Masai Women, a printed panel quilt by Anne Lyon

Masai Women, a printed panel quilt by Anne Lyon

The Exhibition Committee has met and come up with a great new African quilt challenge.  This one is quick, easy and fun, intended to generate a lot of small quilts for our 2013 Kenya Quilt Guild Exhibition and the London International Quilt Festival in Canada next year.  The prizes to be awarded are cash prizes–if your quilts sell, you will be paid for them!

Here’s the challenge:

  • Take yourself shopping and buy some pre-printed batik, painted or other cloth panel(s) depicting a traditional African image, the kind of thing tourists love to buy.  Keep the size relatively small, no larger than 24″ on its longest side.
  • Find or buy batting and backing fabrics and anything you might want to add as a border.
  • Make your African panel cloth into a quilt.  Add beads, ornaments or found objects as you go.  Finish the quilt entirely, with binding, hanger sleeve and label.  On the label, put the title of your quilt, your name, the year in which the quilt is made, and Nairobi, Kenya, as its location of making.
These quilts must be completed, ready for sale, by March 31, 2013.  Make more than one, several even, if you can.  We believe that these quilts will sell very well, either here at home or in Canada.  They are the kind of thing that is easy for you to do, will display nicely even if stacked on a table, and will generate a lot of income both for you and for the Kenya Quilt Guild.  The Exhibition Committee will finalize all the details in due course, but you can get started working on a few of these little gems right away!
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