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!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

February 2020 Meeting - Part 2!

We continue with our "Meet the Board" trunk show!

Treasurer Roberta (Berta) B. brought these beauties!

Secretary Jane L. first quilt ever made and she loves the "H" block so much she made two quilts with it!

Co-Vice President of Programs Tina T. took a Timna Tarr workshop and created a map quilt.  She also shared her Temperature 2019 quilt (finished at 4pm the day of the meeting!).
Co-Vice President of Programs Sharon D. showed a memory filled Christmas quilt (Bonnie Hunter's Smith Mountain Morning pattern) and a hand appliqued wall hanging.

President Pat D.G. shared her style diversity with this wall hanging and heirloom doily applique quilt.

Following break many members enjoyed a Valentine Left/Right/Center story gift exchange.  After all the business of the evening several members had quilts for show and tell.

Margaret S. shared her Halloween quilt and a Hunter Star block made a the workshop presented by Barbara C.

Cindy V. floral attic window quilt made us long for spring!

Nancy L. shared a quilt from a workshop given by Petie S. as well as a stunning 100 block quilt made during the 2019 Block a Day challenge 

Sheila H. shared "Born to Be Wild" made for her EIGTH grandchild born in Alaska!

Barb V. shared her Houses quilt which she big stitch hand quilted in eight days!

Finally, Sue C. shared a market bag made for her daughter - she upcycled her daughter's karate belt for the handles!

We have amazingly talented quilters in Ninigret!

February 2020 Meeting - Part 1!

Our February meeting featured a "Meet the Board" trunk show.

Current board members were asked to present one or two quilts and talk a little about themselves and their quilts.  Folks in attendance enjoyed the opportunity to put a name to a face and a quilt!

First up, Barb V., our New England Quilt Museum Representative

Outreach Committee member Ginny G..

 Outreach and Sunshine Committee Tora S.

Newsletter co-editor Margaret S. shared a quilt made at a workshop given by Thomas Knauer
Newsletter co-editor Molly O. has a motto -- go big or go home!

Librarian Alice H. shared her spooky Midnight Chickadees and beautiful butterflies!

Ways & Means co-Chair Betsey W. hand quilted these beauties!

Ways & Means co-Chair Barb N. can often be found in her garden which is reflected in her quilts

Final Ways  & Means co-Chair Pat L.G.

 Historian Brenda S. shared this lovely envelope quilt

 Membership Mary H. likes the perfect points you get from paper piecing!

 Due to system limitations the rest of the "Meet the Board" Trunk show will appear in Part 2 !

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

2021 Raffle Quilt

2021 Ninigret Quilters’ Ruby Jubilee Raffle Quilt Project

For our 40th Anniversary show in 2021, we will be making a red and white sampler quilt.

Inspiration came from Barbara Black’s quilt Red & White- By the Numbers. (Used with permission.)

Barbara says: "The patterns came from www.justtakes2.com, a free block of the month pattern from 2012.  I changed a few of the blocks for ones I preferred, and created the distinctive, intricate border.  It won Best of Show in Fanfare 2013.  This quilt was chosen as the Commemorative Quilt to represent the 40th anniversary of the International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX.  It has been displayed at many shows, was used in all the advertising for the 2014 anniversary show, and was featured on the show pins and tote bags."

Read more about Barbara's spectacular quilt on her blog

Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins, Nashville

The following guidelines were provided with the background fabric at the February meeting.

1. Use any technique you’d like. Do what you do best. Machine piecing, paper piecing, English Paper Piecing, hand or machine appliqué, redwork embroidery. Please no wool work or dimensional appliqué.

2. Use the off white fabric provided plus any tone-on-tone or solid red fabric. The prints you add must read as solid red. You may choose from a variety of red values from pink to maroon and a range of hues from orange-red to blue-red. Prints should not contain large motifs of other colors.

3. Make any block pattern you’d like in one of these finished sizes: 12”, 9”, 6”, or 3”. Don’t forget the seam allowances! Make your favorite block or keep it simple and make a bunch of 4-patches or half square triangles to be used as fillers.

4. If you would rather not sew a block, you may donate a few 2.5” strips or a fat quarter of red.

5. Blocks are due at the May 12, 2020 meeting or mail to Tina Craig.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I couldn't make it to the February meeting or if I need more fabric?
Contact Tina to have a piece mailed to you.  tinastitches@gmail.com

Why is my background fabric so wrinkled?
The off white fabric came from a bolt 108' wide. It was folded with a ton of creases. Please do your best to remove the creases before cutting into it. You will need to completely submerge it in water to rinse out the creases. Please do not skip this step! Take your wet fabric to your ironing board and smooth it out. Press with a hot iron until dry. Then spray with your choice of starch, sizing or best press. Please, please, please do not piece creased bits into your block.

If I piece the off white upside down, do I need to take apart my block?
No. The tone-on-tone print is very subtle. If you can't see the difference as you are working with it, It will not be noticeable in the finished quilt.

Where can I find block patterns?
  EQ8 is a great source, if you own it.
  Check your bookcase.
  There are tons of free patterns online. 
  Contact Tina if you need guidance.

What about copyrights?
Please do not infringe upon designers' copyrights. Most websites and printed patterns will include a terms of use policy. If you really want to cover your bases, email the designer and ask for permission to use her block in our raffle quilt. Then be sure to include the block name and designer's name when you turn in the block. If you are unsure, please contact Tina.

Why can't I include wool or dimensional appliqué?
The quilt will be quilted in an edge-to-edge design and guided by a computer. Thick or dimensional elements may pose a problem.

May I use a traditional block I already know how to make?

May I design my own block?

Does my block have to be square?
No. Rectangles are great, too, but please stick to the sizes listed.

What color red are we using?
   Orange-red, Red, or Blue-red
   Range of values
   Tints, Tones and Shades

What fabric should I use?
  Tone-on-tone or solid
  No large prints
  No other colors

YES. These are all great options!
MAYBE. These might work in the right placement.
NO. Please don't use any prints with other colors.

May I add green leaves to my floral appliqué block?

Do I need to pre-wash my fabric?
No. If you already have, that's fine.

May I use precuts?
Yes. 2.5" strips or 5" squares can be very handy.

Do I need to buy fabric for this project?
No. I hope you can find a piece in your stash that's just right!

How many different reds should I use in my block?
You can make a block with only two fabrics or use lots of different fabrics. The choice is yours. I ask that you include at least a bit of the off white for consistency.

Do I need to give back left over off white fabric?
No. we have tons. Add it to your scrap bin! 
If you want to donate it to our outreach program, please cut it into 5" squares or 2.5" strips.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

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