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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

QuiltCon

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

“Chopsticks”
Alternate Grid with negative space
48×48”

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.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED – YOU ARE A TALENTED & CREATIVE BUNCH!

And the guild favorite is…….

Elizabeth!!!!!

Here are a few bonus photos of her beautiful quilt:

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

Announcements

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 iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com) 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 iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com – 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, iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com.  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:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85403466552?pwd=WHpnaGZ1KzlQVm9SZU9hZFYyN2RpZz09

OCTOBER GUILD MEETING & SAMPLER PLATTER –

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 iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com.  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.

Announcements

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, iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

“See” you next month – stay cool!

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July 2021 Guild Meeting Recap

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!

In our President’s absence, Candy welcomed guests to the meeting. We kicked off the meeting program with Lynn Hanna’s final installment of “What is a Modern Quilt?”

WHAT IS A MODERN QUILT?

Part 7 of the series is called “Updating Traditional Quilt Designs”. Lynn explained the three ways to update a traditional quilt design by changing the scale, altering the block shape or orientation, and color placement. She showed several examples of each. Sad to see this series end, but if you missed any part of the series, don’t worry, we will be doing a recap blog post next month including our top 3 quilt examples from each series.

CHURN DASH CHALLENGE:

As a reminder, we will show off our quilt tops (does not need to be quilted or bound) at the October meeting to give you plenty of time to complete the challenge. This is your opportunity to explore modern design utilizing an alternate grid layout or negative space, for example (pssst, this is a great time to use Lynn’s “What is a Modern Quilt” series for inspiration).  Also feel free to show off any drawings, pattern books, or practice blocks on Facebook and Instagram to inspire others. Our work in progress will hopefully get others enthused & inspired and lessen any apprehension. ICYMI, here’s the information sheet with all the details you need. If you have questions, please contact either Patti or Laura.

QuiltCon 2022 – PHOENIX, AZ

The upcoming QuiltCon is scheduled for February 16-20, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The class schedule is now available. Discounted MQG member class registration begins on Wednesday, August 4th at 7 am PST. If you’re not sure right now if you want to attend QuiltCon or take any classes, you should at least register by November 2022, to receive your free pass (which is a perk included with your MQG membership). After November, there is a fee to get into the convention. Quilt entry submissions are being accepted between September 1 – October 31st. If your quilt(s) are chosen to be in the show, you will be notified by December 15th. Hope to see a bunch of IEMQG member quilts on display – if yours is selected, please let us know! By the way, on the QuiltCon website there is a newsletter you can sign up for so you don’t miss any important dates or details.

QuiltCon Community Quilt Outreach Challenge

We are pleased to announce that IEMQG will be participating in this challenge! The co-Chairs for this challenge are Patti and Lynn! The MQG launched this challenge which affords Guilds the opportunity to make a group quilt, enter it, display it at QuiltCon, and sell it to raise funds for Women of Color Quilters Network and the Navajo Quilt Project.

This year’s theme is angles and must be twin size, which is approximately 65” x 85”. There is a specific fabric line and color palette as well: Moda Bella Solids – White, Boysenberry (9900-217) , Geranium (9900-258), Amelia Orange (9900-161), Yellow (9900-24) and Fig Tree Olive (9900-69). We can use two colors only or all six!

Patti designed a modern hexagon quilt design. Each member interested in participating will make six triangles. A packet has been created with all the supplies required to make the six blocks. Packets will be distributed at the July 17th Meet and Eat and collected at the September Meet and Eat. If you are unable to attend the July Meet and Eat, alternate arrangements can be made for receiving a packet.

We hope you will participate in this awesome opportunity! For additional information, please read the QuiltCon Group Challenge information packet.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch, show and shares, and join your quilty friends at the SSgt. Salvador J. LaraCasa Blanca Library (Note this is a new location).

SURVEY: A survey was emailed to all members last month. Results will be revealed soon – stay tuned!

BOLO ALERT: We have a guild block swap in the works and will be discussed in greater detail at our August meeting. Additional details will be provide in a separate blog post in a couple weeks.

SEE” YOU NEXT MONTH!!

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June 2021 Guild Meeting

The Guild had the pleasure of having David Owen Hastings as our guest speaker for the June meeting. His lecture was entitled, “Minimal Design, Maximum Impact”.

A little about David’s history: David lives in Sequim, Washington, he was the 2020 President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, he’s a quilter, graphic designer, and a print and textile artist. His modern aesthetic is by far minimalism.

PART I – HISTORY OF MODERN QUILTING: David provided the definition of Modern Quilting as bold, simple designs; high contrast areas; expansive use of negative space; and large scale minimalism. He provided several examples of early influences and influencers such as Amish Quilts, Quilts of Gee’s Bend, Gwen Marston, Nancy Crow, Yoshiko Jinzenji, Denyse Schmidt, Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle, the Flickr group: Fresh Modern Quilts, and the founders of the MQG, Alissa Haight Carlton and Latifah Saafir.

