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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.


In Patty’s absence, Neela chaired the meeting.

Welcome to visitors:  Sue Deverell,  Sabi Meteshi, Kayuri

Attendance:  49 ladies present including visitors

2014 Exhibition:  Dates have been confirmed 3rd, 4th and 5th October, venue Sarit Centre

Out of Africa, Canada Exhibition:  133 quilts were sent, of which 40 were sold.  Dena kindly brought back half of the unsold quilts which were collected after the meeting ended.  Money and accounts will not be settled until Patty returns, which will be at the end of July.  Ludmila and Patty worked very hard.  We cannot commit to another overseas exhibition unless more ladies travel.

Challenge:  Sheryl shared her unfinished effort and more fabric was distributed.  Conditions are in last month’s newsletter.

Education:  Farhat explained the program for her ‘Silk Painting Class’ to be held Thursday, 27th June at her home.  Sheryl held the first session of her landscape class after the meeting, the next being next month.  8 ladies attended.  Brij will also offer a one day class in September, introducing jute as a medium.  Charu will start to introduce her machine quilting methods at the July meeting, members to practice over the holiday then in September she will continue with more explanation. Marsha wishes to hold her beading class in October or November.  Bev will travel to Nairobi to give her ‘Rhino Applique’ towards the end of the year.

Library:  Raji asked members to send her suggestions for new books, including the title of the book, author and ISBN.  The library is now located in the back annex along with the coffee to allow more space in the main hall for seating.

Door Prize:  This will be drawn at monthly meetings for members/guests who have signed in.  This month it was won by Sue Deverell.

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Programs:  Jana gave a short talk about a new method of making a square in a square and how it can be adapted to make flying geese and half square triangles.  The library has purchased the book, ruler and DVD.  Next month Deanna will present ‘Humble Beginnings’ and requested members to bring in their first quilts to share.

Show and Tell:  There was a great deal this month, photos were taken.

 


Members signed into the meeting.  Visitors were welcomed to the meeting.  Raji Syan, our librarian, shared her favourite book with the members:  ‘Colour Play’.  Loan of books Shs. 100.00, magazines Shs. 50.00 and DVD Shs. 150.00 per month.  When returning books, please either place back in numerical order or give the book back to the librarian to file.  The library will be moved to the back room temporarily, then in July when we move to the larger hall, everything will be in the same room.

Relocation of KQG supplies for our workshop will be done soon.  The workshop will be in operation from September at Sheryl’s home.  The purpose and operation of the workshop was explained.  Members will bring their own machines and work on projects.

A report was given about the outcome of our exhibition “Magical Art of Stitches.”  Shs. 75,000.00 was donated to AMREF in support of the fight against obstetric fistula.  Our next exhibition will be the first weekend in October 2014 at the Sarit Centre.  The venue will be booked and shared with the KEG.

For the “Out of Africa” exhibition happening in mid-June in London, Canada, four of our ladies will be traveling to attend and work at the show.  Over 130 quilts were sent.  We are trying to find a way to send quilts that were submitted late.  Members will be notified if something opens.

KQG has issued a new challenge to its members.  The rules governing the challenge have been printed in the newsletter.  Due date is the September meeting and there will be a viewers’ choice prize.  Fabric pieces were distributed to those members who wished to participate.  These will be in a special display at our next exhibition and will be judged.

Upcoming demonstrations and workshops include:

  • Charu Patel will demonstrate a machine quilting technique at the July meeting and wants members to practice it over the summer holiday, ready for workshops in September.
  • Bev Rebelo will teach classes involving hand and machine quilting. She will also be able to do her “Rhino” project.
  • We will book teachers from England and Canada next year.
  • Gill encouraged local teachers to take classes.
  • Landscape class:  Kits from Canada are available for purchase from Gill.  Sheryl will take two half day sessions:  One following the June meeting and one following the July meeting.  The charge for both classes is only Shs. 1,000, with the money to go to charity.
  • Sampler workshops will continue after the meetings.
  • Gill also holds beginners classes at her home once a week.

There will be no more monthly raffles, but a door prize to be drawn at each meeting.  Only members who remember to sign in, will be eligible.  This month’s winners were Raji and Sampa.

Our show-and-tell session, as usual, was remarkable:

Gill Rebelo gave a presentation on Modern Quilting.  These quilts are primarily functional pieces such as coasters, mats, cushion covers and so on.  They are usually asymmetrical designs with less repetition in pattern.  This makes the designs minimalistic, and they incorporate an increased use of negative space and often involve architectural influences.  Made with improvisational piecing, the quilts utilize bold colours set against a neutral background.  More information about Modern Quilts can be found at The Modern Quilt Guild.

In conclusion, Brij Datta was awarded a khanga for best dressed khanga lady from our previous meeting.  Congratulations, Brij!

The next Members’ Meeting will be Thursday, 20th June 10.00 a.m. at the Simba Union.  Please be on time, and don’t forget to bring your own coffee/tea cup!


The Annual General Meeting of the Kenya Quilt Guild was held on Thursday, April 18th, at the Simba Union Hall where we have been meeting in recent months.

 

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Chairwoman Neela Shah opened the meeting with a brief discussion about our recent exhibition at Sarit Centre.  The general feeling was that the show was a big success and that we will want to repeat the performance every year in future at the same venue. According to the foot traffic monitor, we had over 3700 visitors!  Even taking off numbers for our own people walking to and fro, this was a lot of people!  Our goal, of course, is to educate the general public about the beauty and functions of patchwork quilting and other needlework; we feel we did that very well this year at Sarit Centre.

