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Meeting Updates for May, June, July 2020 • COVID-19

Updated April 22, 2020

CANCELLED MEETINGS:

May 2: IEMQG General Meeting
June 6: IEMQG General Meeting
July 4: We are dark this month because of the July 4th holiday.
We will evaluate mid-July about whether or not we’ll have a meeting August 2020. Factors influencing our decision as a board were:
• California shut-down guidelines
• Los Angeles City shut-down guidelines
• Riverside City Library shut-down guidelines

We recently had a Zoom meeting as a board, and the minutes are available here as a PDF file (for download):

We’d also like to encourage our members to visit the main Modern Quilt Guild website, to join in their webinars, explore their resources, and keep your quilting interests perking along during this time of no meetings.

Screenshot of MQG website. Each category has lots more to explore!

Please see upcoming posts for news on our IEMQG Challenge, now moving online!

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Face Mask Sewing for COVID-19

Due to the generosity of a sewist in Riverside, we have available free 10-yard skeins of elastic cording. It’s a soft cord, slightly stretchy, about 1/8″ in diameter, which would work fine for all the face masks we are making now. She received it free from Rao at FabricMade. Please consider supporting Rao’s shop on ETSY.

Northern Riverside
Please email Elizabeth E. at opquilt@gmail.com if you are interested. She’ll have a basket on her front porch starting tomorrow, where she’ll place the skeins. If you have her address from the Guild Address List online, you don’t need to contact her ahead of time.

Southern Riverside
There is also a South Riverside/Corona pick-up spot as well. Her name is Elin (not a member of our guild, but she asked me to get the word out). She lives about 5 minutes off the 91/La Sierra exit. She also has a basket on her front porch. Please text her if you will be coming in order to get her address: 951-204-7504

Elizabeth has written two blog posts about making masks, here and here, if you are wanting information about mask making; be sure to read the comments as many have left great tips about mask making. There are also links to those who are requesting masks on the Raincross Quilt Guild site for ChildHelp, as well as Kaiser OB/GYN. The need is all around us, if you can help. Sometimes it’s hard to make these, so if you feel you can’t, don’t feel badly. But for those who can, there is a serious need right now.

Patterns:

Basic Pattern from New York Times

Orange Dot Quilts Free Pattern

Craft Passion Sculpted Mask Pattern

CraftyQuilter Face Mask

Note from Elizabeth: I’ve tried the first two. If you interface it with a non-woven (Pellon) interfacing, it will be more resistent to droplets. None of these are COVID-proof so don’t let them give you a false sense of security, but the CDC has asked us all to wear masks. I’m trying the last one (Craft Passion) this week. For the Grandmas out there, here’s a photo of the mask with embroidery from Instagram:

The new motto from Riverside County is:
Stay in Place • Maintain 6′ Space • Cover Your Face (And wash your hands!)

Reminder: All Inland Empire Quilt Guild Activities are cancelled for the month of April (General Meeting, Board Meeting, Sit and Sew)

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March 2020 General Meeting Minutes

NOTICE: Our Saturday meeting on April 4, 2020 will be shifted to May 2, 2020, due to library closures in Riverside. We’ve scheduled Laura Green presentation on bindings for May, and rescheduled the Urban Quilt Challenge for September.
To keep up with other meeting cancellations, please watch this blog, IG or Facebook for announcements.

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes for March 7, 2020
Riverside Main Library • 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
The meeting was called to order at 2:10 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

I promise we were listening, but we were busy cutting out our EPP pattern.

Welcome/Guest Speaker Introduction – Gayle
Charity – We are collecting charity quilts. The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) for San Bernardino will be our designated charity for distribution to children pulled from their homes in extreme circumstances. Many are taken in the middle of the night and depending on the circumstances they can spend the night at the DPSS.  We do not have anyone specifically handling Charity. We are asking for our members to sign-up to help staff the Charity Table at meetings, simply record the information for the person donating and this duty will rotate on a monthly basis. Quilts can be lap or any size for comfort.  
Quilt kits are available for guild charity projects. Amy French donated a large amount of Allison Glass fabrics. The kit includes top, binding and backing. The guild has a large roll of batting for members to use for charity quilts. If you reach out to Gayle, she can bring batting in whatever size you need. You aren’t obligated to quilt the projects as we do have resources for that with our members.  We appreciate quilt tops also.