PART II – INSPIRATION: David introduced us to three (3) modern quilters who have inspired him – Carson Converse, Erick Wolfmeyer and Pamela Wiley.

PART III – PROCESS: David’s recipe for successful minimalism are elegantly sophisticated, variations on a theme, simple, bold palette and quietly impactful. Dave ended with design concepts to keep in mind: spare, simple compositions for a clean, modern look. He said something that we need to hear at times, “when in doubt, take it out” to achieve your modern design concept.

David provided an overview of his lectures and workshops. There are some links below on how to join a few of them.

IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY…..

Happy Birthday IEMQG

The guild celebrated it’s 5th birthday! Members wore their party hats (even David) in commemoration! We had the honor of having our founding President and current member, Michele Nichols, take us down memory lane with her presentation entitled, “How the IEMQG was Born”. Thank you Michele!! (see the website for a blog post dedicated to Michele’s presentation).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

JUNE 12TH WORKSHOP: There are still 6 spots available for David Owen Hastings workshop “Mini Mid-Mod Quilts” on Saturday, June 12th from 2pm – 5 pm. Contact Laura Greene for details.

MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch, show and shares, a chair and join in with friends at Shamel Park, Riverside. Please note there may be a location change to the Casa Blanca Library. If this changes, you will be notified at the next meeting and/or via email.

SURVEY: A survey was emailed to all members last week. Please complete by Thursday, June 10th. Results will be revealed at our next guild meeting in July.

RETREAT: The November 8th – 10th retreat at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula is full. If you’d like to be placed on the wait list, please contact Barbara Mathews.

***Links as referenced in David Owen Hastings’ lecture for future reference:***

MODERN QUILT RESOURCES:

Souls Grown Deep Foundation — Gees Bend Quilters

Flickr – Fresh Modern Quilts

Book – Modern Quilts, Designs of the New Century

THREE INSPIRING ARTISTS:

Carson Converse

Carson Converse at Quilt National (youtube)

Erick Wolfmeyer

Seven Quilts by Erick Wolfmeyer: gallery walk through (youtube)

Pamela Wiley

Pamela Wiley with West Elm (youtube)

DAVID’S LINKS:

David Owen Hastings — Open Enrollment Workshops & Lectures

David Owen Hastings — Instagram

DAVID’S UPCOMING VIRTUAL LECTURES + WORKSHOPS

Northwind Art

Minnesota Quilters Show (search for “Hastings”)

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

See you next month!!

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Upcoming June Meeting – David Owen Hastings

We are sew excited to have David as our featured speaker next month! He will be presenting his lecture, “Minimal Design, Maximum Impact”. David is a modern quilter, graphic designer, print and textile artist, and was the 2020 President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. He creates richly layered contemporary artwork and modern minimal quilt and textile designs. For over 20 years, David has exhibited his stitched paper artwork in galleries and juried shows and worked exclusively with nonprofit organizations on their branding and communications.

David’s creative approach to modern quilting has led to a busy schedule of workshops and lectures on quilting, branding for artists, fine art and textile techniques. Sharing knowledge, encouraging creativity, and teaching new skills are personal passions. He also loves to travel, especially in Asia, and enjoys sharing his experiences and inspiration through travel photos and stories.

David will also be conducting a workshop on Saturday, June 12th from 2pm -5pm called “Mini Mid-Mod Quilts”:

Work small, work smart, look great.

These charming little quilts are inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, and are a great skill-building project to learn a number of quilting techniques.

You’ll start with a simple, modern color palette of neutral fabrics with a flash of color. Clean lines combined with simple design give each tiny composition a sophisticated feeling. Since we are working very small, this is a great project for using small scraps and bits of special fabric. There are still spots available for this workshop for both members and non-members. The fee is $40 and can be paid via PayPal as described below. Please join us for an afternoon that won’t disappoint!

In the meantime, check out his website for inspiration prior to our meeting on June 5th. You can also find him on Facebook (David Owne Hastings) and Instagram as @davidowenhastings.

Guests are welcome!!! Guest fee of $5 for non-members can be paid via PayPal to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com no later than June 4th. The Zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting. If you are unfamiliar with making a payment via PayPal, here’s a helpful link.

Reminder: Please note there will be no Show & Share at this meeting and we will continue with Lynn Hanna’s ‘What is a Modern Quilt’ series in July.

