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The Kenya Quilt Guild will be hosting an Exhibition of its members’ quilts at the Village Market, May 11, 12 and 13. As part of the Exhibition, we will be raffling off three quilts. The principal raffle quilt is shown below:
Tickets for the raffle are being printed now. When completed, they will be available at The Woman Shop in Sarit Centre, ready for collection and sale by KQG members, or sold to anyone who is interested in owning this lovely cotton patchwork quilt. The quilts will be raffled on Sunday, May 13th, at 4:00 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall at Village Market. Stop by, won’t you, and see whether you hold the winning ticket?!
The Kenya Quilt Guild held its April meeting as its Annual General Meeting for 2012. Chair Neela Shah welcomed a rather limited turn-out of members (29 with one guest) for the AGM. Apparently, some schools are not yet back in session, so some of our members were still on holiday. After a brief introduction, Neela held the Election of Officers for 2012. These were elected as follows:
Chair: Neela Shah
Vice-Chair: Deanna Gaudaur
Secretary: April Webb
Treasurer: Loise Gitagia
Members-at-Large: Brij Datta and Jasbir Sokhi
Dena Crain, author of the current KQG Constitution, explained the functions of the Subcommittees which support the Executive Council in six areas of the Guild’s work: Membership, Education, Exhibitions, Community Outreach and Charitable Works, Advertising and Promotions, and Newsletter Publication. Dena exhorted members to be involved in this “painless” way! Membership of a Standing Committee is not onerous and only one person from each one is required to attend Executive Council meetings once a month. A sign-up sheet was passed around and a good number of members pitched in as follows:
Raji Syan (Librarian)
Community Outreach and Charitable Works
Advertising and Promotions
Dena Crain (IT only)
With Election of Officers and structuring of the Subcommittees out of the way, the Guild voted on the proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Kenya Quilt Guild. One of these was that Snippets, the KQG newsletter, would be discontinued unless a volunteer editor was found at the AGM; this was obviated by Margaret Atandi and Jane MacAskill who have proffered their skills to maintain the newsletter. Snippets survives!
The second proposed amendment to the Constitution was to change the date of the AGM to the April meeting date. Sheryl Fowler proposed (seconded by Gretchen Mwaura) a change to the amendment: the AGM shall take place on or before the third Thursday in May of each year. Two thirds of those members present at the meeting needed to approve the change by a show of hands in order for it to be adopted. There was a unanimous vote in favour of the change to the amendment. The acceptance of the amended proposal was also unanimously supported.
Gill Rebelo reminded members of the exciting programme of workshops on offer in the near future and encouraged those interested to sign up and pay a deposit or in full as soon as possible in order to ensure a place:
- Mon 7th May a.m. or p.m.: Bev Rebelo, Hand quilting, KSh500 per half day at the Rebelo residence in Loresho
- Tues 8th May: Bev Rebelo, Machine quilting, KSh1500 full day at Shalom House
- Tues 15th May: Sarah Brewin, Dancing Ladies, KSh2,800, full day including kit at Shalom House
- Fri 18th May: Magie Relph, Broken Windows, KSh 1500, full day at Shalom House
- Mon 21st May: Magie Relph, African Jazz,* KSh 1500, full day at Shalom House
- Wed 23rd May: Magie Relph, Extreme appliqué*, KSh 1500, full day at Shalom House
- Thurs 24th May a.m.: Magie Relph, Adinkra Stamping, KSh 800, half day at Shalom House
- Thurs 24th May p.m.: Magie Relph, Creative Strip Cloth, KSh 1200 incl fabric, half day at Shalom House
*Please note change of dates for these 2 classes.
Plans for the upcoming Exhibition at Village Market on 11th, 12th and 13th May are well in order. Dena designed and had printed 30 copies of a colourful poster advertising the exhibition. She encouraged members to sign up and take copies to display in public places. Those who have to pay to display may claim the cost from the Guild if they keep and present their receipts.
Neela suggested that posters should only go up a week to ten days before the exhibition. Members were also encouraged to sign a roster to volunteer their services in various roles at the exhibition. This really is a joint effort, and both posters and the duty roster can be found at The Woman Shop until 5th May. Stop in and collect a poster for displaying at your church, school or other high-traffic public place. Sign up for a two-hour stint as a welcoming hostess, raffle table worker, membership recruiter or white glove lady. Your help will be much appreciated!
