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 Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
Bonnie Hunter will be our guest. For more information, please see her website at http://www.quiltville.com/index.html

Special Event:
Ninigret Quilters will welcome Bonnie Hunter on Tuesday, September 13, 2017 at 7pm. There will be a $10 Guest fee for Bonnie's lecture, Scraps & Shirttails.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 2016 Meeting


Barb Vedder gave a lecture and trunk show entitled "My Life in Quilts". Barb got her first sewing machine at the age of 6 and created clothes for her Barbie and Troll dolls.  She encourages all quilters to make their own rules. She quoted Oscar Wilde who said, "Be yourself, everyone else is taken".

 Barb's first quilt was made for her son Andrew in 1989. She followed the pattern exactly, 
including searching for the exact fabrics suggested in the instructions.

 Six years later, Barb did a block of the month project for her daughter, Hanna.
Barb modified the pattern, changing a blue background to cream. This was the first time 
she modified a commercial pattern. She hand quilted it using a double diamond pattern.

 In 1990, Barb created this memorial quilt for her mother. This was the first time 
she used a sparrow motif. The sparrow has become her signature and is
included in most of her pieces.

 This quilt made for her daughter, Hanna, on her sixth birthday (6/6/99).
 This was the first piece Barb designed from start to finish.

 In 2006, Barb created this fabulous piece 
commemorating her favorite book. 

 This group EPP hexie piece was her 2010 project. Note, Barb usually takes 
a year to create a top and another year to hand quilt it.

 My Mother's Garden received a blue ribbon for applique at the
Lancaster Quilt Show in 2011.
This was a second memorial quilt in honor of her mother. It was
inspired by the centennial quilt made by G Knappenberger  in 1867.

This Lincoln tribute quilt was created to honor the sesquicentennial
of Lincoln's inauguration (1861-2011). It was machine quilted with silk thread.
  Barb bought an apple core template and used it
to make this Poisoned Apple quilt.

This quilt was inspired by Hurricane Sandy which occurred
at the end of October. Barb calls it Frankenstorm at Sea.

 This needle turned hand appliqued quilt features stuffed berries.
Barb designed it to celebrate her 50th birthday.
It won the prize for best hand quilting in the Vermont show this year.

This Hot Flash quilt used red as a neutral. It was 
hand appliqued and hand quilted .

 Barb's friend Mary gave her the original Alice Payne album quilt.
She based this creation on nine of the original folk art blocks..

 This log cabin quilt is based on a central four patch. 
These were part of a block swap.

 Barb teaches classes on Liberated Houses. The use of 
accommodating strips is key to making it work.

 This quilt was another swap project where friends 
each made a row of liberated houses.

 Barb runs two annual block swaps on her blog. 
This quilt shows the use of swapped nine patch blocks
using grey low volume prints.

 This companion swap project used nine patches and red solids.
Thank you Barb!

Show & Tell
 Donna made a Disappearing Nine Patch with a fur backing (below). 
This is her first completed Christmas 2016 gift.

Donna also completed a High School graduation gift 
for her niece Erin who is headed to Bridgewater State.

 Joyce S worked to repair this quilt made by the women of her husband's family in the 1940's and 1950's. They gave it to Joyce in the 1980's. It is now restored and gorgeous.
Note: it was machine quilted by Carol.

 Shirley T revitalized this 1930's quilt using 
raw edge applique and new green sashing.

 Watch out for that cane!
Barbara N taught Betsey W and Pat G to make bags
using clothesline wrapped in 1.5" fabric strips.

 Betsey's granddaughter Abigail gave her a stack of fat quarters for Christmas. 
Great gift!
 Barbara N left her flower garden when she moved. She took a bouquet of
September blooms into Evie and Mary's quilt shop. They matched batiks
to the blooms. Barb's favorite garden will live on in this lovely quilt.

 Pat G has been working on her cracker quilt every time she had
a chance to do some hand quilting.  The pattern creates a two sided finished quilt.

 Carolyn took a Ninigret Workshop in 1995. 
This is her Stack and Whack Quilt.

 Pat H had fun with this great Flying Geese quilt.

 Erin made these quilts for two 24 week baby girls. 
American Patchwork and Quilting calls these Birthday Cakes or Chandeliers.

Tina C participated in an ombre fabric swap.
She made this lovely mini flying geese piece and
used her class with Angela Walters to
incorporate some new machine quilting patterns. 

 Tina also made this EPP hand-pieced quilt using the Lucy Boston
"Patchwork of the Crosses" pattern. She machine quilted it
using more designs inspired by Angela Walters.

Thank you and Quilt On!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July 2016 Meeting

 Clamshell Quilters displayed their beautiful raffle quilt and sold tickets at the meeting. 
We hope Ninigret members will support our friends and neighbors and attend this lovely 
show on August 6-7. Details can be found on the Clamshell website

 Members enjoyed a delicious potluck meal and wonderful company.

Show & Tell
 Margaret made a cute Beach Dog quilt for her niece.

 When Tora S went looking for a Japanese stencil to illustrate a 
dyeing technique discussed last month, she found this beautiful hand pieced 
and appliqued eagle quilt top. It has been finished 
as a summer spread (no batting or quilting) for a bed at Mystic Seaport.

