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April 2019 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
April 6, 2019
Riverside Public Library
3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501

 

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome

Gayle began the meeting by thanking everyone for coming to the new meeting at this new location. She asked for thoughts on the room. Although the room was nice and fit the guild’s needs, she wondered if parking would be an issue.  Gayle also mentioned that we secured this room at no cost for this month. She asked the group if we should keep this location for our May meeting.  Members decided that although parking may be challenging that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity of a room at no charge.

Gayle reminded everyone of the Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 17 at 6 pm at JoAnn’s in Ontario. At that time, we will discuss in further depth, our meeting location situation. Also, that the SCCQG’s ‘Meet the Teachers’ event is on Saturday, April 13.  Gayle and Cat will be attending and to contact them if you wished to go and/or carpool.  Lastly, the members were reminded to bring in their quilts for the Chaffey Art Museum exhibit to the May meeting.

Gayle announced that Shelley Wardrop has volunteered to be the VP of Programs until she retires and moves up North.  We look forward to having Shelley on board! The May program will be a Women’s History presentation by Kim.

Committee Reports

Rachel, Charity

Rachel informed the group that quilt donations have been light thus far this year. She reminded us that our charities are YouthHope for teens and Calicinto Ranch for 7-12 year olds. She said like us to focus on donation quilts for Home Instead, seniors, towards the end of the year.

Jessica, Fundraising

Jessica showed us more examples of handmade items that members could make & donate for the boutiques planned this year: mug rugs, tissue covers, dog leashes, dish towels, bags, crocheted jar openers, crocheted dish cloths, eyeglass holders, and luggage tags.  Please bring in your finished items to either Jessica or Laura.

Ruthann, Membership

Ruthann announced we had 20 members and 1 guest in attendance.

Simone, Block Lotto

Simone showed members examples of 2 blocks for the Block Lotto due at the May meeting called Mountain View.  The pattern is located on both the IEMQG website and Simone’s blog.

After a short break, the Board Game quilts were curated by Cat with help by Gayle. Nine (9) quilts were submitted for curation. Cat did a wonderful job curating the quilts, taking time to praise the quilting, binding, and trying to guess the board game inspiration behind each quilt. Afterwards, each quilter, explained what we needed to know about their quilt: inspiration, interpretation, and construction.

Show and Shares immediately followed the Board Game challenge presentation.

Raffles – Winners of the fat quarter and name tag raffles were presented with their prizes.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Becky Brekke

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March 2019 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
March 2, 2019
La Sierra Library – 4600 La Sierra Avenue, Riverside 92505

 

The meeting was called to order at 2:02 pm by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome & Announcements:

Gayle welcomed everyone to the new location.  She solicited all members to provide feedback regarding their opinions about the La Sierra space for future consideration.  She also advised all members that we will be at the Main Mission Library location for April and May.  Free parking is available on Saturdays near the library.  The community room where we will be meeting is on the second level; they do have an elevator to aid in those bringing items upstairs. We are hoping to finalize a more permanent location in the near future as Grand Terrace’s scheduling issues have become problematic for our guild.

Membership – Membership renewal reminder; please pay for any outstanding 2019 dues.  If you have any questions, please see Gayle or one of the members of the Executive Board.

VP of Programs Vacancy – Gayle announced that Trish will be moving away and no longer able to serve as VP of Programs.  She asked the members if anyone might be interested in filling this important role.  We are a collaborative group so the role is important, but has lots of support.  Gayle shared that in April, SCCQG on Saturday, April 13th will be the annual ‘Meet the Teachers’ event in Carson at the Convention Center.  The event is free unless you would like to purchase a box lunch for $15. More information is available on the SCCQG website.  She extended an invitation to the guild’s membership if anyone would like to attend. This is the best way for our guild to find speakers and determine future programs for the guild.

Ice Breaker – Laura facilitated the activity for the meeting – “I always label my quilt when I’m done, because it should always be done that way.” The ‘correct’ answer Laura said was the Strongly Disagree (2 member group) as there are truly no rules in modern quilting.

Guild Business:

Annual Budget Presented – Cat shared the results of the internal audit completed successfully by Marilyn. The annual projected budget was shared.  We have slightly amended a few of the numbers based on the annual membership dues collected. Cat shared some additional estimates for additional income received through guest fees and raffles. We will also still fall for national MQG dues under the 45 membership category.  The dues to SCCQG have been paid for our dues and annual insurance. Other incidental fees such as bank fees (PayPal), meeting space fee, website, fundraiser expenses and supplies along with our post office box annual fee. Christine moved to approve the budget, Simone seconded the motion. Motion was approved.

April Game Challenge Quilt – Gayle reminded everyone that next month is the ‘Game Challenge’ quilt program.  We will have Linda Rasmussen out again to curate the piece, however, any members that would rather just display their piece and not have Linda review them is also fine.  We will provide sign-in for members that Linda will curate. We look forward to seeing what everyone creates!

