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March 2020 General Meeting Minutes

NOTICE: Our Saturday meeting on April 4, 2020 will be shifted to May 2, 2020, due to library closures in Riverside. We’ve scheduled Laura Green presentation on bindings for May, and rescheduled the Urban Quilt Challenge for September.
To keep up with other meeting cancellations, please watch this blog, IG or Facebook for announcements.

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes for March 7, 2020
Riverside Main Library • 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
The meeting was called to order at 2:10 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

I promise we were listening, but we were busy cutting out our EPP pattern.

Welcome/Guest Speaker Introduction – Gayle
Charity – We are collecting charity quilts. The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) for San Bernardino will be our designated charity for distribution to children pulled from their homes in extreme circumstances. Many are taken in the middle of the night and depending on the circumstances they can spend the night at the DPSS.  We do not have anyone specifically handling Charity. We are asking for our members to sign-up to help staff the Charity Table at meetings, simply record the information for the person donating and this duty will rotate on a monthly basis. Quilts can be lap or any size for comfort.  
Quilt kits are available for guild charity projects. Amy French donated a large amount of Allison Glass fabrics. The kit includes top, binding and backing. The guild has a large roll of batting for members to use for charity quilts. If you reach out to Gayle, she can bring batting in whatever size you need. You aren’t obligated to quilt the projects as we do have resources for that with our members.  We appreciate quilt tops also.

Raffles – The raffles this month will be a choice between a scissor/needle threader gift or a Latifah pattern and a spool of thread.  Tickets are encouraged and helpful for our guild. 
Membership Survey – A survey is being distributed by Gayle for our members to provide some candid feedback about the guild. The surveys will be anonymous, and the results will help shape what we do in the months ahead.

Program – Elizabeth Eastmond “English Paper Piecing” 

The first project we learned was traditional hexagon EPP using a basting stitch. An awesome trick Elizabeth shared to begin was utilizing a hole punched in the center of the hexagon to secure the fabric with a pin (versus glue). We began the process to make a flower piece using a light hexagon for the center and dark hexagons to fill out the flower petals. Elizabeth explained how the stitches are long basting stitches and then the stitches to combine hexagon pieces are small and not through the paper. 

Our second project was using a ¼” glue stick (Fons & Porter preferred) to essentially secure the fabric around the pieces. Then the construction to secure the pieces together is the same, small stitches. Elizabeth cautioned not to use too much glue on the edge of the pieces as it makes it challenging to get the needle to go through the pieces when securing them together. We were cautioned NOT to trim dog- ear pieces as we’re constructing petals/pieces.  Trimming leaves the raw edges exposed on your project. 

Break 

Guild Business 

Block Lotto – Elizabeth (in Simone’s absence)
The new Block Lotto was unveiled for this month called ‘Drunkish’ [see previous post].  She would like it to be in 3 analogous colors – blue/blue green/green. The drawing was also conducted for those that presented blocks for Tri-ball.  

Raffles – Judy (in Pat’s absence)
Winners of the fat quarter bundle prize for the revenue raffle and the name tag raffle prize were presented with their prizes.

Programs – Becky

Special thanks to Elizabeth for her wonderful workshop today. 
Next meeting is our guild challenge “Urban.”

[REMINDER: OUR NEXT MEETING IS MAY 2, 2020.]

For the Urban Challenge, quilts are to be no larger than 24″ in either dimension (w or l). The blue color swatch that was distributed needs to be included in the project in some manner.  Linda Rasmussen will be curating the event again. We love her feedback and constructive advice about our work.  If you don’t want yours included, you can opt out of that part of the challenge. 

Sit-and-Sew is planned for April 18th, from 10am to 4pm at Quilter’s Cocoon in Riverside, but check our Instagram feed for updates, if there are any.  There is a $5 fee payable at the event. Becky shared that the owner of Quilter’s Cocoon recently visited Hoffman Fabrics and she will be getting lots of new fabric in the shop.

If there is to be a cancellation of this event, we will announce it on this blog, our Facebook page or IG. Please check there for further announcements.

