Quilting in 2020

Our Guild Members Write…

We’ve had some thoughtful responses to our call for sharing. This month, we asked two questions, and we’ll start out with this one:

Question 1: How has your fabric shopping changed since Covid-10 hit?  Do you do more online shopping?

Gayle writes: I have long been a devoted online shopper of fabric, to the point where I sometimes need to motivate myself to get out and go support our few local quilt shops.  So my habits haven’t changed.  It’s not hard to make sure that your purchase reaches their threshold for free shipping and sometimes it’s as easy as adding a spool of Aurifil to get me to that point. Many sites, like fabric.com, automatically offer suggestions for coordinating fabrics to go with what you’ve chosen.  I also shop clearance on any site I use looking for economical backing.  

from here

Judy has a story about picking up fabric at JoAnn’s: I was furloughed for 6 weeks starting the 3rd week of March and though I was lucky to continue to be paid during that time, I didn’t know how long that was going to last and then didn’t know if my job would be there at the end of the furlough.  I determined to be more frugal and use up the fabrics that I’ve collected for “something someday.” A lot of those fabrics went into masks.  I’ve been pretty successful with this “use what you have” strategy but there is always something that’s needed to complete a project and I struggle with the Amazon vs. utilizing local resources dilemma.
    The first time I waited in my car, in a long queue of other cars, for curbside pickup at Joann was an experience. I had my car turned off (Prius engines stop when you’re not moving) but others had their cars idling and I thought, “How is this better for the environment than ordering from Amazon?”  and “Joann isn’t a local mom and pop store”  and  “What am I doing here?”  The lone girl delivering orders to peoples’ car windows was a frazzled wreck and I determined to stay home next time and choose projects I already had fabric/notions for.  Who cares if you topstitch in light grey vs. the exact match??  Are there topstitch police?
    I’m very happy to report my job is intact. But, I’ve learned something: I can sew for hours and hours, days and days and never tire of it. I really enjoyed my time at home to sew. It has become therapy to me and helps drown out the world as I can hardly bear any more of the news.  And, I no longer fear being bored in retirement! 

Lynn’s thoughtful response has had me thinking. She writes: To understand where I stand on this issue, I diverge to larger, more pressing issues on my mind.  Let me explain. I am feeling immense urgency, pressure, and concern for our world.  So many movements are boiling over.  Protests about climate change, Black Lives Matter, mask wearing in the throes of a pandemic, an upcoming presidential election, and so many more that have taken a backseat because they happened yesterday, like the Me Too movement, LGBT rights, pipelines, clean water, severe weather events, fires, gun control, medical care for all. The list goes on.  To respond in a productive manner, I have lumped all these issues into one bucket:  We have the responsibility to provide a decent quality of life for all beings on this planet. 
The question is always, “What can I do?”  The answer is, “What are you good at?”  The world needs all of us, each doing our part at what we are good at doing.  Some will write articles, host podcasts or TV shows, design solar panels, conduct scientific experiments, protest, pass laws, run for office, or any number of tasks.  I personally am good at making quilts. 
So how does making a quilt help?  
I have decided to focus my efforts on my art, making and sharing visual statements about the beauty of our planet and the urgency of issues facing our survival.  I need fabric to create my quilts.  I also make daily choices to strive for a sustainable lifestyle.  That means, limiting excess, reusing what I can, buying only what I need, and choosing purchases that will contribute to a sustainable society.  So back to fabric shopping.  I love shopping for fabric.  I love the gorgeous colors, unusual patterns, and feel of the soft cotton.  But I cannot justify buying fabric because I like it.  Fabric is one of the major contributors to pollution on our planet.  I have a closet of fabrics.  I have made a pact with myself to use or reuse fabrics already bought, whether by me or someone else.  I will only buy new fabric for a specific purpose that cannot be achieved with stash on hand.  Since I have a rather robust stash, I rarely shop for fabric.  My habits have not changed with COVID-19.

Diane Anselm, from here

Debi combined the two prompts into one answer: It’s been very easy for me to sew during Covid-19. Since the activities I’m used to participating in are all cancelled, I’m home most of the time. Might as well sew! I am on a quest to use up scraps, so I haven’t purchased much fabric. I did order some on line, and I have  gone to a couple of  the local shops now that they are open. There will be a lot of scrappy charity quilts in the future.

Mexican lucha libre wrestler Hijo del Soberano sews face masks since his matches have stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Question 2: Has it been harder or easier to sew since the quarantine? Both? Neither? In what way?

