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A Wonderful Time Was Had by All: December 2020

December is the month we say good-bye to the Guild Board for 2020 and welcome in the new Board for 2021. Changes include a new president, new VP Communications, new Membership. We are grateful to those who have served us.

Our outgoing President, Gayle Bennett, has served for two years and will still continue as a Guild Committee Chairperson. She writes:

Gayle, standing in front of the IEMQG atrium exhibit at Road to California 2020

Each December as the year comes to an end I’ve always felt that, much like our birthdays, I can look ahead and give myself an opportunity for a fresh start.  On occasion I’ll set just one or two New Year’s resolutions, and many years I’ve established my “word of the year” to represent what I want to achieve or change in the coming months. It’s obvious to all of us that the year we are wrapping up didn’t turn out like anything we could have imagined.  As a guild we gave up our in-person meetings, but in their place we’ve become adept at joining in for Zoom meetings. I’ve come to look forward to and benefit from them too.
Before I was given the honor of leading the guild as your president I had a pretty specific idea of what my time in that position would look like.  As part of our group since the days of the “Friends Of The Modern Quilt Guild,” the informal organization where we got our start, the IEMQG means a great deal to me personally.  You are the first ongoing group activity that I’ve ever had the pleasure to be involved in. The friends and relationships that have come from my involvement in our guild mean more to me than I can say. 
While I looked forward to serving as your guild president at some point I was adamant that this was not a task to take on while I was still working full time.  But when I was asked to take on the president’s job, I did.  It is with more thanks than I can ever express to my board members, chairpersons, volunteers, and our guild members themselves, that I finish up my two years.  Any time I needed support, or a task picked up, there was someone to step up and bail me out.  In particular these last several months during Covid-19 when my full-time job became more demanding, our guild continued to flourish thanks to our board who have taken care of so much and put in much time and effort during these trying times.  Our little guild is coming up on five years old and during this time we’ve laid a strong foundation for moving forward. Special thanks to Laura and Elizabeth, in particular, for their above and beyond the call of duty efforts that kept us going.  
Barbara Mathews will now step in as president of our guild in 2021 and I look forward to handing over the reins to her and her board.  Barbara has a solid hard-working group to support her in her job.  If you ever want to be part of the board or a committee I strongly encourage you to do so.  There are plenty of ways to help and all jobs both large and small make a difference. 
In closing, I think that my word for 2021 will be Hope. Webster’s Dictionary defines hope as “To cherish a desire with anticipation; to want something to happen or to be true…To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.” But these definitions seem passive, so I’ll share a quote from Barack Obama that brings the idea of action to the word hope:
            “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.  Don’t wait for good things to happen to you.  If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope and you will fill yourself with hope.”
            As the holiday season launches please accept my sincere wishes for a Happy Hannakuah, Merry Christmas and for us to focus on a Happy New Year together.  Let’s take our hope for a better year and put it into action.  Thank you all!

We’d like to introduce our new President, Barbara Mathews, who comes with many years of experience in running Girl Scouts, as well as serving as a Committee Chairperson for Raincross Quilt Guild. We are excited to have her serve as our President.

Barbara Mathews:
First of all, I’d like to say how impressed I am with this Guild and its talented members, its exemplary leadership and organization! I’m honored to be a member and your next president.  I hope I can live up to everyone’s expectations as I was not a member for very long before Covid hit and have not had a lot of experience with this Guild. I’m fortunate, though, to have a seasoned and well-versed Board and Committee Chairs to lean on!
           A little about myself: I have been sewing since I was a young girl, starting with my mother’s scraps and clothes for my dolls.  Then on to clothes for myself and later, for my daughters and granddaughters.  I’ve been “officially” quilting for about 11 years, but you know, you don’t just wake up one day and decide to make quilts!  It’s a process – one which I am still learning.  I enjoy a variety of quilt styles – traditional, art, collage, felted wool applique, as well as modern (of which I’m kind of a newbie!)  I’ve been a widow for nine years, have two daughters and a step-daughter, five grandchildren (oldest is 30, youngest is 19), live on a mini-ranch/farm, have three cats, one dog, nine chickens and five koi, and live in Lake Mathews (yes, with one “t”). My other hobby is historical reenacting of the Revolutionary War time period.
          I look forward to this next year as your president and, hopefully, some in-person connection!  In the mean time keep sewing, creating and sharing! 

Calling for Holiday Recipes!

Cranberry Curd Pie, from here

Share your favorite recipe, a photo if possible, and the source of your recipe by emailing it to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com.  Send by December 15, 2020, limit one per person.  You will get a copy of all the recipes. Please include the source of your recipe, if it did not originate with you.

December 2020 Meeting

Meeting recap: While we didn’t have everyone there at this point, we took a snapshot of our members at our December Zoom Meeting, glad that you joined us for this last meeting of the year. We heard a poem, drew a silly drawing, looked at a great volume of beautiful Show and Share quilts, and more quilts in the slide show that Lynn put together for us. We generally had a good time with each other, fortunate that we have this ability to get together virtually in this time. We — you — are the Guild. Thanks for being a part of this, the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild.

Renew Your Membership to be Entered in the Raffle January 2nd

We want to remind you to fill out the form, send in your check or use Paypal, but it’s time now to renew your Membership. It’s all up there on the tab that says “How to Join our Guild.” And now you know our secret: all those who have joined/rejoined by our meeting (plan to get yours in early because of holiday mail days) will have their names entered into a raffle to win a prize, equal to their membership dues. Get yours done now!

