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August 6th Meeting News

You don’t want to miss our August 6th meeting! IEMQG member, Lynn Hanna is bringing us the SAQA Trunk Show (SAQA stands for Studio Art Quilt Associates. Learn more at We’ll get to see over forty mini art quilts like the ones featured above! We will spread them out on the tables for everyone to enjoy and we’ll discuss what makes them so wonderful.  While we are enjoying the quilts in person, members on Zoom will access a link with photos of all the quilts we are viewing. What a fantastic opportunity to become inspired.

We’ll also have show and share. Please bring your latest finishes, and don’t forget to send us a photo by Friday before the meeting to so that Zoom participants can see your items too.

Be there at 1:30 to enjoy some social time. Meeting starts at 2 pm. We are
meeting at the Arlington Library, 9556 Magnolia, Ave, Riverside, CA 92503.

Dates to Remember

  • 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.
  • 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 August 8th and 22nd 7pm to 9pm. More information in Members’ Corner.
  • Be sure to check out the MQG Website for important updates. QuiltCon registration begins on August 16th the catalog is now available.
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January 2022 Happenings

  • Be sure to Join us Saturday January 8th, at 2:00 p.m.
    • Attend Member University – Patti Reyes will show us several ways to “Put Words on Quilts.”
    • Watch Laura Hartrich make pieced letter blocks for her quilts
    • Send us your 2021 quilts finishes for Show and Share!

Get to Know Our 2022 Board of Directors


I am so excited to be your new IEMQG President and to introduce myself to you all. I have been married to my Australian Husband, Alan, for 21 years. We have 4 children, 4 grandchildren and our cat, Roxi, who often joins me on Zoom.

When I was 8, My mother taught me to sew skirts, dresses and ice skating outfits. As an adult I became an accounting and human resources manager for a chain of retail clothing stores. With at least 6 master tailors available to me, I had no need to sew. When I retired and moved to Palm Desert, CA, I joined a community quilting group and found quilting to be way more fun than making clothes. I found “my people” and never looked back. The friends I have made in the quilting community have changed my life. Without Zoom, I would have dearly missed you all during the pandemic.

With nearly 2 years of this roller coaster pandemic behind us, IEMQG will continue to hold Zoom meetings and workshops until it is safe to set up hybrid meetings (zoom and in-person combined). Additionally we will strive to have safe monthly get-togethers whether we meet at upcoming quilt shows or meet ‘n eat at local parks. We want to stay as connected as possible while staying safe and healthy. We have booked our next quilt retreat for November 7th-10th, 2022, at Vina de Lestonnac and we’ll be sure to let you know when we start taking reservations.

With Covid still hanging around, No one knows what 2022 will bring us, so we’ll remain flexible, find our path forward, and expand our friendships while we build our modern quilting skills and knowledge.

Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you soon.


My Husband, Brian, and I, my 30 year old son Allu, and 27 year old daughter, Heather, love the outdoors. We ski, run, hike, camp, swim and travel. I recently retired from a 38 year career in teaching and now have more time to enjoy my family, my outdoor hobbies and of course my quilting.

In my career I worked to be a good listener and collaborator to build community among my students. As VP of Programs for a second year I hope to do the same for my IEMQG quilters.

I look forward to working with all of you to provide fun and informative IEMQG meetings and activities. As a founding IEMQG member I have been fortunate to serve as President, Secretary, and Committee Chairperson in several areas. As a quilter, I’ve worked to promote volunteerism since 1990. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts for making your IEMQG experience the best that it can be.


I am thrilled to volunteer as the IEMQG Communications VP. I joined the Guild in 2019, and have made so many new quilty friends. I am a retired civil engineer with a masters degree in business and a current emphasis on “retired“. I love scrappy quilts and bright bold colors and absolutely love exploring different quilting styles. I live in Bermuda Dunes, CA with my husband, Bobby and our beloved dog Rocky. We have 4 adult children and a granddaughter who all live nearby and seem to get most of my quilts. I look forward to keeping you informed on all things IEMQG in 2022. Please let me know if I can help improve your IEMQG experience.


