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August 2020 General Meeting, via Zoom

Our program for our August Zoom meeting was: “My Best Binding” presented by Laura Greene. The program covered tips and techniques for perfecting bindings for judging. The techniques include continuous binding, bias-grain, flange binding, and back facing. Laura made us a PDF handout, which you can download as a PDF file:

Tool Time: September IEQMG Program
Our IEMQG Regular Meeting for September will be discussions of your favorite tool for quilting. We all have favorite devices for sewing that assist in more effective and efficient work. We all have ways that we use our favorite implements. Is your quilting tool a common one or a specific one or an unusual one? Our program will consist of sharing our favorite and important tools that we use while creating our quilts. Please send in a picture and short description of your favorite tool that you use. 
Take a picture of your important quilting tool and then type a description of how it is important. Include your name, the tool’s name, how it is used, why it is so important, and any variations that may make it versatile. Then post it on an email to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com with the subject line, “tool time.” Please send images by September 3, 2020.

Early in 2020

One of the sweet joys of getting together at our Guild Meetings is to talk about our lives, share successes and sorrows, and just catch up with each other. During this quarantine time, we’d like to try to replicate that by exploring some topics on our blog with you. We are hoping you might like to participate by writing us an email with some of your thoughts about the topic we’ll post. The full listing of themes and topics are found at the end of this post. Open up your email and shoot us a few lines, as we’d like to hear what you think, our friends and fellow quilters. Thanks!

And now…our Show and Share from our recent meeting!

We also had a large showing of quilts this time for Show and Share, all of which follow. Thank you to all who sent in photographs and remembered to send your details, too!

Quilt Maker: Lynn Hanna
Quilt Title: Summer Flutters By
Quilt Details: I wanted to use only scraps and make a curved wedge improv piece. This is what happened. The background pieces and the pale turquoise were from larger pieces, but everything else was tiny bits the probably could have gone in the trash. Maybe I should have called it “From Trash to Treasure?”

Quilt Maker: Sharon Berg
Quilt Title: Bird House Swap
Quilt Size: 55-1/2″ square.
Quilt Details: This was a Pass Patchers Quilt Guild June 2017 swap that I long arm quilted this in June 2020.   

Quilt Maker: Sharon Berg
Quilt Title: Summer Sherbert Float
Quilt Size: 66″ by 80″
Quilt Details: I just finished piecing this in June-July 2020. This was inspired by my favorite treat when my thirty something children were born in the hot months of July and August. This was the first time I used a layer cake.   

Quilt Maker: Sharon Berg
Quilt Title: Back, White AND RED
Quilt Size: 54″ by 70″
Quilt Details: This was a Pass Patchers Quilt Guild June 2020. This measures 54″by 70″  using my stash. I always wanted to make a quilt of these colors…opportunity called.

Quilt Maker: Gayle Bennett
Quilt Title: The Zombie Quilt
Quilt Size: 44 inches wide by 48 long.
Quilt Details: This was quilted using the chevron design from Jacquie Gering’s Walk Book. It incorporates reverse stitching.

Quilter: Kim Wingert
Quilt Size: 84 inches square–I had trouble finding a place to hang it! 
Quilt Details: I saw this in a magazine a few years ago and wanted to try working with only triangles. It was 2” too big for my long arm, so it was quilted by Carla Oreskovich. 

Quilter: Debi Gardner
Quilt Title: Nola Weaving

I showed the image of a weaving at the New Orleans Museum of Art at our Zoom Guild meeting, where fibers were dyed with Mississippi River silt at different tides and seasons. This is my interpretation of that piece, and it was made for the Desert Guilds quilt show “Out of the Box” challenge in 2020.

Quilter: Sarah Sass
Quilt Details: This quilt I made from the AGF line Dew and Moss and was made using the pattern Gnomsville which I downloaded from the AGF website. I quilted it using the pattern Oleander. I’m especially proud of this quilt because Art Gallery Fabrics shared it on their website. Sarah is one of our newest members, and is a long arm quilter who is open for business!

Full listing of Topics — We want to hear from you!! Please send your thoughts to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com There are two for each month throughout the rest of this year, so if you can’t write about one, maybe you can write about the other. They will publish mid-month, so that means we only have two weeks until the first questions. Please submit!

  • [AUGUST] Did you register for QuiltCon Together?  What classes did you go for?  What are you looking forward to?  What concerns do you have about a distanced QuiltCon?  Did you register for Road to California?  What concerns do you have for that show?
  • [AUGUST] How many of you know someone, or been affected directly by Covid-19, either through the virus itself, or if you are a part of the medical profession, or work in education, or other Essential Services?
  • [SEPTEMBER] How has your fabric shopping changed since Covid-10 hit?  Do you do more online shopping?
  • [SEPTEMBER] Has it been harder or easier to sew since the quarantine?  Both? Neither? In what way?
  • [OCTOBER] What Zoom classes have you taken?  How did the Zoom class work for you?  What were some of the advantages?  Disadvantages?
  • [OCTOBER] What Zoom Guild Meetings have you attended?  What were the highlights?  What were the things that were tiresome?
  • [NOVEMBER] What do you miss most about your “other, normal” life?  Travel?  Idle browsing in Target?  Going out in the car to see whoever you wanted, whenever you wanted?
  • [DECEMBER] What has been the best part of this quarantine?  What life lessons have you learned?  What surprising gifts have come your way, due to the shut-down? What will you NOT pick up again when this is all over?  
  • [JANUARY] Have you made a Covid-19 quilt?  If so, send photos?  Have you seen an interesting Covid-19 quilt?  Again, send photos, and the source. Since this one is in January, maybe you want to start a quilt that depicts this time in our lives? Some ideas are to make a quilt with words (social distancing, flatten the curve, etc.), or one that has elements of the virus’ shape (see below). Maybe you have your own feeling about this time, and want to express in a non-traditional quilt. Look forward to January, when we talk about, and maybe see, quilts from the covid-era.

