Welcome!

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, October 28, 2022

October 2022

October Meeting
In the spirit of this fall season we saw some fall and Halloween themed pieces.
Suzie made a Bonnie Hunter pumpkin table runner.

Tara's granddaughter is going love this quilt and her very special trick or treat bag!

Members had a great time looking at this month's Block of the month.
Even though the block is the same, 
they all look so different with the different fabrics used. 


Kathy created a Kawandi piece.  
Our speaker last month, Jen Strauser,  
spoke about this method and inspired Kathy to make one.
We always see new ideas!




Catherine shared a wonderful story about this quilt, started by her great grandmother and continued and repaired by her grandmother, Catherine, and family members.


Her quilt label tells the story of her quilt and how multiple generations worked on 
and remembered this quilt being made.



Nicole finished a wonderful T-Shirt Quilt....it really tells a story...



Carol shared a lighthouse quilt.


Tina has been using up her scraps so she made this quilt....
but still had scraps left over so...on the back...


on the back....Tina put her orange and her scrappy hexagons together.



Outreach quilts were shared during Show and Tell.  

Our outreach quilts are donated locally.

This wonderful quilt is created by arranging blocks on point.



Another quilt made by our outreach committee.

A very cheery quilt finished up by Tina for Outreach.



A kiddie quilt for donation created with a disappearing four-patch.  What fun!


An outreach heart quilt...this says it all.  
Giving a quilt is like giving a hug.


An outreach quilt with a border we loved.  Made from leftovers.  Two sets of blocks were alternated with tan blocks.  What a great design.


An outreach quilt made with 
Friend Ship blocks and wonderful star blocks and others.

Our speaker, Marge Tucker spoke about improvisation in antique quilts and in quilts created today.  This is a wonderful piece she created based on the Dresden plate idea but she she transformed it.  She won numerous awards for this quilt.

Marge spoke about how color and using a very different block 
as a center of interest can really change a quilt.

Happy Quilting Everyone!

Sunday, September 25, 2022

September Meeting 2022

 Welcome to our September meeting! 

We met in person at the Westerly, RI Senior Center and had a lot of fun!  We had Show and Tell which is a favorite for many! A speaker, Jenn Strauser of www.dizzyquilter.com who works with vintage quilts, fabrics, color and Kawandi quilting gave us an entertaining trunk show. We raffled off our Block of the Month blocks members made, and we had time to shop and socialize!  

We love to get together at our meetings!

As everyone arrives, they are checked in and when you wear your name tag you are eligible to win a door prize!

BOM
or BBB BOM 2022
We make monthly blocks from Barbara Barber's
 Binder Block of the Month.  This block is done as a memorial to our member's talent and generosity.


Making Quilts for Local Donation
Ways and means has kits available for those who choose to work on a quilt to be donated to the community.  You can make blocks, or put the top of the quilt together, or do more or less as you choose.  We work as a team!


Our Library
We have a collection of books in our library run by volunteers and members can borrow the books to learn new techniques and look at different kinds of quilts.

Ways and Means Raffle
Members bring items like fabric, tools, and more to be raffled off with proceeds going to our Ways and Means committee for community outreach projects.
It is always fun to win and bring home some treasures! And yes, we always have time to shop and nibble on refreshments.  



Our Speaker, Jenn Strauss
Jenn shared her trunk show of her journey as a quilter.  She has used color and fabrics in different ways. She works with designing fabric and patterns.  See more at www.dizzyquilter.com.  Jenn also has an etsy shop and a facebook page.
#dizzyquilter

Jenn works using the Kawandi technique of quilting where the quilt is created from the outside in and large stitches are used on the surface to connect the pieces.

Here Jenn used color in an expressive manner and 
decided to curve the edges of her fabric.


A close up of her quilting reveals curved improvisational lines.
 

Members gather to laugh and examine Jenn's work more closely.



Let's Look at Our Show and Tell!!!

Tara shared her quilt she put together with blocks and fabrics she had waiting together in a box for her. There is a three dimensional element to the center of the stars.  The flower petals are three dimensional!




Audrey shared a wonderful wedding quilt that is very special.  Her quilt is hand appliqued and hand quilted.  This quilt will certainly be a precious gift.
 

Barbara C made a holiday quilt celebrating Festivus.  Yes, it is a real holiday that was created in the 60s. 
Barbara is peeking out from behind her quilt! Hi there!


Cheryl shared a quilt made of fabric her granddaughter picked out...and it's Cheryl's favorite too- fabric by Tula Pink.

A raccoon quilt for Cheryl's two year old grandson!  Happy birthday!


Ginny made a group of log cabin blocks.  She was arranging them into a final quilt and left the room to think but when she came back, she husband had put them into this design so Ginny went with it.  Very striking quilt!

Ginny made a very special quilt for a fundraiser for diabetes.  The alternating blocks have special messages and images of butterflies.



This pattern is "Crosswalk" a MSQC pattern created by Nancy L.
Nancy made this quilt in a workshop hosted by a friend at the Senior Center.


Our president, Pat G shared her quilt she started in a guild workshop 
taught by  the "Stash Bandit" Diane Harris.
Learn more at www.stashbandit.net

Here is Pat G's finished redwork quilt, created with red embroidery in the blocks.  
The vintage Santas are a perfect choice for a quilt using redwork.

Pat G shared placemats she finished using a donation of blocks.  What a great idea to use a variety of blocks for placemats!  These placemats will be donated to Meals on Wheels and distributed during the winter holidays.  This is but one of the programs our guild members may participate in as part of community outreach.


Quilts by our Community Outreach Committee

Our  Community Outreach committee always has a beautiful collection of quilts they have made. These quilts are donated to local programs including Operation Fresh Start - New Beginnings, Habitat for Humanity, Project Linus, Quilts of Valor, and to hospitals.





That is what our meetings are like!