Debbi LoCicero has been a member of the IEMQG for less than 1 year and she is also new to modern quilting. However, she has been sewing since she was 7 years old and quilting for over 30 years. Her career started as a Fine Arts Major in Textile Design and evolved into interior design where her knowledge of fabrics, design and color could take center stage. But that wasn’t her final landing spot. After working as an interior designer for 4 years, she wanted more. Graduating with a Degree in Architecture, Debbi spent her career designing healthcare and biomedical research facilities. Quilting and the friendship of quilters became her way to relax from the complexities and fast pace of architectural design. Join us on April 3rd to learn more about her “Journey To Modern Quilting” and where it is taking her today.
Gayle Bennett, Charity Chairperson, has an update on the Guild’s featured charity for 2021:
Charity works are a big part of our quilting community and we are excited about our current charity, House of Ruth. Established in 1977, they provide emergency shelter services and transitional living programs to victims of domestic violence, both women and men, and their children. There are six facilities in the areas they serve in eastern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County.
After several months of phone contact while Covid-19 risk was high, I was finally able to meet with the Community Outreach Coordinator, Sabrina. They were thrilled to receive twenty-nine quilts from our guild on March 1st and look forward to receiving more in the future. The organization also welcomes pillowcases, and we will post a copy of their ‘Wish List’ for anyone who would like to help fill those needs. I’ll be happy to deliver any additional supplies with our quilts and pillowcases. Clients who receive our quilts and pillowcases will keep them as their personal possessions as they advance through the House of Ruth programs towards safety and independence.
Quilts and pillowcases for boys or men are often less represented in charity sewing and I encourage us all to make a point to ensure that we include those in our donations. Our initial donation included at least six specifically masculine designed quilts.
The guild has 23.5 yards of 90 inch wide Warm and White batting for charity sewing. Please contact me, Gayle Bennett, at email@example.com, or call or text my phone number as provided on the guild’s roster for batting, or if you have any questions regarding our charity donations. Be sure to give me the batting size, not quilt top size, that you are requesting. I’ll bring any batting requested to the Saturday, March 20, 2021, Meet and Eat at Shamel Park in Riverside. Otherwise, we can make plans to pick up or drop off. You can also contact me to mail our preprinted guild labels to you, and I’ll have a supply with me on March 20th as well. Bring any finished quilts to the park for donation. We will be glad to add our label for you if you don’t have them.
The journey to the House of Ruth:
Thank you so very much to all who have donated their time and skills in making a quilt for charity and also to Gayle and Mike for delivering them for us!! We are #iemqgproud!
Thanks to everyone who entered our 2021 Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild Challenge. The theme for our quilt challenge was Sounds & Voices, the only requirement was a size restriction of the longest side measuring 24 inches. We hope you enjoy taking another look at these wonderful and thought provoking quilts!
Quilt Title: Silence, Stillness, Calm, Peace
Quilter: Sharon Bergh
Dimensions: 14-3/4″ by 10-3/4″
A year after my dad passed (15 years ago now) I was up in the local mountains on a quilt retreat. One morning there was a magnificent blanket of snow. Walking around outside, I remember the calm I felt when I stopped to take in the beauty. The silence, stillness and peace enveloped me. This is a memory I revisit from time to time.
Quilt Title: Speech Acts for a Dying World:
in memory of the 500,000 dead from Covid-19
Quilter: Elizabeth Eastmond
Dimensions: 19″ high by 20″ wide
This quilt began at QuiltCon, one year ago and was finished for this challenge. While the original design was square, I reduced the visual frame to 19″ high by 20″ wide: 19 for Covid-19, and 20 for the year 2020. A restorative walk on the beach, with its crashing waves, cries of gulls, and floating random human conversations, brought to mind Peter Gizzi’s poem with its allusions to a year’s time (“hunter overhead / bear at the pole”) and the constant “sound of names / parade of names” of those who have died.
