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May Meeting Recap


If you missed our sew day, don’t worry. We had so much fun, we’re already planning another. We met Saturday morning at 10 am, and our beloved President, Candy Scott, brought us boxes and boxes of free remnant fabric for charity quilts straight from the Robert Kaufman Co. warehouse. If you would like to take free fabric to make charity quilts, make sure you send us a picture of your finished quilt.

Treasurer, Gayle Bennett, inspired us with some amazing scrappy quilt ideas, and we all dove right in, sorting fabrics and cutting strips for scrap quilts. Don’t worry, there’s still some fabric left. It will be available at our June meeting.

April Meeting

Programs Vice President, Laura Green showed us loads of Wedge Quilt inspiration to motivate us for our July Modern Wedge Challenge Reveal. She also showed us how to construct a set-in circle. If you missed it or if you need a review, click here or go to YouTube and search for Christina Cameli Set-in Circle.

To learn more about our the Modern Wedge Quilt Challenge click here.

Ector Simpson, from Mizell Senior Center in Palm Springs, spoke to us about participating in the Aids Quilt project. This is the project’s 37th anniversary, and to continue to call attention to HIV/AIDs, Ector is working with the founders to bring quilt panels to Palm Springs. He is also encouraging local quilters to make panels.

Panels can be made to remember someone who has been lost to Aids or to celebrate a survivor. Panels must be completed by October 15, 2023.

Stay tuned for more information.

We’re having a Yard Sale! Guild Members, Christine Sharpe and Kate McCarthy are organizing the event which will be held on June 17th from 8 am to noon.

Please donate items by bringing them to our June meeting. Please only bring items in good condition. Unsold items will be donated.

This is a fundraiser for our guild. Fundraisers help us pay for workshops and speakers and also help to keep our dues low.

Block of the Month

Here is our May Block of the Month. You may make it in any size and with any color palette. For more details, ideas, and tutorials visit our 2023 BOM page right here.

June Meeting: SUNDAY June 4th – Save the Date!!!

Don’t miss our June meeting on SUNDAY, June 4th! Veruschka Zarate will be with us live at a new location: D’Andre Lampkin Foundation, 2151 E. Convention Center Way, Suite 210, Ontario CA. Please bring a canned food donation.

Veruschka was the 2022 QuiltCon Viewer’s Choice winner and best piecing winner for her quilt titled “Love Quilt”. Veruschka was inspired to make this award winning quilt following a disappointing quilting – related setback. In her own words, “this piece developed much like a Phoenix from the ashes.” Click here to learn more about Veruschka.

Show and Share

Our talented members never disapoint!


  • It’s never too late to become a 2023 member: The cost is $45 and includes one book of Opportunity Quilt raffle tickets. Go to Members’ Corner or email us at for more information.
  • Sign-up for our 2023 Retreat: November 6-9th at Vina de Lestonnac. Total cost is $445, and includes four nights and all meals. Deposit of $100 required. Go to Members’ Corner for more information.
  • Drop-in Sew via Zoom: May 22nd, 7 – 9pm. Zoom Link goes out on the Sunday before.
  • SUNDAY, June 4th Guild Meeting at NEW LOCATION: D’Andre Lampkin Foundation, 2151 E. Convention Center Way, Suite 210 Ontario, CA. Guest Speaker Veruschka Zarate
  • Saturday June, 17th Yard Sale: Bring donated items to June 4th meeting.
  • Saturday, July 1st Meeting: Modern Wedge Challenge Reveal. Get the details here.
  • Long Beach Quilt Festival: July 6th – 8th. Get more information here.
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August Meeting Recap

SAQA Trunk Show

Thank you to member, Lynn Hanna, for bringing us the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) trunk show that included 40 unique mini art quilts, and showcased a variety of materials, techniques, and subject matter. Members who attended were delighted with a broad spectrum of creativity. There was so much to explore!

Check out this slide show of meeting photos to see all the fun!