An upcoming guild program will be with Laura Green about quilt binding.  She will share various binding techniques that she’s learned over the years, many from Helen Frost. 

Membership – Judy
We have three new members, Welcome! We also have four visitors joining us today!  

Announcements – All
March 28-29 quilt show hosted by the Glendale Guild. 

Show & Share – All
A variety of beautiful modern quilts were shared by the membership:

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jennifer G. Adams
Secretary

Recipes from the Treats Table at the back of the room

Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies from Judy R.
Ingredients:
1/2 c. butter – softened to room temperature
1/4 c. Crisco (I used butter-flavored)
1 c. dark brown sugar1 egg – also at room temperature
1/4 c. molasses
2 1/4 c. sifted all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (optional if you’ve used salted butter)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
granulated sugar for rolling cookies in
Directions:
Mix the first 5 ingredients until smooth and creamy.  In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together until well blended then mix into the creamed mixture just until incorporated.  Refrigerate dough for a few hours or overnight. Use a measured scoop or roll pieces into the size of walnuts. Roll the tops in the granulated sugar and place them about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a smooth surface.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 for 10 minutes. If you have an oven that is hotter in the back, turn the sheets halfway through. They will be starting to crack but do not yet appear to be “done”.  Pull them out anyway! Leave them on the cookie sheet to cool and they will finish baking. Last step: be in the moment and savor every bite.


Ranger Cookies, from Judy R.
Ingredients:
1 c. butter or shortening – softened to room temperature
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs – room temperature
2 c. sifted all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
2 c. rolled oats
2 c. of non-sugary wheat-type cereal flakes (Team, Total, Heritage Flakes)
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. nuts
1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips
Directions:
Mix the first 4 ingredients until smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, soda and salt until well blended then mix into the creamed mixture just until incorporated.  Stir in oats, cereal, coconut, nuts and chocolate chips.  Drop by measured scoop or spoonfuls 2 inches apart onto an un-greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly with smooth surface. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 10 – 12 minutes. Slide onto a cooling rack.
Last step: have milk handy.

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February 2020 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes

February 1, 2020
Riverside Main Library
3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome/Guest Speaker Introduction – Gayle/Laura

Gayle discussed the Road to California quilt exhibit and solicited thoughts and feedback from members regarding the new format for displaying juried quilts (separate hall at the venue).  She also recognized Mike’s contribution for all the beautiful photos taken of the quilts displayed.  Gayle asked members to please pick-up any quilts that were displayed at Road prior to leaving the meeting today. 

Laura introduced our guest speaker and guild member, Simone Bradford.  Simone has a long history with art and design and aspired to be an artist since the age of five.  Simone started designing her own fabric a few years ago.  Simone is excited to be here today and share her expertise on color theory with our members. 

Program – Simone Bradford “Color Theory” 

Simone shared how colors are part of our ‘toolbox’ in quilting.  There are many different ways to approach color.  Her presentation today will just gloss over a general primer for color theory for quilters.  Color is defined as “different qualities of light being reflected or emitted.  When light shines on an object some colors bounce off the object and others are absorbed by it.  Our eyes only see the colors that are bounced off or reflected”. (Crayola.com) 

Saturation/Chroma is the intensity of color and is determined by the amount of gray in that color. Warm colors can be made ‘cool’ by adding blue and cold colors can be ‘warmed up’ by adding yellow. All fabric printers use the Pantone colors as a basis for fabric production. Colors can evoke emotions.  Simone encouraged everyone to utilize colors that evoke the intended emotion of your project. Tints are formed by adding white to the base color. Shades are created by adding black. Tones are created by adding gray. 

Color wheels were distributed to everyone and Simone explained how to identify complimentary colors and how to use the tool when planning quilts. The color wheel combinations include: complimentary (black arrows), split complimentary (orange triangles), triad (red triangle), rectangular tetrad (green rectangle), square tetrad (purple square), analogous (3-5 colors adjacent to each other), monochromatic (any number of values of the same color), counterpoint (two-color combinations), and multi-color (up to 12 colors using matching values around the wheel). 

