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 annual potluck will be held on July 11, 2017.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June Meeting

June 13, 2017


Terri Sontra of Purple Moose Designs presented 
The History of the Sewing Machine: A Tale of Intrigue and Espionage.

 Terri led us through the multiple patent filings beginning in 1755 that led to the current sewing machine. Early patent filings were lost in various patent offices but covered pieces of what became our modern machine. Elias Howe was the first to file a clear patent on a machine that unfortunately did not work, but contained several ideas that were brought to fruition by later machinists.  Mr Howe's patent held up in court and led to a lifetime of licensing fees for Mr Howe. In 1856 Howe, Singer and Potter pooled their patents and formed the Sewing Machine Combination which collected licensing fees until the patents expired in 1877.   

Terri brought along some of her favorite antique sewing machines,
including this portable machine for use while traveling. 
It is lso shown above in Terri's hand.

This attachment kit was included with some of the early Singer machines. 
The box folds together to form a compact carry case. Singer also introduced several 
sales techniques that are still common today including the 1. gradual payment plan, 
2) in home trials, 3.) first skyscraper, 4) trade-ins (they would take any machine in trade, 
but then they would destroy the competitors machine, 5) first multi national corporation, 
6) first to spend 1 million dollars in one year of advertising. 7) first to utilize mass 
production. The Singer name was more well known than any other in its time. 
And lastly, Singer's wife modeled for the Statue of Liberty.
Thanks for the fun Terri!

Habitat for Humanity

Show & Tell

Tina C. made this for her son's girlfriend's graduation from college.

She used this lovely ombre for the backing.

Tina made this baby quilt for her niece in California's first baby.
He is due soon and her niece requested whales.

The whale theme continued on the backing.

Tina can't stand to waste scraps so she made a mug mat.

And some burp cloths.

Barbara C used the same block pattern to make three 
different quilts. The first used three fabrics.

The second (pink) used 5 fabrics and 
the third (blue and brown) used 4 fabrics.

Betsey W did a fun setting of the exchange block from last year 
and then hand quilted the result. Lovely!

Carol B made a Jenny Beyer Crayon box quilt kit.

Grazina K displayed her hoopsisters embroidery quilt.
There are 8 layers of materials in some of those blocks!

Here is the back of Grazina's quilt.

Catherine D displayed one of the books she creates while making a quilt for her
grandchildren. This book chronicles the creation of the quilt from choosing the
fabric to final placement on the bed. Neat idea!

Margaret S made this Bonnie Hunter 
Pineapple Blossom quilt for a High School 
graduation gift. It comes with a matching pillowcase.

Pat G completed a Joann's Fabric's Block of the Month from 10 years ago.

Pat included a few of our challenge blocks from last year.

Pat G also displayed her 'doily quilt'. This work of love has been assembled from
favorite doilies from family and friends and was hand quilted by Pat.

Here is some detail of Pat's doily quilt.

Cindy V made this batik beauty for her brother's birthday. 
She added sashing to the pattern and used the one/two 
binding trick taught at last months member demos.

Enjoy your summer!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

May Meeting

 Our May Meeting featured six Member Demonstrations.

 Nancy B showed how she makes her quilted greeting cards.

Here are some samples of Nancy's artwork. 

Barbara C demonstrated Carol Doak's paper piecing technique. 
This involves not sewing on the paper, but sewing along the fold
lines. This allows repeated use of the paper pattern. 

Kathy S demonstrated how to get diagonal strip binding from a fat quarter.
She can get 4 yards of binding from one fat quarter. 
Kathy showed the folding technique.

Here are the instructions to achieve this result
as demonstrated by Kimberbell Designs on Youtube.

Donna P demonstrated English Paper Piecing
using hexagons.

Donna made zip pouches from candy wrappers.

 Here are some of the raw materials Donna uses.


 Mary K showed a method to have two different bindings on one quilt.

Mary seams a one inch strip, matching the front (1st) side, to a two inch strip
matching the back (2nd) side. Then proceeds as normal, ironing it in 
half and sewing it on the quilt.

