We had a record attendance at the January monthly meeting. It was nice to see so many friends after the long holiday break.

Patty Arensen, our Chairperson, started the meeting by welcoming and introducing our five new members and the two ladies who were visiting.

Brij Datta kindly volunteered to take photographs during the meetings for uploading to the website each month.

Gill Rebelo was welcomed back to Kenya and the Guild after a prolonged absence for family reasons. While she was in England she had the opportunity to attend a local guild meeting and was interviewed by The Quilt Alliance.

Gill brought with her a sampler quilt that was constructed mainly from nine patch squares. Next month the members will compete to name as many squares as possible, winner to receive a small prize. So members, be sure to study traditional block names and be ready for February.

Neela Shah is presently out of the country to visit with her daughter and her new grandchild. Congratulations, Neela!

Patty related her progress on her quilting goals and shared the quilts that she had recently completed for a church in the U.S.A.

The Block of the Month, Tall Ships, was introduced. Twenty kits were distributed and there was a further demand for thirteen more. They will be available from The Woman Shop for members to collect. These blocks have been an overwhelming success and popular with our members.

Programs have been planned for the next three months: January: Demonstration on Easy Prairie Points. February: Demonstration on ice dying. March: Mactavashing, a form of machine quilting.

The Executive Council has been working on different educational options to improve patchwork and quilting skills. Gill will resume her beginner classes in February and has registered a number of students. Sheryl Fowler will be offering a full day course in February for making a Jelly Roll quilt, Summer in the Park. Dena Dale Crain will be invited to teach. We are also in correspondence with two overseas teachers who we hope will visit Nairobi and conduct classes.

Hopefully, the workshop will be opened sometime in February. The workshop will be run two mornings a week by volunteers. We expect to buy new sewing machines and have started a fund for this purpose. Fees collected by the beginner quilt classes and Sheryl’s class will go into this fund.

To add to the fund, we will hold a jewellery sale. Members have been asked to give any costume jewellery they no longer want/wear and to bring these items along to the February meeting. Gretchen will co-ordinate the collection, price the pieces and sell them during the March meeting. This promises to be a fun event where members might expect to acquire some new treasures!

Our AGM will be held on 16th April. If anyone is willing to stand for any position, please let Patty know as soon as possible. We are especially looking for someone to chair the Exhibition Committee. We would also like to add a stipulation to the Constitution concerning a year’s extension of an officer. Presently, an officer can only be elected for three consecutive years. If there are no other candidates, then the membership can approve the fourth year. This requires a constitutional admendment, so more information will be forthcoming about this before the AGM.

The 2015 Quilt Challenge was introduced. The challenge this year is an appliqué project with a great deal of scope for one’s imagination. Kits were taken by interested members. More kits will be available at the February meeting.

Show and Tell

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Donna, a new member, made a hexagon quilt to share. Charu Patel then explained how her quilt was made of individually quilted pieces and how they were attached to each other. This technique helped her practice her quilting skills. She also had a piece with intricate thread art.

Carol Davey converted a local circular basket into a sewing basket, padding the lid to make a huge pin cushion. She also had cut her scraps into very small pieces and used these to stuff pillows.

Delia Spring finished her quilt made from the pieces of ripped fabric. Indu Shah made a red, green and beige lap quilt. For a wedding present, Raji Syan made a king size bargello heart quilt. Jasvinder Phull used her long arm machine and frame to quilt her traditional piece and Kuljinder Birdi constructed a French Braid table runner.

After coffee, the door prize was drawn and Karen Crumpacker was the lucky winner.

Sheryl gave her demonstration on Prairie Points. She had two pieces of patchwork with Prairie Points and passed around strips made ‘the easy way’. The PowerPoint was interesting and very informative.

We look forward to having another great turn-out for the February meeting, to be held on February 19!

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