IEMQG News & June Meeting Info!

Happy 3rd Birthday to the IEMQG!

For our June 1st meeting we will celebrate the third birthday of our guild! This meeting will be held at the Grand Terrace Main Library, 22795 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313. The guild meeting will start at 2:00 PM – arrive early to browse and socialize. We’re looking forward to a wonderful afternoon celebrating with Dora Cary of Orange Dot Quilts including her lecture and trunk show!  We will allow plenty of time for refreshments and shopping Dora’s pop-up shop following her presentation! More information can be found about Dora on her website here!  We will have raffles and lots of fun so you won’t want to miss it!

Please note, in order to give our speaker ample time we will not have Show and Share this month.

As a reminder, the very next day on Sunday June 2nd the Chaffey Community Museum of Art will host an Artist’s Reception for the IEMQG’s exhibit “Splashes of Color and Space”, and other featured artist’s installations.  The Reception will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the museum. The art museum is adjacent to the Ontario Museum of History where our work was shown in January. Directions to the museum and additional details can be found here.  We hope to see all of our guild members at the reception and do hope you’ll take time to stop by the museum and view our latest exhibit which will run until July 20th!

We look forward to seeing everyone at our birthday celebration and meeting!

Gayle & The IEMQG Executive Board


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



Upcoming Meeting this Saturday June 2nd- Guest Speaker Natalie Barnes

IEMQG is excited and looking forward to our next meeting this Saturday, June 2nd at our usual location in Grand Terrace.  Why? Well, we’re glad you asked! Because Natalie Barnes from Beyond the Reef Patterns is joining us for a great trunk show and pop-up shop.

Natalie is a pattern designer, fabric designer, and co-author of A Modern Twist.

Once you check out her website you’ll be as excited as we are to have her join us!  You can read more about Natalie and view her website here

We hope you’ll join us and bring a friend. See you Saturday.

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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’


Are you ready for our first guest speaker?

Join us at the October 2016 meeting on the 9th to hear guest speaker, Leah Kabaker, describe what “Modern” means to her.leah-kabaker


Leah is a longtime member of the LAMQG and, more recently, a founding member of Valley MQG.  She’s an avid quilter, knitter, photographer, and explorer of this great big world of ours.leah-kabaker-q

You can follow her on her blog No Idle Hands Here and on Instagram @leahkab


Happy quilting, Michele