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 held on March 13th, 2018 at the Westerly Senior Center. Our speaker will be the author and designer Cary
Flanagan of Something Sew Fine Quilt Design. Cary's talk
will be on her 28-year quilt journey from beginning quilter
to professional quilt designer and author. She will have a
trunk show and vend her patterns, books, etc.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Outreach Workshop

 About twice a year, the Ninigret Quilters gather on a Saturday to work on quilts for Habitat for Humanity or Project Linus. We held our Spring workshop yesterday at the Westerly Senior Center, and focused on kid quilts. Thirteen amazing women stitched, cut, pressed, and laughed the day away.

Kate is a new member (and Sharon's mom). She pieced together a Finding Nemo top. The fabric had been donated to the cause, and the rectangles were already cut. We added 2" strips of orange to make simple blocks.

Here's the completed top! We still have 8 fat quarters of these prints that might become the backing for this top or a whole nother another whole top. Stay tuned!

Margaret was piecing together cat and dog blocks that Tora had made. The directional prints kept her on her toes to keep the blocks right side up!

And here's Tora, making more cat and dog blocks.

Here's the completed top, blowing in the breeze.

Berta pieced together Jacob's Ladder-type blocks from 4-patches and half square triangles made at the last workshop. There are a lot of fun novelties in this one that will be girly without being pink.

Carol, the cutter, was asked to cut 266 (!) 3" squares. As fate would have it, she just happened to bring her 3" wide ruler.

Then Jane's job was to crease the diagonal of those squares (instead of drawing a line).

Then they went to Sharon  to piece X's and O's blocks that will become a quilt for an older boy. Nice manicure!

Here's a sample X block made from 6" novelty squares and 3" corner squares.

Another Margaret is determined to complete a top from the oodles of blue half square triangles we have amassed.
Linda was eager to press, but was trying not to put pressure on the stitchers to go faster!

Jane and Rita are having too much fun. Rita needs to get back to work cutting bricks for a little boy quilt. The pattern calls for 210 of them!

Here are 4 sample blocks, made from 3" X 5.5" bricks and 3" squares.

Oops. Caught Laurel blinking. She's in the doghouse for arriving late. (Just kidding!)

Laurel's granddaughter Rebecca is one of our Junior Members. We put her to work sorting the X and O units into groups of four.

When quilters gather, you know there will be food! Thank you to Rita for the PB and strawberry rhubarb jam sandwich for the girl who hates packing lunches (Tina).

 Kate recently made this cute thread catcher. I can't find the pattern she gave me, but here is the link to one that looks the same.  I thought she said she used an 11" square, so hers might be a little shorter.

 Since there are no pictures of the photographer/blogger (Tina), here's the quilt that I worked on. We had been given 8 star blocks and a bag full of leftover fabric. Most of it was cut up into strips, squares or rectangles. I used what was there and made it work. I finished the quilt last night at 11:30.

Another very successful and fun Ninigret workshop! If you missed it, we hope you will join us next time.

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