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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!

Don’t yet have an account at The Quilt Show? Now is the perfect time to create one!”

Have a great weekend, everyone!!!

Deanna Gaudaur, a happy quilter and member of the Kenya Quilt Guild

Deanna Gaudaur, a happy quilter!


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.


 
Many of us remember meeting Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson when they were in Kenya in January 2011. Few, if any of us will have an opportunity to study with either of them. This video, suggested to us by Princess Mutero, may be as close as we come! Find other wonderful quilting techniques on video at YouTube.com.


The Quilt Life has most graciously granted us permission to publish a copy of the article “Kwilting in Kenya” from its October 2011 issue. This article, written by our own Dena Dale Crain, features some of our finest quilts as it describes patchwork quilting amongst members of the Kenya Quilt Guild.

The article has members-only access until the magazine comes off the newsstands. To download the article, you must use the private password. If you are not a Kenya Quilt Guild Member, check back with us in November, when Kwilting in Kenya will be made public.

The Quilt Life

If you cannot wait until November to see the article, or if you simply want to get in now on one of the Library Journal’s 10 Best New Magazines of 2010, find more information at The Quilt Life.  At USD $24.99 for six issues, it’s a great deal!

You can subscribe to the online version and receive The Quilt Life instantly!


On Thursday morning, January 20, 2011, the Kenya Quilt Guild received quiltmaking visitors from overseas, courtesy of Jim West’s Sew Many Places.  Accompanying the 50 tour participants were quilting superstars Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, hosts of The Quilt Show amongst all their other many activities.  What a great time we had!

The event was hosted in the East African Women’s League headquarters at WEAL House on Bishop’s Road in Nairobi.  Our guests, who were lodged at the luxurious Nairobi Serena Hotel, arrived promptly at 10:00 a.m. Pulling up in three shiny new buses, the safari participants debarked and moved into the hall and auditorium of WEAL House where they were warmly welcomed by members of the Kenya Quilt Guild.

With the entire group assembled in the auditorium, a few small speeches were given.  Margaret Odera, resplendent in full African dress, shouted “JAMBO!  Karibu sana!” and issued a customary welcome to Kenya to our guests.  Then, our Lady Chairman, Jasvinder Phull, greeted the visitors on behalf of the Kenya Quilt Guild.  Gill Rebelo, our resident quilt and East African textile historian, spoke briefly about the history of the “Settler Tapestries” on permanent display in the hall.

Alex and Ricky jointly spoke about how delighted they were to be visiting Kenya, and about all the fun they have working with quilters from around the world.  They presented all members of the Kenya Quilt Guild with a gift subscription to The Quilt Show.  Our members were delighted!

In return, the Guild presented Alex with a lovely African necklace that we know she will enjoy wearing with great pride, and Ricky with a traditional African “finger piano.”  What better gift for a talented musician and entertainer?  Ricky promises he will be playing it on his next album!  To Jim we presented a lovely ebony “mother and child” antelope sculpture.

The participants of the tour enjoyed proper Kenyan hospitality, taking tea and coffee with us and feasting from a table loaded with cakes, samosas and all kinds of other “bitings.”  They wandered leisurely around the building, viewing a fabulous, although hastily hung early that morning, display of quilts made by our members.  There were about 45 quilts on display, both indoors and outside, so there was good reason to keep moving about.  The visitors introduced themselves and chatted with our members, and vice versa, and a truly good time was had by all!

The buses departed at about 12:00 p.m., and we were sorry to see the party break up as all good things must come to an end.

Thanks go to all those who loaned quilts for display, brought food to share, helped set up the space and quilt exhibition, and especially to Dena Crain, whose idea this reception was, for organizing it with Jim West.

We hope Jim’s safari tour group will enjoy the rest of their time in Kenya as much as we enjoyed entertaining them yesterday morning:  “Safiri salaama!


Plans for the Kenya Quilt Guild’s tea party for celebrity safari hosts Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims of The Quilt Show, their guide Jim West of Sew Many Places and their group of 50 participants are proceeding apace.

Emails and phone calls are flying!

The hall is booked for the morning of January 20, the call has gone out for food, and today we will call for quilts to be put on display.  These, along with the “Settler Tapesties”owned by the East African Women’s League and on permanent display already at the EAWL building, should give our guests plenty of “eye candy” to see.

Everyone is very excited!


The next monthly meeting of the Kenya Quilt Guild will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2011.  We will be hosting quilting superstars Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims along with their Kenya safari group for tea.  Please see About Us for more information on times and place.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Subs are due!  Please pay your membership subs during this meeting to keep your membership active.

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