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May 2019 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
May 4, 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.


Gayle proudly announced that our guild won one of the Road 2 California guild participation challenge! She assured us the prize money will be put to good use. She also informed us about the Seven Sisters Quilt Show on June 29th-30th in San Luis Obispo.  For more information be sure to go to http://www.sevensistersquiltshow.org/

Gayle reminded members that with your paid membership to the guild, you also become a member of the national MQG. Be on the lookout for an email from them with details on how register on their website. One of the perks of membership is the access to the free pattern library. Be sure to check it out.

Gayle was excited to inform the membership that we nabbed a spot at the Vina De Lestonnac Retreat in Temecula for this year’s retreat! The retreat will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11th, 12th and 13th, starting at 10 am on Monday and ending at 2 pm on Wednesday.  We will be able to accommodate approximately 22 quilters.  Prices for the retreat are as follows: Single room; $386.00;
Double room: $286.00; Triple room: $236.00; and Day Commuters: $33 per day includes lunch (add $18 to stay for dinner). A $100.00 deposit is due at the time of sign up, which can be paid via PayPal, check or cash.  Additional details to follow in the coming months.

After the meeting, Gayle invited members to attend the Executive Board meeting at Shelley’s home.

Committee Reports

Programs, Shelley
June 1st: Our birthday meeting! There will be cake and lots of treats.  The featured presentation will be given by Dora Cary of Orange Dot Quilts.  The meeting location for this event will be in Grand Terrace.

July 6th: Transitional speaker will be Christine.

August 3rd: The featured presentation will be given by, Aurifil Ambassador, Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef.

Charity, Rachel
We are still in need of charity quilts for adults, seniors, teens, and children. We have new IEMQG quilt labels. See Rachel for a label and please attach them to your donated quilts.

Fundraising/Exhibits, Laura
Laura announced she had made up more quilt kits for either a charity quilts or craft fair item. She also had fabric for a flash sale.  She also brought in post card flyers for the Chaffey Museum Exhibit on May 23rd and encouraged everyone to take a stack and share.  If you didn’t bring in your quilt to show at the exhibit, you can still drop them off at the museum on May 18th and 19th.

Membership, Ruthann
If anyone has any issues registering with the MQG, please contact Ruthann.

Block Lotto, Simone
Simone showed members examples of low volume blocks called The I.E. (The Improv Effect) for the Block Lotto for May/June and to be collected at the July meeting.  The block tutorial will be located on both the IEMQG website and Simone’s blog.

After a short break, Kim superbly presented “Community and Creativity, a History of Women and Quilting”.  Kim gave a short biography of herself: daughter for an antique dealer; lover of all things old; Art History major; ‘American Patchwork’ was the title of her thesis.  Kim took us on a quilting journey through the centuries starting in the 17th century to current time. It was amazing to hear how quilting has transformed the lives of women throughout the ages. Kim taught us to see how quilting became more than just making quilts for bed covers; it was a way to express social concerns, record personal accounts and make political statements. A huge thanks to Kim for an outstanding presentation.

Show and Shares immediately followed Kim’s presentation; 7 members shared their wonderful creations.

Winners of the Block Lotto, fat quarter, and name tag raffles were presented with their prizes.

Attendance: There were 24 members in attendance and 5 guests.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Becky Brekke

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April 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

IEMQG Board Meeting Minutes
April 17, 2019
JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts, Ontario, CA 91764

The meeting was called to order at 6:10 pm by Gayle, with the following members in attendance: Cat, Shelley, Laura, Simone and Becky.