Show and Share

We had a fantastic August Show and Share!!! Please check out the slide show below for all the beautiful finishes by our talented members. If you have quilts to share, please email a photo to , and if you are attending in person, please bring your show and share items along. We love seeing what you’ve created.

Dates to Remember

  1. QuiltCon Community Challenge Quilt. Join us and help make 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Drop in and Sew: On Zoom. Links go out the Sunday before August 8th and 22nd 7pm to 9pm. More information in Members’ Corner.
  4. Be sure to check out the MQG Website for important updates. QuiltCon registration begins on August 16th the catalog is now available.
  5. Check out MQG Virtual Sessions: October 13-16, register on MQG Website.
  6. Dont miss our September 3rd Meeting, at Arlington Public Library and on Zoom. More details to come.

Upcoming Meetings

  • September: Christine Sharpe will teach us to make Holiday Stockings and Patti Reyes will show us a few tips and tricks for making beautiful quilts from scraps
  • October: Laura Green will teach us some useful binding techniques.
  • November: Member University, and… did you adopt orphan blocks at our May meeting? Be ready to share your results in November.
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February Meeting Recap

Dates to Remember

  • February 16th – 20th – QuiltCon, Phoenix AZ. Meet us every morning at 8:45 by our Community Quilt. Meet and Eat on Saturday at 1 pm same spot.
  • February 14th and 28th – Drop in Sew with us 7 pm to 9 pm.
  • March 5th – General Meeting Presentation by Stephanie Hackney of Hobbs Batting.
  • April 2nd – General Meeting IN PERSON! Curves Workshop at Lake Mathews Community Center.
  • May 7th – General Meeting IN PERSON! At Lake Mathews Community Center.
  • May 7th – Collage Workshop by Barbara Mathews, 9 am to 1 pm, Lake Mathews Community Center.
  • June 4th – General Meeting guest speaker, Sheila Frampton Cooper.
  • Global Quilt Connection: Sampler Platter 12 pm PST.
    • March 19th and 20th
    • July 30th and 31st
    • September 18th and 19th
  • July 2nd – General Meeting Roundabout Challenge!


Roundabout Challenge due July 2nd

Its not to early to get started! This challenge is all about sewing curves, but don’t worry if curves aren’t in your toolbox. We’ll share tips and tricks on April 2nd. Rules: use at least 3 solid colors, and make a quilt with curves of any type with sides that measure anywhere between 24 and 80 inches.


Visit our 2022 Block-of-the-Month page for more information and download the January and February patterns in Members Corner.

Collage Workshop on May 7th

You will need to bring your own pattern/project and supplies for this workshop. Or explore your inner artist and create your own design. Barbara Mathews will provide instruction and help guide us through. A few supplies will also be made available for purchase.

Retreat Registration begins in March!

Our 2022 Retreat is scheduled for November 7th – 10th at Vina De Lestonnac retreat center in Temecula. The cost to reserve your seat is $100. The total cost is $410. Room mates required.

Have Question? Need Answers? Email us any time at

February Speaker

Brenda Gael Smith, Serendipity Patchwork & Quilting

Our general meeting guest speaker, Brenda Gael Smith, delivered an inspirational program, “Driven to Abstraction,” beginning with her brief bio with photos beginning with her childhood in Australia, through her study of law at Washington State University. She took us on a tour of her studio, showed photos of her first quilt, made from seersucker, and the baby quilts that redirected her career from Law to quilting. She shared how nature inspires her modern geometric and linear quilt designs.

In her workshop on Sunday, Brenda guided us through several ways to make improvisational triangles, squares, rectangles, and hexies. She also taught us clever ways to join improve piecing and shared her inspiration and techniques for many of her curated quilts.