Coming up in January: a new year (thank heavens!) and a new year of programs and quilting and getting together. We anticipate for the forseeable future we’ll be Zooming together.

Our first meeting of the year will fall early in the month, on January 2nd, so we wanted to give you a heads up. Laura Greene, our Programs Chair, has arranged for us to watch an episode of Fresh Quilting, where we explore the concept of Alternate Grids for Modern Quilting. Our Secretary, Lynn, has been teaching us about the elements of Modern Quilts, and Alternate Grids is a key component.

Please download the Alternate Grid Handout for our episode, so we’ll all be prepared.

We look forward to this to help us ring in a new year!

image from here

We also would like to announce the new Challenge for our Guild, Sounds and Voices. Start any time. The reveal date will be our March 2021 meeting. The only guideline we have is that the longest side should measure no more than 24 inches. Below is a screenshot of our announcement at our meeting, with some idea quilts surrounding the basic theme of Sounds and Voices.

Some More Good-byes

Judy Racine:
It’s been a pleasure to be your Membership Chair over the last year. Through these last nine months I’ve missed the personal interaction with you, but membership duties carried on. I hope that each of you who joined in the last year felt welcomed in spite of the circumstances.  I’ve created a Membership Duties orientation that I hope will make Kim Wingert’s transition into this role easy. She’s the perfect person for the job!  She’ll be sending “Welcome” emails to new members and mailing them an MQG pin, maintaining the IE and national MQG rosters and the email contact list. One Last Reminder: be sure and notify Kim of any address or email changes during the year so you don’t miss out on any of the great programs coming up (use iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com). It’s fresh faces coming into the Board and Chair positions that keep our guild vital and brimming with new ideas. Thank you, everyone!

Elizabeth’s Tannenbaum quilt top (pattern and kit from Laundry Basket Quilts)

Elizabeth Eastmond:
As we change over to a new Board, I will also be stepping down as your website mistress, blog editor, and general all-around human. I wore all these hats as VP of Communications, but was capably assisted in Social Media by Kelley Bachli, who knew how to work the magic of Instagram and Facebook. It’s been a challenging but rewarding year. We figured out how to Zoom, with Laura (Program Chair) leading the way. We ported over this website to a new place on the web (hopefully you didn’t notice, as it was supposed to be seamless), and we tried to up our game digitally and virtually, to be of service to you members in order to help you feel connected to the Guild.
I am turning all this over to Becky Brekke, an eminently qualified quilter, who will take up the helm. Assisting her as Social Media Chairperson will be Patti Reyes, who makes those beautiful quilts we see behind her on Zoom. Thank you for your good cheer and support.

Your IEMQG Board, with both new and old Board Members
Meeting held this past Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The complete listing of our 2021 Guild Board can be found on the tab above, About –> Guild Leadership.

Criss-Cross Christmas, from Elizabeth Eastmond

Happy Holidays, and Keep On Quilting!

IEMQG Meeting

Reminder of Upcoming December General Meeting…plus a little treat!

Since this is our last meeting for the year, and we get to say good-bye to 2020, we wanted to remind you that our meeting is this Saturday, December 5th at 2 p.m. We start our socializing at 1:30 p.m., however, if you want to sign on early. Zoom codes will be going out so watch for them.

Time to Renew Your Membership!

We want to remind you to fill out the form, send in your check or use Paypal, but it’s time now to renew your Membership. It’s all up there on the tab that says “How to Join our Guild.” We might have a little announcement on Saturday that might entice you to get your stuff in, but my lips are sealed until then.

And as a little fun treat, we’ve created this pattern for you to make gift tags, or mini-garlands, or doorknob decorations, or whatever, courtesy of the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild.

Click to download a PDF file, and remember to print it out at 100%:

See you Saturday!

IEMQG Meeting

November Guild Meeting • 2020

All who attended our Quilter University November Guild Meeting went out with diplomas in their hands! We learned from some of the masters in our guild:

Sarah Sass taught us about collage quilts by Laura Heine, Kelley Bachli demonstrated how to mark our quilts, Patti Reyes put all our fears to rest about sewing curves, and Candy Scott showed us how fun it is to make a rope bowl. Click to download her PDF handout:

Time to Renew Your Memberships

At our meeting we also debuted our Members Corner (right up there at the top). We sent out the password to all our members. In this corner of our website we’ll put things just for you: rosters, calendars, and our by-laws. This is for Members Only, so we want to remind you to fill out your Membership Form (info found at the top under How to Join Our Guild), and either PayPal or send a check to re-join for 2021. We have received quite a few, but we need yours. Joining our Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild also gives you membership in the National Modern Quilt Guild, and all their priviledges as well. So join today!

Board Meetings

Did you know we post all our minutes for our Board Meetings on this website? It’s also up there in the Minutes top tabs, and we are happy to welcome our newest 2021 Board Members to our meeting next month. We’re having it early, on December 2 at 7:00 p.m. It will be a transitioning meeting, with the current Board Members orienting the New Board Members. For a list of Board Members, check up above under About, then click on Guild Leadership. Watch for your email, everyone.

Coming soon! Our December General Meeting will be lots of fun, with celebrations, games, Show and Share (new ones, plus the ones we didn’t get to in November), so you don’t want to miss this meeting. Let’s jingle our way into the holidays, bringing some good quilty cheer with us. We’ll send out the Zoom Codes soon, but don’t forget we like to check in early for our social time, so plan on 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2020.