Old Business:

Committee Reports:

President – Gayle
Gayle confirmed that the Vina De Lestonnac Convent (aka the Nunnery) in Temecula is available Monday through Wednesday, November 11-13th for the guild’s second annual retreat. In order to formerly reserve the Nunnery, a $250 deposit is required, when the paperwork is submitted by Gayle. Note, final payment isn’t due until the day we check in. Ten days before the retreat, they require a final head count. Information obtained is as follows: 15 members is the minimum required to have the dedicated work room. Although, the maximum number of members the room can hold is 25, 20 would most comfortable. Check-in is 10 am on Monday and room check out is 11 am but we still have the workroom until 2 pm. There are 12 bedrooms available, with pricing as follows: Triple Occupancy $226/person; Double Occupancy $276/person; Single Occupancy $376/person; Day Commuter $33/day. If there are any dietary restrictions, they will do their best to accommodate you. Sign-ups will be available at the May meeting. In order for members to reserve their spot, they need to provide a $100 deposit at time of sign-up. Remainder of payment due at August meeting. Discussed an upcharge for Jen to create cute retreat favors – $10/person?? Jen – please let us know if you’d be willing to do this again and if $10/person is sufficient. Also, discussed briefly future retreat locations in Big Bear and Fallbrook.

Meeting Location
Consensus at the April general meeting was that everyone liked the room at the Main/Mission Inn library. Parking is an issue, but not enough to deter attendance it was determined. We do have to set up and put away chairs at ever meeting, but as a guild we are used to it and everyone has no problem pitching in to help. Last month the library did not charge us the $20 room fee as we did not use the kitchen. We will look into finding out if we can use the room without a fee going forward. We discussed if we should stay in Grand Terrace for the summer months of June, July and August, or stay at the Main/Mission Inn library, and how we felt the change of locations could affect guild attendance. Other suggestions were for Simone to check into the Janet Goeske Center again and for Shelley to look into facilities provided by Riverside Park & Recreation. After our discussions, Laura made a motion to have all general meetings going forward at the Main/Mission Inn library, and thus officially changing the meeting location from Grand Terrace to Riverside. Cat seconded the motion. Becky will reserve the room for as far out as allowable. Shelley, told us that as a token of the Guild’s appreciation to the library, perhaps members could donate quilting related books at the end of the year. Something we should look into further and announce at a future meeting.

Road to California
Gayle proudly announced that the Guild won one of the $500 prize money for guild attendance!! She will inform members of this exciting news at the May meeting.

VP Programs – Shelley
Kim will be presenting “Community and Creativity, a History of Women and Quilting”. A projector and computer is needed for Kim’s presentation for the May meeting, which Laura will bring. Dora Cary from Orange Dot Quilts will be the featured presenter for the June birthday meeting. And Christine will be the Transitional Quilter for July.

Gayle brought up the possibility of having Natalie Barnes, who is a new brand ambassador for Aurafil, to present a free lecture and trunk show, for our August meeting.

Cat noted that Sarah Goer (one of the standouts at SCCQG’s Meet the Teachers event) will be at the Hi Desert Quilt Guild in Ridgecrest, CA, on March 5th and 6th, 2020. We were thinking to possibly have her be our March presenter on March 7th with a workshop on the 8th? Or combine both in one day?

Tentative Member University presenters:
Improv square pieces/emotions – Laura
Paper piecing – Simone
6 minute circle – Cat
Shelley will ask Lynn Hannah to provide a demonstration of her choice.

Treasurer – Cat
Cat discussed the bank balance and confirmed reconciliation of the account. Cat confirmed the MQG dues have been paid. Discussed breaking out the fundraising lines on the cash flow report to have a better idea of how much each fundraising activity is bringing in. Currently, Cat has been placing comments in the line items to describe the income source, but having a line item for each fundraiser activity might be a better solution.

Fundraising / Raffles / Exhibits – Laura
Laura will bring an opportunity basket and new fabric kits to the May meeting. She will also have a table set up to collect boutique fundraiser items. Worthy items will be shown during the Show and Share portion of the meeting. She is also bringing more donated fabric for a flash sale.