For more inspiration from Brenda Gael Smith, you can visit her website and sign up for her newsletter at

You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram

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January 2022, Meeting Recap

Dates to Remember

  • January 22nd – Road to CA Meet n’ Eat. From 12 to 1 pm on the back patio, Ontario Convention Center.
  • February 5th – Guest Lecturer, Brenda Gael Smith, “Driven to Abstraction
  • February 6th – Workshop “Geometricks” with Brenda Gael Smith $30 via PayPal or Check
  • February 16th – 20th, – QuiltCon
  • July 2nd – IEMQG Quilt Challenge – ROUNDABOUT – its not to soon to get started!

Time to Renew your membership

Don’t let your membership expire, Its time to renew for 2022. The annual fee is $40 and provides access to free resources at For more information go to, “How to Join our Guild” in the Menu.

Block of the Month

Evie Rienstra, our new Block of the Month Chairperson, has just posted our first block for 2022 on the Block of the Month page. Her original Mondrian inspired blocks look fun! Go to our new 2022 Block of the Month page for all the details and a downloadable January block pattern.

Roundabout Challenge

This challenge is all about sewing curves, but don’t worry if curves are not yet in your toolbox. We’ll be sharing tips and tricks along the way. The Challenge rules are simple: incorporate some curves, use at least three solid colors, and make sure the sides of your quilt measure between 24 and 80 inches. We’ll reveal our quilts at the July 2nd general meeting.

Adding Words to our Quilts

IEMQG member, Patti Reyes, showed us three easy ways to add words to our quilts and she inspired us to experiment with the tools and techniques she introduced. She showed us how to super-size our printer fonts and then securely print them directly onto fabric. She also showed us how to trace super-sized fonts onto our fabric for embroidery and how to improve our handwriting on quilt labels, by tracing fonts. Visit the Tutorials page on this website to download her complete tutorial, “Three Easy Ways to Add Words to Quilts”.

The words in this quilt were printed directly onto the fabric.

Piecing Letters of the Alphabet

In Fresh Quilting Episode #302, We watched Laura Hartrich piece all the letters of the alphabet with just 3 easy blocks. Don’t forget that as an MQG member you have access to every Fresh Quilting episode and many more resources. Visit to take advantage of more great videos and resources.

QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt Challenge: Angles

Our Community Outreach Challenge Quilt is on its way to QuiltCon!

Road to California Submissions

We have several IEMQG members showing quilts at Road to CA. Don’t forget to look for these beautiful quilts!

Laura Greene’s “Wonky Log Cabin” and Patti Reyes’s “Scraptacular Nine-Patch” will be displayed in the SCCQG “SoCal Quilts 2022” Exhibit.

Show and Share

Here are a few quilts shared by our talented members. Don’t forget to share your quilts with us by sending a photo to

“The Green One” by Pat Klassen, 75″ by 75″

Charity Quilts

Did you know that members who donate quilts for charity are entered to win a generous gift at the end of the year. Each donation wins you an entry.

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December 2021 Holiday Meeting

This was the guild’s first in-person meeting since March 2020 – and it did not disappoint! It was such a huge pleasure to be able to reconnect with members again and to meet our new member, Jennifer. The meeting was to start at 11 am but with all the socializing going on we didn’t “officially” start the meeting until 11:40 am. Here’s a rundown of the festivities:

Mini-Mod Block Swap Show & Share

Those who participated in Berene Campbell’s mini-mod block swap shared their creative creations with those tiny 2″ blocks – truly remarkable:


Patti’s thread catcher & pin cushion
Patti’s iPad sleeve


Carlene’s square pin cushion


Barbara’s square pin cushion


Laura’s project bag
Laura’s sewing machine mat


Lynn’s art quilt


Elizabeth’s colorful quilt

Holiday Inspired Games!!

We played two games: “Never have I Ever” and the Bad Santa game. Congrats to Elizabeth for winning the “Never have I Ever” game. Apparently she’s the only one who’s made a wonky log cabin quilt (I think Laura has but she was already sitting down). A very fun game!

For the Bad Santa game, members exchanged sewing related gifts. All gifts were packaged in brown paper bags with numbers on them. As a member’s name was called they could either choose a bag or “steal” an already revealed gift. There were a few steals (bad Santas)! At the end, we all took home very nice gifts!

