The Kenya Quilt Guild is a vibrant cosmopolitan group of people who love the art of quilting. The largest group is based in and around Nairobi where meetings are held monthly.
Kenya Quilt Guild meetings are held each month, except Aug. and Dec., on the 3rd Thursday. We meet at the Sikh Union. It’s a little hard to find, in the general location of the large pink block in the map below, above the label for Forest Road. Approach from Westlands, cross Limuru Road and take the sliproad down to the left. Sikh Union is near Premier Academy.
Members and guests are asked to bring a coffee mug or tea cup and gather at 9:30 a.m. to check in, browse the library and chat, in order for the business meeting to begin at 10:00.
Meetings include guest speakers, demonstrations or workshops along with regular business. Several of our members make their own hand-dyed fabrics, embroideries and other quilting related items. There is frequently the opportunity to buy fabrics, quilting magazines and other quilt related items at the meetings. The Guild has a comprehensive library. Books, patterns and DVDs can be checked out by the members for a small fee.
An active weekly workshop gives members the chance to meet and work on group projects. Smaller groups meet regularly at members’ homes and offer each advice and support on their individual projects. We also have an active group at the coast who meet regularly in Mombasa and a scattering of members up-country in more remote areas.
The idea of forming a Quilt Guild in Nairobi was the brainchild of Canadian Anne Mains and American Dena Crain in the mid-1990′s The Guild was registered as the Kenya Quilt Guild in 1999 with around 30 members and has since grown to about 100 members, mostly in Nairobi but with a large active group at the coast based in Mombasa and a scattering of members upcountry. Since its inception the KQG has held regular Quilt Exhibitions in Nairobi and held its first International Exhibition in Canada in October 2008.