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The March meeting was full of exciting news on the Guild’s upcoming plans and projects.
Dena gave a talk on her upcoming workshop – Reflections, generating considerable excitement for it!
Gretchen reminded everyone about the planned jewelry sale to help raise money to buy sewing machines for the workshop. The jewelry will be on sale in the April meeting.
Patty reminded all members present that April will be the Guild’s AGM. The Notice of the same had been included in March 2015’s Snippets and the Agenda would be circulated that day.
Patty advised members that the Challenge Quilts would be due for submission at the July meeting when they would be voted on. The prizes would be Kshs. 1,500/-, Kshs. 1,000/- and Kshs. 500/- gift vouchers for The Woman Shop.
Karen showed members present some of the wonderful fabrics purchased during the Guild-arranged field trips to the River Road area.
Patty advised members that given the success of the 2015 calendars, the Guild has decided to publish a calendar for 2016, but this time, it will be done solely as a Kenya Quilt Guild project, and not together with the Kenya Embroiderers Guild.
Members will be requested to bring a picture of a quilt they have in possession at the June meeting, where the quilts would be voted on. The selected quilts would be professionally photographed in July, and it is hoped that the calendars will be ready in October.
The Kenya Quilt Guild February meeting was centered around education – we want to become better quilters!
This past month Gill Rebelo began a new series for beginners.
Sheryl Fowler taught a strip quilt technique class in her home. Everyone had a great time and learned all about strip piecing.
We began to sign up for next month’s 2 days class by Dena Dale Crain, “Reflections.” This class will be held at Simba Union 10:00 – 3, 25-26 March. The cost is 4000/=. You may sign up at the next meeting. To reserve your spot, you must pay in full.
We are purchasing a sewing machine to use in our revived workshop. Gill and Sheryl have donated the proceeds from their recent classes.
We are also going to have a jewelry sale to raise money. Go through your collection of jewelry for some items that you are no longer wearing. Bring them to the March meeting and the following meeting, priced and ready for sale. We will have a sale of our jewelry and all money will go to a new Kenya Quilt Guild sewing machine!
Gretchen Sanders demonstrated how to ice dye cloth. The effect is a watery, irregular pattern. Beautiful! We hope you all found the demonstration exciting and you are eager to experiment!
Here are Gretchen’s directions:
- Plastic sheet
- An old washing up bowl
- A wire mesh that fits over the bowl
- A small bucket
- A measuring jug
- A small yogurt pot
- Rubber gloves
- Magadi soda ash
- Dyes (powders)
- Ice cubes
- Washed, dried and ironed fabric- americani (cotton muslin), silk
- Prepare a soda mix according to how much fabric you have. Use 50g of magadi soda ash to 2L water. Mix well with gloved hands.
- Add the washed, dried and ironed fabric and leave soaking for at least 10 minutes.
- Remove fabric from the soda mix and wring it gently to remove excess liquid.
- Arrange fabric onto the grid. Top with ice cubes.
- Gently sprinkle the powdered dyes (you need very little) onto the ice as you want.
- Leave aside and wait for the ice to melt. Leaving even longer will allow the dyes to penetrate more, making them more light- and wash-fast.
- Rinse the dyed fabric under cold water until the water runs clear. Dry and iron the ice-dyed fabrics.
- Added experiments–thread, tie, knot, use wax or starch resists, etc.
- Keep a bag of ice cubes in the fridge- you never know when you might have the urge to dye again!
On March 25-26, the Kenya Quilt Guild is pleased to present the art quilt workshop Reflections, taught by our own Dena Dale Crain! This is the art quilt class for everyone, as it teaches even beginners how to use mirror-imaging to create original patchwork quilt designs.
The class format is different for this workshop, with reduced hours to avoid heavy traffic in Nairobi. The class begins each day at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. There is a surprise adjustment to compensate for the shorter time spent in class!
Full information, including the supply list, can be found on our Quilt Workshop Schedule page.