Free downloadable pattern by Becky Goldsmith, of Piece o’ Cake Designs.

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Final Tri-color post for July 2020

MEETING REMINDER: We’ll see you on Zoom, this Saturday, August 1st. Our Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild Meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Zoom codes have already been sent out. Please check your email boxes for the letter.

Be sure to submit any quilts you’ve been working on for our Show and Share for this coming Saturday’s Guild Meeting Please watch your emails for the Zoom code, and join in with us. Deadline for your Show and Share submission is this Wednesday, July 29th to the Guild’s email: iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

Some years ago an incredible display of red and white quilts was held in the Armory Building in New York. The occasion? A birthday gift, from a husband to a wife. She had collected over 800 red and white quilts, and her birthday wish was to see them all at one time. Above is a view of all the quilts, gathered from many years of collecting.

Lest you think they were all only traditional quilts, this one (above) was included–a modern-looking quilt, using stripes and squares to good effect.

Another one tha looks difficult, until you realize the difference a small block makes at the corner of a square (red block on white square, and visa-versa).

Quilt Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond
Quilt Title: Red, White and Blue
Quilt Statement: Some years ago, I participated in a group where we each designed a block, with no size restriction. I challenged myself to put the blocks together in a non-traditional way, making use of smaller sawtooth stars, strips of triangles, and odd-shaped rectangles, and using a red/white toile.

Quilt Maker: Helen Matter
Quilt Title: Freedom!
Quilt Size: 14 1/2″ X 35″
Quilt Details: Gudrun Erla (GEQuiltDesigns) Lil’ Kim table runner. I also have had this charm pack for a long time, and I wanted to make something fun for the 4th of July.  Gudrun’s design was easy, and it was fun to put together!

Quilt (Top) Maker: Candy Scott
Quilt Details: Candy writes that this is quilt for a friend’s newest grandson, and the backing will be LA Dodgers fabric if she has enough left over from face masks.

For your information, the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild Board’s Zoom Meeting minutes, from our meeting on Monday, July 20, have been published. You can find them clicking on the Tab at the top of this blog. Many thanks to our new secretary, Lynn Hanna!

Thank you all for your submissions to our Red, White and Blue Festival!

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Before we start with the Parade of Red, White, Blue, etc., we thought we’d start off with a message from our President, Gayle:

Zoom through the second half of 2020 with us!
At our recent board meeting, via Zoom, we made the call that most organizations have.  For the remainder of this year we will not plan any in person meetings.  At this time Riverside City Libraries haven’t determined when they will open or when they will be providing space for group gatherings.   We hold out a small hope that we might be able to plan something for December since our holiday meeting/party has always been a guild favorite, but that will remain to be seen.

Zoom Guild Meetings are scheduled as follows: 
• August 1, 2020 Zoom Meeting 2 pm to 4 pm
• September 5, 2020 Zoom Meeting 2 pm to 4 pm
• October 3, 2020 Zoom Meeting 2 pm to 4 pm 
• November 7, 2020 Zoom Meeting 2 pm to 4 pm
• December 5, 2020 Zoom Meeting 2 pm to 4 pm.

Zoom is EASY to use!  Simply click on the link provided in your email invitation.  You may be asked to do a quick download for the Zoom application.  If you would like to try out Zoom and check your camera and microphone settings prior to a monthly meeting please contact me and I will arrange a brief practice Zoom with you.  Zoom offers thirty minutes for free and I’m happy to plan a day and time, send you the invite, and help you become familiar with the process.  Please keep in mind that I’m still a Zoom beginner myself and my technical skills are in development, although I’m pretty confident I can walk you through the basics necessary to join in for our guild meetings.

Our access to Zoom for meetings is provided as part of our membership with National MQG along with other resources such as free patterns and webinars, that are especially nice during this time.  If you haven’t spent time on the national website ( www.themodernquiltguild.com ) we highly recommend it!  Your membership with IEMQG includes membership there. The Opportunity Quilt is in my possession (perks of being the President!) and I’m in the process of binding and adding a hanging sleeve to finish it up. Once complete I’ll put our dedicated guild photographer (my husband, Mike, of course) to work.   We have scouted a great location to create some photographs worthy of the quilt.  The sale of raffle tickets for the Opportunity Quilt will launch the first of the year when we should have venues available for ticket sales.

