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!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 2017

August 8, 2017
Our speaker for August was Kathie Beltz who presented a lecture and
trunk show entitled "Easy Color for Quilters".

 Kathie is based in New Hampshire and began quilting in 1995.
She is a Studio 180 certified instructor and has been
a Quilt Judge since 2005.

 Kathie refers to her first quilt as "Lost Stars".
She took scraps of fabric and made star blocks.
Unfortunately,  the stars disappeared because she did not
consider color placement and value.
 This quilt spurred Kathie's study of color theory.

Kathie discussed the use of the color wheel
in choosing fabrics for our quilts and
distributed handouts for practice exercises.

 Kathie discussed the various 'color harmonies' that can be employed.
She focused on monochromatic, complementary, analogous and
rainbow harmonies, along with variation in neutrals,
backgrounds and color values.

 Here is a monochromatic quilt using shades of brown with a light neutral. 
She notes that most precut packages have a single value.

 This monochromatic sample was made during a Michele O'Neil Kincaid workshop
employing various reds with two neutrals. Kathie separated the cherry reds from the
raspberry reds to make these two poppies pop.

 Complementary colors are opposite one another on the wheel.
For example this purple and yellow quilt.

Here we have shades of complementary colors with an accent. 
Kathie originally tried a lime green, but
the tone was too close to the yellow.
This true green worked better.
Unfortunately the 7 different
yellows don't pop unless you
are very close.

This version of the same quilt allowed the 7 different shades of orange to pop.
The same color variety is present
in the quilting thread as well.

This blue, blue green and green with two different backgrounds is an
example of an analogous color scheme.
Analogous colors are close to one another on the wheel.

This is an example of a triad color scheme. 
Triad colors form an equilateral triangle on the color wheel.

Rainbow color schemes. 
employ all the colors on the wheel.
Refraction is a rainbow using black as the neutral.

Skyfall is another rainbow scheme.
It was featured in Quilter News and has 58 different stars. 
Kathie made the upper left stars darker
and smaller, growing to larger and brighter 
stars as you approach the lower right to give more perspective.  

This Hunter Star is an example of high contrast between light and dark values.

Kathie's guild had a crayon challenge. Kathie chose a chocolate brown crayon
which she paired with two neutrals, a black and a white.

Switching the background can be very effective as seen in this complementary
color scheme with varying backgrounds.

 Thank you Kathie for a very informative evening!

 Habitat for Humanity
Tora presented our most recently completed Habitat for Humanity quilts.


Show & Tell


Kathy T completed a Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt.
Bonnie specifies paint chip colors which you match
to fabrics, then you receive directions for
a block each month with no idea of the final project.

Kathy also paper pieced two Elizabeth Hartman hedgehogs
for pillows for Christmas.

Betsey W made this beauty for her grandson.
All hand quilted!

Noreen took a Ryko workshop and made this lovely quilt.

Noreen also took a Carol K workshop
and completed this cool quilt.

Jane L made a pair of quilts for a new baby boy
and a doll size quilt for his big sister.

Jane L also completed her first Jelly Roll quilt.

Linda K made these matching quilts for grandchildren in Abu Dhabi.

Cheryl completed a quilt from the swap blocks we collected last year.

Ellie C. completed this lovely quilt that we all identified 
as using analogous colors with tints!

Emily displayed her gorgeous Chakra Quilt!

Sue C. completed this amazing Bloomin' Nine Patch.

Thank you one and all!