Author Archive for Ellen Follett

February 4, 2018 NMQG Meeting

This Sunday, February 4 2018, is our next NMQG meeting at the Common House of the Rocky Hill Co-housing Community, Northampton, MA.This meeting is from noon until 2 pm.

· The main program will be a panel discussion led by our own professional, experienced quilters, Timna, Audrey, Carson and Lee. Come ask any and all questions you might have regarding submitting quilts as entries to juried shows including what technical and creative elements judges look for, how valuable and objective are judges’ feedback, dealing with the emotions of rejection, best methods of shipping a quilt to a show, how to price your quilts, etc.
· Voting in a new president
· How to best deal with programming the remaining 7 meetings in 2018
· Show and Tell

November Meeting ( 11/5/2017)

NMQG Meeting
Business and Announcements
– Ideas for new website being put together by Carson and Denise
• Goal is basic, clean and clear; will also have a blog
• Will contain a gallery of images..please submit to Carson (1000-2000px)
• Will not be listing every members’ name but will have links to blogs and websites of individual members
• Suggestion: Contain a link to national Modern Quilt Guild
– Betsey requested that dues ($50) be brought to our December 3 meeting . Also auto payment on Pay Pal maybe turned off or is turned off.
– Chester Common Table Restaurant
• Quilts have been taken down
• Quilts will be hung in South Hadley Library in January, 2018 • We are looking for additional quilts to hang there
– Amy Friend Workshop
• A very enjoyable workshop with Amy giving us tips, hints and the process that she uses for her quilts
• App “Layout” —-great for tiling and spinning blocks to see what entire quilt will look like
– Chester Retreat—weekend before Memorial Day—-See Jeff
– December Meeting December 3
• Food: Sweet ( last namesA-L) Savory ( last name M-Z) • Pay Dues
• Fat Quarter swap

Todays Program: Facings and Bindings
– Diane explained how she did facings using the method from
– Carson explained the technique she uses to completely machine sew a binding to a quilt
– Jean showed us how she machine sews a binding to a quilt. She recommended a you tube tutorial “Connecting the ends together” by Sara @ heirlooms creations.
– Denise uses Susie’s Magic Binding
– Susie uses a removable sleeve for her quilts
Show and Tell
– Charlotte collected her Prayer Rugs . She has refined her directions.
– Audrey showed us her tie quilt and mini collage quilts.
• Map Gallery at Eastworks is having a Small Works (8”x8”) show starting Thursday November 9th through the month.
– Jean show us her kaleidoscope q
– Jeff brought in his 365 Day quilt
– Carson had a Finish It Up quilt
– Jenna showed us her mug rug and the start of her Milky Way Sampler
– Susie had the start of her paper pieced Stained Glass Quilt.
Todays Program: Facings and Bindings

Amy Friend Workshop Saturday October 21, 2017

Our Amy Friend Workshop is just around the corner. Here is a reminder of some important information:

Date- Saturday Oct 21, 2017

Where – Chesterfield Senior Center

Time – 10 am to 5 pm

Lunch – “Make your own sandwich”; cold cuts, humus,chips etc with cold drinks will be provided. (included in workshop fee)

Supply List for Improvisational Paper Piecing Workshop with Amy Friend of

Exploring a new, modern approach to paper pieced quilt design, students will design their own block patterns and consider possible quilt layouts for their blocks. We will focus on one of the three sections from Amy’s Improvisational Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Designs. Students will work with shapes of their choosing and break up the space with exaggerated, skewed lines to create unexpected designs with an improvisational feel.

Materials Fee: Improvisational Paper Piecing will be available at a discount for those who are interested. ($23—cash, credit card)


20 sheets copy paper


Colored Pencils or markers (optional but helpful if you have a hard time picturing things)

Pencil sharpener


Ruler—at least 12” long

Sewing Machine

90/14 Sewing Machine Needle (Superior Titanium Coated Topstitch Needle recommended)

Thread for project (Aurifil Cotton 50wt recommended)

Pins (Clover Flower Head pins recommend)

Fabric Scissors

Paper Scissors

Rotary Cutter

Cutting Mat

Assortment of solids or tonal prints, approximately ½ yard each of 6 fabrics in a cohesive palette

Tips: Have one fabric in mind for your background fabric. Solids or very small scale prints are most successful. Think about the blocks made in this class as your test blocks so don’t worry about having enough for a quilt. The goal is to design a block, sew it, and come up with a layout plan by the end of class. You can modify your fabric selections later to reflect your plan. So, don’t stress too much about the fabrics.

