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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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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.


There was a sizeable turnout at the January meeting.  We had three new members register and a few visitors were present. Chairperson Patty Arensen welcomed members back from the long holiday and wished everyone a Happy New Year.

Patty reminded everyone that subscriptions are due to be paid.  There is a questionnaire  for members to complete so the Committee can get a ‘feel’ for matching interests, skills and talents with needs for help this year.

It is important that we have up-to-date information on members so the address book can be current and everyone receives monthly Snippets.  We had some complaints that emails are not getting through; however, we had a lot of bounces from email, too.  This happens when members fail to notify Jharna of email address changes. Please make sure we have your current email address; thanks!

To make our meetings more sociable, we would like members to sign up to bring plates.  At present only a few members bring food for the coffee break.  We need volunteers to run audio/visual equipment. Members are encouraged to write articles about their quilting experiences for Snippets.

The Kenya Quilt Guild has a big year coming up with our patchwork quilt exhibition scheduled for the first weekend in October. We need as many quilts as possible.  The raffle quilts are underway. The Exhibition takes place 7th-8th-9th October; quilt hanging is on the Thursday beforehand.

The first Exhibition Committee meets soon after our January monthly meeting.  Again, we call on members to hang the quilts and to work during the show.

Sarah Brewin brings with her this year a group of quilting visitors. They are interested in taking classes.  The hall may be shared with the Kenya Embroiderers’ Guild, 1/3 KEG and 2/3 KQG; this is yet to be confirmed.

We have had no reply from Daphne Sheldrick about the donation of the Challenge Quilts, but we have another contact to try.

We will print raffle tickets when we receive permission from the Kenya Betting Control and Licensing Board.  Members receive two books each; each book contains 10 tickets @ Shs. 100.00 each.  It is important for these tickets to be sold as the raffle is the main fundraiser to assist in paying for rental of the hall.

Eight KQG members are participating in the PanAfrican Friendship Quilt project.  Each member received 5 fat quarters and they were to add another 5 fabrics to construct the beginnings of a wall-hanging.  Once done the piece is to be sent to their ‘twin’ in another African country and their ‘twin’ will send theirs to the KQG member.  Each in turn adds their bit and returns the quilt to the original quilter.

These quilts will be exhibited in South Africa just one week before our exhibition in October.  If anyone knows someone flying from S.A. to Kenya on Wednesday 5th October or Thursday 6th October who would be willing to bring the wall-hangings, we would appreciate the contact information on this person.  We will pay for the extra piece of luggage.  This will be a wonderful addition to our own exhibition.  Please contact either Gretchen or Patty.

We intend to sell quilt kits at the exhibition.  Once the patterns are made and the supplies organised, we need volunteers to come to the workshop on Thursday mornings to help cut them out and package them.

Patty Arensen’s 2015 projects for church wall-hangings have been completed. However, the work has worn out the presser foot on her machine.  Rohini Desai undertook to secure the part and repair her machine.  She is a trained, certified Bernina repair person and her work is reasonably priced. She also tutored Patty on the use of her machine. Use the contact form in the sidebar to ask us to put you in touch with Rohini.

We move forward with education and hope to have many classes and workshops this year. The next class scheduled is Gretchen Mwaura’s offering on Crazy Quilts on 16th March.  Spaces are limited to 15, so please sign up as soon as possible.  The charge is only Shs. 1500.00 for the full day, proceeds to be donated to charity.  Full payment must be made by the February meeting.  Patty will teach her photo transfer to raw edge appliqué class, too, but she can take only a few students.  Please contact her for more information.

Library discards were for sale at the meeting.  It costs only KES 100 to check out a book for a month.  Patty recommends ‘Art Quilts,’ which is a new book.

Most of the Kenya Quilt Guild 2016 calendars sold, but there are some members who have not either returned unsold calendars or brought in money for calendar sales.  It is quite important that we close the books on these calendars, so please return or pay for calendars immediately; thanks!

The Mystery Quilt is in full swing.  Sheryl Fowler had the instructions and the samples for the January edition.  There are some members who are in the process of making the quilts. These quilts will be displayed at the exhibition.

The Guild has made a donation of KES 20,000 to Freemo, a maternity hospital in Kenya.  They need more baby supplies and clothing.

Show and Tell:  Elizabeth Cheserem had finished her Elephant Challenge. Brij Datta made a baby applique quilt.  Gretchen Sanders Mwaura also finished her Challenge using Crazy Quilt techniques. She also had another small quilt that incorporated transparent windows filled with colourful beads.  Suzanne Waithaka had handbags, patchwork and quilted.  Lois had a table runner that was pieced and machine quilted, along with an iPad case.  Jasvinder Phull made a teddy bear baby quilt.  Raghbir made a child’s quilt with cars.  Tina Fataure hand-painted and quilted a wall-hanging.  Lakhbir Virdee showed her colourful alphabet quilt and Gill had a variety of African fabric bags that Pat had made.  Bindi won the door prize after coffee.

The program this month was “Sashing Ideas” by Gill Rebelo.  Gill showed members and visitors how to piece together blocks with plain strips of sashing. She demonstrated simple sashing, but with inserted cornerstones.  The purpose of sashing is that it focuses attention on individual blocks.  If the same fabric is used in the sashing as is used in the background, it makes the blocks ‘float’. Different fabric accentuates the blocks and lifts the quilt.  With no sashing, there is no focus and the blocks merge together.  The more ‘plain’ areas in a quilt, the more quilting is required.  Never overwhelm a quilt with too many sashings or large borders. No more than ¼ or 1/3 of any quilt should be sashing and borders combined.

Next month, Dena Crain will speak about a different method of quilting, one that involves no piecing!  The March program is yet to be organised.

The AGM takes place in April, and we elect new officers then. Think now about whether you can serve as an officer, or if you believe someone else would do the job well. We need nominations soon!

Next meeting: February 18

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