Fundraising and Exhibits – Laura shared the generous donation provided by a former contact from two years ago to the guild. She has put together ‘kits’ for members to check-out and complete quilts or projects with the materials. There is a small box with index cards for you to complete – indicate the number of the kit you are taking and what you think you will do with the materials. We are encouraging you to take fabric and bring something back – a month or three months is fine, but we do need your help to make items for our guild’s fundraising events this year! We may spend time when the projects are turned in to determine if some may be better suited for charity rather than for sale through the fundraiser. Laura also discussed the Upland Library event in March and the Chaffey exhibit in April and the call for quilts. Laura is doing the Women’s History Event this year on March 5th at 6:00pm at the Upland Library. The Chaffey Exhibit is coming up and quilts need to be brought in to the May meeting.  The exhibit there will run from May 23rd to July 21st.  Quilts will be returned in August.  The theme is ‘Splashes of Color and Shape’.

Gayle shared that our guild has been contacted by the Road to California to ask if we can help provide ‘modern’ quilts for display in the lobby of the Ontario Convention Center next year. We are looking for our members to provide quilts for this special display.  We will continue to remind everyone about this wonderful opportunity over the next few months.

Break: Visit & Snacks – Mmmmm, yummy rice krispy treats! 

Program:

Transition Quilter – Allison Cutler shared her quilting journey from her first mini-quilt to her current evolution to a modern quilter.

Block Lotto:

April/May Block Lotto Pattern – Simone shared the next round of Block Lotto with the guild.  The pattern is called ‘Mountain View’ and it’s created using a paper pieced pattern and jelly roll pieces (or make your own 2” strips). A link to the pattern will be posted on the website and also on social media.

Raffles:

Block Lotto Drawing – Simone conducted the drawing – Allison won the ‘Skipping Stones’ block.

General Raffles – Pat conducted the drawing for nametag participation as well as the charity drawing for the fat quarter bundle.

Show & Share

Announcements & Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 4:14 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Jennifer Adams, in absence of Becky Brekke, Secretary

 

 

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February 2019 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Agenda
February 2, 2019
Mountain Shadows Community Clubhouse
4040 Piedmont Drive, Highland, CA 92346

 

The meeting was called to order at 2:01 pm by Gayle Bennett, President.

Welcome:

Gayle explained that the meeting today would follow a different format than usual.  Program first, followed by the business meeting, then back to Program to finish up.

Regarding last month’s Road to California, no word, as of yet on the winners of the Guild Challenge.

Program Part 1 – Lynn Hanna:

Lynn, began by explaining what to expect in our afternoon of creative exploration through the utilization of painting and music.  Lynn promised painting would be the easiest part. We would be blindfolded so that we could paint with inspiration. Also, being blindfolded would alleviate any pressure we might have to create something specific. Adding to the mix, we would paint to music to bring out our creative spirit. Everyone paired up with a partner.  We had our choice of a variety of paint colors, we were to choose at least two.  On each table were sheets of paper that we drew into 3 vertical sections. The first group started painting when the music began and stopped when the music ended. We painted two more times to the music until both sections were completed. The second group began painting once the first group finished in the same manner. The painted sheets were set aside to dry and the business meeting began.

Guild Business:

April Challenge Quilt – Gayle

The April challenge quilt is to be inspired by your favorite board game.  We are fortunate to have Linda Rasmussen curate the quilt entries once again. This year, if you prefer not to have your quilt curated, you just need to indicate this on the sign in sheet at the April meeting. Any size quilts are allowed from a mini to full size quilt.

Exhibits – Laura

Upland Library

Bring quilts in March for the Upland Library exhibit, which will run from March 3 – March 31. Drop off quilts at the March general meeting and pick up at the April general meeting. The quilts will be hanging from the 2nd floor of the library for Women’s History Month. Modern and larger sized quilts are encouraged. Quilts will need a sleeve, no exceptions. See the website for quilt sleeve instructions.

As part of the Women’s History Month, Laura will be presenting, ‘Visionary Women: Resolving Life’s Issues and Story Quilts’ on March 5 from 6pm -7:15pm. If you have a quilt that tells a story of an event in your life, please contact Laura as she may use your story and quilt in her presentation.

Laura will contact the library regarding advertising of the exhibit.

Chaffey Art Museum

The exhibit at the Chaffey Art Museum is called ‘Splashes of Colors and Shapes’ and will run from May 23 – July 20.  There will be plenty of space dedicated to this exhibit and as such we will need many quilts.  We would like to use the board game challenge quilts.  Modern quilts only, if there is any question if your quilt is modern or not, please send a picture to Laura for confirmation. There will be four (4) pedestals available for objects.  If you are interested Laura will have forms available at the March general meeting.

Membership – Ruthann

23 members were in attendance.
2 new members joined the Guild.
3 new guests were in attendance.

Charity – Jessica for Rachel

Paradise Fire Victims – they have been returning quilts as they have enough.  However, if you’ve made a quilt already, please bring in and we will donate to one of our three (3) charities.