See you on Zoom!
Gayle, President, IEMQG

For this post, we scooped up some red, white and blue quilts from all over, and included creations from our own Guild members. We have one more post featuring these colors, in any combination or parts of combination, so if you something to share, please send it to the guild email: iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com and include the following:

Quilter: Kelley Bachli
Quilt Description: a collection of small blocks at this point.

She writes: These cute flag blocks measure 7″ x 3 1/2″ each and were made by different members of my quilting bee, the Gridsters.  Our bee consists of an impressive group quilters from all over the United States and for my month as “Queen Bee” I chose the American Flag block. These are the 24 flag blocks I’ve received so far, but as my month as Queen Bee continues, more will be coming in the mail (oh happy day, getting quilt blocks in the mail!).  Once I have received them all I will begin assembling into a quilt. I adapted this block from Pat Sloan’s pattern, “Grand Ole Flag.” There is a free tutorial on her webpage (https://patsloan.typepad.com/files/pat-sloan-grand-ole-flag-bonus-pattern-directions.pdf).

Maker: Unknown, but from our Guild
Quilt Design: a series of crosses made from piecing and sashing.

used with permission

Quilter: Tina Curren (Glendale Quilt Guild)
Quilt: Flag Quilt #4, wall quilt
In correspondence with Tina after seeing her work, she graciously allowed us to post this here for inspiration for us modern types. Her patterns can be found on ETSY.

used with permission

We include a quilt from Thelma Childers, who every month has a parade of quilts, as she changes them out around her home. As award winner, she precision pieces her tops, but has them sent out for quilting. I thought this example of a zillion triangles worth having in our show here on the website. Her blog is Cupcakes and Daisies, and while more traditional, has pristine gems such as this one.

Maker: Mary Lousia Shultz, Pennsylvania
Quilt was hung in the DAR Museum in Washington, D.C. and is a quilt from 1898, and is inspired by the ten-week Spanish-American War (fought off the coast of Cuba). Several quilts in this exact design survive, suggesting a pattern that may have been printed in a nationally distributed media outlet.

used with permission

Quilters: Stephanie and Abby of Empty Spools (Instagram)
Quilt Title: AmeriCone Dream

Makers Statement: AmeriCone Dream (named after Stephen Colbert’s Ben and Jerry’s ice cream) was made in June 2015. Blue and red are squared elements by Art Gallery Fabrics. This was made using the Kaleidoscope Ruler.

This is a quilt from the collection of Ken Burns, the American filmmaker and documentarian. His comments are just below the quilt, above.

Announcements

Don’t forget to register on Wednesday for QuiltCon Together 2021. Information can be found in the email sent to your inboxes from the national The Modern Quilt Guild. Their website and catalog also have lots of information.

We are looking for your Strawberry Blocks! If you participated in the Modern Quilt Guild’s Monthly Block making, get them ready to send it for our Show and Share, coming up August 1st. Send in your photos of your blocks, or quilts you may want to have shown at Show and Share. Deadline for sending in photos to our email (iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com) is listed to your right, in the calendar (July 29).

Our next board meeting will be held January 20th, via Zoom. Notice how we are all dressed up in red, white and blue with our tiaras and sashes. If you wish to be included, please send an email to our new secretary, Lyn Hanna at our guild email (email address is listed at the top of this post).

We have one more Red, White and Blue post, coming up on July 27th. If you have a quilt that uses any of those colors, in any combination, please send them to our guild email. Thanks.

Block of the Month · Quilts from our Members

Can you say Red? White? Blue?

We’re excited to have some more quilts to share with you. We asked for redwhiteblue, or red or white or blue, or any combination of these colors, and it’s been fun to see them come in. They do not have to be patriotic, and we also encouraged you to send in photos of bags, totes, zip cases — in other words — small makes in these colors would be fun to see, too.

Small Make Title: Mini Double-Pocket Bag
Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond

Elizabeth writes: I was perfecting my new pattern for the Mini Double-Pocket Bag, and thought about our RWB makes on this blog. And after the sheep baa-ed at me, I knew I had to use these fabrics. Red, white and blue is always cheery.

Maker: Laura Greene
Quilt Title: Symbol of Freedom
Dimensions: 24″ × 72″
Machine Pieced and Quilted in March 2020

I wanted a quilt that would fit my wall space. It needed to be simple yet modern. I marked the eagle and hearts on meltaway stabilizer on the back use free -motion quilting. I used stencils and a frixion pen to mark the red and white stripes for quilting.

Maker: Debi Gardner
Title: Red, white, and blue table runner

I made this for the top of my buffet. The pattern is in a quilting magazine. I can’t remember which one, though. [Note: This is the Arrow Points quilt block by Nancy Page, 1920-1940.]

Quilt name: Chuck’s Quilt
Quilt Maker: Pat Klassen
Size: 20″ x 32″
My son has a cat named Chuck who sleeps on his pillow every day which was taking a toll on his pillow. So I had these scraps of War planes and patriotic fabric and turned it into a wonderful little quilt Chuck could sleep on.

Quilt Title: Azulejos
Quilt Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond
Quilt by: Cathy Kreter
Dimension: 63″ x 76″

This quilt is based on a tile seen in Lisbon, Portugal, when we visited a couple of years ago.

