Our guest speaker for our August 7th meeting is Berene Campbell, aka Happy Sew Lucky. Berene is a Modern Quilt Guild member from Vancouver B.C. and has published several paper piecing patterns. She is best known for her charitable projects. She will speak about a mini-mod block swap for our guild. As a few of us recently participated in David Owen Hastings “Mini-Mid Mod Quilt” workshop, this will be an excellent opportunity to continue making these little gems!
The Mini-Mod Block Swap
The Mini Mod Swap was originally designed by Berene Campbell (aka Happy Sew Lucky) as a project for guilds to use to help members connect with each other during the pandemic. It is an optional swap in which participants make mini blocks for each other, based on a modern aesthetic. Once received, each person chooses what to make with their blocks, so you can really get creative and have fun with your fellow guild members while you’re at it. There is also a charity component to the swap, with proceeds going towards the Handmade Collective Awards – a scholarship fund set up for for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ students.
For a small fee, swap participants will receive a full set of free Mini Mod block patterns and will be grouped into color families, warms, cools, and neutrals, Each group of 5 or so makes five blocks for each group member (25 total). These mini blocks are super fast and fun to make, and are perfect for completing small projects like bags, thread catchers, and pillows.
Join us next week to hear more in-depth details on this swap!
In our President’s absence, Candy welcomed guests to the meeting. We kicked off the meeting program with Lynn Hanna’s final installment of “What is a Modern Quilt?”
“WHAT IS A MODERN QUILT?“
Part 7 of the series is called “Updating Traditional Quilt Designs”. Lynn explained the three ways to update a traditional quilt design by changing the scale, altering the block shape or orientation, and color placement. She showed several examples of each. Sad to see this series end, but if you missed any part of the series, don’t worry, we will be doing a recap blog post next month including our top 3 quilt examples from each series.
CHURN DASH CHALLENGE:
As a reminder, we will show off our quilt tops (does not need to be quilted or bound) at the October meeting to give you plenty of time to complete the challenge. This is your opportunity to explore modern design utilizing an alternate grid layout or negative space, for example (pssst, this is a great time to use Lynn’s “What is a Modern Quilt” series for inspiration). Also feel free to show off any drawings, pattern books, or practice blocks on Facebook and Instagram to inspire others. Our work in progress will hopefully get others enthused & inspired and lessen any apprehension. ICYMI, here’s the information sheet with all the details you need. If you have questions, please contact either Patti or Laura.
QuiltCon 2022 – PHOENIX, AZ
The upcoming QuiltCon is scheduled for February 16-20, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The class schedule is now available. Discounted MQG member class registration begins on Wednesday, August 4th at 7 am PST. If you’re not sure right now if you want to attend QuiltCon or take any classes, you should at least register by November 2022, to receive your free pass (which is a perk included with your MQG membership). After November, there is a fee to get into the convention. Quilt entry submissions are being accepted between September 1 – October 31st. If your quilt(s) are chosen to be in the show, you will be notified by December 15th. Hope to see a bunch of IEMQG member quilts on display – if yours is selected, please let us know! By the way, on the QuiltCon website there is a newsletter you can sign up for so you don’t miss any important dates or details.
QuiltCon Community Quilt Outreach Challenge
We are pleased to announce that IEMQG will be participating in this challenge! The co-Chairs for this challenge are Patti and Lynn! The MQG launched this challenge which affords Guilds the opportunity to make a group quilt, enter it, display it at QuiltCon, and sell it to raise funds for Women of Color Quilters Network and the Navajo Quilt Project.
This year’s theme is angles and must be twin size, which is approximately 65” x 85”. There is a specific fabric line and color palette as well: Moda Bella Solids – White, Boysenberry (9900-217) , Geranium (9900-258), Amelia Orange (9900-161), Yellow (9900-24) and Fig Tree Olive (9900-69). We can use two colors only or all six!