We now accept Mpesa payments, so you can register and pay by telephone. Contact us with the contact form in the sidebar at left to learn the telephone number. Otherwise, register during our regular meeting on March 19 at The Sikh Union off Forest Road in Nairobi.
Patty opened the meeting, welcoming the visitors and then wished our members with birthdays in November a happy day. She then shared the applique pillow slips that she purchased in Zanzibar over her holiday.
Sheryl gave a short talk on the importance of pressing correctly, followed by a PowerPoint video supporting the main steps.
Dorothy collected the Block of the Month ‘Chevrons’ and performed the draw. The Winner, Poley Bhamra, kindly returned the blocks for a redraw as she had also won the previous month. Our newest member, Janet Wildsmith, was then the lucky winner. Janet was also drawn the winner of the door prize, but returned it. April Webb won a pack of Moda squares and folding scissors.
We made a small profit from the Exhibition and the Committee had approved a donation of KES 50,000.00/- to The Kenya Red Cross. We had already presented the wall hanging to them during the closing of the Exhibition last month.
Anyone who participated in the ‘Torn Fabric’ activity was asked to bring their projects along to the January meeting. The Block of the Month will continue in January as our Christmas luncheon will be held in lieu of the December meeting.
Future teachers and education was discussed. Jasvinder Phull is contacting Paramjit Bawa from Oman to see if she will consider travelling to Nairobi to teach. Members were encouraged to research her on the web. Gill Rebelo, who will be attending the London Quilt Show, will seek out teachers for the Guild.
The Christmas lunch, 4th December, will be held at Patty’s home in Lavington. Directions and a poster will be sent out the members closer to the time. This will be potluck affair and each member/guest has been asked to bring along a gift worth no more than Shs. 500.00.
In January members have been asked to speak about their individual accomplishments over 2014 and Sheryl will demonstrate Prairie Points.
Bibiana, who is relocating to South Africa soon, shared a new technique for making chevrons. Instead of constructing them in the traditional patchwork method, she cut and folded a piece of fabric. See http://www.make-it-do.com/sew-it/crazy-for-zig-zags/
We have calendars and kits for sale; this will continue at each monthly meeting.
Show and Tell: Carol Davey shared her ‘Summer in the Park’ quilt. Gretchen had a number of small wall hangings which she had made for a specific project, along with a large blue and white quilt. Janet Wildsmith presented her baby quilt and her fussy cut Dresden plate wall-hanging. Bibiana finished her spiral table runner and Marcia had her beaded lizard. Tinu had two table runners that were made from old curtains.
After the coffee break, Dorothy Stockell had a number of ‘upcycling’ projects to demonstrate. Her talk was enjoyable and informative. She began her talk with two cushions that were made from old men’s shirts. The front of the shirt was used for the back of the cushion, buttons being the opening for the cushion insert, the front the background for the applique. She had a quilt made from head bandanas and a crazy quilt made from men’s ties. There were denim handbags made from jeans and wall-hangings that incorporated buttons.
Dena Dale Crain, co-founder (with Anne Mains of Canada) and long time member of the Kenya Quilt Guild, has just opened a new Web site.
Check out QuiltEd Online, and do it quickly! There’s an offer of a FREE online patchwork quilt course that expires in a couple of days. Find the coupon and instructions to use it on the home page; do the coursework whenever you have time!
At the meeting three groups participated in the “One Yard Challenge.” About seven women were in each group, with a “brown group,” a “blue group,” and a “black and white group.” Each woman had one yard of her chosen fabric, and tore it in half, kept half, and handed the other piece to the next woman. This was repeated until each member of the group had a piece of each of the fabrics. The challenge will be to use all of the pieces in a project; it is okay to add in other fabrics.
Suzanne showed two short videos from Leahday.com of Leah showing her husband how to machine quilt. These were especially appreciated by the newer quilters in our group.
Gretchen won the fat quarter exchange, black and white pieces, which will go well with her challenge fabrics since she was in the black and white group for the challenge. Neela won the block of the month drawing.