We’re also catching up on Show and Share. We’d love to see your projects and your completed quilts. Please send an email to the Guild address (iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com) and put SHOW AND SHARE in the subject line. Send us high quality photographs, with a straight-on-shot of the quilt. Laying them on the floor or a bed isn’t the best; please tape them to the wall, or clip/pin them to a fence, or grab someone in your neighborhood to hold the quilt for you, and make sure the quilt is in good lighting. Please also include:

Reminder of our Meetings

Transition Board Meeting: December 2 at 7:00 p.m. Zoom Codes will be sen
General IEMQG Meeting: December 5 at 2:00 p.m., social time begins at 1:30 p.m.

Other Activities…because we know you aren’t quite busy enough in the holidays…

Our current calendar can be found in Members Corner. Use the password sent to you to double check all that we’ve got scheduled, because you know, one can never be too busy during December!

We did want to let you know that Laura will be running Drop-in Sew these dates:
November 23 — Zoom codes have already been sent out
December 14 — Second Monday at 7:00 p.m.
December 28 — Fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m.

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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October 2020 Guild Meeting

We had a most successful meeting this past Saturday, October 3, 2020, where we were able to see the places where some of our members sew. Hosted by the IEMQG, and conducted by our Co-Program Chair, Laura Greene, under the direction of our President Gayle Bennett, our meeting had a lot of moving parts. For the best overall wrap-up, see the Minutes, posted up there under the tab. Thank you to those who showed off their sewing/quilting spaces: Sarah Sass, Mary Hodge, Kelley Bachli, Shelley Wardrop and Barbara Mathews.

We also heard the first of a beginning series in our meetings, “What is a Modern Quilt?” Lynn Hanna ably tackled this huge subject, showing us examples to go along with the idea of bold colors. Every meeting for the next few meetings, she will show another aspect and quilts that demonstrate this.

We are getting quite familiar with this Zooming, and found that one silver lining is some far-away members can tune in and join in with us. It’s been good to see familiar faces, and we appreciate all those who took time out of their fall weekend and attend the meeting.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee presented the following slate of candidates for the 2021 IEMQG Board:
President: Barbara Mathews
VP Programs: Laura Greene
VP Communications: Becky Brekke
Secretary: Lynn Hanna
Treasurer: Candy Scott
After introducing the candidates, and since there were no opponents, an assenting vote was called. They were all confirmed for the upcoming year. We are grateful to our Nominating Committee for all their hard work: Judy Racine, Jennifer Adams and Elizabeth Eastmond (chair).

We also express gratitude to the outgoing members of our IEMQG Board and Chairpersons:
President: Gayle Bennett, who has served for two years
VP Communications: Elizabeth Eastmond
Social Media: Kelley Bachli
Membership: Judy Racine

According to our ByLaws, the new Board will install the all Chairpersons for 2021, but the following have stepped up to volunteer:
Social Media: Patti Reyes
Membership: Kim Wingert
Charity & Opportunity Quilt: Gayle Bennett

We appreciate you all!

Calling all technique junkies!
tech·nique/tekˈnēk/nounnoun: technique; plural noun: techniques

  1. a way of carrying out a particular task, especially the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure.
    • skill or ability in a particular field.
    • a skillful or efficient way of doing or achieving something.

Below is our awesome line-up for Quilter University on November 7, 2020! Do not miss this meeting where our talented members will be demonstrating on trend techniques. You will be sure to pick up a new skill and even learn something new. 

Laura Heine Collage Rooster Tutorial with Sarah Sass
Have you ever wondered how to make a collage quilt by Laura Heine? Time to dust off those unopened Laura Heine patterns.  Sarah will show you how fun and easy it really is. 

Quilt Marking for Free Motion Quilting with Kelley Bachli
There are a lot of different quilt marking methods and products available for free motion quilting.  Discover different techniques to use to get a variety of beautiful quilting motifs.

Rope Bowls with Candy Scott
Making rope bowls is my go to when I need a break from other projects, or just to relax. From coasters, to trivets, to rope bowls, etc., it is just fun.  The best part, if you don’t like it, you can easily rip it apart and make something else.  Just a zig zag stitch, thread, and rope no larger than 5/16” in diameter and you can make something unique.  Great ready to have a little fun and create something different.

Curves with Patti Reyes
Are you afraid to sew curves? Whether its circles for a drunkards path quilt or curved piecing for an improv quilt. Patti will show you just how easy it is to sew beautiful curves. 

So watch your emails for the Zoom Codes for November–you won’t want to miss this one!

Judy Racine, one of our members shared this information with us about other ways to keep up with quilting during this pandemic time:

Though not Zoom-based, per se, the pandemic has opened my eyes to the amazing classes available on-line. My husband bought me a Bluprint subscription for my birthday in March. (It’s now back to being called Craftsy). But, for $49 a year, I have access to all kinds of great on-line quilting and sewing classes to say nothing of the myriad of other subjects offered.  I can now say I’ve taken classes from Jacquie Gering and Joe Cunningham –  he has been my favorite so far.  I love his sense of humor and free-wheeling approach. I’m working on his “Rock The Block – Album Style” and right now it looks like a hot mess but I have ideas for the next one…. there’s always the next one, right?

