Blog · Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild

January 2022 Happenings

  • Be sure to Join us Saturday January 8th, at 2:00 p.m.
    • Attend Member University – Patti Reyes will show us several ways to “Put Words on Quilts.”
    • Watch Laura Hartrich make pieced letter blocks for her quilts
    • Send us your 2021 quilts finishes for Show and Share!

Get to Know Our 2022 Board of Directors


I am so excited to be your new IEMQG President and to introduce myself to you all. I have been married to my Australian Husband, Alan, for 21 years. We have 4 children, 4 grandchildren and our cat, Roxi, who often joins me on Zoom.

When I was 8, My mother taught me to sew skirts, dresses and ice skating outfits. As an adult I became an accounting and human resources manager for a chain of retail clothing stores. With at least 6 master tailors available to me, I had no need to sew. When I retired and moved to Palm Desert, CA, I joined a community quilting group and found quilting to be way more fun than making clothes. I found “my people” and never looked back. The friends I have made in the quilting community have changed my life. Without Zoom, I would have dearly missed you all during the pandemic.

With nearly 2 years of this roller coaster pandemic behind us, IEMQG will continue to hold Zoom meetings and workshops until it is safe to set up hybrid meetings (zoom and in-person combined). Additionally we will strive to have safe monthly get-togethers whether we meet at upcoming quilt shows or meet ‘n eat at local parks. We want to stay as connected as possible while staying safe and healthy. We have booked our next quilt retreat for November 7th-10th, 2022, at Vina de Lestonnac and we’ll be sure to let you know when we start taking reservations.

With Covid still hanging around, No one knows what 2022 will bring us, so we’ll remain flexible, find our path forward, and expand our friendships while we build our modern quilting skills and knowledge.

Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you soon.


My Husband, Brian, and I, my 30 year old son Allu, and 27 year old daughter, Heather, love the outdoors. We ski, run, hike, camp, swim and travel. I recently retired from a 38 year career in teaching and now have more time to enjoy my family, my outdoor hobbies and of course my quilting.

In my career I worked to be a good listener and collaborator to build community among my students. As VP of Programs for a second year I hope to do the same for my IEMQG quilters.

I look forward to working with all of you to provide fun and informative IEMQG meetings and activities. As a founding IEMQG member I have been fortunate to serve as President, Secretary, and Committee Chairperson in several areas. As a quilter, I’ve worked to promote volunteerism since 1990. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts for making your IEMQG experience the best that it can be.


I am thrilled to volunteer as the IEMQG Communications VP. I joined the Guild in 2019, and have made so many new quilty friends. I am a retired civil engineer with a masters degree in business and a current emphasis on “retired“. I love scrappy quilts and bright bold colors and absolutely love exploring different quilting styles. I live in Bermuda Dunes, CA with my husband, Bobby and our beloved dog Rocky. We have 4 adult children and a granddaughter who all live nearby and seem to get most of my quilts. I look forward to keeping you informed on all things IEMQG in 2022. Please let me know if I can help improve your IEMQG experience.


I shouldn’t of had that glass of wine at the last Zoom “Drop-in Sew” because now I’m the treasurer again. In all truthfulness, now that I am retired as of October 2021, I have the time and energy to participate with much enthusiasm! My Husband, Mike and I have been married for 17 years, We have 4 adult children and 9 grandchildren. By the way Mike is our unofficial guild photographer. Retirement is great for my productivity. I’ve recently finished a quilt and am half way through a second one. I’ve also made over 300 hundred masks including quite a few for the City of Ontario Police Department. As a founding member of the guild, I have served as President, Treasurer, and Membership Chairperson. I love being a member of the IEMQG and I look forward for having a more active role in 2022.


I have enjoyed quilting since I retired eight years ago. I think of fabric and quilting techniques as the medium for my art. I am drawn to modern quilts, especially the improvisational, free form aspects, as well as art quilts. I have been an IEMQG member since the very first meeting at the Garcia Center in San Bernardino. As a matter of fact, I was partly responsible for selecting that unpopular location as well a the gray fabric for our very first challenge.

I started my elementary teaching career in Australia, then worked twenty years at the Orange County Outdoor Science School where I met my wife of 42 years, Tricia. When we decided to start a family, I moved to the classroom. Our two boys have grown into wonderful caring and kind young men. One is a fine artist the other is a musician. I am very proud of them.

I enjoy traveling, turquoise blue, geology, and hot fudge sundaes. Debi Gardner and I are job sharing the secretary position. This will give me more time to travel when the pandemic resides.


I am pleased to volunteer as Co-Secretary with Lynn Hanna. I joined the IEMQG at the first ever guild meeting and have loved every minute of membership . I live in Redlands and have two grown daughters, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. I look forward to keeping updated on all that goes on in our monthly meetings.