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Next Meeting is Sunday Oct 4th from 12-2 at the Common House

Hello Northampton Modern Quilters!

Our October meeting will be on Sunday October 4th from 12-2 At the Common House of the Rocky Hill co-housing community.   We have a great program with a Timna Tarr, we will also have a business meeting.


1) Scheduling changes. There will be a discussion of moving to a 9 month (Sept –May) meeting schedule.

2) Discussion of Guild Dues.   The guild leadership wants to increase the meeting dues to cover costs of supplies as well as bringing in high quality speakers.  The MQG association also become more expensive as we gain membership.  The officers are proposed to raise the dues from the current $36 to $50.  So currently, our per meeting cost is $3 x 12 meetings – and if we agree to move to 9 meetings a year with the higher guild dues, in the future it will be $5.56 x 9 meetings.

3) Committee Assignments.  The guild leadership wants to expand involvement of all members in the guild.  For this reason, we’ll be asking everyone to sign up for one standing committee.  The committees we propose are as follows:

  1. Programming Committee Responsibilities: plan program,  responsible finding an individual who can take responsibility for each monthly meetings
  2. Communication Committee. Responsibilities:  write up meeting summary for the web page.
  3. Membership Committee Responsibilities: Work on increasing membership, reach out to members who have dropped membership.
  4. Charity Committee. Responsibilities:  Identify charity opportunity, organize projects.


1) Our own Timna Tarr will present “Now What? Choosing the Right Quilting Design”. She will talk about why some quilting designs work better on some quilts than others, and how thread and batting choices affect the overall look of the finished quilt.

2) Share, share, share! The last 20-30 minutes of our program will be devoted to sharing your most recent work.

Scheduling Change!  Next Meeting will be an all-day charity sew in on Saturday November 7th (10-5 pm) at a Notion to Quilt in Shelburne MA.  The goal is to finish up the charity quilts we have semi completed (Red-White-Blue, Leaves, and Wonky Stars).  More info to follow.

Sol LeWitt Exhibit at the Mass MoCA


On Sunday September 13th 2015,  the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild had a private tour of the Sal LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective at MASS MoCA, in North Adams, MA.   Above we’re pictures in front of a very “quilty” later work of Sal DeWitt.

This amazing exhibit has 105 wall drawings and is displayed on three floors of a 27,000 square foot building, which was renovated especially for this work.   The first floor of the exhibit are wall drawings designed in the late 1960’s and 1970’s and were made with pencil (both lead and colored). These from far away, these wall drawings appear as soft, gradual shading of graphic shapes (below).

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Up close, these drawings were evenly spaced simple parallel pencil lines – vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines in lead gray and primary colors.

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Close up, these reminded me of straight line quilting, but from far way, the effect was similar to low density piecing.






Each image was designed as a grid, which was then translated into the wall drawing, as defined by Sal LeWitt. Often times, each wall drawing would have as many permutations or combinations of parameters as possible.  Can you get much more quilty than this wall drawing?












The first floor, also had studies in white chalk on blue walls – with defined shapes both as solid and dashed lines in grids presented in different orders.  There were twelve total shapes (larger blocks at the top of the image) that were the combined by Mr LeWitt (see small blocks below).











When assembled, these displays were appeared as continuous white lines, but when you looked up close, the pencil lines of the defined grid work was visible. Being true quilters, we were looking for the blocks in the assembly.










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The early work, also had Wall Drawing 38 – paper inserted into grey pegboard walls.  As with the pencil drawings, four colors of paper were used (white, red, blue and yellow), but the shadows made a secondary pattern that gave a similar effect to quilting.











The second floor of the exhibit, work from the 1980’s- 1990’s was displayed. Mr. Lewitt continued with grid work, but rather than using lines to shade the drawings, India ink and colored inks were mixed to color the wall grid works.The colors were mixed and provided a blending affect, similar to what is seen when we use “shot” cottons in quilting. As before, some drawings were assembled to show all combinations of parameters selected for the drawing.     The two images below are one “drawing” on a continuous wall with pure grey; then  red yellow, and blue; a darker hue of each primary, then secondary colors (orange green and purple) and finishing with the darker hue of each secondary color.                                                            IMG_2274           IMG_2273

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The third floor of the exhibit displayed LeWitt’s work from the 1990’s to 2007. The work on this floor featured saturated colors, and also used the juxtaposition of glossy and flat finishes. In addition, curves are more prominent in his later work.


