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Kenya Quilt Guild meeting was well attended.

Here are a few pictures of KQG new member ID cards, a fabulous Show and Tell including some beautiful Kenyan fabric and a very informational workshop by Rohini Desai about “Machine Maintenance”.

 

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The Giraffe challenge was an amazing success! We had 20 entries, and they were all so different from each other, it was hard to pick a favorite. Next year’s Quilt Guild calendar will be our best yet! 

Congratulations to all our members who gave us a wonderful show yesterday. 

Dorothy Stockell


It was a beautiful Show and Tell like every month, from hand bags to table mats and some quilt tops.

Enjoy the beauty of creativity with fabric.


Greetings Fellow Quilters!
The green hand mug rugs from the January challenge were fabulous!
Our February challenge is to create place-mats (11″ by 18″) using the string piecing method Gill Rebello talked about at our last meeting. The color we chose is bright red.
We handed out little pieces of a shiny African fabric at the meeting to give everybody a chance to work with it.
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If you weren’t there, fear not! Any old bright red will do! Just cut some thin strips
(between 3/4″ and 1 1/2″) of a variety of fabrics and sew them together using your preferred string piecing method. The internet is full of videos and instructions but if you’re not sure how to string piece, reach out! That’s what your guild is here for…drop us a line if you get stuck.
Here is my place-mat using the chaos method which avoided the paper piecing or foundation fabric methods.
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We will take a vote at the March meeting for our favorite, and the winner gets a door prize!
There will be a second door prize for the place-mat closest to being exactly 11 x 18 inches. It pays to be accurate!
Looking forward to seeing some fabulous place-mats in March!

Message from the Chairperson, Dorothy Stockell :

Dear Members, we are back live on the Kenya Quilt Guild Blog!!!  Make sure you stay tuned as we keep updating our blog.  Here’s looking forward to some interesting challenges in 2017!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at last month’s Guild meeting! It was a great meeting, and there was a fantastic response when we announced our Challenge for January 2017.

Each month, we will make a little quilt in one of these sizes:
– coaster (4×4)
– mug rug (7×11)
– placemat (11×18)

To decide what we will make, we’ll pick a color, a theme and a technique from a chart.

This month we picked green, hand(s) and appliqué.

We’re going to make mug rugs! If you can find an electric lime green like the photo, sew on.

You can use any appliqué method, and use the green for the background or the hands. The hand can be your hand, a child’s hand or an imaginary hand. You can use as many hand shapes as you want. The mug rug should be quilted, with binding, and the finished size should be 7×11 inches.

We will collect the little jewels and eventually sell them for charity.

The idea behind the challenge is to give us an excuse to try different techniques and be creative and to bring us together in a joint effort.

If you have any questions or need help with learning appliqué, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to help!

I hope you will enjoy the challenge, and I can’t wait to see the show of hands next month!

Happy Sewing !!!

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I recently attended a work shop with Patty Arensen of Kenya Quilt Guild about turning pictures into quilts. All the attendees thoroughly enjoyed seeing photographs taken by cameras or phones transform into beautiful handmade wall hangings.

I adored the idea so much and found another convenient way to do the same. I found this link of printing directly onto fabric: http://thegraphicsfairy.com/print-fabric-freezer-paper-method-2/. Yes, it is very possible.

print on fabric

 

A few months ago I attended a cutwork embroidery class by Mary Hickmott. She used the same method, and it came out beautifully on cotton fabric.

There will be a few trial and errors sessions (and a lot of printer ink) but it’s worth giving this method a try. The link above has complete instructions for printer settings and materials required.

Happy printing!

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