I shouldn’t of had that glass of wine at the last Zoom “Drop-in Sew” because now I’m the treasurer again. In all truthfulness, now that I am retired as of October 2021, I have the time and energy to participate with much enthusiasm! My Husband, Mike and I have been married for 17 years, We have 4 adult children and 9 grandchildren. By the way Mike is our unofficial guild photographer. Retirement is great for my productivity. I’ve recently finished a quilt and am half way through a second one. I’ve also made over 300 hundred masks including quite a few for the City of Ontario Police Department. As a founding member of the guild, I have served as President, Treasurer, and Membership Chairperson. I love being a member of the IEMQG and I look forward for having a more active role in 2022.


I have enjoyed quilting since I retired eight years ago. I think of fabric and quilting techniques as the medium for my art. I am drawn to modern quilts, especially the improvisational, free form aspects, as well as art quilts. I have been an IEMQG member since the very first meeting at the Garcia Center in San Bernardino. As a matter of fact, I was partly responsible for selecting that unpopular location as well a the gray fabric for our very first challenge.

I started my elementary teaching career in Australia, then worked twenty years at the Orange County Outdoor Science School where I met my wife of 42 years, Tricia. When we decided to start a family, I moved to the classroom. Our two boys have grown into wonderful caring and kind young men. One is a fine artist the other is a musician. I am very proud of them.

I enjoy traveling, turquoise blue, geology, and hot fudge sundaes. Debi Gardner and I are job sharing the secretary position. This will give me more time to travel when the pandemic resides.


I am pleased to volunteer as Co-Secretary with Lynn Hanna. I joined the IEMQG at the first ever guild meeting and have loved every minute of membership . I live in Redlands and have two grown daughters, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. I look forward to keeping updated on all that goes on in our monthly meetings.

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“What is a Modern Quilt?” Series Recap

This seven part series began in October 2020 by our very own guild member, Lynn Hanna. She takes us through the elements of What is a Modern Quilt in great detail and follows with examples of beautiful quilts. This is a long post so grab your beverage of choice and enjoy!

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design.  Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt.  These include, but are not limited to:  the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic area of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate gridwork.  “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.

Part 1 – Bold Color and Prints

One characteristic of Modern Quilts is the use of bold colors and prints.

BOLD means:

  • Courageous and daring
  • Not hesitating to break the rules of propriety
  • Challenging
  • Imaginative
  • Flashy and showy to the eye

Part 2 – High Contrast and Graphic Areas of Solid Color

One characteristic of Modern Quilts is the use of high contrast and graphic area of solid color.

High contrast could be from color complementary colors, saturated/pastels shape geometric/organic, variety of triangles texture quilting density, variety of fabrics value black and white/shades of grey size thick/thin lines, large/small shapes pattern floral/geometric, solid/busy detail.

Graphic means:

  • Giving a clear and effective vivid picture
  • The use of diagrams, graphs, or mathematical curves
  • The use of the written word or computer generated image

Part 3 – Alternate Gridwork

Modern quilts often use alternate gridwork. Alternate gridwork means arranging your quilt in unconventional or unexpected ways.

-Stagger blocks as you arrange rows and columns:

-Leave open spaces in place of blocks:

– Arrange blocks to float in negative space:

-Place all blocks at the top or bottom of the quilt:

-Add sashing between blocks to change the design shapes:

Part 4 – Improvisational Piecing

Modern quilts sometimes improvisational piecing.