Chaffey Museum of Art – Modern quilts will be collected at the May meeting. Laura will have the forms required to accompany the quilts being collected available at the meeting. The exhibit, ‘Splashes of Color and Space’ runs from May 23 – July 20, 2019. 40-50 of any size quilts will be needed. In addition, there will be pedestals available to display, other modern objects. Simone agreed to exhibit her chair she shared with the guild last year.

Debby Winter from Road to California, contacted Laura about featuring guild member quilts in the breeze way for R2CA next year, 2020. Laura immediately said yes. We don’t have many details, but have determined the quilt size needs to be a twin or larger and of course, modern. Further details to follow in the coming months.

Membership – Ruthann (via email correspondence)
Ruthann confirmed that the membership roster in Google drive is current and matches the roster in the MQG website. 39 members paid their dues for 2019. There were 12 members from 2018 who did not renew. Ruthann will create and send a survey to the non returning members for their feedback for not signing up this year.

VP Communications – No new business
Secretary – No new business
Block Lotto – No new business
Charity – No new business
Welcome/Refreshments – No new business

New Business:
SCCQG – Meet the Teachers
The group who attended the Meet the Teachers event on April 12th, shared that the following teachers were standouts:
The Quilts of Mac McNamara (New Hampshire), http://www.macquilts.com/index.html

Elizabeth Eastmond, Occasional Piece Quilt (OP Quilt), https://opquilt.com/

Colleen Grainger, Sew Little Time Quilting, http://www.sewlittletimequilting.com/index.php

Laura made a motion to hire Elizabeth Eastmond to present at our October 5th general meeting with a workshop to follow on October 19th and Shelley seconded the motion.

Lead Cards
Gayle is working on 4×6 lead cards for the guild. The cards will have a photo of a modern quilt or two (most likely photos will be Simone’s quilts), logo on the front, and on the back will contain website info, etc. The front will be glossy and the back will not be glossy so that it can be written on easily. Mike will design the cards.

Opportunity Quilt
Cat told us that she has found a pattern for the Opportunity Quilt. It will be a queen size quilt using Kaffe Fassett fabric, 2” HST squares, and no borders. She is counting on Pat to assist with color placement and the color gradient. It was discussed that we could schedule Sit and Sew solely dedicated to sew blocks. In this way it would be a controlled environment where Cat will provide specific instructions and fabrics. It was also mentioned to have a dedicated person to square up the blocks for uniformity. Laura brought up pricing of the opportunity quilt tickets. Asked us to suggest a couple pricing scenarios of $2/ticket or 12 for $10 or $5/ticket or 3 for $10. Due to the amount of money we hope to raise, we are leaning towards $5/ticket or 3 for $10. This was not voted on and will be discussed more at a later date. Gayle, found pricing for a stand for $105 if we choose to purchase one or two for the quilt. No timeline has been established as this is still a work in progress.

Christmas Party / Sit and Sew Locations
Becky will inquire to her HOA regarding availability, pricing and requirements to rent a room for the Christmas party and possibly sit and sews.

Gayle will contact her local police department to obtain information to use their conference room for a Sit and Sew. Possibly May 19th and/or June 9th?

We will also be inquiring if we can reserve the Main/Mission Inn library room all day for a Sit and Sew. We would need to confirm if there would be enough circuits for sewing machines and irons.

Next Meetings
For the month of May, we are combining the general and board meetings in one day: General Meeting at 2pm-4pm and the Board Meeting will follow afterwards at Shelley’s home.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Becky Brekke, Secretary

Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

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.


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

Minutes · Minutes General Board

March 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

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


The meeting was called to order at 12:34 pm by Gayle, with the following members in attendance: Gayle, Laura, Jen, Pat, Simone, and Cat

Old Business – Committee Reports:

Treasurer – Cat

MQG National dues have not been paid yet. Cat will pay the dues this afternoon for the 45-member threshold at a rate of approximately $660 (previously authorized for payment by the Executive Board). The Board reviewed outstanding members for 2019 payment.

