This month’s regular monthly meeting was the first under new leadership, and Neela Shah, an experienced chairperson, managed it with grace and style.

Everyone was surprised to enter the room and find the chairs in a different arrangement, in small groups of about 8.  Not wasting any time, Neela called the meeting to order and got everyone to fill the circles of chairs quickly.  Then, we held small focus group discussions about the Guild, polling members on where they were as quilters, where they wanted to go with their quilting, and how the Guild might better help them get there.

Kenya Quilt Guild Focus Groups
Kenya Quilt Guild Focus Groups

We had with us Sharron Schoenfeld from Canada, and her daughter who lives in Nairobi, as visitors, and Sharron was willing to share her experiences from her home guild with us, so that gave us some new ideas to talk about.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the discussions, and some great ideas were shared.  It will be exciting, in coming months, to see how those ideas prove useful!

We had a fast and furious show-and-tell session with many lovely quilts and projects appearing, courtesy of our members’ efforts.

Lakhbir Virdee's Dahlia Quilt

Lakhbir Virdee's Dahlia Quilt

Then, Martine Chamorel presented a demonstration on “quilt-as-you-go” techniques, showing us all how we could piece and quilt all in one easy step, then join blocks together to make an entire quilt, all work that could be done by hand but goes faster by machine, and finished with a beautiful patchwork work quilt that we could actually make while killing time sitting in traffic or in doctors’ offices!

Martine Chamorel's Quilt Demonstration

Martine Chamorel's Quilt Demonstration

We finished with a brief discussion about upcoming events and items of business:  Dena Crain’s upcoming workshops, the European Union’s ban on herbal medicines, whether and how to send quilts to Japan and when and how to move our meeting days to the fourth Thursday of the month so as not to conflict with East African Women’s League events on the third Thursdays.

Coffee and tea, a quick shop of our library for books for the holiday weekend, and a bit of social time together finished the meeting, and we all went off to make new quilts!

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