March 19th 11:30 – Meet and Eat at Riverside Heritage Museum.
March 14th and 28th – Drop-in Sew. Check Members Corner for Zoom link.
March 19th and 20th – Global Quilt Connection Sampler Platter. Watch your email for Zoom link.
April 2nd – General Meeting, Curves Workshop . IN PERSON at Lake Mathews Community Room, 16453 El Sobrante Rd, Riverside, Ca 92503. Room opens at 1:30.
May 7th – Collage Workshop by Barbara Mathews and General Meeting. IN PERSON at Lake Mathews Communtiy Room – Workshop starts at 9:00 am Meeting starts at 2:00 pm.
June 4th – General Meeting via Zoom. Guest Speaker “Sheila Frampton Cooper” and IEMQG 5th Birthday Celebration.
July 2nd – General Meeting Roundabout Challenge!
November 7 – Retreat at Vina De Lestonnac – Reservation Form in Members Corner.
We are looking for a few creative helpers to organize fundraisers. Whether its organizing and collection of handcrafted items for a boutique sale, or making a raffle basket for bi-monthly raffles, we need your ideas, creativity and elbow grease. If you think you can help please contact email us firstname.lastname@example.org .
Looking for a Challenge? Enter a contest!
quilts.com This site provides entry information for Salt Lake City, Houston, and Long Beach quilt festivals.
Our March speaker, Stephanie Hackney of Hobbs Batting, gave us all the resources we need to pick batting for any project. She recommended that we answer five basic questions when choosing batting for a project. What are you making? What do you want the finished surface to look like? Who is it for? How will it be used? And Where will it be used? If you need a highly durable batting, then she recommends that you consider using polyester. It is strong, shrink resistant, and non allergenic. Because it doesn’t shrink it provides a smooth finish. Cotton is a great choice for warm climates, and because it tends to shrink a bit, it will provide a crinkled texture to a finished quilt . It can be purchased with a built in stabilizer referred to as scrim which helps retain its shape. Wool while best known for the warmth it provides, is the perfect batting for show quilts since it doesn’t retain creases, but it can shrink and felt and should only be laundered in cold water. Silk batting, while a little more delicate, is know for its wonderful drape and is the perfect batting for clothing. For more information about batting visit http://www.hobbsbatting.com
What a great turn out we had at QuiltCon last month. IEMQG members who attended QuiltCon totaled nearly 20. Not at all bad for a small guild. We were spread out in many different hotels, but that didn’t stop us from having several meals together with lots of laughter and hugs too.
Several of our board members helped to make 25 masks with our IEMQG logo. Surprising that we were the only guild with custom masks. We had several compliments on how unique they were and even a request to purchase one. The keynote speaker, Latifah Saafir was spotted wearing one after her keynote speech. For those of you unable to attend, we will have them available for all 2022 members at our in person events. For those of you unable to attend, we will mail them.
Next year QuiltCon will beheld at the Atlanta Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 23-26, 2023. Keynote Speaker will be Chawne Kimber. All 2022 members will receive information via emails from MQG in the next few months about classes, lectures and hotels. It is never too early to make plans to attend. Trust me, we will have fun.
QuiltCon 2024 will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The exact dates have yet to be announced.
A special thank you to Lynn Hanna, Patti Reyes, and Kelley Bachli for their work on designing and quilting our 2022 Challenge Quilt. There were several very nice quilts, but none of them compared to the one from IEMQG. A few people stopped and asked me about our quilt and said they thought it was great and loved the custom quilting. We will have it back soon and will bring it to our in person events until it is sold or donated.
Patti Reyes found Lynn Hanna’s quilt at QuiltCon. It was on display at the SAQA booth
As the 2022 Keynote Speaker, Latifah Saafir Received standing ovations before and after her speech. Her lecture, “Finding My Creative Identity: Standing tall as a Quilter” encouraged us all to find and be true to our inner artist. Latifah’s quilts were featured in a special exhibit at Quiltcon, and while she is well known for her glorious curves, clean lines and bright colors, the quilt shown above was certainly a show stopper. The raised fist evolves from a traditional log cabin block symbolizing strength and structure. It was made from the worn jeans of Steven Taylor, a 33 year old black man who was killed by a police officer just 40 seconds after entering a Walmart in San Leandro, California. Latifah volunteered to make quilts from his clothing for his loved ones. In addition to this quilt, she made three more quilts from Steven’s clothing to comfort his family.
Save the Date!
February 28th – Drop in Sew from 7 pm to 9 pm
March 5th – General Meeting via Zoom: Hobbs Batting
February 16th – 20th – QuiltCon, Phoenix AZ. Meet us every morning at 8:45 by our Community Quilt. Meet and Eat on Saturday at 1 pm same spot.