Quilt Title: Sound of Silence
Quilter: Debi Gardner
Dimensions: 9″ x 16″
My first ideas for this challenge all seemed so filled with angst regarding political unrest, debates regarding Covid, first amendment rights, etc., I decided I needed quiet and healing vibes. My Zen garden is quiet, peaceful, and calming.
Quilt Title: Voices for Equity Awareness
Quilter: Laura Greene
Dimensions: 24″ x 24″
I created this YinYang quilt because I value individual differences. The end of my 38 year teaching career lead to embracing solitude in my sewing room during Covid times. This brought to the front of my mind the importance of human resources. My life has been enriched by the diversity of my students. Last February I listened to my 7th graders who participate in sexual awareness lessons. In the summer I watched the protests for Black Lives Matter. I want to keep listening to viewpoints of others who have had different experiences that made them the way they are. We are so lucky to live in southern California where the variety of human behavior enriches our lives.
Quilt Title: Giving Voice to the River (Original Design)
Quilter: Lynn Hanna
Dimensions: 29” x 39”
In 2017, New Zealand granted legal personhood to the Whanganui River. By giving voice to the River our perception changes. Instead of us being a master of the River, treating it as an object to be altered and consumed, we are now part of the River. The River is a family member to be cherished, respected, and protected. The Maori Iei says, “I am the river, the river is me.”
Quilt Title: Sounds of Silence
Quilter: Pat Klassen
Dimensions: 20” x 22”
I went through an empty park while I was on a walk. I was struck by the absence of children playing. I felt the empty swings were the most poignant symbol of the lockdown, standing still and silent while the other playground equipment was blocked off by yellow caution tape. It was all so quiet… So sadly quiet.
Quilt Title: Then Sings My Soul
Quilter: Barbara Mathews
Dimensions: 19-1/2″ x 15-1/2″
During this pandemic isolation, two things came to mind for this challenge. I have about 13 bird feeders of various kinds and about 40 very large trees on my property, consequently, I hear a LOT of bird sounds throughout the day. It amazes me how many variations in the songs and the volume I hear at different times. It’s been very comforting. The “voices” I hear are from my fabrics. I challenged myself a few years ago, to first and foremost use the fabric in my stash. I save all my selvages and this piece reminds me of fabrics used in other projects. Features selvages, raw-edge applique, and thread painting.
VIEWER’S CHOICE WINNER!! Congrats, Patti!
Quilt Title: Listen to Your Art
Quilter: Patti Reyes
Dimensions: Slightly less than 24”x 24”
In light of our divided politics I wanted to make a quilt that would remind me to check my opinions and be more of a listener. I really tried to incorporate what I’ve learned as a guild member including Lynn Hanna’s presentations on “what makes a modern quilt”. I used bold modern solid colors, negative space and a non-traditional layout. Also I used a science/engineering element, a sound frequency wave, as my subject matter to represent the theme, Sounds and Voices. I used the color wheel from Simone Bradford’s lecture to arrange my colors so that they would really pop. Finally, I was inspired by Sandra Johnson to add embroidery and big stitch quilting. I used only materials from my stash. I had so much fun and I appreciate the guild making this opportunity for me to challenge myself. Features hand embroidery and big stitch quilting.
More Meeting Details
We continued with Lynn Hanna’s ‘What is a Modern Quilt?’ series, Part 4. Lynn showed examples of improvisation quilts. Looking forward to Lynn’s minimalism presentation next month!
Amanda, Director of Partnerships for the MQG, gave a brief tutorial tour of the website. She recapped all the resources on the MQG website that are available to members.
MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for March 20, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch and join in with friends at Shamel Park, Riverside. It is just off the 91 freeway (Arlington Exit). The address is 3650 Arlington Ave, Riverside, California. Please remember to bring your Valentine’s Block Lotto Block. We hope you can join us!
ALTERNATE BLOCK QUILT TOP CHALLENGE: This challenge will run from April through July. Details to follow next month.
Please join us for some sewing and socializing! We have recently begun a Mod Denim interest group during Drop-In Sew via a break out room for any members interested. After Sandra Johnson’s presentation last month, we all seem to have denim fever! Future interest groups include: Alternate Grid Blocks, Color Study and Minimalism. We’ll keep you posted and feel free to let Laura Greene know of other ideas for interest groups.
