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.
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:
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!
Share your favorite recipe, a photo if possible, and the source of your recipe by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
We look forward to this to help us ring in a new year!
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 email@example.com). 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 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.
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.
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
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?
Show and Share
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Nov 7, 2020 01:30 PM Dec 5, 2020 01:30 PM Jan 2, 2021 01:30 PM Feb 6, 2021 01:30 PM Mar 6, 2021 01:30 PM Apr 3, 2021 01:30 PM May 1, 2021 01:30 PM Jun 5, 2021 01:30 PM Jul 3, 2021 01:30 PM
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!
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!
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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!