Break – Visit & Snacks

Raffles

Alisa awarded a prize to the raffle winner and Pat awarded a prize to the name tag winner.

Show & Share

Carlene, Pat, Debbie, Lynn, Cheryl, Debi, Laura and Jessica all brought in items to show and share with the group.

Fundraiser – Jessica and Laura

Jessica and Laura showed coasters, dog leashes, mug rugs, and jar grabbers that would be easy to make and sell at our boutiques this fall.  So far, we are planning in participating at the Riverside Convention Center on Black Friday and at the Redlands Art Walk. There was discussion on doing a trial boutique in September.

Block Lotto – Ruthann for Simone

Ruthann reminded everyone that Block Lotto is next month.  Instructions and pattern are on the website.  There is one entry per block. If your number is called, you will win all the blocks. Technique for this block lotto is raw edge finish.  Block lotto is every other month this year.

Program Part II – Lynn Hanna

Everyone retrieved their painted sheets and Lynn finished her presentation. Lynn asked the group to pick one or two pieces of their sheets that they liked best. Then we used the two (2) 90 degree cardstock angles to hone in on these areas, outline them in pencil, and cut them out.  Once they were cut out, we pinned the shapes to the portable design wall. The intent was for each person to discuss why they chose the particular piece, but due to the inclement weather, the meeting ended in order for everyone to safely get home.

Announcements & Adjournment

Next meeting is Saturday, March 2, 2019 – location TBA (Grand Terrace has another event in our regular room).

Meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Becky Brekke
Secretary

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January 2019 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
January 5, 2019
Grand Terrace Community Center
22795 Barton Rd, Grand Terrace, CA 92313

 

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

 

Welcome

Gayle began the meeting by welcoming everyone back for another exciting year.  She informed us that in lieu of ‘resolutions’ she prefers ‘word’ of the year. And she shared her word of the year with the group: ‘succeed’.

The executive board presented former president, Laura Greene, with a quilt for her two (2) years of service as President.  The quilt was pieced by the Guild’s membership and quilted by Cat.

Gayle reminded the group of the upcoming Road to California Quilt show from January 24 – 27 at the Ontario Convention Center.  She urged everyone to be sure to log in as IEMQG members for the Guild Attendance Challenge (located in the main hall of the convention center).  We were very close to winning one of the $500 prizes last year and we would very much love to win this year! Members should refer to our website for additional information.

Gayle asked for help regarding a possible new location for our general meetings. The guild would not be opposed to a nominal fee as long as the location was convenient and reliable. Also, possibly conducting the board meeting immediately following a general meeting every so often was mentioned.

 

Introductions & Committee Reports

Jennifer, VP of Communications

Jennifer advised the group a social media chairperson is needed for our Facebook and Instagram accounts. During the meeting Kelley agreed to serve as Chairperson for Social Media.

 

Tricia, VP of Programs

Tricia announced that February’s general meeting on February 2nd would take place at Mountain Shadows Community Center in Highland, CA. Guest speaker will be Lynn Hanna and she will be speaking and showing us painting and improvisational methods. This will be a hands-on demonstration and attendees should dress accordingly.  There will be a Sit and Sew prior to the general meeting as well.

The March program will be a Transitional Quilter presentation by Alison.

The April program will be our Quilt Challenge inspired by a board game.  Quilt judge, Linda Rasmussen, will once again be curating the entries.

The May program will be a Women’s History presentation by Kim.

 

Cat, Treasurer

Cat introduced herself as the new treasurer for the coming year.

 

Becky, Secretary

Becky introduced herself as the new secretary and will be responsible for taking the minutes for the general and board meetings each month.

 

Laura, Fundraising

Laura and Jessica will be our fundraising guru’s for the coming year. They are both very passionate about raising money in order for more activities and programs for the Guild.  In February and March, they will have Sewing/Quilting raffle baskets available and you will be able to purchase raffle tickets at either meeting.

They are also investigating holiday shows that the guild can participate in. Guild members will donate their time and skills to create handmade items to sell at the show(s). It was suggested that we use some of the Sit and Sews as a time to work on items to donate for the show(s).

To get things rolling, Laura requested the group start working on baby quilts.   There are specific requirements and they are: no set in borders, binding, cornerstones or “old fashion” style quilts.  They are requesting the quilts be of a modern aesthetic.  Laura has put together a baby quilt kit with a pattern and fabric for members for ease of convenience.  The kits will be out at the general meetings for pick-up.

Laura announced that the Guild will be participating in exhibits at the Chaffe Art Museum and the Upland Library.  Additional details will follow in the coming months.

 

Pat, Hospitality

Pat announced we had 25 members, 2 new members and 5 visitors in attendance. She also mentioned that we were short on snacks sign ups, and passed around the clipboard for members to sign up.

 

Simone, Block Lotto

Simone introduced our Block Lotto for January/February called Skipping Rocks.  Block lotto for this year will be bi-monthly allowing everyone more time to work on their blocks. The pattern is located on both the IEMQG website and Simone’s blog.