HAPPY QUILTING!! SEE YOU NEXT MONTH!
We kicked off our February meeting with a bang! We had the privilege of having Sandra Johnson of Sandra Johnson Designs as our first featured speaker of the year presenting her lecture “Modern Quilts”. She began by explaining how “modern” can be tricky to define. Modern can be Big and Bold or Minimalist or Simple. Modern doesn’t have to be limited to only solid colors. She said not to shy away from using prints; you can absolutley use prints and ones that read as solids are best. She is a huge fan of using batiks in her quilts. But as we all know Sandra’s first love is DENIM! She is the denim whisperer for sure. Her use of big stitches in her denim quilts and denim wearables make them extra special and fun. Sandra shared her tip of taking traditional block pieces and making them big and bold and essentially blowing them up a few notches for maximum impact. The most stunning quilt she presented had to be her Phenomenal Woman quilt. It embodies so elegantly what Sandra Johnson Design is all about. Lastly, Sandra emphasized that you must embrace the creative process and not to focus on the imperfections, but instead “just get it done”!
MORE OF SANDRA THIS MONTH
JoAnn Fabrics is celebrating Sandra Johnson in their Black History Month promotion. Below is the quilt Sandra created for the promotion.
Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Quilt Along for Black History Month, called “Stronger Together”. 100% of the proceeds of the pattern will go to United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The mission of UNCF is to increase the total number of African American college students and helping them persist to graduation. Below is Sandra’s Stronger Together Quilt.
VALENTINE’S BLOCK LOTTO: Current members should receive a block lotto project this week. Instructions and a strip of red fabric to make a 10″ string block will be included. The completed block will be collected at the Meet & Eat event on March 20th or can be mailed back to Laura: 497 W 24th St, Upland, CA 91784. We will draw a winner at the April meeting – good luck! We currently do not have a chairperson for our Block Lotto program. If you are interested, please contact us at iemodernquiltguild.com.
MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for March 20, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch and join in with friends at Shamel Park, Riverside. It is just off the 91 freeway (Arlington Exit). The address is 3650 Arlington Ave, Riverside, California. We hope you can join us!
“SOUNDS & VOICES” CHALLENGE: Photos of your challenge quilt are due the Saturday prior to the March meeting which is February 27th. Email us a photo of your challenge quilt to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have your email subject line read “2021 Quilt Challenge”, so we can easily identify it. We are sew excited to see your entries!
See you next month!
As the deadline for submitting your Sounds & Voices challenge quilt is quickly approaching, we wanted to provide all the challenge details again (even if it is a tiny bit early) so that you can get going on your creative creation.
Think about highlighting a sound, a voice, a political statement, or a COVID related quilt: What have you heard or felt in the past 11 months of isolation? Is it a life-long issue that repeats? Is it a new idea? Is it a singular noise or group of audible expressions? Is it musical or shrill? How will you display sounds or voices in a visual quilt? This is your opportunity to to be as abstract or literal as you’d like. The only requirement is that the quilt is no larger than 24” on any one side – so easy, right?
Email a good-quality picture of your challenge quilt to: email@example.com no later than Saturday, February 27th. Please have your email subject line read “2021 Quilt Challenge”, so we can easily identify it.
• Quilt Name/Title
• Quilter’s full name
• Origin of quilt design (original design, variation on an existing block, pattern, etc.)
• A few details about what you want to say about it. This might include some construction details or things you struggled over, or things at which you were successful. It might also include what prompted you to make it, or who it is for. Pretend you are standing in front of us at our Guild Meetings, and give us the quilt’s biography. We’d love to hear it!
Thank you in advance for your entry. We are SEW looking forward to seeing what you create on March 6th!
Updated post to reflect new submission due date.