Patti designed a modern hexagon quilt design. Each member interested in participating will make six triangles. A packet has been created with all the supplies required to make the six blocks. Packets will be distributed at the July 17th Meet and Eat and collected at the September Meet and Eat. If you are unable to attend the July Meet and Eat, alternate arrangements can be made for receiving a packet.
MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch, show and shares, and join your quilty friends at the SSgt. Salvador J. LaraCasa Blanca Library (Note this is a new location).
SURVEY: A survey was emailed to all members last month. Results will be revealed soon – stay tuned!
BOLO ALERT: We have a guild block swap in the works and will be discussed in greater detail at our August meeting. Additional details will be provide in a separate blog post in a couple weeks.
The Guild had the pleasure of having David Owen Hastings as our guest speaker for the June meeting. His lecture was entitled, “Minimal Design, Maximum Impact”.
A little about David’s history: David lives in Sequim, Washington, he was the 2020 President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, he’s a quilter, graphic designer, and a print and textile artist. His modern aesthetic is by far minimalism.
PART I – HISTORY OF MODERN QUILTING: David provided the definition of Modern Quilting as bold, simple designs; high contrast areas; expansive use of negative space; and large scale minimalism. He provided several examples of early influences and influencers such as Amish Quilts, Quilts of Gee’s Bend, Gwen Marston, Nancy Crow, Yoshiko Jinzenji, Denyse Schmidt, Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle, the Flickr group: Fresh Modern Quilts, and the founders of the MQG, Alissa Haight Carlton and Latifah Saafir.
PART II – INSPIRATION: David introduced us to three (3) modern quilters who have inspired him – Carson Converse, Erick Wolfmeyer and Pamela Wiley.
PART III – PROCESS: David’s recipe for successful minimalism are elegantly sophisticated, variations on a theme, simple, bold palette and quietly impactful. Dave ended with design concepts to keep in mind: spare, simple compositions for a clean, modern look. He said something that we need to hear at times, “when in doubt, take it out” to achieve your modern design concept.
David provided an overview of his lectures and workshops. There are some links below on how to join a few of them.
IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY…..
The guild celebrated it’s 5th birthday! Members wore their party hats (even David) in commemoration! We had the honor of having our founding President and current member, Michele Nichols, take us down memory lane with her presentation entitled, “How the IEMQG was Born”. Thank you Michele!! (see the website for a blog post dedicated to Michele’s presentation).
JUNE 12THWORKSHOP: There are still 6 spots available for David Owen Hastings workshop “Mini Mid-Mod Quilts” on Saturday, June 12th from 2pm – 5 pm. Contact Laura Greene for details.
MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch, show and shares, a chair and join in with friends at Shamel Park, Riverside. Please note there may be a location change to the Casa Blanca Library. If this changes, you will be notified at the next meeting and/or via email.
SURVEY: A survey was emailed to all members last week. Please complete by Thursday, June 10th. Results will be revealed at our next guild meeting in July.
RETREAT: The November 8th – 10th retreat at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula is full. If you’d like to be placed on the wait list, please contact Barbara Mathews.
***Links as referenced in David Owen Hastings’ lecture for future reference:***
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!! In light of the guild’s 5th birthday, we thought a walk down memory lane was very appropriate! As such, we were honored that our founding President & member, Michele Nichols, agreed to share with us the how the guild became to be.
“How the IEMQG was Born” by Michele Nichols (founding & current member)
Hello! I’d like to share with you the early history of the IEMQG on our 5th birthday.
Monthly during 2013 and 2014, I drove all the way into Los Angeles to attend LAMQG meetings. You may not know that the MQG was started in Los Angeles in 2009 by Alyssa Haight-Carlton and Latifah Saafir. They and the entire group were young, energetic, and at the leading edge of the modern quilt movement. It was easy to get caught up in their energy.
