IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
January 5, 2019
Grand Terrace Community Center
22795 Barton Rd, Grand Terrace, CA 92313
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.
Gayle began the meeting by welcoming everyone back for another exciting year. She informed us that in lieu of ‘resolutions’ she prefers ‘word’ of the year. And she shared her word of the year with the group: ‘succeed’.
The executive board presented former president, Laura Greene, with a quilt for her two (2) years of service as President. The quilt was pieced by the Guild’s membership and quilted by Cat.
Gayle reminded the group of the upcoming Road to California Quilt show from January 24 – 27 at the Ontario Convention Center. She urged everyone to be sure to log in as IEMQG members for the Guild Attendance Challenge (located in the main hall of the convention center). We were very close to winning one of the $500 prizes last year and we would very much love to win this year! Members should refer to our website for additional information.
Gayle asked for help regarding a possible new location for our general meetings. The guild would not be opposed to a nominal fee as long as the location was convenient and reliable. Also, possibly conducting the board meeting immediately following a general meeting every so often was mentioned.
Introductions & Committee Reports
Jennifer, VP of Communications
Jennifer advised the group a social media chairperson is needed for our Facebook and Instagram accounts. During the meeting Kelley agreed to serve as Chairperson for Social Media.
Tricia, VP of Programs
Tricia announced that February’s general meeting on February 2nd would take place at Mountain Shadows Community Center in Highland, CA. Guest speaker will be Lynn Hanna and she will be speaking and showing us painting and improvisational methods. This will be a hands-on demonstration and attendees should dress accordingly. There will be a Sit and Sew prior to the general meeting as well.
The March program will be a Transitional Quilter presentation by Alison.
The April program will be our Quilt Challenge inspired by a board game. Quilt judge, Linda Rasmussen, will once again be curating the entries.
The May program will be a Women’s History presentation by Kim.
Cat introduced herself as the new treasurer for the coming year.
Becky introduced herself as the new secretary and will be responsible for taking the minutes for the general and board meetings each month.
Laura and Jessica will be our fundraising guru’s for the coming year. They are both very passionate about raising money in order for more activities and programs for the Guild. In February and March, they will have Sewing/Quilting raffle baskets available and you will be able to purchase raffle tickets at either meeting.
They are also investigating holiday shows that the guild can participate in. Guild members will donate their time and skills to create handmade items to sell at the show(s). It was suggested that we use some of the Sit and Sews as a time to work on items to donate for the show(s).
To get things rolling, Laura requested the group start working on baby quilts. There are specific requirements and they are: no set in borders, binding, cornerstones or “old fashion” style quilts. They are requesting the quilts be of a modern aesthetic. Laura has put together a baby quilt kit with a pattern and fabric for members for ease of convenience. The kits will be out at the general meetings for pick-up.
Laura announced that the Guild will be participating in exhibits at the Chaffe Art Museum and the Upland Library. Additional details will follow in the coming months.
Pat announced we had 25 members, 2 new members and 5 visitors in attendance. She also mentioned that we were short on snacks sign ups, and passed around the clipboard for members to sign up.
Simone, Block Lotto
Simone introduced our Block Lotto for January/February called Skipping Rocks. Block lotto for this year will be bi-monthly allowing everyone more time to work on their blocks. The pattern is located on both the IEMQG website and Simone’s blog.
RuthAnn Salera, Membership
Is still accepting payments for our 2019 membership dues of $40.00. She will also be taking membership dues and paperwork at next month’s meeting.
Rachel announced there were 21 quilt donations to Home Instead and 3 quilt donations to YouthHope. This year she will be accepting any age, any size quilts. The chosen organizations that the Guild will be focusing on this is year are Home Instead, YouthHope and Calicinto Ranch.
Due to the recent wildfires in Paradise, CA, Rachel would like us to donate to the Paradise fire victims in conjunction with the Beaumont quilt guild. Through March, we can bring quilts and pillow cases to donate.
Alisa introduced herself as the raffle chair for the coming year. She reminded us raffle ticket prices are $1 for 1 or $5 for 6.
After a short break, Cat introduced Linda and Carl Sullivan of Colourwerx. Linda went through a brief history of her early, traditional quilts and her transition to modern, how their careers changed from being in the TV and film industry to own a quilt ship and becoming designers of patterns and quilts. She explained that how the lack of colorful and vibrant fabrics lead them on a quest to create unique, vibrant and colorful fabric and quilts. They presented many quilts showcasing their own fabric and many quilts featuring Kaffe Fassett prints. Many of the quilts they showed were beautifully quilted by Teresa Silva of Quilting is my Bliss. Linda said that if you sign up for their newsletter on their Colourwerx website, you will receive a free pattern. If you’d like to see more of Linda and Carl’s creations, look for them in issues of Modern Patchwork and Easy Quilts magazines. During the meeting, they had a trunk show featuring patterns, kits and colorful fabric bundles for purchase.
Show and Shares immediately followed the Colourwerx presentation.
Raffles – Alisa presented the raffle winner with a set of fat quarters. Pat presented the name tag raffle winner with her prize.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.