Raffles – The raffles this month will be a choice between a scissor/needle threader gift or a Latifah pattern and a spool of thread.  Tickets are encouraged and helpful for our guild. 
Membership Survey – A survey is being distributed by Gayle for our members to provide some candid feedback about the guild. The surveys will be anonymous, and the results will help shape what we do in the months ahead.

Program – Elizabeth Eastmond “English Paper Piecing” 

The first project we learned was traditional hexagon EPP using a basting stitch. An awesome trick Elizabeth shared to begin was utilizing a hole punched in the center of the hexagon to secure the fabric with a pin (versus glue). We began the process to make a flower piece using a light hexagon for the center and dark hexagons to fill out the flower petals. Elizabeth explained how the stitches are long basting stitches and then the stitches to combine hexagon pieces are small and not through the paper. 

Our second project was using a ¼” glue stick (Fons & Porter preferred) to essentially secure the fabric around the pieces. Then the construction to secure the pieces together is the same, small stitches. Elizabeth cautioned not to use too much glue on the edge of the pieces as it makes it challenging to get the needle to go through the pieces when securing them together. We were cautioned NOT to trim dog- ear pieces as we’re constructing petals/pieces.  Trimming leaves the raw edges exposed on your project. 

Break 

Guild Business 

Block Lotto – Elizabeth (in Simone’s absence)
The new Block Lotto was unveiled for this month called ‘Drunkish’ [see previous post].  She would like it to be in 3 analogous colors – blue/blue green/green. The drawing was also conducted for those that presented blocks for Tri-ball.  

Raffles – Judy (in Pat’s absence)
Winners of the fat quarter bundle prize for the revenue raffle and the name tag raffle prize were presented with their prizes.

Programs – Becky

Special thanks to Elizabeth for her wonderful workshop today. 
Next meeting is our guild challenge “Urban.”

[REMINDER: OUR NEXT MEETING IS MAY 2, 2020.]

For the Urban Challenge, quilts are to be no larger than 24″ in either dimension (w or l). The blue color swatch that was distributed needs to be included in the project in some manner.  Linda Rasmussen will be curating the event again. We love her feedback and constructive advice about our work.  If you don’t want yours included, you can opt out of that part of the challenge. 

Sit-and-Sew is planned for April 18th, from 10am to 4pm at Quilter’s Cocoon in Riverside, but check our Instagram feed for updates, if there are any.  There is a $5 fee payable at the event. Becky shared that the owner of Quilter’s Cocoon recently visited Hoffman Fabrics and she will be getting lots of new fabric in the shop.

If there is to be a cancellation of this event, we will announce it on this blog, our Facebook page or IG. Please check there for further announcements.

An upcoming guild program will be with Laura Green about quilt binding.  She will share various binding techniques that she’s learned over the years, many from Helen Frost. 

Membership – Judy
We have three new members, Welcome! We also have four visitors joining us today!  

Announcements – All
March 28-29 quilt show hosted by the Glendale Guild. 

Show & Share – All
A variety of beautiful modern quilts were shared by the membership:

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jennifer G. Adams
Secretary

Recipes from the Treats Table at the back of the room

Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies from Judy R.
Ingredients:
1/2 c. butter – softened to room temperature
1/4 c. Crisco (I used butter-flavored)
1 c. dark brown sugar1 egg – also at room temperature
1/4 c. molasses
2 1/4 c. sifted all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (optional if you’ve used salted butter)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
granulated sugar for rolling cookies in
Directions:
Mix the first 5 ingredients until smooth and creamy.  In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together until well blended then mix into the creamed mixture just until incorporated.  Refrigerate dough for a few hours or overnight. Use a measured scoop or roll pieces into the size of walnuts. Roll the tops in the granulated sugar and place them about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a smooth surface.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 for 10 minutes. If you have an oven that is hotter in the back, turn the sheets halfway through. They will be starting to crack but do not yet appear to be “done”.  Pull them out anyway! Leave them on the cookie sheet to cool and they will finish baking. Last step: be in the moment and savor every bite.


