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Our July meeting was highlighted with the turning in of twelve mystery quilts for our exhibition in October. The quilts were varied with their creator’s choice of fabrics and each was beautifully unique.

We had a People’s Choice vote. Congratulations go to Sheryl Fowler, first place and a gift certificate for the Woman’s Shop of 1500/ ksh, April Webb for second place  (1000/ ksh certificate), and Jharna and Jaya Kamdar, third place (500/ksh). We look forward to seeing these quilts in our show at Sarit Centre, October 3-5.

Block of the month continued with fifteen members participating.  Elizabeth Cheserem and Kuljinder Birdi won the blocks.  There is no Block of the Month this month, but we will continue in September.

Charu Patel has offered to give tutoring on machine quilting. She is opening up her home to Guild members during the month of August.  If members are interested, please call her soon so she may arrange a day convenient to most.  She is also willing to do the same after the monthly meeting in September.

Our demonstration this month was by Patty Arensen.  She showed a video by Bonnie Browning of the American Quilter’s Society on How to put a sleeve on your quilt. This was a review for most, but a good reminder to all in light of finishing our quilts for the coming exhibition.

Patty then spoke on the duties of a white glove lady at a quilt show.  She emphasized that the white glove lady’s job is to act as a hostess at the show, welcoming people and answering questions.  Secondly, her job is to protect the quilts. We talked about ways to do this politely especially with the matter of guests drinking tea and coffee around the quilts.  We will talk about this more at future meetings.

There is no monthly meeting in August and we are looking forward to our next meeting 18 September 2014.  The main event will be to turn in our quilts for the exhibition.

 

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At the meeting three groups participated in the “One Yard Challenge.” About seven women were in each group, with a “brown group,” a “blue group,” and a “black and white group.” Each woman had one yard of her chosen fabric, and tore it in half, kept half, and handed the other piece to the next woman. This was repeated until each member of the group had a piece of each of the fabrics. The challenge will be to use all of the pieces in a project; it is okay to add in other fabrics.

Suzanne showed two short videos from Leahday.com of Leah showing her husband how to machine quilt. These were especially appreciated by the newer quilters in our group.

Gretchen won the fat quarter exchange, black and white pieces, which will go well with her challenge fabrics since she was in the black and white group for the challenge. Neela won the block of the month drawing.

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The July meeting is the last one for the first half of the year. We take a break in August, and we expect to return in August, full of plans and brand new quilts for the Kenya Quilt Guild Exhibition to be held at Sarit Centre, October 3-5!


This month our meeting started with the business of our AGM. The Officers were elected as were the ladies that are to fill the positions of the Standing Committee. The past Committee members were congratulated on their excellent work and the new members were welcomed.

We had one visitor introduced and three of our ladies celebrate their birthdays this month.

The planning for the ‘Magical Art of Stitches 2014’ Exhibition is well under way. We have successfully obtained permission to hold the raffle and quotes have been secured for the printing of the calendar.

Members were reminded to bring along two photographs of their work for consideration for calendar illustrations: Art quilts and traditional quilts. We are in need of sponsorship and letters are available.

The Committee has agreed to continue to hold UFO workshops following each monthly meeting. Members were encouraged to bring along their current work where they can stitch independently and also have expert guidance if necessary.

Raghbir will be holding another Table Runner class on Thursday, 24th May. If anyone is interested in attending, please speak to her directly. Everyone who took the class last month recommended it.

Sheryl Fowler introduced the first Block of the Month, showing a made sample. The Guild supplied kits containing the background fabric and the block directions. For those not able to attend the meeting, more kits will be available for collection at the Woman Shop. If a kit is taken, the made block must be returned next month otherwise the next kit will not be issued.

Raji Syan spoke about the new books that have been added to the library inventory. The names of the books were listed in last month’s Snippets.

Future programs will include a demonstration on the one metre challenge and a presentation on Modern Quilts. Suzanne Waithaka performed the draw for the fat quarters and encouraged more ladies to bring their ‘pastel’ fat quarter along next month.

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Show and Tell followed with Patty Arensen sharing her half square triangle/chevron quilt. Corrine Talbot then demonstrated how she turned an old embroidered pillowcase into a small quilt and she also had her completed Mystery Quilt for everyone to see. Poley Bhamra had an elephant wallhanging and a wavy block quilt. Dorothy Stockwell finished her LaLa Salama quilt with a Katte Fassett pattern. Jasbir Jabal showed her sampler quilt which she made under Gill Rebelo’s instruction. Indu Shah made a circular mat using Raghbir’s ruler. She also had a sunflower wallhanging and a patchwork bag. Gretchen Mwaura had her granddaughter hold up the fabric that they dyed together, then Gretchen explained her three quilts which had the general theme of “Earth”. Karen Crumpacker also displayed her reversible LaLa Salama quilt. Jasvinder Phull had made a table runner and placemats and lastly Suzanne Waithaka had stitched handbags from upholstery fabric.

