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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:

Announcements

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

§  SPACE IS LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS SO IF INTERESTED, BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK AND REGISTER=PAY ASAP

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 ( LNFOL@hotmail.com) and I will forward them to you.

IN ORDER TO HAVE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF IRONING STATIONS AND ROTARY CUTTING STATIONS, AND TO BE ABLE TO QUICKLY SET UP SEWING TABLES ON THAT DAY, IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT A HEAD COUNT BE DETERMINED BEFORE  7MAY2017.

PLEASE LET Robin (robinhellerharrison@gmail.com) KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE MAY 7 MEETING BY 1MAY2017.

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

 

APRIL 9, 2017 Meeting

April 9 Meeting of NMQG

Noon- 2 pm, at the Common House of the Rocky Hill Co-housing Community, Northampton, MA

Agenda

John Powers- John will give a lecture/demonstration on the topic, “The Quilter’s Body.”       John is the founder/owner of Integrated Muscular Therapy with a studio in Northampton, MA, whose work integrates  massage, exercise, strength training, and movement awareness.  He has worked successfully with two members of our guild who recommended him for a guild presentation.

HAVQG- wrap up —-favorite quilts or new ideas

Threads of Resistance —short discussion

Program for May—-Some thoughts or ideas

Sherri Lynne Wood style improve round robin

http://daintytime.net/tags/improv-round-robin/

http://daintytime.net/workshops/

http://daintytime.net/2014/09/25/improv-valley-association/

Programs for the Fall

Diane Wespiser will discuss the possibility of an Amy Friend

( http://duringquiettime.com  ) speaker/workshop in the fall.

Show and Tell

Date of April Meeting has been Changed

Our meeting scheduled for April 2,2017 has been changed due to the Hands Across the Valley Quilt show ( April 1 -2). Our next meeting will be on Sunday April 9, 12-2 Common House of the Rocky Hill Co-housing Community. Agenda will follow.

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, facethedoor09@aol.com ENTRY RULES Any NMQG member may enter the show. A maximum of three (3) entry ite read more

Workshop: Improvisational Quilting From a Score

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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

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:

http://www.ferrybeach.org/quilting.html

Hands All Around XV Quilt Show

Members of the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild will display their modern quilts as part of the Hands All Around XV Quilt Show, Saturday and Sunday, April 11 – 12, 2015. The Show takes place at the UMass Amherst Campus Center, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Members submitting quilts for the show should use this form Entry-Modern_Quilt_Guild.  When you fill out the quilt description (top of page 2 of application form), please include which modern attributes are found in your quilt from the list below.

Modern Attributes:

  • Solid color and/or bold prints
  • High contrast
  • Improvisational piecing
  • Minimalism
  • Expansive negative space
  • Alternate grid work
  • Modern Traditionalism — updating of classic quilt design

Before you send in the form, please make a copy (or scan it).   Lynne will be collecting copies of the forms.   You can bring your forms to  a meeting, scan it and e-mail it to <northamptonmqg@gmail.com> or mail it to Northampton MQG, PO Box 41, Sunderland, MA 01375.

More information about the show may be found at http://www.handsacrossthevalley.org/quilt-show.

Nancy Crow

Two members of NMQG (Lee Sproull and Susan Garfield-Wright) shared some of their experiences studying with Nancy Crow at her teaching studio in Ohio.  This is a bit of follow-up to that February 2nd presentation.
 
We hope we were able to give some answers to the question, “What’s it REALLY like to take a Nancy Crow workshop?”  There’s lots more information about the classes and curriculum at Nancy’s website and an overview of Nancy’s career can be found here.  

 

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Beyond these resources, here are some of the things which we wish we had said:
  • The opportunity to be with other serious art quilters is a special treat.
  • Nancy is an enthusiastic and competitive domino player! (Who knew?)
  • Nancy, her husband John, and their sons have created an impressive and biologically diverse homestead.  They are clearly “in love” with their land.  (Of course, there’s not a minute to take a walk because students are busy sewing, designing, sewing, designing, sewing, designing – oh well…..)
  • Nancy is enigmatic – kind, blunt, demanding, funny, serious, approachable, intimidating, ………
Feel free to ask us more about Nancy, especially if you’re considering attending a week or more at The Barn in Ohio. Thanks for the opportunity to share.