Jasbir and Jasvinder were collecting entry forms and fees for quilts which members wish to show or sell at the exhibition. Members were reminded that any forms submitted after 19th April would attract a penalty fee of KSh300. All quilts need to be delivered to The Woman Shop or to Neela or Gill by 5th May. Neela explained that members may submit two quilts each for exhibition but extras will be accepted and may be displayed, depending on the space available. The entrant will be reimbursed their entry fee if the quilt is not included in the show.
Neela announced that formal approval for the raffle of Guild quilts has been received from the Betting Control and Licensing Board. However there has not been time to get the tickets printed for the AGM and members were asked to collect ticket booklets from The Woman Shop and to ensure they bring money, stubs and unsold tickets to the exhibition.
Pauline Mang’ana displayed the cup which will be awarded to the “People’s choice” for the best quilt in the show. The second prize will be a kanga.
For Show-and-Tell, Indu Shah showed the progress she has made on a quilt for a young girl. She has embroidered the pieces most attractively. Brij displayed a delightful quilt made of Amish fabrics she acquired on the Guild’s trip to Canada. Bria Gaudaur showed two quilts – one an image containing the letters LOVE was well received and the second, designed for a toddler, was most suitable for the Kenyan environment as appliquéd cars attempted to climb rick-rack hills! Deanna showed a quilt with appliquéd letters of the alphabet and a fun image to go with each one. This is the “first grand-child quilt” although she may have to wait a while before she can give it away! Deanna Gaudaur, Bria’s mum, then showed us a masterpiece of machine quilting. A New York Beauty design, the quilt had not been pieced but squares and complex designs were traced onto the fabric and then coloured with machine stitched free motion quilting. It was absolutely stunning!
Dena Crain then gave a masterly talk on the subject of how to care for our quilts. She listed the factors that damage quilts, such as
- light which can fade colours and cause fibre disintegration, moisture which can encourage the growth of moulds and other decomposers,
- staining by sugar solutions, wine, chocolate or tea or the sebum from finger tips which can all cause permanent marks,
- physical damage can be caused by insects, rodents, dogs and cats and their body fluids can also cause permanent staining,
- dirt from dusty environments causes discolouration,
- abrasion – friction can damage fibres and result in holes in fabric, and
- temperature extremes have similar effects.
In order to avoid the factors listed above and the permanent creasing caused by folding, quilts should be stored face down in stacks on a flat surface such as a mattress protected by a cotton (100%) sheet. The stacks should be evenly distributed so that there is no lumpiness to warp the quilts. A white cotton sheet should cover the stacks and the curtains of the room can be kept drawn.
Alternatively, the quilts can be rolled, with rod in place. The rolling should begin from the top end, ensuring the edges do not catch and crease, and with the top side of the quilt on the outside of the roll. This expands the top fabric a little so that any creases form on the underside of the quilt. The presence of the rod stops the roll collapsing inwards, again introducing creases into the fabric. Rolling from the top downwards ensures that loose curling is at the bottom end of the quilt and this will fall out when the quilt is hung from the rod again.
The rolled quilts can be stored individually in cotton drawstring bags, which are longer than the quilt is wide, thus closure of the bag can be more effective. Plastic bags are not good for quilt storage.
A sleeve is attached to the top of the underside of the quilt to contain the rod. The sleeve should be pleated in such a way that there is more fabric on the outer surface of the sleeve than in the portion of the fabric attached to the back of the quilt. The sleeve then accommodates the rod so that the quilt lies flat and does not curl around the rod when hung. A double hanger sleeve means the quilt can be hung from the centre of the rod as well as by the two ends. If a rectangular bar of wood is used for hanging the quilt (rather than a round one) then the screw eyes should be attached on the two ends of the bar closer to the top edge. This ensures the quilt is not tipped forward as it hangs.
Exhibitors were also reminded that the rod from which the quilt is suspended for display must be one inch shorter than the width of the quilt. It is useful to write the name of the quilt on the rod in felt tip pen as well as the dimensions of the rod. This makes it easier to locate appropriate rods from your collection.
