The November meeting of the Kenya Quilt Guild was a quiet one after Paula Benjaminson’s visit and workshops, although we welcomed several new visitors. We had the chance to see what some of Paula’s students had produced during the classes as well as enjoying our usual show-and-tell quilts.

Patty Arensen gave a digital presentation on the charitable activities focused around the obstetric fistula problem in Kenya. This presentation was a sobering reminder of how much work remains yet to be done to help young women reclaim their health, self-confidence and roles in society.

We welcomed into our midst Mukasa Irine Kyalikoba (Irene), a woman from Uganda who now lives in Nairobi. Irene, with the help of one of her daughters, supports herself and thirteen children by producing hand-made West African style tie-and-dye cotton fabrics for sale in the Masai Market. These portable open-air markets move from one prominent venue to another, depending on the day of the week. If you’re in Nairobi, ask anyone where is the next Masai Market and on which day it occurs there; almost everyone knows about the one nearest to them. Then, when you find the market, look for Irene. She will be waiting to welcome you with a warm and friendly smile and plenty of great fabrics!

After the meeting, an afternoon workshop was held and about fifteen members stayed on to work.  We are preparing a raffle quilt or two for our exhibition to be held over the weekend of May 10, 2012 at the Village Market.  Many of our quilts and other products will be on sale there, so mark your calendar now!

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