Show and Share

Quilt Name: Colorado Summer
Quilt Maker: Judy Racine
Quilter’s Statement: I hadn’t sewn curves before and I think I got the hang of it by the time I was done! I can tell which curves were done earlier rather than later!  the other thing I tried on this one was a quilt-as-you go method, then just stitched in the ditch around each square to attach the back. The pattern is Alison Glass’ “Lily”, but I call it “Colorado Summer” as I’m very anxious to spend my summers there, hopefully starting next summer.  The back is a 108″ digital print by Hoffman called “Mystic Meadow.” (See below for the back.)

front

Quilt Name: 2016-2020: Fractured
Quilt Maker: Judy Racine
Dimensions: 63” x 63”
Quilter’s Statement: I submitted this quilt for our “Red White and Blue” blog postings.  But, there’s more to the story of that quilt.  I used wool batting (Mountain Mist) for this first time without reading any on-line reviews.  As I was sewing I noticed the quilt was fuzzy but thought it was just external fibers.  The quilt was bearding horribly, most noticeable on that black backing. I tried washing and drying it and it went from fuzzy to matted fur.  I took it all apart, used my cheap 80/20 batting that I had extra of and just got it put all back together.  The upside:  I learned to check reviews for batting or take personal recommendations, and – I didn’t have to mark the quilt the second time around! I continue to say that I learn something new with every quilt.

(We apologize to Judy for inadvertently leaving her off Show and Share on Saturday.)

Quilt Name: Bug Jars
Quilt Maker: Lynn Hanna
Quilter’s Statement: I started this quilt about 15 years ago. As a beginning quilter, I didn’t know how to “snowball” the corners of the jars. So, I did numerous mathematical calculations to figure out the correct size for each jar’s triangle to complete the corners.  No two jars are the same size, and each jar had a slightly different angle to the triangle, although it’s not really noticeable with the finished quilt. I definitely know a better, easier way now!  This had been in the closet to finish someday. COVID 19 is that day, so although my boys are long moved out of the house, it’s now ready for their bed!

Quilter: Laura Greene
Quilter’s Statement: This is in process. I took an online class, stitching and cutting and sewing those wedges onto background fabric. It’s intended for a wedding gift so I can’t reveal too much more at this point.

Quilt Maker: Patti Reyes
Quilter’s Statement: When firemen go to fight a fire, they pick up T-shirts for the fires or for the area where they were assigned. I volunteered to make a T-shirt quilt for a friend of mine, a firefighter. Some of those T-shirts are from fires local to our area. We really appreciate our firefighters–if you know one of them, offer to make them a quilt!

We’d love to see your projects and your completed quilts. Please send an email to the Guild address (iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com) and put SHOW AND SHARE in the subject line. Send us high quality photographs, with a straight-on-shot of the quilt. Laying them on the floor or a bed isn’t the best; please tape them to the wall, or clip/pin them to a fence, or grab someone in your neighborhood to hold the quilt for you, and make sure the quilt is in good lighting. Please also include:

Deadline for showing at our Guild meetings is the Wednesday before the meeting, so for November, please send your quilts (with SHOW AND SHARE in the subject line) by November 4th.

Social Time

Nov 7, 2020 01:30 PM
Dec 5, 2020 01:30 PM
Jan 2, 2021 01:30 PM
Feb 6, 2021 01:30 PM
Mar 6, 2021 01:30 PM
Apr 3, 2021 01:30 PM
May 1, 2021 01:30 PM
Jun 5, 2021 01:30 PM
Jul 3, 2021 01:30 PM

Have you noticed the new times on our Zoom Code invitations? We are now starting our Zoom Meetings at 1:30 p.m. — thirty minutes before the official start time of our IEMQG Guild. That’s a time for you to show up, show off the quilt hanging behind your head, catch up on the news and see your friends, all before we begin our meetings at 2:00 p.m. And if you haven’t put our meetings on your schedule, here’s a listing for you!

Last Announcements

We’re working to get the Member Roster online, behind a password, as well as to get a PayPal button for Membership Renewal. Watch for this, coming soon!

If you do not receive this newletter/blog post in your email, please head to the top of this blog, and on the right, enter your email in the box (illustration shown above). It will then come to you automatically. Save the auto-generated email you’ll receive, as if you move away, you’ll can un-enroll the same way.

See you all in November!

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September 2020 General Meeting, via Zoom

We had another Zoom Guild Meeting this past weekend and had a great discussion about our favorite quilting tools, from scissors to machines to types of thread. Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to seeing you again in October.

• A N N O U N C E M E N T S •

• Next month’s meeting, on October 3, 2020 will show some sewing rooms, sewing studios, hallways, dining room tables, or other spaces dedicated to where you sew. We’ve seen some of your rooms when you’ve Zoomed with us, and we’d like you to give us a tour of where you store stuff, and your favorite spot in your sewing space. Please send us an email at iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you’d like to share. Deadline for letting Laura and Becky, our Program Chairs, know is Monday, September 28, 2020. Thank you!

• We are in the process of gathering together new officers for our Guild. If you think you could step in and help us (terms are one year), then please email the chair of the Nominating Committee, Elizabeth Eastmond, at opquilt@gmail.com. More information can be found on a previous post on this website.

• Many pieces of business are conducted at our Zoom Board Meetings (minutes are in the tab up above). The most recent significant news is that our Retreat this November has been postponed until next November. All those who had paid — either a deposit or full payment — have been contacted.

• Our Opportunity Quilt is finished! Gayle has been dutifully sewing down the faced binding, putting the finishing touches on a quilt that began with Cat’s ideas. Some helped here and there in piecing, but Cat finished it up for us and quilted it. It’s stunning! Soon it will have its own tab, and its own schedule, but thought you’d like to see this sneak peak of the quilt. Thank you, everyone!

• We have a segment of our Zoom Meeting where we show slides of your quilts, and you narrate for us. It’s really wonderful to see what you’ve been working on. Please also send high-quality pictures of your quilts to our email address (above) and we’ll be able to share them with everyone. Please include the following info:

SHOW AND SHARE • SEPTEMBER 2020

Quilter: Gayle Bennett
Quilter’s Statement: This is a jean quilt for my daughter and family to take in their travel trailer.   I think this will be a one time experience in quilting. Whew, this was a heavy one. I used a layer of thoroughly preshrunk flannel instead of batting because this quilt does not need any additional weight!  Backing and binding is a lightweight denim from Joann’s. 

