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Patty Arensen, our Chairman, is still overseas. In her absence Gretchen Mwaura chaired the July meeting.

Suzanne Waithaka was welcomed back after a year away, as was her mother who visited Kenya. There were no other guests or new members present. Neela Shah was congratulated on her birthday.

Gretchen drew everyone’s attention to her article in Snippets which was about ‘inspiration’. She spoke about her recent visit to a French cathedral and how the magnificent ceiling was the highlight. It had been constructed using tiles to create intricate geometric patterns and designs.

We are already starting to prepare for the Kenya Quilt Guild Exhibition next year. The Sarit Centre hall has been booked but will be very expensive. The planning of raffle quilts is underway and members were reminded that we will need hundreds of blue five-inch squares to complete it. Everyone has stash and a scrap bin, so please help the Guild and give as many squares as possible.

The workshop will be up and running in September. Volunteers are needed to work on kits and the raffle quilts. Members are asked to come forward with ideas for kits to sell. Some suggestions are luggage tags, table runners, tray clothes, cushion covers, etc. We wish to raise money by selling these kits to help in funding the rental fee for the hall.

Sponsors are also necessary. Members are asked to name companies that might be interested in supporting the exhibition. The planning for the calendar is in progress. The deadline for submitting quilts is the end of the month. The photographer and art designer are responsible for choosing the most photogenic pieces, but we plan to use only one quilt per member. We expect to have the calendar published by the end of September. Again, the proceeds from the calendar go towards the hall rental.

Since the Challenge and Mystery Quilt displays in the last exhibition were such a success, we will prepare similar presentations next year. The Challenge quilts will be judged in September and the Mystery Quilt will be introduced at the same time. We also intend testing our members’ creativity closer to the exhibition when we have a table mat competition, details of which will be sent out next year.

Our jewellery sale raised KES 16,000/-. The Guild will add another 24,000/-, so a total of 40,000/- will be donated to Fremo Maternity Unit in Dagoretti. They need curtains, blood pressure machines and drip stands. Charu Patel also donated 25,000/- earned from the sale of her quilts to The Dream Project.

Show-and-Tell, as always, was exciting! Kundan Pattni had a large hand quilted piece constructed of broken blocks entitled ‘Sea Breeze’. Jasmine Morelli made a patchwork quilt, bordered by a hand appliqued border, ‘Blue Birds’. Gretchen Mwaura presented an art quilt wall-hanging ‘Half a Yellow Sun’. Raghbir had stitched table mats and a hexagon centre piece. Kulwinder Birdi and Jasvinder Phull shared their advanced machine quilting samples that they had done with Charu Patel. Tinu Bhachu used a 9 degree triangular ruler to cut fabric and then pieced the fabric together to form a circular pattern.

After coffee break, the door prizes and Block of the Month were drawn. We stress the importance of reading the directions for the BOM as there were a few mishaps where members used the incorrect colours and the pieces were not stitched together correctly. Unfortunately, not all members who took BOM kits in June returned the finished blocks.

Dorothy Stockell gave a talk on “Embroidery Embellishment”. She spoke about how she uses embroidery stitches in her work and how the stitches actually quilt her pieces. She emphasized that it is extremely beneficial to use a thimble while sewing. Dorothy does not use a hoop when she works. She sits at a table and holds the fabric taut. If using embroidery floss, use 2 – 3 strands, but she suggested using Perle as it does not split. The most useful stitches are chain, feather and blanket.

Dorothy recommended YouTube videos by Mary Corbet which contain simple and clear instructions for basic and complicated stitches. Amanda Rolfe also has good videos.

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There is no Kenya Quilt Guild meeting in August; we will see all our quilting friends again in September!


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.

 

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The Annual General Meeting of the Kenya Quilt Guild was held on Thursday, April 18th, at the Simba Union Hall where we have been meeting in recent months.

 

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Chairwoman Neela Shah opened the meeting with a brief discussion about our recent exhibition at Sarit Centre.  The general feeling was that the show was a big success and that we will want to repeat the performance every year in future at the same venue. According to the foot traffic monitor, we had over 3700 visitors!  Even taking off numbers for our own people walking to and fro, this was a lot of people!  Our goal, of course, is to educate the general public about the beauty and functions of patchwork quilting and other needlework; we feel we did that very well this year at Sarit Centre.