February 14th and 28th – Drop in Sew with us 7 pm to 9 pm.
March 5th – General Meeting Presentation by Stephanie Hackney of Hobbs Batting.
April 2nd – General Meeting IN PERSON!Curves Workshop at Lake Mathews Community Center.
May 7th – General Meeting IN PERSON! At Lake Mathews Community Center.
May 7th – Collage Workshop by Barbara Mathews, 9 am to 1 pm, Lake Mathews Community Center.
June 4th – General Meeting guest speaker, Sheila Frampton Cooper.
Global Quilt Connection: Sampler Platter 12 pm PST.
March 19th and 20th
July 30th and 31st
September 18th and 19th
July 2nd – General Meeting Roundabout Challenge!
Roundabout Challenge due July 2nd
Its not to early to get started! This challenge is all about sewing curves, but don’t worry if curves aren’t in your toolbox. We’ll share tips and tricks on April 2nd. Rules: use at least 3 solid colors, and make a quilt with curves of any type with sides that measure anywhere between 24 and 80 inches.
Visit our 2022 Block-of-the-Month page for more information and download the January and February patterns in Members Corner.
Collage Workshop on May 7th
You will need to bring your own pattern/project and supplies for this workshop. Or explore your inner artist and create your own design. Barbara Mathews will provide instruction and help guide us through. A few supplies will also be made available for purchase.
Retreat Registration begins in March!
Our 2022 Retreat is scheduled for November 7th – 10th at Vina De Lestonnac retreat center in Temecula. The cost to reserve your seat is $100. The total cost is $410. Room mates required.
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Our general meeting guest speaker, Brenda Gael Smith, delivered an inspirational program, “Driven to Abstraction,” beginning with her brief bio with photos beginning with her childhood in Australia, through her study of law at Washington State University. She took us on a tour of her studio, showed photos of her first quilt, made from seersucker, and the baby quilts that redirected her career from Law to quilting. She shared how nature inspires her modern geometric and linear quilt designs.
In her workshop on Sunday, Brenda guided us through several ways to make improvisational triangles, squares, rectangles, and hexies. She also taught us clever ways to join improve piecing and shared her inspiration and techniques for many of her curated quilts.
We are thrilled to have guest speaker Brenda Gael Smith, of Serendipity Patchwork & Quilting speak at our February 5th meeting. She will be joining us via Zoom from the central coast of New South Wales, Australia. Brenda Gael’s lectures and workshops emphasize free form piecing, effective design and use of color to create a fun atmosphere that encourages creative momentum.
Don’t miss her February 6th Workshop!
Her class, Geometricks is sure to improve and innovate your improvisation skills by 100%. You will learn tips and tricks for creating geometric shapes with freeform piecing: triangles, quadrilaterals, and hexagons. You will be able to explore the design possibilities of repeating motifs and learn how to join irregular shaped blocks.
The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members and runs from 2 to 5 pm.
To sign up for the workshop:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know you are taking the class and let us know if you will be paying via PayPal or personal check. We’ll send you the Zoom link for the class and the class supply list. Solid reading colors work best.
Get to know our Volunteers
Volunteers are the fuel that powers our guild. We would not exist without the efforts of these wonderful members. This month we are featuring four of our committee chairpersons who have volunteered repeatedly throughout the years. Next month we will feature a few more. We still have open volunteer opportunities . Volunteering is a great way to get to know our talented members and with Zoom, it is easier than ever to volunteer from the comfort of your own home. Please consider being a volunteer. We would love to have you.
Kimberly Wingert, Membership Chairperson
My background is in art history and I love the history of American quilts and quilt culture. I began quilting because of my love of modern quilts and Amish quilts which are connected by their simple beauty. I was born in Southern California, but grew up mostly in Minnesota. I returned to Southern California to finish high school. My husband, Andy and I were happily married for 38 years. We have four adult children, two boys and two girls. Sadly we lost Andy suddenly in 2020. I am so thankful for the time we had him in our lives. Although it pushes me a little out of my comfort zone, I am happy to support our guild by volunteering as Membership Chairperson.
Becky Brekke, Fundraising Chairperson
I am happy to volunteer to be the Fundraising Chairperson this year! I have served in a variety of positions since I joined the guild in 2017: Social Media, Secretary, Co VP-Programs, and VP Communications. I have enjoyed the time I have spent on the Board immensely, but this year decided to step back and take a much-needed break. This move also gives others the opportunity to get involved – the experience is truly priceless.
