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.
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.
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: 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!

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.

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