Ninigret Quilters is an organization for quilters of all abilities in the Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut area. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the Westerly Senior Center, 39 State Street, Westerly, Rhode Island (Google Maps) to share our common passion of quilting. Guests and new members are always welcome!

Our next meeting will be on February 14th. Our speaker will be Jan Doyle. She will present a program entitled "Underground Railroad Quilts: Fact or Fiction."

Friday, January 13, 2017

January, 2017

January, 2017

 Our speaker for the January 10th meeting was Linda Warren of Linda Warren Designs.  Linda began quilting in 1999 and her focus is on the design and piecing aspects of quilting. She is very attracted to the geometric nature of quilting and it shows in her work.

 Her first quilt featured a Block of the Month central motif,
but then she modified the overall design to reflect her own taste.

 Linda's experience with a Mystery Quilt led her to her favorite block 
which is highlighted in Double Take.

 Linda redid Double Take in batiks.

 Linda sketches out her designs on the graph paper which accompanies her everywhere.

 The Twistar Pattern gives the illusion of overlapping stars. In these examples,
she features Asian Prints. The extension of the pattern
into the border makes the pattern 'float'.

Linda likes to challenge herself. She designed this pair of quilts called Fraternal Twins to maximize the use of fabric. The discarded triangles from the first are worked into the second.

 Pyramid Scheme gives dimensionality to the quilt by 
floating the pyramids on a dark background. Linda prefers
to use a dark background and to extend the geometric
pattern into the first border.
 Turbulence was designed while flying through a storm on a plane. 
This is Linda's favorite quilt. She used a stack and slash technique
which led to all the points matching while giving the optical illusion
of several patterns within one quilt.

  Linda's invention of the Learning Curve Ruler was spurred by the popularity of free form curve piecing. Linda combined her geometric approach to quilting with the basic Nine Patch 
block to invent and perfect this great tool which allows the 
quilter to easily incorporate perfect circles into designs.

This 12" block highlights the use of Linda's Learning 
Curve Ruler in a Nine Patch block.

 The Dotty pattern uses the Learning Curve Ruler to give the 
appearance of colorful four patch blocks 
floating above black and white circle tiles.

 Once Linda started playing with the Learning Curve Ruler
she realized the variety that could be achieved.

 Linda had fun challenging herself to incorporate a star block into her circle creations. 
This on point setting features oriental fabrics in this Asian Stars pattern.

 Then Linda began showing us some variations she created. This modern pair 
were the result of another challenge Linda set for herself.

 This cool effect was also created using the Learning Curve Ruler
If you follow the arcs,
you can see they form perfect circles. 

 This geometric quilt is called Well-Rounded

 Jambalaya was the result of a BOM class that Linda led. You make 9 blocks then
rearrange the pieces as you desire. 

 Jambalaya Jewel is another variation on the Jambalaya BOM with a 
gorgeous jeweled border. This color way was inspired by 
turquoise and amber jewels and inlaid wood. 

 In 2015, Linda set out to make a 'just for fun' quilt for her bed. 
She created floating illusions of squares within squares
with strips sets of favorite fabrics cut on the diagonal and rearranged.

Thank You for the inspiration Linda!!

Show & Tell

 Margaret S made this floral and feminine quilt for the daughter of a friend
who provided the fabrics.

Ellie C was inspired by Thomas Knauer to create
a Quilt of Social Significance. This piece represents 
Syrian Refugees emigrating along a road through fields.

 Ellie C took on a SAQA challenge to design new seed packet artwork.
This first Ellie calls Carrot Kaleidoscope.

 This second Ellie calls Lima Bean Chandelier.

 Then Ellie was inspired by the raspberry canes showing promise during the winter.

 Lastly, Ellie found a free pattern on the Tula Pink website and made a rainbow color wheel.

Pat H.'s Bug Quilt (lower right) was featured in the Simply Moderne Magazine article
 highlighting "modern quilts" displayed at the Vermont Quilt Festival. 
Pat's Bug Quilt received a blue ribbon at the Festival.

 Lastly, Nancy M.'s husband made her a barnwood quilt for her new workroom. 

Goodbye for now!!
Focus on that which gives you joy!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December 13, 2016

This was our annual Holiday Party. Member brought either an appetizer 
or a dessert to share. My favorite type of dinner!!

 Several members brought handmade crafts for a silent auction to benefit our favorite causes.
Below are some of the auction offerings.

 Show & Tell

Rose started us off with a quilt made from a free quilt pattern she received in the mail. 
She included one block as part of the label on the back. 

 The pattern worked out so well, she made a baby quilt for a child due in April.

 Barbara C used some free patterns found on Bonnie Hunter's website. 
The first pattern was called Boxy Stars.
 And Barbara's second quilt was from Bonnie Hunter's pattern Bricks and Stepping Stones
She made this for her nephew.

 Mary Kay made this Christmas gift for her lucky sister.

Nancy L has made this quilt for her daughter upon graduation
from nursing school. It features fabrics with Eiffel Tower designs
and some breast cancer commemorative fabrics. 

 Nancy also displayed this cute paper pieced snowman quilt.
She purchased this pattern online.
 Jane L made two quilts featuring foundation piecing for her twin granddaughters.
Jane says this foundation piecing is addictive.  Here is the first.

 And here is Jane's second quilt using the same foundation piecing.

Suzanne W made her first modern quilt using some favorite bird fabrics.

 The back of Suzanne's quilt shows the birds on a wire.

 Linda K displayed her new Christmas quilt which is destined for Linda's bed!  
The quilt was long arm quilted by April Gilroy.
The quilting features bells and holly leaves. Lovely!

Susan W shared her first attempt at a modern quilt. 
This baby quilt is destined for her new grandson.

Susan also displayed some totes.

And lastly, a Christmas Table Topper.

Sheila had fun with some label fabric found on the Ways & Means table.
First she displayed this wall hanging she made for her daughter using
a mini quilt hanger donated by Tina.

And this potholder featuring the same Gingerbread recipe 
Sheila's grandmother used to make.
Ellie decided to make a tote for her egg production.
This one holds 12 dozen eggs!

Roberta B made this lovely quilt and warned us all 
to PREWASH your reds. This lovely inner peach border
started out as a white fabric with yellow flowers.
(Personally, I like the peach!)

Tina displayed her version of Bonnie Hunter's
Narragansett Blues.

Tina used this lovely yardage for her backing.

Tina also showed this quilt made with V & Co's Ombre Fabric 
which features graduated tones of the same color.

Molly O practiced her free motion quilting
on this pair of baby quilts for twins-to-be.

And played with some more FMQ on this pillow for 

Upcoming Program

Our January speaker will be Linda Warren of Linda Warren Designs.
Tina displayed two of Linda's designs. This first is her 'easy overlay' pattern.

And the second quilt Tina displayed is Linda Warren's 'Easy Weave' design.

Happy Holidays and Quilt On!!