Bank balance reviewed; Cat shared cash available for the Guild’s use.

VP Programs – Board (Trish not present)

Gayle shared that the Hive is no longer offering an overnight option; day retreat events only. We are going to still looking for a location for our next retreat. More discussion to take place at the April Board meeting.

Trish is leaving and Gayle discussed possibilities for a replacement. We are planned out for events through October. We discussed the possibility of inviting Aurafil to a future meeting. Linda Rasmussen will be coming in April for our Board Game Challenge. May is Kim is doing a Spotlight Quilter presentation.  June is the birthday event with Dora Kari. Christine Sharp is confirmed for July for Transition Quilter. The Guild will do a Membership Trunk Show in August featuring old and new. September will be another guild challenge; details to be finalized at a future board meeting and announce to the Guild in May. The group discussed the gift card for Linda’s work this past year.  We will be providing her with a card that Jen will put together as her involvement warranted a more personalized touch and she will be receiving a gift card also.

Cat offered to help manage the VP of Programs duties until a replacement is finalized.  She will reach out to Dora Kari of Orange Dot to solidify her contract and participation for our birthday celebration meeting in June.

VP Communications – No new business

Secretary – No new business; Becky on vacation and Jennifer supporting in her absence

Fundraising / Exhibits – Laura

Donations – We received a very generous fabric donation to the Guild by Jan Rosenthal from Apple Valley. This fabric will be used for charity and fundraising items. The fabric donation was sorted into kits. Some of the fabric is more floral and traditional in nature. Laura provided a preview of the kits she’s put together with the massive amount of supplies she has received.  Kits have been numbered and will be distributed and tracked to members that wish to make items for the fundraiser efforts. This was just a small look at what was donated; storage is divided between Gayle and Laura at approximately 12 boxes in total.

Hardware – Dog leash swivel clips have been purchased by the Guild and will be provided to members that are interested in making items.  The items given out will be tracked and logged to keep track of the disbursements to the membership and make sure items are returned in advance of the sale event.

Upland Library Event – Laura has cards/pins to mark items donated for the upcoming Upland Library. This Sunday afternoon at 2pm Laura will be going along with Pat and Gayle to put the quilts up in the library. Tuesday, March 5th at 6pm Laura will be doing the talk about Visionary Women in the Brodie Room. There will be about a dozen quilts on display.  Quilts will need to be removed on April 3rd from the Library and returned to members on April 6th.

Chaffey Exhibit – Gayle mentioned keeping track of the quilts received for the Upland Library event to see if we can use any for the Chaffey exhibit.  The room is 15,000 linear inches; we are hoping to get enough quilts to fill the space.

New Business:

April EB Meeting – The Board discussed the April meeting date/time; the group confirmed the next Board meeting for Wednesday, April 17th 6:00pm at JoAnn Fabric & Crafts in Ontario.  We will meet prior for dinner at a nearby location

SCCQG – Gayle discussed the meet the teacher event with SCCQG April 13th from 9am-2pm in Carson. Gayle will carpool and we all agreed that a group will attend to review possible speakers for future presentations.

April Board Meeting Agenda Items:

Review of Duties – All (Jen to bring hand-outs for everyone)

Chaffey Art Museum Call for Quilts – Laura

April General Meeting Agenda:

Challenge with Linda to Curate – Jessica will coordinate and oversee the arrangement of the quilts

The meeting was adjourned at 1:20 pm.

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


Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

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! 


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.


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



Minutes · Minutes General Board

February 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

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


The meeting was called to order at 11:55am by Gayle, with the following members in attendance: Tricia, Jennifer, Cat, Laura, Pat, Ruthann, Kelley, Jessica, Rachel, Alisa and Becky.