On behalf of our general membership, Neela offered thanks to the Exhibitions Committee, under the capable guidance of Sheryl Fowler, who worked hard and tirelessly to put on such a great show.

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The thinking is that we should hold another exhibition next year at the same venue but during the school term so we can invite schools (May?) but not during Easter or any other religious celebrations.  With Easter coming at different times each year, and schools frequently altering their schedules, this may be a little difficult to organize, but our Exhibition Committee will do their best!

We are also grateful to the Kenya Embroiderers Guild for sharing the hall space with it.  Without this partnership, it is doubtful that the Kenya Quilt Guild could have afforded the space.  We will hold various challenges for our patchwork quilters to undertake during the year to increase the number of quilts made, thus making our contribution to each forthcoming show larger than the previous one.

Prizes were awarded during this exhibition for Viewers Choice and Viewers Choice Second Place.  Sarah Brewin was awarded the trophy by Kundan Pattni and the First Place prize, a lovely crystal bowl, was awarded to Sarah by Neela Shah, for her quilt Mnyama Viatu (Animal Shoes).  Natasha Khromova took Second Place for her quilt Point of No Return.

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All our members should have received the entry forms by email for the “Out Of Africa” Exhibition in London, Ontario, Canada.   It is very important that we receive those quilts as soon as possible.  Drop them at The Woman Shop at the Sarit Centre.  One suitcase will go almost immediately, the remainder will follow around the 9th of May.  In order to co-ordinate the quilts and get them packed safely, we would appreciate your co-operation.  When you drop your quilts, be ensure that they are labelled and that the entry forms are attached to each quilt securely so they do not get lost.

Election of officers was held with the following results:

  • Chairwoman:  Patty Arensen
  • Vice-Chairwoman:  Charu Patel
  • Secreary:  Sheryl Fowler
  • Treasurer:  Loise Gitagia
  • Members-at-Large:  Corinne Talbott and Suzanne Waithaka

Of course, our Immediate Past Chairwoman is Neela Shah, whose experience will be most useful and highly appreciated during the coming year.  Executive Council standing committees will be chaired as follows:

  • Education:   Gill Rebelo
  • Membership:  Kundan Pattni
  • Charity and Community Outreach:  Gretchen Sanders-Mwaura
  • Public Relations:  Jasvinder Phull
  • Library:  Raji Syan
  • Snippets Newsletters:  Margaret Atandi and Surinder Thethy
  • Exhibitions:  Sheryl Fowler (whose seat during Executive Council meetings will be filled by another member of the Committee as Sheryl already serves on Council as Secretary)

The Kenya Quilt Guild thanks those Officers and Committee Chairwomen who served for the last year for all their hard work–it paid off handsomely!–and those who have come forward to assume their new duties for the coming year.  Our gratitude and best wishes to all!

With the Election of Officers out of the way, it was time for show-and-tell:

Finally, Gill Rebelo gave a fine talk on the history of kangas, the ubiquitous brightly coloured cloths worn the length of the East African coast,  from Somalia to Zanzibar and inland, wherever Kiswahili is spoken.

Kangas derive from the Portuguese lenco, a handkerchief or headscarf which became popular in Mombasa and Zanzibar in the 1860s.  It is thought that the early designs were spotted, hence the name kanga, which means guinea fowl in Kiswahili.  Kangas are also known as lesos from the Portuguese lenco.

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Kangas always feature a border (pindo), a central panel with a design (mji) and a Kiswahili proverb or saying (jina).  The jina may give a political message or may be a health warning, against the spread of HIV for example, but often it is a more personal message and frequently one to be exchanged between husband and wife.  It might be wise to get the jina translated before gifting a kanga in case the message is not appropriate, although usually these messages are subtle and can be interpreted in different ways.  Examples of kanga jina can be enjoyed here.