Ranger Cookies, from Judy R.
Ingredients:
1 c. butter or shortening – softened to room temperature
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs – room temperature
2 c. sifted all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
2 c. rolled oats
2 c. of non-sugary wheat-type cereal flakes (Team, Total, Heritage Flakes)
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. nuts
1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips
Directions:
Mix the first 4 ingredients until smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, soda and salt until well blended then mix into the creamed mixture just until incorporated.  Stir in oats, cereal, coconut, nuts and chocolate chips.  Drop by measured scoop or spoonfuls 2 inches apart onto an un-greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly with smooth surface. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 10 – 12 minutes. Slide onto a cooling rack.
Last step: have milk handy.

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Block Lotto • March 2020

Simone has a new block for us to try, and she writes: “The block’s name comes from the drunkard’s path shape. Since the block is raw edge appliqued and there’s the bonus geometric shape in the lower corner I’m calling it Drunkish. It’s kind of like a drunkards path, but it also has some other features.” She has quite a few photos showing us how to make the block *here.* And has provided us a pattern on her blog, so head over there to download it.

Please make your blocks in three analogous colors: blue, blue-green & green.

NOTE: Because of meeting cancellations and library closures due to the COVID-19 disease, we are putting a hold on Block Lotto. We will let you know when to make and bring them, so for now, enjoy using this pattern for your own use.

I pulled together an array of the three specified colors and starching, stitching and playing:

Congratulations to Jan, our Block Lotto winner for March:

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President’s Message • March 2020

Here we are in March already, 2020 is certainly in full swing.  How are we doing with the plans we started the year with?  It took me until well into February to get back into my sewing room!  I like to start the year off with some charity quilting and along with finishes on two quilts that were in the works I managed three quilt tops that have backing, batting and yes even the binding ready and waiting.  Thanks to the batting scraps my fellow quilters have been saving for me I also dropped off three beds to the West End Animal Shelter.  When I put together the beds, I’ve been using them as an opportunity to practice my free motion quilting.  We know how our pets love to ‘fluff’ their cushions, and this often results in all the stuffing pushed to the sides and very little between them and the floor.  I’ve found that attaching a layer of batting to one side of the cushion helps keep the padding in place. The shelter staff is always happy to receive more beds. 

We hope you are planning to join us for the March 7th meeting which will be an interactive event as our own Elizabeth Eastmond teaches us English Paper Piecing using hand stitching.  There is a materials list on the guild website, see the Upcoming March 2020 Meeting Blog post, and Elizabeth has prepared kits for us for the additional materials needed.  The kits are available with a $3.00 fee at the meeting.  

April is our Challenge meeting.  This year’s theme is Urban and the requirements are that your piece measures no larger than 24 inches square, that you use a minimum of the swatch of Classic Blue sold fabric supplied by the guild and describe how your piece represents the Urban theme.  There is also a great blog posting on the website that includes an inspirational slideshow.  Challenges were a new experience for me when I became involved in our original Friends of the MQG group, and then our guild.  And they are a challenge for me for sure!  Personally, my designs are not usually originals as I have often either adapted a pattern or taken my inspiration from a design that I can imagine using fabrics that fit my theme.  I urge everyone to give the challenge a go.  Linda Rasmussen will join us as she curates the pieces.  Her insight and positive feedback are always informative and encouraging.  You don’t need to have any fear of negative critique!  Linda’s approach is positive reassurance and inspiration.  As a NACQJ certified quilt judge I encourage everyone to take advantage of her expertise. 

Please be sure to follow the IEMQG on Facebook and Instagram.  If you haven’t joined either social media platform just ask at the meeting and we’re happy to help you connect. 