If you didn’t know, I am an Illinois native and a California transplant for the past 12 years. My husband Tim and I thought we’d only be living in California for 3-4 years – lol! We share our home with our two fur babies, Emily, 16 and Archie, 7 months! And this year my dad became a snowbird and is staying with us until the weather is bearable in Illinois. So, as you can imagine, there’s never a dull moment. I am a contract administrator/office manager for a small family business specializing in the water/wastewater business. I have been in this industry since 1996 and is how I met my husband in 2001!
If you’d like to get your feet wet and join a committee – come join me in fundraising; it is very rewarding to help insure the guild’s financial success for the upcoming year. A few years ago, I led the guild’s fundraising event called UpCycle Sale Event. It was very successful, and I feel we need something like this again. It motivates me to DESTASH! Contact me or any board member with any questions!
Barbara Mathews, Facilities and Retreat Chairperson
Hi, I’m Barbara Mathews, widowed with three grown daughters, 5 (pretty much gown) grandchildren and a great grandson on the way. I’ve been sewing as long as I can remember – from making Barbie doll clothes, to my own clothes, then my children and grandchildren’s clothes! Now, I get to make some goodies for my soon-to-arrive great-grandson!
I’ve been quilting for about 15 years, and enjoy a wide variety of projects. I’m leaning more toward smaller projects – lap-size quilts, table runners, art quilts – and I’m really enjoying felted wool applique and collage.
I belong to two guilds, and have made many good friends over the years, hosting a couple of friendship sewing groups at my home in Lake Mathews. Currently, I’m Committee Chair for retreats and facilities, securing and making arrangements for retreats and places to hold our regular meetings and other gatherings. I would welcome any suggestions in these two areas.
Evie Rienstra, Block of the Month Chairperson
My interest in quilting began at age 3 when I was given a crazy quilt made with conversation prints and embroidery on every seam including the seams hidden under the whisker shield. That quilt ultimately ignited my desire to learn how to make my own quilts; however, I had no idea how or where to learn.
Eventually I attended an Eleanor Burns lecture and a spark was lit. Within a short time, I completed my first quilt — a log cabin, of course. Two years later I joined my first quilt guild and found a community that shares my passion. I’ve joined a few more guilds since then. Like potato chips, sometimes one isn’t enough.
My goal with the IEMQG Block of the Month is to provide patterns that spark the imagination and stimulate creativity. I look forward to seeing what is produced with this year’s BOMs.
January 22nd – Road to CA Meet n’ Eat. From 12 to 1 pm on the back patio, Ontario Convention Center.
February 5th – Guest Lecturer, Brenda Gael Smith, “Driven to Abstraction“
February 6th – Workshop “Geometricks” with Brenda Gael Smith $30 via PayPal or Check
February 16th – 20th, – QuiltCon
July 2nd – IEMQG Quilt Challenge – ROUNDABOUT – its not to soon to get started!
Time to Renew your membership
Don’t let your membership expire, Its time to renew for 2022. The annual fee is $40 and provides access to free resources at www.themodernquiltguild.com For more information go to, “How to Join our Guild” in the Menu.
Block of the Month
Evie Rienstra, our new Block of the Month Chairperson, has just posted our first block for 2022 on the Block of the Month page. Her original Mondrian inspired blocks look fun! Go to our new 2022 Block of the Month page for all the details and a downloadable January block pattern.
This challenge is all about sewing curves, but don’t worry if curves are not yet in your toolbox. We’ll be sharing tips and tricks along the way. The Challenge rules are simple: incorporate some curves, use at least three solid colors, and make sure the sides of your quilt measure between 24 and 80 inches. We’ll reveal our quilts at the July 2nd general meeting.
Adding Words to our Quilts
IEMQG member, Patti Reyes, showed us three easy ways to add words to our quilts and she inspired us to experiment with the tools and techniques she introduced. She showed us how to super-size our printer fonts and then securely print them directly onto fabric. She also showed us how to trace super-sized fonts onto our fabric for embroidery and how to improve our handwriting on quilt labels, by tracing fonts. Visit the Tutorials page on this website to download her complete tutorial, “Three Easy Ways to Add Words to Quilts”.
Piecing Letters of the Alphabet
In Fresh Quilting Episode #302, We watched Laura Hartrich piece all the letters of the alphabet with just 3 easy blocks. Don’t forget that as an MQG member you have access to every Fresh Quilting episode and many more resources. Visit www.themodernquiltguild.com to take advantage of more great videos and resources.
QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt Challenge: Angles
Road to California Submissions
We have several IEMQG members showing quilts at Road to CA. Don’t forget to look for these beautiful quilts!
