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A Stitch in Time: Prudence Island Quilters Exhibit
Monday, September 26 to Saturday, October 29, 2022

Founded in 1987, the Prudence Island Quilters have been meeting regularly at the Rogers Free Library for many years. We are thrilled to host a new exhibit of their work, as they celebrate their 35th Anniversary! This collaborative group of quilters meet monthly to share techniques and learn from one another. From traditional to innovative, these varied quilts feature bold colors, subtle hues, unusual patterns, conventional designs, diverse techniques and differing processes. While no two quilts are alike, the Prudence Island Quilters are united in their commitment to creativity, community building and philanthropy. “A Stitch in Time: Prudence Island Quilters,” will be on view on all three floors of the Rogers Free Library from Monday, September 26-Saturday, October 29, 2022.

The library is holding a series of fiber arts classes in concert with the exhibit.

Fall Fiber Arts Classes

Sample image of Needle Felting

An Introduction to Needle Felting
October 12, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm

Create a colorful, textured design with wool. Needle felting uses a needle to mat wool into a “wool painting.” Please feel free to bring a simple drawing or design in to inspire your needle felting image. All supplies will be provided. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP required. Please RSVP HERE.

adults & teens

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.

Sample image of a quilt

An Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Prudence Island Quilters in a class to make your own hot pad. Learn how to machine piece a 9-patch block, hand quilt it and finish it with a mitered binding. All supplies will be provided. Sewing machine experience helpful, but not necessary. Limited to 10 participants. RSVP required. Please RSVP HERE.


Location: Upstairs Conference Room

Sample image of a weaving loom

Wednesday Night Weaving
October 19, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm

We will use a simple, easy-to-weave Inkle loom to create hand-woven bookmarks with instructor Elizabeth Springett. Springett has traveled the world for textiles. Her range of knowledge in fabric construction and color is extensive. She is the owner of WovenSeas Weaving Studio in Warren. All supplies will be provided. Limited to 6 participants. RSVP required.

This program is FULL, but if you would like to be added to the WAITLIST please register HERE. If spaces become available we will contact you.

adults & teens

Location: Upstairs Conference Room

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.

Sample image of one of the quilts on display

Quilting Demonstration
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 1:30-2:00 pm

Join the Prudence Island Quilters for a quilting demonstration in the Herreshoff Community Room. Foundational techniques will be explained.


Location: Herreshoff Community Room

About the Prudence Island Quilters

The Prudence Island Quilters was founded by a group of like-minded women within the Prudence Island community, who wanted to share their love of quilting and learn new techniques.  Through the years that sense of community expanded to include donations of quilts to multiple charitable organizations both on and off-island.  It continues today with gifts to islanders, island organizations and our yearly donation to our chosen charity, Operation Stand Down, which supports women veterans. 

We have raised money through the sale of quilts to develop a scholarship program for Prudence Island children who want to further their education after high school graduation.  We are partners with the Portsmouth Arts Guild; we support them monetarily and we have an annual spring quilt show in Portsmouth. We also enjoy a long standing partnership with the Rogers Free Library in Bristol and have had several quilt shows here before the pandemic. We are very happy to be back again this year! 

Please enjoy the show and for more information on joining the PI Quilters, or comments that you might have, please contact Cindy Buckley, President Prudence Island Quilters at

Collage of 4 of the quilts currently on display
Creditline: Wonky Stars by Ann Lund, Patriotic Quilt by the Prudence Island Quilters, Bow Tie Blues by Carolyn Pomfret & Layer Cake Design by Karen Morris