Upcoming IEMQG happenings – a message from Laura

Hi Modern Quilt Lovers,

We have the Holiday Party on December 1st 2-4 at Mountain Shadows, 2019 officers, and Linda Sullivan of Colourwerx on January 5th in the Grand Terrace Community Room. You won’t want to miss our guest speaker in January, so here’s the scoop.

I am so jazzed about Linda Sullivan’s bright rainbow colors on stark white. Please encourage your friends to join us! Linda lives in Palm Springs with her husband. Her company Colourwerx looks completely MODDERN. She has shown quilts, fabrics, and patterns at Road to California, QuiltCon, and other places. I have her modern dog, cat, and TV patterns. I’m looking forward to seeing her new designs at our January 5th meeting at Grand Terrace Community Room, 22795 Barton Rd, Grand Terrace, CA 92313.

I’m proud to hand off my leadership to some strong ladies who work well with each other. Our 2019 officers are as follows:

Gayle Bennett-President

Tricia Williams-VP of Programs

Jennifer Adams-VP of Communications

Cathleen Wallace-Treasurer

Becky Brekke-Secretary

Remember that other leadership roles are available. Your energy and input will be rewarded with love and compassion.

Finally we are culminating our year with a fun Holiday Party with Bingo, LCR, and a chili bar. Bring some fat quarters for the games. Join us for our last hurray! If you need a bingo 9 patch or want to bring yummies, contact Cathleen at


A message from Laura

Oh, our second successful year as a modern guild is culminating with the Member University, Holiday Party, and Pop-Up Exhibit. I look forward to seeing you on November 3rd at 2 pm at Mountain Shadows Community Center for our general meeting. We will have mini workshops on the AcuQuilt, Specialty Threads, Machine Binding and the MQG Website. Be sure to bring your Block Lotto for the drawing. (There was no drawing last month, so you can bring blocks for October and November.)

You can renew your membership for $40 starting in November. This coming year we are anticipating great programs, including Linda Sullivan of Colorwerks and Mel Beach who is an expert at color and shape. Your membership also includes the newly revamped MQG website with free webinars, patterns, and much more.

We have some fabric from our Upcycle Sale that will be available to purchase at the November meeting-so bring a few bucks.

We also have a holiday quilt that was donated and will be raffled in December. Tickets can be purchased in November and December.

It’s time for the holiday revelry to start! On December 10 at 2 pm our holiday party will again include the LCR and bingo games with prizes. I cannot wait for a delicious meal at our chili bar :).

Additionally, you are encouraged to participate actively in the guild by taking on a small leadership role. I want to personally thank you for your donations, your purchases, and your time to make our guild a heartwarming organization. Your caring has made my two years worthwhile. This is your guild, and you make the personal difference!

Finally, I hope that you have voted for the 2019 board members. It’s not too late to vote, since the voting window is open until November 2 at 5 pm. The new board will be announced at the November meeting.


A note from Laura – Upcoming September meeting reminders

“Where words fail, music speaks.”
Hans Christian Andersen

As I ponder my Song Challenge quilt, I think that quilting is like music. It allows me to capture emotions and the world through my own venue that words cannot express. Oh, I love fabric! It has so much texture, depth, and choices of design.

I cannot wait to see all of the fascinating quilts our modern guild ladies have created. If you haven’t started, it’s not too late. There is not a size requirement. Also there isn’t a required number of pieces or amount of quilting. This should be a freeing activity, even though it hasn’t been for me. I know I should just let go and enjoy the idea of finishing it. I’m looking forward to hearing your version of music in a quilt.

Most importantly-bring your Upcycling items to the September meeting. They can be new, lightly used, or created by you. Clean out your sewing room of items you don’t use. Make some fabric bags, quilts, or other items that quilters need. Additionally, think about Christmas gifts for friends and relatives.

See you on September 1st at 2 pm in the Grand Terrace Community Center.



A note from Laura – Upcoming Meeting Reminders

Do you have thread that is too beautiful to use, or that you are too hesitant to use in your sewing machine? Our August 4th guest speaker, Shawnee Miller, will present quilts that show off the many ways to use those coveted threads. She is a thread educator-lecturer-quilt teacher-historian & longarm quilter. Several guilds near us have recommended Mrs. Miller and we’re excited to hae her join us!

Also, Shawnee’s Thrilling Threads Workshop comes highly recommended. She provides the supply kit, so all you need to bring is your sewing machine. The class will be on August 19th from 12:30-3:30 at Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park at 4040 Piedmont Dr, Highland, CA 92346.  A map and directions along with other information can be found here. This class is at our usual Sit & Sew location. Many of us will be there from 9-5, and you can join us. If you would like to attend, bring $35 to the August 4th meeting or call me to save your spot.