 

RuthAnn Salera, Membership

Is still accepting payments for our 2019 membership dues of $40.00.  She will also be taking membership dues and paperwork at next month’s meeting.

 

Rachel, Charity

Rachel announced there were 21 quilt donations to Home Instead and 3 quilt donations to YouthHope.  This year she will be accepting any age, any size quilts. The chosen organizations that the Guild will be focusing on this is year are Home Instead, YouthHope and Calicinto Ranch.

Due to the recent wildfires in Paradise, CA, Rachel would like us to donate to the Paradise fire victims in conjunction with the Beaumont quilt guild.  Through March, we can bring quilts and pillow cases to donate.

 

Alisa, Raffles

Alisa introduced herself as the raffle chair for the coming year. She reminded us raffle ticket prices are $1 for 1 or $5 for 6.

 

After a short break, Cat introduced Linda and Carl Sullivan of Colourwerx. Linda went through a brief history of her early, traditional quilts and her transition to modern, how their careers changed from being in the TV and film industry to own a quilt ship and becoming designers of patterns and quilts. She explained that how the lack of colorful and vibrant fabrics lead them on a quest to create unique, vibrant and colorful fabric and quilts.  They presented many quilts showcasing their own fabric and many quilts featuring Kaffe Fassett prints.  Many of the quilts they showed were beautifully quilted by Teresa Silva of Quilting is my Bliss.  Linda said that if you sign up for their newsletter on their Colourwerx website, you will receive a free pattern.  If you’d like to see more of Linda and Carl’s creations, look for them in issues of Modern Patchwork and Easy Quilts magazines. During the meeting, they had a trunk show featuring patterns, kits and colorful fabric bundles for purchase.

 

Show and Shares immediately followed the Colourwerx presentation.

 

Raffles – Alisa presented the raffle winner with a set of fat quarters.  Pat presented the name tag raffle winner with her prize.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Becky Brekke

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November 2018 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
November 3, 2018
Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community Clubhouse
4040 Piedmont Drive, Highland, CA 92346

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

 

Welcome – Warm-up

The Warm-up statement was “Candy makes me more focused for quilting.”  Attendees grouped under the sign that best represented their response to that question – Strongly Agree, Agree, Slightly Disagree, and Strongly Disagree.  After a few minutes of discussing the topic in the various groups, Laura awarded the door prize to the person who compared chocolate to other candy.

Fund Raiser

Laura reported that at our Upcycle Event, we made as much or more, money that one day than we did when we were doing an upcycle table at every meeting.

Bylaws

Laura announced that the board has been working on changing the Bylaws over the last six months, one section at a time.  The revised Bylaws are now posted on our website; we need to have them posted for at least one month before we have the general membership vote to accept the Bylaws as revised.  Laura explained that our Bylaws do not specify how many consecutive years a person can hold a board position, because with our relatively small membership, we do not want to get to the point that many guilds have come to, where they have no one who is willing to serve on the board.  She also noted that the national MQG bylaws do not mention any term limitations.

Election Results

Our new slate of officers is:

Gayle Bennett, President

Tricia Williams, Vice President – Programs

Jennifer Adams, Vice President – Communications

Cat Wallace, Treasurer

Becky Brekke, Secretary

 

Committee Chairpersons:

RuthAnn Salera, Membership

Rachel McGee, Charity

Laura Greene & Jessica Cook, Fund Raising

 

We still need to someone to do Block Lotto.

 

Committee Reports

Cat Wallace, VP of Programs announced plans for our holiday party, which will be December 1 at the Mountain Shadows Clubhouse, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Everyone should bring three fat quarters to play Left, Right, Center.  Cat handed out fabric squares for each person to make a nine-patch block for a Tic Tac Toe/Bingo game she has planned.  The leftover blocks will be sewn into a charity quilt at a later date.

Cat passed around a sign-up sheet for toppings for the chili bar.

Cat reminded us that our January meeting will feature a trunk show by Linda Sullivan.

Gayle Bennett, Treasurer reported that our new membership chairperson, RuthAnn Salera, is now accepting payments for our 2019 membership dues of $40.00.

Gayle Bennett reminded us that we all need to fill out and mail in the paperwork that was sent to us by Leslie from the Art Museum.   Quilts will be dropped off on Friday, November 30 – the museum is close to Gayle’s work, so she will try to arrange to deliver the quilts.  They will be displayed December 13 – December 30 and can be picked up January 11.

After Member University presentations, we enjoyed Show and Share.   We then had a discussion about fund raising options.

Raffles – Alison presented the raffle winner with a set of fat quarters.  Pat Klassen presented the name tag raffle winner with her prize.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Tricia Williams

 

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September 2018 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
September 1, 2018
Grand Terrace Community Center
22795 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313

 

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

Welcome – Warm-up

The Warm-up statement was “Emotions drive the completion of my quilts.”  Attendees grouped under the sign that best represented their response to that question – Strongly Agree, Agree, Slightly Disagree, and Strongly Disagree.  After a few minutes of discussing the topic in the various groups, Laura awarded the door prize to the person who had the closest birthday.