When carrying a quilt as hand luggage, Dena has designed a canvas belted bag that contains the rolled quilt wrapped in a white cotton sheet. When transporting larger numbers of quilted pieces, Dena advises hard-sided luggage. However, aeroplane weight restrictions have forced many quilters to resort to soft-sided luggage. Dena protects the quilts from damage in such a bag by packing (bundling) them in a very specific way. She has cut a cardboard template that fits the base of the bag. She lays the quilts on a flat surface in an even stack so that the pieces all lie diagonally to one another. She then places the template on the top of the stack and folds the quilts around it so that each is folded on the bias. This means the folds are softer and the creasing less pronounced. The folded packet can then be placed neatly in the bag. Dena advises that the items to be packed are laid out ready and only placed in the bag just prior to departure to minimise their time in the folded state. An overnight stop means the quilts get some relief too. They should be unpacked and laid out on a flat surface or draped over a spare bed or the back of a sofa, then re-packed immediately before departure.
After Dena’s fine presentation, the meeting was adjourned.
This email has just gone out from Karey Bresenhan and we picked it up from the QuiltArt e-list (if you’re not a member, we think you should be!). We hope that the letter will be of interest to our readers and that someone who saw it here first will submit a quilt:
I know all of you are art quilters–that’s why you read this list! But I’mbetting that quite a few of you have come from excellent traditional quiltbackgrounds, and if so, you’re just the people I need to reach! (You and other really good traditional quilters you know, of course)
I’m jurying another 500 quilts book for Lark/Sterling. This one is 500 Traditional Quilts. I did the 500 Art Quilts book a couple of years ago. As with the art quilt book, we are trying to showcase the most beautiful, extraordinary traditional quilts being made today. There’s no restriction on country, or on materials used, or even on when the quilt was made, although preference will be given to more recent work. The quilt can have beenpublished elsewhere, online, or on a blog–no problem. Generally speaking, if your quilt has been published previously in a book or magazine, and YOUpaid for the photograph to be taken or YOU took the photo yourself, thenthere should be no copyright problem, but please do check the contract yousigned with the publication first, before submitting an entry. (And please,I don’t want to get in the middle of a copyright discussion–Heaven forbid!I am just passing along the specific information the Lark/Sterling editorgave me–I am certainly no copyright expert.)
Most of the Lark books require that the photo that is submitted for juryingbe of publication quality, but because so often even fine traditional quiltsare submitted with snapshots (this is based on our experience at IQA andwith Festival’s special exhibits), I convinced the editors to go a differentroute with the 500 Traditional Quilts book. We ask that you submit the best
quality photo you can for jurying, but if your quilt is selected for thebook, then it will be your responsibility to have a professional qualityphoto made for the book. Digital imagery, slides, and transparencies will beaccepted. Each quilt artist may submit up to 5 quilts. There is no entryfee. If your work is accepted for the book, you will get fullacknowledgement, one free copy (only one per quilt), and discounts on thepurchase of additional books.
Details on submitting a quilt for the new book may be found here: http://www.larkcrafts.com/submit/calls-for-submissions/ . Please note thatthere are two forms that must be downloaded from this site. Entries must bemailed in; no email entries will be accepted.
The deadline is MAY 15. I urge all of you to take another look at your owntraditional quilts or to suggest this to another traditional quilter you mayknow who does extraordinary work! This call is not meant for those sweet,but run-of-the-mill, Nine Patch quilts, of course, which I probably don’thave to tell you! But spectacular, beautifully made, traditional quilts that
take the genre to new heights–those I’m looking for! And I’d love it ifyou’d send this to all your traditional quilt friends!
Director Emeritus, International Quilt Festival–Houston, Long Beach, and Cincinnati
Juror, 500 Traditional Quilts
The Kenya Quilt Guild holds its Annual General Meeting on Thursday of this week at our usual meeting place, Shalom House off Ngong Road near The Junction and next door to L’Arena Pizzeria. The meeting will open at 10:00 a.m. We will have election of officers and calls for Subcommittee volunteers to establish a new Executive Council. Then we will debate two Constitutional amendments, one to change the AGM date to the April meeting, and the other to suspend publication of Snippets indefinitely. Anyone who is not a member in good standing may not vote for officers or amendments, so if you have not yet paid your dues for 2012, please come prepared to do so BEFORE the meeting begins.