In 2013, I don’t remember the month, I traveled to the Coachella Valley Quilt Guild to help Latifah who was presenting an introduction to modern quilting. One of the first people I met was Candy. After that, I often saw her at the LAMQG meetings; a new friend exploring “modern” quilting. The idea of starting a group closer to my home in Rancho Cucamonga began to grow. I left flyers out at Road2CA in 2014, advertising “Friends of the MQG” with meetings at The Quilt Loft fabric store in Upland. That’s how I met those of you who have been a part of this body from the beginning (Gayle, Helen, Laura, Kim, Marsha, Mary, and Pat). Candy, Deb L, and others from the desert cities drove the 100 miles to attend meetings right from the start.
The Friends Group was a non-dues paying group interested in exploring “modern” quilt design, but was not officially affiliated with The MQG. I set up a website to advertise the group and we added many new members. We met on Monday evenings to accommodate people who worked during the day. No one knows this, but I chose Mondays because my kids spent those evenings with their dad and I knew I would always be available.
We organized group sewing challenges (Crayon), attended quilt shows together (local and QuiltCon), displayed our quilts to the public at a coffee shop (Klatch Coffee in Rancho Cucamonga) and a book store (in Claremont). Our first guest speaker was the effusive Sandra Johnson, whom we paid by collecting door fees. Of course, my favorite part was the Show and Tell during the meetings. I so enjoyed seeing everyone’s creations.
During the spring of 2016, I was approached by Laura Kong to join her and a group of her friends to establish an official MQG affiliate group. She had already found a meeting space at the newly opened Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino. Several of us held a Meet and Greet in June to see if there was any interest. We had an amazing turnout of over 50 people. So Laura K, Gayle, Pat, Laura G and I went all-in and started the IEMQG.
Over the next two months, we submitted our application to The MQG, designed a logo, chose officers, wrote by-laws, opened a bank account, secured liability insurance, contacted the IRS and Franchise Tax Board, set up a website, and planned programs. Whew! So much work, but sooooo worth it. Sadly, we lost a few Board members in the subsequent months, including Laura K. Our first paid speaker was, appropriately, Latifah. Wow, it was painful to nearly empty our bank account to write that large speaker fee check.
I moved to Portland in 2017 and sadly had to say goodbye. Words cannot express how happy I am that Gayle and Laura have continued to grow the IEMQG through their superb leadership. They and everyone on the Board are talented, creative, organized, and tireless.
I named this post “How the IEMQG was Born” because it truly is a living thing. Gestated over months, even years, growing members and knowledge, exploring color and form, showcasing talent, and building friendships.
We are sew excited to have David as our featured speaker next month! He will be presenting his lecture, “Minimal Design, Maximum Impact”. David is a modern quilter, graphic designer, print and textile artist, and was the 2020 President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. He creates richly layered contemporary artwork and modern minimal quilt and textile designs. For over 20 years, David has exhibited his stitched paper artwork in galleries and juried shows and worked exclusively with nonprofit organizations on their branding and communications.
David’s creative approach to modern quilting has led to a busy schedule of workshops and lectures on quilting, branding for artists, fine art and textile techniques. Sharing knowledge, encouraging creativity, and teaching new skills are personal passions. He also loves to travel, especially in Asia, and enjoys sharing his experiences and inspiration through travel photos and stories.
David will also be conducting a workshop on Saturday, June 12th from 2pm -5pm called “Mini Mid-Mod Quilts”:
Work small, work smart, look great.
You’ll start with a simple, modern color palette of neutral fabrics with a flash of color. Clean lines combined with simple design give each tiny composition a sophisticated feeling. Since we are working very small, this is a great project for using small scraps and bits of special fabric. There are still spots available for this workshop for both members and non-members. The fee is $40 and can be paid via PayPal as described below. Please join us for an afternoon that won’t disappoint!
In the meantime, check out his website for inspiration prior to our meeting on June 5th. You can also find him on Facebook (David Owne Hastings) and Instagram as @davidowenhastings.
Guests are welcome!!! Guest fee of $5 for non-members can be paid via PayPal to email@example.com no later than June 4th. The Zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting. If you are unfamiliar with making a payment via PayPal, here’s a helpful link.
