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At the meeting three groups participated in the “One Yard Challenge.” About seven women were in each group, with a “brown group,” a “blue group,” and a “black and white group.” Each woman had one yard of her chosen fabric, and tore it in half, kept half, and handed the other piece to the next woman. This was repeated until each member of the group had a piece of each of the fabrics. The challenge will be to use all of the pieces in a project; it is okay to add in other fabrics.
Suzanne showed two short videos from Leahday.com of Leah showing her husband how to machine quilt. These were especially appreciated by the newer quilters in our group.
Gretchen won the fat quarter exchange, black and white pieces, which will go well with her challenge fabrics since she was in the black and white group for the challenge. Neela won the block of the month drawing.
The July meeting is the last one for the first half of the year. We take a break in August, and we expect to return in August, full of plans and brand new quilts for the Kenya Quilt Guild Exhibition to be held at Sarit Centre, October 3-5!
This month we had no visitors, however three of our members were celebrating their birthdays. Patty blessed them saying, “May your seams be ¼” and irons never spit.”
The newsletter was sent out promptly this month, thanks to Suzanne and other contributors. Hard copies of Snippets will not be available for members at the meeting due to the expense of photocopying and the time/effort that will be involved. For PR reasons, all present members and past members will receive Snippets via email, but there will be an unsubscribe tool installed for those who do not wish to receive it.
Anyone who wants to sell a sewing related item or is in need of purchasing one, can send the information to Suzanne to be published in the next edition.
The planning for the 2014 Magical Art of Stitches Exhibition is well under way. Our deposit has been paid to The Sarit Centre and permission for the raffle has been sought. Entry forms for the Challenge Quilts will be circulated at the meeting and sponsorship letters are obtainable from Sheryl Fowler. Members were reminded to bring along a photo of their favourite quilt to the May meeting for the calendar.
Our UFO afternoons are being supported by some members and others were encouraged to take advantage of time and space provided by the Guild. We will be holding these afternoon regularly after our monthly meetings.
Raji spoke about the library and the new books which should arrive before the April meeting. The list of books ordered was published in Snippets. The members accepted the news with enthusiasm. There are also some library books outstanding and ladies were asked for their assistance to get them back into stock.
As of April, Sheryl will be introducing the Block of the Month. The pattern will be printed in Snippets and the Guild will be providing the background fabric each month. Members are to bring their blocks along to the May meeting, where there will be a draw and the lucky winner will receive all of the blocks made by members which should be enough to construct a quilt.
Gretchen shared the Red Cross quilt top with the membership and explained the significance of each of the symbols. Patty will be quilting the project after which it will be presented to the Red Cross Society of Kenya.
During our April meeting, we will hold our AGM. Anyone wishing to serve on the Committee is most welcome and should step forward to be nominated. After the AGM Kundan will be giving her talk on Revolutionary Rulers.
Ladies were again reminded to pay their outstanding membership fees of Shs. 1500.00
A new challenge will be introduced next month, “One Yard Exchange”. Seven ladies will form their own group and chose a theme for their fabrics, say for instance, all batiks. There will be a quick demonstration of the fabric snipping and ripping. Sounds fun. The Woman Shop will put up a prize for those groups who purchase the fabric from them.
Suzanne also suggested a fat quarter exchange where again a theme is put forward and those wishing to participate bring a fat quarter to the meeting. Those who have a fat quarter will be eligible to win all the fat quarters in a monthly draw.
Raghbir’s table runner class was a great success and those who took the class brought along their runners to show. More ladies voiced interest in taking the class.
Show and Tell this month was well supported. Jasbir Jabal showed her sampler quilt that she had constructed with Gill. Indu Shah had two baby quilts and also a fine example of smocking and crochet work. Suzanne Waithaka finished three small UFO quilts made from scraps. Dorothy Stockwell had a black and white wall hanging made by the Tentmakers of Cairo with verses from the Koran. Rashmika Patel had a beautiful ABC animal appliqué quilt, Raji Syan shared her patchwork quilt that she had finished on her long arm machine and Sheryl Fowler had a batik quilt made in the pattern of Rail Fence Diamond.
Following coffee break, Gill gave a short talk on the history of the Tentmakers of Cairo. She described the plain exterior of Bedouin tents and how the magnificent appliqué pieces adorned the interior of the tents. The beautiful pieces have no batting, so when the light filters through the fabric it gives a stained glass effect. Jenny Bowker, who was a long time resident of Egypt, has worked to promote this art all over the world. With the economic downfall of Egypt and the political unrest, the Tentmakers have suffered decline.
We watched a fascinating video on the Tentmakers, where there were interviews and demonstrations on the techniques used to appliqué the pieces. Following this, Estelle shared her many quilts with the meeting and told us of her experiences in Egypt.
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.
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:
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!”