Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

July 2019 General Meeting Minutes

July 6, 2019
Riverside Public Library
3581 Mission Inn, Riverside, CA 92501

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome – Gayle

The November retreat at Vina De Lestonnac is full with 22 members signed up. Final payment is due at the September meeting. However, if you are still interested, there is a waitlist. See Gayle to be added.


Road to California Atrium Exhibit

We will need 44 quilts per the show requirements and a picture of the quilt tops by the October meeting.  The photo will need to be in .pdf format, if you have any issues converting a jpeg to a .pdf document, feel free to send to Gayle and she will convert and submit the photo for you. Another option is to bring your quilt top to the October meeting, and Mike will photograph it for you.  Quilt requirements are as follows: minimum 72” long and a maximum 100” wide, must have a 4” sleeve, a label (quilt name, quilter’s name, date, etc), and modern (this is the Guild’s preference).  The show is looking for a variety of quilt styles and colors that best represent the IEMQG.

Chaffey Art Museum Exhibit

Mike has photographed all the quilts and taken panoramic shots as well. Quilt pick-ups will be Sunday, July 20th from 1-2 pm. Any quilts that have not been picked up by 2 pm, Gayle will take home with her.


The following fundraising events have been scheduled: 

July 25th Rummage Sale at the James Brulte Senior Center, 11200 Base Line Rd, Rancho Cucamonga.  Come after 6 pm, there is no meeting fee for non-members to shop.

Oct 12th Holiday Boutique at Mountain Shadows in Highland.

Dec 4th Kris Kringle Holiday Boutique at the Ontario Senior Center.

Please continue making fundraiser items. In September, Laura will do an inventory on what we have to sell. It comes as no surprise that dog related items are very popular and typically sell out, such as leashes, bandanas, clothes. The Guild has purchased hardware for the dog leashes, if you need some to complete your leashes, see a Board member. Also for the Kris Kringle event, children use this event to shop for their parents for Christmas, so we should be mindful of price points.

Committee Reports

Programs, Shelley

Shelley announced she will be resigning from her position as VP of Programs due to her imminent move to Northern California. If you are interested in taking over this position, please contact any Board member for additional information.

August 3rd: The featured presentation will be given by, Aurifil Ambassador, Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef.

September 7th: ‘What was I Thinking’ Fabric Share. This will be an interactive event, where members will bring fabric they’re not sure what to do with. They can also share, trade and/or give fabric away.

October 5th: Elizabeth Eastmond of OPQuilt will be the featured speaker. Topic of her presentation will be advised.

November 2nd: Member University

December 7th: Christmas Party

Charity, Rachel

Rachel has donated quilts that she will deliver to Calicinto Ranch this week. She also wants to set up a Sit and Sew to make lap quilts for seniors at Home Instead. These quilts do not need to be modern or fancy.  Looking for lap/wheel chair quilts about 36” x 40”. Candy said she would try to find some patterns for these. Also, it was mentioned that Streak of Sunshine quilts is a pattern that is available free online by googling the name that works good well for lap quilts. If anyone needs fabric, please reach out to Laura.

Block Lotto, Simone

There were many entries for the July Block Lotto, over 30 blocks for the winner – Shelley! Simone showed members examples of Fibo’s Sister for the Block Lotto for August/September and to be collected at the September meeting.  This next block is designed to make four blocks at a time using 16 improv strips. Please use warm colors and the borders should be low volume fabric. The block tutorial will be located on both the IEMQG website and Simone’s blog.

Christine superbly presented her transition from traditional to modern quilter. Right off the bat, Christine announced that she is a fabricaholic and uses quilting as an excuse to buy fabric. She started sewing in high school and in the summer of 1970, she made her first quilt with her mom’s fabric scraps, flannel was used as the batting and a percale sheet was used for the backing. Christine brought in that quilt, and unfortunately, the seersucker fabric used as since disintegrated. She took a break after that first quilt and ventured back to the world of quilting in the 1980’s when she took a class. She was still disappointed in the fabric choices, typically shades of blue and brown, whereas she was looking for oranges and yellow, or anything bright. In the 2000’s her coworkers convinced her to join a guild and soon after Christine became an Activity Chairperson for their guild’s challenges. A lot of the quilts shown were from her quilt challenges. She started finding more ‘fun’ fabrics, and discovered a love for improv and wonky type quilts. It didn’t take long for Christine to move into modern quilts, and quickly fell in love with black and white quilts, and now likes to focus on mini quilts featuring clean, simple and intricate details. The quilts Christine brought to present were amazing and innovative for their time, especially in a world full of traditional quilts. Thank you for a wonderful and colorful presentation, Christine! We enjoyed the journey through your world of color, improv, and wonky quilts!

Show and Shares immediately followed Christine’s presentation; 8 members shared their wonderful creations.


Winners of the fat quarter and name tag raffles were presented with their prizes.


There were 20 members in attendance.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Becky Brekke, Secretary