You don’t want to miss our first featured speaker of the year – Sandra Johnson! She is a talented textile artist known for her use of repurposing denim, hand stitching, big stitch esthetics, and making quilt wearables. Sandra is presenting her lecture “Modern Quilts”. She will explore how modern quilt design, like modern art, employs design elements such as minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. In the meantime, check out her website for inspiration prior to our meeting on February 6th. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram as Sandra Johnson Designs.
Guests are welcome!!! Guest fee of $5.00 for non-members can be paid via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, February 5th. The Zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting.
Update: If you are unfamiliar with making a payment via PayPal, here’s a helpful link.
See you there!
We wish you all things merry and bright!
P.S. We’ll see you bright and early in our new year at 2 p.m. on January 2nd for our first Zoom meeting of the year. Don’t forget to mail in (or Paypal) your dues of $40 in order to be included in our membership drawing. Fill out the membership form and mail it to our Treasurer. All information is in the tab above, marked “How to Join Our Guild.” See you soon!
December is the month we say good-bye to the Guild Board for 2020 and welcome in the new Board for 2021. Changes include a new president, new VP Communications, new Membership. We are grateful to those who have served us.
Our outgoing President, Gayle Bennett, has served for two years and will still continue as a Guild Committee Chairperson. She writes:
Each December as the year comes to an end I’ve always felt that, much like our birthdays, I can look ahead and give myself an opportunity for a fresh start. On occasion I’ll set just one or two New Year’s resolutions, and many years I’ve established my “word of the year” to represent what I want to achieve or change in the coming months. It’s obvious to all of us that the year we are wrapping up didn’t turn out like anything we could have imagined. As a guild we gave up our in-person meetings, but in their place we’ve become adept at joining in for Zoom meetings. I’ve come to look forward to and benefit from them too.
Before I was given the honor of leading the guild as your president I had a pretty specific idea of what my time in that position would look like. As part of our group since the days of the “Friends Of The Modern Quilt Guild,” the informal organization where we got our start, the IEMQG means a great deal to me personally. You are the first ongoing group activity that I’ve ever had the pleasure to be involved in. The friends and relationships that have come from my involvement in our guild mean more to me than I can say.
While I looked forward to serving as your guild president at some point I was adamant that this was not a task to take on while I was still working full time. But when I was asked to take on the president’s job, I did. It is with more thanks than I can ever express to my board members, chairpersons, volunteers, and our guild members themselves, that I finish up my two years. Any time I needed support, or a task picked up, there was someone to step up and bail me out. In particular these last several months during Covid-19 when my full-time job became more demanding, our guild continued to flourish thanks to our board who have taken care of so much and put in much time and effort during these trying times. Our little guild is coming up on five years old and during this time we’ve laid a strong foundation for moving forward. Special thanks to Laura and Elizabeth, in particular, for their above and beyond the call of duty efforts that kept us going.
Barbara Mathews will now step in as president of our guild in 2021 and I look forward to handing over the reins to her and her board. Barbara has a solid hard-working group to support her in her job. If you ever want to be part of the board or a committee I strongly encourage you to do so. There are plenty of ways to help and all jobs both large and small make a difference.
In closing, I think that my word for 2021 will be Hope. Webster’s Dictionary defines hope as “To cherish a desire with anticipation; to want something to happen or to be true…To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.” But these definitions seem passive, so I’ll share a quote from Barack Obama that brings the idea of action to the word hope:
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope and you will fill yourself with hope.”
As the holiday season launches please accept my sincere wishes for a Happy Hannakuah, Merry Christmas and for us to focus on a Happy New Year together. Let’s take our hope for a better year and put it into action. Thank you all!
We’d like to introduce our new President, Barbara Mathews, who comes with many years of experience in running Girl Scouts, as well as serving as a Committee Chairperson for Raincross Quilt Guild. We are excited to have her serve as our President.
First of all, I’d like to say how impressed I am with this Guild and its talented members, its exemplary leadership and organization! I’m honored to be a member and your next president. I hope I can live up to everyone’s expectations as I was not a member for very long before Covid hit and have not had a lot of experience with this Guild. I’m fortunate, though, to have a seasoned and well-versed Board and Committee Chairs to lean on!
