IEMQG General Meeting
January 6, 2018
Grand Terrace Community Room, Grand Terrace, CA
The meeting was called to order at 2:02pm by Treasurer Gayle Bennett in Laura Greene’s absence. Laura has been out due to illness.
Membership: Gayle shared information regarding membership renewal for 2018. Hard-copy forms were available at the meeting, but she also recommended downloading and printing the renewal form from the Guild website and mail in with check. Address is on the website. Our MQG national dues are paid to date.
Events: Road to California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase will be held January 18-21st. There are two contests offered for local Guilds. Each has a $500 award; (1) Guilds with most attendees and (2) highest percentage of guild members registered at Road. Guests can be counted as part of this contest provided they sign in in the Lobby using the iPads for registration. Information is also available on the Guild website.
Quilt Con is February 22, 2018. Open registration starts this Monday January 8th. Space still available on bus that leaves from Nazarene church in Redlands. Contact Evie for more information.
Programs: Treasurer- Gayle Bennett shared 2018 will have 2 quilting challenges: 1) April is negative space and 2) September is the song challenge. In March or April participants will draw from a bag containing 500 songs to establish your song that will be your song for your quilt design.
Block Lotto: Ginger Gabriel 6.5” square, improve, must use stash fabrics! Details are being placed on the website and a hand-out was also distributed to members.
Upcoming Events: Sit n sew – Trish Williams: February 11 is the next sew and sew between 9am and 4pm at the Mountain Shadows Community Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring a salad/side or dessert and funds to order in pizza. Ice maker is on site and available for our use along with the kitchen to re-heat any items. Encouraged for attendees to bring an extension cord, but plenty of table space and chairs will be available. Please let Trish know if you will be attending as all guests will need to be called in to the guard shack in advance. Jennifer will try and establish a link on website for registration prior to the event for this purpose.
Call for quilts at Upland Library in March. IEMQG will do a presentation of Women Building Business.
Cat will attend the SCCQG Meet the Teachers on April 14 in Carson. Members welcome to attend, but are required to pre-register for lunch. Fee is $15. More information is available on the website http://www.sccqg.org/meet-teachers.htm as well as the registration/lunch reservation.
Cat also reviewed the 2018 programs list for our Guild as follows:
2018 January – Quilt Judging, Linda Rasmussen
2018 February – Modern Minis, Jessica Cook
2018 March – Post Quilt Con, Lynn Hanna
2018 April – Challenge – Negative Space, Amy French
2018 May – Transition Quilter, Laura Green & Spotlight Quilter, Marsha Schuh
2018 June – Beyond the Reef, Natalie Barnes
2018 July – Longarm Presentation, Cat Wallace
2018 August – Craft D’Jour
2018 September – Challenge “Song Title”
2018 October – Sue Stone – Needle in a Fabric Stash
2018 November – Member University
2018 December – Holiday Party
Communications: Jennifer Adams shared work she has done to the Guild’s website for the past 8 weeks. New improvements include more ‘modern’ and clean aesthetic, drop-down menus and sub-menus to create easier navigation and a ‘subscribe’ option to streamline Guild communications. We now have a new calendar with maps and information for upcoming meetings and events. Feedback is encouraged, and all 2018 confirmed members are pre-registered on the website to receive update notices as information is posted. Members were advised they can ‘opt out’ by unsubscribing from the email that is sent out.
Membership: Pat Klassen: 21 members attended, 1 Guest is Kathy Soukup.
Guest speaker: Linda Rasmussen attended and spent nearly two hours covering tips and recommendations for improved quilting, piecing and how quilts are judged. She also explained process to become a quilt judge and shared her personal history. One has 5 years to complete the process. Shared her purpose for judging: to encourage quilters to continue producing and feel like a winner of the work they submitted. She wants all to feel like a winner. Explained differences of a Judged Show and Show by Jury, the importance of proper photos of item, accuracy of completing entrance form. Understand “Original design” and “Art Quilt Design”. Modern Quilts must have all lines, shapes and edges be crisp, clean and exact. Perfect the negative space quilting. Great news, Linda does individual critiquing! She has offered to judge our challenges. Linda concluded her talk by reviewing two quilts from our members. She provided insightful feedback and said she would be happy to visit future events and provide complimentary ‘judging’.
Raffle: ($46), winner is Annie Houston
Nametag: Joan Clarke
Quick Cut 2: Becky Brekke
The meeting was adjourned at 4:36pm and was extended slightly due to the additional time allotted to our guest speaker, Linda Rasmussen.