The largest collection of kangas in the world is held by the Erie Art Museum in Canada, which held its first exhibition of kangas in 2008.  There is a strong cultural link between this museum and the Lamu Museum in Kenya.  The British Museum in London has recently had an exhibition of kangas amongst other textiles of eastern and southern Africa.  Barack Obama’s victory kanga, popular after his election as USA President, was one of the kangas featured!  There are plans afoot by the British Museum to make a documentary film on the kanga.  The National Museums of Kenya held a very comprehensive exhibition of kangas last year. and produced an interesting DVD to accompany the exhibition.


Happy New Year, everyone!

We had our first meeting of the year on January 17 at the Sikh Union Clubhouse, a lovely new venue for us and one we look forward to using in coming months.

KQG Exhibition:

Charu Patel mounted a small wall hanging along with an example of a write up.  She circulated a sheet for members to list their quilt entries for the upcoming KQG Exhibition to be held at Sarit Centre in April. Deadline for entries will be the March meeting, but in special cases this can be extended if necessary.

A 4” sleeve, label and flat rod will have to be organised for each quilt.  Entry Fee:  Shs. 200.00 per quilt.  Quilts from the previous exhibition may be accepted if there are not enough new entries.

Jaswinder Phull invited members to submit high resolution quilt photos via email for consideration for printing on posters.  Mike Gaudaur has volunteered to help design the posters.

Kundan Pattni is taking reservations for vendors.  The stalls are 2m x 3m at the cost of Shs. 5000.00 total for the three days.  Deposit:  Shs. 1000.00.   Bookings will be taken for five vendors only.

Deanna Gaudaur will circulate a list for members who wish to sell quilts in the Boutique Stall that are not in the exhibition.  The Guild will take 10% commission.  It was stressed that prices should be reasonable.  Those wishing to take advantage of this stall must volunteer to serve in it at least 2 hours.

Sheryl Fowler explained how the finances will work.  Kundan is the Treasurer and will keep the accounts.  The cost of the hall will be divided between the Kenya Quilt Guild and the Kenya Embroiderers Guild as will be profits from vendors and the raffle.  The expenses will also be divided between the two Guilds.  The only exception will be the workshops, where each Guild will keep their own profits.

The Flying Geese blocks for the raffle quilt were collected and the quilt face will get underway as soon as all the geese are received.  Permission for the raffle is yet to be obtained from the Betting and Licensing Control Board, but the work on it has been begun.

Show Slogan:  This should be a short, catchy phrase and probably not contain the words ‘Quilt or Embroidery’.  The members were broken into ‘brainstorming’ groups and came up with dozens of suggestions.

Sponsorship:  Letters were available for members.  We hope to get as many sponsors as possible this year to help cover the cost of the Sarit Centre Exhibition Hall.

Workshops:  Cost Shs. 500.00 including kits.  Sign up for these at the February meeting.

Constitution:

Dena Crain briefly explained the changes suggested to the current Constitution (available on the website).  The new Constitution has been restructured, the corrections have been highlighted in red.  If anyone has any further changes they must put them forward without delay as the motion to pass the Constitution will come up at the AGM.

Newsletter:

Thank you to Gill Rebelo and Margaret Atandi for a fabulous newsletter this month.

Blog:

The Blog is a place to journal, our presence online. We need a volunteer to submit interesting information onto the website for Dena Crain to include in our Blog.  Dena explained WordPress and said that she would assist a member in learning how to post, write and edit.

Show and Tell:

Members shared their quilts with us; they speak for themselves:

Demonstration:

There was a powerpoint presentation by Sheryl Fowler on Tucks and Embellishments.

Meeting Venue:

It was decided to hold the monthly meetings at the Sikh Union up until and including June.  This will give the Guild time to investigate other venues.

Our next meeting will be held on February 21st, starting sharply at 10:00 a.m. at the Sikh Union. It’s a little hard to find, in the general location of the large pink block in the map below, above the label for Forest Road. Approach from Westlands, cross Limuru Road and take the sliproad down to the left. Sikh Union is near Premier Academy.


Spring in My Garden, traditional quilt by Rohini Desai

Spring in My Garden, traditional quilt by Rohini Desai

Lark Books, publishers of the “500” series of books on various arts and crafts, are putting together a new book to be called “500 Traditional Quilts.”  They are seeking the best traditional quilts from around the world.  If you make traditional quilts and have one or more you would like to enter for inclusion in the book, find out more information from Lark Books at http://www.larkcrafts.com/submit/calls-for-submissions/#500TraditionalQuilts.