Break 

Guild Business 

We’re happy to welcome back Ruthann, and several guild members gifted her a quilt for her newborn baby.

Retreat – Gayle

Registration is open for the 2020 Retreat.  We will have 24 spots this coming year at the Vina Lestonnac in beautiful Temecula Valley, however, the guild will only have 10 rooms for our use.  We are not sure how many of each type of room will be available (single/double/triple occupancy) at this time. Deposits are $100 to secure your space and total prices are as follows: $250/triple occupancy, $300/double occupancy, and $400/single occupancy.  We will finalize room assignments when it is about 30 days prior to the retreat date. Final payment will be due at that time. The dates for the event are November 9-11 (Mon-Wed)

Block Lotto – Simone

A reminder about the ‘Tri Ball’ January/February Block Lotto project was shared with the group.  The details can be found on the guild’s website. Simone shared various examples of how to create really interesting and modern quilts with the completed blocks.  One raffle ticket will be provided with each completed blocks.  Winner will be drawn in March for all blocks received!

Membership – Judy

Judy mentioned that she believes everyone has renewed their membership for the 2020 year.  We had 6 visiting members, one that also joined (yay). 

Programs – Laura

March will be an introduction to English paper piecing by our very own Elizabeth Eastmond.  It will be an interactive learning experience, not just a lecture.  The class kit has a fee of $3.00. Go to this post for information about the projects we will be doing and additional materials you will need to bring with you to the meeting. 

April will be our Annual Guild Quilt Challenge.  This year will be thoughtfully evaluated by Linda Rasmussen if you’re interested in having her review your project. You will need to provide your name on the front. The quilt will be a mini project less than 24” in size called the ‘Urban’ challenge.  A full description is available on the guild’s website. Your project will need to include the 4” piece of the Pantone blue color (classic blue) of the year fabric provided by the guild.  The fabric provided is from Pineapple Quilts and is called ‘lapis’ should you wish to purchase more. [See our Program Chairs Becky and Laura for more info.]

Gayle shared that the Ontario Airport has a standing exhibit in the terminal. They have asked us if we might be interested in participating.  This is the reason the Board selected a small project for the challenge this year. 

Show & Share – All

A variety of beautiful modern quilts were shared by: Janet Tranbarger, Lynn Hanna, RuthAnn Salera, and Elizabeth Eastmond. 

Lynn Hanna shared that there is a movement to make tree blocks (12.5”) in size that can be delivered to a group in Austin as a relief effort for the fire victims in Australia. The group picked a tree theme as trees provide comfort.  Lynn will be going to Austin and agreed to take them on the 15th of February if anyone is interested in participating. [See this post for more information.]

Raffles – Gayle (in Pat’s absence)

Winners of the fat quarter bundle prize for the revenue raffle and the name tag raffle prize were presented with their prizes. 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jenifer G. Adams, Secretary

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January 2020 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
January 4, 2020
Riverside Main Library
3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome/Guest Speaker Introduction – Gayle

Gayle shared Latifah’s history as a founding member of the MQG and also the chapter of the MQG. 

Program – Latifah Saafir Lecture “How Many Ways to Sew a Curve?” 

Latifah, and her sister, learned to sew from their mother as a young child. She began quilting in 2009, her quilts were heavily influenced by her upbringing between LA and TX. Her earliest projects included bias binding and curves! She discussed her love of using bias tape for artistic elements on the quilt as well as for binding.  

Latifah shared her exploration into various techniques such as the six-minute circle method.  Latifah showed a variety of her quilts and shared the Clammy Journey with us! Latifah shared that she developed a technique called Pinless Piecing.  If you search her on Google, you can find the video that explains how the technique works. She said this technique was used in tandem with the Glammy Clammy!

She has designed three collections with Hoffman Fabrics – Graphic (inspired by LA graffiti street art), Double Dutch (dedicated to her urban childhood), and 1985 (inspired by the Hoffman Archives).

Break & Shopping at Latifah’s Pop-up Shop – Clammy, Clammy and more Clammy!

