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June 2021 Guild Meeting

The Guild had the pleasure of having David Owen Hastings as our guest speaker for the June meeting. His lecture was entitled, “Minimal Design, Maximum Impact”.

A little about David’s history: David lives in Sequim, Washington, he was the 2020 President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, he’s a quilter, graphic designer, and a print and textile artist. His modern aesthetic is by far minimalism.

PART I – HISTORY OF MODERN QUILTING: David provided the definition of Modern Quilting as bold, simple designs; high contrast areas; expansive use of negative space; and large scale minimalism. He provided several examples of early influences and influencers such as Amish Quilts, Quilts of Gee’s Bend, Gwen Marston, Nancy Crow, Yoshiko Jinzenji, Denyse Schmidt, Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle, the Flickr group: Fresh Modern Quilts, and the founders of the MQG, Alissa Haight Carlton and Latifah Saafir.

PART II – INSPIRATION: David introduced us to three (3) modern quilters who have inspired him – Carson Converse, Erick Wolfmeyer and Pamela Wiley.

PART III – PROCESS: David’s recipe for successful minimalism are elegantly sophisticated, variations on a theme, simple, bold palette and quietly impactful. Dave ended with design concepts to keep in mind: spare, simple compositions for a clean, modern look. He said something that we need to hear at times, “when in doubt, take it out” to achieve your modern design concept.

David provided an overview of his lectures and workshops. There are some links below on how to join a few of them.


Happy Birthday IEMQG

The guild celebrated it’s 5th birthday! Members wore their party hats (even David) in commemoration! We had the honor of having our founding President and current member, Michele Nichols, take us down memory lane with her presentation entitled, “How the IEMQG was Born”. Thank you Michele!! (see the website for a blog post dedicated to Michele’s presentation).


JUNE 12TH WORKSHOP: There are still 6 spots available for David Owen Hastings workshop “Mini Mid-Mod Quilts” on Saturday, June 12th from 2pm – 5 pm. Contact Laura Greene for details.

MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch, show and shares, a chair and join in with friends at Shamel Park, Riverside. Please note there may be a location change to the Casa Blanca Library. If this changes, you will be notified at the next meeting and/or via email.

SURVEY: A survey was emailed to all members last week. Please complete by Thursday, June 10th. Results will be revealed at our next guild meeting in July.

RETREAT: The November 8th – 10th retreat at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula is full. If you’d like to be placed on the wait list, please contact Barbara Mathews.

***Links as referenced in David Owen Hastings’ lecture for future reference:***


Souls Grown Deep Foundation — Gees Bend Quilters

Flickr – Fresh Modern Quilts

Book – Modern Quilts, Designs of the New Century


Carson Converse

Carson Converse at Quilt National (youtube)

Erick Wolfmeyer

Seven Quilts by Erick Wolfmeyer: gallery walk through (youtube)

Pamela Wiley

Pamela Wiley with West Elm (youtube)


David Owen Hastings — Open Enrollment Workshops & Lectures

David Owen Hastings — Instagram


Northwind Art

Minnesota Quilters Show (search for “Hastings”)

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

See you next month!!