The Kenya Quilt Guild held its April meeting as its Annual General Meeting for 2012.  Chair Neela Shah welcomed a rather limited turn-out of members (29 with one guest) for the AGM.  Apparently, some schools are not yet back in session, so some of our members were still on holiday.  After a brief introduction, Neela held the Election of Officers for 2012.  These were elected as follows:

Chair:  Neela Shah

Vice-Chair:  Deanna Gaudaur

Secretary:  April Webb

Treasurer:  Loise Gitagia

Members-at-Large:  Brij Datta and Jasbir Sokhi


Dena Crain, author of the current KQG Constitution, explained the functions of the Subcommittees which support the Executive Council in six areas of the Guild’s work:  Membership, Education, Exhibitions, Community Outreach and Charitable Works, Advertising and Promotions, and Newsletter Publication.  Dena exhorted members to be involved in this “painless” way! Membership of a Standing Committee is not onerous and only one person from each one is required to attend Executive Council meetings once a month. A sign-up sheet was passed around and a good number of members pitched in as follows:

Membership

Kundan Patti

Education

Gill Rebelo
Philippa Yusuf
Rashmika Patel
Raji Syan (Librarian)

Exhibitions

Brij Datta
Jasvinder Phull
Jasbir Sokhi
Raji Syan
Poley Bhamra
Neela Shah

Community Outreach and Charitable Works

Patty Arensen
Gretchen Mwaura
Christine Kibuka
Mercy Mungai
Margaret Karanja
Elizabeth Cheserem

Advertising and Promotions

Rajminder Kalsey
Dena Crain (IT only)

Newsletter Publication

Margaret Atandi
Jane MacAskill
Gill Rebelo
Rowena Buxton

With Election of Officers and structuring of the Subcommittees out of the way, the Guild voted on the proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Kenya Quilt Guild.  One of these was that Snippets, the KQG newsletter, would be discontinued unless a volunteer editor was found at the AGM; this was obviated by Margaret Atandi and Jane MacAskill who have proffered their skills to maintain the newsletter.  Snippets survives!

The second proposed amendment to the Constitution was to change the date of the AGM to the April meeting date.  Sheryl Fowler proposed (seconded by Gretchen Mwaura) a change to the amendment: the AGM shall take place on or before the third Thursday in May of each year.
  Two thirds of those members present at the meeting needed to approve the change by a show of hands in order for it to be adopted.  There was a unanimous vote in favour of the change to the amendment. The acceptance of the amended proposal was also unanimously supported.

Gill Rebelo reminded members of the exciting programme of workshops on offer in the near future and encouraged those interested to sign up and pay a deposit or in full as soon as possible in order to ensure a place:

  • Mon 7th May a.m. 
or p.m.:  Bev Rebelo, Hand quilting, KSh500 per half day at the Rebelo residence in Loresho
  • Tues 8th May:  Bev Rebelo, Machine quilting, KSh1500 full day at Shalom House
  • Tues 15th May:  Sarah Brewin, Dancing Ladies, KSh2,800, full day including kit at Shalom House
  • Fri 18th May:  Magie Relph, Broken Windows, KSh 1500, full day at Shalom House
  • Mon 21st May:  Magie Relph, African Jazz,* KSh 1500, full day at Shalom House
  • Wed 23rd May:  Magie Relph, Extreme appliqué*, KSh 1500, full day at Shalom House
  • Thurs 24th May a.m.:  Magie Relph, Adinkra Stamping, KSh 800, half day
 at Shalom House
  • Thurs 24th May p.m.:  Magie Relph, Creative Strip Cloth, KSh 1200 incl fabric, half day
 at Shalom House

*Please note change of dates for these 2 classes.

Plans for the upcoming Exhibition at Village Market on 11th, 12th and 13th May are well in order.  Dena designed and had printed 30 copies of a colourful poster advertising the exhibition.  She encouraged members to sign up and take copies to display in public places.  Those who have to pay to display may claim the cost from the Guild if they keep and present their receipts.

