President’s Message • March 2020

Here we are in March already, 2020 is certainly in full swing.  How are we doing with the plans we started the year with?  It took me until well into February to get back into my sewing room!  I like to start the year off with some charity quilting and along with finishes on two quilts that were in the works I managed three quilt tops that have backing, batting and yes even the binding ready and waiting.  Thanks to the batting scraps my fellow quilters have been saving for me I also dropped off three beds to the West End Animal Shelter.  When I put together the beds, I’ve been using them as an opportunity to practice my free motion quilting.  We know how our pets love to ‘fluff’ their cushions, and this often results in all the stuffing pushed to the sides and very little between them and the floor.  I’ve found that attaching a layer of batting to one side of the cushion helps keep the padding in place. The shelter staff is always happy to receive more beds. 

We hope you are planning to join us for the March 7th meeting which will be an interactive event as our own Elizabeth Eastmond teaches us English Paper Piecing using hand stitching.  There is a materials list on the guild website, see the Upcoming March 2020 Meeting Blog post, and Elizabeth has prepared kits for us for the additional materials needed.  The kits are available with a $3.00 fee at the meeting.  

April is our Challenge meeting.  This year’s theme is Urban and the requirements are that your piece measures no larger than 24 inches square, that you use a minimum of the swatch of Classic Blue sold fabric supplied by the guild and describe how your piece represents the Urban theme.  There is also a great blog posting on the website that includes an inspirational slideshow.  Challenges were a new experience for me when I became involved in our original Friends of the MQG group, and then our guild.  And they are a challenge for me for sure!  Personally, my designs are not usually originals as I have often either adapted a pattern or taken my inspiration from a design that I can imagine using fabrics that fit my theme.  I urge everyone to give the challenge a go.  Linda Rasmussen will join us as she curates the pieces.  Her insight and positive feedback are always informative and encouraging.  You don’t need to have any fear of negative critique!  Linda’s approach is positive reassurance and inspiration.  As a NACQJ certified quilt judge I encourage everyone to take advantage of her expertise. 

Please be sure to follow the IEMQG on Facebook and Instagram.  If you haven’t joined either social media platform just ask at the meeting and we’re happy to help you connect. 

Happy Quilting!

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President’s Message • January 2020

Welcome 2020!

The IEMQG will start the new year with a special speaker Latifah Saafir. A talented quilter, pattern creator and designer of fabric, Latifah will present her lecture “How Many Ways to Sew a Curve.”  If you’re like me and have never attempted a curve, or if you are curve expert, I’m sure she’ll have valuable tips and information. The January meeting will take place on Saturday January 4, 2020.  Doors open by 1:30 PM and the meeting begins at 2:00 PM.  The location is the Riverside Main City Library at 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside.  There is a $5.00 guest fee for non members.  Please spread the word and bring a guest and come enjoy her presentation. Latifah will bring a pop-up shop for our shopping pleasure.  

Road to California begins on Wednesday night January 21, 2020 with Preview Night, the entire show runs Thursday through Sunday, January 22 to 26, 2020. We are excited to see our guild’s forty-four quilts hanging in the atrium this year!  If you have submitted a quilt for this exhibit please remember to add your four -inch hanging sleeve and a label on the back with Your Name, Quilt Name, and your Phone Number. (Tutorial for sleeve is on our website under “Tutorials.”)  We will be collecting quilts at the January guild meeting and also making arrangements to collect them afterwards.  Please be sure that you have turned in your quilt to me by Sunday January 12th so that they can all be delivered on time.  All 44 quilts must be delivered together.  

Last year the IEMQG won the $500 prize for the attendance challenge in the smaller guild category. Remember to register this year when you attend, it would be great to be the winner again!  Of course, classes begin on Monday January 20th for those registered.  Are you taking any classes? For lots of information on Road To California check out the blog, , or follow them on Facebook at Road to California Quilters Conference & Showcase.

In January we will install our Executive Board for 2020.  We are as follows:

  • President – Gayle Bennett
  • VPs of Programs –  Becky Brekke and Laura Greene
  • VP of Communications – Elizabeth Eastmond
  • Treasurer –    Candy Scott
  • Secretary –   Jennifer Adams

Currently in Chairperson positions:

  • Membership Chair – Judy Racine
  • Hostess –   Pat Klassen
  • Block Lotto –   Simone Bradford

We have an opening for Charity Chairperson

Volunteering for the guild is a great way to get to know more of your fellow guild members.  You don’t need to commit to a big job, we can always use your help. 

We have a great year planned with three speakers, instructional presentations, and a new twist on the Ugly Fabric Challenge that was such interactive fun.  There is a Sit and Sew planned for January at Quilters Cocoon quilt shop, more information to follow soon.  The meeting space at the Riverside Main Library is working well and we’ve developed our backup plans for other library locations as needed.  We are excited to see what the new Main Library will have to offer; I understand a parking structure adjacent is part of that plan. 

Thank you especially to the board and volunteers that have helped me navigate this year as president and contributed their time and effort to the guild. Thank you to all of our members for being part of IEMQG and making us the guild that we are. 

As we enjoy this holiday season, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Hanukkah Sameach, Happy Solstice, and any other observation, or combination of, that has meaning to you.

Gayle Bennett