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After welcoming our guests and new members to the meeting, our Chairperson Patty Arensen asked the ladies that have their birthday in February to stand.  They all received a round of applause.

Suzanne Waithaka was introduced to the meeting as the new Assistant Editor for Snippets and all contributors past and present were thanked. Suzanne requested that any photos taken during the meeting be sent to her for reformatting and then she will in turn forward them so they can be posted on the website.

The 2014 Exhibition Committee had met and the dates of 3rd – 5th October were confirmed for the Sarit Centre.  We will be publishing a calendar in conjunction with the KEG, proceeds to help with the funding of the hall.  Members are asked to bring along a photograph of one of their quilting projects, then in May the members will vote on the photos.  A short list of most popular photos will be taken to the photographer and he/she will select seven quilts to be printed on the calendar.  The quilts must be available for the professional photographer.

There was a competition during the 2013 Exhibition and a prize offered by Vice-Chairperson Charu Patel for the person who sold the most raffle books.  The beaded necklace wall hanging was presented to Neela Shah, the worthy winner!

The last edition of the Mystery Quilt was included in Snippets.  Quilts should be ready by the July meeting, where they will be voted upon by members and a prize presented.  These quilts will be displayed in a special area in the Exhibition.

The UFO afternoon will continue on from the meeting where members were invited to come and sew.

Ragbir Syan’s Twisted Table Runner class will be held on Thursday, 27th February.  Members who wished to sign up for the class were asked to pay in full to reserve a place.

Librarian Raji Syan asked members for suggestions for library books by the first week in March.  Raji has an up-to-date catalogue of library books for perusal.  No one was particularly interested in starting a magazine subscription.

The Guild workshop should be operational by Easter.  Raji Syan and Poley Bhamra will start up the workshop making small kits for sale during the Exhibition.

Next month, Estelle will speak about The Tentmakers of Cairo (see alsohttp://www.jennybowker.com/tentmakers/), and and she will have a few pieces of their work to share with us.  In April we will have our AGM and Membership Officer Kundan Pattni will have a presentation too.

Kundan is still collecting membership fees.  It is very important that each member completes a form so we have current email addresses.

The Show and Tell was varied this month.  April Webb shared her baby quilt that she made from a jelly roll and her intricate appliqué piece. Suzanne Waithaka made a bag from 5” squares and Carol Davey shared a quilt made by her night guard using octagonal pieces.  Gill Rebelo brought along needlework that she purchased in S.E. Asia which included small bags, tablemats and coasters.  She also shared a book on indigo fabric with us.  Jasbir Jabbal finished her sampler quilt and Maureen Dougherty had her pillows made from the embroidery blocks that Bev Rebelo brought from Zimbabwe.  Indu Shah also had a sampler quilt and Jasvinder Phull made an iPad cover. Pauline Mang’ana had a large quilt with appliqué houses and trees and Patty Arensen shared her baby quilt with us. Dorothy Stockell and Karen Crumpacker finished their “Lala Salama” (sleep well in Kiswahili) quilts.

An announcement was made that Buttons and Bows at Yaya Centre has a 20% off sale until the end of the month!

Petrina Spencer-Walker, qualified physiotherapist, gave us a presentation and talk about “Quilting and its Problems”.  She demonstrated the correct sitting position at the sewing machine and how to avoid getting headaches, tight shoulders, lower back pain, and hand discomfort amongst other problems.  She explained how sitting badly can cause a multitude of harms to the body and suggested taking breaks every 40 minutes or so. She took questions at the end of her talk and everyone found the information very valuable.

 


Our visitors, Bev, Marta, Abigail, Gaudencia, and Veronica were given a warm welcome to our meeting. We are happy to see the return of Estelle, an old member who has been away for 8 years!

Patty expressed her sorrow at recent events which happened at Westgate shopping mall. She felt that it would be nice for the KQG to acknowledge the wonderful work carried out by the Kenya Red Cross during this awful tragedy. Members were asked to sign up to make a red and white ‘Peace’ wall hanging for them and we received a good response.

New library books have been purchased in UK and are expected to arrive soon–be on the look out!

Gill Rebelo is waiting for feedback from Turkey about the possibility of individuals entering quilts into their 2014 show.

Bev Rebelo’s recent classes were excellent!  Gill was disappointed that the response from members was not as good as before. Bev’s visit did not coincide with a Guild meeting at the beginning so perhaps members were unaware of the wonderful learning opportunities to be had from her classes. Do not miss out next time!

Members were asked what skills they would like to learn. One member suggested ‘piecing curves’. If you want to learn a patchwork skill, LET US KNOW! Call or email any of the Executive Committee members.

THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER, 09.30 0NWARDS, SIMBA UNION. Put this in your diaries everyone! It is UFO day! Bring your unfinished projects and we will help you finish them. No quilt is a lost quilt! Bring a vegetarian (requirement of the Sikh Union) packed lunch.

WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER IS THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH! Come along and have fun! More details later…..

Show and Tell was, as always, a wonderful array of our members work!

Gill explained the ‘Mystery Quilt’ project to us. It is open to all members at all skill levels. Instructions are in ‘Snippets’ from this month onwards.