This last quilt was added in to show you that your quilt doesn’t have to be a patriotic quilt, or even an equal mix of the three colors. Send us your quilts with red, white, blue, or any mix or combo of the three hues.

Housekeeping: We’ve posted the newest Board Minutes up on the Minutes Tab, above. And our VPs of Programs were able to get more Zoom Meeting Dates for us for the rest of this year. They will show on the right in Calendar, but please do mark them on your calendars:

• Saturday, August 1 (submit your Show and Shares by July 29th, to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com) In addition, please submit photos of your MQGuild Block of the Month Strawberry Blocks. (see info below)
• Saturday, September 5
• Saturday, October 3
• Saturday, November 7
• Saturday, December 5 — our Christmas party
Please submit your Show and Shares by the Wednesday before the meeting.

We’d like to encourage you to take advantage of the resources available on the national Modern Quilt Guild website, so to do that, we’re asking you to create a Block of the Month along with them. Laura writes that the July Block of the Month comes from The Modern Quilt Guild website, and was highlighted during our meeting. The strawberry block pattern, which was designed by Sarah Flynn, can be downloaded from the Modern Quilt Guild, after you log on as a member. Here are some of her creations:

And now for two creations from our guild:

Michelle Nicols, one of our members, is well on her way to making this table mat.
Inspired by Nicole, Laura made a table runner of strawberry blocks.

Head over to the Modern Quilt Guild national site, log on and download your free pattern. Send photos of your blocks to our guild email, and at our meeting in August, Laura will coordinate a slide show of strawberry block creations.

from here

Since next week is a holiday weekend, we’ll be taking a break with our next post on July 13, 2020. We hope you have a great 4th of July! Wear your quilty masks! Practice physical distancing! Enjoy some time celebrating our country’s Day of Independence! And submit your REDWHITEBLUE makes and quilts! The show continues through the month of July.

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RedWhiteBlue and Other Quilts

We are happy to show you a couple more quilts, plus a couple of small things, all done up in red, white, blue, or any combination. We know you all have a red and white, or a blue and white quilt out there! Send them in to our email (iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com), along with the following:

It’s also okay to send in photos of bags, or small makes: the more, the merrier! Please use good lighting, and send in a photo of larger size. We also need your name. We had a great red and white quilt that came in, but there was no name or information given. Okay, on with the show of RWB, and after that, a couple more Show and Share quilts from our last meeting.

Title:  QOV Quarantine Spring, 2020
Maker:  Candy Scott
Quilted by:  Sarah (no idea her full time)
Dimensions:  66×84
Pattern:  Fat Quarter Pile Up
Made using primarily fabrics from my stash, this is for our community Veteran’s Club QOV Program.  Has not yet been bound.  It will be a “normal binding” not faced binding as it now shows without any binding. 

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Quilt Maker: Debi Gardner
Quilt Size: Lap or large wall hanging
Quilt Details: This is a combination of a couple different patterns. My daughter wanted a flag quilt. I combined a pattern in a magazine with some ideas from Pinterest and a lot of bits and pieces of patriotic scraps. 

Quilt Title: Leisa’s Teeny Tiny Flag Quilt
Quilt Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond
Quilt size: 5″ x 7″
Quilt Details: This is one is a series of small quilts she has made. This particular quilt was brought to a friend who was undergoing chemo in the hospital in 2019, as it was small and could decorate her room without being in the way. Directions for how to make this can be found in a downloadable PDF pattern on her blog.

This is also from Elizabeth Eastmond, a bigger version of her tiny quilt above. This one is 8″ x 10″ and is made with a sleeve on the back to slip over a dimestore frame. A downloadable PDF pattern can be found here.

Quilt Title: Retired
Quilt Maker: Laura Greene
Quilt Size: wallhanging
My quilt represents my 38 years of teaching kindergarten through 8th grades. When teaching I had many things to concentrate on, so I drew them and appliqued them onto my hair. In the hands I placed an apple and a diploma as a gift of education that I have given to many children. The eight schools where I worked are photographed onto fabric. I also placed girls of different ethnicities and a variety of ethnic fabric to display the variety of students I taught. I’m proud to have positively touched the lives of many children.

Quilt Title (Working Title): Caterpillar Quilt
Quilt Maker: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt Size: Large wall quilt
Original design: I started with Sew Kind of Wonderful’s Chic Kisses Quilt Pattern, but soon tired of all those pickle dish segments, so branched out on my own. I made pinwheels to augment the block design, and added a vine going up the side. And that’s why I call it the Caterpillar Quilt.

Quilt Working Title: Covid 1
Quilter: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt size: not known
The impetus for this was a challenge to use bit and pieces in our quilt. After a while, I decided it needed a pattern, so I used a 30-degree triangle ruler to give it some definition. I call these “mountains.”

Working Title: Covid 2
Quilt Maker: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt size: unknown
This was one of those UFOs I decided I had to do something with. So I did a lot of cutting and sewing and using up of orphan blocks to get this one to completion.

