Hopefully you didn’t miss our September meeting. It was filled with so much information and inspiration! Just in case you missed it or need a review, read on to see what we learned, what we saw, and what’s upcoming. Also, now is your chance to volunteer!
Our September meeting started out with some helpful scrappy quilting tips. Scrappy quilts are a great way to fully utilize your stash and play with contrast, value and color. While we generally think of scrappy quilts as vintage or traditional, scrappy quilts can definitely be modern. To get some Scrappy Quilting Tips click here.
Christine Sharpe demonstrated her twist on quilted Christmas stockings. The steps are easy: make some Christmas blocks, arrange them into a quilt top in your desired height and width, make a quilt sandwich and quilt it. With right sides together, sew closed and bind the sides and bottom, and box the corners. You can customize your stocking by adding a tab or strap for hanging, or you can even add a drawstring top to make it a project bag. Christine showed us so many clever examples, that we Just may need to schedule a sewing day to try these out! Be sure to view the slide show below for Christine’s wonderfully creative stockings.
Our Nominating Committee is looking for a few good volunteers! Would you be willing to contribute? We will have Board positions as well as some other fun opportunities. We are a fun and forgiving group and we strive to support each other, so this is a great opportunity to get your toes wet! Please let us know if you are interested or would like to know more by emailing us at email@example.com
Show and Share
Our talented members never disappoint!
Carlene Drake (left), Laura Green (right)
Dates to Remember
QuiltCon Community Challenge Quilt. Join us and help make our 2023 QuiltCon quilt. We have two more sewing days at Lake Mathews Community Center. Be sure to save these dates. September 21st and October 15th from 10 am to 3 pm. Learn all about this great opportunity 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 by October 2nd. More information in Members Corner.
Drop in and Sew: On Zoom. Link goes out the Sunday before. September 12th and 26th 7 to 9pm. More information in Member’s Corner.
Global Quilt Connection: Sept 17th-18th, 12-3pm PST.
Our July meeting featured our Roundabout Quilt Challenge Reveal (below), and, Wow! What talented members we have. Do you have a Favorite? They’re all fantastic!
July Meeting Recap
We have lots of upcoming opportunities to engage with our great membership. Save these important dates and join us!
Next General Meeting August 6th, 2 pm, Arlington Library 9556 Magnolia Ave, Riverside. We will have a SAQA Trunk Show. Don’t miss this opportunity to see dozens of wonderful mini art quilts. While we’re enjoying their beauty we’ll take time to discuss techniques used and what makes them successful.
QuiltCon Community ChallengeQuilt. We need your help making our 2023 QuiltCon Quilt. We have scheduled three sewing days at Lake Mathews Community Center. Be sure to save these dates, August 10th, September 21st, and October 15th from 10 am to 3 pm. Learn all about this great opportunity here.
It’s never too late to make a Sew Powerful Purse. You can give your finished purse to Laura Green before August 4th or you can deliver it yourself. Get all the details at www.sewpowerful.org
Don’t miss our Retreat November 7th – 10th at Vina De Lestonnac: $100 reserves your spot. Total cost is $410 for four nights, meals included. More information in Members’ Corner.
Drop in and Sew: On Zoom. Links go out the Sunday before July 11th and 25th 7pm to 9pm. More information in Members’ Corner.
Global Quilt Connection Sampler Platter: Save the dates for this free on-line event Saturday and Sunday, June 30th and 31st, 12 to 3 pm PST.
Orphan Block Reveal. Did you adopt an orphan block or two at our May meeting? If so, get ready to show us how you repurposed it at our November 5th meeting.
Show and Share
Check out our fantastic July Show and Share items. If you have quilts to share, please email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re planning to attend our meeting in person, be sure to bring your show and share items along.
What an Inspirational meeting we had in June! In her lecture, “Spontaneous Creation and Inspiration”, our guest speaker, Sheila Frampton Cooper, shared her early artistic endeavors and quilting journey which started with the “Linus Project”. She took us through her move abroad, the evolution of her improvisational art and quilts, and her hand dyed fabrics. She showed many of her beautiful quilts in different stages of development giving us a clue into her upcoming workshop. You can see more of Sheila’s wonderful quilts and art work on her website zoombaby.com
After Sheila’s lecture, We Celebrated our 6th Birthday!!! Thank you to our President, Candy Scott who spoiled us with delicious mini bundt cakes for all!
Congratulations to our new member Barbara Dawson, our membership raffle winner.
Please Join us for Sheila Frampton Cooper’s workshop, “Lines and Curves”. Sheila will guide us through the process of designing our own quilt with little or no pre-planning. She’ll discuss basic design and composition, color and value, quilting, and most importantly, we’ll learn to trust our instincts!!