Reminder: Please note there will be no Show & Share at this meeting and we will continue with Lynn Hanna’s ‘What is a Modern Quilt’ series in July.
May’s program was called “What was I Thinking?!?!” – Stories of purchase mistakes. Members spoke about epic fails – Laura’s attempt at DIY spray baste and Barbara’s 3D software kit for her Husqvarna to purchases that were still wrapped in plastic. The number one purchase mistakes seemed to be RULERS!!! It seems we are most vulnerable to ruler purchases when they are being demonstrated at Quilt Shows!
Ahem…, here are some of the rulers bought and regret followed shortly thereafter: Jaybird’s Sidekick and Hex N More rulers, Stripology ruler, Creative Grids Face Mask Template and Janet Platt’s Quick Point & Scallop rulers. Other product offenders were the Curve Master Presser Foot and Cheryl Ann’s Portable Design Wall.
Members thought it would be beneficial (and sew fun) to do product shares after next year’s Road to California show. Stay tuned!
Let’s get modern with an alternate layout or negative space using a CHURN DASH block! Here’s an opportunity to practice and experiment with making a quilt top (no need to have it quilted). You choose the size, color, and placement. You determine the alternate grid with negative space, rotation, slicing, or deleted parts. We will show off our quilt tops at the October meeting to give you plenty of time to complete the challenge. Let’s show off any drawings, pattern books, or practice blocks on Facebook and Instagram to inspire others. Our work in progress will hopefully get others enthused & inspired and lessen any apprehension.
Laura loves the wonky rectangle Churn Dash that Patti showed in the information sheet sent with the last week’s Zoom invitation. Laura’s blocks are solid blues and greens on snow white Kona. She’s planning on only using 5 Churn Dashes with plenty of negative space.
ADDITIONAL MEETING DETAILS
We continued with Lynn Hanna’s ‘What is a Modern Quilt?’ series, Part 6. Lynn showed examples of Negative Space quilts. Don’t miss Part 7 (and final installation) – ‘Updating Traditional Quilt Designs’ in July! If you missed any part of the series, don’t worry, we will be doing a recap blog post including our top 3 quilt examples from each series. Yay!
Be sure to check out the Share and Show photos for this month on our Facebook and Instagram sites.
MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch, show and shares, a chair and join in with friends at Shamel Park, Riverside. It is just off the 91 freeway (Arlington Exit). The address is 3650 Arlington Ave, Riverside, California. Gayle will be in attendance to collect any charity quilts. If you need batting, please contact her with your size requirement(s). We hope you can join us for a fun afternoon of sewcializing!!
GLOBAL QUILT CONNECTIONS: Just a reminder to keep Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 from 12 pm to 3 pm PST open for the “All Star Virtual Sampler Platter Event” which will feature an All-Star cast of 18 quilt teachers will demonstrate some of their favorite quilting techniques over two different days. You will receive a PDF that includes written instructions to go along with each teacher’s demonstration, as well as a page with tips for making the most of the live demonstrations and the Zoom link. Be on the lookout for this email going out on or about May 17th. If you don’t receive it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing your feedback on the teachers that interested you the most (or least) – drop us a note at your convenience.
MINI MID-MOD QUILT WORKSHOP WITH DAVID OWEN HASTINGS: Join us for an afternoon of fun on Saturday, June 12th from 2pm-5pm. You will be making charming little quilts that are inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, and are a great skill-building project to learn a number of quilting techniques. They are too cute to pass up!
There are still spots available for this workshop for both members and non-members. The fee is $40 and can be paid via PayPal to email@example.com. If you are unfamiliar with making a payment via PayPal, here’s a helpful link.
2021 RETREAT UPDATE: Our annual retreat this year is at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula and is scheduled for November 8-10th. We have filled the 22 spots available, but we have started a Wait List in the event a spot opens up. Please contact us at if you would like to be added.