Working Quilt Title: Covid 3
Quilt Maker: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt Size: unknown
I had some Marcia Derse fabric, and decided to use it as the background for a whole lot of churn dash blocks. I sent this photo up to her, and she wrote back enthusiastically praising my choices. Covid quarantine forces us to use up our stash, with fun outcomes!

Please click to download our Meeting Minutes from June 13, 2020:

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Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!

Or the red. Or the white. Or the blue. Or the red and white, blue and white, red and blue. Or the patriotic, or any quilt with a combination of these three colors, any shade, tint or hue predominating. Since yesterday, June 14th, was Flag Day — and July 4th is coming up — we thought it would be fun to have a parade of quilts using these colors. For information about submitting, see the end of this post.

Quilt Title: 2016-2020: Fractured
Quilter: Judy Racine
Dimensions: 63” x 63”
This is based on the Libs Elliott “Just Like Heaven” Pattern. I altered it in a couple ways to suit my taste: I changed out square designs to create a more underlying cohesion and eliminated one of the color values to suit me.What I learned from this quilt: don’t use Mountain Mist wool batting. The bearding is horrible. I used left over scraps for the back. 

2016-2020: Fractured, reverse
Betsy’s Creation

Quilt Title: Betsy’s Creation
Quilt Maker: Elizabeth Eastmond
Quilt Info: 72″ by 86
I’d always wanted a flag quilt, and one bright day I cut up a lot of red, white, blue and put it together. But why stop there? I made up a tip sheet of how I constructed my quilt, and put it for free on my website. I think, from start to finish, I did the top in just under two days. And then I had four blocks leftover, so I took an extra day to make a small quilt to hang in our hallway at home (see below).

Link to free pattern sheet and more photos. Why is it called Betsy’s Creation? Well, because of the Betsy Ross, legend, of course, and also because my childhood nickname was Betsy.

Since we are dark in July (our meeting falls on the July 4th holiday), if you have other Show and Share quilts you’d like us to see, please also send them along to our email, along with quilt details. We had a series of quilts shown at our Zoom meeting on Saturday, and we’d like to share some of them with you. Not all are here, as we are awaiting the quilt details from their makers.

Working title: Chaos 2020
Quilt Maker: Debbi LoCicero
Dimensions: 36” x 48” vertical wall hanging 
Based on a string pieced block intersected with white pick up stix in various locations

I took a class over 20 years ago, never finished more than 2 blocks that didn’t look anything like these.  When I couldn’t figure out what the original block was, I just started piecing strips together until I had a new “piece of fabric” and then cut that into 7” blocks. I liked a pick-up stix block we recently made as a group for a charity quilt and decided to intersect my blocks with various tone on tone white fabrics. I like the orderly disorder that resulted.  I will try to machine quilt this wall hanging because it’s small enough…I’m really more of a piecer than “quilter.”

Quilt Title: Shapes of Water
Quilter: Lynn Hanna
Quilt Dimensions: 20” x 40”
Original design

It was a grey winter day in Yosemite when I took a photo of the creek.  I abstracted some of the shapes the water made as it tumbled over the flat, rounded rocks.  I reversed and flipped the shapes, repeated in both light and dark and dark and light, and assembled them like a cascading river.  To make the water, I used some hand dyed fabric I colored when I was experimenting with making  value range gradations from one dye bath. (The background is Kona Silver).  I quilted flat rock and water shapes and abstract trees along the banks.  I used a neutral thread so the complex quilting designs are subtle, hopefully drawing the viewer in for a closer look.

Quilt Title: Forced Change
Quilter: Lynn Hanna
Dimensions: About 42” x 56”
Original design

At QuiltCon in Austin this February, I signed up for a color class.  I came with my red violet fabrics in a variety of shades, tints, and tones, along with the opposite lime green zingers.  I was really looking forward to the color class.  When I walked in, I realized I had made a mistake somewhere.  I had signed up for an improvisation class, not something I would have done, had I been paying better attention.  So I went with it, and basically made purple improv fabric.  When I got home, I decided to cut it up and do something with it.  This is the result.

Our world was just moving along, a fairly regular and predictable pattern to everyone’s lives, until COVID-19 arrived.  The virus, my yellow-green zinger fabric,  started to affect plans and alter our interactions.  Then came the stay-at-home orders.  A fear of infection as well as the effort to prevent neighbors illnesses kept me home.  Our entire world took a drastic left turn, and social norms as we knew them will be changed.  There is chaos as we work to establish new patterns and move forward with the virus becoming a part of our lives.

Quilt Title: A Purposeful End
Maker: Lynn Hanna
Diameter roughly 25”
Original design by Lynn Hanna

This was a personal challenge.  I wanted to make curved wedges with curved crossway elements into an organic tree stump shape that, when pieced together, would be flat, and look like a tree stump.  I figured it out and I did it!

The title comes from contemplation about why I quilt.  At the end of the children’s book,  The Giving Tree, the stump is for sitting.  COVID-19 has spurred thoughts about “the end.”  What will become of this tree stump, a technical exercise.  Will it become a wall decoration?  A table covering?  And what of my other quilts?  What will happen to them in the end?  Why do I make them?  These were some of my  thoughts as I worked on this quilt.

Just for interest sake, I have sold this quilt, so it’s no longer an issue swirling in my brain.  Lighter, happier musings have taken over today because now I have money to fund my fabric infatuation.

