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January Meeting Recap

We had a very well attended January meeting. What a great way to begin the new year! Our president, Candy Scott started the meeting off with some important announcements. She was followed by an introduction to our 2023 Block of the Month program by member, TriciaWilliams. Next we saw many fantastic show and share items from our talented members. Program Vice President’s Laura Green and Jennifer Boling wrapped it up with a fun, informative, and interactive workshop on modern wedges. Following the workshop they announced our first challenge of 2023 – the Modern Wedge Challenge!

Did you miss the meeting? Do you need a brief review? Then read on because we’re have all the details right here!


  • 2023 Membership dues are now due. The cost is $45 and includes one book of Opportunity Quilt raffle tickets. Go to Members’ Corner for more information.
  • Sign-ups have started for our 2023 Retreat, November 6-9th at Vina de Lestonnac. Total cost is $410, and includes four nights and all meals. Deposit of $100 required. Go to Members’Corner for more information.
  • Drop-in Sew: on Zoom. Link goes out the Sunday before. January 9th and 23rd, 7 – 9pm.
  • Saturday, February 4th Meeting: Guest speaker Carolina Oneto
  • Saturday March 4th Meeting: 2022 BOM Reveal. Have at least a quilt top to show.
  • Sunday June 4rd Meeting: Guest Speaker, Veruschka Zarate of Pride and Joy Quilting
  • Saturday, July 1st Meeting: Wedge Challenge Reveal
  • Fabric of a Nation Exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center now through March 12, 2023. Click here for more Info

2023 Block of the Month

Guild member Tricia Williams kicked off our program with Half Square Triangles (HST’s). This year each block will be made with 16 same-sized HST’s. This modern take on a sampler quilt was designed by Omaha Modern Quilt Guild Member, Stephanie Jacobson and is used with her permission. Members will need a total of 192 same-sized HST’s. The size of the finished quilt will depend on the size of the HST’s each member chooses to make, and whether or not sashing is used. There are plenty of ways to make HST’s and we will share some of them on the Block of the Month page here. Check out the page for all the details, some inspiration, and some helpful tutorials.

Modern Wedge Challenge

Put on your thinking caps and your Machingers and join our 2023 quilt challenge, “Wedges”. Grab your 9°, 10°, 15°, 45° or whatever size wedge you have and create! We will show off our quilts at the July 2023 meeting. For the rules and other helpful information, check out our our 2023 Challenge page.

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Our talent members had quilt a variety of work to impress us with!

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December Meeting Recap

Thank you to all of our wonderful members who attended our December meeting/holiday party and contributed to all the fun and fanfare. We started the meeting with a few important announcements, followed by a great chili potluck with plenty of sweet treats. We had our Orphan Block Reveal and Show and Share. We played Bad Santa where each member was able to win (or steal) a generous sewing gift, and we chose a name for our 2023 QuiltCon community Outreach Quilt. Please read on for all the details!


  • We need VOLUNTEERS to white glove at Road to California. Contact Gayle Bennett at
  • Sign-ups have started for our 2023 Retreat, November 6 – 9 at Vina de Lestonnac. Total cost is $410, and includes four nights and all meals. Deposit of $100 required. Go to Members’ Corner for more information.
  • 2023 Membership dues are now due. The cost is $45 and includes one book of Opportunity Quilt raffle tickets. Go to Members’ Corner for more information.
  • IEMQG received a Thank-You letter from House of Ruth for our generous donation of quilts and pillowcases. Thank you, to all of our Members for your wonderful contributions!
  • Drop-in Sew: on Zoom. Link goes out the Sunday before. December 26th, 7 – 9pm.
  • Saturday, January 7, General Meeting, “Introduction to Wedges Using the the MQG Website as a Resource”
  • Saturday, February 4th Meeting: Guest speaker Carolina Oneto
  • Sunday June 4rd Meeting: Guest Speaker, Veruschka Zarate of Pride and Joy Quilting

2023 QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt

After 3 full sewing days, Quilting by Kelley Bachli and binding by Sharon Berg and Patti Reyes, our quilt is finished and ready for QuiltCon 2023. We had a naming contest with seven clever entries. Members voted for their favorite and Kelley Bachli’s entry “Into the Deep” won. Congratulations Kelley! Thank you to all of our Members who contributed to this fantastic quilt.

Orphan Block Reveal

At our May meeting, members donated left over blocks from past quilting projects. Members were then encouraged to take blocks from the donation pile and repurpose them. It was amazing to see what our talented members produced

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Our talented members never disappoint!

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Meeting Recap

Did you miss our October meeting? Well now you can get caught up with what’s happening at the IEMQG. Read on for important announcements and some eye candy from our members, and don’t forget to Like this post.

It’s Time to Vote!