Unfortunately, we ran out of time to make the owl pin cushion. But Laura provided a quick demonstration and every member received a kit to take home. Laura graciously offered to demonstrate how to make the owl pin cushion at the next sit and sew on Monday, December 13th at 7 pm.

Show & Share

Our members have been SEW busy! Please enjoy what they’ve been up to lately.


MEMBERSHIP – It’s time to renew for the 2022 year! The membership fee is still $40. Please see email sent on December 3rd for additional information. You can always email us at with any questions.

FUTURE MEETINGS – The January meeting will be held on January 8th instead of on the first of the month due to the holiday. The January, February and March meeting will be via Zoom – stay tuned for additional details. We will announce whether we will meet in April at the Lake Mathews Community Center in Riverside at a later date.

MEET & EAT – We are planning to have the next couple of Meet & Eats at Road to California in January and QuiltCon in February. Details to follow.

FAREWELL – A fond farewell was relayed to Barbara. Each board member thanked Barbara for her year as President. As Barbara decided not to pursue another year, the board gifted her with our traditional IEMQG sweatshirt. THANK YOU BARBARA!!

A note from Becky Brekke: I want to thank you for allowing me to be your VP of Communications for the 2021 year. Due to personal issues, I opted not to run again for the position. I truly learned so much about websites and blogging! I hope you enjoyed my posts as much as I enjoyed putting them together for you! You will be left in capable hands with my successor, Patti! Cheers to 2022; I know it will be a great year for all!

Happy Holidays from the IEMQG!

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November 2021 Guild Meeting

First up at our meeting this month was to tour Sharon’s sewing space or “therapy” room as she likes to call it. We all enjoyed touring her large sewing room and seeing her vintage Micky Mouse collection as well. Thank you Sharon!

Next Laura showed slides on how to create her fabric postcards. Check your email as Laura emailed the instructions if you’d like to create them for family and friends for the holiday season. Thank you Laura!

Lastly, we toured Gayle’s sewing space. She took us through the transformation of dining room to sewing room. We love how she utilizes her space and that it also can be used as a guest room. Thank you Gayle!

Unfortunately, Patti was not able to present her “Three Ways to Add Words to Quilts”. However, she will demonstrate this at our January meeting – stay tuned!

2022 Executive Board

Congratulations to the newly elected 2022 Executive Board members. The new Board for 2022 is as follows:

  • President: Candy S
  • VP of Programs: Laura G
  • VP of Communications: Patti R
  • Treasurer: Gayle B
  • Co-Secretary: Lynn H and Debi Gardner


Just a reminder that QuiltCon FREE registration ends on November 30th. If you think that you may attend, it’s worthy of registering for your free entry into the event. This is a “perk” of your paid membership. Register through the website. and click on the QUILTCON tab.

Holiday Party (in person)

Our Christmas party will be held in person at the Lake Mathews Community Room starting at 11 am on Saturday, December 4th.

  • Bring your own lunch.
  • Bring a $15-20 quilt related gift in a brown paper bag folded on top (please do not staple or tape) for the Bad Santa game
  • Bring your Show & Share, including your Mini Mod Swap blocks
  • Wear holiday attire: ugly sweater, mask, etc.
  • Water, coffee, tea, and a cupcake will be provided
  • Activities: Bad Santa game, Never Have I Ever game, Owl pincushion project, Show & Share

We hope to see you in person next month!

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October 2021 Guild Meeting

The reveal was definitely worth the wait! Below are the challenge entries – which one was your favorite?

Entry 1 – Ginger

I have a fascination with Churn Dash blocks and with Marcia Derse fabric (This quilt features “Art History 101” and “Treasure Hunt”) I met Marcia at the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Show in Portland.  I created my own pattern, which we often do with Modern Quilts.  I’ve used Marcia Derse fabric in a number of quilts and was curious how it would function as the background fabric. This quilt is called “Curiosity.”   I love having it on the wall in my office. It’s a constant source of pleasure for me.