Bev Rebelo showed us some of her fantastic quilts. I think this made many members wish they had signed up for her classes! She went on to demonstrate the use of photography and the free computer program called ‘GIMP’ where photographs can be manipulated and printed onto fabric. It was a very inspiring talk.

Finally, our door prize was won by Marcia!

Next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, November 21, at the Sikh Union off Forest Road in Nairobi.


Our Chairman, Patty Arensen, introduced the visitors and welcomed them to this month’s meeting.  She pointed out the latest issue of the newsletter that was posted in the entry hall and asked any members who did not receive it electronically to please check their email address with Kundan Pattni, Membership Officer.

The Challenge Quilts were collected, numbered and hung.  There were 41 quilts submitted by members that were very diversified, encompassing a sphere of piecing, quilting and embellishing techniques.  The quilts are to be retained so they can be photographed.  At coffee break the ladies were to vote on their favourite quilt, prizes to be awarded afterwards.

Patty showed a quick slide presentation of the Canada Exhibition and shared her experiences whilst in Canada.  Sheryl Fowler, our Secretary, was able to distribute cheques for sales during the course of the meeting.  In Dena Crain’s absence, Patty introduced the idea of showing our quilts in Australia.  She gave a short outline of the ‘travelling’ exhibition and said that Dena would expand on the idea at a later date.

We have a variety of workshops coming up soon, the first being Brij Datta’s class on  26th September.  Brij showed a sample of the work and she said that she would take names of those interested during the break.  Bev Rebelo’s classes start in October.  The information was sent out via email to all members in advance and it was also available in the newsletter.  Everyone was very excited about the prospect of taking these classes. For those who could not attend the meeting, the lists will be at The Woman Shop from Saturday.

The Simba Union Hall has been booked on 7th November for the UFO day. This will be run as a courtesy to our members where they can bring along any and all of their unfinished projects.  Assistance for trouble shooting will be available.

In October, Bev Rebelo will give a presentation on integrating photographs into quilts.  This should be of interest to all of our members.  The first part of the Mystery Quilt will also be introduced.  There will be sample fabrics and samples of the piecing for our ladies to see.  We hope to have as many of our members participate in this project and for it to be as successful as the Challenge Quilt.

Show and Tell followed the business of the meeting.  Our members have been quite busy over the summer holidays as there were many many quilts shared and stories told.

Raji Syan, our Librarian, still has received no feedback from members about book purchases, so she will go ahead and use her own judgment.  We expect quite a few new books before the end of the year.

Sheryl gave a short talk about how she came to know about the 1600 Quilt and how to make your own jelly roll.  A fifteen minute demonstration video was shown on the steps of constructing this quilt.  For those who missed it, click www.youtube.com/watch?v=EomX7t7to_o.  It is well worth seeing.

The Door Prize was presented and the Challenge Quilt votes were counted.  1st Prize was won by Jaya Kamdar and a joint 2nd/3rd prize was won by Neela Shah and Sheryl Fowler.


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:

2013-04 KQG:KEG Exhibition at Sarit - 37

2013-04 KQG:KEG Exhibition at Sarit - 59

2013-04 KQG:KEG Exhibition at Sarit - 50

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!”


The meeting began with introduction of new members and guests.

Gill informed us that Jean Classen passed away a few days ago, so we had a minute’s silence for her.
Was also informed that Kulvinder’s father-in-law passed away this week.

Then we talked about the coming Exhibition at Sarit Centre, handing of quilts, posters were ready so members could take some to put wherever they could.  Suzanne kindly offered to be in charge of that.

Jasbir Sokhi was in charge again of giving out the raffle books and receiving the ones already sold.

Brij Datta was in charge of the monthly raffle tickets, which we sold at 100/- for 3 and 50/- for 1. The prizes were: 1st was a rotary blade sharpener, 2nd was a book on quotations, and 3rd was invisible thread.

Charu told the members that even if they could not hand in their quilts today, they should at fill in the forms and hand them over so she could do the write ups.

After that I touched on the Canadian Exhibition, informed those who were going to go should start booking their tickets as the prices were going up.

Then we had show and tell, and had quite a few quilts. Thanks to  Surinder Thethy who took photos of the quilts.

We had a break then, and started the meeting after 20 minutes.  First we did the draw, and then formed 4 groups, as we had fours speakers, and started with the demos. The meeting finished at around 12.30 p.m.

As we had a class with Dena in the afternoon, the ladies had a quick lunch while the room was being reset, then we started the class on bindings.  They were 19 of us. The class went well, and everyone was glad to learn two new binding methods.


In the October meeting report, we mentioned the November post-meeting afternoon workshop as including Gill Rebelo’s presentation on Crazy Quilt Christmas Stockings.  That report was in error.

After the November meeting finishes on Thursday, Phillilpa Yusuf will be demonstrating and teaching how to make crocheted snow flakes and angels.  This will be a short session just to get you started.

Following this, Gill Rebelo will be teaching beginners’ samplers blocks for a Sampler quilt. Anyone who is interested is welcome – even if you are not a beginner. We will have the Guild machine and some fabrics for sale. Please bring along a basic sewing kit.