Laura announced that she will nominate committee chairpersons.  Anyone interested in one of those positions should let Laura know.  The following committee chairperson positions are open: Block Lotto, Charity, Social Media, Welcome/Hospitality, and Upcycle Sale.

Candy Scott is head of the nominating committee.  The committee will have one month to gather nominations, so members should let them know if they are interested in any of the board positions, which are President, Treasurer, Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Programs, and Secretary.  The committee has a list of job descriptions, and those are also posted on our guild website so that members can look there to see what the various positions entail.

Committee Reports

Cat Wallace, VP of Programs reminded us of the Upcycle Event to be held October 6 from 10 – 4 at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community clubhouse.  There will be lots of great things to purchase, a bake sale, and fellowship.  There will be no business meeting at this event, and no show and share.  Ginger suggested that we display some modern quilts at this event so that visitors can see what our guild is about.  Cat asked that people share ideas for what they would like to do at the holiday party, which will be December 1 at Mountain Shadows.    The November 3 meeting will be another Member University.  Laura Green will introduce the new MQG website.  Tricia Williams will demonstrate the Accuquilt Go! fabric cutter.  Donna Gaston will show us a machine binding method, and Cat Wallace will do a presentation on Quick Curve Rulers.

Gayle Bennett, Treasurer reminded us that September 17 is the deadline to submit quilts to be displayed at the Ontario Museum of History and Art.  They need about 30 quilts and so far only two have been submitted.  To enter a quilt for this display, fill out the online entry form, which can be found on our website, and include two digital photos of your quilt – one showing the full quilt and one showing detail.  The maximum size of the quilts is 48” wide by 54” long, and they must have a 4” sleeve.  No mulit-panel quilts will be accepted.  The deadline for entries is 3:00 p.m. on September 17.  You can enter a quilt that is not yet finished, but they must be complete by September 30.  Quilts will be dropped off on Friday, November 30 – the museum is close to Gayle’s work, so she will try to arrange to deliver the quilts.  They will be displayed December 13 – December 30 and can be picked up January 11.

SCCQG is looking for modern quilts to be displayed at Road to California.  They want new quilts that have not been widely shown, and no kit quilts.  Our website will have a link to the entry form.

Hospitality – Amy French and Alison Cutler signed up to provide refreshments at our next meeting, but since that will be the Upcycle Event, Pat will ask them if they will work the bake sale instead.  Evie Reinstra and Christine Sharp are scheduled to bring refreshments to the November meeting.

Upcyle Event – Jenn Adams, filling in for Becky Brekke, asked for volunteers to help out at our Upcycle Sale on October 6.  She passed around a clipboard for sign ups.  On September 29, the board will be meeting at Becky’s house to price all of the upcycle items and prepare them to display at the sale.  Anyone is welcome to help out.

Jenn Adams, VP Communications – The MQG website has changed to a new server, so it is necessary for everyone to create a new login.  Jen described some of the new information that is now available on the MQG website.

After a short break, Laura Green showed the new Block Lotto, which is Triangles for Fun.  The instructions for the improv pieced block will be on the website.  Everyone who participates in block lotto gets entered into a drawing for a prize which will be awarded at our holiday party.  You get one entry for each block that you make.

Song Challenge

Each quilter talked about her challenge piece, then Linda Rasmussen gave a quick and very helpful critique of each one.  There were twelve song challenge pieces submitted and they were enjoyed by all.

Raffles – Tricia Williams (in Alison Howe’s absence) presented the raffle winner with a set of fat quarters.  Pat Klassen presented the name tag raffle winner with her prize.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Tricia Williams

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August 2018 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
August 4, 2018
Grand Terrace Community Center
22795 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313

 

The meeting was called to order at 2:02 p.m. by Laura Greene, President.

Welcome – Warm-up

The Warm-up statement was “Vacations inspire me to quilt.”  Attendees grouped under the sign that best represented their response to that question – Strongly Agree, Agree, Slightly Disagree, and Strongly Disagree.  After a few minutes of discussing the topic in the various groups, Laura awarded the door prize to the person who mentioned being inspired at the beach.

Laura announced that at our September meeting, the nominating committee will be taking nominations for next year’s officers.  Anyone interested in taking one of the positions should notify the nominating committee.  There will also be nominations accepted from the floor at the September meeting, but please be sure that whoever you wish to nominate is willing to take the position.

The position of Charity Chairperson is currently open.  Amy is not able to handle all of the duties.  She can deliver the quilts but can’t make it to the meetings to collect the quilts and keep records of who donated them.  While we are in this transition period, please continue to make charity quilts, since this is a main part of our purpose as a not-for-profit organization.