Candy tells the tale of surviving Covid isolation: What have I done in Covid Quarantine?  Who ever thought we would be in semi-isolation for nearly six months, with no real end in sight?  When I returned from QuiltCon, I cleaned up my sewing room and finished a Mystery Quilt.  On March 16, I started looking at mask patterns (spent the first couple of days just looking at patterns) and emailed my community quilt membership to see if anyone had elastic.  One member gave me a packet of 1/4” that she had in her sewing supplies.  By the end of the week, our club was looking for elastic, so I got online and purchased more [and] also picked up that great soft white elastic you told us about. After the 144 yards was depleted, I ordered another 100 yards and picked up some at Quilter’s Cocoon.  I still have most of the last 100 yards.
Making masks was not very exciting, so I would make 50 and them make a quilt, then go back and make another 50, etc.  So far, I have made approximately 300 face masks, and have another 20 to make for an LPGA tournament in Rancho Mirage next month (I volunteer in the scoring tent).  Probably the most productive 5 months I have had making quilts, I think I have made eight quilt tops this year.  I have three waiting to be quilted.
Alan, my husband, and I should have made a list of all the shows we have binge watched since mid March.  He ordered Acorn so we could watch more British/Australia shows.  Oh yes, and while I social distanced from my daughter and her family for the first eight weeks, I realized she need some help with my granddaughters so I have been spending a few hours each week so she can get a few zoom meetings done without an 18-month old interrupting.  
Lastly, I have cooked too many dinners. We started out trying to order for curbside pick up a couple of times a week, but it is just easier to cook.

Lorena Makes Masks, from here

 Gayle writes: As I consistently complain, I’ve continued to work through the pandemic and it has been stressful.  By Saturday I’m often to the point mentally where there is nothing I can think of doing other than changing out of my pj’s into what our family calls ‘comfy clothes’ and taking my big mug of coffee straight to my sewing room.  I stream a podcast or audio book through my Bluetooth speaker and only come out for meals.  It is the best therapy ever and in addition to making some new quilts for charity I’ve managed to finish a number of UFOs along the way. I’d say it’s easier to dedicate a day this way since we have no social plans! It’s been almost two years since we converted our spare room into my sewing room, although with the queen sized wall bed I can be guest-ready in twenty minutes. It’s my zen place. 

If you don’t have Kvilstina in your Instagram feed, you might want to.
One is a series, from here

Elizabeth writes: In the beginning of the shutdown we did a lot of grocery shopping. A lot. It wasn’t that we went to the store more often — in fact, it was less often — but we bought so much more food. (Luckily we had a supply of toilet paper already!) And it seemed as if every day I’d struggle to sew even just a seam, or a small thing.
My husband and I both read news voraciously, and I have many screenshots of the United States as the cases started popping up all over; it was was like watching a train wreck, and I couldn’t turn away.
So, yes, sewing took a hit. I watched all my Guild bookings disappear at first (I’m a teacher and a presenter at many Southern California Guilds), adding to the sense that my carefully constructed little world was falling in on itself. But slowly, I started trying to finish up an old project, or work on a smaller make. My first posts on my blog, OPQuilt.com, in that time sound like a person trying to recover from drowning. And eventually I did. I figured out to survive in a pandemic, and finding a picture of my grandmother as a young woman in 1918, wearing her mask, helped to bridge the gap of what to do, how to live, how to move forward. She survived. I will, too.
Somewhere in the last couple of months, I figured out how to pick up my teaching, first figuring out Zooming my presentations and then figuring out how to teach live-online, as I called it. In others’ responses, above, I read that as they recovered their more normal life, they were able to go forward, to construct/reconstruct their daily patterns of living. I knew I had turned a corner when I was able to charge into my sewing room in the morning like a woman on a mission. Other days, I do very little, but now I cut myself a lot of slack. After all, we’re in a once-in-lifetime pandemic. We quilters will carry on.

from here

Dancing Russian Guy, a favorite meme from this time–Click HERE to watch.

There will be no more prompts for discussion. Instead, the comments are available for you to leave your responses on this post.

See you in October!

Blog · IEMQG Meeting

September 2020 General Meeting, via Zoom

We had another Zoom Guild Meeting this past weekend and had a great discussion about our favorite quilting tools, from scissors to machines to types of thread. Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to seeing you again in October.

