Raji Syan began quilting in 1999, studying with a missionary working in Kenya. At that time, quilting was not popular in Kenya. Materials and tools were scarce. She worked with locally available supplies and simple equipment, scissors, a rule and a very basic sewing machine. She learned to make quilting templates out of cardboard and to use them as guides for patchwork and quilting. Raji teaches these easy techniques to her beginner students to this day.
In 1999, Raji also joined the Kenya Quilt Guild. Her knowledge and experience have grown over the years since then. The Guild has had many quilting classes and encouraged everyone to share their new techniques with each other, including how to make quilting bags and how to do African bead work using a crochet hook.
Raji has been teaching other quilters for the last four years. She has participated in Kenya Quilt Guild exhibitions from the beginning. The first show was in 1999 and successive shows have been very successful. Exhibition experience has helped Raji grow as a professional quilt maker and teacher.
In her workshops, Raji teaches beginner or more advanced quilt students how to do hand piecing. She often teaches beginners how to use a sewing machine since some quilters do not know how to use one. To finish the quilts, Raji teaches her students both hand and machine quilting methods.
Please use the contact form in the sidebar at left to inquire further into Raji Syan’s quilt workshops.