 Fran was inspired by our recent guest Susan Sato and completed this 
handwork piece with Japanese sashiko.

 After realizing she hadn't actually finished anything in a while, Tina quilted and bound this Burgoyne Surrounded quilt that started as a retreat mystery.

 Sheila whipped up a couple of mug mats for friends she will be visiting while on vacation.

Sheila also stitched a sweet quilt for her granddaughter's big girl bed 
which she has named Frozen in Summer. The machine quilting, 
done by Pat Harrison, looks like bubbles or swirling snow.

Thank you to Tina for photography and comments.
Keep on Quilting! 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 2016 Meeting

Show & Tell
 Sue V shared five quilts. Her goal is to make a quilt for each grand and great-grand child.
This first was one she got from Louise P for her grandson Nicholas.

 Sue made this one with pinwheels for granddaughter Abby.

 And this one for Hannah who is turning 16.

 This is for a great grandson.

 And this is for her stepson and his wife.
Great job Sue!!

 Margaret S shared 2 quilt tops that will be off to their new homes before our next meeting. This first is made from fabrics she bought at her first quilt store stop in New Zealand.

 Margaret's second will be a graduation gift

 Audrey delaG made this Sashiko Quilt featuring seafood motifs.

 Check out the fabulous material she used for the back!!

 Carol J made this for a high school graduation gift. She found the pattern in the 
Feb/Mar edition of McCall's Quick Quilts.

 Nancy L is donating this quilt as a raffle item for her 50th High School Graduation.

 Ginny G made this Spice Garden Pattern using wool batting.

 Roberta B made this bunny quilt.

 And Roberta also put together some of the Anita's Arrowhead blocks into this lap quilt. 

 Margaret S made this to celebrate a High School graduation.

 Fran W made this baby quilt featuring a baby shower activity where she had each guest write a favorite word/theme for the baby with fabric markers on a square of fabric.

 On the back she had the baby's family color their handprints.

 Jen B made a Father's Day gift for her Father-in-Law.

This closeup shows Jen's free motion quilting design. 

 Shirley N made up this Irish Chain from a yard sale find.

Our speaker was Susan Sato who discussed Japanese Fabric Techniques in Quilting. Susan's grandfather was from Japan, but her looks came from her Scottish grandmother. Susan is a self-taught quilter and has never been to Japan. She began using Japanese textiles in her quilts, using fabric from kimonos and obis.
A child's kimono featuring cranes.
An adult Yukata style summer kimono. 

An obi, the sash used to tie a kimono.

  Most Japanese textiles are made to be 14" wide, it takes 14-15 yards to make one kimono. Male kimonos and obis usually feature geometric designs while female garments feature flowers. You can see the roll of fabric in the geometric piece above.

 This piece was made using material from kimonos

 This piece used Kimono fabric separated with Dupioni silk ribbons.

 Susan also works with various techniques to dye fabric.
 This wood grain (Mokume method), is achieved using a 
running stitch to pucker the fabric then it is dyed.

Here is a detail shot showing the puckered fabric roll against the resulting dyed fabric. 

 These pieces were dyed using clamps to create an area that will not be exposed to the dye. Susan's family crest is the hollyhock and it is featured in most of her quilts (the purple).

 Another method is Arashi, where the fabric is bunched on a pole (Pat is holding the pole above the blue fabric). Then the bunched fabric is plunged into the dye.

 Several effects can be achieved using patterns that are clamped on the un-dyed fabric.

 A popular Japanese technique uses Indigo dyes. You can see how the density of 
color increases with more dye exposure.

 Katazome is a technique using stencils made of rice paper and dye paste for intricate designs.

 This cool fabric was formed using Indigo dye on a folded piece of fabric with light switch panels. You can see which folds were closest to the clamps.


This piece features Indigo dyed fabric merging African and Japanese styles 
and Sashiko Style Quilting.

 This brown piece used a looser weave light weight cotton paired with 
lightweight thread. Sue used fresh water pearls in the centers.

 Sue did the Sashiko work on this quilt first, then pieced the hexagons, 
then quilted and finally appliqued the designs.

 This pieced features traditional Asian symbols done using paper piecing.

 This quilt was part of a flag series organized by Faith Ringgold. Sue's flag addressed the discrimination she faced in the 4th grade when her classmates realized that her family 
was the only Japanese family in town.
This raw edge quilting technique uses raw edged fabric layered atop and joined
with big stitches and heavy thread. This technique is based on Shibori mending and
is called 'boro stitching', literally meaning ragged.

 This large quilt uses Yukato prints and a red folded inner border.

Thank you Sue!

 Sunshine Quilts
This quilt was made for Crossroads RI.

Jane showed two options for a family moving into a Habitat House sponsored by Eastern Connecticut Habitat. They have a history of giving one quilt per house, so the membership decided between these two. The consensus was to give the brighter quilt if the family had young children, 
the other if for more mature family.

Jane presented this bright and cheery quilt to a family of six who just moved into
their new home in Plainfield, CT.  Jane said, "They have been living in a two bedroom
apartment and now have worked towards this beautiful 3 bedroom home. 
As always the ceremony is very touching.
 Lots and Lots of people work to make this happen."

Thank you and Keep on Quilting!!