We had a most successful meeting this past Saturday, October 3, 2020, where we were able to see the places where some of our members sew. Hosted by the IEMQG, and conducted by our Co-Program Chair, Laura Greene, under the direction of our President Gayle Bennett, our meeting had a lot of moving parts. For the best overall wrap-up, see the Minutes, posted up there under the tab. Thank you to those who showed off their sewing/quilting spaces: Sarah Sass, Mary Hodge, Kelley Bachli, Shelley Wardrop and Barbara Mathews.
We also heard the first of a beginning series in our meetings, “What is a Modern Quilt?” Lynn Hanna ably tackled this huge subject, showing us examples to go along with the idea of bold colors. Every meeting for the next few meetings, she will show another aspect and quilts that demonstrate this.
We are getting quite familiar with this Zooming, and found that one silver lining is some far-away members can tune in and join in with us. It’s been good to see familiar faces, and we appreciate all those who took time out of their fall weekend and attend the meeting.
The Nominating Committee presented the following slate of candidates for the 2021 IEMQG Board:
President: Barbara Mathews
VP Programs: Laura Greene
VP Communications: Becky Brekke
Secretary: Lynn Hanna
Treasurer: Candy Scott
After introducing the candidates, and since there were no opponents, an assenting vote was called. They were all confirmed for the upcoming year. We are grateful to our Nominating Committee for all their hard work: Judy Racine, Jennifer Adams and Elizabeth Eastmond (chair).
We also express gratitude to the outgoing members of our IEMQG Board and Chairpersons:
President: Gayle Bennett, who has served for two years
VP Communications: Elizabeth Eastmond
Social Media: Kelley Bachli
Membership: Judy Racine
According to our ByLaws, the new Board will install the all Chairpersons for 2021, but the following have stepped up to volunteer:
Social Media: Patti Reyes
Membership: Kim Wingert
Charity & Opportunity Quilt: Gayle Bennett
We appreciate you all!
Calling all technique junkies!
tech·nique/tekˈnēk/nounnoun: technique; plural noun: techniques
- a way of carrying out a particular task, especially the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure.
- skill or ability in a particular field.
- a skillful or efficient way of doing or achieving something.
Below is our awesome line-up for Quilter University on November 7, 2020! Do not miss this meeting where our talented members will be demonstrating on trend techniques. You will be sure to pick up a new skill and even learn something new.
Laura Heine Collage Rooster Tutorial with Sarah Sass
Have you ever wondered how to make a collage quilt by Laura Heine? Time to dust off those unopened Laura Heine patterns. Sarah will show you how fun and easy it really is.
Quilt Marking for Free Motion Quilting with Kelley Bachli
There are a lot of different quilt marking methods and products available for free motion quilting. Discover different techniques to use to get a variety of beautiful quilting motifs.
Rope Bowls with Candy Scott
Making rope bowls is my go to when I need a break from other projects, or just to relax. From coasters, to trivets, to rope bowls, etc., it is just fun. The best part, if you don’t like it, you can easily rip it apart and make something else. Just a zig zag stitch, thread, and rope no larger than 5/16” in diameter and you can make something unique. Great ready to have a little fun and create something different.
Curves with Patti Reyes
Are you afraid to sew curves? Whether its circles for a drunkards path quilt or curved piecing for an improv quilt. Patti will show you just how easy it is to sew beautiful curves.
So watch your emails for the Zoom Codes for November–you won’t want to miss this one!
Judy Racine, one of our members shared this information with us about other ways to keep up with quilting during this pandemic time:
Though not Zoom-based, per se, the pandemic has opened my eyes to the amazing classes available on-line. My husband bought me a Bluprint subscription for my birthday in March. (It’s now back to being called Craftsy). But, for $49 a year, I have access to all kinds of great on-line quilting and sewing classes to say nothing of the myriad of other subjects offered. I can now say I’ve taken classes from Jacquie Gering and Joe Cunningham – he has been my favorite so far. I love his sense of humor and free-wheeling approach. I’m working on his “Rock The Block – Album Style” and right now it looks like a hot mess but I have ideas for the next one…. there’s always the next one, right?