See our Quilt Workshop Schedule for information about the Crazy Quilt Christmas Stockings workshop to be held on Thursday, 22nd November.

Email us through the Contact form in the sidebar at left if you need more information.


Chairperson Neela Shah opened the meeting with acknowledgement of guests, visitors and new members. She and Vice-Chairperson Deanna Gaudaur showed a few Santa bags, encouraging members to sign up to make more of them for the upcoming holiday season in hopes that we might sell them to benefit our charities. Deanna had coordinated shapes ready for appliqué, and offered a prize for the most popular “people’s choice” from all the bags that would be made.

Neela Shah, Chairperson, Kenya Quilt Guild

Neela Shah, Chairperson, with Santa bag

Gill Rebelo displayed a few crazy-pieced Christmas stockings. She will be offering a workshop teaching our members how to make these charming holiday novelty items on Thursday, November 15th, in the afternoon after our regular meeting at Shalom House on that day. Phillippa Yusuf will also be teaching some fun crochet items that afternoon. Those interested in participating should sign up with Phillippa Yusuf as Gill will be out of the country until much nearer that day.

A suitable venue is needed for our annual Christmas party this year. If any of our members can host our group, please volunteer by letting Neela Shah know. Deanna suggested that instead of giving gifts to each other, this year we might think to bring food donations for those less fortunate. Stay tuned as plans for the Christmas party are made; we will let you know full details in due course.

Reports on Dena Crain’s two-day workshop held in September, Goodbye to the Grid, were most positive. Everyone enjoyed the workshop and a few people brought their works in progress to show what they designed and made.

Neela Shah with her Goodbye to the Grid quilt top

Neela Shah with her Goodbye to the Grid quilt top

Jasvinder Phull with her Goodbye to the Grid quilt top

Jasvinder Phull with her Goodbye to the Grid quilt top

This discussion led into show-and-tell.

Dena finished show-and-tell with a presentation of her African beaded quilt, a work in progress, as an introduction to the morning’s demonstrations. She and Charu Patel presented two different ways of beading with a hook instead of a needle.

Dena Crain's African beaded quilt, a work in progress

Dena Crain’s African beaded quilt, a work in progress

Dena’s method uses a latch hook, something hard to find in Kenya but we hope Kundan Pattni will bring some back from her trip to the US for the International Quilt Festival and Market in Houston.  Working with beads pre-strung on a thread that is still attached to the spool, Dena practices Kantan couture beading.  She keeps the beads on the face of the work and the hook underneath it, making chain stitches on the underside of the quilt top that catch one or more beads on the surface of the work.

Instructional videos on YouTube:

Kantan Couture, Part 1 of 2

Kantan Couture, Part 2 of 2

Beading Supplies: Lacis Tools & Materials

Charu Patel works with the tiniest of crochet hooks.  She keeps the thread underneath the fabric, draws it up with the crochet hook into a loop on the surface, drops the loop, picks up a bead with the hook, then picks up the loop again and passes the bead over the loop.  Reinserting the hook into the fabric, she catches the thread again to complete the first stitch and begin the next one.

Dena’s method is fast but Charu’s method produces exquisite quality.  Which method might suit you best is for you to decide, perhaps different methods for different projects, but it was certainly good to see both methods demonstrated side-by-side.

The Exhibition Committee will hold a meeting on October 19th at Jasvinder Phull’s house.  It is still not too late to join the Exhibition Committee if you are interested.  You will be most welcome to attend the meeting and lend a helping hand, especially as we are facing a very busy year in 2013.  We are in contact with International Quilt Festival Houston and American Quilter’s Society about the possibility of showing our quilts after the London International Quilt Festival in Canada in the United States.

We are also negotiating with the FibreWorks artists from South Africa about having their Major Minors IV exhibition of some fifty 10-inch square quilts shipped up to Nairobi for exhibition here on its way to or from Canada where it will be included in our show there, along with work from Gabon (Paula Benjaminson), Zimbabwe (through Bev Rebelo) and possibly Tanzania.  We hope to have about 200 quilts of our own on exhibition in London, Canada, so please–keep working on your African quilts!

Dena announced that Quarke, Quilt Artists of Kenya, had a couple of sales during their recent exhibition at Karen Country Club and that they will be holding another exhibition at Village Market over the weekend of November 23-26, open 10 am until 7 pm each day.  Kenya Quilt Guild members are welcome to visit the show and to bring their family and friends along.

We had a brief discussion about acquiring retail selling space at one or more of the various craft fairs held throughout Nairobi in conjunction with holidays (Christmas or summer).  Everyone agreed this is something we should do.  Now all we need are members to be making things for sale and letting us know about upcoming events in time for us to apply for selling space in them.  The Council will do the rest by making the applications for space, paying the fees, and calling for volunteers from amongst our members to be present to sell our goods.  Money from this venture can go either to offset the expenses of workshops or exhibitions, or it may go to charity.  Either way, everyone’s help will be much appreciated.

Next meeting:  November 15th, Shalom House.  Note on your calendar that there will be no regularly scheduled meeting in December.  Details about our annual Christmas party will be forthcoming via email notification.

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