Guild Business – Gayle
Board 2020 Announced – Gayle, President; Candy Scott, Treasurer; Jennifer Adams, Secretary; VP(s) of Programs Becky Brekke and Laura Greene; VP of Communications, Elizabeth Eastmond; Hospitality, Pat Klassen; Membership, Judy Racine

Guild Communication – Gayle encouraged everyone to sign-up to follow our guild on Facebook and Instagram.  We utilize social media for announcements related to the meeting location (should a change be needed), upcoming events and other important announcements.  Jennifer shared that an email will be sent with an easy link to access updates and communications made to the guild website.  Please check your spam folder as sometimes those messages end up there. 

Road Challenge  – Attendance/Sign-in Reminder to sign-in in the lobby when you attend Road.  Last year we were lucky enough to win the challenge prize of $500.  We would love to win that again so please take a minute to sign-in on the iPads in the lobby at the Information Desk when you arrive!

Road Atrium Display Quilt Collection – Final Date 1/12/2020 Thanks for everyone that brought the quilts today. All quilts will be turned in to Road for display in the Atrium (lobby) at Road to California. Gayle’s husband, Mike, will come in to photograph our quilts (hopefully) prior to the start of the event.  Regardless we will get some wonderful pictures to commemorate the special honor! 

Gayle also mentioned that following the end of our meeting today, she asked if anyone has a minute to help her haul the 40+ quilts in her passion to her car, she would appreciate it!

Raffles – Gayle shared the current need for someone to assist on a monthly basis to sit at the table at the meeting and collect funds and hand out tickets.  This would be a one-month obligation and a sign-up list was sent around the room for anyone available/interested to sign-up! Gayle will make sure you are reminded just prior to your month so you’re aware. 

Charity – We are in need of someone to help coordinate our charity efforts.  The job is very fun and flexible.  This person would basically be responsible for determining a charity to donate our quilts and make a recommendation to the Board.  Gayle shared the importance of this role and the minimal time involved in this role.   

Programs – Becky

Sit & Sew – First Sit & Sew will be held two weeks from today on Saturday, January 18thfrom 10am-4pm at the Quilters Cocoon. 

February Program – Next month will be our very own Simone Bradford to share Color Theory with the guild.  You won’t want to miss it!

Block Lotto January 2020 – Simone

Simone shared our January/February block called Tri Ball.  Block is two raw geese and a rough-edge applique circle.  She showed wonderful examples of the possibilities for the block with several quilt examples.  Simone will have full instructions available and template available on her blog as well as on our guild blog later this week.  She’s asking that you do the triangles on the block be done in cool colors; applique circles in warm colors and neutral backgrounds. The block finishes at 7 ½”. You will receive a raffle ticket for however many completed blocks you bring. This is a very quick and easy block to make!  

Opportunity Quilt – Cat

We are on track to start assembling the blocks. It’s not particularly travel-friendly as it’s a large project (lots of 2 ½” blocks – lots of them!).  Cat is off the whole week of Road to CA if anyone is interested in coming by her home to help her sew and assemble the Opportunity Quilt.  Goal is to have the quilt completed by February. Please contact Cat if you’re interested and available to help.  Cat is also looking to borrow any available sewing machine for the project.  Cat provided a brief overview of the Opportunity Quilt project as a fundraiser for our guild.  This will continue for the next year and culminate (hopefully, booth space permitting) at Road to California in 2021.   

Show & Share – All: A variety of beautiful modern quilts were shared by the membership. 

Raffles – Pat

Winners of the fat quarter bundle prize for the revenue raffle and also the name tag raffle prize were presented with their prizes. 

Announcements & Adjournment – All

Bus trip to the Glendale Quilt Show on March 28th.  The bus ride includes an admission ticket and will leave from Redlands. Please see Evie for more information.

Bluprint (formerly known as Craftsy) is offering a free preview this weekend for anyone interested.  There are a lot of wonderful classes and free preview will be offered until January 7th.

