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!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sew Happy

 A week has passed since our 2015 quilt show came to a close. Now fully recovered and rested, we can look back on another successful show.

Many thanks to our quilt show chair, Ellie Coffey! She is pictured here with the lucky winner of the raffle quilt, member Mary Raymond. 

Best of Show was awarded to Donna Zuffelato's Double Wedding Ring with Flowers, quilted by Pat Harrison. 

Viewer's Choice was awarded to Pat Harrison's Garden Finale.

 The miniature quilt silent auction raised $711 for Family Housing Support.

The basket raffle was a new addition to the show this year. We'd like to thank the many members and local businesses who donated raffle items. Special thanks to Fabric Place Basement, Blaine's Sewing Machine Center, Emma's Quilt Cupboard, Colchester Mill Fabrics, The Quilted Crow, and Knit One Quilt Too.

Unfortunately, the proposed quilt show booklet was not assembled. We would like to thank the following businesses for their willingness to purchase advertising space: Piecing with Poppers Quilting Center, Fabric Place Basement, Seaside Stitches, Coastal Payroll Solutions, Clark Farms, and Golden, Gromley & Company.

Thank you to all the members who submitted quilts to the show and volunteered to make the show a great success! And thank you to all of our visitors for supporting us. We'll see you all again October 13-15, 2017!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Quilt Show: Sew Happy!

 We are very excited to be in the final planning stages of the 2015 quilt show. We hope you can join us!

 If you are using GPS navigation, please use the alternate address of 41 Railroad Avenue to reach the Westerly Armory.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July Meeting

 We enjoyed a lovely potluck dinner at tonight's annual summer party.

Gail told us about a family in East Lyme who lost their home to fire during a violent thunderstorm. Our outreach committee quickly pulled together four quilts for the family.

For one daughter- made by Gail
For teenage son- quilted by Tina
For the parents- pieced by Charles, tied by Gail & Kate
For second daughter- pieced and quilted by Sharon

On to Show & Tell...

Erin made this quilt for a friend's wedding. Here is the link to the free pattern.

Margret has been very busy making baby quilts. She's getting ahead of the game with these two completed quilts.

She also made this lovely storm at sea. She picked up the kit, but wouldn't have bought it if she knew it had to be paper pieced. She's not a fan of the technique, but she did a great job!

Barbara offered this fun and easy pattern to her Facebook friends during a quilt along weekend.

Barbara also showed two completed quilts. This one was made from a jelly roll she was given.

For this one, she wanted to see if she could use some very traditional prints in a modern design. Success!

Pat showed her quilt top from the recent class with Louise.

Donna finished a UFO from a class at Quilters by the Sea.

Donna's granddaughter needed a new blankie, so Donna whipped up a sweet little t-shirt quilt.

Laurel finished her top from Louise's class, too. Everyone did a great job stepping outside their comfort zone!

Laurel also finished her spools top from the Chris Bagley class.

Tina finished a very bright One Block Wonder quilt.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Meeting with Marie Bostwick

 It was our great privilege to welcome Marie Bostwick as our guest speaker. Her lecture entitled "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Turn to Quilting" was entertaining and deeply moving. We laughed and cried with Marie as she told stories from her own life, those of her readers and some of the characters in her books.

Of course, we were eager to see some of her quilts, as well.

Many of her quilts were designed by Deb Tucker and draw from events in her books. Register for free on Marie's website, then login to access the free patterns and recipes.

Marie passed out a few of these bags. I think we all need one!

Following the lecture, Marie signed copies of her books for members and fans.

After so many snow days/sew days, there was plenty of eye candy for show and tell! Lots of projects were completed from recent (and not-so-recent) Ninigret workshops.

Barbara C completed her piece from the Thomas Knauer class last month. The triangles represent the dots in Braille, spelling out star stuff.

Barbara participated in Beth Helfter's facebook group "Drop and Give Me 20." The challenge was to sew (or cut, design, dream about quilts) for at least 20 minutes a day, every day in February. Barb was able to complete her Anita's Arrowhead top from Anita Grossman Solomon's visit in 2013.

Tora finished a Christmas theme top that she will donate to a hospital fundraiser in Ohio. 

Linda K finished a sweet little quilt that she started in a class with Barbara.

Linda also completed a quilt for her son's boat using fun novelty prints.

Margaret finished her Braille quilt, too. She made it for her grandson's new apartment and included a message from nana.

Joyce made some place mats to donate, 

and a fun shamrock wall hanging for St. Patrick's Day.

Elvia completed her spools top as a leader/ender project. There are 648 spool blocks! Click here for the Bonnie Hunter pattern. We're looking forward to seeing Bonnie again in 2016.

Pat H played with jelly roll strips and double inset circles for her quilt "Plenty of Monsters."

Berta used a daffodil pattern from the doodle quilting class with  Linda Ramrath to create some Springtime.

Berta also completed her project from the Marianne Hatton workshop.

Mary R made a sweet quilt for a great-great niece due in April. (This adorable fabric does not photograph well.  Click here to see it more clearly.)

Jenn was given some of her grandmother's stash, so Jenn made a quilt for grandma's 88th birthday, ensuring Jenn's status as favorite grandchild! Do you think grandma will like the title "Hip to Strip?"

Kate also participated in Drop and Give Me 20. She's been cleaning out her sewing room, working on her Anita's Arrowhead, and stitching up these intricate wool ornaments. The patterns are being offered on the Wool Applique Group on facebook.

Nancy B made matching Sue minis for a new set of twins. 

Nancy also completed this lovely medallion quilt titled "Eggs and Hens." She prefers to hand quilt without a hoop.

Tina finished her friendship star quilt using last year's swap blocks.

She also finished her Hawaiian applique pillow from the class with Janet Elia last summer. Janet will be back in August to teach trapunto.

If you've made it all the way to the end of this post, you deserve a treat! This quilt top will be raffled off to our quilt show volunteers! All you have to do is volunteer to help with any aspect of the show and your name will go in the hat. Please contact Ellie to add your name to the list!