If you have a quilt to share, please email it to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com along with the usual:

Don’t let your lack of info stop you, as you can approximate the size by saying, wallhanging, or twin size, etc. But we do want to hear about your quilt!

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2020 Guild Challenge: Urban

Thanks to everyone who entered our 2020 Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild Challenge. We had the theme of Urban, the requirement to use a minimum of 4″ of blue fabric (we handed out the swatch), and the size restriction of the longest side measuring 24 inches. We’ve gathered them all together; they are presented in alphabetical order. All dimensions are listed width by heighth.
The winners of the Participation Prize (random drawing) and the Board Choice Prize are listed at the end, as we wanted you to enjoy the show first.

Quilt Title:  Sidewalk. With Gum.
Quilter: Gayle Bennett
Dimensions: 23 1/2″ x 23 1/2″
Origin: Inspiration from the book Quilting Modern 
Inspired by the Jacquie Gering/Katie Pederson pattern for the Fiesta wall quilt in Quilting Modern as well as my view of sidewalks. From the green strip walkways of my neighborhood, to the miles of San Francisco pavement, and the cobblestones of my one (so far) European adventure the presence of gum blobs — apparently just spit out by a person onto the very path they are walking — has always puzzled me. Facing binding with my first attempt at mitered corners for that type of binding.  

Quilt Name/Title: MetaStructure/Metaesquema
Quilter’s full name: Elizabeth Eastmond
Dimensions 11″ wide by 16″ high

The Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, created a series of over 200 paintings from 1957-1958, titled Metaesquema, which roughly translates to Metastructure.  He was affiliated with the Concrete Movement, which stripped art from any lyrical or symbolic connotations, believing that art should have no meaning other than color, line, and plane.  When I think of urban spaces I think always of the grid, a favorite of mine, and for my challenge I wanted to emulate one of Oticica’s Metaesquemas in fabric.

Title: Urban Emissions
Quilter: Cassandra Gray
Dimensions: 23 1/2” x 22 3/4”
Origin: inspired by slide 12 from the original challenge post slideshow

I traced a copy of the slide showing the elevated train tracks shadow on the city street in Adobe Illustrator, generalizing it a bit and blowing up the vector artwork to 24” x 24”, which I had printed at Office Depot (tip: select blueprint printing for the cheapest option, especially if you don’t need color). I bought the closet color match to the Classic Blue from Pineapple Fabrics, along with a good medium gray and a dark navy blue. I cut out the pattern, used Steam-a-Seam and cut out the bridge and sandwiched and ironed the quilt top layers. I really wanted it to be stylized and dark, with the blue being a beacon – of hope, of escape, of whatever you need a beacon of. To me, it could be a bridge or a building – I honestly don’t think it matters. All quilting is with a walking foot – the gray is quilted with King Tut variegated ‘Obsidian’, which I think gives it a rusty, urban feel, and the blue swirls are a 12wt Wonderfil using Catherine Redford’s spiral walking foot technique. I realized that the instructions were to include the entire 4” square of Classic Blue, which really didn’t work with my design, but I think the as-close-as-I-could-get blue works great as the binding!

Quilt Title: Nashville
Quilters’ Name: Ruthann Elder
Dimension: 15 1/2″ by 18 1/2″
Origin of Quilt Design:  Original design

It was inspired by a building I saw in downtown Nashville while attending Quiltcon.  The way the lights in the building worked with the architecture, I found it inspiring and took a few photos.  This design was my second attempt to design a foundation paper piece pattern on my own.

Quilt Title: Urbanosity
Quilters’ Name: Debi Gardner
Dimension: 15 1/2″ x 19″
Origin of Quilt Design:  Original design

This quilt was inspired by some apartments in Mountain Grove shopping center in Redlands. They look like stacked boxes in gray, brown, red, and yellow. I put a Mondrian spin on them and added a graffiti wall in place of chain link.The matchstick quilting around the appliqued windows was kind of tedious, but I got the effect I wanted.

Quilt Name/Title: Suzhou Skyline
Dimensions: 24″ x 16″
Quilter’s full name: Laura Greene
Origin of Quilt Design: inspiration from Google Images

I have taught summer school at Suzhou International Language School in China for three summers. I love touring Tiger Hill Temple, Pingjiang Street, Humble Administrators Garden, Pants Building, West Lake, Grand Buddah, and Shanshan Temple.

Quilt Name:  Haves and Have Nots
Quilter’s Name: Lynn Hann
Dimensions:  18″ x 23 1/2″
Origin of Quilt Design:  Original design

I started planning this quilt by asking several people what images come to mind with the word, “urban.” People answered, busy buildings, noisy transportation, lights, and commotion.  When I asked my son, he told me that since Roman times, urban places are where wealthy people in power live in luxury while hoards of poor peasants crowd the small left over spaces to eke out a living.  On a recent jaunt to Los Angeles I observed just that:  whole streets, smelling of musty urine, crowded with tents, blankets, and bags of belongings, people huddled with empty bottles, trash, and their faces showing lines of stress and a sense of resignation to their plight. 

