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A Wonderful Time Was Had by All: December 2020

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:

Gayle, standing in front of the IEMQG atrium exhibit at Road to California 2020

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.

Barbara Mathews:
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!

Cranberry Curd Pie, from here

Share your favorite recipe, a photo if possible, and the source of your recipe by emailing it to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.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.

December 2020 Meeting

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!

image from here

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

Judy Racine:
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 iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com). It’s fresh faces coming into the Board and Chair positions that keep our guild vital and brimming with new ideas. Thank you, everyone!

Elizabeth’s Tannenbaum quilt top (pattern and kit from Laundry Basket Quilts)

Elizabeth Eastmond:
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.

Your IEMQG Board, with both new and old Board Members
Meeting held this past Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The complete listing of our 2021 Guild Board can be found on the tab above, About –> Guild Leadership.

Criss-Cross Christmas, from Elizabeth Eastmond

Happy Holidays, and Keep On Quilting!

IEMQG Meeting

Reminder of Upcoming December General Meeting…plus a little treat!

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!

IEMQG Meeting

November Guild Meeting • 2020

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!

Board Meetings

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 (iemodernquiltguild@gmail.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!

IEMQG Meeting

General Meeting Reminder • November 7, 2020

Want to get your diploma from our Quilter University? Come to our meeting on Saturday, November 7, 2020! The meeting will begin at 2 p.m., but the Zoom will be open at 1:30 for a Social Time, when you can say hi to your quilty friends and relax.

Submit your modern quilts for our Show and Share, getting them to us by Wednesday, November 4th to make it into the segment in our program. We want to see what you are working on, and really encourage a modern vibe. Please take pictures straight on (none to the side, or standing over them on a floor or bed), with good strong lighting. Send it to us using the largest format (we’ll take it from there). While you are at it, submit the following info (so we’ll have the information for when the Show and Share quilts up on our blog):

Quilter University • November 7, 2020

Below is our awesome line-up for Quilter University on November 7, 2020! Do not miss this meeting where our talented members will be demonstrating on trend techniques. You will be sure to pick up a new skill and even learn something new. 

Laura Heine Collage Rooster Tutorial with Sarah Sass
Have you ever wondered how to make a collage quilt by Laura Heine? Time to dust off those unopened Laura Heine patterns.  Sarah will show you how it’s fun and easy.

Quilt Marking for Free Motion Quilting with Kelley Bachli
There are a lot of different quilt marking methods and products available for free motion quilting.  Discover different techniques to use to get a variety of beautiful quilting motifs.

Rope Bowls with Candy Scott
Making rope bowls is my go to when I need a break from other projects, or just to relax. From coasters, to trivets, to rope bowls, etc., it is just fun.  The best part, if you don’t like it, you can easily rip it apart and make something else.  Just a zig zag stitch, thread, and rope no larger than 5/16” in diameter and you can make something unique.  Great ready to have a little fun and create something different.

Curves with Patti Reyes
Are you afraid to sew curves? Whether its circles for a drunkards path quilt or curved piecing for an improv quilt. Patti will show you just how easy it is to sew beautiful curves. 

A Different Approach to Foundation Paper Piecing with Annie Houston Does your brain do somersaults when you try foundation paper piecing?  My favorite tools for foundation paper piecing are freezer paper and my light box. Come along with me and I’ll help your brain and your piecing. 

What an amazing line-up of skills and quilters. Watch your emails for the Zoom Codes for November–you won’t want to miss this one.

Our Guild provides us a chance to find our tribe, so to speak, so if you want to come and hang out with a few of the quilters, we now have Drop-in Sew. Our dates for November are both Mondays: the 2nd and the 16th, from 7-9 p.m. Watch for your Zoom link!

In addition, we have a Meet-N-Eat scheduled for November 11, 2020. We’ll be meeting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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

Want to watch a class and keep your skills up to date? Global Quilt Connection has been the site where online teachers can share a video in order to line up future presentation and workshop engagements. Recently they’ve opened it up to everyone, and on there you can locate teachers who offer “open enrollment” classes online. Check out their website, follow the directions, and grab a chance to watch some classes.

At our General Meeting on November 7th, we also have a couple of surprises for you, and hope you can attend. Please also be aware that it will soon be time to pay our dues, and submit your membership form for 2021. More information will be given out at the meeting. See you there!