The July meeting is the last one for the first half of the year. We take a break in August, and we expect to return in August, full of plans and brand new quilts for the Kenya Quilt Guild Exhibition to be held at Sarit Centre, October 3-5!
This month we had no visitors, however three of our members were celebrating their birthdays. Patty blessed them saying, “May your seams be ¼” and irons never spit.”
The newsletter was sent out promptly this month, thanks to Suzanne and other contributors. Hard copies of Snippets will not be available for members at the meeting due to the expense of photocopying and the time/effort that will be involved. For PR reasons, all present members and past members will receive Snippets via email, but there will be an unsubscribe tool installed for those who do not wish to receive it.
Anyone who wants to sell a sewing related item or is in need of purchasing one, can send the information to Suzanne to be published in the next edition.
The planning for the 2014 Magical Art of Stitches Exhibition is well under way. Our deposit has been paid to The Sarit Centre and permission for the raffle has been sought. Entry forms for the Challenge Quilts will be circulated at the meeting and sponsorship letters are obtainable from Sheryl Fowler. Members were reminded to bring along a photo of their favourite quilt to the May meeting for the calendar.
Our UFO afternoons are being supported by some members and others were encouraged to take advantage of time and space provided by the Guild. We will be holding these afternoon regularly after our monthly meetings.
Raji spoke about the library and the new books which should arrive before the April meeting. The list of books ordered was published in Snippets. The members accepted the news with enthusiasm. There are also some library books outstanding and ladies were asked for their assistance to get them back into stock.
As of April, Sheryl will be introducing the Block of the Month. The pattern will be printed in Snippets and the Guild will be providing the background fabric each month. Members are to bring their blocks along to the May meeting, where there will be a draw and the lucky winner will receive all of the blocks made by members which should be enough to construct a quilt.
Gretchen shared the Red Cross quilt top with the membership and explained the significance of each of the symbols. Patty will be quilting the project after which it will be presented to the Red Cross Society of Kenya.
During our April meeting, we will hold our AGM. Anyone wishing to serve on the Committee is most welcome and should step forward to be nominated. After the AGM Kundan will be giving her talk on Revolutionary Rulers.
Ladies were again reminded to pay their outstanding membership fees of Shs. 1500.00
A new challenge will be introduced next month, “One Yard Exchange”. Seven ladies will form their own group and chose a theme for their fabrics, say for instance, all batiks. There will be a quick demonstration of the fabric snipping and ripping. Sounds fun. The Woman Shop will put up a prize for those groups who purchase the fabric from them.
Suzanne also suggested a fat quarter exchange where again a theme is put forward and those wishing to participate bring a fat quarter to the meeting. Those who have a fat quarter will be eligible to win all the fat quarters in a monthly draw.
Raghbir’s table runner class was a great success and those who took the class brought along their runners to show. More ladies voiced interest in taking the class.
Show and Tell this month was well supported. Jasbir Jabal showed her sampler quilt that she had constructed with Gill. Indu Shah had two baby quilts and also a fine example of smocking and crochet work. Suzanne Waithaka finished three small UFO quilts made from scraps. Dorothy Stockwell had a black and white wall hanging made by the Tentmakers of Cairo with verses from the Koran. Rashmika Patel had a beautiful ABC animal appliqué quilt, Raji Syan shared her patchwork quilt that she had finished on her long arm machine and Sheryl Fowler had a batik quilt made in the pattern of Rail Fence Diamond.
Following coffee break, Gill gave a short talk on the history of the Tentmakers of Cairo. She described the plain exterior of Bedouin tents and how the magnificent appliqué pieces adorned the interior of the tents. The beautiful pieces have no batting, so when the light filters through the fabric it gives a stained glass effect. Jenny Bowker, who was a long time resident of Egypt, has worked to promote this art all over the world. With the economic downfall of Egypt and the political unrest, the Tentmakers have suffered decline.
We watched a fascinating video on the Tentmakers, where there were interviews and demonstrations on the techniques used to appliqué the pieces. Following this, Estelle shared her many quilts with the meeting and told us of her experiences in Egypt.