Happy Quilting!
Gayle

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Upcoming March 2020 Meeting

Next week our meeting will be held at the Downtown Main Riverside Library, upstairs in the General Meeting Room. It will begin at 2 p.m.

Things for you to bring:
1– 4″ x 3″ scraps of fabric in 12 rainbow hues; this will give you a chance to reinforce Simone’s lecture from February
2–Background fabric scraps (see the dark fill-in around the rainbow points, below) Avoid batiks. They are hard to needle, and often don’t like to ease into place. Another brand I avoid is Art Gallery as their fabric base is similar to a batik. (Both are wonderful for regular quilting, though!)
3–Basic Sewing Supplies: needle, neutral thread (or ring of bobbins in all different colors), scissors and a thimble if you use it. Some also like to use thread conditioner when they hand sew. If you do, bring that as well.
4–Fabric gluestick. I’ll have regular gluesticks available for purchase, but fabric gluesticks are narrower width and water-soluble, too. I like the Fons and Porter brand as it’s less sticky; it is sold at JoAnn’s. Start looking for it now, as they often run out.
5– Kit fee of $3.00–please bring exact change.
6–Paper scissors, for cutting apart your pattern.

Please also remember your Block Lotto blocks for our drawing. The more you make and bring, the better your chances of winning them all!

ONE MORE MONTH until our 2020 Guild Challenge, with the theme of Urban, and using at least four square inches of the challenge fabric: Lapis (blue) from Painter’s Palette line of solids. Decide on your design and start sewing now!

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February 2020 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes

February 1, 2020
Riverside Main Library
3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome/Guest Speaker Introduction – Gayle/Laura

Gayle discussed the Road to California quilt exhibit and solicited thoughts and feedback from members regarding the new format for displaying juried quilts (separate hall at the venue).  She also recognized Mike’s contribution for all the beautiful photos taken of the quilts displayed.  Gayle asked members to please pick-up any quilts that were displayed at Road prior to leaving the meeting today. 

Laura introduced our guest speaker and guild member, Simone Bradford.  Simone has a long history with art and design and aspired to be an artist since the age of five.  Simone started designing her own fabric a few years ago.  Simone is excited to be here today and share her expertise on color theory with our members. 

Program – Simone Bradford “Color Theory” 

Simone shared how colors are part of our ‘toolbox’ in quilting.  There are many different ways to approach color.  Her presentation today will just gloss over a general primer for color theory for quilters.  Color is defined as “different qualities of light being reflected or emitted.  When light shines on an object some colors bounce off the object and others are absorbed by it.  Our eyes only see the colors that are bounced off or reflected”. (Crayola.com) 

Saturation/Chroma is the intensity of color and is determined by the amount of gray in that color. Warm colors can be made ‘cool’ by adding blue and cold colors can be ‘warmed up’ by adding yellow. All fabric printers use the Pantone colors as a basis for fabric production. Colors can evoke emotions.  Simone encouraged everyone to utilize colors that evoke the intended emotion of your project. Tints are formed by adding white to the base color. Shades are created by adding black. Tones are created by adding gray. 

Color wheels were distributed to everyone and Simone explained how to identify complimentary colors and how to use the tool when planning quilts. The color wheel combinations include: complimentary (black arrows), split complimentary (orange triangles), triad (red triangle), rectangular tetrad (green rectangle), square tetrad (purple square), analogous (3-5 colors adjacent to each other), monochromatic (any number of values of the same color), counterpoint (two-color combinations), and multi-color (up to 12 colors using matching values around the wheel). 

Break 

Guild Business 

We’re happy to welcome back Ruthann, and several guild members gifted her a quilt for her newborn baby.