Quilter: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt Name: Honor
Quilt size: 60” x 77”
Maker’s Statement: We will be presenting to to a local veteran for Quilts of Valor.

Quilter: Ginger Gabriel
Quilt size: 30”x 40”
Maker’s Statement: For niece, Ericka, graduating from college with double major in Creative Design and Economics From an Institute in Paris. She described her style as Modern Minimalist, preceding black, grey and blue. I used linen I had purchased at quilt show in France.

Quilter: Debi Gardner
Quilt Name: Pick-up Sticks Pop of Color
Quilt Size: Large lap size.
This was a swap a block shared with a group of us who belong to Pass Patchers. The requirement was black and white only. We could make any block 12 1/2″ square. I added the pick-up stick blocks for some color and used shattered quilting with black, red, and teal thread. 

Quilter: Pat Klassen
Quilt size: lap quilts
Maker’s Statement: None.

Quilter: Candy Scott
Quilt size: varied
Maker’s Statement: The quilt on the left is for a baby boy . The parents are both scientists, (Dad is doing research on Covid-19), so I used Dr Seuss Periodic Table fabric on the back.
The quilt on the right is a charity quilt. I used the pattern for three 1 yard fabrics, but I did not want to do borders, so I used an extra 1/4 yard of the focus fabric and stripe binding. It finished at 48″ x57.”

Quilter: Candy Scott
Maker’s Statement: This quilt was a mystery quilt for our community Quilt Club.  We started in Mid-January.  We were given a step to complete each week.  The final step to assemble was given just as we were shutting down.  Mine is made with a Grunge Dot Jelly Roll and the yardage is Grunge.

Maker: Lynn Hanna
Name: Sew Powerful Purses
I picked up this flier at QuiltCon in February. I just sent them off, on their way to Zambia, to help girls stay in school while on their period. They fill them with supplies for the young women.

Quilter: Lynn Hanna
Quilt Name: Global Warming Mandala
Statement: I watched Mel Beach stitch mandalas on a Quilting Arts TV show. I made some wedges, then stitched in each web, free hand, no marking, as she suggested. This is the result.
Look closely to see increased fires, severe tornadoes, lightening, ocean waves from sea level rising, living things in turmoil, and parched land.

Thank you to those who made charity quilts this month. Some lucky person will have these great quilts to enjoy.

Please send photos to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com for inclusion in our next meeting. Please send by October 1, 2020. Choose Large or Actual Size if sending them from your phone.

SCCQG 2021 Road to California Special Exhibit
The time is NOW to enter a quilt into this exhibit. 
The deadline to receive your entry is now October 1, 2020.
During this stay-at -home time are you busy quilting? Are you working on a quilt that has been begging to be completed? Have you finished a quilt for an now postponed future guild quilt show? Or a new fresh quilt has emerged that you would like to share with fellow quilters? Solution = Enter these quilts in our 2021 SCCQG Road to California special exhibit!!!
The “Sharing Our Quilts” exhibit is designed to be a showcase for recent (2019-2020) quilts that you have, or you are producing. There is no specific theme or topic, or size limitation. The plan is to share treasured styles of quilting or patterns you relish. This is exhibit is all about Southern California quilts created by members of SCCQG Member guilds. Numerous quilts are needed.
There is still time to enter as the deadline is October 1, 2020. The Call for Quilts and Entry Form are posted on the SCCQG website.
NOTE: Our Guild belongs to this larger, regional organization. If you have a quilt you’d like to enter, choose one of your smaller quilts, as they’d like to hang more of them at the show.

We want to hear from you!! Please send your thoughts to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com There are two for each month throughout the rest of this year, so if you can’t write about one, maybe you can write about the other. They will publish mid-month, and we have some great submissions from our guild. Please join us, by giving us your thoughts.

  • [OCTOBER] What Zoom classes have you taken?  How did the Zoom class work for you?  What were some of the advantages?  Disadvantages?
  • [OCTOBER] What Zoom Guild Meetings have you attended?  What were the highlights?  What were the things that were tiresome?
  • [NOVEMBER] What do you miss most about your “other, normal” life?  Travel?  Idle browsing in Target?  Going out in the car to see whoever you wanted, whenever you wanted?
  • [DECEMBER] What has been the best part of this quarantine?  What life lessons have you learned?  What surprising gifts have come your way, due to the shut-down? What will you NOT pick up again when this is all over?
  • [JANUARY] Have you made a Covid-19 quilt?  If so, send photos?  Have you seen an interesting Covid-19 quilt?  Again, send photos, and the source. Since this one is in January, maybe you want to start a quilt that depicts this time in our lives? Some ideas are to make a quilt with words (social distancing, flatten the curve, etc.), or one that has elements of the virus’ shape (see below). Maybe you have your own feeling about this time, and want to express in a non-traditional quilt. Look forward to January, when we talk about, and maybe see, quilts from the covid-era.
Block of the Month for us: Lightning Block, from the MQG website

We have many resources on the national Modern Quilt Guild site, including a monthly block. This block can be used to make the quilts below. Head over to the site to download your instructions (look for the newsletter in your email for the link).

We appreciate all those who gave service to our Guild this past month, from charity quilts to organizing the programs, and those who keeping the Guild running, serving on the Board and Committees. Many of these Guild members do their service behind the scenes so that we members can enjoy sharing our quilts and have a Modern Quilt Guild in the Inland Empire. We thank you!

