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April Meeting Recap

Guest Speaker Debi Gardner

This month our Guest Speaker was IEMQG Member, Debi Gardner. She shared her journey into modern quilting and many of the beautiful quilts she has made along the way. Debi can do it all; appliqué, English paper piecing, improv, tiny piecing, art quilts…

You name it, she has given it a try, and regardless of the method, her quilts are stunning. Her use of color and contrast are outstanding. Thank you, Debi, for sharing your quilts with us.

Block of the Month

Here is our April Block of the Month. You may make it in any size and with any color palette. For more details, ideas, and tutorials visit our 2023 BOM page here.

May 6th Meeting

In May we are meeting at a new location, SSgt. Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library, 2985 Madison St, Riverside, CA 925043.

We are having a Sit and Sew event in the morning beginning at 10 am. Our meeting starts at 2 pm. Laura Green will be our program speaker and she plans to have lots of Modern Wedge Inspiration to kick start our Modern Wedge Challenge. Get the challenge details here. Be sure to bring your sewing machine, sewing supplies and a small project to work on. Maybe you’ll want to bring your wedge project!

Evolving Threads heads to International Quilt Festival!

Evolving Threads is a group of IEMQG members and friends who have started a monthly 12″ x 12″ quilt challenge with the goals of camaraderie and artistic growth. Every month the members individually create original mini quilts inspired by a prompt. They then meet to share their work. Evolving Threads applied for an opportunity to exhibit their work at the International Quilt Festival – Long Beach, July 6th – 8th, and they were accepted! Congratulations to Evolving Threads!

Show and Share


  • It’s not too late to become a 2023 member. The cost is $45 and includes one book of Opportunity Quilt raffle tickets. Go to Members’ Corner or email us at for more information.
  • Sign-up for our 2023 Retreat, November 6-9th at Vina de Lestonnac. Total cost is $445, and includes four nights and all meals. Deposit of $100 required. Go to Members’ Corner for more information.
  • Drop-in Sew via Zoom. April 10th and 24th, 7 – 9pm. Zoom Link goes out on the Sunday before.
  • May 6th Guild Meeting at NEW LOCATION, Casa Blanca Library. Bring your sewing machine and supplies for Sit and Sew at 10 am. Meeting starts at 2 pm.
  • Saturday, July 1st Meeting: Modern Wedge Challenge Reveal. Get the details here.
Blog · Quilting Retreat

2021 Quilt Retreat at Vina de Lestonnac


NOUN: A quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax.

Another successful quilting retreat is under IEMQG’s belt! Word on the street is that it was “sew” welcomed and needed. Thanks to everyone who attended!

We asked for feedback on the retreat and we received this thoughtful response from Lynn that was definitely worthy of sharing:

The retreat was a time for connecting and reconnecting. Several members who have moved, returned and several new faces joined the mix of faces we have come to know on our zoom screens. But this time in person. We have all lived through the common experience of isolation the past year and a half, and now, some cautiously and some explosively, emerged to negotiate the world’s new normal. It was enjoyable to linger over the delicious meals to just chat in person. So eager for the in person connections, we quickly became immersed in all things fabric. We connected and deepened friendships. I enjoyed working on the community quilt, moving triangles around trying to make order and hearing other opinions about the design. Collaboration like this has been missing in my life and was a welcomed and enjoyable experience. We each had our own projects and with each finish a proud moment was captured with a photo. We also worked on luggage tags, rope bowls, and sewing mats with directions shared by members. I worked on the mini mod block swap project. Inspired by the retreat, the beautiful location, and the weaving of stories and experiences, I created an improvisational piece reminiscent of a landscape. The mini mod blocks became rows of sparkle dotted through the scene of cheery colors. Creating with fabric is usually done alone, and has truly been a guiding light during the pandemic. But the retreat returned the activity to the social realm and infused new energy and life into the creations.


2021 IEMQG Quilting Retreat at Vina