BOLO ALERT: Be on the lookout for our SurveyMonkey poll coming soon to your inbox! Please complete as we value your input and comments.
Our May 1st meeting will have a presentation by members discussing “Mistake Purchases.” What disastrous tool or quilting supply have you purchased that really didn’t work properly? Do you have a tool or quilting item that doesn’t do what it was designed to do? How could you possibly let it in your house?! Most importantly how can we avoid making the same mistake? Maybe one of your tools needs tweaking to work correctly. Maybe you never use something that you spent money on. Maybe the time you invested in a pattern, book, class or material was a waste of time.
Help us by explaining what NOT TO BUY OR TRY. Snap a picture and email it to the guild at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to give it a title and/or short description. We will give you time to tell us all about how it was a mistake to purchase it. We can’t wait to hear about it at our June meeting!
These charming little quilts are inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, and are a great skill-building project to learn a number of quilting techniques.
Work small, Work smart, look great.
3 hours: You will start with a simple, modern color palette of neutral fabrics with a flash of color. Clean lines combined with simple design give each tiny composition a sophisticated feeling. Since you are working very small, this is a great project for using small scraps and bits of special fabric.
Participants will learn the quilt-as-you-go method, and a PDF materials and supplies list will be emailed in advance. Hand stitching adds a sleek, linear element. Finishing techniques will be demonstrated.
ZOOM WORKSHOP DETAILS
Select a range of neutral fabrics (all light, medium or dark), and a bright accent color. Solids, and subtle, small scale prints or textures work best.
Cut cotton batting and backing fabric into 5″ squares.
Cut a selection of the neutral fabrics into small strips (sizes will be provided).
Cut a small amount of the bright accent color fabric.
Learn the quilt-as-you-go technique, working from the inside out.
Explore strip piecing and leaving the raw edges on the outside for extra texture.
Trim your small quilt blocks and stay stitch the edges.
Learn about hand stitching, and experiment with adding your own design.
Sew the backing onto the top of your mini quilts, leaving a space for turning.
Turn and press, then do a final stitching around the perimeter
A complete PDF supply list, plus step-by-step notes and templates will be emailed to each participant. This is an all-levels class and class size is limited to 24 attendees to ensure one-on-one time.
Presented by David Owen Hastings. He is looking forward to sharing and sewing with us! For more about David, please visit his website or follow him on Instagram.
In the comfort of your own sewing room. This workshop is a 3-hour live-stream event, conducted on Zoom, consisting of live instruction (no recording, please). You should have the current version of Zoom installed on your computer or laptop. Guidance for getting started will be sent in advance of the workshop.
One week after David Owen Hastings’ lecture at our June meeting: Saturday, June 12 from 2pm to 5pm PST.
Workshop Sign-Up is now OPEN!
The workshop fee for members is $40.00 and can easily be paid via PayPal to email@example.com. A workshop confirmation will be sent to you shortly after receipt of paid notification from PayPal. If you are unfamiliar with making a payment via PayPal, here’s a helpful link.
Alternatively, you may also pay by check (checks payable to IEMQG) directly to our Treasurer, Candy. Please email Candy at firstname.lastname@example.org for payment instructions. Please note, we will open the workshop to non-members at the same rate starting Monday, May 3rd.
The workshop handouts will be emailed to you approximately two weeks prior to the workshop and the Zoom link will be sent directly by David Owen Hastings a few days before the workshop.
Spring has sprung! (Or maybe we’ve already skipped spring and headed right into summer!) Either way, it’s beautiful outside and I’m having a hard time staying inside to sew!
Our membership is growing and one thing nice to come out the Covid experience is that even though some of our members have moved out of the area they can still join us for our meetings and drop-in sew nights on Zoom! Ah, technology (I’ll still be happier when we can meet in person)!
