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Sabine Prabhu won “Best of Show” in the Viewer’s Choice Awards for her lovely hand-made patchwork quilt during the recent Kenya Quilt Guild Exhibition at Village Market. She was later honored by the Guild with a presentation made by Kundan Pattni of The Woman Shop of an award–an etched glass trophy, a memento of her success.
Congratulations to Sabine for excellence in patchwork quilting!
Nairobi-based artist Geraldine Robarts has an exhibition at Village Market which runs through this weekend. Her work has been described in some detail by our Public Relations Officer, Dena Crain, on her blog. Robarts’ paintings are inspirational in her interpretation of various themes of life in Kenya, and many lessons about color and value can be learned from her work.
See the exhibition, let the work inspire you, and then go home and start making a new quilt while the impressions are still fresh in your mind. Be careful, though, to protect Robarts’ copyrights. Don’t duplicate her imagery in any way, but let it inspire you to draw from your own creative spirit to make something entirely new and equally wonderful!!
The show runs through Sunday–don’t miss it!!
This is just in from The Quilt Show, courtesy of Deanna Gaudaur who drew our attention to the right place:
“In honor of International Quilt Day on March 17, 2012, The Quilt Show, the web TV show hosted by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, will “open” all of its shows from the first nine series–that is, from show 100 through show 913–for the entire weekend of March 16-18. This means that–for three special days–everyone will have the chance to view these 117 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE.
ALSO BIG PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO MANY LUCKY QUILTERS –INCLUDING A BERNINA 550QE!!!!!
Share this information with all of your quilting friends. It’s a fantastic opportunity to enjoy three days of learning and fun without leaving your home… all for free. Log in to enter, enjoy the shows, and thanks for helping to spread the word!
Have a great weekend, everyone!!!
Jim West is a multi-faceted quilt enthusiast who travels the world interacting with quilters where he goes. He is the founder of Sew Many Places and publisher of Quiltposium online magazine. He is one of the most sought after travel experts in North America and one who has traveled 76 countries around the world and explored all 7 continents! It has been a journey for Jim, who has promulgated many changes in the Quilters world. Jim had this to say on Facebook:
“ Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming – wow … what a ride!”
Jim was recently in Kenya and the Kenya Quilt Guild enjoyed saying Karibu to him in our land! Jim illuminated some of the challenges we may have in traveling to Ireland for the International Quilt Festival of Ireland to be held this year. The Kenya Quilt Guild will have six quilts on display in the Patchwork Promises exhibition at the Festival.
Listening to Jim West as he speaks with Sharon Pederson on the quilt market, in one of his video clip samplers, gives a glimpse of what he carries in his heart concerning the International Quilt Festival of Ireland. Enjoy the video clip, and join us in Ireland in June!
Jogging our minds may be quite healthy as we look back at the great event of hosting Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson in Kenya back in January 2011.
Looking at one of Ricky’s and Alex’s many video clips gives us a glimpse of how the world has gone high tech. We are glad to be connected and learn the art of cutting fabric stress free using an AccuQuilt die cutter as demonstrated.
The AccuQuilt offers quilters many fabric cutting solutions that help quilters quickly and accurately cut shapes for quilting and fabric crafts.
Jim West, founder of Sew Many Places and Quiltposium Magazine, will arrive soon in Kenya to personally collect six round-robin quilts made by six of our members especially for the Patchwork Promises Exhibition, part of the International Quilt Festival of Ireland to be held in June of this year. We cannot show you our quilts for the Exhibition, as all are under wraps until the Festival opens.
Will YOU be there?!
This in from Gill Rebelo:
One of the highlights of my trip to the 2011 South African Quilt Festival at Stellenbosch was the lecture given by Australian quilter Pam Holland. Her blog is subtitled “Taking Quilting One Step Further” and Pam certainly does that!
Pam’s quilting life started when she found mentioned in a book the 1776 quilt from Sorbia, a region bordering on Germany and Poland. This quilt was made by Sorbian soldiers on the battlefield as Prussian troops marched into Bohemia around 1766.
The book Pam wrote about her quilt journey includes the emotional discovery that her own grandfather came from the area of Europe where the quilt was made. The full title of Pam’s book is The 1776 Quilt: Heartache, Heritage & Happiness and it is published by Breckling Press.
The appliqué-type figures and motifs are made from pieces of the soldiers’ felted wool uniforms, using an old European method known as Silesian quilting. We now know this inlaid method of piecing as intarsia quilting (also here).
Despite being a relatively inexperienced quilter, Pam replicated the 1776 quilt using modern methods. The quilt later won Best of Show at the Houston International Quilt Festival in addition to several other awards.
Following the success of the 1776 quilt, Pam has made many more unique pieces. She has now embarked on another incredible quilt project – recreating the Bayeux Tapestry – all 238 feet of it.
The original Bayeux Tapestry, made around 1070, was embroidered, not woven, on linen. Pam is re-creating it in appliqué attached by fine machine stitching (1/16” satin stitch) which quilts the panel at the same time.
Eight panels will be assembled to make the finished quilt. This one shows Harold, Earl of Wessex, with his hounds travelling to Normandy in France. Pam takes this completed panel along to her lectures. Having seen it in South Africa, I can vouch that it is an amazing piece of work. A book and a film of the project will be launched with the quilt when it is finished.
Pam is a prolific quilter. She travels, teaching and lecturing, for eight months of the year and tries to quilt for six hours a day when she is at home. If she spends less than six hours, she makes up for it the following day.
Check out her website http://www.pamhollanddesigns.typepad.com/ and browse the archives – it’s inspiring and a joy to read. If you are interested in a beautiful set of Pam’s original block-of-the-month designs, you can have them for free, providing they are for your personal use only.