A little about myself: I have been sewing since I was a young girl, starting with my mother’s scraps and clothes for my dolls. Then on to clothes for myself and later, for my daughters and granddaughters. I’ve been “officially” quilting for about 11 years, but you know, you don’t just wake up one day and decide to make quilts! It’s a process – one which I am still learning. I enjoy a variety of quilt styles – traditional, art, collage, felted wool applique, as well as modern (of which I’m kind of a newbie!) I’ve been a widow for nine years, have two daughters and a step-daughter, five grandchildren (oldest is 30, youngest is 19), live on a mini-ranch/farm, have three cats, one dog, nine chickens and five koi, and live in Lake Mathews (yes, with one “t”). My other hobby is historical reenacting of the Revolutionary War time period.
I look forward to this next year as your president and, hopefully, some in-person connection! In the mean time keep sewing, creating and sharing!
Calling for Holiday Recipes!
Share your favorite recipe, a photo if possible, and the source of your recipe by emailing it to email@example.com. Send by December 15, 2020, limit one per person. You will get a copy of all the recipes. Please include the source of your recipe, if it did not originate with you.
Meeting recap: While we didn’t have everyone there at this point, we took a snapshot of our members at our December Zoom Meeting, glad that you joined us for this last meeting of the year. We heard a poem, drew a silly drawing, looked at a great volume of beautiful Show and Share quilts, and more quilts in the slide show that Lynn put together for us. We generally had a good time with each other, fortunate that we have this ability to get together virtually in this time. We — you — are the Guild. Thanks for being a part of this, the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild.
Renew Your Membership to be Entered in the Raffle January 2nd
We want to remind you to fill out the form, send in your check or use Paypal, but it’s time now to renew your Membership. It’s all up there on the tab that says “How to Join our Guild.” And now you know our secret: all those who have joined/rejoined by our meeting (plan to get yours in early because of holiday mail days) will have their names entered into a raffle to win a prize, equal to their membership dues. Get yours done now!
Coming up in January: a new year (thank heavens!) and a new year of programs and quilting and getting together. We anticipate for the forseeable future we’ll be Zooming together.
Our first meeting of the year will fall early in the month, on January 2nd, so we wanted to give you a heads up. Laura Greene, our Programs Chair, has arranged for us to watch an episode of Fresh Quilting, where we explore the concept of Alternate Grids for Modern Quilting. Our Secretary, Lynn, has been teaching us about the elements of Modern Quilts, and Alternate Grids is a key component.
Please download the Alternate Grid Handout for our episode, so we’ll all be prepared.
We look forward to this to help us ring in a new year!
We also would like to announce the new Challenge for our Guild, Sounds and Voices. Start any time. The reveal date will be our March 2021 meeting. The only guideline we have is that the longest side should measure no more than 24 inches. Below is a screenshot of our announcement at our meeting, with some idea quilts surrounding the basic theme of Sounds and Voices.
Some More Good-byes
It’s been a pleasure to be your Membership Chair over the last year. Through these last nine months I’ve missed the personal interaction with you, but membership duties carried on. I hope that each of you who joined in the last year felt welcomed in spite of the circumstances. I’ve created a Membership Duties orientation that I hope will make Kim Wingert’s transition into this role easy. She’s the perfect person for the job! She’ll be sending “Welcome” emails to new members and mailing them an MQG pin, maintaining the IE and national MQG rosters and the email contact list. One Last Reminder: be sure and notify Kim of any address or email changes during the year so you don’t miss out on any of the great programs coming up (use firstname.lastname@example.org). It’s fresh faces coming into the Board and Chair positions that keep our guild vital and brimming with new ideas. Thank you, everyone!
As we change over to a new Board, I will also be stepping down as your website mistress, blog editor, and general all-around human. I wore all these hats as VP of Communications, but was capably assisted in Social Media by Kelley Bachli, who knew how to work the magic of Instagram and Facebook. It’s been a challenging but rewarding year. We figured out how to Zoom, with Laura (Program Chair) leading the way. We ported over this website to a new place on the web (hopefully you didn’t notice, as it was supposed to be seamless), and we tried to up our game digitally and virtually, to be of service to you members in order to help you feel connected to the Guild.
