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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
email
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
Announcements
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

Jenna

Aviva

Robin

Rachel

Amy

Lynne

Audrey

Audrey

Charlotte

Robin

Amy

Audrey

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

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:

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 Exhibit at the Mass MoCA

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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.

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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?

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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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/t2oGR

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