my assistant, is busy keeping Facebook and Instagram up to date. You can see either of those, by clicking on the links to the upper right. I appreciate all the work she does to keep those social media accounts running smoothly! If you have any concerns about this blog, or other communication issues, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email. We check our Guild’s inbox weekly, and will reply to you as quickly as we can.

Like others, I find it hard to concentrate during this time of COVID-19, but have been working on my Sawtooth Star quilts. Here’s a couple of pictures of the quilts in progress. I hope you’ll send us pictures of your finished quilts, so we can put them here up on the blog. Our next Guild deadline of May 25th is coming up quickly for our Urban Challenge (see below for more details).

But after that, we would like to feature your quilts in June and July. As I receive your photos, I’ll post them up. Please take a well-lit picture of your quilt, and include the following information:

Quilt Name/Title and dimensions (can either include the measurements, or a rough approximation such as “baby quilt” or “lap quilt” or “queen-sized bed quilt” etc.)
Quilter’s full name
Origin of Quilt Design (original design, variation on an existing block, pattern, etc.)
A Few Details about what you want to say about it. This might include some construction details or things you struggled over, or things at which you were successful. It might also include what prompted you to make it, or who it is for. Pretend you are standing in front of us at our Guild Meetings, and give us the quilt’s biography. We’d love to hear it!
(We’ll edit them for clarity and punctuation.)

Laura Greene and Becky Brekke, Program Chairs:

Although we aren’t having everyone-altogether-meetings, we are hard at work at figuring out how to get together. The Modern Quilt Guild (National) has made available time slots for local guilds to schedule Zoom meetings.

Please mark these dates and deadlines on your calendar:
May 25, 2020: Urban Quilt Challenge deadline pictures due. Please see above for what to include.
June 13, Saturday at 2 p.m. (MQG didn’t have the first week available) — We will get to talk about our Urban Quilt Challenge and other Show and Share. To do show and share, we ask that you email pictures of your quilts ahead of time; we’ll put them in a document and share them with you at that time. When it’s your turn to talk about your quilt, please use the suggested outline above. We will have a raffle for those who attend. A few days before our meeting, you will be emailed a link to click on to attend the Zoom meeting.
June 14, 2020: It’s Flag Day!! Email us pictures of any patriotic quilts you have made. We’ll post those throughout June and July, as well as any Show and Share Quilts you want to send us. See above for what to include.
July 4th–Happy Independence Day! (no meeting)
July 29, 2020: We’re getting ready for our Zoom Meeting on August 1st, so send us your Show and Share Quilts, along with the information above (in the green box).
August 1, Saturday at 2 p.m. — We will have a Powerpoint presentation by Laura Greene called “My Best Binding.” Show and Share is also encouraged; details on this to follow. We will have a raffle for those who attend. You will be emailed a link to click on to attend.

A reminder:

The Urban Quilt Challenge is due by May 25th. Just email a picture of your quilt to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com. Quilts will be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and this blog beginning June 1.  We will have two prizes; one for Participation and one for the Board’s Choice Award. Just to get you going, here are some pictures of two different Urban Challenge Quilts in Progress:

Notice that blue fabric? That’s “Lapis” by Paintbrush Studio, in their Painter’s Palette line of solids, if you need more. We handed out squares of it early this spring, and this is the common link between our quilts. That, and the fact that our theme is Urban. More information can be found in an earlier post on our blog, and we also have a Mood Board slideshow for you to see.
The deadline is in just 13 days, but you can do this! Remember that these are smaller quilts, with the largest greatest measurement of any side finishing at 24.” So go dig out that square, and start creating.

Simone Bradford, Block Lotto:

We are moving to Sacramento this summer, having just sold our house. My husband is being transferred to a new area. I’ve enjoyed being your Block Lotto Chairperson, and hope you’ve enjoyed creating new blocks every other month. The blocks reside here, on this blog, and also on my blog, Simone Bradford. I will miss you all!

Lastly, a note from our outgoing Secretary, Jennifer Adams:

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.”  This quote by Elizabeth Andrew is one of my favorite quotes and is certainly relevant in my personal life, particularly as it relates my tenure the past two and a half years in our guild. I have been honored to serve as an Executive Board member for nearly my full membership in our guild.  An experience that I have found both personally and professionally rewarding. I stepped into my first role as VP of Communications at my second meeting.  This past year I have served as your Secretary.

Being intimately involved in our guild’s leadership operations provided me with an opportunity to shape our path as well as develop new skills along the way.  One of my greatest accomplishments early on was learning how to revamp our guild’s website to meet the growing needs of our membership.  While I have some general computer skills (and am lucky enough to be married to a software developer) I had never designed a website let alone managed a blog. The reigns of my former role now reside with the tremendously talented Elizabeth Eastmond as she continues to develop our website even more for our members. Beyond that, I got to see firsthand how important social media, both Instagram and Facebook, serve to help solidify relationships both near and far in the modern quilting world.  Considering how isolated we are all right now, those virtual connections are even more important. 

