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Now that the Kenya Quilt Guild has had its own exhibition at Sarit Centre, held over the weekend of April 12-14–a resounding success, by the way–all our quilters are busy making and finishing off quilts for the upcoming London International Quilt Festival, to be held June 12-15. The theme and title for the festival is “Out of Africa,” and Kenya patchwork quilters will definitely be putting their best efforts on display there.
Work shown in our exhibition at Sarit Centre gives you some idea of what to expect if you plan to attend the festival in London:
In addition to quilts on display and for sale, we will be teaching workshops and bringing fabrics, embellishments and so much more! Workshops include:
- African Rhinoceros Appliqué taught by Bev Revelo from Zimbabwe
- Contemporary African Fiber Arts taught by Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, a fabric/quilt artist living in San Antonio, Texas
- Fabric Stamping Safari taught by Paula Benjaminson, previously of Namibia and Gabon
- How to Make an African Quilt taught by our own Dena Crain, resident of Kenya for over twenty years
Registration for workshops is open now! Don’t miss this great opportunity to join in the fun at this first ever international quilt festival featuring the quilts from “Out of Africa!”
Canada–have a good look! We’re coming to you next!
Find us at the London International Quilt Festival: Out of Africa in June!
The weekend’s joint exhibition between the Kenya Quilt Guild and the Kenya Embroiderers Guild was a big success! Everyone agreed that it was a wonderful show of the talents of Kenya needlework artists, and that having both Guilds exhibiting together was a wonderful decision. All were pleased with the Sarit Centre Expo Hall, noted that traffic was good inside the hall if not in the surrounding area, especially on Friday morning when a fallen tree blocked one of the nearby streets and caused a big traffic jam around Sarit Centre. Those people who were lucky enough to get into the Centre itself and see the show were genuinely impressed by the variety and scope of the work on display.
Congratulations go to our team leaders, Sheryl Fowler and Gail Langton, for pulling together such an eye-catching collection of the guilds’ members’ work and for presenting it in a very professional way. Thank you, ladies!!
For those who missed seeing the show, please enjoy the “eye candy” below and watch for us again next year at roughly the same time and certainly the same place!
The Annual General Meeting of the Kenya Quilt Guild will be held on the third Thursday of April, the 18th of the month, at the Simba Union Hall off Forest Road near Limuru Road, starting promptly at 10:00 a.m. If you wish to become a member of the Kenya Quilt Guild and to vote during this meeting, your dues for 2013 must be paid before the meeting begins.
Dues of KES 1,500/- can be paid at the meeting venue or, more conveniently, to Kundan Pattni at The Woman Shop, Sarit Centre, Westlands.
We hope to see you there in good time to participate fully in this most important meeting of the year!
During the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the Kenya Quilt Guild, to be held at the Simba Union, 10:00 a.m. on April 18th, 2013, we will consider and hopefully approve revisions to the current KQG Constitution. The proposed revisions can be found as red text in the current document, accompanied by footnote explanations for each proposed revision. If you have paid your 2013 KQG dues and will be voting for the election of officers and proposed amendments to the Constitution, please familiarize yourself with the new document and be prepared to discuss it:
Check out this report of a trunk show given at the London Central Library: http://www.lfpress.com/2013/02/03/there-will-be-a-sneak-preview-monday-leading-up-to-the-international-festival-here-in-june.