We are an inclusive group who 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.
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:
"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 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 with speakers who are related to the world of modern quilting, work on sewing skills, and share personal projects, among other activities. We also plan events outside of our meetings such as field trips to see museum shows, workshops, and sew-ins.
Check out our Calendar to see what we have planned!
Where and When We Meet
During Covid times, we're meeting via Zoom -- guests are welcome as always. Before and after Covid, here's the deal:
The NMQG meets on the first Sunday of every the month (excluding July and August) from 12 - 2 p.m. at the Rocky Hill Cohousing Commonhouse*, 100 Black Birch Trail in Florence, MA.
Click here for a printable map and directions.
We have been asked to park along Black Birch Trail (first parking spot starts before the stop sign). If you have heavy items you may drop them off at the door prior to parking. We understand that the walk might be problematic for some members, please reach out to a board member if you need special arrangements.
Dates, times, and locations occasionally change based on holidays, calendar conflicts or programming needs. Please refer to our calendar for the most up-to-date information.
*Please note that we have been asked by our hosts to remove our shoes while inside the common house - many members bring slippers to wear during meetings.
We would love to see you at our meetings! Meetings continue regularly on zoom during covid. Guests are welcome at $5 per meeting. Ready to join? Please contact us.
Our fiscal year runs from January through December. Annual dues are $50 and must be paid by November 15th for the following year. A late fee will be applied for all payments received after this date. New members can join at any time and may 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. Venmo is also an option.
Our Board for 2021
President : Julie Bermant
Co Vice Presidents: Betty MacLeod and Sally Wright
Secretary: Barbara Haugen
Treasurer: Barbara Farrell
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
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.