October 1st Meeting

Hands on Paper Piece practice.

Elaine lead a refresher tutorial.

Member tips included:
-Using a light table to help align fabric
-washable glue stick to holding the first piece in place
-use small stitch length and back-stitch at start and stop
-flower pins (flat head) work well
-it is easier if you start with a solid (no right and wrong side to worry about)
-Use card stock to help get crisp straight folds when trimming seams
-Add a quarter ruler can help with trimming. Going with a ruler longer than the 6” version is recommended.
-When removing the paper: weaken by folding back and forth at seam, put finger on stitches to support them when tearing away the paper.

Most members had unfinished blocks at the end of the meeting. Some will be finishing at home. Drawing for the blocks will occur at the next meeting. I would suggest allowing all members to bring blocks to this meeting if they would like to be included. Also, we might want to consider weighted drawings. It seems fair that members that submit multiple blocks have an increased chance of winning.

Current list of members that submitted blocks:
Adele (1 block)
Carson(1 block)
Lynne (1 block)
Donna (1 block)
Elaine (1 block)
Robin(2 blocks)

Minutes September 11,2017

/>Business Items
Florence Sewing Exchange Sat.9/16 at Florence Congregational Church 9am-1pm
We will be selling Guild fabric that needs to go
Sort and Organize at Elaine Huffman’s Studio on Friday 9/15 at noon
221 Pine Street Suite 357 Florence
(Park in front or at VFW Go to the door near the record place up to the
3rd floor. Go left and left again all the way down on the right.)
Chester Common Table Main Street Chester, MA (Sept 26-Oct 31)
Artist’s Opening Reception at Restaurant October 7or14 (Will be decided by
Form needed for each quilt
Amy Friend Workshop Oct 21 A few openings are left
Website migrating to WIX
Headed by Denise,Carson and Jeff
Donna volunteered to join any meetings
Think about what you would like in a website, such as a calendar
Local Threads of Resistance Show suggested by Jeff
No details on that yet
Amy and Audrey have quilts traveling with Threads of Resistance Show from Worcester. Threads of Resistance are still actively looking for more contributions.
Art in The Orchard at park Hill Orchard
Working Weavers Studio Trail October 14-15
Next Meeting October 1
Show and Tell













2017-09 nmqg food quilt entry info
Form for Food Quilts

September 10 2017 Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, 10Sept2017, from 12-2 pm at Rocky Hill; THERE IS NO MEETING THIS SUNDAY AS IT IS LABOR DAY WEEKEND! Please bring any food inspired wall quilts that you have created for our month long exhibition at Chester Common Table, a restaurant in Chester, MA. Please make certain your quilts have a 4 inch sleeve attached!!
For the meeting on Sunday, 10Sept, our agenda will be simple:

Go through business
Have a leisurely show and tell
Get to know members (we have some new members that we should get to know better)

FYI, some upcoming events and business items I’d like to share ahead of time so they are on your radar screen for the meeting:

Florence Annual Sewing Exchange on Saturday, 16Sept2017 from 9 am until 1 pm at Florence Congregational Church. We will be selling our guild fabric. Seeking volunteers to help sort and organize fabrics at Elaine Huffman’s studio on Friday, 15Sept2017, and to help me “man our vendor booth” on Saturday. Contact Robin if interested in volunteering (thanks to those who have already reached out)

Month long exhibition of food-inspired wall quilts at Chester Common Table in Chester, MA. Bring your quilts to the 10Sept meeting or arrange with Robin for her to get your quilt before the hanging on 26Sept2017. Seeking a few volunteers to help hang quilts on Tuesday, 26Sept2017 (the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays). Quilts can be for sale if you wish, and they will be up for Columbus Day weekend with lots of leaf peepers dining at the restaurant!

Amy Friend improv paper piecing workshop coming up 21Oct. If you haven’t registered/paid for this event yet, and you are interested in participating, please do so ASAP-it will soon become open to the public. Contact Diane for more details, and Betsey to register

Our website will be migrating to WIX from WordPress in the next months with Denise LeDuc graciously heading this effort

Upcoming Events and Meetings

“Eating Out”, a food inspired quilt created by Robin Heller-Harrison for our quilt exhibit at the Chester Common Table from mid Sept to mid Oct! She will be collecting your quilts at our next meeting on September 10,2017 (Please Note, this is the second Sunday in Sept!!) More information about this meeting will follow.