The narrow striped fabric in greys reminded me of tall modern buildings.  I used raw edged applique to show the tents and clutter jammed below the modern looking skyline.  The required blue challenge fabric is part of the homeless encampment.  I took liberties to include  politically incorrect stereotypes of white people walking below the tall buildings reaching to the daylight, and people of color huddled below the dark sky, living in makeshift spaces on the sidewalks, in order to emphasize the “Haves and Have Nots” theme.

Quilt Title: Once Upon A Time In East LA
Quilters’ Name: Pat Klassen
Dimension: 24″ x 16″
Origin of Quilt Design:  Original design

It’s an original design that was inspired by the graffiti  on  a passing freight train and walls in East L.A. All the materials were from my stash except the brick fabric.  The technique I used is collage without fusing that I learned many years ago. I love to tell stories using fabric motifs and adding small details like the lost cat poster and old tires. Thank you for this challenge as  I was in a “slump” and needed something to get me going again.

Quilt Title: LA Twilight
Quilter: Helen Matter
Quilt Dimension: 7 1/4” x 10 1/4”
Original Design

Royal blue is my all-time favorite color, and when I saw the swatch, it reminded me of my favorite sky—just after sunset when you can still see some colors and they blend into those beautiful blues before dark.  I struggled with putting together the small pieces, particularly LA City Hall. (I would appreciate some instruction about techniques!) But it was fun to try to achieve the look that was in my imagination.

The LA City Hall building has fascinated me since Marsha first called it the pointy building, which she just told me was from the Lohman and Barkley show on KFI radio!  Because of the city’s height restrictions, it was the tallest building in Los Angeles in 1928 when it was completed and remained so until 1964.  The building looks dwarfed in the LA skyline today (454 ft.).  The other buildings represented are the Wilshire Grand Center (1,100 ft.), the Aon Center (858 ft.), and the Bank of America Center (735 ft.).

Title: City Geese In the Clouds
Quilter: Jan Mills
Dimensions: 24 x 24 inches

The pieced buildings are from a very old magazine describing a different waty to make tumbling blocks. I added lace to indicate fancy moldings on old buildings. The clouds are trapunto and edged in white piping. I used Gail Garber’s technique from her book, Flying Colors, to create freezer paper patterns to paper piece the flying geese. I used my color wheel from our last class as a sun.

Quilt Title: Colorful City
Quilters’ Name: Patti Reyes
Dimension: 24 inches square

I am pleased to submit my original improvisation of Guanajuato, the most colorful city in Mexico. I have always loved photos of that city showing the unregulated application of color to the neighborhoods trailing up the hillsides. All of my fabrics came from stash except for the lapis colored house in front and the sky fabric, a metallic grunge that looks way better in person. I placed purposely wonky steps at the base to ground the neighborhood. I gave a little perspective to the windows to add interest. I added some gray linen and speckled green for textured landscaping.  I have not mastered free motion quilting so I used a walking foot. I decided on a faced binding to make it more modern. This was so very challenging for me but fun as well!

Quilt Title: Modern Manhole Cover
Quilters’ Name: Melody Savoian
Dimension: 24 inches square
Origin of Quilt Design:  Original design

After researching manhole covers and discovering a variety of different styles, I chose to create my own unique design using EQ8. 

Quilt Name: Paved Paradise, Put up a Parking Lot
Quilter: Marsha Schuh
Dimensions: 21 1/2″ x L 22”
Quilter’s Design: Original design
When I heard about the challenge, my first instinct was what Lohman and Barlkley
always called “the pointy building.” They were the comedy team who entertained
me and countless others on KFI during the morning drive to work. When my sister
chose to feature City Hall in her quilt, I began searching for another possibility. I
went through myriad other possibilities, fabrics, and swatches, many of which were
probably better than my final choice. But, I found a small piece of fabric (the center
of the quilt) I’ve wanted to use for a long time.
My family first came to California when I was 4 ½ and stayed in Monterey Park for about 6 months. I thought it was paradise—orange trees, lupins and poppies on the surrounding hills, and the smell of fresh ocean breeze ever and always in the air. We went back to Chicago for another seven years, but returned to my still beautiful, fragrant California on Route 66. I loved Southern California back then, the place where I could wear shorts in winter and pick oranges and kumquats from the trees in our backyard. As the years progressed, my beautiful paradise gradually disappeared. That was the inspiration for my quilt—the disappearance of “all things bright and beautiful” (a phenomenon that continues today).
The title of my piece expresses my pain. The parking lot, the city, the freeways, the
concrete jungle have all but obliterated the glorious land of my youth. The middle
piece depicts what has replaced my dreams, as viewed from a window that seems
like a prison; the cars show the immensity of overwhelming traffic. The lines on
right and left depict the freeways that have overtaken country roads. The blue moon
with striations of fog illustrates the once–in-a-blue-moon glimpses of the way it was.

Unfortunately, Janet Tranbarger’s quilt went sailing out over the internet and didn’t make it into our contest, but we thought it important to include it here.

Quilt Name: Urban Graffiti 4
Quilter: Janet Tranbarger
Dimensions: 24″ square 
Origin of Quilt Design: Original, drafted using Electric Quilt software , then altered using a technique developed by Lorraine Torrence in her book Shifting Perspectives. Cotton fabrics, machine pieced and quilted.