Laura Greene’s “Wonky Log Cabin” and Patti Reyes’s “Scraptacular Nine-Patch” will be displayed in the SCCQG “SoCal Quilts 2022” Exhibit.
Show and Share
Here are a few quilts shared by our talented members. Don’t forget to share your quilts with us by sending a photo to email@example.com
Did you know that members who donate quilts for charity are entered to win a generous gift at the end of the year. Each donation wins you an entry.
Be sure to Join us Saturday January 8th, at 2:00 p.m.
Attend Member University – Patti Reyes will show us several ways to “Put Words on Quilts.”
Watch Laura Hartrich make pieced letter blocks for her quilts
Send us your 2021 quilts finishes for Show and Share!
Get to Know Our 2022 Board of Directors
CANDY SCOTT, PRESIDENT
I am so excited to be your new IEMQG President and to introduce myself to you all. I have been married to my Australian Husband, Alan, for 21 years. We have 4 children, 4 grandchildren and our cat, Roxi, who often joins me on Zoom.
When I was 8, My mother taught me to sew skirts, dresses and ice skating outfits. As an adult I became an accounting and human resources manager for a chain of retail clothing stores. With at least 6 master tailors available to me, I had no need to sew. When I retired and moved to Palm Desert, CA, I joined a community quilting group and found quilting to be way more fun than making clothes. I found “my people” and never looked back. The friends I have made in the quilting community have changed my life. Without Zoom, I would have dearly missed you all during the pandemic.
With nearly 2 years of this roller coaster pandemic behind us, IEMQG will continue to hold Zoom meetings and workshops until it is safe to set up hybrid meetings (zoom and in-person combined). Additionally we will strive to have safe monthly get-togethers whether we meet at upcoming quilt shows or meet ‘n eat at local parks. We want to stay as connected as possible while staying safe and healthy. We have booked our next quilt retreat for November 7th-10th, 2022, at Vina de Lestonnac and we’ll be sure to let you know when we start taking reservations.
With Covid still hanging around, No one knows what 2022 will bring us, so we’ll remain flexible, find our path forward, and expand our friendships while we build our modern quilting skills and knowledge.
Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you soon.
LAURA GREENE, VP of PROGRAMS
My Husband, Brian, and I, my 30 year old son Allu, and 27 year old daughter, Heather, love the outdoors. We ski, run, hike, camp, swim and travel. I recently retired from a 38 year career in teaching and now have more time to enjoy my family, my outdoor hobbies and of course my quilting.
In my career I worked to be a good listener and collaborator to build community among my students. As VP of Programs for a second year I hope to do the same for my IEMQG quilters.
I look forward to working with all of you to provide fun and informative IEMQG meetings and activities. As a founding IEMQG member I have been fortunate to serve as President, Secretary, and Committee Chairperson in several areas. As a quilter, I’ve worked to promote volunteerism since 1990. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts for making your IEMQG experience the best that it can be.
PATTI REYES, VP of COMMUNICATIONS
I am thrilled to volunteer as the IEMQG Communications VP. I joined the Guild in 2019, and have made so many new quilty friends. I am a retired civil engineer with a masters degree in business and a current emphasis on “retired“. I love scrappy quilts and bright bold colors and absolutely love exploring different quilting styles. I live in Bermuda Dunes, CA with my husband, Bobby and our beloved dog Rocky. We have 4 adult children and a granddaughter who all live nearby and seem to get most of my quilts. I look forward to keeping you informed on all things IEMQG in 2022. Please let me know if I can help improve your IEMQG experience.
GAYLE BENNETT, TREASURER
I shouldn’t of had that glass of wine at the last Zoom “Drop-in Sew” because now I’m the treasurer again. In all truthfulness, now that I am retired as of October 2021, I have the time and energy to participate with much enthusiasm! My Husband, Mike and I have been married for 17 years, We have 4 adult children and 9 grandchildren. By the way Mike is our unofficial guild photographer. Retirement is great for my productivity. I’ve recently finished a quilt and am half way through a second one. I’ve also made over 300 hundred masks including quite a few for the City of Ontario Police Department. As a founding member of the guild, I have served as President, Treasurer, and Membership Chairperson. I love being a member of the IEMQG and I look forward for having a more active role in 2022.
LYNN HANNA, Co-SECRETARY
I have enjoyed quilting since I retired eight years ago. I think of fabric and quilting techniques as the medium for my art. I am drawn to modern quilts, especially the improvisational, free form aspects, as well as art quilts. I have been an IEMQG member since the very first meeting at the Garcia Center in San Bernardino. As a matter of fact, I was partly responsible for selecting that unpopular location as well a the gray fabric for our very first challenge.
