Blog · IEMQG Meeting

Upcoming April 2021 Meeting

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.

City Kitties 2020 is 36” x 40” by Debbi LoCicero
Blog · Charity

House of Ruth

“HOUSE OF RUTH IS THE HOME OF LOVE”

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 gbennett325@gmail.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!

Blog · IEMQG Meeting · Quilt Challenge

March 2021 Guild Meeting

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.

Announcements

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.

DROP-IN SEW:

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!

Blog · IEMQG Meeting

February 2021 Guild Meeting

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”!

Phenomenal Woman ~ Sandra Johnson Designs

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.

Sandra Johnson Designs

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.

Stronger Together ~ Sandra Johnson Designs

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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!

REMINDER

“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: iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com. 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!

Blog · Quilt Challenge

2021 March Guild Quilt Challenge – Sounds & Voices

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: iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com no later than Saturday, February 27th. Please have your email subject line read “2021 Quilt Challenge”, so we can easily identify it.

Please include:

• Quilt Name/Title
• Dimensions
• 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.

Blog · Featured Speaker · IEMQG Meeting

Upcoming February Meeting – Sandra Johnson

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 iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com 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!

Blog · IEMQG Meeting

Happy New Year: January 2021

We made it through 2020! Welcome Back! For our first meeting of the year, we continued with Lynn Hanna’s ‘What is a Modern Quilt?’ series. Lynn showed examples of quilts that used alternate gridwork. This transitioned perfectly into viewing an episode of Fresh Quilting “Alternate Grids” presented by Jacquie Gering. After the video, members arranged cut up blocks to arrange in various alternate grid formations. Laura led a discussion and members shared their various arrangement of the blocks as shown below.

President’s Message from Barbara Mathews

Happy New Year!!  I don’t know about all of you, but this often-used salutation means more to me this year than usual!  2021 – WOW!  I remember when I was a kid (back in the dark ages) I didn’t think I’d live to see the turn of the century!  When I think back to all the inventions, achievements and improvements to our lives – even in the last 20 years – I can’t help but notice how far we’ve come in the art of quilting! Whether you’re a traditional, modern, art, collage or whatever style of quilter, there’s a place for you in this community – AND lots to explore and learn!

We’ve certainly had to make some adjustments this year – the “virtual” connection has taken over our lives! And, even though it’s a pain in the neck sometimes, it has kept us connected to each other.  I’m not a “techie” by any stretch, so I’m forever grateful to the ladies on the Board and Committee Chairs who are, and can help us navigate this complicated (to me!) territory!

I hope you’re all having as much fun as I am exploring new techniques and finishing those dusty UFO’s during this continued lock-down.  With YouTube tutorials, on-line classes, Facebook groups and sew-alongs, and other venues that have gone virtual, there are lots of opportunities to learn something new, fine-tune your skills or get encouragement and inspiration from like-minded quilters!

I pray you and your families are all staying healthy and that you’re doing one of the things we all love – QUILTING!

Renew your Membership for the Upcoming Year

We want to remind you to fill out the membership 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 have great programs and top of the line speakers planned for this year, so don’t miss out on being a member for 2021!

Announcements & Reminders

MEMBERS CORNER: Please remember to utilize the tab “Members Corner” for the Guild calendar of Upcoming Events, a downloadable Bylaws Document, and a downloadable Roster (all for personal use only). In addition, you can find the Zoom codes for the General Meetings and Drop-In Sews. It is a password-protected page, and if you’ve misplaced the password, email us for it at iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

UPCOMING MEETING: Our February meeting will feature Sandra Johnson who will be presenting her lecture “Modern Quilts”. More details to follow shortly. In the meantime you can browse her website prior to the meeting. Please note there will be no Show and Share at this meeting in order to devote as much time as possible to our guest speaker.

UPCOMING QUILT CHALLENGE: Our March meeting will feature our Mini Quilt Challenge, Sounds and Voices.  The only guideline we have is that the longest side should measure no more than 24 inches. Think about highlighting a sound, a voice, a political statement, or COVID related quilt: What have you heard in the 10 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? You can be abstract or literal. Here is an article from the New York Times that ties quite nicely into our March 2021 challenge.

We can’t wait to see your entries. Email a photo of your quilt along with the quilt title, your name, size, and inspirational statement to us at iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com with the subject line “Sounds and Voices Challenge”. Please send no later than Saturday, February 27th to allow time for prepping prior to the meeting.

INTERNATIONAL QUILT MUSEUM: We are excited to provide you with an additional resource – the International Quilt Museum (IQM)! The IQM is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. The museum has the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection, dating from the early 1700s to present and representing more than 60 countries. Diversity and inclusion are central to the University’s and the IQM’s mission and pursuit of excellence.

They have a portal dedicated to guild members where you will find information about the museum as well as resources available available to guild members, including virtual programs from their experts, downloads, Q&As, and more. You can visit the museum here to see what exhibits they are currently showing as well as upcoming events. Please use the log-in information from the email sent to members on January 1, 2021.

Event Horizon by Joy Seville, courtesy of IQM
Blog · Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild · Service

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!

Blog · Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild · Show and Share

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.

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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!

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!