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Next NMQG Meeting Agenda: 12:00 pm, Sunday February 5, 2017

Brighten up these gray days by coming to our next meeting! It will be 12:00 – 2:00 pm on  February 5 at the Common House of the Rocky Hill Co-housing Community.

The Agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1. Announcements

2. Program

The Riley Blake/Simple Simon Company is having monthly challenges in 2017. The February challenge is to make a modern interpretation of a traditional block.

Carson will give a short lecture on “How We Look at Things, Traditional vs. Modern”. Each member should identify a favorite traditional block or a traditional block that seems to move him/her. ***If you wish, please bring in a picture or photo of this traditional block to share with the group on Feb.5 2017***

The challenge will be to create your own modern interpretation of the chosen traditional block. Any size from mini-quilt to whatever size you desire; incorporate it into a pillow, a bag, a mug rug ( for Rachel??) anything goes! Please  bring in your WIP or completed creations to share at our March 5, 2017 meeting, and then again when you complete it

 3. Business
         The board’s proposals on committees for 2017
         Discussion on what it will take to get an outside speaker.
4. Sharing

Next NMQG Meeting Agenda: 12:00 pm, Sunday January 8, 2017

Happy New Year Northampton Modern Quilters!

Our next meeting will be at 12:00-2:00 pm on January 8th at the Common House of the Rocky Hill Co-housing Community.

The Agenda is as follows:

1) Greetings and collect 2016 dues ….Don’t forget checkbook ,if needed.

2) Committee Discussion and Breakout

3) Quilt Con Quilt

Collection for Donna Adams for a small thank you gift for quilting the quilt at no charge.

Group “quilting bee” to hand stitch the binding and label. All attendees should bring their best hand stitch needle and a thimble if they use one.

4) Sharing

Sol LeWitt exhibit gets recognition!


Aimée Allen, a writer and quilt-creative based out of Nevada, came across news of our guilds recent Sol LeWitt inspired exhibition. She has written a post on her blog – BLOCK –  which includes several images from the feature article via iBershires, regarding the exhibit inspired by the Sol LeWitt retrospective @ MOCA.

Sol Lewitt Quilt Show Entry Form

Northampton Modern Quilt Guild QUILT SHOW ENTRY FORM Show dates: September 23 – October 22, Opening reception 9/24/16 Questions? Contact: Michelle Jensen 978-870-3893, ENTRY RULES Any NMQG member may enter the show. A maximum of three (3) entry ite read more

Wonky Quarter Log Cabin Block Challenge

The Philanthropy Committee is initiating a block challenge using the wonky quarter log cabin block (also called wonky half log cabin block). Please see the attached pic and the tutorial for a 12″ block. We are proposing that we integrate the QUILTCON 2017 Charity read more

The Berkshire Quilters’ Guild presents

Colorful Garden Medley– Patty Sawyer


WORKSHOP: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Place: Alford Town Hall, Alford

Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Come join us to make a Colorful Garden Medley Wall Hanging – no sewing machines needed!

Learn to use a basic color wheel like never before.

Every finished wall hanging garden will be unique and act as a handy reminder and inspiration for future color decisions.

Cost of workshop is $50.00 which includes the kit with everything you need.

Contact Susan Struzziero ( or Trish Ross ( to sign up. Class is limited to 20 participants.

Dyeing in August

Our August meeting was graced with gorgeous weather which allowed us to head outside as we experimented with natural dyes.

Robin shared everything she’d learned playing on her own and we boiled up some dyes of our own. Avocado pits/skins, Beet greens and Queen Anne’s Lace. We added things like vinegar, alum and rusty nail water to create a variety of colors.   It was fun and informative!

dyeing 1

We collected Wonky Stars and decided to extend the deadline for them until the October meeting. At that meeting, we will decide how many/what size quilts we will create and where they will go.

Julie shared, via email,  a number of charitable organizations for us to consider.

Michelle shared a quilt made from blocks inherited from her mother-in-law. These leaf blocks were probably made in the 80’s?

mish leaf 1

mish leaf 2


Hollis shared a spicy table runner/wall hanging she made for her daughter.

Hollis 1

Hoping this summer weather is treating you all well. See you in September when we will meet at Mass MoCA in North Adams on 9/13/15. More info to come.

Workshop: Improvisational Quilting From a Score


Sherri Lynn Wood will be teaching a workshop in Portland ME called Improvisational Quilting From a Score on Friday May 1st from 9 AM – 4 PM.

Space is limited to 10 people so there will be an enormous amount of personal attention and room to spread out. A catered lunch will also be served.

Details can be found here: A Gathering of Stitches as well as the option to register. There is also an opportunity to stay and quilt all weekend with help from A Gathering of Stitches  for any that get in the groove and want to keep going.

The night before the workshop, Sherri will be giving a lecture and signing copies of her soon-to-be-published book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, which won’t be released until 5/5, but will have copies for sale.

Date: May 1, 2015

Length: 6 hours

Location: A Gathering of Stitches, Cove St., Portland, ME

March Meeting Photos

20150301_140850A gorgeous quilt by Elaine Huffman

20150301_140313A wedding ring top by Diane Wespiser

A Quilters Journey by Audrey Hyvonen















Maine WORKSHOP/RETREAT for August 2015

Quilting by the Bay, an annual one-week retreat on the coast of Maine, features Northampton MQG member Timna Tarr in August 2015 (August 22-29). The workshop is held at Ferry Beach Camp and Conference Center, an ocean-front setting in Saco. It has occurred annually for 13 years. Coordinator Barbara Stroup (MQG member) would be happy to answer any and all questions ! Registration is on-going and limited to 29. Each quilter gets her own 6 foot table for the week. For information about Ferry Beach, see the website at: