What was I thinking? …A Message from Gayle

What Was I Thinking?! 

Join us Saturday September 7, 2019 for our monthly guild meeting.  The September program will be an interactive presentation for guild members to join in.  We all have them, those fabrics that we just couldn’t resist, or just can’t quite recall how we ended up with, that we also can’t figure out what to do with. Or what on earth we were thinking when we even bought them, right? Bring one of yours to the meeting and have the opportunity to show it off to the group and receive suggestions, input, and inspiration for what to do with it.  Maybe you’ll just find it a home to go to, other than back to yours, if a fellow quilter discovers that they have the perfect project to solve your fabric dilemma.  Participants will be entered in a drawing for a prize.

Mark your calendar for our Sit and Sew scheduled for Saturday September 21, 2019 that will be held at the Quilters Cocoon at 9901 Indiana Ave, Riverside from 10 AM to 4 PM.  The guild will be providing fabrics and patterns to work on charity quilts or several boutique items, or bring a current project of your own.  And of course, there will be shopping available!

If you haven’t visited the guild website recently there is now a link to our Activity Calendar that lists meetings and other goings on with the guild.  From the Welcome page at click the ‘here’ link in the welcome message to be taken to the guild’s calendar.  Hover over an event for more details. You can also access the calendar from this link

Our Fundraising Chairperson Laura Greene is looking for volunteers to work our table at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community Annual Gift Fair.  The event is Saturday October 12th  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and help is needed for set up, the sale, and take down. Please see Laura at the September meeting if you can be available to help. She has two hour work slots arranged.

Don’t forget to get in on Block Lotto! 

September’s meeting will take place at the Riverside Main Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside. Parking behind the building, on the street or in the parking structure just across the street at no charge.

Socialize from 1:30, meeting start time 2:00 PM.

Hope to see you all there!


A Message from Gayle – IEMQG August Meeting News!

Join us next Saturday as Natalie Barnes will bring her AURIfilosophy to the IEMQG.  Learn all things Aurifil thread!  Included with the program will be a pop up Aurifil shop.  For those of you new to Aurifil you can purchase threads to try.  To those of us devoted to Aurifil as our favorite thread (that would be me), well, I should probably make a shopping list.  Just recently I was thinking of a color that I needed.

Our exhibit at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art came to an end on July 22nd.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a quilt, or chair, and made the exhibit a success.  If you did not pick up your quilt in person I have them and they’ll be available to retrieve at the guild meeting. The exhibit was very well received and I’m pretty sure we changed the image in a few people’s minds about quilting. 

I did take the opportunity to solicit quilts that were shown at Chaffey for our big exhibit as the featured guild to hang in the atrium at Road to California.  Those quilts have been photographed and measured for submission to Road and I’ll email the quilters individually about that.  Please keep in mind that quilts for Road to California must be a minimum of 72 inches long and can be a width up to 100 inches.  We will need to submit photos and measurements of each quilt to Road in October. This photo can be just the completed quilt top since delivery of the quilts to Road isn’t until January.  My husband Mike will be available at our October guild meeting for anyone who needs a good shot of their quilt and has also offered to convert any photo format that you have available to a PDF as Road has requested.  You can email those photos to me when the time comes.  This exhibit is open to guild members only and we need 44 quilts. I’m sure we can deliver!

The August meeting is at the Riverside City Main Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside.  Our guild meetings are scheduled at that location for August, September and October.  Depending on how you travel to meetings, please be aware that the 60 Freeway will be closed between the 15 Fwy and the 91 Fwy from 10 pm Friday nights to 5 am Monday mornings.  This is scheduled for every weekend, except Labor Day, from now until mid-November.  I’ll need to plan accordingly!

Come socialize at 1:30 Saturday and enjoy the guild meeting at 2:00, see you there!


July guild happenings – a message from Gayle

Our regular monthly meeting is next Saturday July 6th and will take place at the Riverside Main Library, 3581Mission Inn Ave in Riverside.  Doors open by 1:30pm and the meeting begins at 2:00pm. After you’ve celebrated our Independence Day on the 4th come celebrate quilting with the Guild!

This month’s speaker will be our own Christine Sharp as she presents her transitional quilter journey.  If you’re like me and a fan of Christine’s bold colors and white backgrounds I’m sure you’ll be interested to hear her story and see her quilts.  The talent of our guild members continues to amaze and inspire me. 

The Splashes of Color and Space exhibit that we have hanging at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art is a wonderful sampling of this talent.  If you haven’t been to Ontario to see this exhibit the quilts will hang there until July 20th.  For museum hours and location see their website;

The week of July 8th Rachel McGee will be delivering charity quilts to Calicento Ranch, be sure to bring any charity quilts you have completed to the meeting.  If you have quilts and can’t attend the meeting please let me know and we’ll see if we can arrange to get them from you.  Our fundraiser chairperson Laura Greene was off to China for teaching last week, but if you have boutique items that you’d like to turn in we can also collect those.  Our first sale event will be at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community in Highland on October 12th.  We’ve been invited to participate in their annual event.  We’ll also be part of the annual Kris Kringle Kraft fair in Ontario at the Senior Center in December. 

For those of you that may not have heard our member Trish William’s husband Jim passed away last week.  Jim had been dealing with some serious health issues for the past few years.  They recently relocated to Spokane Valley WA and live close her daughter and son and extended family there.  Many of her guild friends have been able to extend our condolences and support to her and she assured me that her family is encouraging her to come down in November to participate in the retreat.  Please keep her in your thoughts.

Happy sewing, see you next Saturday.



Fundraising for the IEMQG – Craft Fair Items

One of our top priorities for the IEMQG this year is creating items for our fundraising efforts. We will participate in two craft fair events later this year and really need our guild membership’s assistance in creating what we will sell! The revenue created through these craft fair sales will be what builds our events and programs for 2020.

