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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.
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.
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’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:
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.
This in from Deanna Gaudaur: Baby’s Kikoy Rag Quilt Tutorial. Enjoy!
The Kenya Embroiderers’ Guild is privileged to have one of the top embroiderers in the UK, Mary Hickmott, coming out to Kenya in October to teach six new techniques. They will be running a series of workshops held at the EAWL headquarters (next to Fairview Hotel). These will be open to to anyone interested in learning new techniques. Bookings are now being taken for the workshops.
Find complete information and register for Mary Hickmott’s workshops at the Kenya Embroiderers Guild.
It was party time at the Kenya Quilt Guild!! We had our usual monthly meeting but several members brought their children who participated in a cup-cake feast and in making kikoy quilts! Neela Shah (Chairperson) welcomed several visitors including Australians Meryl Lees from New South Wales and her daughter Lyn Cussons from Canberra. Darlene and Rose were visiting from the USA and Suzanne is a new member who has recently settled in Kenya having moved from Kansas.
Neela drew the attention of the meeting to the date change for the Kijabe field trip to see Deanna Gaudaur’s long-arm quilting machine. It will now take place on 1st August. A form was handed round for members to sign up for the trip and to indicate what they would contribute to the pot-luck lunch and whether they would be willing to transport others. Deanna will email directions to all who have signed up.
Neela also reminded members that there is no KQG meeting in August as so many members are away. Consequently, books from the library can be borrowed for two months instead of one.
Gill Rebelo (Education) reminded members to sign up and pay for the classes being offered by Dena Crain in September. Information is published in ‘Snippets’. ‘Goodbye to the Grid’ is a two day class Dena offers for the Quilt University which introduces the skills required for making art quilts. Neela underlined the good value of Dena’s classes, as she has attended them herself and picked up lots of useful tips and skills. The other class Dena is offering is entitled ‘True Quilts’ and includes Stack to the Back, Quilting From the Outside In, and Fuss-Free Binding. These sessions are offered 25th, 26th and 27th September. Check the Quilt Workshop Schedule for more information.
Gill announced that Pippa Moore will be coming from Canada to teach in October and suggested members look at her web site. Gill also encouraged members to join the workshop after the meeting where those who attended in June could finish the Shoo-Fly block started then and hopefully complete a Calico Puzzle block as well. These will go towards a sampler quilt to be completed during these workshops over several months. Gill had little packs of appropriate fabrics available for sale at 100/-.
Neela then introduced Darlene Tapie who is visiting Kenya on a mission trip for the Presbyterian Women of New Jersey. Darlene explained the work of a group of women who knit or crochet prayer shawls. These are voluminous, warm shawls made of a soft yarn that the makers pray over as they are fashioned. The shawls are then donated to people at the birth of a baby or when someone is ill or bereaved. Darlene asked that anyone who would like to be involved would communicate with her.
Neela then asked Maureen Dougherty to tell the group about her visit to the International Quilt Festival of Ireland in June. Maureen had been delighted to meet Martine Chamorel, our former Vice-Chairperson, there and they had looked together at the Round Robin quilts, including those from Kenya to which they had contributed. They recognized the hand blocks made by Carol Davey and Martine in the huge welcome quilt at the entrance. Maureen really enjoyed the whole exhibition which had lots of character but was most impressed by the quilted garden feature.
Neela displayed the glass crystal mounted plaque that has been awarded to Sabine as winner of the ‘best quilt in show’ at our recent exhibition.
- Members had been asked to display quilts they had made for children but there were also lots of other beautiful things on offer.
- Deanna showed a lovely single bed sized quilt in black and white fabrics with a bright green line in. She had made this for her son’s girlfriend!
- Brij displayed a pair of jeans she had decorated with multiple colourful appliqué of elephants for Village Market’s Jeanius competition. The jeans were greeted with a chorus of impressed ooohs and aaahs!
- Stacey Davis had made a fun quilt for her son with a design of trains in primary colours.
- Veena showed a bargello quilt wall hanging, a delightful combination of blues and rich browns.
- Gill is well prepared for the advent of future grandchildren with a charming rag quilt, decorated with a teddy.
- Lakhbir displayed a gorgeous double bed sized bargello quilt in twenty shades of red and black with a Möbius strip shaped design on it. She was challenged to make it as a wedding present for her daughter who must have been so pleased with it!
- Jasvinder showed her stunning dancing ladies wall hanging and a second one she had made using the same method but with Maasai dancers.
- Maureen had been stash-busting and had made a pleasing rainbow colours quilt for one of her staff members.
- Induben has been working on a beautiful Maasai village scene with a bead embellishment.
- Cheryl displayed two very pretty quilts she had made with little girls in mind. One was appliquéd with a girl in a bonnet motif and the other with pink perambulators!
Meryl Lees and Lyn Cussons had brought some samples of indigenous print fabrics from Australia which featured snakes and witchetty grubs or sylised lizards in interesting patterns and colours. Members of Meryl’s quilt guild had also made gifts for KQG. Each member present was given a beautifully embroidered handkerchief. It was such a lovely kind thought and action and very much appreciated.
We then had the draw for the prizes of the day – some kikoys! These were won by good fortune by Meryl and Lyn! There were also some KQG winners …. Neela!
In the extended break we all enjoyed delicious cup cakes brought by members and a fizzy punch made by Deanna Gaudaur.
The meeting finished with Stacy Davis from Kijabe showing some of the kikoy quilts she has made using a very simple quilt-as-you-go method. She explained how it is done and then the children who had joined the Guild for the day had a go at making them. Everyone went off happy and satisfied that we had enjoyed a great meeting and would be looking forward to meeting again in September.