A lively and informative meeting was lead by Gill Rebelo, who announced that the Guild’s AGM will take place at the April meeting (Thursday 19th).  She reminded the membership of the need for volunteers for various roles on the Executive Council.

Raji Syan, our Librarian, advertised the book sale of the day and reminded us about the new arrangements for borrowing books – KSh 1,000 for the year, entitling the subscriber to take out two books per month.  Those who wish to borrow on an occasional basis will pay KSh 200 per book.

Kundan Pattni explained that members can pay their dues at The Woman Shop and displayed the new plastic membership cards with lanyards.  This may entitle members to a discount from certain fabric merchants.

Then Gretchen Sanders Mwaura showed some of the embellishments she is selling.  These delicately polished and dyed animal and other motifs are made from bone by an artisan in Kibera called Kennedy.  His wife has recently given birth to twin boys whom he has named Tony Blair and Bill Clinton!

Pauline Mang’ana talked about the upcoming KQG Quilt Exhibition at Village Market.  She reminded us to look for sponsors and voiced the need for more volunteers for the Exhibition Subcommittee.  The Subcommittee meets every Thursday.

Jasvinder Phull talked about the raffle quilts which she and a keen group of members are making to raise money during the exhibition for charities, the AMREF Obstetric Fistula program and The Dream Project Children’s Home.  She displayed a lovely top which is already finished.  More volunteers are needed to help to complete the other two during the afternoon session.  This is a valuable learning opportunity as well as a good cause.

Gill told us about the teaching spots she will be organising during the afternoons after the monthly meetings.  Today’s will be about hand-piecing.  Six ladies were eager to attend.  Gill went on to tell us about the Turkish quilter, Selma Kenter, who visited Kenya recently and brought catalogues of previous exhibitions held in Istanbul.  There was a call for previously shown Kenyan quilts to go on display in Istanbul in May.

Gretchen informed us about the International Quilt Festival of Ireland being organised by Jim West.  It sounds very interesting with lots of original types of exhibitions such as a 3-D quilted garden and loads of activities and displays such as traditional Irish handicrafts, dry stone walling, aran knitting and pub crawls!  The idea of the ‘100,000 welcomes’ quilt of green and white decorated hand print blocks was welcomed with much enthusiasm!  There should be quite a collection of ‘Karibu’ blocks from Kenya.

Gill went on to tell us about the teachers who will be giving classes over the next few months.  Sarah Brewin will be teaching her ‘Dancing Ladies’ quilt and Magie Relph has several possible classes lined up.

Show-and-tell was lots of fun.  There were some beautiful bags on display, produced in Rhonda Denney’s workshop last month.  Loise’s family were so impressed by her bag that she has had to make another four, one for each daughter!  She had the very original idea of buying suit pieces (for salwar kameez) from Eastleigh where they are very reasonably priced.  These printed pieces of fabric are especially designed to go together and made very attractive bags.

Jasvinder showed the bag she designed and made for carrying her equipment to workshops.  She will be teaching a two day course on this next month.  
Gill showed a very colourful carpenter’s wheel to inspire another monthly class in March.  Patty displayed her lovely landscape quilt, started in Rhonda’s class.  Induben showed her landscape quilt of Mount Kenya which included a small figure – her grandson – observing the grandeur!

After a break for refreshments, we had a really interesting and enlightening talk about fabrics from Gill Rebelo.  She demonstrated the burn test for determining whether a fabric is pure cotton or not and gave us lots of other information on fabric structure, design and choice for quilting.

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