“Improvisation is about exploring. It is about finding your own way and making your own decisions through noticing your own preferences and pattern of mind.” — Sheri Lynn Wood

“Improvisational compositions in quilting are similar to improv in jazz music; making things up on the spur of the moment and feeding off each other’s energy. Start with two pieces of fabric and sew them together. Maybe you like the colors together or the shapes created. You don’t know exactly what the final design will look like. Once the process begins, each choice of color or shape influences the next.” – Cindy Gisdela

Improvisation is:

  • Problem solving as you go; it’s all in the process
  • Free from perfection; shows the had of the maker
  • Working without a plan; responding to each new addition as you go
  • Making do with what you have
  • Taking risk, breaking rules and creating spontaneously
  • Setting your own limits

-Improv blocks assembled in grid formation:

-Improv columns, rows or other large shaped areas assembled together similar to the construction of a traditional quilt:

-Improv motive can be repeated in various scales, colors, or orientations:

-Sometimes the quilter plans the quilt to become an image or picture and improvisation is used in the cutting and assembly:

-Sherri Lynn Wood suggests using “scores” for improv quilting. These are parameters or rules you set for yourself to allow improv to occur:

-Irene Roderick teaches a technique she calls “dancing with the wall.” You make design choices as you go, putting elements on the wall and rearranging them as the quilt “directs” your dance:

-Improvisational quilts can be anything goes, break rules, and take on a life of their own:

Part 5 – Minimalism


  • The word comes from a popular art movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s
  • Art was characterized by extreme simplicity
  • Work glorified use of line and form
  • Well know painters who used this style include: Frank Stella, Gene Davis and Elisworth Kelly

Paintings from the Minimalist Art Movement:

-Minimalism in Modern Quilting:

  • Simple and impactful graphic designs
  • Often a limited color palette
  • Images limited to essential elements
  • Large scale piecing
  • Linear and echo quilting

Simple, Impactful Design:

-Limited Color Palette:

-Images limited to Essential Elements:

-Large Scale Piecing:

-Linear and Echo Quilting:

Part 6 – Negative Space

Modern quilts may use expansive negative space.

-Negative space is the unoccupied area that surrounds the objects, shapes, or forms in a composition:

-Ideas to consider as you plan to use negative space in your own quilts:

  • Negative space can be the space surrounding blocks:
  • Negative space can be within a block itself:
  • Negative space flows in, around, and between our quilt blocks:
  • Negative space does not have to be just one color:
  • Negative space can define shapes:
  • Sometimes the negative space also forms a design element that becomes part of the composition:
  • Sometimes the negative space and the figure are indistinguishable:
  • Negative space can create movement:
  • Negative space can draw your attention to a focal point or highlight emphasis in the quilt design:
  • Negative space can give the eye a place to rest:
  • Negative space can create a secondary design element:
  • Negative space can unclutter a design:
  • Negative space can be used to scatter or disperse a design:
  • Negative space can be used to concentrate a design in one area:
  • Negative space can be used to balance an asymmetrical design:
  • Negative space can be used to repeat a design element from the block:
  • Negative space can be a place to highlight quilting designs:

Part 7 – Update a Classic Quilt

  • Change the scale
  • Alter block shape or orientation
  • Use color placement as a design element

Change the Scale:

Alter Block Shape or Orientation:

Use Color Placement as a Design Element:

In summary, the elements of a Modern Quilt include:

  • Use of bold colors and prints
  • High contrast and graphic area of solid color
  • Improvisational piecing
  • Minimalism
  • Expansive negative space
  • Alternate grid work
  • Update of classic quilt designs

Please refer to this post as a reference any time you need inspiration and/or a refresher on what elements make up a modern quilt!

Thank you so much Lynn!!!

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Happy Birthday IEMQG!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!! In light of the guild’s 5th birthday, we thought a walk down memory lane was very appropriate! As such, we were honored that our founding President & member, Michele Nichols, agreed to share with us the how the guild became to be.

“How the IEMQG was Born” by Michele Nichols (founding & current member)

Hello! I’d like to share with you the early history of the IEMQG on our 5th birthday.

Monthly during 2013 and 2014, I drove all the way into Los Angeles to attend LAMQG meetings. You may not know that the MQG was started in Los Angeles in 2009 by Alyssa Haight-Carlton and Latifah Saafir. They and the entire group were young, energetic, and at the leading edge of the modern quilt movement. It was easy to get caught up in their energy.

