Welcome!

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 March 14th. Our speaker will be Jennifer O'Brien. She will present a program entitled "Circa 1929, A Twist on the Traditional." Jen will lead a Workshop on March 15th "Twinkle Star/Floating Star."


Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 14, 2017

February 14th Meeting

Program

 Jan Doyle presented Quilts and the Underground Railroad, Fact or Fiction?

 Jan was a classroom teacher for 35 years and got fascinated by the 
use of quilts as signals along the route of the Underground Railroad.
Jan says "She loves this story and wants it to be true".

Several quilt patterns have various names. This churn dash block is also called The Monkey Wrench pattern. The blacksmith was a very important position on the plantation, he was also called 'The Monkey Wrench Man'. This quilt taught that if you heard the blacksmith pounding his monkey wrench on the anvil it was a warning that it wasn't safe to approach.

 The Dresden Plate pattern is also referred to as the Wagon Wheel pattern. Slaves could
hide in various ways in the wagons of friendly visitors. They could hide below the bed of the
wagon, in the cargo or by sitting on the bench beside the driver, their faces hidden within a bonnet.

 The Bear Claw pattern is also referred to as the Ducks Foot in Mud, Hands of Friendship,
Maple Leaf or Pennsylvania Friends block. This quilt would denote a friendly
house for escaping slaves.

 This Jacobs Ladder could be hung to indicate the correct direction
to continue on the path to freedom.

 Jan told a story of a young girl named Lucy. For this Storytelling, Jan became
'Auntie Jan'. Lucy was a slave, born on a plantation, she had a lame leg. Her brother
was the blacksmith. He asked Lucy to escape with him, but she was worried that
her lame leg would impede the escape. Lucy stayed behind and taught the other
slaves the meaning of the various quilt blocks. This scrap of fabric with a gold star
was a signal from her brother that he had safely escaped to Canada.

 Slaves would escape in sailboats with friendly traders.
Jan was an energetic speaker and we had a great time with her.
Thanks Jan!

Raffle Quilt



 Detail of our Raffle Quilt. 
Tickets are available and the drawing will be held October 15, 2017.

Valentine Swap

 Tina organized a Valentine's Day gift swap for our members. 
It was enjoyed by all. 


As a part of our ongoing Quilt Show Preparation, Pat H 
is answering questions in our 'Ask the Judge' segment.
For the first installment, Pat did a mock judging on an
anonymous quilt and showed what would be involved. 


Emily K is coordinating a 3 month quilt block swap
featuring the Pennsylvania Quilt Block.
Participants are asked to bring in 12 blocks per month for 3 consecutive months.
Directions can be found at this link

Outreach
Tora presented the current Outreach quilts. We have two families, one 
with a mom and 4 daughters; the other with a mom with one daughter.




Makers Space at the Westerly Library
 Ellie C is coordinating a Makers Space teaching basic quilting at the Westerly Library for 3 consecutive saturdays in April. The students will be making this pinwheel hanging. Ellie is
asking for volunteers to help out.

Show & Tell
 Four ladies exhibited the Circle Style zip pouches they made at the 
workshop on February 4th with our own Kindred Quilters. 

 Kathy showed her Narragansett Blues twin size 
quilt she started at the Bonnie Hunter Workshop.

 Jane L finished the Mystery Quilt she began at a Get Away Weekend about 10 years ago.

 Jane L also displayed a quilt she completed from a
2009 American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. 
The quilt is 94 x 102 and is called Rhythm & Blues.

 Laurel purchased a panel while in Maine and did the machine quilting herself.

 Fran W completed this Pineapple Blossom quilt that 
she began at the Bonnie Hunter workshop.

 Fran found this panel at Johnnycake in Westerly. 
This forms the backing for her Pineapple Quilt.


Ellie C had fun making this hanging using the 
circle ruler she purchased from Linda Warren last month.

 Nancy B hand appliqued and hand quilted 
this piece based on Matisse' View of Collioure.

 Margaret S finished her Burgoyne Surrounded begun at a retreat last spring.

 Roberta B made a paper pieced valentine to display in her office for February.

 Roberta also made a Snowman quilt for her winter office display.

Molly O finished her Twisting Hearts Valentines hangings. 
This pattern is from Connie Kresin Campbell

Thank you!
Keep on Quilting!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

January, 2017

January, 2017

Program
 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. 
Cool!!

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