The June meeting of the Kenya Quilt Guild featured a fabulous show-and-tell.  We had several visitors, among them Anke Trischler from Wiesbaden, Germany, who is working with Mothers’ Mercy Home to provide education to orphans, especially job training skills like sewing and quilting.  Anke brought with her a sample of a project she intended to introduce locally, and she may return to teach Guild members how to make such fiber art.

Many members brought in recently completed works and everyone enjoyed seeing them.  There were several quilts produced during Paramjeet Bawa’s April workshops, including her thread sketching work and her raw edge appliqué “Three Ladies” quilts.  It was useful to see the effects of different border and binding treatments on the same project quilts.  Most of these were bound with the methods taught last month by Dena Crain in her Beautiful Bindings workshop.  We also saw evidence of Dena’s teaching abilities in a display of Darned Quilts made by her KQG member students.

Charu Patel gave an interesting demonstration on how to make and add loopy edges to quilts, either on the outside of the quilt or worked into an open space between the quilt and its outer border.  She demonstrated how to make the covered cords as well as how to measure, cut and place the cords into position before sewing them into a quilt.  Thanks, Charu, for this enlightening demonstration about a technique we had not previously seen used in Kenya!

The July meeting will be held at Shalom House on Ngong Road.  The demonstration will be on critique and judging. Members are asked to bring in works in progress if they would like some positive feedback on their quilting. Then, a workshop will be organized for the afternoon following the morning’s meeting.  Bring your sewing machine and plan to help and learn at the same time!

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