In 2013, I don’t remember the month, I traveled to the Coachella Valley Quilt Guild to help Latifah who was presenting an introduction to modern quilting.  One of the first people I met was Candy.  After that, I often saw her at the LAMQG meetings; a new friend exploring “modern” quilting. The idea of starting a group closer to my home in Rancho Cucamonga began to grow.  I left flyers out at Road2CA in 2014, advertising “Friends of the MQG” with meetings at The Quilt Loft fabric store in Upland.  That’s how I met those of you who have been a part of this body from the beginning (Gayle, Helen, Laura, Kim, Marsha, Mary, and Pat).  Candy, Deb L, and others from the desert cities drove the 100 miles to attend meetings right from the start.

The Friends Group was a non-dues paying group interested in exploring “modern” quilt design, but was not officially affiliated with The MQG. I set up a website to advertise the group and we added many new members. We met on Monday evenings to accommodate people who worked during the day. No one knows this, but I chose Mondays because my kids spent those evenings with their dad and I knew I would always be available.

We organized group sewing challenges (Crayon), attended quilt shows together (local and QuiltCon), displayed our quilts to the public at a coffee shop (Klatch Coffee in Rancho Cucamonga) and a book store (in Claremont).  Our first guest speaker was the effusive Sandra Johnson, whom we paid by collecting door fees.  Of course, my favorite part was the Show and Tell during the meetings. I so enjoyed seeing everyone’s creations.

During the spring of 2016, I was approached by Laura Kong to join her and a group of her friends to establish an official MQG affiliate group.  She had already found a meeting space at the newly opened Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino.  Several of us held a Meet and Greet in June to see if there was any interest.  We had an amazing turnout of over 50 people.  So Laura K, Gayle, Pat, Laura G and I went all-in and started the IEMQG.

Over the next two months, we submitted our application to The MQG, designed a logo, chose officers, wrote by-laws, opened a bank account, secured liability insurance, contacted the IRS and Franchise Tax Board, set up a website, and planned programs.  Whew!  So much work, but sooooo worth it.  Sadly, we lost a few Board members in the subsequent months, including Laura K.  Our first paid speaker was, appropriately, Latifah.  Wow, it was painful to nearly empty our bank account to write that large speaker fee check.

I moved to Portland in 2017 and sadly had to say goodbye.  Words cannot express how happy I am that Gayle and Laura have continued to grow the IEMQG through their superb leadership.  They and everyone on the Board are talented, creative, organized, and tireless.

I named this post “How the IEMQG was Born” because it truly is a living thing.  Gestated over months, even years, growing members and knowledge, exploring color and form, showcasing talent, and building friendships. 

Happy quilting,


Thank you so much Michele!!

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A Wonderful Time Was Had by All: December 2020

December is the month we say good-bye to the Guild Board for 2020 and welcome in the new Board for 2021. Changes include a new president, new VP Communications, new Membership. We are grateful to those who have served us.

Our outgoing President, Gayle Bennett, has served for two years and will still continue as a Guild Committee Chairperson. She writes:

