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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 Exhibition Committee has met and come up with a great new African quilt challenge. This one is quick, easy and fun, intended to generate a lot of small quilts for our 2013 Kenya Quilt Guild Exhibition and the London International Quilt Festival in Canada next year. The prizes to be awarded are cash prizes–if your quilts sell, you will be paid for them!
Here’s the challenge:
- Take yourself shopping and buy some pre-printed batik, painted or other cloth panel(s) depicting a traditional African image, the kind of thing tourists love to buy. Keep the size relatively small, no larger than 24″ on its longest side.
- Find or buy batting and backing fabrics and anything you might want to add as a border.
- Make your African panel cloth into a quilt. Add beads, ornaments or found objects as you go. Finish the quilt entirely, with binding, hanger sleeve and label. On the label, put the title of your quilt, your name, the year in which the quilt is made, and Nairobi, Kenya, as its location of making.
This is just in from Owen Calverley, organizer of the International Quilt Convention Africa which will be held July 27-29 in Johannesburg, South Africa, about the Dreams Challenge:
Hello IQCAfrica fans
Entries for the Dreams quilt challenge officially closed on 1 May. Since then however, we have been receiving frantic calls and emails from quilters who missed the deadline. Rather than have UFO’s lying all over Africa, we have extended the deadline until Tuesday 15 May.
The following is addressed to all quilters living in Africa:
If your entry is almost finished or even only just begun, you have another 12 days to get it ready and photographed! Just in case you missed the notice, the Dreams exhibition will be also going to France in September for exhibition at the very prestigious European Patchwork Meeting. After IQCAfrica 2012 we will pack up the entire collection of Dreams quilts and personally escort them to France. Will one of YOUR quilts be one of them??
Before sending your entry, check the rules and requirements here to save yourself and us much time and agony: http://iqcafrica.ning.com/page/quilt-challenge
Send your entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org – we are watching that mailbox for your entry!
The IQCAfrica Team
PS: If you HAVE sent in an entry but not yet received acknowledgement of receipt from us, please contact us immediately at email@example.com or tel 0860 62 63 62 during office hours.
Visit IQCAfrica at: http://iqcafrica.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network and while you’re there, sign up for some of the fabulous workshops and lectures that will be on tap. Let’s ALL go to South Africa for the IQCAfrica!!
PS: Notice from the submission guidelines that it is only the Entry form that must be submitted by May 15, not the actual quilt itself.
This email has just gone out from Karey Bresenhan and we picked it up from the QuiltArt e-list (if you’re not a member, we think you should be!). We hope that the letter will be of interest to our readers and that someone who saw it here first will submit a quilt:
I know all of you are art quilters–that’s why you read this list! But I’mbetting that quite a few of you have come from excellent traditional quiltbackgrounds, and if so, you’re just the people I need to reach! (You and other really good traditional quilters you know, of course)
I’m jurying another 500 quilts book for Lark/Sterling. This one is 500 Traditional Quilts. I did the 500 Art Quilts book a couple of years ago. As with the art quilt book, we are trying to showcase the most beautiful, extraordinary traditional quilts being made today. There’s no restriction on country, or on materials used, or even on when the quilt was made, although preference will be given to more recent work. The quilt can have beenpublished elsewhere, online, or on a blog–no problem. Generally speaking, if your quilt has been published previously in a book or magazine, and YOUpaid for the photograph to be taken or YOU took the photo yourself, thenthere should be no copyright problem, but please do check the contract yousigned with the publication first, before submitting an entry. (And please,I don’t want to get in the middle of a copyright discussion–Heaven forbid!I am just passing along the specific information the Lark/Sterling editorgave me–I am certainly no copyright expert.)
Most of the Lark books require that the photo that is submitted for juryingbe of publication quality, but because so often even fine traditional quiltsare submitted with snapshots (this is based on our experience at IQA andwith Festival’s special exhibits), I convinced the editors to go a differentroute with the 500 Traditional Quilts book. We ask that you submit the best
quality photo you can for jurying, but if your quilt is selected for thebook, then it will be your responsibility to have a professional qualityphoto made for the book. Digital imagery, slides, and transparencies will beaccepted. Each quilt artist may submit up to 5 quilts. There is no entryfee. If your work is accepted for the book, you will get fullacknowledgement, one free copy (only one per quilt), and discounts on thepurchase of additional books.
Details on submitting a quilt for the new book may be found here: http://www.larkcrafts.com/submit/calls-for-submissions/ . Please note thatthere are two forms that must be downloaded from this site. Entries must bemailed in; no email entries will be accepted.
The deadline is MAY 15. I urge all of you to take another look at your owntraditional quilts or to suggest this to another traditional quilter you mayknow who does extraordinary work! This call is not meant for those sweet,but run-of-the-mill, Nine Patch quilts, of course, which I probably don’thave to tell you! But spectacular, beautifully made, traditional quilts that
take the genre to new heights–those I’m looking for! And I’d love it ifyou’d send this to all your traditional quilt friends!
Director Emeritus, International Quilt Festival–Houston, Long Beach, and Cincinnati
Juror, 500 Traditional Quilts
Kenya Quilt Guild member and Past Chairwoman Diane Bannister is finishing her course work for a Master of Public Health Leadership Degree from the Uganda Christian University. The program is focused on Save the Mothers and Safe Motherhood.
Diane’s class asked her to make a wall hanging to be presented to the facility as a gift from their class. She enjoys the fun fabric in the background that shows all the women and some mothers with children.
In Africa, a woman has a 1 in 16 chance of dying due to pregnancy or delivery related complications. We need to change this to save the mothers of Africa. A mother plays such an important role in society and family that her death has very strong negative consequences for both.
The Kenya Quilt Guild is very proud of our member, Diane Bannister, and we wish her well in her academic endeavours!
Aurifil Threads has a great new quilt contest going on–and the good news is that you do not have to send in a quilt in order to win!
Check it out now on the Aurifil Threads Facebook page, and see the fantastic gifts they are about to award as prizes: Aurifil Thread packages!!
Here’s a tip: send in a close-up photo of your quilt that shows your thread-work off to best advantage.