Since Becky Brekke, Upcycle Sale Chairperson, was not able to attend, Laura reminded us that donations are needed for our Upcycle Sale in October.  Donations can be brought to the next meeting, or to the Sit and Sew/workshop on August 19.   If you are donating fabric, please mark the size on each piece.  Donations of handmade items are also welcome, and on the day of the sale we will need baked goods donated.  Becky needs people to help with set-up before the sale and take-down after; she will be taking sign-ups at the September meeting.  Laura has sent information about the event to SCCQG to be shared with other guilds and encouraged members to take some flyers to distribute in the community.  Tricia Williams will look into advertising the event in the Highland Community News.

Committee Reports

Cat Wallace, VP of Programs, reminded us that Shawnee Miller will be conducting her Thrilling Threads workshop from 12:30 – 4:30 on August 19, 2018 at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community clubhouse.  Shawnee will be providing fabric, special threads, and topstitch needles for attendees to make a thread sampler.  Cat encouraged members to sign up for the workshop on the clipboard at the greeter’s table.  Our Sit and Sew will still be from 9:00 – 5:00, so we will be sewing and having lunch before the workshop.

Our September meeting will feature the reveal of our song challenge quilts, and renowned quilt judge Linda Rasmussen will once again gently critique our quilts.

Gayle Bennett announced that if anyone hasn’t chosen a song title for the Song Challenge, she still has the bag of titles for them to draw from.  Anyone who wants a different song can draw another one, for a $5.00 donation to the guild.  She reminded us that the idea is to create a small quilt inspired by the song title.

IEMQG has been invited to provide modern quilts for display at the Ontario Museum of History and Art.  The quilts will be hung in the main exhibit hall at the museum.  To enter a quilt for this display, fill out the online entry form and include two digital photos of your quilt – one showing the full quilt and one showing detail.  The maximum size of the quilts is 48” wide by 54” long, and they must have a 4” sleeve.  No mulit-panel quilts will be accepted.  The deadline for entries is 3:00 p.m. on September 15.  You can enter a quilt that is not yet finished, but they must be complete by September 30.  Quilts will be dropped off on Friday, November 30 – the museum in close to Gayle’s work, so she will try to arrange to deliver the quilts.  They will be displayed December 13 – December 30 and can be picked up January 11.

Block Lotto – the August blocks were won by Allison Cutler.  We will not be doing block lotto in September because we will all be focused on finishing our song challenge quilts.

Hospitality – Pat Klassen is now being assisted at the greeter’s table by Ruthann Salera.  Pat announced that there were 20 members and 4 guests in attendance.  Goodies at the September meeting will be provided by Shelley and Cat.  Ruthann introduced the guests.

After a short break, Cat introduced our speaker, Shawnee Miller, Thread Educator.  Shawnee’s presentation focused on resolving issues with broken threads in our sewing machines.  Her visual aides were very helpful!

Among the wonderful quilts we saw during Show & Share was a great quilt that Ruthann Salera created from the block lotto arrow blocks that she won in July!  You may recall that when Ruthann won those blocks, Gayle jokingly told her that we would expect to see them sewn into a quilt at the next meeting.  Well, it took her two meetings, but she did it!

Raffles – Alisa Howe presented the raffle winner with a set of fat quarters.  Pat Klassen presented the name tag raffle winner with her prize.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Tricia Williams

Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

July 2018 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
July 7, 2018
Grand Terrace Community Center
22795 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313

The meeting was called to order at 2:03 pm by Cat Wallace, VP of Programs (in the absence of Laura Greene).

Welcome – Warm-up

The warm-up statement was the “Fourth of July is the most important holiday of the year.” Attendees grouped under the sign that best represented their response to that question – Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, and Strongly Disagree. Cat went around to each group to listen into their discussions.  After a few minutes, Cat asked which group had mentioned “Thanksgiving” as almost each group had, Cat asked which group had mentioned “Unity” and as no group had specifically used that word, but two groups had used similar phrases.  At that point, we decided to choose a number and the group who came closest to the number won the prize.  Group Disagree won the prize.

Cat announced that there was a Nominating Committee chairperson position open and details would follow soon.

Committee Reports

Cat Wallace, VP of Programs, reported that the August meeting program will be a lecture on using specialty threads, by Shawnee Miller, called Thrilling Threads. In conjunction with the lecture, Shawnee Miller will teach a workshop on how to create a thread sampler during our August 19th Sit and Sew at Mountain Shadows. The workshop will be from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Shawnee will provide fabric, threads and needles for us to create the thread sampler using different types of threads. The cost of the workshop is $35. A flyer for this event has been created and members were encouraged to grab one for more details. Our September meeting program will be the Song Challenge with Linda Rasmussen, a national quilt show judge, curating.  Our October meeting program will be the Upcycle Sale at Mountain Shadows on October 6th.  A flyer for this event has been created and members were encouraged to grab one for more details.