Gayle, standing in front of the IEMQG atrium exhibit at Road to California 2020

Each December as the year comes to an end I’ve always felt that, much like our birthdays, I can look ahead and give myself an opportunity for a fresh start.  On occasion I’ll set just one or two New Year’s resolutions, and many years I’ve established my “word of the year” to represent what I want to achieve or change in the coming months. It’s obvious to all of us that the year we are wrapping up didn’t turn out like anything we could have imagined.  As a guild we gave up our in-person meetings, but in their place we’ve become adept at joining in for Zoom meetings. I’ve come to look forward to and benefit from them too.
Before I was given the honor of leading the guild as your president I had a pretty specific idea of what my time in that position would look like.  As part of our group since the days of the “Friends Of The Modern Quilt Guild,” the informal organization where we got our start, the IEMQG means a great deal to me personally.  You are the first ongoing group activity that I’ve ever had the pleasure to be involved in. The friends and relationships that have come from my involvement in our guild mean more to me than I can say. 
While I looked forward to serving as your guild president at some point I was adamant that this was not a task to take on while I was still working full time.  But when I was asked to take on the president’s job, I did.  It is with more thanks than I can ever express to my board members, chairpersons, volunteers, and our guild members themselves, that I finish up my two years.  Any time I needed support, or a task picked up, there was someone to step up and bail me out.  In particular these last several months during Covid-19 when my full-time job became more demanding, our guild continued to flourish thanks to our board who have taken care of so much and put in much time and effort during these trying times.  Our little guild is coming up on five years old and during this time we’ve laid a strong foundation for moving forward. Special thanks to Laura and Elizabeth, in particular, for their above and beyond the call of duty efforts that kept us going.  
Barbara Mathews will now step in as president of our guild in 2021 and I look forward to handing over the reins to her and her board.  Barbara has a solid hard-working group to support her in her job.  If you ever want to be part of the board or a committee I strongly encourage you to do so.  There are plenty of ways to help and all jobs both large and small make a difference. 
In closing, I think that my word for 2021 will be Hope. Webster’s Dictionary defines hope as “To cherish a desire with anticipation; to want something to happen or to be true…To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.” But these definitions seem passive, so I’ll share a quote from Barack Obama that brings the idea of action to the word hope:
            “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.  Don’t wait for good things to happen to you.  If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope and you will fill yourself with hope.”
            As the holiday season launches please accept my sincere wishes for a Happy Hannakuah, Merry Christmas and for us to focus on a Happy New Year together.  Let’s take our hope for a better year and put it into action.  Thank you all!

We’d like to introduce our new President, Barbara Mathews, who comes with many years of experience in running Girl Scouts, as well as serving as a Committee Chairperson for Raincross Quilt Guild. We are excited to have her serve as our President.

Barbara Mathews:
First of all, I’d like to say how impressed I am with this Guild and its talented members, its exemplary leadership and organization! I’m honored to be a member and your next president.  I hope I can live up to everyone’s expectations as I was not a member for very long before Covid hit and have not had a lot of experience with this Guild. I’m fortunate, though, to have a seasoned and well-versed Board and Committee Chairs to lean on!
           A little about myself: I have been sewing since I was a young girl, starting with my mother’s scraps and clothes for my dolls.  Then on to clothes for myself and later, for my daughters and granddaughters.  I’ve been “officially” quilting for about 11 years, but you know, you don’t just wake up one day and decide to make quilts!  It’s a process – one which I am still learning.  I enjoy a variety of quilt styles – traditional, art, collage, felted wool applique, as well as modern (of which I’m kind of a newbie!)  I’ve been a widow for nine years, have two daughters and a step-daughter, five grandchildren (oldest is 30, youngest is 19), live on a mini-ranch/farm, have three cats, one dog, nine chickens and five koi, and live in Lake Mathews (yes, with one “t”). My other hobby is historical reenacting of the Revolutionary War time period.
          I look forward to this next year as your president and, hopefully, some in-person connection!  In the mean time keep sewing, creating and sharing! 

Calling for Holiday Recipes!

Cranberry Curd Pie, from here

Share your favorite recipe, a photo if possible, and the source of your recipe by emailing it to  Send by December 15, 2020, limit one per person.  You will get a copy of all the recipes. Please include the source of your recipe, if it did not originate with you.

December 2020 Meeting

Meeting recap: While we didn’t have everyone there at this point, we took a snapshot of our members at our December Zoom Meeting, glad that you joined us for this last meeting of the year. We heard a poem, drew a silly drawing, looked at a great volume of beautiful Show and Share quilts, and more quilts in the slide show that Lynn put together for us. We generally had a good time with each other, fortunate that we have this ability to get together virtually in this time. We — you — are the Guild. Thanks for being a part of this, the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild.

Renew Your Membership to be Entered in the Raffle January 2nd

We want to remind you to fill out the form, send in your check or use Paypal, but it’s time now to renew your Membership. It’s all up there on the tab that says “How to Join our Guild.” And now you know our secret: all those who have joined/rejoined by our meeting (plan to get yours in early because of holiday mail days) will have their names entered into a raffle to win a prize, equal to their membership dues. Get yours done now!