Retreat – Gayle

Registration is open for the 2020 Retreat.  We will have 24 spots this coming year at the Vina Lestonnac in beautiful Temecula Valley, however, the guild will only have 10 rooms for our use.  We are not sure how many of each type of room will be available (single/double/triple occupancy) at this time. Deposits are $100 to secure your space and total prices are as follows: $250/triple occupancy, $300/double occupancy, and $400/single occupancy.  We will finalize room assignments when it is about 30 days prior to the retreat date. Final payment will be due at that time. The dates for the event are November 9-11 (Mon-Wed)

Block Lotto – Simone

A reminder about the ‘Tri Ball’ January/February Block Lotto project was shared with the group.  The details can be found on the guild’s website. Simone shared various examples of how to create really interesting and modern quilts with the completed blocks.  One raffle ticket will be provided with each completed blocks.  Winner will be drawn in March for all blocks received!

Membership – Judy

Judy mentioned that she believes everyone has renewed their membership for the 2020 year.  We had 6 visiting members, one that also joined (yay). 

Programs – Laura

March will be an introduction to English paper piecing by our very own Elizabeth Eastmond.  It will be an interactive learning experience, not just a lecture.  The class kit has a fee of $3.00. Go to this post for information about the projects we will be doing and additional materials you will need to bring with you to the meeting. 

April will be our Annual Guild Quilt Challenge.  This year will be thoughtfully evaluated by Linda Rasmussen if you’re interested in having her review your project. You will need to provide your name on the front. The quilt will be a mini project less than 24” in size called the ‘Urban’ challenge.  A full description is available on the guild’s website. Your project will need to include the 4” piece of the Pantone blue color (classic blue) of the year fabric provided by the guild.  The fabric provided is from Pineapple Quilts and is called ‘lapis’ should you wish to purchase more. [See our Program Chairs Becky and Laura for more info.]

Gayle shared that the Ontario Airport has a standing exhibit in the terminal. They have asked us if we might be interested in participating.  This is the reason the Board selected a small project for the challenge this year. 

Show & Share – All

A variety of beautiful modern quilts were shared by: Janet Tranbarger, Lynn Hanna, RuthAnn Salera, and Elizabeth Eastmond. 

Lynn Hanna shared that there is a movement to make tree blocks (12.5”) in size that can be delivered to a group in Austin as a relief effort for the fire victims in Australia. The group picked a tree theme as trees provide comfort.  Lynn will be going to Austin and agreed to take them on the 15th of February if anyone is interested in participating. [See this post for more information.]

Raffles – Gayle (in Pat’s absence)

Winners of the fat quarter bundle prize for the revenue raffle and the name tag raffle prize were presented with their prizes. 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jenifer G. Adams, Secretary

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March 7, 2020 • Meeting Prep for Hands-on Lecture

Our meeting for March 7th will be a hands-on English Paper Piecing (EPP) lecture by Elizabeth Eastmond, of OPQuilt.com. We’ll make a small Dresden plate mini-mini quilt, using scraps from our stash. This is a shortened version of a class she teaches in the Southern California area, so come and learn English Paper Piecing!

Kit fee for this hands-on lecture is $3–please bring exact change, if possible.

Things for you to bring:
1– 5″ x 3″ scraps of fabric in 12 rainbow hues; this will give you a chance to reinforce Simone’s lecture from last month
2–Background fabric scraps (see the dark fill-in around the rainbow points, below) Avoid batiks. They are hard to needle, and often don’t like to ease into place. Another brand I avoid is Art Gallery as their fabric base is similar to a batik. (Both are wonderful for regular quilting, though!)
3–Basic Sewing Supplies: needle, neutral thread (or ring of bobbins in all different colors), scissors and a thimble if you use it. Some also like to use thread conditioner when they hand sew. If you do, bring that as well.
4–Fabric gluestick. I’ll have regular gluesticks available for purchase, but fabric gluesticks are narrower width and water-soluble, too. I like the Fons and Porter brand as it’s less sticky; it is sold at JoAnn’s. Start looking for it now, as they often run out.
5– Kit fee of $3.00–please bring exact change.
6–Paper scissors, for cutting apart your pattern.

Our meeting time is 2 p.m. and it will be in the downtown Riverside Public Library, in Riverside, CA. See the calendar for more info.