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!

Friday, February 27, 2015

February 2015 Meeting with Thomas Knauer

 Ninigret Quilters welcomed Thomas Knauer as our guest speaker in February. A little snow could not stop him from making it to Rhode Island!

 Thomas shared many quilts and their stories. The Ampersand quilt is more than an I Spy quilt- it is the catalyst for family storytelling.

You can hear about his famous Martha quilt, In Defense of Handmade, in this video by Quilt Alliance.

Thomas is using his quilts as a medium to bring social and political awareness. This quilt called Excess represents the 1600 men and women killed each year in acts of domestic violence in the United States. 

One of his newest quilts in his marriage series is quilted with this wedding vows, in 3/4" text, which took almost 1 million stitches!

The first time Thomas threw a quilt over his shoulder onto the floor, everyone gasped! At the end of his lecture, we couldn't wait to pick them up off the floor and fold them!

Members participated in out annual Valentine gift exchange.

Sorry this picture is blurry, Kate!

Last but not least, it was time for Show & Tell.

Nancy showed two quilts, but I'm sorry I missed the second one. She is prolific!

Rebecca finished a Sudoku top for her dad's Christmas gift. Father's Day is coming!

Marilyn finished this lovely quilt.

Berta showed a new table runner.

Jennifer showed her Sudoku quilt, too.

Tina shared a Morse code quilt that she made for her husband for their 25th anniversary.

The following day, Thomas taught a workshop on Quilting with Code. We designed quilts using Braille to represent a word or phrase that was meaningful to us. Below, Thomas shares his design expertise with Barbara and Margaret.

We've all heard the stories of Frixion pen lines becoming visible again after freezing. Here is proof! Thomas's mini quilt was in his car overnight in freezing temperatures. A quick press with a hot iron will make them disappear again. 

We hope you can join us for our March meeting with guest speaker, Marie Bostwick.