The October meeting of the KQG was a fun time of remembering the Quilt Show held at the Sarit Center on October 3rd, 4th, and 5th. There were 31 women present, of whom 5 were visitors. Some of the visitors came after attending the show and becoming interested in the group.

We had a drawing for the block of the month; members had made 20 blocks so there were two lucky winners. The calendars have turned out well, and are available for sale at 300 ksh each. Several people had brought quilts for “show and tell.” Even one of the visitors showed the “coffee pot cozy” she had made from one of the Guild kits.

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Photos courtesy of Judith Kamau

Jharna showed slides of all of the quilts at the show (over 150!), and we were able to comment and tell stories both of the quilts and of the reactions of the visitors to those quilts. Neela passed out kits, put together by Sheryl and friends, for making hexagon folded flowers. Each of the women there was then able to make one of the flowers.

Several people stayed and visited and sewed after the meeting.


Magical Art of Stitches

The Magical Art of Stitches Exhibition 2014, organized jointly between the Kenya Quilt Guild and the Kenya Embroiderers Guild, was held at Sarit Centre in Westlands, October 3-5. From the Exhibition Committee Chairman, Sheryl Fowler, we have the following report:

I am sure that everyone will agree that the display for “The Magical Art of Stitches Exhibition 2014” was professional, not cluttered and very pleasing to the eye.  We have to congratulate the Exhibition Committee for hanging the quilts tastefully.  It was an entire day’s work for the ladies, but the end result was fabulous.  The general public was very complimentary in every aspect of the show.  We have a talented membership and their work was highly appreciated.
 
The Challenge Quilts and Mystery Quilts were exceptional and took the interest of our visitors.  This type of group activity is popular with our membership and we should endeavour to hold more in the future.  We hope to start a new Challenge in January and look forward to many exciting new quilts from everyone.  We all have patchwork and quilting in common, enjoy the art of quilting and appreciate each other’s skills.
 
At the exhibition, our loyal members were prompt to serve their duties and every post was manned.  The white glove ladies were on hand to help, assist and answer any questions.  They endeavoured to promote our art.  The impromptu workshops run by Sarah Brewin were well attended and enjoyed by the public as were the complimentary classes given to our members as a gift from our Guild.  Peponi Preparatory School sent 58 children and teachers on Friday.  The children enjoyed their workshop and the tours given by both Guilds.
 
The prize ribbons were awarded on Sunday morning: 

  • 1st Prize to Sarah Brewin for Kitange Cloth
  • 2nd Prize to Jaya & Jharna Kamdar for The Wedding Quilt
  • 3rd Prize to Lakhbir Virdee for Infinity
  • 4th Prize to Jasvinder Phull for Tribemen
  • 5th Prize to Kundan Pattni for Omigosh.

The Challenge Quilts were also awarded ribbons:

  • 1st Place to Jasvinder Phull for Day Lillies
  • 2nd Place to Anne Lyon for Dragonfly
  • 3rd Place to Kulwinder Birdi for Spring Flowers
  • 4th Place to Carol Davey for Comforts of Home

 
Well done to all the ladies who served on the Exhibition Committee and to our talented members who submitted quilts for the show.  With everyone’s participation, we held a very successful exhibition!

See photos of the exhibition quilts on our Gallery page.


Magical Art of Stitches 2014 Poster


This link is just in from our member, Kundan Pattni of The Woman Shop at Sarit Centre, Westlands, Kenya’s exclusive Bernina dealer:

http://weallsew.com/2014/08/28/diy-embellished-checkbook-cover-featuring-circular-embroidery-attachment-83/


Giriama Village, patchwork quilt by Hamuda Tahir, on display at Birmingham, England, Festival of Quilts

Giriama Village, patchwork quilt by Hamuda Tahir, on display at Birmingham, England, Festival of Quilts

Our own Hamuda Tahir is in Birmingham, England, enjoying the Festival of Quilts. She sends us this photo of her quilt, Giriama Village, on display there, and says the following:

This is Hamuda from the Mombasa quilting group. I am currently in Birmingham in the uk at the festival of quilts where I entered my quilt ‘Giriama Village’ in the competition in the Pictorial Quilts category. I have attached a picture for you to see.

The exhibition is amazing and there are some truly beautiful quilts on display including a functioning 3 dimensional grandfather clock 7 feet tall made entirely from quilted panels! 

We wish Hamuda well, and we hope she continues to enjoy the Birmingham Festival of Quilts, running August 7-10!

Thanks, Hamuda, for sharing your lovely quilt and your happy smile with us!!


Dena Dale Crain, co-founder (with Anne Mains of Canada) and long time member of the Kenya Quilt Guild, has just opened a new Web site.

Check out QuiltEd Online, and do it quickly! There’s an offer of a FREE online patchwork quilt course that expires in a couple of days. Find the coupon and instructions to use it on the home page; do the coursework whenever you have time!

QuiltEd Online, home of online education for patchwork quilters


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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