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October 2020 Guild Meeting

We had a most successful meeting this past Saturday, October 3, 2020, where we were able to see the places where some of our members sew. Hosted by the IEMQG, and conducted by our Co-Program Chair, Laura Greene, under the direction of our President Gayle Bennett, our meeting had a lot of moving parts. For the best overall wrap-up, see the Minutes, posted up there under the tab. Thank you to those who showed off their sewing/quilting spaces: Sarah Sass, Mary Hodge, Kelley Bachli, Shelley Wardrop and Barbara Mathews.

We also heard the first of a beginning series in our meetings, “What is a Modern Quilt?” Lynn Hanna ably tackled this huge subject, showing us examples to go along with the idea of bold colors. Every meeting for the next few meetings, she will show another aspect and quilts that demonstrate this.

We are getting quite familiar with this Zooming, and found that one silver lining is some far-away members can tune in and join in with us. It’s been good to see familiar faces, and we appreciate all those who took time out of their fall weekend and attend the meeting.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee presented the following slate of candidates for the 2021 IEMQG Board:
President: Barbara Mathews
VP Programs: Laura Greene
VP Communications: Becky Brekke
Secretary: Lynn Hanna
Treasurer: Candy Scott
After introducing the candidates, and since there were no opponents, an assenting vote was called. They were all confirmed for the upcoming year. We are grateful to our Nominating Committee for all their hard work: Judy Racine, Jennifer Adams and Elizabeth Eastmond (chair).

We also express gratitude to the outgoing members of our IEMQG Board and Chairpersons:
President: Gayle Bennett, who has served for two years
VP Communications: Elizabeth Eastmond
Social Media: Kelley Bachli
Membership: Judy Racine

According to our ByLaws, the new Board will install the all Chairpersons for 2021, but the following have stepped up to volunteer:
Social Media: Patti Reyes
Membership: Kim Wingert
Charity & Opportunity Quilt: Gayle Bennett

We appreciate you all!

Calling all technique junkies!
tech·nique/tekˈnēk/nounnoun: technique; plural noun: techniques

  1. a way of carrying out a particular task, especially the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure.
    • skill or ability in a particular field.
    • a skillful or efficient way of doing or achieving something.

Below is our awesome line-up for Quilter University on November 7, 2020! Do not miss this meeting where our talented members will be demonstrating on trend techniques. You will be sure to pick up a new skill and even learn something new. 

Laura Heine Collage Rooster Tutorial with Sarah Sass
Have you ever wondered how to make a collage quilt by Laura Heine? Time to dust off those unopened Laura Heine patterns.  Sarah will show you how fun and easy it really is. 

Quilt Marking for Free Motion Quilting with Kelley Bachli
There are a lot of different quilt marking methods and products available for free motion quilting.  Discover different techniques to use to get a variety of beautiful quilting motifs.

Rope Bowls with Candy Scott
Making rope bowls is my go to when I need a break from other projects, or just to relax. From coasters, to trivets, to rope bowls, etc., it is just fun.  The best part, if you don’t like it, you can easily rip it apart and make something else.  Just a zig zag stitch, thread, and rope no larger than 5/16” in diameter and you can make something unique.  Great ready to have a little fun and create something different.

Curves with Patti Reyes
Are you afraid to sew curves? Whether its circles for a drunkards path quilt or curved piecing for an improv quilt. Patti will show you just how easy it is to sew beautiful curves. 

So watch your emails for the Zoom Codes for November–you won’t want to miss this one!

Judy Racine, one of our members shared this information with us about other ways to keep up with quilting during this pandemic time:

Though not Zoom-based, per se, the pandemic has opened my eyes to the amazing classes available on-line. My husband bought me a Bluprint subscription for my birthday in March. (It’s now back to being called Craftsy). But, for $49 a year, I have access to all kinds of great on-line quilting and sewing classes to say nothing of the myriad of other subjects offered.  I can now say I’ve taken classes from Jacquie Gering and Joe Cunningham –  he has been my favorite so far.  I love his sense of humor and free-wheeling approach. I’m working on his “Rock The Block – Album Style” and right now it looks like a hot mess but I have ideas for the next one…. there’s always the next one, right?