On behalf of our general membership, Neela offered thanks to the Exhibitions Committee, under the capable guidance of Sheryl Fowler, who worked hard and tirelessly to put on such a great show.

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The thinking is that we should hold another exhibition next year at the same venue but during the school term so we can invite schools (May?) but not during Easter or any other religious celebrations.  With Easter coming at different times each year, and schools frequently altering their schedules, this may be a little difficult to organize, but our Exhibition Committee will do their best!

We are also grateful to the Kenya Embroiderers Guild for sharing the hall space with it.  Without this partnership, it is doubtful that the Kenya Quilt Guild could have afforded the space.  We will hold various challenges for our patchwork quilters to undertake during the year to increase the number of quilts made, thus making our contribution to each forthcoming show larger than the previous one.

Prizes were awarded during this exhibition for Viewers Choice and Viewers Choice Second Place.  Sarah Brewin was awarded the trophy by Kundan Pattni and the First Place prize, a lovely crystal bowl, was awarded to Sarah by Neela Shah, for her quilt Mnyama Viatu (Animal Shoes).  Natasha Khromova took Second Place for her quilt Point of No Return.

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All our members should have received the entry forms by email for the “Out Of Africa” Exhibition in London, Ontario, Canada.   It is very important that we receive those quilts as soon as possible.  Drop them at The Woman Shop at the Sarit Centre.  One suitcase will go almost immediately, the remainder will follow around the 9th of May.  In order to co-ordinate the quilts and get them packed safely, we would appreciate your co-operation.  When you drop your quilts, be ensure that they are labelled and that the entry forms are attached to each quilt securely so they do not get lost.

Election of officers was held with the following results:

  • Chairwoman:  Patty Arensen
  • Vice-Chairwoman:  Charu Patel
  • Secreary:  Sheryl Fowler
  • Treasurer:  Loise Gitagia
  • Members-at-Large:  Corinne Talbott and Suzanne Waithaka

Of course, our Immediate Past Chairwoman is Neela Shah, whose experience will be most useful and highly appreciated during the coming year.  Executive Council standing committees will be chaired as follows:

  • Education:   Gill Rebelo
  • Membership:  Kundan Pattni
  • Charity and Community Outreach:  Gretchen Sanders-Mwaura
  • Public Relations:  Jasvinder Phull
  • Library:  Raji Syan
  • Snippets Newsletters:  Margaret Atandi and Surinder Thethy
  • Exhibitions:  Sheryl Fowler (whose seat during Executive Council meetings will be filled by another member of the Committee as Sheryl already serves on Council as Secretary)

The Kenya Quilt Guild thanks those Officers and Committee Chairwomen who served for the last year for all their hard work–it paid off handsomely!–and those who have come forward to assume their new duties for the coming year.  Our gratitude and best wishes to all!

With the Election of Officers out of the way, it was time for show-and-tell:

Finally, Gill Rebelo gave a fine talk on the history of kangas, the ubiquitous brightly coloured cloths worn the length of the East African coast,  from Somalia to Zanzibar and inland, wherever Kiswahili is spoken.

Kangas derive from the Portuguese lenco, a handkerchief or headscarf which became popular in Mombasa and Zanzibar in the 1860s.  It is thought that the early designs were spotted, hence the name kanga, which means guinea fowl in Kiswahili.  Kangas are also known as lesos from the Portuguese lenco.

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Kangas always feature a border (pindo), a central panel with a design (mji) and a Kiswahili proverb or saying (jina).  The jina may give a political message or may be a health warning, against the spread of HIV for example, but often it is a more personal message and frequently one to be exchanged between husband and wife.  It might be wise to get the jina translated before gifting a kanga in case the message is not appropriate, although usually these messages are subtle and can be interpreted in different ways.  Examples of kanga jina can be enjoyed here.

The largest collection of kangas in the world is held by the Erie Art Museum in Canada, which held its first exhibition of kangas in 2008.  There is a strong cultural link between this museum and the Lamu Museum in Kenya.  The British Museum in London has recently had an exhibition of kangas amongst other textiles of eastern and southern Africa.  Barack Obama’s victory kanga, popular after his election as USA President, was one of the kangas featured!  There are plans afoot by the British Museum to make a documentary film on the kanga.  The National Museums of Kenya held a very comprehensive exhibition of kangas last year. and produced an interesting DVD to accompany the exhibition.


The Annual General Meeting of the Kenya Quilt Guild will be held on the third Thursday of April, the 18th of the month, at the Simba Union Hall off Forest Road near Limuru Road, starting promptly at 10:00 a.m.  If you wish to become a member of the Kenya Quilt Guild and to vote during this meeting, your dues for 2013 must be paid before the meeting begins.

Dues of KES 1,500/- can be paid at the meeting venue or, more conveniently, to Kundan Pattni at The Woman Shop, Sarit Centre, Westlands.

We hope to see you there in good time to participate fully in this most important meeting of the year!


During the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the Kenya Quilt Guild, to be held at the Simba Union, 10:00 a.m. on April 18th, 2013, we will consider and hopefully approve revisions to the current KQG Constitution.  The proposed revisions can be found as red text in the current document, accompanied by footnote explanations for each proposed revision.  If you have paid your 2013 KQG dues and will be voting for the election of officers and proposed amendments to the Constitution, please familiarize yourself with the new document and be prepared to discuss it:

2013 Proposed Revision of KQG Constitution

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