• A N N O U N C E M E N T S •

• Next month’s meeting, on October 3, 2020 will show some sewing rooms, sewing studios, hallways, dining room tables, or other spaces dedicated to where you sew. We’ve seen some of your rooms when you’ve Zoomed with us, and we’d like you to give us a tour of where you store stuff, and your favorite spot in your sewing space. Please send us an email at iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you’d like to share. Deadline for letting Laura and Becky, our Program Chairs, know is Monday, September 28, 2020. Thank you!

• We are in the process of gathering together new officers for our Guild. If you think you could step in and help us (terms are one year), then please email the chair of the Nominating Committee, Elizabeth Eastmond, at opquilt@gmail.com. More information can be found on a previous post on this website.

• Many pieces of business are conducted at our Zoom Board Meetings (minutes are in the tab up above). The most recent significant news is that our Retreat this November has been postponed until next November. All those who had paid — either a deposit or full payment — have been contacted.

• Our Opportunity Quilt is finished! Gayle has been dutifully sewing down the faced binding, putting the finishing touches on a quilt that began with Cat’s ideas. Some helped here and there in piecing, but Cat finished it up for us and quilted it. It’s stunning! Soon it will have its own tab, and its own schedule, but thought you’d like to see this sneak peak of the quilt. Thank you, everyone!

• We have a segment of our Zoom Meeting where we show slides of your quilts, and you narrate for us. It’s really wonderful to see what you’ve been working on. Please also send high-quality pictures of your quilts to our email address (above) and we’ll be able to share them with everyone. Please include the following info:

SHOW AND SHARE • SEPTEMBER 2020

Quilter: Gayle Bennett
Quilter’s Statement: This is a jean quilt for my daughter and family to take in their travel trailer.   I think this will be a one time experience in quilting. Whew, this was a heavy one. I used a layer of thoroughly preshrunk flannel instead of batting because this quilt does not need any additional weight!  Backing and binding is a lightweight denim from Joann’s. 

Quilter: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt Name: Honor
Quilt size: 60” x 77”
Maker’s Statement: We will be presenting to to a local veteran for Quilts of Valor.

Quilter: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt size: 30”x 40”
Maker’s Statement: For niece, Ericka, graduating from college with double major in Creative Design and Economics From an Institute in Paris. She described her style as Modern Minimalist, preceding black, grey and blue. I used linen I had purchased at quilt show in France.

Quilter: Debi Gardner
Quilt Name: Pick-up Sticks Pop of Color
Quilt Size: Large lap size.
This was a swap a block shared with a group of us who belong to Pass Patchers. The requirement was black and white only. We could make any block 12 1/2″ square. I added the pick-up stick blocks for some color and used shattered quilting with black, red, and teal thread. 

Quilter: Pat Klassen
Quilt size: lap quilts
Maker’s Statement: None.

Quilter: Candy Scott
Quilt size: varied
Maker’s Statement: The quilt on the left is for a baby boy . The parents are both scientists, (Dad is doing research on Covid-19), so I used Dr Seuss Periodic Table fabric on the back.
The quilt on the right is a charity quilt. I used the pattern for three 1 yard fabrics, but I did not want to do borders, so I used an extra 1/4 yard of the focus fabric and stripe binding. It finished at 48″ x57.”

Quilter: Candy Scott
Maker’s Statement: This quilt was a mystery quilt for our community Quilt Club.  We started in Mid-January.  We were given a step to complete each week.  The final step to assemble was given just as we were shutting down.  Mine is made with a Grunge Dot Jelly Roll and the yardage is Grunge.

Maker: Lynn Hanna
Name: Sew Powerful Purses
I picked up this flier at QuiltCon in February. I just sent them off, on their way to Zambia, to help girls stay in school while on their period. They fill them with supplies for the young women.

Quilter: Lynn Hanna
Quilt Name: Global Warming Mandala
Statement: I watched Mel Beach stitch mandalas on a Quilting Arts TV show. I made some wedges, then stitched in each web, free hand, no marking, as she suggested. This is the result.
Look closely to see increased fires, severe tornadoes, lightening, ocean waves from sea level rising, living things in turmoil, and parched land.

Thank you to those who made charity quilts this month. Some lucky person will have these great quilts to enjoy.

Please send photos to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com for inclusion in our next meeting. Please send by October 1, 2020. Choose Large or Actual Size if sending them from your phone.