After coffee break, we had the video and explanation on Revolution Rulers. With these rulers you reverse the traditional order of making common quilt blocks like snowball blocks and half square triangles. First, mark cut and sew lines on big pieces of fabric. Then sew big pieces of fabric together on the straight sew lines you have marked. Cut apart and trim multiple units.

Next meeting is May 15. See you then!

 


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This month we had no visitors, however three of our members were celebrating their birthdays.  Patty blessed them saying, “May your seams be ¼” and irons never spit.”

The newsletter was sent out promptly this month, thanks to Suzanne and other contributors.  Hard copies of Snippets will not be available for members at the meeting due to the expense of photocopying and the time/effort that will be involved.  For PR reasons, all present members and past members will receive Snippets via email, but there will be an unsubscribe tool installed for those who do not wish to receive it.

Anyone who wants to sell a sewing related item or is in need of purchasing one, can send the information to Suzanne to be published in the next edition.

The planning for the 2014 Magical Art of Stitches Exhibition is well under way.  Our deposit has been paid to The Sarit Centre and permission for the raffle has been sought.  Entry forms for the Challenge Quilts will be circulated at the meeting and sponsorship letters are obtainable from Sheryl Fowler.  Members were reminded to bring along a photo of their favourite quilt to the May meeting for the calendar.

Our UFO afternoons are being supported by some members and others were encouraged to take advantage of time and space provided by the Guild.  We will be holding these afternoon regularly after our monthly meetings.

Raji spoke about the library and the new books which should arrive before the April meeting.  The list of books ordered was published in Snippets.  The members accepted the news with enthusiasm.  There are also some library books outstanding and ladies were asked for their assistance to get them back into stock.

As of April, Sheryl will be introducing the Block of the Month. The pattern will be printed in Snippets and the Guild will be providing the background fabric each month.  Members are to bring their blocks along to the May meeting, where there will be a draw and the lucky winner will receive all of the blocks made by members which should be enough to construct a quilt.

Gretchen shared the Red Cross quilt top with the membership and explained the significance of each of the symbols. Patty will be quilting the project after which it will be presented to the Red Cross Society of Kenya.

Quilt for the Red Cross Society of Kenya

Quilt for the Red Cross Society of Kenya

 

During our April meeting, we will  hold our AGM.  Anyone wishing to serve on the Committee is most welcome and should step forward to be nominated.  After the AGM Kundan will be giving her talk on Revolutionary Rulers.

Ladies were again reminded to pay their outstanding membership fees of Shs. 1500.00

A new challenge will be introduced next month, “One Yard Exchange”.  Seven ladies will form their own group and chose a theme for their fabrics, say for instance, all batiks.  There will be a quick demonstration of the fabric snipping and ripping.  Sounds fun.  The Woman Shop will put up a prize for those groups who purchase the fabric from them.

Suzanne also suggested a fat quarter exchange where again a theme is put forward and those wishing to participate bring a fat quarter to the meeting.  Those who have a fat quarter will be eligible to win all the fat quarters in a monthly draw.

Raghbir’s table runner class was a great success and those who took the class brought along their runners to show.  More ladies voiced interest in taking the class.

 

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Show and Tell this month was well supported.  Jasbir Jabal showed her sampler quilt that she had constructed with Gill.  Indu Shah had two baby quilts and also a fine example of smocking and crochet work.  Suzanne Waithaka finished three small UFO quilts made from scraps.  Dorothy Stockwell had a black and white wall hanging made by the Tentmakers of Cairo with verses from the Koran.  Rashmika Patel had a beautiful ABC animal appliqué quilt, Raji Syan shared her patchwork quilt that she had finished on her long arm machine and Sheryl Fowler had a batik quilt made in the pattern of Rail Fence Diamond.

Following coffee break, Gill gave a short talk on the history of the Tentmakers of Cairo.  She described the plain exterior of Bedouin tents and how the magnificent appliqué pieces adorned the interior of the tents.  The beautiful pieces have no batting, so when the light filters through the fabric it gives a stained glass effect.  Jenny Bowker, who was a long time resident of Egypt, has worked to promote this art all over the world. With the economic downfall of Egypt and the political unrest, the Tentmakers have suffered decline.

We watched a fascinating video on the Tentmakers, where there were interviews and demonstrations on the techniques used to appliqué the pieces.  Following this, Estelle shared her many quilts with the meeting and told us of her experiences in Egypt.

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