Coming up in January: a new year (thank heavens!) and a new year of programs and quilting and getting together. We anticipate for the forseeable future we’ll be Zooming together.

Our first meeting of the year will fall early in the month, on January 2nd, so we wanted to give you a heads up. Laura Greene, our Programs Chair, has arranged for us to watch an episode of Fresh Quilting, where we explore the concept of Alternate Grids for Modern Quilting. Our Secretary, Lynn, has been teaching us about the elements of Modern Quilts, and Alternate Grids is a key component.

Please download the Alternate Grid Handout for our episode, so we’ll all be prepared.

We look forward to this to help us ring in a new year!

image from here

We also would like to announce the new Challenge for our Guild, Sounds and Voices. Start any time. The reveal date will be our March 2021 meeting. The only guideline we have is that the longest side should measure no more than 24 inches. Below is a screenshot of our announcement at our meeting, with some idea quilts surrounding the basic theme of Sounds and Voices.

Some More Good-byes

Judy Racine:
It’s been a pleasure to be your Membership Chair over the last year. Through these last nine months I’ve missed the personal interaction with you, but membership duties carried on. I hope that each of you who joined in the last year felt welcomed in spite of the circumstances.  I’ve created a Membership Duties orientation that I hope will make Kim Wingert’s transition into this role easy. She’s the perfect person for the job!  She’ll be sending “Welcome” emails to new members and mailing them an MQG pin, maintaining the IE and national MQG rosters and the email contact list. One Last Reminder: be sure and notify Kim of any address or email changes during the year so you don’t miss out on any of the great programs coming up (use It’s fresh faces coming into the Board and Chair positions that keep our guild vital and brimming with new ideas. Thank you, everyone!

Elizabeth’s Tannenbaum quilt top (pattern and kit from Laundry Basket Quilts)

Elizabeth Eastmond:
As we change over to a new Board, I will also be stepping down as your website mistress, blog editor, and general all-around human. I wore all these hats as VP of Communications, but was capably assisted in Social Media by Kelley Bachli, who knew how to work the magic of Instagram and Facebook. It’s been a challenging but rewarding year. We figured out how to Zoom, with Laura (Program Chair) leading the way. We ported over this website to a new place on the web (hopefully you didn’t notice, as it was supposed to be seamless), and we tried to up our game digitally and virtually, to be of service to you members in order to help you feel connected to the Guild.
I am turning all this over to Becky Brekke, an eminently qualified quilter, who will take up the helm. Assisting her as Social Media Chairperson will be Patti Reyes, who makes those beautiful quilts we see behind her on Zoom. Thank you for your good cheer and support.

Your IEMQG Board, with both new and old Board Members
Meeting held this past Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The complete listing of our 2021 Guild Board can be found on the tab above, About –> Guild Leadership.

Criss-Cross Christmas, from Elizabeth Eastmond

Happy Holidays, and Keep On Quilting!

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October 2020 Guild Meeting

We had a most successful meeting this past Saturday, October 3, 2020, where we were able to see the places where some of our members sew. Hosted by the IEMQG, and conducted by our Co-Program Chair, Laura Greene, under the direction of our President Gayle Bennett, our meeting had a lot of moving parts. For the best overall wrap-up, see the Minutes, posted up there under the tab. Thank you to those who showed off their sewing/quilting spaces: Sarah Sass, Mary Hodge, Kelley Bachli, Shelley Wardrop and Barbara Mathews.

We also heard the first of a beginning series in our meetings, “What is a Modern Quilt?” Lynn Hanna ably tackled this huge subject, showing us examples to go along with the idea of bold colors. Every meeting for the next few meetings, she will show another aspect and quilts that demonstrate this.