I am turning all this over to Becky Brekke, an eminently qualified quilter, who will take up the helm. Assisting her as Social Media Chairperson will be Patti Reyes, who makes those beautiful quilts we see behind her on Zoom. Thank you for your good cheer and support.
The complete listing of our 2021 Guild Board can be found on the tab above, About –> Guild Leadership.
Happy Holidays, and Keep On Quilting!
Since this is our last meeting for the year, and we get to say good-bye to 2020, we wanted to remind you that our meeting is this Saturday, December 5th at 2 p.m. We start our socializing at 1:30 p.m., however, if you want to sign on early. Zoom codes will be going out so watch for them.
Time to Renew Your Membership!
We want to remind you to fill out the form, send in your check or use Paypal, but it’s time now to renew your Membership. It’s all up there on the tab that says “How to Join our Guild.” We might have a little announcement on Saturday that might entice you to get your stuff in, but my lips are sealed until then.
And as a little fun treat, we’ve created this pattern for you to make gift tags, or mini-garlands, or doorknob decorations, or whatever, courtesy of the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild.
Click to download a PDF file, and remember to print it out at 100%:
See you Saturday!
All who attended our Quilter University November Guild Meeting went out with diplomas in their hands! We learned from some of the masters in our guild:
Sarah Sass taught us about collage quilts by Laura Heine, Kelley Bachli demonstrated how to mark our quilts, Patti Reyes put all our fears to rest about sewing curves, and Candy Scott showed us how fun it is to make a rope bowl. Click to download her PDF handout:
Time to Renew Your Memberships
At our meeting we also debuted our Members Corner (right up there at the top). We sent out the password to all our members. In this corner of our website we’ll put things just for you: rosters, calendars, and our by-laws. This is for Members Only, so we want to remind you to fill out your Membership Form (info found at the top under How to Join Our Guild), and either PayPal or send a check to re-join for 2021. We have received quite a few, but we need yours. Joining our Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild also gives you membership in the National Modern Quilt Guild, and all their priviledges as well. So join today!
Did you know we post all our minutes for our Board Meetings on this website? It’s also up there in the Minutes top tabs, and we are happy to welcome our newest 2021 Board Members to our meeting next month. We’re having it early, on December 2 at 7:00 p.m. It will be a transitioning meeting, with the current Board Members orienting the New Board Members. For a list of Board Members, check up above under About, then click on Guild Leadership. Watch for your email, everyone.
Coming soon! Our December General Meeting will be lots of fun, with celebrations, games, Show and Share (new ones, plus the ones we didn’t get to in November), so you don’t want to miss this meeting. Let’s jingle our way into the holidays, bringing some good quilty cheer with us. We’ll send out the Zoom Codes soon, but don’t forget we like to check in early for our social time, so plan on 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2020.
We’re also catching up on Show and Share. We’d love to see your projects and your completed quilts. Please send an email to the Guild address (email@example.com) and put SHOW AND SHARE in the subject line. Send us high quality photographs, with a straight-on-shot of the quilt. Laying them on the floor or a bed isn’t the best; please tape them to the wall, or clip/pin them to a fence, or grab someone in your neighborhood to hold the quilt for you, and make sure the quilt is in good lighting. Please also include:
Reminder of our Meetings
Transition Board Meeting: December 2 at 7:00 p.m. Zoom Codes will be sen
General IEMQG Meeting: December 5 at 2:00 p.m., social time begins at 1:30 p.m.
Other Activities…because we know you aren’t quite busy enough in the holidays…
Our current calendar can be found in Members Corner. Use the password sent to you to double check all that we’ve got scheduled, because you know, one can never be too busy during December!
We did want to let you know that Laura will be running Drop-in Sew these dates:
November 23 — Zoom codes have already been sent out
December 14 — Second Monday at 7:00 p.m.
December 28 — Fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m.
We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!