I started my elementary teaching career in Australia, then worked twenty years at the Orange County Outdoor Science School where I met my wife of 42 years, Tricia. When we decided to start a family, I moved to the classroom. Our two boys have grown into wonderful caring and kind young men. One is a fine artist the other is a musician. I am very proud of them.
I enjoy traveling, turquoise blue, geology, and hot fudge sundaes. Debi Gardner and I are job sharing the secretary position. This will give me more time to travel when the pandemic resides.
DEBI GARDNER, Co-SECRETARY
I am pleased to volunteer as Co-Secretary with Lynn Hanna. I joined the IEMQG at the first ever guild meeting and have loved every minute of membership . I live in Redlands and have two grown daughters, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. I look forward to keeping updated on all that goes on in our monthly meetings.
This was the guild’s first in-person meeting since March 2020 – and it did not disappoint! It was such a huge pleasure to be able to reconnect with members again and to meet our new member, Jennifer. The meeting was to start at 11 am but with all the socializing going on we didn’t “officially” start the meeting until 11:40 am. Here’s a rundown of the festivities:
Mini-Mod Block Swap Show & Share
Those who participated in Berene Campbell’s mini-mod block swap shared their creative creations with those tiny 2″ blocks – truly remarkable:
Holiday Inspired Games!!
We played two games: “Never have I Ever” and the Bad Santa game. Congrats to Elizabeth for winning the “Never have I Ever” game. Apparently she’s the only one who’s made a wonky log cabin quilt (I think Laura has but she was already sitting down). A very fun game!
For the Bad Santa game, members exchanged sewing related gifts. All gifts were packaged in brown paper bags with numbers on them. As a member’s name was called they could either choose a bag or “steal” an already revealed gift. There were a few steals (bad Santas)! At the end, we all took home very nice gifts!
Unfortunately, we ran out of time to make the owl pin cushion. But Laura provided a quick demonstration and every member received a kit to take home. Laura graciously offered to demonstrate how to make the owl pin cushion at the next sit and sew on Monday, December 13th at 7 pm.
Show & Share
Our members have been SEW busy! Please enjoy what they’ve been up to lately.
MEMBERSHIP – It’s time to renew for the 2022 year! The membership fee is still $40. Please see email sent on December 3rd for additional information. You can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
FUTURE MEETINGS – The January meeting will be held on January 8th instead of on the first of the month due to the holiday. The January, February and March meeting will be via Zoom – stay tuned for additional details. We will announce whether we will meet in April at the Lake Mathews Community Center in Riverside at a later date.
MEET & EAT – We are planning to have the next couple of Meet & Eats at Road to California in January and QuiltCon in February. Details to follow.
FAREWELL – A fond farewell was relayed to Barbara. Each board member thanked Barbara for her year as President. As Barbara decided not to pursue another year, the board gifted her with our traditional IEMQG sweatshirt. THANK YOU BARBARA!!
A note from Becky Brekke: I want to thank you for allowing me to be your VP of Communications for the 2021 year. Due to personal issues, I opted not to run again for the position. I truly learned so much about websites and blogging! I hope you enjoyed my posts as much as I enjoyed putting them together for you! You will be left in capable hands with my successor, Patti! Cheers to 2022; I know it will be a great year for all!
A lot of people make the statement “I’m so glad this year is over!” But what’s different on January first? Changing our hearts and attitudes toward focusing on others instead of ourselves is what will make a difference. I guess I’m still a Hippy at heart – peace and love are where it’s at!
And, even after almost non-stop sewing all year, I don’t feel like I’ve made much of a dent in my UFO’s! I’m trying to get better at documenting my finished projects, but I think it’s a losing battle! How are all of you doing in that department? Better, I hope! One thing I can say is that I’ve been consistent about putting labels on finished projects. Generations to come will want to know who made these amazing quilts!
Well, we’re getting ready for our first in-person meeting – our annual Christmas party! It should be lots of fun and I know Laura has some surprises up her sleeve! The Temecula retreat a few weeks ago was AMAZING and it felt really good to see people in person! I don’t feel like I’ve had a chance to get to know a lot of the membership this past year, but it was wonderful to be able to have one-on-one conversations at the retreat. We have some very talented and inspiring members in this Guild who are willing to share their knowledge and resources. Just sitting off to the side and listening to everyone sharing tips and tricks, helping each other with problems, sharing supplies and their expertise was heartwarming!
This will be my last month as President and I want to take this opportunity to thank all the Board and chairpersons for their help and guidance during my tenure and encourage all of you to step up and volunteer in some capacity this next year. The Guild is only as good as we make it!
See you at the party – don’t forget to wear your favorite holiday sweater!!
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 haveall 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.“