IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
August 4, 2018
Grand Terrace Community Center
22795 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313
The meeting was called to order at 2:02 p.m. by Laura Greene, President.
Welcome – Warm-up
The Warm-up statement was “Vacations inspire me to quilt.” Attendees grouped under the sign that best represented their response to that question – Strongly Agree, Agree, Slightly Disagree, and Strongly Disagree. After a few minutes of discussing the topic in the various groups, Laura awarded the door prize to the person who mentioned being inspired at the beach.
Laura announced that at our September meeting, the nominating committee will be taking nominations for next year’s officers. Anyone interested in taking one of the positions should notify the nominating committee. There will also be nominations accepted from the floor at the September meeting, but please be sure that whoever you wish to nominate is willing to take the position.
The position of Charity Chairperson is currently open. Amy is not able to handle all of the duties. She can deliver the quilts but can’t make it to the meetings to collect the quilts and keep records of who donated them. While we are in this transition period, please continue to make charity quilts, since this is a main part of our purpose as a not-for-profit organization.
Since Becky Brekke, Upcycle Sale Chairperson, was not able to attend, Laura reminded us that donations are needed for our Upcycle Sale in October. Donations can be brought to the next meeting, or to the Sit and Sew/workshop on August 19. If you are donating fabric, please mark the size on each piece. Donations of handmade items are also welcome, and on the day of the sale we will need baked goods donated. Becky needs people to help with set-up before the sale and take-down after; she will be taking sign-ups at the September meeting. Laura has sent information about the event to SCCQG to be shared with other guilds and encouraged members to take some flyers to distribute in the community. Tricia Williams will look into advertising the event in the Highland Community News.
Cat Wallace, VP of Programs, reminded us that Shawnee Miller will be conducting her Thrilling Threads workshop from 12:30 – 4:30 on August 19, 2018 at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community clubhouse. Shawnee will be providing fabric, special threads, and topstitch needles for attendees to make a thread sampler. Cat encouraged members to sign up for the workshop on the clipboard at the greeter’s table. Our Sit and Sew will still be from 9:00 – 5:00, so we will be sewing and having lunch before the workshop.
Our September meeting will feature the reveal of our song challenge quilts, and renowned quilt judge Linda Rasmussen will once again gently critique our quilts.
Gayle Bennett announced that if anyone hasn’t chosen a song title for the Song Challenge, she still has the bag of titles for them to draw from. Anyone who wants a different song can draw another one, for a $5.00 donation to the guild. She reminded us that the idea is to create a small quilt inspired by the song title.
IEMQG has been invited to provide modern quilts for display at the Ontario Museum of History and Art. The quilts will be hung in the main exhibit hall at the museum. To enter a quilt for this display, fill out the online entry form and include two digital photos of your quilt – one showing the full quilt and one showing detail. The maximum size of the quilts is 48” wide by 54” long, and they must have a 4” sleeve. No mulit-panel quilts will be accepted. The deadline for entries is 3:00 p.m. on September 15. You can enter a quilt that is not yet finished, but they must be complete by September 30. Quilts will be dropped off on Friday, November 30 – the museum in close to Gayle’s work, so she will try to arrange to deliver the quilts. They will be displayed December 13 – December 30 and can be picked up January 11.
Block Lotto – the August blocks were won by Allison Cutler. We will not be doing block lotto in September because we will all be focused on finishing our song challenge quilts.
Hospitality – Pat Klassen is now being assisted at the greeter’s table by Ruthann Salera. Pat announced that there were 20 members and 4 guests in attendance. Goodies at the September meeting will be provided by Shelley and Cat. Ruthann introduced the guests.
After a short break, Cat introduced our speaker, Shawnee Miller, Thread Educator. Shawnee’s presentation focused on resolving issues with broken threads in our sewing machines. Her visual aides were very helpful!
Among the wonderful quilts we saw during Show & Share was a great quilt that Ruthann Salera created from the block lotto arrow blocks that she won in July! You may recall that when Ruthann won those blocks, Gayle jokingly told her that we would expect to see them sewn into a quilt at the next meeting. Well, it took her two meetings, but she did it!
Raffles – Alisa Howe presented the raffle winner with a set of fat quarters. Pat Klassen presented the name tag raffle winner with her prize.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.