SCCQG 2021 Road to California Special Exhibit
The time is NOW to enter a quilt into this exhibit. 
The deadline to receive your entry is now October 1, 2020.
During this stay-at -home time are you busy quilting? Are you working on a quilt that has been begging to be completed? Have you finished a quilt for an now postponed future guild quilt show? Or a new fresh quilt has emerged that you would like to share with fellow quilters? Solution = Enter these quilts in our 2021 SCCQG Road to California special exhibit!!!
The “Sharing Our Quilts” exhibit is designed to be a showcase for recent (2019-2020) quilts that you have, or you are producing. There is no specific theme or topic, or size limitation. The plan is to share treasured styles of quilting or patterns you relish. This is exhibit is all about Southern California quilts created by members of SCCQG Member guilds. Numerous quilts are needed.
There is still time to enter as the deadline is October 1, 2020. The Call for Quilts and Entry Form are posted on the SCCQG website.
NOTE: Our Guild belongs to this larger, regional organization. If you have a quilt you’d like to enter, choose one of your smaller quilts, as they’d like to hang more of them at the show.

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, and we have some great submissions from our guild. Please join us, by giving us your thoughts.

  • [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.
Block of the Month for us: Lightning Block, from the MQG website

We have many resources on the national Modern Quilt Guild site, including a monthly block. This block can be used to make the quilts below. Head over to the site to download your instructions (look for the newsletter in your email for the link).

We appreciate all those who gave service to our Guild this past month, from charity quilts to organizing the programs, and those who keeping the Guild running, serving on the Board and Committees. Many of these Guild members do their service behind the scenes so that we members can enjoy sharing our quilts and have a Modern Quilt Guild in the Inland Empire. We thank you!

Service

Nominations are now open for Guild Positions

Every year the IEMQG selects a Nominating Committee, which according to our bylaws, consists of three people. This year’s committee is chaired by Elizabeth Eastmond, and she will work closely with Judy Racine and Jen Adams.

Our goal is to identify the positions that are coming open for the year 2021, and to ask for nominations from our membership, or hope that our members will volunteer to assist. Our basic term is one year, with the possibility (if you choose) to continue for another term. At our general meeting tomorrow we will present more to you, but this post is to acquaint you with the basics, and also to have a reference document.

We need you!

We are in the process of canvassing the Board and while not all have responded, these are the positions on the Board we anticipate will be open:

President – the full job description is up above, under the tab Bylaws, but the basic tenets are these:

  • Oversees the smooth running of the Guild
  • Presides at all General, Special and Board Meetings
  • Acts as Official Spokesperson for the Guild
  • Appoints Committee Chairpersons
  • Cosigns with the Treasurer on bank accounts

The estimated monthly time of service runs about three hours, not including the meetings. Because we now have Zoom, both the Board and General meetings run about 60-90 minutes. We need someone with broad organizational skills, who likes to work with people. It is rare that we don’t have someone waiting in the wings, but this is a chance to step up and create your mark, with support from our talented Board.

Committee Chairpersons–The following committee slots are available for you to volunteer:

  • Membership: keeps tracks of members, troubleshoots with the National Guild, maintains the Google Contacts list
  • Ways and Means (Fundraising): assists in monthly raffles (when we resume in-person meetings), helps with generating operating funds for our Guild
  • Charity: liaison between community organizations who need our quilts and time and members who give their quilts and time
  • Social Media: Maintains both Instagram and Facebook accounts

We may have one or two more slots (again, all the surveys are not all back), but we’ll let you know at our meeting tomorrow, September 5th.

Please consider what you might give to the Guild, in terms of time. We’d love to have you help us!

Blog

Heat Wave News!

Children licking blocks of ice

Is it hot enough for you?

In 1911, fans and ice were luxuries, air conditioning unknown. “On July 4, temperatures hit 103 in Portland, 104 in Boston (a record that still stands), 105 in Vernon, Vt., and 106 in Nashua, N.H., and Bangor, Maine. At least 200 died from drowning, trying to cool off in rivers, lakes, ponds and the ocean – anything wet. Still more died from heat stroke. The 1911 heat wave was possibly the worst weather disaster in New England’s history, with estimates of the death toll as high as 2,000” (from here).

But we’ve got them all beat, with this weather broadcaster letting us know it was 162 degrees in Los Angeles last week. So let’s think about something fun that’s coming up, and maybe by then, our heat wave will have broken.

We’re looking forward to our discussion of your favorite sewing and quilting tools at our IEMQG Zoom Meeting on September 5th. We all have favorite devices for sewing. Is yours 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 include your name, the tool’s name (if it is a weird or unusual one) and 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, and watch your emails for your Zoom links to the meeting.