Outreach workshop
Tora discussed the Outreach Workshop from April 29. About a dozen members 
met to work on quilts to donate to Habitat for Humanity. 
Good progress was made on the quilts.

This quilt is destined for a little girl.

The group worked on two nine-patch quilts for future donations. 

 There will be a Habitat dedication on May 20. 
This quilt is going to 8 year old Noah.

And this String Bean quilt will go to Noah's Mom.

Block Swap

Our Pennsylvania Block Swap continued with about 15 members participating.
Next month will be the third (and last) iteration of the swap.

Show & Tell

Margaret S made this as a wedding gift for two of her students
who are getting married.

Margaret S made this for her grandaughter's UCONN graduation.
She used Bonnie Tucker's Pineapple Blossom pattern. Margaret
included fabric from her granddaughter's favorite childhood dress.

Betsey W made this for her one year old grandson, Bjorn.  
She began it at the 2017 Getaway and it features turtle fabric.
Betsey hand-quilted it.

Laurel brought the patterns for the table runners
she showed us last month. The simpler one was called
Triangle Frenzy. They are from Bunnie Cleland
and available on her website or at quilt shops.

Carol G made the Crayon Box Quilt by Jinny Beyer for her grandson.

Lynn C designed and created this quilt for her son Paul's wedding gift.

 Molly O used a pattern from Moda Fabrics as modified by 
Hyacinth Quilt Designs to make this King Size version of
the Ladies Stitching Club Quilt. 
This was the first time Molly had used rulers on her domestic machine.

Thank you and Keep on Quilting!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 2017 Meeting

Our April speaker was Pam Weeks of the New England Quilt Museum in 
Lowell, Massachusetts.  Pam's lecture was titled 
"Complete Quilt History in Sixty Minutes or Less".

 Pam requested that the members of the Ninigret Quilt guild bring in their antique quilts for use in her lecture. We had a wonderful sampling of quilts from several decades. Pam adapted her lecture to feature our quilts, emphasizing that different types of quilts came into fashion in different eras.

This Sunshine and Shadows arrangement of the Log Cabin was dated to the 1870s. 
Pam recognized fabric that would have been used in 'morning robes'.

 Signature quilts were another quilt fashion. This 1849 quilt was assembled of prequilted blocks with inscribed centers, one featuring the year. It was dedicated to Eliza Haskins with the inscription "to my sister Eliza", another refers to "my friend who can no longer speaketh". The backing was dated to the 1870s so it may have been completed later than the top.

This pink signature quilt was bought in Ashaway, RI. The individual blocks are 
inscribed with the names of local granges. It was dated to the 1860's or 1870's. 

This red and white quilt is from Pam's personal collection. It was made in the 19th century 
and is an example of the popular trend toward red and white flowers in circls
with green stems. It is dated to the 1860's.

This quilt is a reproduction of a Civil War 'potholder' quilt, it was made by Pam and members of her study group.  You can tell from the back that it was made in individual blocks which were quilted and then assembled, an early version of the current technique of 'quilt as you go'.   

 Here is the front of that quilt. Most Potholder quilts (name was coined by Pam), were made by the Ladies Guilds Church Aid Societies for Civil War Soldiers.  These men went off to war with very few supplies. In 1861, the Sanitary Commission sent out a bulletin requesting donations of quilts to fit army cots, ie 4' by 8'.  More than 250,000 quilts were made in 4 years.  All the quilts that survived were inscribed, perhaps because they were personalized and thus more treasured.  Most of these soldiers quilts were composed of 6" blocks, several with red binding. This quilt is made of much larger blocks and is machine quilted. 

 This quilt is a more typical Potholder style quilt with individually 
quilted 6" blocks. It was bought in Pawcatuck at an auction. It is dated to 1837
from inscriptions on the quilt.

The next fad Pam chronicled was that of Crazy Quilts. This quilt was made by 
Barbara B's great grandmother in 1885. It contains several Victorian symbols and 
features a velvet border and a braided binding. 

