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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!
Our Chairman, Patty Arensen, introduced the visitors and welcomed them to this month’s meeting. She pointed out the latest issue of the newsletter that was posted in the entry hall and asked any members who did not receive it electronically to please check their email address with Kundan Pattni, Membership Officer.
The Challenge Quilts were collected, numbered and hung. There were 41 quilts submitted by members that were very diversified, encompassing a sphere of piecing, quilting and embellishing techniques. The quilts are to be retained so they can be photographed. At coffee break the ladies were to vote on their favourite quilt, prizes to be awarded afterwards.
Patty showed a quick slide presentation of the Canada Exhibition and shared her experiences whilst in Canada. Sheryl Fowler, our Secretary, was able to distribute cheques for sales during the course of the meeting. In Dena Crain’s absence, Patty introduced the idea of showing our quilts in Australia. She gave a short outline of the ‘travelling’ exhibition and said that Dena would expand on the idea at a later date.
We have a variety of workshops coming up soon, the first being Brij Datta’s class on 26th September. Brij showed a sample of the work and she said that she would take names of those interested during the break. Bev Rebelo’s classes start in October. The information was sent out via email to all members in advance and it was also available in the newsletter. Everyone was very excited about the prospect of taking these classes. For those who could not attend the meeting, the lists will be at The Woman Shop from Saturday.
The Simba Union Hall has been booked on 7th November for the UFO day. This will be run as a courtesy to our members where they can bring along any and all of their unfinished projects. Assistance for trouble shooting will be available.
In October, Bev Rebelo will give a presentation on integrating photographs into quilts. This should be of interest to all of our members. The first part of the Mystery Quilt will also be introduced. There will be sample fabrics and samples of the piecing for our ladies to see. We hope to have as many of our members participate in this project and for it to be as successful as the Challenge Quilt.
Show and Tell followed the business of the meeting. Our members have been quite busy over the summer holidays as there were many many quilts shared and stories told.
Raji Syan, our Librarian, still has received no feedback from members about book purchases, so she will go ahead and use her own judgment. We expect quite a few new books before the end of the year.
Sheryl gave a short talk about how she came to know about the 1600 Quilt and how to make your own jelly roll. A fifteen minute demonstration video was shown on the steps of constructing this quilt. For those who missed it, click www.youtube.com/watch?v=EomX7t7to_o. It is well worth seeing.
The Door Prize was presented and the Challenge Quilt votes were counted. 1st Prize was won by Jaya Kamdar and a joint 2nd/3rd prize was won by Neela Shah and Sheryl Fowler.
In Patty’s absence, Neela chaired the meeting.
Welcome to visitors: Sue Deverell, Sabi Meteshi, Kayuri
Attendance: 49 ladies present including visitors
2014 Exhibition: Dates have been confirmed 3rd, 4th and 5th October, venue Sarit Centre
Out of Africa, Canada Exhibition: 133 quilts were sent, of which 40 were sold. Dena kindly brought back half of the unsold quilts which were collected after the meeting ended. Money and accounts will not be settled until Patty returns, which will be at the end of July. Ludmila and Patty worked very hard. We cannot commit to another overseas exhibition unless more ladies travel.
Challenge: Sheryl shared her unfinished effort and more fabric was distributed. Conditions are in last month’s newsletter.
Education: Farhat explained the program for her ‘Silk Painting Class’ to be held Thursday, 27th June at her home. Sheryl held the first session of her landscape class after the meeting, the next being next month. 8 ladies attended. Brij will also offer a one day class in September, introducing jute as a medium. Charu will start to introduce her machine quilting methods at the July meeting, members to practice over the holiday then in September she will continue with more explanation. Marsha wishes to hold her beading class in October or November. Bev will travel to Nairobi to give her ‘Rhino Applique’ towards the end of the year.
Library: Raji asked members to send her suggestions for new books, including the title of the book, author and ISBN. The library is now located in the back annex along with the coffee to allow more space in the main hall for seating.
Door Prize: This will be drawn at monthly meetings for members/guests who have signed in. This month it was won by Sue Deverell.
Programs: Jana gave a short talk about a new method of making a square in a square and how it can be adapted to make flying geese and half square triangles. The library has purchased the book, ruler and DVD. Next month Deanna will present ‘Humble Beginnings’ and requested members to bring in their first quilts to share.
Show and Tell: There was a great deal this month, photos were taken.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to Gill Rebelo and Margaret Atandi for a fabulous newsletter this month.
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:
There was a powerpoint presentation by Sheryl Fowler on Tucks and Embellishments.
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.