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May 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

IEMQG Board Meeting Minutes
May 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Panda Inn, Ontario, CA

The meeting was called to order at 6:59 p.m. by Laura Greene, with the following members in attendance:  Laura Greene, Cat Wallace, Jennifer Adams, Gayle Bennett, Pat Klassen, and Tricia Williams.  Tricia Williams took minutes in the absence of Secretary Candace Kimball.

Old Business:

Committee Reports:

Cat Wallace, VP Programs

June meeting –Trunk Show by Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef.  Cat said that she spoke to Natalie who is excited to come to our meeting.  Cake will be served to celebrate our two-year anniversary.

July meeting – Tricia Williams, who was scheduled to do a Spotlight Quilter presentation, will be out of town and unable to attend.  Cat Wallace is scheduled to do a Transition Quilter presentation.  Cat will invite Simone Bradford to do a Spotlight Quilter Presentation on herself and possibly bring some of the fabric for us to buy.   If Simone is unable to do that, Cat will instead do her Nevertheless She Persisted speech that she did at the Upland Library earlier this year.

August meeting – Shawnee Miller will be giving her Thrilling Threads lecture.  Cat shared a flyer that she has prepared about Shawnee’s lecture on August 4 and her workshop on August 19.

September meeting – Song Title Challenge quilts will be revealed.  Linda Rasmussen has offered to once again critique our creations.

October meeting – Upcycle Sale at Mountain Shadows Clubhouse.  Jen will tell Becky that we offered to help her get items ready for the sale.

November meeting – Member University at Mountain Shadows Clubhouse.  Planned stations include:  MQG Website tutorial by Laura Greene; AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter demonstration by Tricia Williams; Quick Curve Ruler demonstration by Pat Klassen, and possibly a machine binding lesson by Donna Gaston.

December meeting – Holiday Party at Mountain Shadows Clubhouse.  Additional details to follow.

After discussion, it was moved, seconded, and approved that Cat will contact Linda Sullivan to do a Colourwerx Trunk Show at our January 2019 meeting.

The February 2019 meeting needs to be a little shorter so that we can approve the annual budget.

Laura will contact Batty Lady for either February, April, or July 2019.  Cat will send contracts for all speakers. We agreed that we will have two challenges next year, which will be due in March and September.


VP Communications – No old business.  Tricia asked if the public can access our minutes on the website.  Jen said that our entire site can be accessed by anyone.  Gayle said that is the reason we do not put confidential items (such as account balances) in the minutes.  Jen said that if we decide it’s necessary in the future, certain areas of the website can be locked so that only members can access them.


Treasurer – Gayle reported on our financial condition and we reviewed the bank balance and projected income. Our main income producer will be the Upcycle Sale in October.  Laura mentioned that the MQG site has information about to organize a sale.


Welcome/Refreshments – Pat reported that Laura Greene will bring the birthday cake from Costco, Pat will pick up paper goods, and Allison is bringing drinks.


Raffle – No old business


Charity – Laura will remind Amy that at each meeting, we need a sheet at the Welcome Table for people to record their donations.


Membership – After the June meeting, Tricia will send the updated membership roster to Jen, who will send it out to all members requesting that they contact Tricia with any corrections.


President – Review Bylaws.  We agreed on the following changes:

Article V Section 1 – No changes

Article V Section 2 – At the end of the first sentence, add, “and may be a special meeting of the Executive Board.”

Article V Section 3 – No changes

Article V Section 4 – After first sentence, add “Members may exercise their right to examine the financial reports by contacting the Treasurer. “

Article V Section 5 – No changes


New Business:

There was no other new business.


