After Patty congratulated those who had birthdays in March, we welcomed back a past member, Kamer, and she introduced our visitors, Adele and Jenny.

Those ladies who had not completed subscription forms were asked to do so as we are desperate to update our membership list and email addresses.

Sponsorship needs for the exhibition were discussed and members were encouraged to seek donations from any contacts they may have.

Gretchen taught her ‘Crazy Quilt’ class and those who attended shared they work with the group.  Patty will hold her class on 14th April, but has made it mandatory that fees are paid in advance to avoid any absentees.  She has asked that no one attempt to transfer faces, be they human or animal, in this class.

In April we will hold our AGM and Donna Pido will be giving us an interesting visual talk on Masai beading.  For the AGM we have volunteers for most of the positions, but we are still looking for someone to fill Membership and Charity places.

Anyone who still has outstanding money from sales of calendars, please turn it over to Neela or Lakhbir.

Sheryl explained the March issue of the Mystery Quilt and had samples for the members to examine.  There is still time to start the Mystery Quilt.

The raffle has been approved for the Exhibition.  We are waiting for the complete list of sponsors before we go to print.  The workshop will open next Thursday where kits will be made for sale.  Only Elephant Applique Challenge quilts will be printed on the calendar and the note cards.

There has been a hold up on the Pan African Friendship Quilts, Good Hope Quilters Guild, South African, but they are scheduled to arrive soon.

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Show and Tell was tremendous this month with dozens of pieces shared with the meeting:

  • Suzanne made a travel wallet and book-bag.  Both patterns are for sale online.
  • Raji, Jasvinder and Jaya all made Bargello table runners.
  • Raji finished her Elephant Applique Challenge and also had a baby quilt to share.
  • Kamer presented a quilt that she had made from embroidered blocks.
  • Lakhbir had a quilt piece with brightly coloured stars and also a baby quilt with a giraffe motif.
  • Veena made a quilt from a jelly roll and a Drunkard’s Path.
  • Ragbir had a baby quilt with Scotty dogs.
  • Carol made a woven carpet from khanga fabric and another quilt made from scraps that resembled those made by Gee’s Bend.
  • Indu had a Bargello bag and a Masai painting that she had beaded.  She also made a quilt with small cars.
  • Joyce’s first attempt at patchwork quilting was a set of tablemats and a table runner.
  • Charu had wonderful examples of her intricate machine quilting which consisted of a whole cloth quilt.  She shared her methods with the group.
  • Patty made another ‘Serengeti Sojourners’’ on consignment.
  • Jasmine finished a quilt made with 2 ½” squares. She had found the pattern on Pinterest.
  • Jasvinder made an applique baby quilt.
  • Rose had blocks that she had won in a BOM and pieced them together to make a lovely quilt.  She machine quilted the piece.

The talk from FreMo Birth Centre was interesting.  They provide prenatal care for mothers in Kawangari and are on call for any pregnant woman in need.  They opened two years ago and have been successful in assisting many women.  Adele made a donation and brought a bag of baby essentials for donation.  The Guild has already donated to this organisation and will consider another in the future.

Sheryl gave a talk on methods of making the Le Moyne Star and showed a video on a quick technique.