Old Business –
Committee Reports:

Treasurer – Cat

Cat discussed the bank balance and went over both future revenue and expected expenses for the coming year.  Cat confirmed the audit is complete and she will present the audit report at the March meeting. In addition, the budget presentation will also occur at the March meeting.  We also discussed that the Treasurer records from June 2016 thru Dec 2018 that are in binder separate from Cat’s ‘working’ one.  We did touch on establishing a retention policy as far as how much and how long we keep hard copies or convert to digital ones.

As Cat will be the Chair for the Opportunity Quilt, we discussed this next. It was determined that we will need a committed committee to take the quilt around to be shown at various locations.  We decided that the tickets should feature a photo of the quilt and we should also purchase 4×6 postcards with a photo of the quilt to pass along. We need to utilize social media by posting quilt photos on the website, Facebook and Instagram. It was determined that we will need a heavy duty frame for displaying the quilt.  We debated on whether we should count on donation of batting and fabric material or include those items in our budget. We agreed that the quilt needs to be at least queen size. We all need to bring our ideas on the pattern to Cat and it goes without saying that the quilt must be modern and appeal to as many people as possible. It was suggested that we contact designers to see if they want to donate fabrics. We thought it would be a good idea to contact past program speakers such as Natalie Barnes, Colourwerx, Orange Dot, etc.  Due to the massive undertaking of producing an Opportunity Quilt, it was agree upon that this would be a project for next year, 2020.  A budget for the outlay fabric, backing, batting, and frame as a minimum need to be included in the budget. Cat reminded us that the Guild buys the fabric upfront. It was estimated expenses would be about $500. Jessica moved to allot $500 for the opportunity 2020 budget. Trish seconded the motion. Motion passed.

VP Programs – Tricia

Tricia discussed retreat options, such as the Campbell House and Big Bear Craft Cottage. Jessica offered to assist Trish as she has a lot of experience in organizing retreats.

Unfortunately, the Nunnery in Temecula will not be an option this year as there are no weekends available. Gayle asked Tricia to call and ask what year would they have a weekend available for us?

Our fallback can be The Hive, but if we decide to book this location again, we really need to do so very soon.  Last year we booked in April and at that time they only had 2 weekends left open in October. This year, we will also open the retreat to day quilters only, in addition to regular overnight attendees. Plan is to book a location sometime in March.

March – Transitional Speaker

Alison will be the Transitional Speaker. Trish to follow-up with her to confirm the length of her presentation – probably 45 minutes would be sufficient.

April – Board game challenge

Gayle announced that members can opt out of their quilt to be curated. Curated quilts will have number assigned and the non-curated quilts will not. Jessica will help put up the quilts. She has also been asked to form a quilt hanger committee that she will chair for this specific event.

Trish will contact Linda Rasmussen to confirm she will be available in April to curate the Board Game Challenge. As this will be the third time Linda has curated our challenges at no charge, the board would like to show our appreciation by including an Amazon gift card with her Thank You card (to be sent by Becky). Trish motion that Cat purchase a $100 gift card for Linda. Jen seconded the motion. Motion passed.

VP Communications – No new business

Secretary – No new business

Fundraising / Exhibits – Laura / Jessica

As we have proposed that we want to donate a percentage of our fundraising revenue, we still have yet to determine which organization to donate it to. Some suggestions were Ruth House, Youth Hope, or the other charities we have committed to donate quilts to this year. We all thought that it was a great idea to have someone from each organization come and talk to the guild and give a presentation on what they do in anticipation of our boutique sales and to encourage donations.  As nothing has been scheduled for October, and it is prior to boutique season, we have tentatively scheduled this program for that month. We thought a good name for the program would be ‘Showcase of Charity Partners’.

Upland Library – Laura will be presenting, ‘Visionary Women: Resolving Life’s Issues and Story Quilt’ on March 5 from 6pm -7:15 pm. The presentation will delve into the concept of chapters of quilting; chapters of life.  Laura presentation will also include a slide show and she welcomes our members stories and their quilts based on the same.  Quilts will be hung and modern and large quilts are preferred.  Laura will inquire with her contact at the library regarding advertising for this event.