Each month we have an item we will focus on making, the complete list is noted below. February is complete as we do not need any more coasters right now. All the other months listed we still need items made. In the event you are short on fabric to create items, let us know as we have some donated fabric available. Links are offered to take you to patterns/tutorials to create these items.

Completed items can be given to any Board member at our meetings. We appreciate your participation and are available should you have any questions! Happy sewing!

January – baby quilts –

February – coasters –

March – Table runner –

April – Dog leashes and scarves –

May – totes –

or you can create a simple lined tote bag with this pattern,

June – chef’s BBQ apron –

July – Luggage tags –

August – Wine tote –

September – throw quilts – (this is not a baby quilt, but the size for a baby)

October – rope bowls –


IEMQG News & June Meeting Info!

Happy 3rd Birthday to the IEMQG!

For our June 1st meeting we will celebrate the third birthday of our guild! This meeting will be held at the Grand Terrace Main Library, 22795 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313. The guild meeting will start at 2:00 PM – arrive early to browse and socialize. We’re looking forward to a wonderful afternoon celebrating with Dora Cary of Orange Dot Quilts including her lecture and trunk show!  We will allow plenty of time for refreshments and shopping Dora’s pop-up shop following her presentation! More information can be found about Dora on her website here!  We will have raffles and lots of fun so you won’t want to miss it!

Please note, in order to give our speaker ample time we will not have Show and Share this month.

As a reminder, the very next day on Sunday June 2nd the Chaffey Community Museum of Art will host an Artist’s Reception for the IEMQG’s exhibit “Splashes of Color and Space”, and other featured artist’s installations.  The Reception will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the museum. The art museum is adjacent to the Ontario Museum of History where our work was shown in January. Directions to the museum and additional details can be found here.  We hope to see all of our guild members at the reception and do hope you’ll take time to stop by the museum and view our latest exhibit which will run until July 20th!

We look forward to seeing everyone at our birthday celebration and meeting!

Gayle & The IEMQG Executive Board


IEMQG 2019 Retreat


The Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce our location for our 2019 annual retreat at the beautiful Vina Lestonnac Retreat Center in Temecula. More information regarding the location can be found here.

Our confirmed retreat dates are November 11th, 12th, and 13th of this year, which are a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Check in at 10 am on Monday and check out at 2 pm on Wednesday.

Prices include the following chef-prepared meals:
Monday;  Lunch and Dinner
Tuesday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Wednesday: Breakfast and Lunch.

Prices for the retreat are as follows:
Single room;   $386.00
Double room: $286.00
Triple room:   $236.00
Day Commuters:  $33 per day includes lunch.  Add $18 to stay for dinner also.

$100.00 deposit is due at the time you sign up, which can be paid via PayPal, check or cash.

We will have our own workroom and have space for up to 22 quilters.

There were a number of signups at the May guild meeting, but we still have space available.

Please contact me or one of the 2019 Retreat Committee contacts listed below right away to reserve a spot or in the event of any questions.

2019 Retreat Committee Gayle, Jennifer, Cat, Shelley & Pat





May Meeting Information

Our next guild meeting will be Saturday May 4th and we will meet again at the Riverside Main Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, in the Auditorium room on the second floor. Ruthann helpfully provided information regarding a nearby parking structure that is available if parking around the library itself is full.  The parking structure is located at 3743 Orange St and looks to be a nice short walk from the library, please see the map here. Parking is free on Saturdays. We start socializing at 1:30 with a meeting start time of 2:00.

The program this month is our own Kim Wingert presenting “Community and Creativity; A History of Women and Quilting”.  Kim debuted this program two years ago at the Upland Library for Women’s History Month and we are excited to have her bring this entertaining and insightful presentation to our guild.

Laura will be collecting quilts for our exhibit at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art.  Quilts need to be submitted on Saturday May 18th.  The display will hang from May 23rd to July 20th and the museum hours are Thursday through Sunday 12:00PM to 4:00PM. You can visit their website at:  If you have a quilt, or two, or other item, that you wish to submit but will not be at the May meeting please contact Laura to make arrangements. There is a brief form to complete to go with your quilt and Laura will have copies available at the meeting.  Or if you plan to deliver your submissions yourself you may download and print the form here.

Our May Board Meeting will take place after the guild meeting at Shelley Wardrop’s home, a short 2.5 miles from the library at 1979 Prince Albert Drive, Riverside.  All guild members are welcome to attend.

Remember your name tag for a chance to win a fat quarter and bring any recent finishes for Show and Share.

We have some exciting announcements for this month’s meeting and hope to see everyone there!


Road to California Guild Challenge Results!

Guild Challenge Results

The Travelling Quilters, Road to California’s official Bus Trip Guides, sponsored a Guild Challenge for Road 2019. Guilds were able to compete for two, $500 cash prizes. Each category was based on guild attendance during the show. One award was for the quilt guild with the highest percentage of guild members attending and the other prize was to be awarded to the guild with the highest gross attendance at the show.

In order to qualify, a quilt guild had to enter with Road to California prior to Road 2019. Then, during the show, individual guild members registered their attendance on iPads that were located by the south lobby doors. Winning guilds have been notified and received their $500 prizes at a recent Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds meeting.

Congratulations to the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild and Beach Cities Quilters Guild for winning.

There’s lot of ways for your guild to participate at Road to California 2020- our 25th Anniversary Show. Displaying an Opportunity Quilt, volunteering as White Glove attendants, and entering the 2020 Guild Challenge are just some of the ways to join in the celebration. Plan now to be a part of our milestone event. Look for details regarding guild participation in the future on our web page, our blog and our social media.

Road to California • 1160 N. Dewey Way, Ste. A • Upland, CA 91786 •