We are getting quite familiar with this Zooming, and found that one silver lining is some far-away members can tune in and join in with us. It’s been good to see familiar faces, and we appreciate all those who took time out of their fall weekend and attend the meeting.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee presented the following slate of candidates for the 2021 IEMQG Board:
President: Barbara Mathews
VP Programs: Laura Greene
VP Communications: Becky Brekke
Secretary: Lynn Hanna
Treasurer: Candy Scott
After introducing the candidates, and since there were no opponents, an assenting vote was called. They were all confirmed for the upcoming year. We are grateful to our Nominating Committee for all their hard work: Judy Racine, Jennifer Adams and Elizabeth Eastmond (chair).

We also express gratitude to the outgoing members of our IEMQG Board and Chairpersons:
President: Gayle Bennett, who has served for two years
VP Communications: Elizabeth Eastmond
Social Media: Kelley Bachli
Membership: Judy Racine

According to our ByLaws, the new Board will install the all Chairpersons for 2021, but the following have stepped up to volunteer:
Social Media: Patti Reyes
Membership: Kim Wingert
Charity & Opportunity Quilt: Gayle Bennett

We appreciate you all!

Calling all technique junkies!
tech·nique/tekˈnēk/nounnoun: technique; plural noun: techniques

  1. a way of carrying out a particular task, especially the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure.
    • skill or ability in a particular field.
    • a skillful or efficient way of doing or achieving something.

Below is our awesome line-up for Quilter University on November 7, 2020! Do not miss this meeting where our talented members will be demonstrating on trend techniques. You will be sure to pick up a new skill and even learn something new. 

Laura Heine Collage Rooster Tutorial with Sarah Sass
Have you ever wondered how to make a collage quilt by Laura Heine? Time to dust off those unopened Laura Heine patterns.  Sarah will show you how fun and easy it really is. 

Quilt Marking for Free Motion Quilting with Kelley Bachli
There are a lot of different quilt marking methods and products available for free motion quilting.  Discover different techniques to use to get a variety of beautiful quilting motifs.

Rope Bowls with Candy Scott
Making rope bowls is my go to when I need a break from other projects, or just to relax. From coasters, to trivets, to rope bowls, etc., it is just fun.  The best part, if you don’t like it, you can easily rip it apart and make something else.  Just a zig zag stitch, thread, and rope no larger than 5/16” in diameter and you can make something unique.  Great ready to have a little fun and create something different.

Curves with Patti Reyes
Are you afraid to sew curves? Whether its circles for a drunkards path quilt or curved piecing for an improv quilt. Patti will show you just how easy it is to sew beautiful curves. 

So watch your emails for the Zoom Codes for November–you won’t want to miss this one!

Judy Racine, one of our members shared this information with us about other ways to keep up with quilting during this pandemic time:

Though not Zoom-based, per se, the pandemic has opened my eyes to the amazing classes available on-line. My husband bought me a Bluprint subscription for my birthday in March. (It’s now back to being called Craftsy). But, for $49 a year, I have access to all kinds of great on-line quilting and sewing classes to say nothing of the myriad of other subjects offered.  I can now say I’ve taken classes from Jacquie Gering and Joe Cunningham –  he has been my favorite so far.  I love his sense of humor and free-wheeling approach. I’m working on his “Rock The Block – Album Style” and right now it looks like a hot mess but I have ideas for the next one…. there’s always the next one, right?

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Quilt Name: Colorado Summer
Quilt Maker: Judy Racine
Quilter’s Statement: I hadn’t sewn curves before and I think I got the hang of it by the time I was done! I can tell which curves were done earlier rather than later!  the other thing I tried on this one was a quilt-as-you go method, then just stitched in the ditch around each square to attach the back. The pattern is Alison Glass’ “Lily”, but I call it “Colorado Summer” as I’m very anxious to spend my summers there, hopefully starting next summer.  The back is a 108″ digital print by Hoffman called “Mystic Meadow.” (See below for the back.)