Next meeting – June 26, 6:30 p.m. at Joann’s


Tentative IEMQG General Meeting Agenda
June 2, 2018 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Community Center, Grand Terrace
22795 Barton Rd, Grand Terrace, CA 92313

Welcome – Warm up
“My fabric is organized well at my home”
Happy Birthday – we are two years old.  Short history by Laura.
Minutes on website; finances available from treasurer
Committee reports
Program Annoucements – Cat Wallace:
June Sit and Sew at Mountain Shadows
July meeting
August meeting
Challenge – Gayle Bennett: Song Title Challenge drawing during break
Retreat waitlist
Block Lotto – Shelley Wardrop: Raffle for arrow blocks
July block lotto
Refreshments Sign up – Pat Klassen
Break:  Visit and snacks
Beyond the Reef – Natalie Barnes (announced by Cat)
Show and Share
Raffles: Fat Quarter Raffle & Name Tag Raffle – Pat Klassen


Respectfully submitted,
Tricia Williams



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.

Minutes · Minutes Monthly Meeting

May 2018 General Meeting Minutes

IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
May 5, 2018
Arlanza Public Library
8267 Philbin Ave., Riverside CA

Meeting called to order by President Laura Greene at 2:05

Welcome – Warm-up

“My journey with modern quilts is moving along swimmingly.” The attendees assembled into 3 groups: one that agreed, slightly and disagreed with the previous statement.  That person who spoke about “backsliding”, going back and forth was Sally Hartman from the disagree group and received a gift.

Klatch Coffee Exhibit.  Mini’s to be displayed are due at June meeting for the month of June

display.  Store can fit 16 approximate 12” quilts (100’ perimeter).  It is preferred to have a 9” sleeve or loops for hanging.  Sewing instructions for sleeve on website.  Members may bring Command Strips to hang their quilt.

Committee Reports

Program Announcements (Cat Wallace sub by Laura Greene)
June meeting.  Natalie Barns with pop-up store.
July meeting.  Cat doing transition quilter and spotlight is Trish

Challenge (Gayle Bennett).  You can still pick a song and or buy another song for $5.  No size restriction for the quilt.  Be prepared to explain the relationship of the song title to the quilt in September.  The Song Title Challenge drawing is available during break.

Retreat. October 19, 20, 21.  2 or 3 spots left.  $156.75 (base price).  Paying now locks in spot.  Last sign-up date is August meeting.  Will have a sign-up sheet for food.

Block Lotto (Shelley Wardrop, sub by Carlene Drake) – Raffle tickets are given for 12” Half Square Triangle and next Block Lotto.  64 blocks were submitted from last month.  Winner of last months’ block lotto drawing is Shelly.  The new block lotto is the arrow pattern.  Her instructions reference feathers and that is the angled portions off the shaft and can be found on our website.

Upcycling Event (Becky Brekke) – Sale has been moved to October meeting.  Candy brought in “jar grabbers.”  She made as an example of items we can make to sell.

Refreshments Sign-up (Welcome table Trish).  Sign-ups for the year is complete.

August guest speaker (Laura Greene).  Those that attended Meet the Teachers had the opportunity to meet Shawnee Miller (Thrilling Threads) from Menefee.  She teaches the art technique of threads and ribbons.   She is booked to speak at our August 4 meeting for $150.  Shawnee will also give a hands-on class August 19 at MSMCH for $35 per person (with a minimum of 6 attendees).  Bring machine to August 19 meeting.  See sign-up sheet for August 19 class.

Transitional Quilter (Laura Greene).  First quilt was a 9 patch in 86.  Laura’s quilts were influenced by the various remote places she lived.  As she started to naturally expand and experiment with modern quilting, her works were not accepted by her peers.  While exploring modern quilting, she noticed a progression to a smaller quilt.  Today she realized she is more of an art quilter.  She says “I’m not so modern”.

Break: Visit and Snacks

Spotlight Quilter (Carlene Drake). This month’s spotlight quilter Is Yoshiko Jinzenji.  “Sewing Party,” a quilt on display at QuiltCon, was her “hook” to Yoshiko’s work.  Amish quilts were Yoshiko’s beginning inspirations. While living in Indonesia and Japan, she became interested in dying fabrics and color.  She transitioned to minimalistic colors, working with 2.  She uses a frame to isolate small shapes of color in a print.  Those isolated shapes are then used as blocks in a quilt.  Her patterns are basically traditional quilting patterns but she finds a way to change it up.  Mostly she likes to work with white negative space and how the edge of the white next to a color becomes the interest.