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August 2020 General Meeting, via Zoom

Our program for our August Zoom meeting was: “My Best Binding” presented by Laura Greene. The program covered tips and techniques for perfecting bindings for judging. The techniques include continuous binding, bias-grain, flange binding, and back facing. Laura made us a PDF handout, which you can download as a PDF file:

Tool Time: September IEQMG Program
Our IEMQG Regular Meeting for September will be discussions of your favorite tool for quilting. We all have favorite devices for sewing that assist in more effective and efficient work. We all have ways that we use our favorite implements. Is your quilting tool a common one or a specific one or an unusual one? Our program will consist of sharing our favorite and important tools that we use while creating our quilts. Please send in a picture and short description of your favorite tool that you use. 
Take a picture of your important quilting tool and then type a description of how it is important. Include your name, the tool’s name, how it is used, why it is so important, and any variations that may make it versatile. Then post it on an email to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com with the subject line, “tool time.” Please send images by September 3, 2020.

Early in 2020

One of the sweet joys of getting together at our Guild Meetings is to talk about our lives, share successes and sorrows, and just catch up with each other. During this quarantine time, we’d like to try to replicate that by exploring some topics on our blog with you. We are hoping you might like to participate by writing us an email with some of your thoughts about the topic we’ll post. The full listing of themes and topics are found at the end of this post. Open up your email and shoot us a few lines, as we’d like to hear what you think, our friends and fellow quilters. Thanks!

And now…our Show and Share from our recent meeting!

We also had a large showing of quilts this time for Show and Share, all of which follow. Thank you to all who sent in photographs and remembered to send your details, too!

Quilt Maker: Lynn Hanna
Quilt Title: Summer Flutters By
Quilt Details: I wanted to use only scraps and make a curved wedge improv piece. This is what happened. The background pieces and the pale turquoise were from larger pieces, but everything else was tiny bits the probably could have gone in the trash. Maybe I should have called it “From Trash to Treasure?”

Quilt Maker: Sharon Berg
Quilt Title: Bird House Swap
Quilt Size: 55-1/2″ square.
Quilt Details: This was a Pass Patchers Quilt Guild June 2017 swap that I long arm quilted this in June 2020.   

Quilt Maker: Sharon Berg
Quilt Title: Summer Sherbert Float
Quilt Size: 66″ by 80″
Quilt Details: I just finished piecing this in June-July 2020. This was inspired by my favorite treat when my thirty something children were born in the hot months of July and August. This was the first time I used a layer cake.   

Quilt Maker: Sharon Berg
Quilt Title: Back, White AND RED
Quilt Size: 54″ by 70″
Quilt Details: This was a Pass Patchers Quilt Guild June 2020. This measures 54″by 70″  using my stash. I always wanted to make a quilt of these colors…opportunity called.

Quilt Maker: Gayle Bennett
Quilt Title: The Zombie Quilt
Quilt Size: 44 inches wide by 48 long.
Quilt Details: This was quilted using the chevron design from Jacquie Gering’s Walk Book. It incorporates reverse stitching.

Quilter: Kim Wingert
Quilt Size: 84 inches square–I had trouble finding a place to hang it! 
Quilt Details: I saw this in a magazine a few years ago and wanted to try working with only triangles. It was 2” too big for my long arm, so it was quilted by Carla Oreskovich. 

Quilter: Debi Gardner
Quilt Title: Nola Weaving

I showed the image of a weaving at the New Orleans Museum of Art at our Zoom Guild meeting, where fibers were dyed with Mississippi River silt at different tides and seasons. This is my interpretation of that piece, and it was made for the Desert Guilds quilt show “Out of the Box” challenge in 2020.

Quilter: Sarah Sass
Quilt Details: This quilt I made from the AGF line Dew and Moss and was made using the pattern Gnomsville which I downloaded from the AGF website. I quilted it using the pattern Oleander. I’m especially proud of this quilt because Art Gallery Fabrics shared it on their website. Sarah is one of our newest members, and is a long arm quilter who is open for business!

Full listing of Topics — We want to hear from you!! Please send your thoughts to iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com There are two for each month throughout the rest of this year, so if you can’t write about one, maybe you can write about the other. They will publish mid-month, so that means we only have two weeks until the first questions. Please submit!

  • [AUGUST] Did you register for QuiltCon Together?  What classes did you go for?  What are you looking forward to?  What concerns do you have about a distanced QuiltCon?  Did you register for Road to California?  What concerns do you have for that show?
  • [AUGUST] How many of you know someone, or been affected directly by Covid-19, either through the virus itself, or if you are a part of the medical profession, or work in education, or other Essential Services?
  • [SEPTEMBER] How has your fabric shopping changed since Covid-10 hit?  Do you do more online shopping?
  • [SEPTEMBER] Has it been harder or easier to sew since the quarantine?  Both? Neither? In what way?
  • [OCTOBER] What Zoom classes have you taken?  How did the Zoom class work for you?  What were some of the advantages?  Disadvantages?
  • [OCTOBER] What Zoom Guild Meetings have you attended?  What were the highlights?  What were the things that were tiresome?
  • [NOVEMBER] What do you miss most about your “other, normal” life?  Travel?  Idle browsing in Target?  Going out in the car to see whoever you wanted, whenever you wanted?
  • [DECEMBER] What has been the best part of this quarantine?  What life lessons have you learned?  What surprising gifts have come your way, due to the shut-down? What will you NOT pick up again when this is all over?  
  • [JANUARY] Have you made a Covid-19 quilt?  If so, send photos?  Have you seen an interesting Covid-19 quilt?  Again, send photos, and the source. Since this one is in January, maybe you want to start a quilt that depicts this time in our lives? Some ideas are to make a quilt with words (social distancing, flatten the curve, etc.), or one that has elements of the virus’ shape (see below). Maybe you have your own feeling about this time, and want to express in a non-traditional quilt. Look forward to January, when we talk about, and maybe see, quilts from the covid-era.