At our Guild Meetings in the past, we’d chat about our lives, share the treats at the back of the room while catching up with each other. We didn’t have many responses this month, but we appreciated Lynn Hanna’s thoughtful email, talking about registering for QuiltCon and thinking about Road. Some excerpts are below:

For QuiltCon, I spent a long time searching teacher’s websites, looking at their work, and thinking about the class they would be teaching. I didn’t find any classes that struck my fancy or that seemed worth the investment of time, energy, and money.

“I did however sign up for four lectures. I don’t recall the actual titles, but they are about photographing quilts (something I know nothing about), and interviews with judges and winners. I want to have a quilt in a major show someday, something that has eluded me so far. As far as concerns for the show, I learned from a virtual quilt show I attended in April this year. I usually spend all day enjoying the quilts and vendors, often several days. I found the virtual event well done for the short planning time they had to put it together, but I also only spent a couple hours instead of days.

“I loved having the quilt labels on my computer because I could read them without bending over the plastic tape line and having my glasses fall off as I try to get close enough to read them. I also liked that they posted the back sides. I did miss the “in person” look though. A photo is good, but a real quilt is so much better. I will miss the energy, eavesdropping on what others have purchased or enjoyed, running into a friend, or having lunch with someone from another part of the world and hearing a bit of their story.

“I did not register for Road to CA. I think it will be cancelled, and I didn’t want to get in the mess of refunds or rescheduling. I had several trips planned and lots of theater events scheduled this spring. All were cancelled eventually, but each one had a different procedure to resolve payments. I spent several days calling to cancel, then tracking that the refunds actually came through. Sign up for Road came in the middle of that and I just decided not to bother.

“If Road still happens, I will struggle to decide if I go or not. I have remained isolated. I can’t imagine expanding my bubble to attend the show, inside, with thousands of others, no matter how many masks and hand washing stations are available. I will be disappointed to miss the excitement, and will be envious of others willing to take the risk to enjoy the show.”

Elizabeth Eastmond writes: “I appreciated the fact that QuiltCon was sensitive to the realities of our COVID-19 pandemic and thought the idea of a “virtual” meeting made a lot of sense. I signed up for Daisy Auschehoug’s Illustrator 2 class, as I took her Illustrator 1 class in February and really learned a lot. I don’t have Illustrator, as I don’t want to pay the monthly fee. Instead I use Affinity Designer (actually the whole Affinity Suite) and it worked just fine in that class. I signed up for QuiltCon’s extra bit, and my schedule informed me after the fact that I’ll be getting up in the very early hours of the morning to participate!

“By the time I totaled up all the lectures I wanted to see, it was the price of the all-lecture pass, so I went that direction. Now I can see whatever lecture I want. I am a little bummed that all the recordings go away at the end of the meeting. It would have been nice to draw upon that for several weeks, but I’m just going to block out those days and make my own QuiltCon buzz!

“I did not sign up for any classes at Road to California, both for the reasons that Lynn states, but also because I had taken way too many classes this year and wanted a break. Given that our state still hasn’t opened up attendance at large-scale events at this point, I rather doubt I’ll be attending in person. I had been going around teaching at Guilds and giving lectures, and was stunned when this part of our world sort of stopped. But I’ve converted my workshops and lectures to a Live-Online presentation, and am pretty comfortable with this format. I wish that Road would follow QuiltCon’s lead and figure out how to do the same.”

Write us an email with some of your thoughts about September’s monthly topics (we have two for each month):

• How has your fabric shopping changed since Covid-19 hit? Do you do more online shopping?
• Has it been harder or easier to sew since the quarantine? Both? Neither? In what way?

The full list of monthly topics are found at the end of this post. We post your responses mid-month, so open up your email and shoot us a few lines, as we’d like to hear what you think, our friends and fellow quilters. You can write a little or you can write a lot; they will be edited for clarity and flow. Send to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com

  • Send in your pictures and descriptions for Tool Time. Deadline is September 3rd. Please write “Tool” in the subject line.
  • Send in your pictures for Show and Share for our September General Zoom Meeting. Deadline is September 3rd. Please write “Show and Share” in the subject line.
  • Send in your ideas, thoughts and comments about either/both of our topics. We’ll publish them mid-September, but don’t procrastinate. We want to hear about your experiences.

Thank you!

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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.

Minutes Monthly Meeting · Quilts from our Members · Show and Share

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:

Show and Share

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!