Our August 4th general meeting should be very informative! Be sure to bring your name tag, Show and Share, and raffle dollars.

See you soon!

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


Blog · Featured Speaker

Coming in August – Lecture & Workshop with Shawnee Miller

The IEMQG is thrilled to offer both a lecture and a workshop by Shawnee Miller.  Shawnee Miller is a thread educator-lecturer-quilt teacher-historian & longarm quilter.

Shawnee will be at our August 4th General Meeting from 2 pm-4 pm at the Grand Terrace Civic Center sharing her Thrilling Threads lecture with us.  Come and bring a friend, even if you’re not a member, you’ll love it. (visitor fee $5)

But wait, that’s not all! Once you hear the lecture you’re going to want to sign up for the Thrilling Threads workshop taking place on August 19th (12 pm-4 pm at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community Center).  A map/directions can be found on our calendar. The workshop is $35 which includes all of your class supplies, just bring your machine in good working order and your machine’s accessories/presser feet.

Click on the links below and check out Shawnee’s Thrilling Threads Blogspot and Pintrest pages, they’re so…’Pintrest-ing’

Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

March 2018 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
March 3, 2018
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Historical Council Room; Ontario Museum of History & Art
225 S Euclid Ave, Ontario, CA 91762

Meeting was called to order at 1:05 PM

Welcome – Warm-up:
“I currently make more modern quilts than traditional?”
The meeting split into 4 groups ranging from: I do modern quilts to I never do modern quilts. They held a discussion about current projects. The question was presented: Then who in each group made 2 quilts within the past 3 months consisting of a large and a small quilt. Lynn was winner.

Committee Reports:
Programs (Cat Wallace)
Upland Library Women’s History Month: Nevertheless, She Persisted March 14th at 6:00 pm – Quilts were brought to the meeting for display in the library. Members are welcomed to attend.
July Program – In need of a Spotlight Quilter Presentation. Looking for a transitional quilter or spotlight quilter for month of July

Challenges (Gayle Bennett)
April Program – Negative Space Due – Curated by Linda Rasmussen.
Song Title Challenge. Drawing songs today. Your name and chosen song will be placed on a list for safe keeping. For $5 you can replace that song with another song.

Block Lotto (Shelley Wardrop) – Kites were the block lotto. Winner is Jennifer Adams. Next month is a dark month, no block lotto.

Sit & Sew Announcement (Trish Williams)– April 22nd 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Mountain Shadows. Bring a side/dessert and pizza will be ordered. Call Trish Williams for admittance to park.

Upcycling Event (Becky Brekke) – Event has become the August meeting at Mountain Shadows. The community will be invited. Please start bringing to meetings donations to sell like sewing notions, magazines, books and fabric. With the fabric, if you can indicate the yardage that would help Becky a lot. There will also be a donation table of gifts already made, IE coasters, quilts. There will be a baked goods table. This is IEMQG’s 2018 fundraiser.

Refreshments Sign-up (Pat Klassen). Still has 4 months she needs volunteers for: 1 in Sept, 1 in Oct and 2 in Nov.

Attendance: 4 new guests, 2 new members.

Break: Visit and Snacks

Ontario Museum. Leslie Matamoros, Assistant Curator briefly spoke and mentioned at the front desk is an email sign-up sheet for notifications of events at the museum. She mentioned the museum may need quilts to hang in their facility.

Evie Rienstra shared Painted Ladies Quilt Shop in Redlands is up for sale.

Making Meaning of QuiltCon Quilts (Lynn Hanna): At QuiltCon Lynn signed up for a class called Making Meaning: A Workshop in Idea Formulation taught by Heidi Parkes. Heidi gave attendees (prior to the event) items to think about: Images, Fabrics, Patterns, Quilting and Language and in the class took an emotion and filtered it thru each item, what it would look like, how it would/could be expressed. Lynn gave a talk about her experience of looking at the exhibited quilts and try and figure out the meanings of the quilts using the 5 items. In studying the quilts Lynn came to an unscientific analysis of a quilts’ purpose. 57% was exploration, 3% was about the process, 25% was about the record of detail and 15% voiced an opinion. Following with a group discussion, it was shared QuiltCon will not be returning to Pasadena.

Charity (Aimee French). Loma Linda Children’s Hospital really wants teen boy blankets. Any type of blankets. The hospital sees 300 children a week. The smallest size needed is about 2’x3’.

Show and Share:

o Fat Quarters (Candace Kimball). Winner is Candace
o Name Tag (Pat Klassen). Winner is Laura

Bring negative space quilt next month.

Meeting was adjourned at 3:20.

Respectfully submitted,
Candace Kimball