Gayle Bennett announced that if anyone hasn’t chosen a song title for the Song Challenge, she still has the bag of titles for them to draw from. Anyone who wants a different song can draw another one, for a $5.00 donation to the guild. The quilts will be presented at our September meeting and Linda Rasmussen has offered to curate the quilts for us once again.  The quilting retreat which is October 19-21 at the “Gather at the Hive” in Fallbook is full. For those you haven’t yet paid, payment of $160.00 is due by August 4th. In addition to paying by cash and check, you now have the option to pay via PayPal (via ‘Friends and Family’)

Shelley Wardrop showed us the Wonky House block submissions for this month. The Wonky House block lotto entries were won by Laura Greene. Shelley announced and showed samples for the August block lotto called Square in a Square. Instructions will be available on our website. Shelley also reminded members to submit past block lotto blocks to her if you forgot to bring them with you or are still working on them as you will be entered in the year end drawing.  Shelley will give the block lotto to the winner of that particular month.

Refreshments – Pat Klassen, reported that the members signed up to bring the August snacks were not at the meeting, however, she would be sure to remind them.

Hospitality Hostess – Pat Klassen reported that were 22 members, 2 NEW members and 5 guests in attendance. One of the new members was Josie and she is our founding Jr member!

Break – We visited, shopped Simone Bradford’s Pop Up shop and enjoyed snacks and beverages.

Meeting resumed at 2:52 pm.

Cat Wallace gave a warm introduction to our speaker and one of our own guild members, Simone Bradford. Simone took us through her journey from childhood through present day. At a very young age she knew she wanted to be an artist. And through high school and college, she followed her passion by obtaining a well-rounded and extensive education in many art mediums. We all enjoyed learning about her art background. Her friend Elizabeth introduced her to quilting by inviting her to a quilting retreat and giving her a quilting magazine. Then in February 2016, Simone decided to take a Designing Fabric class at Quiltcon 2016.  After that, she began sending patterns to fabric companies. She received a few rejections, but finally, Paintbrush Studio Fabrics gave her the go ahead to design/select colors for 3 prints of her collection, On Your Mark (she eventually talked them into a 4th print).  The process was tedious, took about a year, but she learned a lot. Paintbrush Studio Fabrics also requested that she create a quilt pattern and a quilt using her On Your Mark fabric collection. Her quilt, Gumdrops, was displayed at Quiltcon 2018 in Pasadena in Paintbrush Studio Fabrics’ booth and a free pattern is available on Simone’s website. Simone presented her beautiful quilts with the help of her daughter and friend, Elizabeth. Simone also provided 3 giveaways: 2 – Fat Quarters and 1 – Fat Eighth. The winners of the fat quarters were Christine and Cat and the winner of the fat eighth was Lynn. We look forward to all of Simone’s future successes.

Show and Share – Pat, Candy, Ginger, Kelley, and Lynn shared their amazing quilting creations.

Raffle Winners – Alisa Howe (General) and Lynn Hannah (Name Tag)

The meeting was adjourned at 3:58 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Becky Brekke

 

Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

June 2018 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
June 2, 2018
Grand Terrace Community Center 22795 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313

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

Welcome – Warm-up

The Warm-up statement was “My fabric is organized well at my home.” Attendees grouped under the sign that best represented their response to that question – Strongly Agree, Agree, Slightly Disagree, and Strongly Disagree. After a few minutes of discussing the topic, Laura asked who mentioned “comic book boards” and there were four people, so Laura asked who most recently used boards to store fabric; it was Jennifer Adams, so she won the prize.

Because it is the two-year birthday of our guild, Laura Greene gave a brief history of the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild, which began with a small group called Friends of the Modern Quilt Guild.

Laura explained that the minutes which are posted on our website will not have any specific financial information because the minutes can be read by the public. Any member wishing to see the financial statements can do so by contacting our Treasurer, Gayle Bennett.

Committee Reports

Cat Wallace, VP of Programs, reported that the July Meeting program will be a presentation by our member, Simone Bradford, who will “spotlight” herself and her fabric designs. She will bring fat quarters for us to purchase. The August meeting program will be a lecture on using specialty threads, by Shawnee Miller. On June 10, we will be having a Sit and Sew at Mountain Shadows. Please let Tricia Williams know if you will be attending.

Gayle Bennet announced that if anyone hasn’t chosen a song title for the Song Challenge, she still has the bag of titles for them to draw from. Anyone who wants a different song can draw another one, for a $5.00 donation to the guild. The quilts will be presented at our September meeting. Linda Rasmussen has offered to curate the quilts for us.

Shelley Wardrop showed us samples of the house block for July’s block lotto. Patterns will be available on our website. The arrow block lotto entries were won by new member Ruthann Salera. (Gayle told her that we will expect to see them made into a finished quilt at our next meeting, but Ruthann knew she was kidding.)

Refreshments – Pat Klassen thanked Laura Greene for providing the birthday cake, and Allison Cutler for bringing beverages. Alisa Howe will bring refreshments to the July meeting.

Pat Klassen reported that were 28 members and 5 guests in attendance.

