Members signed into the meeting.  Visitors were welcomed to the meeting.  Raji Syan, our librarian, shared her favourite book with the members:  ‘Colour Play’.  Loan of books Shs. 100.00, magazines Shs. 50.00 and DVD Shs. 150.00 per month.  When returning books, please either place back in numerical order or give the book back to the librarian to file.  The library will be moved to the back room temporarily, then in July when we move to the larger hall, everything will be in the same room.

Relocation of KQG supplies for our workshop will be done soon.  The workshop will be in operation from September at Sheryl’s home.  The purpose and operation of the workshop was explained.  Members will bring their own machines and work on projects.

A report was given about the outcome of our exhibition “Magical Art of Stitches.”  Shs. 75,000.00 was donated to AMREF in support of the fight against obstetric fistula.  Our next exhibition will be the first weekend in October 2014 at the Sarit Centre.  The venue will be booked and shared with the KEG.

For the “Out of Africa” exhibition happening in mid-June in London, Canada, four of our ladies will be traveling to attend and work at the show.  Over 130 quilts were sent.  We are trying to find a way to send quilts that were submitted late.  Members will be notified if something opens.

KQG has issued a new challenge to its members.  The rules governing the challenge have been printed in the newsletter.  Due date is the September meeting and there will be a viewers’ choice prize.  Fabric pieces were distributed to those members who wished to participate.  These will be in a special display at our next exhibition and will be judged.

Upcoming demonstrations and workshops include:

  • Charu Patel will demonstrate a machine quilting technique at the July meeting and wants members to practice it over the summer holiday, ready for workshops in September.
  • Bev Rebelo will teach classes involving hand and machine quilting. She will also be able to do her “Rhino” project.
  • We will book teachers from England and Canada next year.
  • Gill encouraged local teachers to take classes.
  • Landscape class:  Kits from Canada are available for purchase from Gill.  Sheryl will take two half day sessions:  One following the June meeting and one following the July meeting.  The charge for both classes is only Shs. 1,000, with the money to go to charity.
  • Sampler workshops will continue after the meetings.
  • Gill also holds beginners classes at her home once a week.

There will be no more monthly raffles, but a door prize to be drawn at each meeting.  Only members who remember to sign in, will be eligible.  This month’s winners were Raji and Sampa.

Our show-and-tell session, as usual, was remarkable:

Gill Rebelo gave a presentation on Modern Quilting.  These quilts are primarily functional pieces such as coasters, mats, cushion covers and so on.  They are usually asymmetrical designs with less repetition in pattern.  This makes the designs minimalistic, and they incorporate an increased use of negative space and often involve architectural influences.  Made with improvisational piecing, the quilts utilize bold colours set against a neutral background.  More information about Modern Quilts can be found at The Modern Quilt Guild.

In conclusion, Brij Datta was awarded a khanga for best dressed khanga lady from our previous meeting.  Congratulations, Brij!

The next Members’ Meeting will be Thursday, 20th June 10.00 a.m. at the Simba Union.  Please be on time, and don’t forget to bring your own coffee/tea cup!

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