Entry 2 – Sharon

I did the challenge!!! This was a great way to wrap up Lynn’s series on modern quilting. The top is 47″ by 41″ a little smaller for me.

Entry 3 – Debi

Untitled; 24.5″ x 24.5″

Entry 4 – Michele

I wanted to play with scale. The churn dash blocks are 1-1/2 and 2 inches. The entire piece is only 9″x9”.

Entry 5 – Elizabeth

I merged and rotated two churn dash blocks, and after I finished the stitching, I sat and studied it. I really liked where the deep blue and the aqua merged in the middle retaining something of themselves. The colors also blended by giving a little of their color to the other, making a new hue. Yep, I thought, reflecting on our recent thirty-second wedding anniversary, this little bit of a quilt is just like marriage, so I stitched in the number of years from our recent anniversary in the quilting. Thanks to the Guild for motivating us with this challenge!

Entry 6 – Patti

Cool Bright Churn dash

Mini Quilt 22” x 19.5”

I started by making the smallest churn dash I could (1.5” finished) and then increased my HST’s by .25 inch each I used a cool bright color palette and started by making the smallest churn dash I could at 1.5”. Then increased the block size by 3/4 inch each time up to 6 inches. I improvised an alternative layout, and finished it off with modern channel quilting and a scrappy binding.

Entry 7 – Lynn

I had lots of ideas, but each one looked forced to me, and the rigidity of the block just couldn’t be tamed to my satisfaction.

So, I embraced the perfectly symmetrical block, made it with minimal contrast, matched part of the block to the background so it would not stand out in a blaring way, and tumbled them in the sand, like treasured shells or rocks you might find carried in by the tides.

Entry 8 – Laura

“My Matcha”
Three sizes of churn dash.
Yes, the arrows are the churn dash block.
I tried to make them irregularly placed and they are.

Entry 9 – Laura

Alternate Grid with negative space

Entry 10 – Barbara

Block Section of “Hot Mess”.

Entry 11 – Anny

I did an alternative grid.
I used a Windham Fabric Pattern – the pattern name is “Legends” by Wendy Sheppard.
Fabrics are from my stash.


And the guild favorite is…….


Here are a few bonus photos of her beautiful quilt:

Corner turned up, showing the back.
Detail of words quilted in.


MEET & EAT – The next Meet & Eat is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 9 am – 1 pm. Bring your lunch, a chair, show and shares and join your quilty friends at the SSgt. Salvador J. LaraCasa Blanca Library.

NOMINATION COMMITTEE – This year’s nomination committee consists of Laura Greene, Patti Reyes and Carlene Drake. If you are interested in any Board positions (President, VP Programs, VP Communications, Treasurer, or Secretary), please contact them. Voting will take place during the November meeting.

If you’d rather serve on a committee (Membership, Social Media, Hospitality, Block Lotto, Fundraising, Charity, Opportunity Quilt or Facilities), please let any of the committee members know of your interest!

QUILTCON 2022 COMMUNITY OUTREACH QUILT CHALLENGE – Triangles are now DUE! Please mail to Patti (email her at or bring to the October Meet & Eat. We need your help with naming our quilt!!! A few buzz words to help are: Angles? Hive? Bee? Citrus? Hexies? Any and all suggestions are welcomed.

We are collecting donations for the longarm quilting. Any amount is appreciated. Pay via PayPal to – please indicate “Quiltcon Quilting” in the description or you may bring to our October Meet & Eat. Thank you!!

SAVE THE DATE – Our Christmas party will be held in person at the Lake Mathews Community Room from 11 am – 3 pm on Saturday, December 4th. Additional details to follow soon.

Enjoy the cooler weather and see you next month!