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May 2021 Guild Meeting

May’s program was called “What was I Thinking?!?!” – Stories of purchase mistakes. Members spoke about epic fails – Laura’s attempt at DIY spray baste and Barbara’s 3D software kit for her Husqvarna to purchases that were still wrapped in plastic. The number one purchase mistakes seemed to be RULERS!!! It seems we are most vulnerable to ruler purchases when they are being demonstrated at Quilt Shows!

Ahem…, here are some of the rulers bought and regret followed shortly thereafter: Jaybird’s Sidekick and Hex N More rulers, Stripology ruler, Creative Grids Face Mask Template and Janet Platt’s Quick Point & Scallop rulers. Other product offenders were the Curve Master Presser Foot and Cheryl Ann’s Portable Design Wall.

Members thought it would be beneficial (and sew fun) to do product shares after next year’s Road to California show. Stay tuned!

IEMQG SUMMER 2021 ALTERNATE GRID CHALLENGE – Featuring the Churn Dash Block:

Let’s get modern with an alternate layout or negative space using a CHURN DASH block!
Here’s an opportunity to practice and experiment with making a quilt top (no need to have it quilted). You choose the size, color, and placement. You determine the alternate grid with negative space, rotation, slicing, or deleted parts. We will show off our quilt tops at the October meeting to give you plenty of time to complete the challenge. Let’s show off any drawings, pattern books, or practice blocks on Facebook and Instagram to inspire others. Our work in progress will hopefully get others enthused & inspired and lessen any apprehension.

Laura loves the wonky rectangle Churn Dash that Patti showed in the information sheet sent with the last week’s Zoom invitation. Laura’s blocks are solid blues and greens on snow white Kona. She’s planning on only using 5 Churn Dashes with plenty of negative space.

ADDITIONAL MEETING DETAILS

We continued with Lynn Hanna’s ‘What is a Modern Quilt?’ series, Part 6. Lynn showed examples of Negative Space quilts. Don’t miss Part 7 (and final installation) – ‘Updating Traditional Quilt Designs’ in July! If you missed any part of the series, don’t worry, we will be doing a recap blog post including our top 3 quilt examples from each series. Yay!

Be sure to check out the Share and Show photos for this month on our Facebook and Instagram sites.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MEET & EAT: We have a Meet & Eat scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021. We’ll be meeting from 11 am to 3 pm. Bring your lunch, show and shares, a chair and join in with friends at Shamel Park, Riverside. It is just off the 91 freeway (Arlington Exit). The address is 3650 Arlington Ave, Riverside, California. Gayle will be in attendance to collect any charity quilts. If you need batting, please contact her with your size requirement(s). We hope you can join us for a fun afternoon of sewcializing!!

GLOBAL QUILT CONNECTIONS: Just a reminder to keep Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 from 12 pm to 3 pm PST open for the “All Star Virtual Sampler Platter Event” which will feature an All-Star cast of 18 quilt teachers will demonstrate some of their favorite quilting techniques over two different days. You will receive a PDF that includes written instructions to go along with each teacher’s demonstration, as well as a page with tips for making the most of the live demonstrations and the Zoom link.  Be on the lookout for this email going out on or about May 17th. If you don’t receive it, please contact us at iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing your feedback on the teachers that interested you the most (or least) – drop us a note at your convenience.

MINI MID-MOD QUILT WORKSHOP WITH DAVID OWEN HASTINGS: Join us for an afternoon of fun on Saturday, June 12th from 2pm-5pm. You will be making charming little quilts that are inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, and are a great skill-building project to learn a number of quilting techniques. They are too cute to pass up!

There are still spots available for this workshop for both members and non-members. The fee is $40 and can be paid via PayPal to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com. If you are unfamiliar with making a payment via PayPal, here’s a helpful link.

2021 RETREAT UPDATE: Our annual retreat this year is at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula and is scheduled for November 8-10th. We have filled the 22 spots available, but we have started a Wait List in the event a spot opens up. Please contact us at if you would like to be added.

BOLO ALERT: Be on the lookout for our SurveyMonkey poll coming soon to your inbox! Please complete as we value your input and comments.

That’s all – see you again next month!!

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Upcoming May 2021 Meeting – “What was I Thinking”

Stories of Mistake Purchases……

Our May 1st meeting will have a presentation by members discussing “Mistake Purchases.” What disastrous tool or quilting supply have you purchased that really didn’t work properly? Do you have a tool or quilting item that doesn’t do what it was designed to do? How could you possibly let it in your house?! Most importantly how can we avoid making the same mistake?
Maybe one of your tools needs tweaking to work correctly. Maybe you never use something that you spent money on. Maybe the time you invested in a pattern, book, class or material was a waste of time.

Help us by explaining what NOT TO BUY OR TRY. Snap a picture and email it to the guild at iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com. Be sure to give it a title and/or short description. We will give you time to tell us all about how it was a mistake to purchase it. We can’t wait to hear about it at our June meeting!