Class Details: $45 for members, $55 for nonmembers, July 3rd and 10th, 10 am to 1 pm on Zoom. Pay Via PayPal. Email us to let us know you’re signing up or with any questions at email@example.com.
We will be making our own unique quilt similar to the one pictured below.
100% cotton solids. Make sure to have light, medium, and dark values for each color you plan to use. Solid fat quarter bundles with color gradients work well.
Try to have at least a yard of background fabric, in several shades or cream/taupe.
For more information about supplies and fabric selection please visit zoombaby.com
Be sure to save the dates below and join us for some quilty fun!
Email us any time at iemoderquiltguild.com with questions.
Next General MeetingJuly 2nd, 2 pm, Arlington Library 9556 Magnolia Ave, Riverside.
Roundabout Challenge: Due at July Meeting. Details on website. Bring your quit to the meeting and email us a photo for our members on Zoom.
Raffle Basket:It is overflowing with goodies that could be yours! Tickets will be on sale at the July meeting. The winner will be picked at the July meeting.
Volunteers Needed: to sell Opportunity Quilt tickets at the Long Beach Quilt Festival, Thursday August 4th through Saturday August 6th.
QuiltCon Community Challenge: Help us make a group quilt for QuiltCon. This year’s theme is Color Shift, and we’ve scheduled some sewing days. Save the dates and join us: Aug. 10th, Sept. 21, and Oct. 15. More info to come. For more information please go to http://QuiltCon.com and select Quilt Show, Challenges.
QuiltCon Challenges: The MQG has announced several individual challenges for QuiltCon 2023. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate! use the same link above.
Sew Powerful Purses: Please consider making a purse for African women and girls to carry their feminine hygiene products to and from school and work. The pattern and more information can be found at www.sewpowerful.org. You can give your purse to Laura Green at the July meeting.
Don’t miss our Retreat on November 7th – 10th at Vina De Lestonnac: $100 reserves your spot. Total cost is $410 for four nights and meals. more information in Member’s Corner.
Drop in and Sew: June 13th and 27th, 7 to 9 pm.
Join our 12 x 12 Challenge: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Quilt Connection Sampler Platter: July 30th and 31st from 12 to 3pm Pacific Time
Welcome new members! I’m so excited to see all the new faces at our meetings and even at Zoom Drop-in Sew. We do our best to welcome everyone whether you are new to quilting, an experienced quilter, or somewhere in between. We are so glad that you have found us.
This month we are celebrating our 7th Birthday. Our June meeting will be a hybrid meeting (in person at Arlington Library and on Zoom) with guest speaker, Sheila Frampton Cooper speaking to us via zoom. Sheila will also teach a2-half-day class via Zoom on July 3rd and 10th, and we will join from our own sewing rooms. Remember to sign up early, as the class is limited to the first 20 quilters. The price is $45 for guild members and $55 for non-members.
It is hard to believe that we are already in May, 2022. Wasn’t QuiltCon just a few weeks ago? What a great turn-out of IEMQG members we had, and I’m already looking forward to next February 22-26, 2023 when we meet in Atlanta.
Speaking of QuiltCon 2023, be on the lookout for email from the MQG with a schedule of classes, lectures and sign-up dates. There will be a separate email regarding hotel reservations. The MQG block of rooms sells out quickly, so now is the time to start planning.
May Meeting Recap
Our May meeting was in person at the Lake Mathews Community Center where we were able to share ideas for up-cycling our left over quilt blocks (orphan blocks) and even swap a few blocks. Our talented members shared bags, pouches, rug mugs, pin cushions, pillow tops and even quilts made with left over blocks. Members also brought their left over blocks to the meeting for adoption by others who left the meeting inspired to give the adopted orphan blocks new life. It will be fun to see what members do with their adopted blocks. Maybe we’ll see some get turned in to Sew Powerful Purses! Go to www.sewpowerful.org to learn more about how these purses keep African girls in school! Give your finished purse to Laura Green before our August meeting.
We need volunteers to help sell Opportunity Quilt tickets at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival August 4th – 6th. Email us at email@example.com
Don’t miss our Retreat on November 7th-10th at Vina De Lestonnac, $100 reserves your spot. Total cost is $410 for four nights and all meals.
Join our 12 x 12 Challenge! learn more at 6 pm before Drop-in Sew.
Please consider making a Sew Powerful Purse for African girls. These easy-to make purses keep girls in school! Get the free pattern and see how important these purses are at www.sewpowerful.org Finished purses can be given to Laura Green for delivery.