Show and Share
Quilt Name: Colorado Summer
Quilt Maker: Judy Racine
Quilter’s Statement: I hadn’t sewn curves before and I think I got the hang of it by the time I was done! I can tell which curves were done earlier rather than later! the other thing I tried on this one was a quilt-as-you go method, then just stitched in the ditch around each square to attach the back. The pattern is Alison Glass’ “Lily”, but I call it “Colorado Summer” as I’m very anxious to spend my summers there, hopefully starting next summer. The back is a 108″ digital print by Hoffman called “Mystic Meadow.” (See below for the back.)
Quilt Name: 2016-2020: Fractured
Quilt Maker: Judy Racine
Dimensions: 63” x 63”
Quilter’s Statement: I submitted this quilt for our “Red White and Blue” blog postings. But, there’s more to the story of that quilt. I used wool batting (Mountain Mist) for this first time without reading any on-line reviews. As I was sewing I noticed the quilt was fuzzy but thought it was just external fibers. The quilt was bearding horribly, most noticeable on that black backing. I tried washing and drying it and it went from fuzzy to matted fur. I took it all apart, used my cheap 80/20 batting that I had extra of and just got it put all back together. The upside: I learned to check reviews for batting or take personal recommendations, and – I didn’t have to mark the quilt the second time around! I continue to say that I learn something new with every quilt.
(We apologize to Judy for inadvertently leaving her off Show and Share on Saturday.)
Quilt Name: Bug Jars
Quilt Maker: Lynn Hanna
Quilter’s Statement: I started this quilt about 15 years ago. As a beginning quilter, I didn’t know how to “snowball” the corners of the jars. So, I did numerous mathematical calculations to figure out the correct size for each jar’s triangle to complete the corners. No two jars are the same size, and each jar had a slightly different angle to the triangle, although it’s not really noticeable with the finished quilt. I definitely know a better, easier way now! This had been in the closet to finish someday. COVID 19 is that day, so although my boys are long moved out of the house, it’s now ready for their bed!
Quilter: Laura Greene
Quilter’s Statement: This is in process. I took an online class, stitching and cutting and sewing those wedges onto background fabric. It’s intended for a wedding gift so I can’t reveal too much more at this point.
Quilt Maker: Patti Reyes
Quilter’s Statement: When firemen go to fight a fire, they pick up T-shirts for the fires or for the area where they were assigned. I volunteered to make a T-shirt quilt for a friend of mine, a firefighter. Some of those T-shirts are from fires local to our area. We really appreciate our firefighters–if you know one of them, offer to make them a quilt!
We’d love to see your projects and your completed quilts. Please send an email to the Guild address (email@example.com) and put SHOW AND SHARE in the subject line. Send us high quality photographs, with a straight-on-shot of the quilt. Laying them on the floor or a bed isn’t the best; please tape them to the wall, or clip/pin them to a fence, or grab someone in your neighborhood to hold the quilt for you, and make sure the quilt is in good lighting. Please also include:
Deadline for showing at our Guild meetings is the Wednesday before the meeting, so for November, please send your quilts (with SHOW AND SHARE in the subject line) by November 4th.
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Have you noticed the new times on our Zoom Code invitations? We are now starting our Zoom Meetings at 1:30 p.m. — thirty minutes before the official start time of our IEMQG Guild. That’s a time for you to show up, show off the quilt hanging behind your head, catch up on the news and see your friends, all before we begin our meetings at 2:00 p.m. And if you haven’t put our meetings on your schedule, here’s a listing for you!
We’re working to get the Member Roster online, behind a password, as well as to get a PayPal button for Membership Renewal. Watch for this, coming soon!
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See you all in November!