We owe a big thank you to our nominating committee, Jennifer Boling, Michele Nichols, and Candy Scott, for filling our slate. We will vote on these positions at our November meeting. There are still a few unfilled opportunities for anyone who is interested in joining us. We have lots and lots of fun! The slate is proposed as follows:

  • President – Candy Scott
  • VP Programs – Jennifer Boling and Laura Greene
  • VP Communications – Patti Reyes
  • Secretary – Debbi LoCicero and Debbi Lepper
  • Treasurer – Gayle Bennett
  • Assistant Treasurer – Open
  • Membership and Social Media – Kate McCarthy
  • Parliamentarian – Open
  • Block of the Month – Trisha Williams
  • Hospitality – Pat Klassen
  • Facilities – Christine Sharp
  • Retreat – Lynn Hanna
  • Charity Quilts – Gayle Bennett
  • Opportunity Quilt – Open


Our October program was all about quilt binding. Laura Greene demonstrated a fast and easy way to attach quilt bindings. She gave us tips and tricks for squaring up quilts, and turning perfect corners. She also showed us how to make biased binding, faced binding, scalloped binding and flanged binding.


  • QuiltCon Community Challenge Quilt. Join us and help finish our 2023 QuiltCon quilt. Our last sewing day is Saturday, October 15th from 10am to 3pm at Lake Mathews Community Center. Be sure to save the date! See more information here.
  • Don’t Miss our Retreat, November 7th – 10th at Vina De Lestonnac: Total cost is $410 for four nights and meals. Please pay in full. More information in Member’s Corner.
  • Drop in and Sew: On Zoom. Link goes out the Sunday before. October 10th and 24th from 7 to 9 pm. More information in Member’s Corner.
  • QuiltCon Submission Deadline: Monday, October 31st. More info here
  • MQG Sessions: Oct. 13-16, Virtual event, $95 fee. Register at MQG Sessions.
  • Be sure to check out the MQG Website for important updates. It is not too late to register for QuiltCon or join the Mini Swap.
  • Road to CA Special Exhibit: SCCQG Quilts of California. Deadline to enter is October 24th. Enter Here
  • Road to CA Opportunity Quilt: Volunteers are needed to sell Opportunity Quilt raffle tickets at the show on Friday, and also to help with the show in other ways (ie white gloving, set up, take down). You can earn free admission If you volunteer for a minimum of 6 hours.
  • November 5th Meeting: Member University! Sharon Bergh will talk about Bias Markers and Rotary Cutter Care, Jennifer Boling will show us how to Iron on the Bias, Christine Sharp will demonstrate Making a Wallet, and Lynn Hanna will give an Art Book Review
  • December 10th Meeting: Holiday Party! More information to come.
  • February 4th Meeting: Guest Speaker, Carolina Oneto
  • June 3rd Meeting: Guest Speaker, Veruschka Zarate of Pride & Joy Quilting

Charity Quilts

Gayle Bennett showed us some examples of three-yard quilts that our members made for donation to House of Ruth, a national organization serving the Inland Empire, founded in 1976 and opened on November 21, 1977. House of Ruth is a non-profit organization that serves men, women and children who are abused and homeless. If you are interested in making a quilt for House of Ruth, we have fabric for you, or you are welcome to use your own fabric.

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Our talented members never disappoint. Here’s a review of what we were treated to!


Important IEMQG News and a note from our 2018 President, Laura

Hey Modern Quilt Lovers,

Our quilts are on exhibit at the Ontario Museum of History and Art at 225 Euclid Ave, Ontario, CA 91762, so bring your friends and relatives for a visit. The museum is hosting a reception for our Pop Up Exhibit next Saturday, the 22nd from 1:30-3:30.  The exhibit will run until December 30th!

I am nostalgic and proud to leave two years as president of our IEMQG during a period of growth and stability. My favorite activity was the opener at each meeting that got people talking and debating. I’m also thrilled with the transition quilters, spotlight quilter presentations, paid speakers, member universities, quilt challenge evaluations, fat quarter raffles, name tag raffles, sale table, Upcycle Event, holiday parties, and Block Lottos at our meetings. The efforts to keep the meeting sites free have allowed us to spend wisely on other activities.

Our Show and Shares, demonstrations, speakers, sit n sews, and challenges have encouraged us to submit our quilts into several exhibits-La Sierra College, Klatch Coffee, Upland Library, and Ontario Museum of History and Art. We have also been fortunate to have Linda Rassmussen, a quilt judge, curate our modern challenges for free. Our speakers, Latifah Saafir, Sue Stone of Needle in a Fabric Stash, Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef, and Shawnee Miller with Superior Threads, have encouraged us to push our limits with modern vibes in our quilting. Our first retreat at a cute home in Fallbrook was fun and promoted our camaraderie. The friendships that I have developed are crucial to my happiness and outlook in the IEMQG. I look forward growing my relationship with each of you.

