The November Guild meeting had a somewhat smaller turn-out than usual; this probably due to the date:  American Thanksgiving Day!  Several of our American members made the effort to attend anyway, although they needed to leave early.

Business decisions included what to do about a financial shortfall from our exhibition, whether to use raffle money to make up the deficit or to use Guild money to pay the balance.  We learned that legally we could not use more than 20% of the raffle income.  In the end, we agreed to dip into Guild money to pay for the hall rental, and that meant we could put all the raffle money, some 84,000/=,  towards charity.

Then we had to decide which charity to support.  We agreed to pay for one woman’s fistula repair (a common, devastating health issue in Kenya) and send the balance to the Dream Project.

We also discussed the five sewing machines now owned by the Guild.  With no functioning workshop at present, these machines now lie idle.  Storage of them is a problem.  After some discussion, the subject was postponed for further consideration until the new year.

There was some discussion about exhibition scheduling.  Statistics showed that we had better turn-outs for our April or May exhibitions than for those in October, when so many other arts and crafts festivals are gearing up for holiday sales.  Some members felt we should have an exhibition annually, that most of us would not keep quilts for two years while we waited to show them.  Others thought that biennial exhibitions would be more appealing to the market and easier for the Guild to manage.  We generally agreed to plan our next exhibition for April or May 2012, and to reconsider the advisability of annual versus biennial planning at that time.

Deanna Gaudaur was awarded the cup for Best of Show from our October exhibition for her quilt, Story Book Farm, beautifully made.

Following the business part of our meeting, we had some show-and-tell.  Photos below tell that story (click to view larger images):

Linda Renner, shown above with her quilts, is “the Global Bag” lady.  Linda is the Kenya Field Coordinator for the Global Bag Project.  Read more about her and the Project at  Jana Mead and Deanna Gaudaur are affiliated with the Africa Inland Mission Kijabe Hospital.

After show-and-tell, and a quick tea or coffee, we heard a talk given by Gill Rebelo on boutis. Read about that in the next post.