I really believe that while this global pandemic has changed the fabric of our world forever; leaving patches of goodness for us to all rebuild – one ‘block’ or ‘piece’ at a time. As I leave my role as your Secretary with my upcoming move out of California, I would encourage everyone to feel invested in our guild and remain connected. Reach out on Facebook with a current project you are working on or see how you can help with the guild’s operations as we move forward in our ‘new normal’.  As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Stay Safe and Quilt On!

We’ll let our President have the last say:

We are in need of volunteers to help keep our Guild running smoothly, especially at this time. We are in need of a Secretary, a Fundraising Chairperson, and a Charity Chairperson. As Jennifer put it so wonderfully, invest in our guild and remain connected. We need you! If you can give a few hours of your time per month, please contact me, Gayle, at iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com. Thank you.

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Virtual Urban Challenge

Remember our Urban Challenge? Well, we haven’t forgotten it!
The presentation of our challenges was supposed to be in April, but Ms. Corona Virus caught us all by surprise, and it was skipped over. However, we do want to see your creations! However, given the limitations of social distancing and various stay-at-home orders, we are heading online.

Yes, we’re going to have our challenge go virtual! If you’ve forgotten what the parameters were, this blog post has details: use at least 4″ square of the blue fabric, largest maximum measurement per side is 24.”

Please take a good picture of your creation, using a well-lit area and holding that camera steady. Try to fill the frame with your quilt, leaving some extra around the edges, but getting a good photograph.

Then email it to us at: iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com

Deadline: May 26, 2020

We’ll be posting your Urban Challenge Quilt photos all during the month of June on this blog, on Facebook and and on Instagram. At the end of the month, in lieu of our June meeeting, we’ll have a drawing for two prizes:

Participation (photo sent and and challenge requirements met)
IEMQG Board Choice (the board will choose one quilt)

So don’t delay–get going on finishing up your Urban Challenges, and get them emailed by May 26th, 2020 (the day after Memorial Day). Our online Urban Challenge Quilt Show begins June 1st!

An urban space in Berlin, Germany
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Meeting Updates for May, June, July 2020 • COVID-19

Updated April 22, 2020

CANCELLED MEETINGS:

May 2: IEMQG General Meeting
June 6: IEMQG General Meeting
July 4: We are dark this month because of the July 4th holiday.
We will evaluate mid-July about whether or not we’ll have a meeting August 2020. Factors influencing our decision as a board were:
• California shut-down guidelines
• Los Angeles City shut-down guidelines
• Riverside City Library shut-down guidelines

We recently had a Zoom meeting as a board, and the minutes are available here as a PDF file (for download):

We’d also like to encourage our members to visit the main Modern Quilt Guild website, to join in their webinars, explore their resources, and keep your quilting interests perking along during this time of no meetings.

Screenshot of MQG website. Each category has lots more to explore!

Please see upcoming posts for news on our IEMQG Challenge, now moving online!

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Face Mask Sewing for COVID-19

Due to the generosity of a sewist in Riverside, we have available free 10-yard skeins of elastic cording. It’s a soft cord, slightly stretchy, about 1/8″ in diameter, which would work fine for all the face masks we are making now. She received it free from Rao at FabricMade. Please consider supporting Rao’s shop on ETSY.

Northern Riverside
Please email Elizabeth E. at opquilt@gmail.com if you are interested. She’ll have a basket on her front porch starting tomorrow, where she’ll place the skeins. If you have her address from the Guild Address List online, you don’t need to contact her ahead of time.

Southern Riverside
There is also a South Riverside/Corona pick-up spot as well. Her name is Elin (not a member of our guild, but she asked me to get the word out). She lives about 5 minutes off the 91/La Sierra exit. She also has a basket on her front porch. Please text her if you will be coming in order to get her address: 951-204-7504

Elizabeth has written two blog posts about making masks, here and here, if you are wanting information about mask making; be sure to read the comments as many have left great tips about mask making. There are also links to those who are requesting masks on the Raincross Quilt Guild site for ChildHelp, as well as Kaiser OB/GYN. The need is all around us, if you can help. Sometimes it’s hard to make these, so if you feel you can’t, don’t feel badly. But for those who can, there is a serious need right now.

Patterns:

Basic Pattern from New York Times

Orange Dot Quilts Free Pattern

Craft Passion Sculpted Mask Pattern

CraftyQuilter Face Mask

Note from Elizabeth: I’ve tried the first two. If you interface it with a non-woven (Pellon) interfacing, it will be more resistent to droplets. None of these are COVID-proof so don’t let them give you a false sense of security, but the CDC has asked us all to wear masks. I’m trying the last one (Craft Passion) this week. For the Grandmas out there, here’s a photo of the mask with embroidery from Instagram:

The new motto from Riverside County is:
Stay in Place • Maintain 6′ Space • Cover Your Face (And wash your hands!)

Reminder: All Inland Empire Quilt Guild Activities are cancelled for the month of April (General Meeting, Board Meeting, Sit and Sew)