Free downloadable pattern by Becky Goldsmith, of Piece o’ Cake Designs.

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General Meeting: Saturday, June 13: Zoom!

It’s here! Or will be, this coming Saturday.

Our first ever Zoom meeting will begin at 2 p.m. By now you all should have received your Zoom Link in your emailbox. If you have not, please contact us via email: iemodernquiltguild@gmail.com and we’ll get that right out to you.

Two exciting things will be happening:
1. Reveal of our Guild’s Opportunity Quilt. Cat has been working long and hard on this quilt (assisted by some members of the guild), and we’ll get to see it for the first time at our meeting.


2. Reveal of our Guild’s Urban Challenge. We are so excited about this as we had so many fabulous entries. Prizes will be awarded: a random drawing to determine one for Participation, and one will be awarded for Board’s Choice. We’ll also have all all the quilts, and their makers, and artist statements posting up to our blog that day, too.

One of our VPs of Programs, Laura, has asked if you want to do a Show and Share, please have your quilts ready to show. If they are small, practice holding them up so you aren’t fumbling around. If they are large, consider putting them up on your design wall, or recruit someone at your house to hold them, or even take a picture ahead of time and show it up on your screen, while you tell us about them. Whatever you are comfortable with!

Not my quilt, but don’t I wish!

To keep the fun of Show and Share going, starting Sunday, June 14th (Flag Day!!) we will have a few weeks of sharing patriotic quilts, or red+white+blue, or red quilts or blue quilts or white quilts, or any combination of the above colors. We’ll be showing your quilts throughough the rest of June, and into July.

Beginning today, send us a good photo of your quilts to our email (listed above) along with the usual:

Please put “patriotic” or “redwhiteblue” in the subject line or some version of that, if you wouldn’t mind.

See you (and hear you!) on your computer screen this Saturday!

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Updates on Cancellations in our Covid Life

Quilt Festival • Long Beach has been cancelled, but Quilts, Inc. is still planning on holding their fall Quilt Festival in Houston, October 29-November 1, 2020. In their announcement letter, Quilts, Inc. is planning on holding the Long Beach gathering at a later time but at the same place, and are still working on dates. More info can be found on their website.

Our June Meeting, usually scheduled for the first week of June has been morphed into a Zoom Meeting for the following week. The Modern Quilt Guild (national) has made Zoom Meeting capabilities available to all their guilds, and we’ve scheduled one for June 13th and August 1st (our regular time). The link will be sent out a few days before the meeting.

Until we can meet in person, we look forward to seeing you on Zoom next Saturday, and to the reveal of all our Urban Challenge Quilts. We received thirteen entries, and they are all top-notch–we can hardly wait to show you! Winners of the prizes will be announced then, as well, for Participation and Guild Board Choice.

One silver lining to the cancellations we are experiencing is the transformation of our national quilt show, QuiltCon, into a virtual quilt show. Those of us who wouldn’t have been able to travel to Atlanta can now participate in QuiltCon. Emails will come to you directly from MQG, so watch for announcements!

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March 2020 General Meeting Minutes

NOTICE: Our Saturday meeting on April 4, 2020 will be shifted to May 2, 2020, due to library closures in Riverside. We’ve scheduled Laura Green presentation on bindings for May, and rescheduled the Urban Quilt Challenge for September.
To keep up with other meeting cancellations, please watch this blog, IG or Facebook for announcements.

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes for March 7, 2020
Riverside Main Library • 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
The meeting was called to order at 2:10 p.m. by Gayle Bennett, President.

I promise we were listening, but we were busy cutting out our EPP pattern.

Welcome/Guest Speaker Introduction – Gayle
Charity – We are collecting charity quilts. The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) for San Bernardino will be our designated charity for distribution to children pulled from their homes in extreme circumstances. Many are taken in the middle of the night and depending on the circumstances they can spend the night at the DPSS.  We do not have anyone specifically handling Charity. We are asking for our members to sign-up to help staff the Charity Table at meetings, simply record the information for the person donating and this duty will rotate on a monthly basis. Quilts can be lap or any size for comfort.  
Quilt kits are available for guild charity projects. Amy French donated a large amount of Allison Glass fabrics. The kit includes top, binding and backing. The guild has a large roll of batting for members to use for charity quilts. If you reach out to Gayle, she can bring batting in whatever size you need. You aren’t obligated to quilt the projects as we do have resources for that with our members.  We appreciate quilt tops also.

Raffles – The raffles this month will be a choice between a scissor/needle threader gift or a Latifah pattern and a spool of thread.  Tickets are encouraged and helpful for our guild. 
Membership Survey – A survey is being distributed by Gayle for our members to provide some candid feedback about the guild. The surveys will be anonymous, and the results will help shape what we do in the months ahead.

Program – Elizabeth Eastmond “English Paper Piecing” 

The first project we learned was traditional hexagon EPP using a basting stitch. An awesome trick Elizabeth shared to begin was utilizing a hole punched in the center of the hexagon to secure the fabric with a pin (versus glue). We began the process to make a flower piece using a light hexagon for the center and dark hexagons to fill out the flower petals. Elizabeth explained how the stitches are long basting stitches and then the stitches to combine hexagon pieces are small and not through the paper. 