Show and Share

Quilt Name: Colorado Summer
Quilt Maker: Judy Racine
Quilter’s Statement: I hadn’t sewn curves before and I think I got the hang of it by the time I was done! I can tell which curves were done earlier rather than later!  the other thing I tried on this one was a quilt-as-you go method, then just stitched in the ditch around each square to attach the back. The pattern is Alison Glass’ “Lily”, but I call it “Colorado Summer” as I’m very anxious to spend my summers there, hopefully starting next summer.  The back is a 108″ digital print by Hoffman called “Mystic Meadow.” (See below for the back.)

front

Quilt Name: 2016-2020: Fractured
Quilt Maker: Judy Racine
Dimensions: 63” x 63”
Quilter’s Statement: I submitted this quilt for our “Red White and Blue” blog postings.  But, there’s more to the story of that quilt.  I used wool batting (Mountain Mist) for this first time without reading any on-line reviews.  As I was sewing I noticed the quilt was fuzzy but thought it was just external fibers.  The quilt was bearding horribly, most noticeable on that black backing. I tried washing and drying it and it went from fuzzy to matted fur.  I took it all apart, used my cheap 80/20 batting that I had extra of and just got it put all back together.  The upside:  I learned to check reviews for batting or take personal recommendations, and – I didn’t have to mark the quilt the second time around! I continue to say that I learn something new with every quilt.

(We apologize to Judy for inadvertently leaving her off Show and Share on Saturday.)

Quilt Name: Bug Jars
Quilt Maker: Lynn Hanna
Quilter’s Statement: I started this quilt about 15 years ago. As a beginning quilter, I didn’t know how to “snowball” the corners of the jars. So, I did numerous mathematical calculations to figure out the correct size for each jar’s triangle to complete the corners.  No two jars are the same size, and each jar had a slightly different angle to the triangle, although it’s not really noticeable with the finished quilt. I definitely know a better, easier way now!  This had been in the closet to finish someday. COVID 19 is that day, so although my boys are long moved out of the house, it’s now ready for their bed!

Quilter: Laura Greene
Quilter’s Statement: This is in process. I took an online class, stitching and cutting and sewing those wedges onto background fabric. It’s intended for a wedding gift so I can’t reveal too much more at this point.

Quilt Maker: Patti Reyes
Quilter’s Statement: When firemen go to fight a fire, they pick up T-shirts for the fires or for the area where they were assigned. I volunteered to make a T-shirt quilt for a friend of mine, a firefighter. Some of those T-shirts are from fires local to our area. We really appreciate our firefighters–if you know one of them, offer to make them a quilt!

We’d love to see your projects and your completed quilts. Please send an email to the Guild address (iemodernquiltguild@gmail.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:

Deadline for showing at our Guild meetings is the Wednesday before the meeting, so for November, please send your quilts (with SHOW AND SHARE in the subject line) by November 4th.

Social Time

Nov 7, 2020 01:30 PM
Dec 5, 2020 01:30 PM
Jan 2, 2021 01:30 PM
Feb 6, 2021 01:30 PM
Mar 6, 2021 01:30 PM
Apr 3, 2021 01:30 PM
May 1, 2021 01:30 PM
Jun 5, 2021 01:30 PM
Jul 3, 2021 01:30 PM

Have you noticed the new times on our Zoom Code invitations? We are now starting our Zoom Meetings at 1:30 p.m. — thirty minutes before the official start time of our IEMQG Guild. That’s a time for you to show up, show off the quilt hanging behind your head, catch up on the news and see your friends, all before we begin our meetings at 2:00 p.m. And if you haven’t put our meetings on your schedule, here’s a listing for you!

Last Announcements

We’re working to get the Member Roster online, behind a password, as well as to get a PayPal button for Membership Renewal. Watch for this, coming soon!

If you do not receive this newletter/blog post in your email, please head to the top of this blog, and on the right, enter your email in the box (illustration shown above). It will then come to you automatically. Save the auto-generated email you’ll receive, as if you move away, you’ll can un-enroll the same way.

See you all in November!

Sit and Sew

Member Get-Togethers

We’ve scheduled a couple of get-togethers, if you are interested.

First one is in Real Life, in the open air:
October 12th (a holiday) at 11:00 a.m.
Victoria Arbors Park in Rancho Cucamonga
Bring a picnic lunch, lawn chair, mask, Show-and-Share items. Take home charity quilt kits, batting for charity quilts. You can also pick up rope for bowls for our Member Quilter University (November Guild Meeting).

The second one is a repeating Zoom Get-Together with your IEMQG friends. We’ll send out a zoom code, so watch your emails. The first one is October 6, Tuesday, the next one after that is October 20th, again Tuesday. The time to get together is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please contact Laura Greene for more information. You can reach her at our Guild email: iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

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!

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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!

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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!