Reminder, our meeting next month will be at the same location – here at the Main Library location for Simone’s Color Theory Lecture. We hope to see you all then!

The meeting was adjourned at 4:26 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jennifer G. Adams

Secretary

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December 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

IEMQG Board Meeting Minutes
Via Conference Call
December 4, 2019

The following members were on conference call: Gayle, Jennifer, and Becky.

The 2020 Retreat at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula will be November 9-11 (Mon – Wed). In order to secure this date, we need to send in our deposit this month. Jennifer motioned for Gayle to send a check for the deposit amount for the retreat; Becky seconded the motion. Motion passed. We will again have 10 rooms available (2 single rooms, 2 double rooms, and 6 triple rooms). Open registration will begin at the February meeting. The 2020 retreat fee rates will be as follows:

$241 – 3 person occupancy

$291 – 2 person occupancy

$391 – 1 person occupancy

Further details will be discussed at the February meeting.

Old Business

Committee Reports:

Treasurer, Gayle for Cat

Gayle confirmed reconciliation of the bank account. Gayle proposed that we open a savings account in addition to our checking account at Chase Bank. We will put the proceeds of deposits for the retreat in the savings account so that the checking account balance is not skewed. Jennifer motioned to establish a savings account to move over retreat funds; Becky seconded the motion; motion passed. We will need to change signers on the bank account to reflect the new treasurer, Candy and Co-VP Programs, Becky. Jennifer motioned to adjust signers on the checking account and soon to be savings account; Gayle seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Programs, Becky

December: Christmas Party

Prize for the Big Box game will be a $25 Quilter’s Cocoon gift card. We will also have 2 drawings for 2 sets of modern fat quarters.

January: Latifah Saafir; Becky will try to see if the Main Library community room is available on January 4th. If so, she will contact Latifah asap to advise of location change.

February: Simone Bradford, Color Theory.  Currently 27 color wheels are on back order per Cat’s last correspondence with Gayle. Gayle to send Becky a copy of the receipt for her follow up.

Opportunity Quilt, All

Jennifer motioned for Cat to start piecing the Opportunity Quilt as per her final picture emailed to Gayle last month; Becky seconded. Motion passed. The current plan is to unveil the opportunity quilt at the February meeting and sell tickets from February 2020 until February 2021. We have also planned to reserve a spot at Road to California in January 2021 as the grand finale and final push of ticket sales. Simone received another vendor quote for ticket printing; Gayle to check with her on status as we need tickets by March at the latest. The Guild will be encouraging members to buy tickets for themselves and/or to sell to family and friends. At this point, the only locations to take the Opportunity Quilt to for ticket sales is a meeting at the Coachella Valley Quilt Guild (date to be determined) and Road to California (January 2021). As we are in need of a chairperson(s) for the Opportunity Quilt in order to track ticket sales, it was suggested perhaps that Candy and Judy might be willing to co-chair.

Locations, Gayle

As the community room at the Main Library is a better fit for the guild’s meetings, Gayle suggested that we going forward that we should return to the Main Library. We would use Casa Blanca as a back-up when needed.

Fundraising, Gayle

Kris Kringle Craft Fair brought in funds of $220.

Officer 2020 Transitions Recap/Review

We are all set for 2020 with our new board members. Gayle has been in contact with Candy regarding treasurer duties; Jennifer has trained Elizabeth on the website and social media platforms; Becky has provided Jennifer with notes on who to contact in order to schedule general and board meetings.

New Business

April 2020 Challenge will be mini quilts with a maximum size of 24” x 24”. Several ideas were presented: Crayola crayon (pick 2), magazine page inspiration, fabric line, colors of the rainbow, and modern pattern inspiration. Jennifer suggested that we look at modern patterns on the MQG website for ideas, if we decided to go with the modern pattern inspiration. As we need to announce the challenge at the January meeting, we may want to meet briefly at the Christmas party and make a final decision.

Next Board Meeting

The next board meeting will be January 14, 2019 at JoAnn Fabrics in Ontario at 6 pm. 

Meeting adjourned at 5:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Becky Brekke, Secretary