Happy New Year, everyone!

We had our first meeting of the year on January 17 at the Sikh Union Clubhouse, a lovely new venue for us and one we look forward to using in coming months.

KQG Exhibition:

Charu Patel mounted a small wall hanging along with an example of a write up.  She circulated a sheet for members to list their quilt entries for the upcoming KQG Exhibition to be held at Sarit Centre in April. Deadline for entries will be the March meeting, but in special cases this can be extended if necessary.

A 4” sleeve, label and flat rod will have to be organised for each quilt.  Entry Fee:  Shs. 200.00 per quilt.  Quilts from the previous exhibition may be accepted if there are not enough new entries.

Jaswinder Phull invited members to submit high resolution quilt photos via email for consideration for printing on posters.  Mike Gaudaur has volunteered to help design the posters.

Kundan Pattni is taking reservations for vendors.  The stalls are 2m x 3m at the cost of Shs. 5000.00 total for the three days.  Deposit:  Shs. 1000.00.   Bookings will be taken for five vendors only.

Deanna Gaudaur will circulate a list for members who wish to sell quilts in the Boutique Stall that are not in the exhibition.  The Guild will take 10% commission.  It was stressed that prices should be reasonable.  Those wishing to take advantage of this stall must volunteer to serve in it at least 2 hours.

Sheryl Fowler explained how the finances will work.  Kundan is the Treasurer and will keep the accounts.  The cost of the hall will be divided between the Kenya Quilt Guild and the Kenya Embroiderers Guild as will be profits from vendors and the raffle.  The expenses will also be divided between the two Guilds.  The only exception will be the workshops, where each Guild will keep their own profits.

The Flying Geese blocks for the raffle quilt were collected and the quilt face will get underway as soon as all the geese are received.  Permission for the raffle is yet to be obtained from the Betting and Licensing Control Board, but the work on it has been begun.

Show Slogan:  This should be a short, catchy phrase and probably not contain the words ‘Quilt or Embroidery’.  The members were broken into ‘brainstorming’ groups and came up with dozens of suggestions.

Sponsorship:  Letters were available for members.  We hope to get as many sponsors as possible this year to help cover the cost of the Sarit Centre Exhibition Hall.

Workshops:  Cost Shs. 500.00 including kits.  Sign up for these at the February meeting.

Constitution:

Dena Crain briefly explained the changes suggested to the current Constitution (available on the website).  The new Constitution has been restructured, the corrections have been highlighted in red.  If anyone has any further changes they must put them forward without delay as the motion to pass the Constitution will come up at the AGM.

Newsletter:

Thank you to Gill Rebelo and Margaret Atandi for a fabulous newsletter this month.

Blog:

The Blog is a place to journal, our presence online. We need a volunteer to submit interesting information onto the website for Dena Crain to include in our Blog.  Dena explained WordPress and said that she would assist a member in learning how to post, write and edit.

Show and Tell:

Members shared their quilts with us; they speak for themselves:

Demonstration:

There was a powerpoint presentation by Sheryl Fowler on Tucks and Embellishments.

Meeting Venue:

It was decided to hold the monthly meetings at the Sikh Union up until and including June.  This will give the Guild time to investigate other venues.

Our next meeting will be held on February 21st, starting sharply at 10:00 a.m. at the Sikh Union. It’s a little hard to find, in the general location of the large pink block in the map below, above the label for Forest Road. Approach from Westlands, cross Limuru Road and take the sliproad down to the left. Sikh Union is near Premier Academy.

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