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Upcoming October 2021 Meeting

***REMINDER: Our meeting time has been changed to 10 – 11 am as the Sampler Platter will occur later in the afternoon.***

Our featured program for October will be the Churn Dash Challenge reveal! You still have time to participate as your quilt does not need to be completely finished – having your quilt top completed only is sufficient! This is your opportunity to work with an alternate grid and/or other elements of a modern quilt! All that’s needed to participate is a photo of your quilt top or finished quilt. All entries are due by the Wednesday before the October meeting. Send a photo to Laura at the guild’s email address,

We will be voting on our favorite churn dash quilt and we have a very nice gift for the winner. We are ‘sew’ looking forward to seeing all your creative creations!

As a reminder, the Sampler Platter will be from , from 12 – 3, zoom (hence time change above), email with Zoom link and PDF file for presentations will be sent prior to meeting. Sampler Platter continues Sunday, October 3, from 12 – 3 as well. The Sampler Platter is 15-minute lessons by well known quilt instructors from around the world. Attend as many as you like courtesy of the IEMQG. We encourage your feedback; please contact any board member! Enjoy!!

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September 2021 Guild Meeting

This month’s meeting led by Laura (in Barbara’s absence) focused on revisiting favorite quilts from previous shows. Several members submitted photos of their favorite quilts. Laura shared two videos:

“The Best of QuiltCon 2020”: Discussion followed about the quilting, the lines and the shapes that express emotions in quilts. Discussion about the purpose of quilts: Is it to make something pleasing or to express an idea, feeling or emotion. What do you do when making a quilt?

The Best of QuiltCon 2018″: Discussion about the colors used and your favorite color palette followed.

Laura shared, “Abstract Design in American Quilts at 50: Journey to Japan Virtual Gallery Walk Through”: Discussion about the similarity and differences in quilts from Japan compared to local work followed. Some people like to read the title and artist statement to get a better understanding of the maker’s intent.  Some people just make quilts and realize the quilt is reflecting an idea or feeling they are felling as they work.  Gayle puts a bit of fabric from previous quilts she has made in every new quilt, to link the connections together.  Mary thinks each person will react differently to the same image in a quilt and that is the one of the wonderful things about art. Lively and insightful discussions followed.

International Quilt Museum (IQM): As a member of the IEMQG you have access to the online resources at the IQM in Lincoln, Nebraska. Go to the website and input the following information, User: iemodernquiltguild@iemqguild and Password: Qui1ts!

Survey Results: Laura shared a summary of the recent survey that 20 members responded to. Members identified benefits of having in-person meetings, zoom meetings, and a combination.  There was not a majority consensus on the kind of meetings we should have in the future. Members appreciate high quality teachers, amount to pay for the classes varied. Members were split on selling items no longer used but were more positive about purchasing other’s items to fundraise for the guild. Three-quarters of our members agreed to work on a community quilt for QuiltCon. Laura took an informal poll on an in-person meeting time as the board is considering changing from 2 pm to 10 am.  There was much discussion about times, dates, and ability to participate if things change.  The board will look at sending out another formal survey to all members, with closed-ended questions, before deciding about future meeting times/dates. The survey results are as follows.


SHOW AND SHARE – The board has unanimously reversed an earlier decision to only share Modern Quilts at Show and Share.  Moving forward, please submit any quilt you are working on regardless of the type, to help us get to know each other through our work and to celebrate the wonderful creations we each make. Show and Share quilt photos can be submitted anytime to the  Quilts that arrive by the Monday preceding the general meeting will be included in that general meeting.  Photos that arrive after that will be held until the next general meeting.

MEET & EAT – The next Meet & Eat is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 9 am – 1 pm. Bring your lunch, a chair, show and shares, community group quilt triangles and join your quilty friends at the SSgt. Salvador J. LaraCasa Blanca Library.

We are going to test this as a hybrid meeting, and here is the zoom link:


October General Meeting, October 2, 10 – 11 am, Zoom (Note time change!).  Churn Dash challenge due (send picture of your quilt the Monday prior to the meeting to  You should still have plenty of time to finish your churn dash featuring alternate gridwork and negative space. Can’t wait to see what you all create!