Charity (Aimee French).  27 quilts donated last month.  If you previously donated a quilt, please come forward and let Aimee know your name and she will give you a raffle ticket.  Next month she will have a sign-up sheet when a blanket is donated.

Show and Share


Fat Quarter Raffle (Candace Kimball), Sally

Name Tag Raffle (Welcome Table Trish), Becky

21 in attendance, 1 guest 1 new member

Meeting adjourned at 4:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Candace Kimball


Upcoming Meeting Reminder and a Note From Our President

What do 360’s, black widows, Panoche, and Mark Ryder have in common? Well, they are all in the stories of my life. I’m looking forward to sharing snippets of my quilting adventures while explaining my transition to modern quilting.

Charlene Drake is sharing a bright and energetic PowerPoint of one of her favorite quilters. Her Spotlight Quilter talk should be inspirational (and a surprise).

I can’t waif for our next IEMQG meeting this coming Saturday (May 5th)! The Arlanza Library in Riverside is a beautiful place to have a meeting. I’ll see you at 2 pm. Hey, don’t forget your name tag, show and share, charity quilt, and Up-Sale items to donate.

Oh, and if you are going to our first annual retreat, bring $160. You can pay with cash, check, or PayPal. Gayle visited the Hive and has more info on the event.

–Laura Greene
President, Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild
facebook: ie modern quilt Guild
instagram: iemqg


Upcoming Meeting Reminder – Negative Space Challenge!

Just a friendly reminder that our next meeting is just a week away and the exciting reveal of our Guild’s Negative Space Challenge projects!  Make sure you bring your Negative Space project with you!  We’re excited to have Linda Rasmussen join us again to curate our ‘Challenge’ and looking forward to seeing everyone – Saturday, April 8th at 2 pm.

Please note that our meeting will be at our usual Grand Terrace location! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!


Reminder: Women’s History Program and Quilt Exhibit

Please join us for a special program honoring Women’s History this Wednesday, March 14th at 6:00 pm in the Brodie Room of the Upland Public Library.  Our very own Cat Wallace will be one of the guest speakers along with Dorothy Leveque, Cofounder of Pathways/Africa.  Cat’s topic for her segment is “Nevertheless She Persisted”.  Our Guild’s quilts will be on display for viewing.

Map and additional information can be found on our Guild Calendar.  We hope to see everyone there!

Upland Public Library, The Brodie Room
450 N. Euclid Ave
Upland, CA  91786

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

Block of the Month

July Block Lotto

Umbrella Party! Even in sunny California, we can appreciate an adorable umbrella.

The lotto will be drawn for these blocks at our August meeting.

Donna made a wonderful inspiration board, as usual.


When finished, here is a taste of what they look like. So cute, right?



This Week 5/14/17

Hi Everyone!

Just in case we haven’t had to adjust enough this month, we are making some more changes to our May 20th meeting.

Kim Winger has had a health emergency and will not be able to speak with to us. We are sending her lots of love and quick healing thoughts.

A few things you need to know or remember for our next meeting:

  • Instead of listening to Kim speak, we will be thinking of her while making appliqued heart squares that will eventually be a quilt for her. This will also give us a chance to visit and get to know each other better.
  • Don’t forget to bring your Improv blocks for Block Lotto/Block of the Month.
  • Our spotlight quilter for May is Allison Glass, I always love learning more our memebers.
  • We are always looking for donations for our donation table. Bring us your donations and spend your money.
  • Our May raffle is this wonderful fabric (below) so bring your dollars.
  • Remember all monies collected go to build our growing group through activities and speakers.