Laura Greene announced that the Thrilling Threads Workshop will be taught by Shawnee Miller during our August 19 Sit and Sew at Mountain Shadows. The workshop will be from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Shawnee will provide fabric and threads for us to create a sampler using different types of threads. The cost of the workshop is $35. Our Sit and Sew will still be from 9:00 – 5:00, so we will be sewing and having lunch before the workshop.

Break – We visited and enjoyed birthday cake and beverages.

Meeting resumed at 2:50.

Laura Greene said that Natalie Barnes brought us each a copy of her book, A Modern Twist. Natalie said, “Well, I heard that this is a birthday celebration, so I brought gifts.”

Cat Wallace gave a lovely introduction to our speaker, Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef. Natalie’s interesting presentation included lots of beautiful quilts.

Show and Share – Members’ quilts were displayed and admired.

Raffles – Alisa Howe has agreed to take over the monthly raffles. The raffle winner chose from three sets of fat quarters.

Pat Klassen presented the name tag raffle winner with her prize.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Tricia Williams

Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

May 2018 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
May 5, 2018
Arlanza Public Library
8267 Philbin Ave., Riverside CA

Meeting called to order by President Laura Greene at 2:05

Welcome – Warm-up

“My journey with modern quilts is moving along swimmingly.” The attendees assembled into 3 groups: one that agreed, slightly and disagreed with the previous statement.  That person who spoke about “backsliding”, going back and forth was Sally Hartman from the disagree group and received a gift.

Klatch Coffee Exhibit.  Mini’s to be displayed are due at June meeting for the month of June

display.  Store can fit 16 approximate 12” quilts (100’ perimeter).  It is preferred to have a 9” sleeve or loops for hanging.  Sewing instructions for sleeve on website.  Members may bring Command Strips to hang their quilt.

Committee Reports

Program Announcements (Cat Wallace sub by Laura Greene)
June meeting.  Natalie Barns with pop-up store.
July meeting.  Cat doing transition quilter and spotlight is Trish

Challenge (Gayle Bennett).  You can still pick a song and or buy another song for $5.  No size restriction for the quilt.  Be prepared to explain the relationship of the song title to the quilt in September.  The Song Title Challenge drawing is available during break.

Retreat. October 19, 20, 21.  2 or 3 spots left.  $156.75 (base price).  Paying now locks in spot.  Last sign-up date is August meeting.  Will have a sign-up sheet for food.

Block Lotto (Shelley Wardrop, sub by Carlene Drake) – Raffle tickets are given for 12” Half Square Triangle and next Block Lotto.  64 blocks were submitted from last month.  Winner of last months’ block lotto drawing is Shelly.  The new block lotto is the arrow pattern.  Her instructions reference feathers and that is the angled portions off the shaft and can be found on our website.

Upcycling Event (Becky Brekke) – Sale has been moved to October meeting.  Candy brought in “jar grabbers.”  She made as an example of items we can make to sell.

Refreshments Sign-up (Welcome table Trish).  Sign-ups for the year is complete.

August guest speaker (Laura Greene).  Those that attended Meet the Teachers had the opportunity to meet Shawnee Miller (Thrilling Threads) from Menefee.  She teaches the art technique of threads and ribbons.   She is booked to speak at our August 4 meeting for $150.  Shawnee will also give a hands-on class August 19 at MSMCH for $35 per person (with a minimum of 6 attendees).  Bring machine to August 19 meeting.  See sign-up sheet for August 19 class.

Transitional Quilter (Laura Greene).  First quilt was a 9 patch in 86.  Laura’s quilts were influenced by the various remote places she lived.  As she started to naturally expand and experiment with modern quilting, her works were not accepted by her peers.  While exploring modern quilting, she noticed a progression to a smaller quilt.  Today she realized she is more of an art quilter.  She says “I’m not so modern”.

Break: Visit and Snacks

Spotlight Quilter (Carlene Drake). This month’s spotlight quilter Is Yoshiko Jinzenji.  “Sewing Party,” a quilt on display at QuiltCon, was her “hook” to Yoshiko’s work.  Amish quilts were Yoshiko’s beginning inspirations. While living in Indonesia and Japan, she became interested in dying fabrics and color.  She transitioned to minimalistic colors, working with 2.  She uses a frame to isolate small shapes of color in a print.  Those isolated shapes are then used as blocks in a quilt.  Her patterns are basically traditional quilting patterns but she finds a way to change it up.  Mostly she likes to work with white negative space and how the edge of the white next to a color becomes the interest.

Charity (Aimee French).  27 quilts donated last month.  If you previously donated a quilt, please come forward and let Aimee know your name and she will give you a raffle ticket.  Next month she will have a sign-up sheet when a blanket is donated.

Show and Share

Raffles

Fat Quarter Raffle (Candace Kimball), Sally

Name Tag Raffle (Welcome Table Trish), Becky

21 in attendance, 1 guest 1 new member

Meeting adjourned at 4:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Candace Kimball