Northampton Modern Quilt Guild
We are an inclusive group that shares a love of modern quilting, sewing, textiles, and design. Membership is open to all levels of quilters who are interested in any aspect of modern quilting.
"Look Up", by NMQG member Diane Wespiser, won first place in the Modern Quilt Guild's 2021 Make a Difference Challenge, "Benefitting Trees for the Future".
What is Modern Quilting?
Modern quilting is a term used by the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG), an international quilting guild founded in 2009, to define a style of quilting that has become popular in recent years.
The MQG describes Modern Quilts as follows:
Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.
Quilters have been making quilts that can be described as modern for over a century, however, the term "modern quilt" has come to be linked to quilts created in the 21st century as part of a recent movement whose popularity has been attributed to online communities.
Each of our members interprets Modern Quilting in their own way. Please check out our gallery to see the diverse way our members utilize the prinicples of modern quilting in their work.
NMQG members enjoy:
- Participating in a warm, lively community of local quilters online and in person
Ten meetings a year with a variety of topics, guest speakers, demonstrations, and show-and-tells
Priority registration and discounted fees for guild workshops
Participation in group projects, challenges and shows
As a member of the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild you will also automatically be a member of the international Modern Quilt Guild. MQG members enjoy benefits such as:
Access to an international online quilt community including opportunities to participate in inter-guild swaps and challenges
Access to free monthly quilt patterns
Access to a free block of the month series
Access to monthly webinars
Priority and early-bird registration for MQG conferences and events.
Discounted admission for MQG conferences and events
Membership cards, pins and permission to use the official member button on your blog
Interested in finding out more about the MQG? Please check out their website.
What We Do at Meetings
Our meetings include a variety of experiences: we engage speakers who are related to the world of modern quilting, learn new quilt-making skills, and share personal projects. We also plan events outside of our meetings such as workshops, sew-ins, and field trips to museum shows.
Check out our Calendar to see what we have planned!
Where and When We Meet
The NMQG meets on the first Sunday of every the month (excluding July and August) from 12 - 2 p.m. If the first Sunday falls during a holiday weekend, we meet the following week.
Meetings vary from in-person or via Zoom, depending on the program. Your first visit as guest is free. If you are interested, please email email@example.com
Please join us at our meeting location: Eli’s Room (lower level studio) at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton MA. The room is newly renovated, roughly 38 feet by 28 feet, comfortably seats 100 people and has plenty of natural light. There is ample parking surrounding the building.
The Northampton Community Arts Trust, which owns 33 Hawley Street, encourages community members to stay home if they have symptoms. They ask guests to wash hands before and after entering the building.
Directions from I 91
Take exit 23, turn left at the end of the ramp and continue on US 5 N. At the traffic circle, continue straight onto Pleasant St. Turn right onto Holyoke St and in 476 ft turn left onto Hawley St. The destination will be on the left.
We would love to see you at our meetings! Guests are welcome! Your first visit is free and is $5 per meeting afterwards. Ready to join? Please contact us.
Our fiscal year runs from January through December. Annual dues are $50 and must be paid by December 31st for the following year. A late fee will be applied for all payments received after this date. New members may join at any time and will be eligible for pro-rated dues.
We never want to exclude someone due to lack of funds. If you have a financial hardship, please contact one of our board members for options.
All dues are payable by check made out to "NMQG" and can be hand-delivered at a meeting or mailed to the current treasurer.
Our Board for 2023
President : Diane Wespiser
Vice President: Connie Lentz
Secretary: Caroline White
Treasurer: Barbara Haugen
Board Member at Large: Barbara Stroup
Interested in a leadership position? Please contact us. Our guild relies on you to shape our future activities.
NMQG Members on the Web and Social Media
You can see more of what NMQG is up to on Instagram and Facebook
Many of our members also have websites or social media sites of their art:
Are you a member that wants to have your site(s) listed? Please contact us.