There are two prizes being awarded: Participation, and Guild Board Choice. The winners were announced at our Zoom Meeting, today at 2 p.m.

Here’s a fun screenshot of Patti telling us about her quilt at our June 13th Zoom Meeting.

Congratulations to Laura Greene for Participation (a random drawing)

Congratulations to Pat Klassen for Guild Board Choice

And thank you again to all who entered!

Cat standing in front of the Opportunity Quilt, designed by her, and made with help from Guild members. From our Zoom Meeting June 13th, 2020.

We’re in process of getting the binding on the opportunity quilt and we’ll get a better picture of it, and present it to you soon! Cat did a fabulous job!

Don’t forget to send in photos of your red, white, blue, redwhiteblue, patriotic, or any combination of those colors. We’ll post them as we receive them…if you don’t see a post from Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild that week your email box, it’s because we didn’t have any quilts to share. So, don’t be shy, send them in! And if you don’t have one, see the first post this coming Monday (the day after Flag Day) for a free patriotic quilt to make–it’s quick and easy and comes in two sizes. See you then!

If you would, please include the usual information:

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General Meeting: Saturday, June 13: Zoom!

It’s here! Or will be, this coming Saturday.

Our first ever Zoom meeting will begin at 2 p.m. By now you all should have received your Zoom Link in your emailbox. If you have not, please contact us via email: iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com and we’ll get that right out to you.

Two exciting things will be happening:
1. Reveal of our Guild’s Opportunity Quilt. Cat has been working long and hard on this quilt (assisted by some members of the guild), and we’ll get to see it for the first time at our meeting.


2. Reveal of our Guild’s Urban Challenge. We are so excited about this as we had so many fabulous entries. Prizes will be awarded: a random drawing to determine one for Participation, and one will be awarded for Board’s Choice. We’ll also have all all the quilts, and their makers, and artist statements posting up to our blog that day, too.

One of our VPs of Programs, Laura, has asked if you want to do a Show and Share, please have your quilts ready to show. If they are small, practice holding them up so you aren’t fumbling around. If they are large, consider putting them up on your design wall, or recruit someone at your house to hold them, or even take a picture ahead of time and show it up on your screen, while you tell us about them. Whatever you are comfortable with!

Not my quilt, but don’t I wish!

To keep the fun of Show and Share going, starting Sunday, June 14th (Flag Day!!) we will have a few weeks of sharing patriotic quilts, or red+white+blue, or red quilts or blue quilts or white quilts, or any combination of the above colors. We’ll be showing your quilts throughough the rest of June, and into July.

Beginning today, send us a good photo of your quilts to our email (listed above) along with the usual:

Please put “patriotic” or “redwhiteblue” in the subject line or some version of that, if you wouldn’t mind.

See you (and hear you!) on your computer screen this Saturday!

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Updates on Cancellations in our Covid Life

Quilt Festival • Long Beach has been cancelled, but Quilts, Inc. is still planning on holding their fall Quilt Festival in Houston, October 29-November 1, 2020. In their announcement letter, Quilts, Inc. is planning on holding the Long Beach gathering at a later time but at the same place, and are still working on dates. More info can be found on their website.

Our June Meeting, usually scheduled for the first week of June has been morphed into a Zoom Meeting for the following week. The Modern Quilt Guild (national) has made Zoom Meeting capabilities available to all their guilds, and we’ve scheduled one for June 13th and August 1st (our regular time). The link will be sent out a few days before the meeting.

Until we can meet in person, we look forward to seeing you on Zoom next Saturday, and to the reveal of all our Urban Challenge Quilts. We received thirteen entries, and they are all top-notch–we can hardly wait to show you! Winners of the prizes will be announced then, as well, for Participation and Guild Board Choice.

One silver lining to the cancellations we are experiencing is the transformation of our national quilt show, QuiltCon, into a virtual quilt show. Those of us who wouldn’t have been able to travel to Atlanta can now participate in QuiltCon. Emails will come to you directly from MQG, so watch for announcements!

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Incoming Challenge Quilts, Happy Memorial Day, and Other Fun

Happy Memorial Day!

We’ve been watching with interest as all the Urban Challenge quilts have been coming in to our emailbox–you are really creating some interesting little quilts.

We’ll be presenting them at our first ever Zoom Meeting on Saturday, June 13, 2020. We’ve been trying to figure out a way to meet with you all, and hope you can join us at 2 p.m. on that day. Our Program Chairs will send out a link to your email; just click to join using Zoom.

Tomorrow, May 26th, is our deadline for the quilt to be submitted. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

Then, beginning June 14th, Flag Day, we hope you will send us photos of your patriotic quilts, which is — loosely defined — any quilt with red or white or blue or redwhiteblue. We’ll have an ongoing show of them through June and into July, when we don’t meet. Maybe you’ve always been wanting to make a little one, to stand on your desk, or a bigger one for a (socially distanced) picnic. We want to see them!!

Use these guidelines of things to tell us about your quilt:

We recently had a Board Meeting via Zoom. Click to read the minutes: