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Meeting Recap

Did you miss our October meeting? Well now you can get caught up with what’s happening at the IEMQG. Read on for important announcements and some eye candy from our members, and don’t forget to Like this post.

It’s Time to Vote!

We owe a big thank you to our nominating committee, Jennifer Boling, Michele Nichols, and Candy Scott, for filling our slate. We will vote on these positions at our November meeting. There are still a few unfilled opportunities for anyone who is interested in joining us. We have lots and lots of fun! The slate is proposed as follows:

  • President – Candy Scott
  • VP Programs – Jennifer Boling and Laura Greene
  • VP Communications – Patti Reyes
  • Secretary – Debbi LoCicero and Debbi Lepper
  • Treasurer – Gayle Bennett
  • Assistant Treasurer – Open
  • Membership and Social Media – Kate McCarthy
  • Parliamentarian – Open
  • Block of the Month – Trisha Williams
  • Hospitality – Pat Klassen
  • Facilities – Christine Sharp
  • Retreat – Lynn Hanna
  • Charity Quilts – Gayle Bennett
  • Opportunity Quilt – Open


Our October program was all about quilt binding. Laura Greene demonstrated a fast and easy way to attach quilt bindings. She gave us tips and tricks for squaring up quilts, and turning perfect corners. She also showed us how to make biased binding, faced binding, scalloped binding and flanged binding.


  • QuiltCon Community Challenge Quilt. Join us and help finish our 2023 QuiltCon quilt. Our last sewing day is Saturday, October 15th from 10am to 3pm at Lake Mathews Community Center. Be sure to save the date! See more information here.
  • Don’t Miss our Retreat, November 7th – 10th at Vina De Lestonnac: Total cost is $410 for four nights and meals. Please pay in full. More information in Member’s Corner.
  • Drop in and Sew: On Zoom. Link goes out the Sunday before. October 10th and 24th from 7 to 9 pm. More information in Member’s Corner.
  • QuiltCon Submission Deadline: Monday, October 31st. More info here
  • MQG Sessions: Oct. 13-16, Virtual event, $95 fee. Register at MQG Sessions.
  • Be sure to check out the MQG Website for important updates. It is not too late to register for QuiltCon or join the Mini Swap.
  • Road to CA Special Exhibit: SCCQG Quilts of California. Deadline to enter is October 24th. Enter Here
  • Road to CA Opportunity Quilt: Volunteers are needed to sell Opportunity Quilt raffle tickets at the show on Friday, and also to help with the show in other ways (ie white gloving, set up, take down). You can earn free admission If you volunteer for a minimum of 6 hours.
  • November 5th Meeting: Member University! Sharon Bergh will talk about Bias Markers and Rotary Cutter Care, Jennifer Boling will show us how to Iron on the Bias, Christine Sharp will demonstrate Making a Wallet, and Lynn Hanna will give an Art Book Review
  • December 10th Meeting: Holiday Party! More information to come.
  • February 4th Meeting: Guest Speaker, Carolina Oneto
  • June 3rd Meeting: Guest Speaker, Veruschka Zarate of Pride & Joy Quilting

Charity Quilts

Gayle Bennett showed us some examples of three-yard quilts that our members made for donation to House of Ruth, a national organization serving the Inland Empire, founded in 1976 and opened on November 21, 1977. House of Ruth is a non-profit organization that serves men, women and children who are abused and homeless. If you are interested in making a quilt for House of Ruth, we have fabric for you, or you are welcome to use your own fabric.

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Our talented members never disappoint. Here’s a review of what we were treated to!

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House of Ruth


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, 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!