Chaffey Art Museum – Laura has applications for the exhibit running from May 23 – July 20 at the March general meeting.

Charity – Rachel

Rachel needs more IEMQG quilt labels from Spoonflower. Laura has the purchase form from the last time they were ordered and will send to Cat. Cat will order 2 yards per Rachel’s request. Members may be able to buy a label for $1.00 for personal use. However, if a member is donating a quilt, the label will be provided free of charge.

Membership – Ruthann

There are 19 members who still need to pay for their membership due for this year. In April, they will be removed from the roster if they still have not paid.

Raffle – Alisa

Alisa only has 5 months worth of fat quarters left for raffles. It was suggested that Cat purchase another box of fat quarters. Laura motioned to use $125 from the supplies account to purchase a box of fat quarters for the raffles. Pat seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Social Media – Kelley

Kelley asked that we send any and all ideas to her regarding announcements, memes, topics, etc. to be posted on our social media platforms.

Welcome/Refreshments – No new business

Block Lotto – No new business

New Business – 

 Template Forms

The need to create templates forms for advertising, quilt exhibits, opportunity exhibits, etc. was brought up. We will work as a group to create these types of forms. We may already have these type of templates on the Google Drive and this will need to be confirmed.

Marketing Material

We discussed the need for new marketing material to hand out for more exposure in the community.  We thought that flyers, bookmark type (4/page) and 4×6 postcard type would be most economical. should be printed out to hand out for more exposure. Alisa has a friend who is a graphic designer that she thinks may be willing to help us design the flyers and postcards.  If she can do this, she will need our logo and should email Alisa the flier bookmarks. It was decided not to include any addresses, instead include information directing them to our website and FB/IG sites.


The next meeting will be on March 2, (prior to the general meeting) at the La Sierra Library, 4600 La Sierra Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

The March board and general meeting agendas are as follows:

Executive Board Meeting

12:30-12:35pm Welcome
12:35-12:40 pm Treasurer: Annual MQG fees paid?

Bank balance report

12:40-12:55pm Retreat 2019 – Review of Locations & Discussion
12:55-1:10pm Fundraising

Chaffey Exhibit

1:10-12:25pm Programs – Review of Calendar/Upcoming Events

Linda Rasmussen for April

Women’s History Presentation for May

Birthday Speaker for June

1:25-1:30 pm New Business –

Agenda items needed for Apr meetings?

1:30   Set next meeting date – Adjournment

General Meeting

2:00-2:05pm Welcome
2:05-2:15pm Ice Breaker
2:15-2:35pm Guild Business:

Present budget to membership for final approval

Announce that financial audit is completed

April Game Challenge Quilt

Fundraising, Upland Library, Chaffey Museum Exhibit

Any other Board or Chairperson announcements

2:35-2:50pm Break – Visit & Snacks
2:50-3:35pm Alison Cutler – Transitional Quilter
3:35-3:40pm Block Lotto Drawing


3:40-3:55pm Show & Share
3:55-4:00pm Announcements & Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Becky Brekke, Secretary

Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

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.


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


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

Minutes · Minutes General Board

January 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

IEMQG Board Meeting Agenda
January 22, 2019
JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts, Ontario, CA 91764


The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Gayle, with the following members in attendance: Tricia, Jennifer, Cat, Laura, Pat, Simone, Ruthann and Becky. 

Old Business:

Committee Reports:

VP Programs – Tricia

February’s program will be presented by one of our own members, Lynn Hanna. Lynn will be conducting a hands-on creative demonstration project with paint. Lynn is in need of supplies such as children scissors and bandanas. Trish will ask Lynn for a complete supply list and we will let members know to bring a change of clothes and/or an apron. Trish will also ask Lynn for a description of her presentation for social media posts.

