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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
IEMQG General Meeting Minutes March 2, 2019 La Sierra Library – 4600 La Sierra Avenue, Riverside 92505
The meeting was called to order at 2:02 pm by Gayle Bennett, President.
Welcome & Announcements:
Gayle welcomed everyone to the new location. She solicited all members to provide feedback regarding their opinions about the La Sierra space for future consideration. She also advised all members that we will be at the Main Mission Library location for April and May. Free parking is available on Saturdays near the library. The community room where we will be meeting is on the second level; they do have an elevator to aid in those bringing items upstairs. We are hoping to finalize a more permanent location in the near future as Grand Terrace’s scheduling issues have become problematic for our guild.
Membership – Membership renewal reminder; please pay for any outstanding 2019 dues. If you have any questions, please see Gayle or one of the members of the Executive Board.
VP of Programs Vacancy – Gayle announced that Trish will be moving away and no longer able to serve as VP of Programs. She asked the members if anyone might be interested in filling this important role. We are a collaborative group so the role is important, but has lots of support. Gayle shared that in April, SCCQG on Saturday, April 13th will be the annual ‘Meet the Teachers’ event in Carson at the Convention Center. The event is free unless you would like to purchase a box lunch for $15. More information is available on the SCCQG website. She extended an invitation to the guild’s membership if anyone would like to attend. This is the best way for our guild to find speakers and determine future programs for the guild.
Ice Breaker – Laura facilitated the activity for the meeting – “I always label my quilt when I’m done, because it should always be done that way.” The ‘correct’ answer Laura said was the Strongly Disagree (2 member group) as there are truly no rules in modern quilting.
Annual Budget Presented – Cat shared the results of the internal audit completed successfully by Marilyn. The annual projected budget was shared. We have slightly amended a few of the numbers based on the annual membership dues collected. Cat shared some additional estimates for additional income received through guest fees and raffles. We will also still fall for national MQG dues under the 45 membership category. The dues to SCCQG have been paid for our dues and annual insurance. Other incidental fees such as bank fees (PayPal), meeting space fee, website, fundraiser expenses and supplies along with our post office box annual fee. Christine moved to approve the budget, Simone seconded the motion. Motion was approved.
April Game Challenge Quilt – Gayle reminded everyone that next month is the ‘Game Challenge’ quilt program. We will have Linda Rasmussen out again to curate the piece, however, any members that would rather just display their piece and not have Linda review them is also fine. We will provide sign-in for members that Linda will curate. We look forward to seeing what everyone creates!
Fundraising and Exhibits – Laura shared the generous donation provided by a former contact from two years ago to the guild. She has put together ‘kits’ for members to check-out and complete quilts or projects with the materials. There is a small box with index cards for you to complete – indicate the number of the kit you are taking and what you think you will do with the materials. We are encouraging you to take fabric and bring something back – a month or three months is fine, but we do need your help to make items for our guild’s fundraising events this year! We may spend time when the projects are turned in to determine if some may be better suited for charity rather than for sale through the fundraiser. Laura also discussed the Upland Library event in March and the Chaffey exhibit in April and the call for quilts. Laura is doing the Women’s History Event this year on March 5th at 6:00pm at the Upland Library. The Chaffey Exhibit is coming up and quilts need to be brought in to the May meeting. The exhibit there will run from May 23rd to July 21st. Quilts will be returned in August. The theme is ‘Splashes of Color and Shape’.
Gayle shared that our guild has been contacted by the Road to California to ask if we can help provide ‘modern’ quilts for display in the lobby of the Ontario Convention Center next year. We are looking for our members to provide quilts for this special display. We will continue to remind everyone about this wonderful opportunity over the next few months.
Transition Quilter – Allison Cutler shared her quilting journey from her first mini-quilt to her current evolution to a modern quilter.
April/May Block Lotto Pattern – Simone shared the next round of Block Lotto with the guild. The pattern is called ‘Mountain View’ and it’s created using a paper pieced pattern and jelly roll pieces (or make your own 2” strips). A link to the pattern will be posted on the website and also on social media.
Block Lotto Drawing – Simone conducted the drawing – Allison won the ‘Skipping Stones’ block.
General Raffles – Pat conducted the drawing for nametag participation as well as the charity drawing for the fat quarter bundle.
Show & Share
Announcements & Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 4:14 pm.
Jennifer Adams, in absence of Becky Brekke, Secretary
Just a quick reminder that the March 2nd guild meeting will be held at the La Sierra branch of the Riverside City Library. The address is 4600 La Sierra Ave, Riverside and is easy to find. From the 91 Fwy take the La Sierra exit north 1.5 miles to Schuyler Ave. The Library is on the Northwest corner and if you turn left on Schuyler Ave the parking lot entrance is on that side.
Things to remember to bring to the meeting: Any quilts that you will be providing for our display at the Upland Library for Women’s History Month. Your Block Lotto blocks! We will be raffling our first gift basket of the year. This month’s program is our own Alison Cutler who will be presenting her Transitional Quilter talk and trunk show. And of course don’t forget your Show and Shares.
If you need supplies to make charity quilts or fundraiser items Laura will be handing out free, yes, FREE fabric from the generous donation made to our guild. Included will be a selection of larger quantities, 4 to 11 yards, for backings or quilt tops. All quilt shop quality!
We are looking forward to your input regarding this site and hope you’ll join us!
Join us on March 2, 2019 as our search for a better meeting location commences!