Sampler Platter, October 2, from 12 – 3, zoom (hence time change above), email with link and PDF file for presentations will be sent prior to meeting.  Platter continues Sunday, October 3, noon to 3 as well.  The Sampler Platter is 15-minute lessons by well know quilt instructors from around the world.  Attend as many as you like courtesy of the IEMQG (we paid for members to be able to attend).

RETREAT AT VINA – We have two openings. If interested, let Barbara know ASAP.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE – We are in need two volunteers from the general membership to join Laura and Patti on the committee. Nominating committee will recommend candidates for President, Programs, Communications, Treasurer, Secretary, Charity, and possibly other positions. If you are interested, please contact Laura or Patti.

SPOTLIGHT QUILTERS FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS – Who would you like to see spotlighted?  A quilt Con favorite instructor, a You-tuber, Blogger, favorite author?  Let Laura know if you have someone in mind you would like to know more about.  Would you like to give a 10–15-minute summary of a quilter at one of our Zoom meetings?  Let Laura know.

See you all next month!!

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August 2021 Guild Meeting

Guild Mini Mod Swap

Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky introduced the guild swap project. Below are the key points of her presentation:

  • Fundraiser for scholarships to BIPOC, LGBTQ2SL+ and Indigenous people from Canada.  (Where Berene lives)
  • Berene has spoken to many guilds and raised over $10,000 so far.
  • She shared photos of two recent scholarship recipients.
  • Donate $5 by pay pal to the guild or a check to Candy.  The guild will send one check to Berene.
  • Additional donations can be made here.

Berene has designed the mini block patterns and the blocks finish at 2″x 2″. Some blocks are simple, like a four-patch or cross blocks, some are paper pieced and some are curved.

If you participate:

  • You will select a color group (warm, cool, or neutral).
  • You will select a background color (black, white, or gray).
  • You will receive a set of patterns.
  • You can get construction tips from Berene’s tutorials on YouTube.
  • You will make six blocks for yourself, and six blocks for four others in your group, a total of thirty blocks.
  • You will mail six blocks to each person, and you will receive six blocks from each person in your group, until you end up with thirty blocks.
  • You can use them to make a small quilt, or any number of projects suggested on her website
  • The projects are yours to keep.
  • You will receive an email from the inland empire modern quilt guild asking if you want to participate.
  • The email will include relevant due dates.
  • You will select your colors and provide a mailing address.
  • Once the groups are formed, you will receive all the directions, dates, and resources for help to complete your blocks.

The guild will have a show and share of the projects from this mini mod swap at our December meeting.


RETREAT AT VINA DE LESTONNAC: As a reminder our annual retreat this year is November 8, 9, and 10. There are a couple of spots available – if you are interested in joining the retreat, contact Barbara to reserve a spot. We are taking reservations from non-guild members at this time as well.

QUILTCON COMMUNITY QUILT OUTREACH CHALLENGE: Our guild is making a group quilt to hang at QuiltCon in Phoenix in February 2022. To participate, contact Patti or Lynn to receive a package of fabric, triangle template, and directions. As a recap, each participant is making six triangles and returning them by September 18, at the next Meet & Eat. You can also return the triangles by mail. The layout of the triangles/hexagons will be a joint project at the retreat in November. For additional information please refer to the QuiltCon Group Challenge information packet

MEET & EAT: The next Meet & Eat is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 9 am to 1 pm. Bring your lunch, a chair, show and shares, group quilt triangles and join your quilty friends at the SSgt. Salvador J. LaraCasa Blanca Library (Note the meeting time has changed in order to avoid the extreme heat in the middle of the afternoon).

CHURN DASH BLOCK CHALLENGE: This is your opportunity to work with an alternate grid and/or other elements of a modern quilt! All that’s need to participate is a photo of your quilt top or finished quilt. All entries due by the Wednesday before the October meeting. Send a photo to Laura at the guild’s email address,

“See” you next month – stay cool!