We’ve embraced modern ways in quilting, as well as, online voting, a current website, blogs, Facebook, and Instagram. I look forward to next year’s events-Linda Sullivan, Dora Cory, Chaffey Art Museum exhibit, and more.

Also, as a reminder, our annual membership renewal is taking place now!  You won’t want to miss all the wonderful events in 2019 as well as access to the Modern Quilt Guild’s website with lots of videos and helpful information.  More information can be found here including the form that can be printed out and handed in at our next meeting.  Payment can be made by cash, check or charge (via PayPal).

Wishing you all a wonderful 2019!


Upcoming IEMQG happenings – a message from Laura

Hi Modern Quilt Lovers,

We have the Holiday Party on December 1st 2-4 at Mountain Shadows, 2019 officers, and Linda Sullivan of Colourwerx on January 5th in the Grand Terrace Community Room. You won’t want to miss our guest speaker in January, so here’s the scoop.

I am so jazzed about Linda Sullivan’s bright rainbow colors on stark white. Please encourage your friends to join us! Linda lives in Palm Springs with her husband. Her company Colourwerx looks completely MODDERN. She has shown quilts, fabrics, and patterns at Road to California, QuiltCon, and other places. I have her modern dog, cat, and TV patterns. I’m looking forward to seeing her new designs at our January 5th meeting at Grand Terrace Community Room, 22795 Barton Rd, Grand Terrace, CA 92313.

I’m proud to hand off my leadership to some strong ladies who work well with each other. Our 2019 officers are as follows:

Gayle Bennett-President

Tricia Williams-VP of Programs

Jennifer Adams-VP of Communications

Cathleen Wallace-Treasurer

Becky Brekke-Secretary

Remember that other leadership roles are available. Your energy and input will be rewarded with love and compassion.

Finally we are culminating our year with a fun Holiday Party with Bingo, LCR, and a chili bar. Bring some fat quarters for the games. Join us for our last hurray! If you need a bingo 9 patch or want to bring yummies, contact Cathleen at


A message from Laura

Oh, our second successful year as a modern guild is culminating with the Member University, Holiday Party, and Pop-Up Exhibit. I look forward to seeing you on November 3rd at 2 pm at Mountain Shadows Community Center for our general meeting. We will have mini workshops on the AcuQuilt, Specialty Threads, Machine Binding and the MQG Website. Be sure to bring your Block Lotto for the drawing. (There was no drawing last month, so you can bring blocks for October and November.)

You can renew your membership for $40 starting in November. This coming year we are anticipating great programs, including Linda Sullivan of Colorwerks and Mel Beach who is an expert at color and shape. Your membership also includes the newly revamped MQG website with free webinars, patterns, and much more.

We have some fabric from our Upcycle Sale that will be available to purchase at the November meeting-so bring a few bucks.

We also have a holiday quilt that was donated and will be raffled in December. Tickets can be purchased in November and December.

It’s time for the holiday revelry to start! On December 10 at 2 pm our holiday party will again include the LCR and bingo games with prizes. I cannot wait for a delicious meal at our chili bar :).

Additionally, you are encouraged to participate actively in the guild by taking on a small leadership role. I want to personally thank you for your donations, your purchases, and your time to make our guild a heartwarming organization. Your caring has made my two years worthwhile. This is your guild, and you make the personal difference!

Finally, I hope that you have voted for the 2019 board members. It’s not too late to vote, since the voting window is open until November 2 at 5 pm. The new board will be announced at the November meeting.


REMINDERS! Upcycling Event & the MQG Website!

Just a friendly reminder that the Upcycling Event is right around the corner – Saturday, October 6th at Mountain Shadows!  We’ve attached a flyer below for you to share with your friends and family.  Feel free to print a copy and post at any community boards to help spread the word! We look forward to seeing everyone there.

As a reminder this is our ONLY fundraiser this year and the proceeds will help us provide wonderful programs for our guild next year.  Please take time to see how you can help – we can use any surplus fabric (please mark yardage), supplies, tools, books, etc.  In addition, we will have a bake sale during the event and selling any tasty goodies you’d like to bring in support of our fundraising efforts!  Cookies, cake and brownies (please cut so they are ready to serve) or other tasty snack items. 

We wanted to thank everyone that signed-up for a spot to help with our event.  We are close, but could still use a couple extra folks to help with set-up at 9 a.m. and clean-up at 4 p.m..  In the event you’d be able to support us – email us here to sign up!

Also, as mentioned at our last general meeting, the MQG website is new and improved!  As a result of the changes you’ll need to re-register again for access.  The website can be found here and in the event you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for assistance.  The MQG website is a wonderful resource for videos, tutorials, patterns and the latest networking tool ‘Circles’ which we’ve set-up for our guild.  The help page has lots of useful information and can be found on their website at 



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
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