VP Communications – No new business

Treasurer – Cat

Cat discussed the bank balance and confirmed reconciliation of the account. Cat noted that our MQG fees are due no later than March 31, 2019. A motion by Trish and seconded by Jen, to pay the MQG dues at the end of February was approved. It was agreed to table any motions for future expenditures until the March board meeting.

It was confirmed that Marilyn has all the records to complete the audit and will provide written confirmation when it has been completed.

Secretary – No new business

Fundraising / Exhibits – Laura

Laura brought the coasters and tree table runner that will be produced by the guild members at the Sit and Sew and on their own. A supply list will be posted on the websites and social media sites. Laura emphasized the need to advertise that a percentage of proceeds from the sale of the coasters, tree table runner, baby quilts, etc., will be donated to a charity. We also need to determine what charity will receive the percentage of proceeds – either a new charity or the charities we are already committed to working with this year.

Laura will bring one (1) opportunity basket to the February and March meetings. There will be a total of four (4) baskets to be raffled off, one (1) each quarter. We also have three (3) Colourwerx patterns and one (1) Colourwerx pin that could potentially be raffled off in the future.

Upland Library Exhibit – Need to inform the members that they need to bring in their modern quilts to the March meeting for the March exhibit.  The quilts will be returned at the April meeting. We should emphasize that no forms are required and that there are no size restrictions.

Chaffey Museum of Art – Modern quilts will be collected at the May meeting. The exhibit, ‘Splashes of Color and Space’ runs from May 23 – July 20, 2019. More details regarding exhibiting and size requirements will follow at a later date.

Laura suggested that a committee for exhibits be formed next year.

Membership – Ruthann

Ruthann confirmed that the membership roster matches the website. After the February general meeting, Ruthann will provide the current paid membership roster to Cat as of that date.

Raffle – Alisa

Need to find out how many FQ’s are left for raffles – Alisa, please confirm. It was suggested that Alisa could reach out to fabric manufacturers for donations. Laura will follow-up with Alisa. Cat requested that raffle money and opportunity basket money be kept separate for accounting entry purposes.

Welcome/Refreshments – No new business

Block Lotto – No new business

Charity – No new business

President – Gayle

Retreat – Gayle will hand off retreat duties to Trish. A few options were brought up and Trish will investigate further and will go over options at the next board meeting. We tentatively decided on the first week in October but this time frame will be revisited once we have secured a location.

The guild is continuing to actively pursue finding a new meeting location. A few locations were discussed. Members were tasked with making calls regarding fees, availability, food/drink restrictions, allowing raffle sales, etc. : Pat – Rancho Cucamonga Library; Jennifer – Riverside Library; Simone – Janet Goeske Center and Becky – Fontana Lewis Library.  Becky to also reach out to Grand Terrace to confirm room availability for the remainder of the year.  Discuss again at our March board meeting.

New Business:


Gayle, Trish, and Cat attended the Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds quarterly meeting, ‘Nuts and Bolts’. The meeting was an interactive discussion of meetings, what works, how to solve problems and/or streamline your meetings.  Guilds who have success with their meetings were encouraged provide tips and tricks to share to help others run their meetings efficiently.

Opportunity Quilt

Cat has agreed to chair this committee. She welcomes any and all ideas. No timeline has been established yet.

Next Meetings

Please note for the month of February, we are combining three events in one day: Sit and Sew, Board Meeting, and General Meeting: 9am-12pm Sit-and-Sew; 12pm-1pm Board Meeting & Working Lunch; 2pm-4pm General Meeting. Agendas for both General and Board meetings are as follows:

February General Meeting Agenda

2:00-2:05pm Welcome Gayle
2:05-2:30pm Program Part I – Lynn Hanna Trish
2:30-2:45pm Guild Business:

April Game Challenge Quilt

Programs Update

Chaffey Museum and Upland Library Exhibits





2:45-3:00pm Break – Visit & Snacks All
3:00-3:30pm Program Part II – Lynn Hanna Trish
3:30-3:40pm Raffles Alisa
3:40-3:55pm Show & Share Gayle
3:55-4:00pm Announcements & Adjournment Gayle

