It was party time at the Kenya Quilt Guild!!  We had our usual monthly meeting but several members brought their children who participated in a cup-cake feast and in making kikoy quilts!  Neela Shah (Chairperson) welcomed several visitors including Australians Meryl Lees from New South Wales and her daughter Lyn Cussons from Canberra.  Darlene and Rose were visiting from the USA and Suzanne is a new member who has recently settled in Kenya having moved from Kansas.

Neela drew the attention of the meeting to the date change for the Kijabe field trip to see Deanna Gaudaur’s long-arm quilting machine.  It will now take place on 1st August.  A form was handed round for members to sign up for the trip and to indicate what they would contribute to the pot-luck lunch and whether they would be willing to transport others.  Deanna will email directions to all who have signed up.

Neela also reminded members that there is no KQG meeting in August as so many members are away.  Consequently, books from the library can be borrowed for two months instead of one.

Gill Rebelo (Education) reminded members to sign up and pay for the classes being offered by Dena Crain in September.  Information is published in ‘Snippets’.   ‘Goodbye to the Grid’ is a two day class Dena offers for the Quilt University which introduces the skills required for making art quilts.  Neela underlined the good value of Dena’s classes, as she has attended them herself and picked up lots of useful tips and skills.  The other class Dena is offering is entitled ‘True Quilts’ and includes Stack to the Back, Quilting From the Outside In, and Fuss-Free Binding.  These sessions are offered 25th, 26th and 27th September.  Check the Quilt Workshop Schedule for more information.

Gill announced that Pippa Moore will be coming from Canada to teach in October and suggested members look at her web site.  Gill also encouraged members to join the workshop after the meeting where those who attended in June could finish the Shoo-Fly block started then and hopefully complete a Calico Puzzle block as well.  These will go towards a sampler quilt to be completed during these workshops over several months.  Gill had little packs of appropriate fabrics available for sale at 100/-.

Neela then introduced Darlene Tapie who is visiting Kenya on a mission trip for the Presbyterian Women of New Jersey.  Darlene explained the work of a group of women who knit or crochet prayer shawls.  These are voluminous, warm shawls made of a soft yarn that the makers pray over as they are fashioned. The shawls are then donated to people at the birth of a baby or when someone is ill or bereaved.  Darlene asked that anyone who would like to be involved would communicate with her.

Neela then asked Maureen Dougherty to tell the group about her visit to the International Quilt Festival of Ireland in June.  Maureen had been delighted to meet Martine Chamorel, our former Vice-Chairperson, there and they had looked together at the Round Robin quilts, including those from Kenya to which they had contributed.  They recognized the hand blocks made by Carol Davey and Martine in the huge welcome quilt at the entrance.  Maureen really enjoyed the whole exhibition which had lots of character but was most impressed by the quilted garden feature.

Neela displayed the glass crystal mounted plaque that has been awarded to Sabine as winner of the ‘best quilt in show’ at our recent exhibition.

Show-and-Tell:

  • Members had been asked to display quilts they had made for children but there were also lots of other beautiful things on offer.
  • Deanna showed a lovely single bed sized quilt in black and white fabrics with a bright green line in.  She had made this for her son’s girlfriend!
  • Brij displayed a pair of jeans she had decorated with multiple colourful appliqué of elephants for Village Market’s Jeanius competition.  The jeans were greeted with a chorus of impressed ooohs and aaahs!
  • Stacey Davis had made a fun quilt for her son with a design of trains in primary colours.
  • Veena showed a bargello quilt wall hanging, a delightful combination of blues and rich browns.
  • Gill is well prepared for the advent of future grandchildren with a charming rag quilt, decorated with a teddy.
  • Lakhbir displayed a gorgeous double bed sized bargello quilt in twenty shades of red and black with a Möbius strip shaped design on it.  She was challenged to make it as a wedding present for her daughter who must have been so pleased with it!
  • Jasvinder showed her stunning dancing ladies wall hanging and a second one she had made using the same method but with Maasai dancers.
  • Maureen had been stash-busting and had made a pleasing rainbow colours quilt for one of her staff members.
  • Induben has been working on a beautiful Maasai village scene with a bead embellishment.
  • Cheryl displayed two very pretty quilts she had made with little girls in mind.  One was appliquéd with a girl in a bonnet motif and the other with pink perambulators!

Meryl Lees and Lyn Cussons had brought some samples of indigenous print fabrics from Australia which featured snakes and witchetty grubs or sylised lizards in interesting patterns and colours.  Members of Meryl’s quilt guild had also made gifts for KQG.  Each member present was given a beautifully embroidered handkerchief.  It was such a lovely kind thought and action and very much appreciated.

We then had the draw for the prizes of the day – some kikoys!  These were won by good fortune by Meryl and Lyn!  There were also some KQG winners …. Neela!

In the extended break we all enjoyed delicious cup cakes brought by members and a fizzy punch made by Deanna Gaudaur.

The meeting finished with Stacy Davis from Kijabe showing some of the kikoy quilts she has made using a very simple quilt-as-you-go method.  She explained how it is done and then the children who had joined the Guild for the day had a go at making them.  Everyone went off happy and satisfied that we had enjoyed a great meeting and would be looking forward to meeting again in September.

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