The business portion of our meeting concluded, we will have a brief show-and-tell, followed by a presentation by Dena Crain on how to care for our quilts. Dena will discuss the enemies of textiles, how to travel with quilts and how to prepare quilts for long-term storage as well as how to hang and display our lovely quilts.
Don’t forget that before our next meeting in May, we will be holding an exhibition at the Village Market. That happens over the weekend of the 11th, 12th, and 13th of May, and the show will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each of those days. Volunteers are needed to help work the show.
If you plan to exhibit one or more quilts in the show, bring your completed Call for Entry form and the appropriate amount of cash to pay the fees for showing your work to the AGM on Thursday. Any Call for Entry form submitted after Thursday will be charged an additional 300/-. Make certain you have completed the correct Call for Entry form; if it asks you whether you want the KQG to sell your quilt, that’s the right one!
Quilts for the show can be delivered to The Woman Shop, to Neela Shah or to Gill Rebelo any time up until the close of business on Saturday, May 5. Quilts received after that date will not be exhibited.
Anyone who is interested in patchwork quilting is invited to attend both our AGM and our Exhibition. Come to meet us, see what we do and how we do it, and to join in the fun and appreciation of patchwork quilting we share. Visitors are welcome, but there is an entry fee of 200/- payable at the door.
We have quite a few workshops coming up in May. Follow our Quilt Workshop Schedule for more information to be posted soon.
See you Thursday at Shalom House!
The Kenya Quilt Guild will be holding an exhibition at the Village Market on May 11, 12 and 13. It is time now for all our Guild members to put needle to fabric and finish off some wonderful new work to be displayed there.
Our Guild picks up new members every year, so every year the cry goes up–”How do I prepare my quilt for hanging it in the show?”
Start by following the instructions at Quilts, Inc. for how to make a hanger sleeve. This is a pdf download that gives full instructions for how to make and set a hanger sleeve on a quilt.
Notice that the sleeve has extra fullness on the back. That fullness accommodates the depth of the rod, so that the quilt top does not wrap around the rod from the front in an unsightly way. With this kind of hanger sleeve, the face of the quilt will remain flat all the way to the top.
Then, find or buy a rod or pole that is suitable for your quilt. For small quilts, a stick that is 1/4″ deep by 1 1/2″ wide will suffice. For a large bedcover, you may need a stick that is 1″ deep by 2″ wide. Make sure you buy a rod that is sturdy enough to carry the quilt’s weight without bowing. Rods or poles for quilt display should not be seen from the front of the quilt, so it’s best to cut their length to about 2″ narrower than the width of the quilt.
Attach a screw eye to each end of the rod; again, size depends on the amount of weight that will be hanging from the rod. Screw in the eyes completely, leaving them in the correct position for hanging as shown above.
It’s a good idea to write on the rod with some permanent market the name of the quilt and your name. That way, if your rod gets separated from your quilt, they can always find their way back together!
Make and sew a label to the back of your quilt, usually placed in the lower right corner. The label should include your name, the date the quilt was completed, where the quilt was made, any special information about materials or processes, and laundry instructions if needed. You can also include details of any special occasion for which the quilt was made. Make your label entirely by hand, if you like, or print one using one of the computer printer fabric sheets. Embroidery, permanent marking pens, paint or other media that will last for as long as the quilt does are all acceptable supplies to use when making a lable.
With hanger sleeve and label attached and the rod with screw eyes inserted in the hanger sleeve, roll your quilt from the top downward, being careful not to fold the quilt top edge back on itself. Roll with the face side of the quilt outward, never inward. This ensures that the face of the quilt never acquires ugly and unnecessary wrinkles.
Make and slip your rolled quilt into a cotton muslin drawstring bag if you need to protect it from soiling or to store it for some time (remove the rod first). Then, deliver your quilt to the Exhibition organizers. Your attention to these final details about showing your work will be much appreciated and they will help ensure that your quilt and its rod are returned to you in good shape.
From Patty Arensen: “I ran across the recipe for my Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars tonight and remembered that I had promised to send it to you to put on the blog. It is simple!”
1 Cup margarine
1 Cup peanut butter
2 Cups icing sugar
1 1/2 Cup crushed Digestive Biscuits
2 large Bournville Chocolate bars
Melt margarine in medium sauce pan. Stir in the next 3 ingredients. Press into a 9 x 13 pan. Melt the chocolate and spread over bars. DO NOT BAKE–just eat!!