Neela suggested that posters should only go up a week to ten days before the exhibition.  
Members were also encouraged to sign a roster to volunteer their services in various roles at the exhibition.  This really is a joint effort, and both posters and the duty roster can be found at The Woman Shop until 5th May.  Stop in and collect a poster for displaying at your church, school or other high-traffic public place.  Sign up for a two-hour stint as a welcoming hostess, raffle table worker, membership recruiter or white glove lady.  Your help will be much appreciated!

Jasbir and Jasvinder were collecting entry forms and fees for quilts which members wish to show or sell at the exhibition.  Members were reminded that any forms submitted after 19th April would attract a penalty fee of KSh300.  All quilts need to be delivered to The Woman Shop or to Neela or Gill by 5th May.  Neela explained that members may submit two quilts each for exhibition but extras will be accepted and may be displayed, depending on the space available. The entrant will be reimbursed their entry fee if the quilt is not included in the show.

Neela announced that formal approval for the raffle of Guild quilts has been received from the Betting Control and Licensing Board. However there has not been time to get the tickets printed for the AGM and members were asked to collect ticket booklets from The Woman Shop and to ensure they bring money, stubs and unsold tickets to the exhibition.

Pauline Mang’ana displayed the cup which will be awarded to the “People’s choice” for the best quilt in the show. The second prize will be a kanga.

For Show-and-Tell, Indu Shah showed the progress she has made on a quilt for a young girl.  She has embroidered the pieces most attractively.
  Brij displayed a delightful quilt made of Amish fabrics she acquired on the Guild’s trip to Canada.
  Bria Gaudaur showed two quilts – one an image containing the letters LOVE was well received and the second, designed for a toddler, was most suitable for the Kenyan environment as appliquéd cars attempted to climb rick-rack hills!
  Deanna showed a quilt with appliquéd letters of the alphabet and a fun image to go with each one.  This is the “first grand-child quilt” although she may have to wait a while before she can give it away!
  Deanna Gaudaur, Bria’s mum, then showed us a masterpiece of machine quilting.  A New York Beauty design, the quilt had not been pieced but squares and complex designs were traced onto the fabric and then coloured with machine stitched free motion quilting.  It was absolutely stunning!

 

Dena Crain then gave a masterly talk on the subject of how to care for our quilts.  She listed the factors that damage quilts, such as

  • light which can fade colours and cause fibre disintegration, 
moisture which can encourage the growth of moulds and other decomposers,
  • staining by sugar solutions, wine, chocolate or tea or the sebum from finger tips which can all cause permanent marks,
  • physical damage can be caused by insects, rodents, dogs and cats and their body fluids can also cause permanent staining,
  • dirt from dusty environments causes discolouration,
  • abrasion – friction can damage fibres and result in holes in fabric, and
  • temperature extremes have similar effects.

In order to avoid the factors listed above and the permanent creasing caused by folding, quilts should be stored face down in stacks on a flat surface such as a mattress protected by a cotton (100%) sheet.  The stacks should be evenly distributed so that there is no lumpiness to warp the quilts.
  A white cotton sheet should cover the stacks and the curtains of the room can be kept drawn.

Alternatively, the quilts can be rolled, with rod in place. The rolling should begin from the top end, ensuring the edges do not catch and crease, and with the top side of the quilt on the outside of the roll. This expands the top fabric a little so that any creases form on the underside of the quilt.  The presence of the rod stops the roll collapsing inwards, again introducing creases into the fabric.  Rolling from the top downwards ensures that loose curling is at the bottom end of the quilt and this will fall out when the quilt is hung from the rod again.

The rolled quilts can be stored individually in cotton drawstring bags, which are longer than the quilt is wide, thus closure of the bag can be more effective.  Plastic bags are not good for quilt storage.

A sleeve is attached to the top of the underside of the quilt to contain the rod.  
The sleeve should be pleated in such a way that there is more fabric on the outer surface of the sleeve than in the portion of the fabric attached to the back of the quilt.  The sleeve then accommodates the rod so that the quilt lies flat and does not curl around the rod when hung.
  A double hanger sleeve means the quilt can be hung from the centre of the rod as well as by the two ends.
  If a rectangular bar of wood is used for hanging the quilt (rather than a round one) then the screw eyes should be attached on the two ends of the bar closer to the top edge.  This ensures the quilt is not tipped forward as it hangs.

