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Timna Tarr Presented at the October 4th 2015 Meeting

On Sunday October 4th, our very own Timna Tarr gave the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild a presentation entitled “Now What? Choosing the Right Quilting Design”

Timna told us the most important thing for choosing a quilting design is how the quilt is going to be used.  All over designs are a good option for utilitarian quilts, while decorative quilts may warrant more time and energy.  Other things to consider: quilt style, batting type (influences quilting density) and thread color.  Quilting can be used to make areas recede (This was done in the George Quilt below). IMG_2348

The quilting pattern and stitch length can be based upon the geometry of the quilt and the size of the quilt.  Since heavy quilting shrinks the size of the quilt, it’s important to distribute quilting evenly.  To give linear quilts movement, curved quilting can be used (This was done in the string quilt below).  

IMG_2338The last tip from Timna was – “if you think you should stitch-in-the ditch or quilt ¼” off- do it”,  She showed us several quilts that looked beautiful to me, but Timna regretted not taking the time to stitch-in-the-ditch to emphasize a feature.





And here are more of Timna’s beautiful eye candy quilts:




Thanks for talking to us Timna!  I learned so much and it’s always wonderful seeing your beautiful work.

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!

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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

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

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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.

July meeting report


Our guild meeting on July 12, 2015, was a “maker meeting” focused on using new techniques in our philanthropic projects. In an earlier meeting we had made cyanotype prints on fabric, using a variety of materials from leaves to buttons to children’s toys to provide the images. Each person who made a print was then asked to make two half-triangle blocks from their print using red/white fabrics to complete the blocks. At a follow-on meeting we arranged our blocks in a modern composition, which volunteer members then sewed together and long-arm quilted. Once our quilt is bound, it will be delivered and a description of the quilt and its recipient will be added to our philanthropy pages.


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At an earlier meeting we learned the “Ruth McDowell technique” for piecing complex shapes, in this case, leaf silhouettes, using straight seams. At this meeting, we learned how to piece these shapes into a free-form composition based on an underlying grid. We added fabric to each of the irregular block shapes and began sewing the results together. Once the sewing is complete and the quilt is quilted and bound, it will be donated to the Rocky Hill Co-housing Community to hang in their community center. At that time a description of the quilt and its recipient will be added to our philanthropy pages.


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We also began making wonky stars for our next philanthropy project. If you were unable to attend the meeting, stay tuned for instruction on how your can contribute to this project.



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

March Meeting Photos

20150301_140850A gorgeous quilt by Elaine Huffman

20150301_140313A wedding ring top by Diane Wespiser

A Quilters Journey by Audrey Hyvonen















Sense of place exchange

The Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild and the Northampton Modern  Quilt Guild recently did a “sense of place swap”.   I was the lucky recipient of Plum Island by Amy Friend- as posted below

sense of place Plum Island


As a frequent traveler, I like to use some my travel experiences as inspiration for quilts.   My swap was based on one of my several trips to the Netherlands (a.k.a Holland) and the flower fields during the spring.   My swap was named:  Flower fields of Holland.

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Trying out Ruth McDowell’s technique.  Below are a few vegetables that are in progress.

Chili Peppers, corn, eggplant