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!
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.
Because looking good matters to the people around you.
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.
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.
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!