On February 10th I was finally able to pry the information out of the representative at City of Grand Terrace and discover that, once again, we could not have the community room for our regularly scheduled guild meeting. We have no idea when they may have planned to tell us, on March 1st perhaps?
Thanks to the input of guild members we have been able to secure the meeting room at the La Sierra branch of the Riverside City Library. This is not the library building we met at last May.
Please put this address in your phone for the La Sierra branch; 4600 La Sierra Ave, Riverside.
We will be conducting an efficient Board Meeting at 12:30 PM, with our regular Guild Meeting to follow at its usual time, set up by 1:30 with our meeting at 2:00. Our own Alison Cutler will be presenting her Transitional Quilter talk with a showing of her quilts. Her journey ought to be interesting, Alison’s quilts are amazing. Be sure to bring quilts for Laura to collect and hang at the Upland Library for Women’s History month. All quilts submitted need a standard hanging sleeve.
In order to fully examine the options available we have booked a meeting room at the Riverside Main Library for our guild meetings of April 6th and May 4th. The address for that location is: 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside.
We will post and send out additional reminders as those dates get closer.
Our guild is a collaborative effort and the opinions of our members matter. I apologize for the inconvenience the location changes create, but the insecurity of our schedule at Grand Terrace continues to make planning difficult and chaotic. Please plan to join us at both Riverside Library locations so that we have input from as many guild members as possible as we make choices for a future, stable, location.
IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
August 4, 2018
Grand Terrace Community Center
22795 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313
The meeting was called to order at 2:02 p.m. by Laura Greene, President.
Welcome – Warm-up
The Warm-up statement was “Vacations inspire me to quilt.” Attendees grouped under the sign that best represented their response to that question – Strongly Agree, Agree, Slightly Disagree, and Strongly Disagree. After a few minutes of discussing the topic in the various groups, Laura awarded the door prize to the person who mentioned being inspired at the beach.
Laura announced that at our September meeting, the nominating committee will be taking nominations for next year’s officers. Anyone interested in taking one of the positions should notify the nominating committee. There will also be nominations accepted from the floor at the September meeting, but please be sure that whoever you wish to nominate is willing to take the position.
The position of Charity Chairperson is currently open. Amy is not able to handle all of the duties. She can deliver the quilts but can’t make it to the meetings to collect the quilts and keep records of who donated them. While we are in this transition period, please continue to make charity quilts, since this is a main part of our purpose as a not-for-profit organization.
Since Becky Brekke, Upcycle Sale Chairperson, was not able to attend, Laura reminded us that donations are needed for our Upcycle Sale in October. Donations can be brought to the next meeting, or to the Sit and Sew/workshop on August 19. If you are donating fabric, please mark the size on each piece. Donations of handmade items are also welcome, and on the day of the sale we will need baked goods donated. Becky needs people to help with set-up before the sale and take-down after; she will be taking sign-ups at the September meeting. Laura has sent information about the event to SCCQG to be shared with other guilds and encouraged members to take some flyers to distribute in the community. Tricia Williams will look into advertising the event in the Highland Community News.
Cat Wallace, VP of Programs, reminded us that Shawnee Miller will be conducting her Thrilling Threads workshop from 12:30 – 4:30 on August 19, 2018 at the Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Community clubhouse. Shawnee will be providing fabric, special threads, and topstitch needles for attendees to make a thread sampler. Cat encouraged members to sign up for the workshop on the clipboard at the greeter’s table. Our Sit and Sew will still be from 9:00 – 5:00, so we will be sewing and having lunch before the workshop.
Our September meeting will feature the reveal of our song challenge quilts, and renowned quilt judge Linda Rasmussen will once again gently critique our quilts.
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. She reminded us that the idea is to create a small quilt inspired by the song title.
IEMQG has been invited to provide modern quilts for display at the Ontario Museum of History and Art. The quilts will be hung in the main exhibit hall at the museum. To enter a quilt for this display, fill out the online entry form and include two digital photos of your quilt – one showing the full quilt and one showing detail. The maximum size of the quilts is 48” wide by 54” long, and they must have a 4” sleeve. No mulit-panel quilts will be accepted. The deadline for entries is 3:00 p.m. on September 15. You can enter a quilt that is not yet finished, but they must be complete by September 30. Quilts will be dropped off on Friday, November 30 – the museum in close to Gayle’s work, so she will try to arrange to deliver the quilts. They will be displayed December 13 – December 30 and can be picked up January 11.
Block Lotto – the August blocks were won by Allison Cutler. We will not be doing block lotto in September because we will all be focused on finishing our song challenge quilts.
Hospitality – Pat Klassen is now being assisted at the greeter’s table by Ruthann Salera. Pat announced that there were 20 members and 4 guests in attendance. Goodies at the September meeting will be provided by Shelley and Cat. Ruthann introduced the guests.
After a short break, Cat introduced our speaker, Shawnee Miller, Thread Educator. Shawnee’s presentation focused on resolving issues with broken threads in our sewing machines. Her visual aides were very helpful!
Among the wonderful quilts we saw during Show & Share was a great quilt that Ruthann Salera created from the block lotto arrow blocks that she won in July! You may recall that when Ruthann won those blocks, Gayle jokingly told her that we would expect to see them sewn into a quilt at the next meeting. Well, it took her two meetings, but she did it!
Raffles – Alisa Howe presented the raffle winner with a set of fat quarters. Pat Klassen presented the name tag raffle winner with her prize.