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Scribble drawing were also part of LeWitt’s later work.  It was amazing the amount of depth was obtained by the shades based upon density of lines (distance below left, close up on the right).

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What I didn’t know until today, was that the artist would “design” the wall drawings, which were then installed in spaces, by other artists.  His instructions often were vague such as the placard (below right) and resulted in the drawing below left:

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After the exhibit, the group had a great lunch at the Public House in North Adams MA and discussed how the NMQG could structure a challenge that based on what we saw today.  We could make it broad (ie “inspired by Sol LeWitt”), or we could define the challenge ( ie “must contain X number of colors and only use triangles”).  What do you think?

We had a great day.  For those of you who couldn’t join us – I’d highly recommend spending an afternoon with Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings.  I think you’d be amazed and inspired by the graphic quilty-ness of his work.

Next Meeting: Sunday Aug 13th at the Mass MoCA!

Howdy Northampton Modern Quilters!

Happy September to all you!  This month, we WILL NOT BE MEETING on Sept 5th due to the Labor Day Holiday.  Instead, we’ll be visiting the Mass MoCA in North Adams MA for a private tour of the Sol Lewitt exhibit.

What: Tour of the Sol Lewitt Exhibit

When: 10:45 am Sunday, September 13th 2015

Where: Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA.  We’ll be meeting at the upside down trees at 10:45 am.  The tour will start promptly at 11.


Cost:  $16 adults and $14 extra special adults (who are 65 or older -chronologically, not spiritually)

Afterwards we’ll go out to lunch – Michelle will be making a reservation for us.  If you haven’t told her that you’re interested in joining us for lunch, please let us know.   Afterwards, there are lots of options.

Michelle (our honorable president) lives in an artists loft in North Adams, and has arranged for  three lofts (a pottery studio, a rare book studio, a quilter’s studio) to be open for us visit along with the Brill Gallery.

Cheers!  Lynne

Western MA Quilter’s Retreat

Western MA quilter’s retreat
Where:  Fairfield Berkshire Inn, Great Barrington, MA
When:   Friday 11/13/15 (8 a.m.) through Sunday 11/15/15 (3 p.m.)

1247 Sq. Ft. sewing room will be open continuously from 8 am on 11/13 through 3 pm on 11/15
Design Walls, elevated cutting stations, Ironing stations,  (fun and games)
Hotel offers:  Breakfast daily, High speed internet access and free Wifi, 24 hour fitness center, in-door pool and whirlpool, Coffee/tea available 24 hours

How much:  $250.00 per person based on double occupancy,  $399 for single occupancy, or
$75.00 for commuters

$50.00 deposit due by June 25th

Organizers:   Denise LeDuc and Suzi Day
email notice of intent to attend to

Send Deposit to:  Denise LeDuc
P. O. Box 595
Chesterfield, MA  01012

Questions?   Call Denise  c:  413-687-5929   Home:  413-296-4312

NMQG March 2015 Meeting

Hello Northampton Modern Quilters,

Our next meeting is Sunday March 1st from 12-2 at the Common House of Rocky Hill co-housing community.


  • Collection of Leaf Blocks. Bring those leaf blocks!  We’ll discussion of moving forward with Rocky Hill Common House Donation quilt.
  • Update on HAVQG Show. This is our last meeting before the show!  We’ll be signing up to volunteer and talking about fliers.
  • Upcoming programing discussion. Our fearless programming chair, Diane Wespiser, and the officers have come up with a tentative programming schedule that we’d like discuss. 


  • Lee Sproul. will give us an overview of quilter Anna Williams. Anna Williams was an African American quilter who produced hundreds of gorgeous quilts. Although she never received the level of recognition of the Gee’s Bend quilters, her work profoundly influenced that of a number of prominent quilters beginning in the 1990s. Lee will briefly describe her life and show slides of her work and that of some of the quilters who’ve been influenced by her.  Lee will also share her own beautiful Anna Williams quilt and tell its story.
  • Quilting Journey: Audrey Hyvonen of Big Top Quilts will share her quilting journey this meeting
  • Quilt share – Bring your finished and in-progress projects to share

Lynne McLandsborough


I’m a science nerd (see shirt above) who started quilting November 2012 for relaxation.  I’m attracted to both the modern ascetic and the possibilities of following my own quilting muse.