Quilt Name: 2016-2020: Fractured
Quilt Maker: Judy Racine
Dimensions: 63” x 63”
Quilter’s Statement: I submitted this quilt for our “Red White and Blue” blog postings.  But, there’s more to the story of that quilt.  I used wool batting (Mountain Mist) for this first time without reading any on-line reviews.  As I was sewing I noticed the quilt was fuzzy but thought it was just external fibers.  The quilt was bearding horribly, most noticeable on that black backing. I tried washing and drying it and it went from fuzzy to matted fur.  I took it all apart, used my cheap 80/20 batting that I had extra of and just got it put all back together.  The upside:  I learned to check reviews for batting or take personal recommendations, and – I didn’t have to mark the quilt the second time around! I continue to say that I learn something new with every quilt.

(We apologize to Judy for inadvertently leaving her off Show and Share on Saturday.)

Quilt Name: Bug Jars
Quilt Maker: Lynn Hanna
Quilter’s Statement: I started this quilt about 15 years ago. As a beginning quilter, I didn’t know how to “snowball” the corners of the jars. So, I did numerous mathematical calculations to figure out the correct size for each jar’s triangle to complete the corners.  No two jars are the same size, and each jar had a slightly different angle to the triangle, although it’s not really noticeable with the finished quilt. I definitely know a better, easier way now!  This had been in the closet to finish someday. COVID 19 is that day, so although my boys are long moved out of the house, it’s now ready for their bed!

Quilter: Laura Greene
Quilter’s Statement: This is in process. I took an online class, stitching and cutting and sewing those wedges onto background fabric. It’s intended for a wedding gift so I can’t reveal too much more at this point.

Quilt Maker: Patti Reyes
Quilter’s Statement: When firemen go to fight a fire, they pick up T-shirts for the fires or for the area where they were assigned. I volunteered to make a T-shirt quilt for a friend of mine, a firefighter. Some of those T-shirts are from fires local to our area. We really appreciate our firefighters–if you know one of them, offer to make them a quilt!

We’d love to see your projects and your completed quilts. Please send an email to the Guild address ( and put SHOW AND SHARE in the subject line. Send us high quality photographs, with a straight-on-shot of the quilt. Laying them on the floor or a bed isn’t the best; please tape them to the wall, or clip/pin them to a fence, or grab someone in your neighborhood to hold the quilt for you, and make sure the quilt is in good lighting. Please also include:

Deadline for showing at our Guild meetings is the Wednesday before the meeting, so for November, please send your quilts (with SHOW AND SHARE in the subject line) by November 4th.

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Have you noticed the new times on our Zoom Code invitations? We are now starting our Zoom Meetings at 1:30 p.m. — thirty minutes before the official start time of our IEMQG Guild. That’s a time for you to show up, show off the quilt hanging behind your head, catch up on the news and see your friends, all before we begin our meetings at 2:00 p.m. And if you haven’t put our meetings on your schedule, here’s a listing for you!

Last Announcements

We’re working to get the Member Roster online, behind a password, as well as to get a PayPal button for Membership Renewal. Watch for this, coming soon!

If you do not receive this newletter/blog post in your email, please head to the top of this blog, and on the right, enter your email in the box (illustration shown above). It will then come to you automatically. Save the auto-generated email you’ll receive, as if you move away, you’ll can un-enroll the same way.

See you all in November!

Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild

Meet & Greet

The wait is over! The Modern Quilt Guild is coming to the I.E.

Join us on Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. for an informal get-to-know-you party at the Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino.

There’ll be modern quilts of course, demonstrations, door prizes, and refreshments. We’ll talk about what a Modern Quilt Guild is, and what you can expect to do at a Modern Quilt Guild meeting. All are welcome, whether you’re brand new to modern quilt-making, or whether you’ve been around the modern quilt block a few times.

If you like what you see, we’d love to have you join the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild!

Meet & Greet: FREE!
July-December 2016 Individual Membership: $20

The Garcia Center for the Arts is easy to get to from the 215 freeway, Baseline exit. The address is 536 W. 11th Street (corner of 11th & E), San Bernardino, CA.

R.S.V.P. is appreciated but not necessary.

A very special thank you to Aurifil Italian Threads, Dinkydoo Modern Fabrics, Fat Quarter Shop, Northcott, and Robert Kaufman Fabrics for providing door prizes for our celebration!