Submit your MQG Make-a Difference Challenge quilts by August 8th. Go to the MQG Website for all the details. This year the theme is OCEANS to support Oceana, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the worlds oceans on a global Scale.
Keep an eye on your email for QuiltCon announcements from the MQG!
Our April meeting was in person and well attended! We had so much fun learning to sew curves! Guild secretary, Lynn Hanna, taught us to make gentle improve curves by overlapping two pieces of fabric, cutting a gentle curve via rotary cutter, and then sewing with right sides together. It was really that simple! Programs Vice President, Laura Greene, showed us how to turn fabric under for appliquéd curves using card stock for a pattern and aluminum foil for turning the fabric. We all left the meeting having mastered rolling hills and beautiful sunsets. These new skills are sure to help us with our July Round About Challenge .
Block of the Month
Evie revealed the April Block of the Month (BOM), and explained that her inspiration for this year’s BOM program comes from modern architecture. Read more about the BOM Here. You will find all the BOM patterns in Member’s Corner.
Join us in May for our Collage Workshop!
Please join us Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Lake Mathews Community Center for a sure-to-be-fun no-sewing Collage Workshop by Barbara Mathews (supply list below). Barbara will share all her tips and tricks and you may end up with a “ready-to-quilt” project by the end of class. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Our meeting will follow. We’ll share creative ways to up-cycle orphan blocks.
Collage Workshop Supplies
A pattern (available in most quilt stores, Etsy, and Amazon) or draw you own!
A good variety of scrap fabrics
Plenty of Steam-a-Seam 2 (enough for all your applied fabrics- 3 or 4 yards)
A light weight, non-woven fusible interfacing (at least as big as your pattern)
a Sharpie and #2 pencil
Good fabric scissors (like Karen K Buckley, sufficient for making detailed fabric cuts)
Rotary cutter and mat
Please email us if you have questions!!!
Dates to Remember
April 11th and 25th – Drop-in Sew 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Check Members Corner and your email for Zoom Link
April 16th – Meet and Eat via Zoom – Drop-in sew, eat, and Show-and-Share,
May 7th – 9:00 am Collage Workshop by Barbara Mathews and 2:00 pm General Meeting IN PERSON at Lake Mathews Community Room
June 4th – General Meeting in person at Arlington Library and via Zoom. Guest Speaker Sheila Frampton Cooper and IEMQG Birthday Celebration
March 19th 11:30 – Meet and Eat at Riverside Heritage Museum.
March 14th and 28th – Drop-in Sew. Check Members Corner for Zoom link.
March 19th and 20th – Global Quilt Connection Sampler Platter. Watch your email for Zoom link.
April 2nd – General Meeting, Curves Workshop . IN PERSON at Lake Mathews Community Room, 16453 El Sobrante Rd, Riverside, Ca 92503. Room opens at 1:30.
May 7th – Collage Workshop by Barbara Mathews and General Meeting. IN PERSON at Lake Mathews Communtiy Room – Workshop starts at 9:00 am Meeting starts at 2:00 pm.
June 4th – General Meeting via Zoom. Guest Speaker “Sheila Frampton Cooper” and IEMQG 5th Birthday Celebration.
July 2nd – General Meeting Roundabout Challenge!
November 7 – Retreat at Vina De Lestonnac – Reservation Form in Members Corner.
We are looking for a few creative helpers to organize fundraisers. Whether its organizing and collection of handcrafted items for a boutique sale, or making a raffle basket for bi-monthly raffles, we need your ideas, creativity and elbow grease. If you think you can help please contact email us email@example.com .
Looking for a Challenge? Enter a contest!
quilts.com This site provides entry information for Salt Lake City, Houston, and Long Beach quilt festivals.
Our March speaker, Stephanie Hackney of Hobbs Batting, gave us all the resources we need to pick batting for any project. She recommended that we answer five basic questions when choosing batting for a project. What are you making? What do you want the finished surface to look like? Who is it for? How will it be used? And Where will it be used? If you need a highly durable batting, then she recommends that you consider using polyester. It is strong, shrink resistant, and non allergenic. Because it doesn’t shrink it provides a smooth finish. Cotton is a great choice for warm climates, and because it tends to shrink a bit, it will provide a crinkled texture to a finished quilt . It can be purchased with a built in stabilizer referred to as scrim which helps retain its shape. Wool while best known for the warmth it provides, is the perfect batting for show quilts since it doesn’t retain creases, but it can shrink and felt and should only be laundered in cold water. Silk batting, while a little more delicate, is know for its wonderful drape and is the perfect batting for clothing. For more information about batting visit http://www.hobbsbatting.com