Outside Speaker Form

June 4 2017 Agenda and Meeting

This Sunday, June 4 2017, is our next NMQG meeting at the Common House of the Rocky Hill Co-housing Community, Northampton, MA.This meeting is from noon until 2 pm (regular time).

The agenda for this meeting:


o   Start of registration/payment by NMQG members for Amy Friend all day workshop on improvisational modern paper piecing on 21Oct2017.

§  Members cost is $35 pp, lunch is included

§  Amy’s book, “Improv Modern Paper Piecing” is required for the workshop, and she will have books available at a 20% discount on that day.

§  Workshop will be held at Chesterfield MA Senior Center


o   Audrey’s quilt acceptance to Threads of Resistance

o   Date of NMQG visit to Threads of Resistance Exhibit in Lowell MA


June Meeting Notes June 4,2017

We began our meeting with Jeff Rutherford giving an informative, interactive demonstration of foundation paper piecing by sewing a New York Beauty Block. Jeff said there is a wonderful Craftsy class on foundation paper piecing. There were many questions and some great  suggestions as many members have done foundation paper piecing. One critical point that I took away from Jeff’s lesson was to make certain that your cut pieces of fabric will cover the area you are sewing and then some-it’s difficult, once sewing is done, to fix this! Jeff and Elaine Huffman shared with us their New York Beauty quilts that they had previously made.

Diane Wespiser began registration for the Amy Friend workshop on 21October2017 at the Chesterfield Senior Center.  The cost for the workshop is $35, and this cost covers the class and lunch. As a separate cost, you must have Amy’s improv paper piecing book for the class, and  Amy will have copies for purchase at 20% off the retail price. Participation is limited to 20 people, and will be eventually open to the ”quilting public” so members, if interested, should register ASAP.

Audrey Bromberg Hyvonen has received word that her quilt was accepted to the national, travelling “Quilts of Resistance Show”, which opens on 14July2017 at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA. As a summer field trip, NMQG members will going to see this exhibit either 22July2017 or 19August2017, followed by lunch. Please check your calendars, then respond to the voting email to select one of these dates. After the fact note: Our field trip to Lowell will be on 22July2017!

As many members submitted quilts which were not accepted to the national show because competition was so fierce, Jeff Rutherford has volunteered to organize a local “Threads of Resistance Show”. Please speak with Jeff directly for details if you are interested in submitting a quilt.

We will be having NMQG quilts showing for the month of September, 2017 at the Common Table, a restaurant on Main Street in Chester, MA.  The quilts should be wall quilts with a food or kitchen inspired theme, no larger than 36 inches by 36 inches, and having a 4 inch hanging sleeve attached. These quilts could be for sale by the quilter, if desired. The quilts will be hung on Monday or Tuesday the first or second week in September and stay up until Monday or Tuesday the first or second week of October. For members creating quilts, plan on having them completed by the last week in August. Robin will contact you about getting your quilt to her.  Erin Patrick, one of the proprietors, says that we can have a reception out on the patio (weather permitting), or in the back room with drinks and appetizers in September once the quilts are up. Stay tuned for further details.

Elaine Huffman was looking for members interested in a private or group class(es) or sessions with the RV Quilter, Nicole Wilde the last few days of June 2017, when Nicole plans to be in the area. Contact Elaine directly for more information.

Charlotte Davenport shared the many prayer rugs she has made. She prepared a handout with guidelines and information on making prayer rugs, and she shared information that she is working with Naz Mohamed of South Hadley to coordinate getting prayer rugs to recipients.

Jeff Rutherford gave a short report on the NMQG first retreat from 18May-22May2017 in Chester, VT. Folks who attended chimed in as to what a fun time it was, and showed what they had worked on. The plan is to do this again the third week in May in 2018 so stay tuned for details!

Show and Tell…


May 7 2017 Agenda and Meeting Notes

As discussed at our last meeting, our May program will be a Sherri Lynn Wood style Improv Round Robin.
We will meet on 7May2017 at Rocky Hill Common House from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM (NOTE THAT THIS IS A ONE HOUR EARLIER START TIME THAN USUAL!!).

Robin has sent out a list of “materials” that you need. Please see her email of April 18th for complete details or email, Ellen ( and I will forward them to you.



At our meeting ,we will also be discussing the arrangements for our Amy Friend workshop.


Minutes from May 7 Meeting

Sherri Lynn Wood Style Improv Round Robin

Sewing intervals are 20 minutes long

After first 20 minutes, stop for show and tell

Pass to your right

Pictures taken at end of session