I’d like to say a BIG “Thank You” to all the Board members who have gone above and beyond! Laura, keeping our interesting program options running smoothly; Candy, taking care of our finances; Becky, for keeping the Members’ Corner up to date and sending updates to our membership; Lynn, for keeping our records accurate and doing a fantastic job on the “What is a Modern Quilt” series; Patti, for taking care of social media; Kim, for taking care of new members and the roster; and Gayle, for organizing our Opportunity Quilt and all the charity quilts / pillowcases for the House of Ruth. BRAVO!!!
Our November retreat at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula is now full, but have started a wait list in the event spots opens up. Payment of the balance will be due by the September meeting at which time we’ll send out more details about the retreat.
We’ve got some great speakers and workshops coming up as well as our Member University later in the year. If you have a skill, technique or little trick of the trade you’d like to share, please let us know!
A huge thanks to Debbi – we loved hearing about her modern quilting journey! Below are a few highlights of her presentation:
Debbi shared how she started her journey in childhood, then middle school, college, her move to Washington DC and her professions as an interior designer and architect.
Debbi showed traditional quilts, quilts inspired by her travels, and shared her first experience at Road 2 California.
Debbi also works with fiber arts, stained glass, and participates in GISH, a worldwide scavenger hunt. She is also getting back to her beginning with garment sewing.
ADDITIONAL MEETING DETAILS
We continued with Lynn Hanna’s ‘What is a Modern Quilt?’ series, Part 5. Lynn showed examples of minimalism quilts. Looking forward to Lynn’s negative space presentation next month!
Be sure to check out the Share and Show photos for this month on our Facebook and Instagram sites.
2021 RETREAT: Our annual retreat this year is at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula and is scheduled for November 8-10th. We have filled the 20 spots available, but we have started a Wait List in the event a spot opens up. Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to be added.
GLOBAL QUILT CONNECTIONS: This organization was created last year due to Covid and they connect professional teachers with quilters and guilds in a virtual world via Zoom. They are presenting a special event called “All Star Virtual Sampler Platter Event” on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 from 12 pm to 3 pm PST. In this live Zoom meeting an All-Star cast of 18 quilt teachers will demonstrate some of their favorite quilting techniques over two different days. It’s a showcase of a wide variety of styles and techniques, from traditional to modern and art quilting techniques with something to please everyone! You will receive a PDF that includes written instructions to go along with each teacher’s demonstration, as well as a page with tips for making the most of the live demonstrations and the Zoom link. Be on the lookout for this email going out on or about May 17th. If you don’t receive it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would value your feedback on the teachers that interested you the most (or least).
MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch and join in with friends at Shamel Park, Riverside. It is just off the 91 freeway (Arlington Exit). The address is 3650 Arlington Ave, Riverside, California. We hope you can join us!
THE VIOLET PROJECT / PROTEST: This is a collection of 8-inch square fiber art pieces that are created in half blue and half red, so the overall effect when displayed is violet. Our nation is currently experiencing a lot of division, much along political lines. The purple is meant to unify our country along common goals. The ultimate success of this project depends upon makers from across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and all American territories to join together to use their time and talents to make this colossal visual gesture of friendly protest to every member of the 117th US Congress.
An exhibit is currently open at the Phoenix Art Museum through September. Then the pieces will be sent to every member of congress in support of working together for the good of our country.
You can contribute squares by contacting violetprotest.com. They will send you directions, labels, and everything you need to participate.
LANTERNS OF HOPE: Lanterns of Hope is a quilt of encouragement. The pattern was originally designed with the dream of a world without childhood cancer, however, the quilt has come to symbolize light in the darkness – a hope of a future where, to borrow from author Sally Lloyd-Jones, “all sad things have come untrue.” Whether you have a loved one who is sick, are grieving personal loss, or are heartbroken over the injustice of the world, this quilt is for you. It is a reminder that every one of us can be a light in the darkness, bringing hope, encouragement, and change to our world. You can purchase this quilt pattern to support Asian resistance to violence here.
UPCOMING CHALLENGE: Take a quilt block, repeat it lots of times, and arrange using an alternate grid to make a modern quilt. Additional details to follow soon.