Our second project was using a ¼” glue stick (Fons & Porter preferred) to essentially secure the fabric around the pieces. Then the construction to secure the pieces together is the same, small stitches. Elizabeth cautioned not to use too much glue on the edge of the pieces as it makes it challenging to get the needle to go through the pieces when securing them together. We were cautioned NOT to trim dog- ear pieces as we’re constructing petals/pieces.  Trimming leaves the raw edges exposed on your project. 

Break 

Guild Business 

Block Lotto – Elizabeth (in Simone’s absence)
The new Block Lotto was unveiled for this month called ‘Drunkish’ [see previous post].  She would like it to be in 3 analogous colors – blue/blue green/green. The drawing was also conducted for those that presented blocks for Tri-ball.  

Raffles – Judy (in Pat’s absence)
Winners of the fat quarter bundle prize for the revenue raffle and the name tag raffle prize were presented with their prizes.

Programs – Becky

Special thanks to Elizabeth for her wonderful workshop today. 
Next meeting is our guild challenge “Urban.”

[REMINDER: OUR NEXT MEETING IS MAY 2, 2020.]

For the Urban Challenge, quilts are to be no larger than 24″ in either dimension (w or l). The blue color swatch that was distributed needs to be included in the project in some manner.  Linda Rasmussen will be curating the event again. We love her feedback and constructive advice about our work.  If you don’t want yours included, you can opt out of that part of the challenge. 

Sit-and-Sew is planned for April 18th, from 10am to 4pm at Quilter’s Cocoon in Riverside, but check our Instagram feed for updates, if there are any.  There is a $5 fee payable at the event. Becky shared that the owner of Quilter’s Cocoon recently visited Hoffman Fabrics and she will be getting lots of new fabric in the shop.

If there is to be a cancellation of this event, we will announce it on this blog, our Facebook page or IG. Please check there for further announcements.

An upcoming guild program will be with Laura Green about quilt binding.  She will share various binding techniques that she’s learned over the years, many from Helen Frost. 

Membership – Judy
We have three new members, Welcome! We also have four visitors joining us today!  

Announcements – All
March 28-29 quilt show hosted by the Glendale Guild. 

Show & Share – All
A variety of beautiful modern quilts were shared by the membership:

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jennifer G. Adams
Secretary

Recipes from the Treats Table at the back of the room

Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies from Judy R.
Ingredients:
1/2 c. butter – softened to room temperature
1/4 c. Crisco (I used butter-flavored)
1 c. dark brown sugar1 egg – also at room temperature
1/4 c. molasses
2 1/4 c. sifted all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (optional if you’ve used salted butter)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
granulated sugar for rolling cookies in
Directions:
Mix the first 5 ingredients until smooth and creamy.  In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together until well blended then mix into the creamed mixture just until incorporated.  Refrigerate dough for a few hours or overnight. Use a measured scoop or roll pieces into the size of walnuts. Roll the tops in the granulated sugar and place them about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a smooth surface.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 for 10 minutes. If you have an oven that is hotter in the back, turn the sheets halfway through. They will be starting to crack but do not yet appear to be “done”.  Pull them out anyway! Leave them on the cookie sheet to cool and they will finish baking. Last step: be in the moment and savor every bite.


Ranger Cookies, from Judy R.
Ingredients:
1 c. butter or shortening – softened to room temperature
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs – room temperature
2 c. sifted all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
2 c. rolled oats
2 c. of non-sugary wheat-type cereal flakes (Team, Total, Heritage Flakes)
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. nuts
1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips
Directions:
Mix the first 4 ingredients until smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, soda and salt until well blended then mix into the creamed mixture just until incorporated.  Stir in oats, cereal, coconut, nuts and chocolate chips.  Drop by measured scoop or spoonfuls 2 inches apart onto an un-greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly with smooth surface. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 10 – 12 minutes. Slide onto a cooling rack.
Last step: have milk handy.

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March 7, 2020 • Meeting Prep for Hands-on Lecture

Our meeting for March 7th will be a hands-on English Paper Piecing (EPP) lecture by Elizabeth Eastmond, of OPQuilt.com. We’ll make a small Dresden plate mini-mini quilt, using scraps from our stash. This is a shortened version of a class she teaches in the Southern California area, so come and learn English Paper Piecing!

Kit fee for this hands-on lecture is $3–please bring exact change, if possible.

Things for you to bring:
1– 5″ x 3″ scraps of fabric in 12 rainbow hues; this will give you a chance to reinforce Simone’s lecture from last month
2–Background fabric scraps (see the dark fill-in around the rainbow points, below) Avoid batiks. They are hard to needle, and often don’t like to ease into place. Another brand I avoid is Art Gallery as their fabric base is similar to a batik. (Both are wonderful for regular quilting, though!)
3–Basic Sewing Supplies: needle, neutral thread (or ring of bobbins in all different colors), scissors and a thimble if you use it. Some also like to use thread conditioner when they hand sew. If you do, bring that as well.
4–Fabric gluestick. I’ll have regular gluesticks available for purchase, but fabric gluesticks are narrower width and water-soluble, too. I like the Fons and Porter brand as it’s less sticky; it is sold at JoAnn’s. Start looking for it now, as they often run out.
5– Kit fee of $3.00–please bring exact change.
6–Paper scissors, for cutting apart your pattern.

Our meeting time is 2 p.m. and it will be in the downtown Riverside Public Library, in Riverside, CA. See the calendar for more info.