This fan quilt was purchased at the Brimfield Antique Fair by Carolyn. 
It was pieced in silks and the dark fan centers are velvet. It was dated to the 1880's.  

This 1895 signature quilt owned by Barb C features the Broken Wheel design and was displayed by the Kansas Quilt Society. In an unusual feature, this quilt shows embroidered initials.  

Hexagon quilts became popular in the early 1810-1820s, again in
1860-1880's and again in the present.
A charm quilt is defined as one with no repeats.  This one does contain repeated fabric.

 Berta shared this quilt top from her great great grandmother. It features houses and 
various trees, both upright and upside down. It was made between 1880 to 1890.

This wool quilt was made in the 1940's to 1950's. 
It features four-patches assembled in rows.

This quilt was gifted to a member in 1962. It features reverse applique flowers 
and was made in the 1940s. It was backed with cheesecloth.  Our member is 
replicating the design in batiks.  

Our member said that this was the last quilt created by her grandparents in 
Downeast Maine from floursacks. The pattern is "Trip Around the World" and features cotton 
batting as can be observed through an opportunity hole in the back.

Our members brought in two wedding ring quilts. The white one was a Kansas City purchase and the yellow quilt was purchased in San Diego from a woman selling her great grandmother's quilt for rent money. Our member is working to find the woman's descendants to return it as a family heirloom.  Pam dated both of these wedding ring quilts to the 1940's. 

This "Dogwood" quilt was made from a kit popular in the 1910-1920's. 
Kits were popular business enterprises for women entrepreneurs and this one still shows the blue lines to guide the appliqued flowers of this lovely quilt. 

Lastly, Pam displayed this interesting polyester quilt made in the 1950s to 1970s in the US.
Most of these polyester quilts are tops only as the material is very difficult to quilt.

Pam, thank you for an interesting and enlightening evening!

Block Swap

April was the first month for our three month block swap. Members made a 
dozen 6 1/2" (unfinished) blocks of the Pennsylvania block pattern then 
swapped around a table.  About 20 members participated.

Pat H continued her Judges Table demonstration series. She evaluated this 
'anonymous' member's quilt and critiqued wearing her Judges hat.  

Show & Tell

 Betsey W completed a quilt she found in Betty T's stash. 
It features hand embroidery and was hand quilted by Betsey. 

Catherine D calls her version of the Bonnie Hunter quilt "Bermuda Blues".

Catherine also completed last year's block swap quilt featuring reassembled shoo-fly blocks.

Ellie C showcased four quilts. The first mini shows her chickens.

The second features one of her sheep. 

 Ellie's third top was begun at the March Great Escape Quilt Retreat.

 And lastly, Ellie completed blocks made with the 
circle ruler she purchased from Linda Warren.

Laurel had fun making table runners using a twist pattern she found at a quilt shop. 
She says it is simple once you get it figured out.

 Dependent on the material, you end up with very different looking results.

 Pretty cool, Laurel!

 Laurel purchased some fabric book material and rearranged it to make baby quilts.

Laurel used a Jenny Doan Missouri Star pattern to make this 
Winnie the Pooh themed baby quilt.

 Fran W made this for her very adventurous niece who brings back really cool fabric. 
This was a pattern Fran got from Margaret S.

Nancy L shared this lovely quilt.

Donna S made this one-block wonder based on a Chris Bagley design.
Chris will be conducting a Skill Builder Saturday for us in June.

Donna started this at the Great Escape Quilt Retreat.


And Donna put 2400 paper pieced hexies into this quilt over 4 years.

Cindy V made this circus themed quilt for her nephew's baby boy. 

Pat H made this Paint rag batik. 

Pat H also made this amazing Geese in the Cabin quilt. 

Lastly, Jen shared her treasured Grandma's shadow box. 
It contains samples of family handiwork including 
tatting, pins, keys and lots of memories.

Thank you and Keep on Quilting!