February Executive Board Meeting Agenda

12:00-12:05pm Welcome Gayle
12:05-12:10pm Budget 2019 – Expense Review/Balance Cat
12:10-12:25pm Retreat 2019 – Review of Locations & Discussion Trish
12:25-12:35pm Fundraising

Chaffey and Upland Library Exhibits



12:35-12:45pm Programs – Review of Calendar/Upcoming Events Trish
12:45-12:55pm New Business – March General Meeting Agenda Gayle
12:55-1:00pm Announcements & Adjournment Gayle


The meeting was adjourned at 7:42 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Becky Brekke, Secretary


Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

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.



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

Minutes · Minutes General Board

December 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

IEMQG Board Meeting Minutes
December 10, 2018, 6:00 pm
Home of Laura Greene, Upland, CA

The meeting was called to order at 7:48 pm by Laura Greene, with the following members in attendance:  Laura Greene, Cat Wallace, Gayle Bennett, Jennifer Adams, Becky Brekke, Pat Klassen, Ruthann Salera, Simone Bradford, and Tricia Williams.


Committee Reports

Programs – Cat Wallace

The January Colourwerx Trunk Show – The speaker, Linda Sullivan, has been confirmed and we have a signed contract.  Cat will ask her to bring items for members to purchase.

February meeting – Lynn Hanna will show us an improvisational way to make a quilt, at a workshop to be held at Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community.

March meeting – Alison Cutler will do a transition quilter presentation.

April meeting – Our first challenge quilts of the year, Inspired by a Board Game, will be presented, and Linda Rasmussen will be there to critique them.

May meeting – Kim Wingert will be speaking on Women’s History.

June meeting – Dora Cary from Orange Dots quilts will be our speaker.

July meeting – Christine Sharp – either transition quilter or trunk show.

August meeting – Possibly first and last quilts – now and then.

VP Communications – Jennifer Adams

Jenn will continue to do communications.  Jenn asked for clarification of committee chairs.

Ruthann Salera – Membership

Simone Bradford – Block Lotto

Pat Klassen – Hospitality

Laura Greene & Jessica Cook – Fund Raising

Rachel McGee – Charity

Alisa Howe – Raffles

We still need someone to do Social Media, since Becky is now taking over as Secretary.  Gayle will ask for volunteers at the next meeting.

Treasurer – Gayle Bennett

Gayle presented a projected budget for next year. She asked for more information on projected fund raising.  Laura said her goal is to raise $2,500 for the year.  She also said she will need $300 for expenses.  We agreed to budget $1,000 for speakers.  We discussed  possible meeting places and will continue to look into meeting rooms that we would not have to pay for.  Gayle will ask members for suggestions at the next meeting.

Gayle said that we need to vote on changing the signers on our bank account.  We need to remove Cindy Chrisler and add Cat Wallace and Tricia Williams  Laura Greene made the motion and Jennifer Adams seconded; the motion passed without further discussion.

Gayle informed us the Ontario Museum of Art offered to hold a reception for exhibit on December 22 from 12 -4- they will even provide refereshments.

Next Board Meeting – January 5, 2019 after the general meeting, possibly at Graciano’s in Colton.

January 5, 2018 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Community Center, Grand Terrace
22795 Barton Rd, Grand Terrace, CA 92313


1)      Welcome Gayle

2)      Board and Chairpersons introduce themselves:

Trish-VP Programs

Future programs

Jen- VP Communications

Need Social Media person

Cat- Treasurer

Becky- Secretary

Show and share pics

Laura- Fundraising

Pat- Hospitality

Ruthann- Membership


Simone- Block Lotto

Rachel- Charity

3)      Break – Visit and Snacks

4)      Program –   Linda Sullivan, Colourwerx

5)      Show and Share

6)      Raffles

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Tricia Williams, Secretary