For our January monthly meeting, we met on the 19th at 10:00 a.m. at Shalom House off Ngong Road just past The Junction Shopping Centre. The meeting started  with our Chairman Neela Shah welcoming all members and visitors after the Christmas break.

A word of thanks was extended to Bibiana Pereira, one of our Guild members who  offered her wonderful home to members to celebrate 2012 Christmas lunch.

Neela made a few administrative announcements and recognized Mercy Mungai, one of the visitors who joined the Guild the same day.

Neela informed members that the Executive Council was working hard to get a good retreat place around Naivasha or Limuru.  Though Resurrection Garden in Karen, 20km from Nairobi, was floated as a good venue, it was felt that members should be in a more distant place, away from the hassles of the City.  Brackenhurst Conference Center had been earlier suggested as a possible place through the Kenya Quilt Guild Face book. The decision is still to be arrived at by the Executive Council.

It was good news to hear that Village Market has given  our members a discount on the rental fee for the exhibition and Neela requested members  to look for sponsors from various companies. The last day for submission of quilts for the Exhibition is 19 April 2012 and there will be a charge for late entries.

Neela announced the coming Annual General Meeting to take place on 15 March 2012 and new Executive Council members are invited to come on board. This happens every two years according to our Constitution.

Dena Crain gave a practical presentation on how to access the KQG blog. Dena expressed her concern that every member should interact with the blog regularly. The practical presentation was done with a lot of clarity and professionalism that left members wiser than when they came in.  Dena highlighted that sending information to be included in the blog is a form of advertising and every member was free to do so.  She added that linking with other  internationals expands our networks through hyperlinks and blogging.  More link-up was important with those quilting groups who are like minded.

We had a wonderful show-and-tell session and members rushed to the front to exhibit their work. All in attendance enjoyed seeing and learning a few techniques from the different finished pieces.

Our Guest speaker for the January meeting was Rhonda Denney, a visiting American quilt teacher. Rhonda is an award-winning art quilt artist who has been quilting for the last four years.  She owns a Quilt Gallery where some of her art quilts are available for sale.

Rhonda Denney

Rhonda Denney, quilt teacher from the USA

Rhonda spoke passionately about her life through presentation of  several of her photo slides.  She was grateful to be in Kenya again, where she has been several times before. On a light touch she reckoned she would always look for an excuse to be in Kenya. Her gorgeous sample quilts hung on the wall including Bow Tuck bags she had made. Rhoda was to carry out workshops in the afternoon and carried 14 kits for the first members taking her classes.

After the meeting, an afternoon Workshop was held and several members stayed on to put their hands to work.

The next monthly meeting will be held on 16 February 2012, same time, same place.