Exhibitors were also reminded that the rod from which the quilt is suspended for display must be one inch shorter than the width of the quilt.
  It is useful to write the name of the quilt on the rod in felt tip pen as well as the dimensions of the rod.  This makes it easier to locate appropriate rods from your collection.

When carrying a quilt as hand luggage, Dena has designed a canvas belted bag that contains the rolled quilt wrapped in a white cotton sheet.
  When transporting larger numbers of quilted pieces, Dena advises hard-sided luggage. However, aeroplane weight restrictions have forced many quilters to resort to soft-sided luggage.  Dena protects the quilts from damage in such a bag by packing (bundling) them in a very specific way.  She has cut a cardboard template that fits the base of the bag.  She lays the quilts on a flat surface in an even stack so that the pieces all lie diagonally to one another.  She then places the template on the top of the stack and folds the quilts around it so that each is folded on the bias.  This means the folds are softer and the creasing less pronounced.  The folded packet can then be placed neatly in the bag.
  Dena advises that the items to be packed are laid out ready and only placed in the bag just prior to departure to minimise their time in the folded state.  An overnight stop means the quilts get some relief too.  They should be unpacked and laid out on a flat surface or draped over a spare bed or the back of a sofa, then re-packed immediately before departure.

After Dena’s fine presentation, the meeting was adjourned.


Log Cabin Quilt by Deanna Gaudaur

Log Cabin Quilt by Deanna Gaudaur

This email has just gone out from Karey Bresenhan and we picked it up from the QuiltArt e-list (if you’re not a member, we think you should be!). We hope that the letter will be of interest to our readers and that someone who saw it here first will submit a quilt:

I know all of you are art quilters–that’s why you read this list! But I’mbetting that quite a few of you have come from excellent traditional quiltbackgrounds, and if so, you’re just the people I need to reach! (You and other really good traditional quilters you know, of course)

I’m jurying another 500 quilts book for Lark/Sterling. This one is 500 Traditional Quilts. I did the 500 Art Quilts book a couple of years ago. As with the art quilt book, we are trying to showcase the most beautiful, extraordinary traditional quilts being made today. There’s no restriction on country, or on materials used, or even on when the quilt was made, although preference will be given to more recent work. The quilt can have beenpublished elsewhere, online, or on a blog–no problem. Generally speaking, if your quilt has been published previously in a book or magazine, and YOUpaid for the photograph to be taken or YOU took the photo yourself, thenthere should be no copyright problem, but please do check the contract yousigned with the publication first, before submitting an entry. (And please,I don’t want to get in the middle of a copyright discussion–Heaven forbid!I am just passing along the specific information the Lark/Sterling editorgave me–I am certainly no copyright expert.)

Most of the Lark books require that the photo that is submitted for juryingbe of publication quality, but because so often even fine traditional quiltsare submitted with snapshots (this is based on our experience at IQA andwith Festival’s special exhibits), I convinced the editors to go a differentroute with the 500 Traditional Quilts book. We ask that you submit the best
quality photo you can for jurying, but if your quilt is selected for thebook, then it will be your responsibility to have a professional qualityphoto made for the book. Digital imagery, slides, and transparencies will beaccepted. Each quilt artist may submit up to 5 quilts. There is no entryfee. If your work is accepted for the book, you will get fullacknowledgement, one free copy (only one per quilt), and discounts on thepurchase of additional books.

Details on submitting a quilt for the new book may be found here: http://www.larkcrafts.com/submit/calls-for-submissions/ . Please note thatthere are two forms that must be downloaded from this site. Entries must bemailed in; no email entries will be accepted.

The deadline is MAY 15. I urge all of you to take another look at your owntraditional quilts or to suggest this to another traditional quilter you mayknow who does extraordinary work! This call is not meant for those sweet,but run-of-the-mill, Nine Patch quilts, of course, which I probably don’thave to tell you! But spectacular, beautifully made, traditional quilts that
take the genre to new heights–those I’m looking for! And I’d love it ifyou’d send this to all your traditional quilt friends!

Karey Bresenhan

Director Emeritus, International Quilt Festival–Houston, Long Beach, and Cincinnati

Juror, 500 Traditional Quilts

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