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Our July meeting was highlighted with the turning in of twelve mystery quilts for our exhibition in October. The quilts were varied with their creator’s choice of fabrics and each was beautifully unique.
We had a People’s Choice vote. Congratulations go to Sheryl Fowler, first place and a gift certificate for the Woman’s Shop of 1500/ ksh, April Webb for second place (1000/ ksh certificate), and Jharna and Jaya Kamdar, third place (500/ksh). We look forward to seeing these quilts in our show at Sarit Centre, October 3-5.
Block of the month continued with fifteen members participating. Elizabeth Cheserem and Kuljinder Birdi won the blocks. There is no Block of the Month this month, but we will continue in September.
Charu Patel has offered to give tutoring on machine quilting. She is opening up her home to Guild members during the month of August. If members are interested, please call her soon so she may arrange a day convenient to most. She is also willing to do the same after the monthly meeting in September.
Our demonstration this month was by Patty Arensen. She showed a video by Bonnie Browning of the American Quilter’s Society on How to put a sleeve on your quilt. This was a review for most, but a good reminder to all in light of finishing our quilts for the coming exhibition.
Patty then spoke on the duties of a white glove lady at a quilt show. She emphasized that the white glove lady’s job is to act as a hostess at the show, welcoming people and answering questions. Secondly, her job is to protect the quilts. We talked about ways to do this politely especially with the matter of guests drinking tea and coffee around the quilts. We will talk about this more at future meetings.
There is no monthly meeting in August and we are looking forward to our next meeting 18 September 2014. The main event will be to turn in our quilts for the exhibition.
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 our meeting started with the business of our AGM. The Officers were elected as were the ladies that are to fill the positions of the Standing Committee. The past Committee members were congratulated on their excellent work and the new members were welcomed.
We had one visitor introduced and three of our ladies celebrate their birthdays this month.
The planning for the ‘Magical Art of Stitches 2014’ Exhibition is well under way. We have successfully obtained permission to hold the raffle and quotes have been secured for the printing of the calendar.
Members were reminded to bring along two photographs of their work for consideration for calendar illustrations: Art quilts and traditional quilts. We are in need of sponsorship and letters are available.
The Committee has agreed to continue to hold UFO workshops following each monthly meeting. Members were encouraged to bring along their current work where they can stitch independently and also have expert guidance if necessary.
Raghbir will be holding another Table Runner class on Thursday, 24th May. If anyone is interested in attending, please speak to her directly. Everyone who took the class last month recommended it.
Sheryl Fowler introduced the first Block of the Month, showing a made sample. The Guild supplied kits containing the background fabric and the block directions. For those not able to attend the meeting, more kits will be available for collection at the Woman Shop. If a kit is taken, the made block must be returned next month otherwise the next kit will not be issued.
Raji Syan spoke about the new books that have been added to the library inventory. The names of the books were listed in last month’s Snippets.
Future programs will include a demonstration on the one metre challenge and a presentation on Modern Quilts. Suzanne Waithaka performed the draw for the fat quarters and encouraged more ladies to bring their ‘pastel’ fat quarter along next month.
Show and Tell followed with Patty Arensen sharing her half square triangle/chevron quilt. Corrine Talbot then demonstrated how she turned an old embroidered pillowcase into a small quilt and she also had her completed Mystery Quilt for everyone to see. Poley Bhamra had an elephant wallhanging and a wavy block quilt. Dorothy Stockwell finished her LaLa Salama quilt with a Katte Fassett pattern. Jasbir Jabal showed her sampler quilt which she made under Gill Rebelo’s instruction. Indu Shah made a circular mat using Raghbir’s ruler. She also had a sunflower wallhanging and a patchwork bag. Gretchen Mwaura had her granddaughter hold up the fabric that they dyed together, then Gretchen explained her three quilts which had the general theme of “Earth”. Karen Crumpacker also displayed her reversible LaLa Salama quilt. Jasvinder Phull had made a table runner and placemats and lastly Suzanne Waithaka had stitched handbags from upholstery fabric.
After coffee break, we had the video and explanation on Revolution Rulers. With these rulers you reverse the traditional order of making common quilt blocks like snowball blocks and half square triangles. First, mark cut and sew lines on big pieces of fabric. Then sew big pieces of fabric together on the straight sew lines you have marked. Cut apart and trim multiple units.
Next meeting is May 15. See you then!
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.
After welcoming our guests and new members to the meeting, our Chairperson Patty Arensen asked the ladies that have their birthday in February to stand. They all received a round of applause.
Suzanne Waithaka was introduced to the meeting as the new Assistant Editor for Snippets and all contributors past and present were thanked. Suzanne requested that any photos taken during the meeting be sent to her for reformatting and then she will in turn forward them so they can be posted on the website.
The 2014 Exhibition Committee had met and the dates of 3rd – 5th October were confirmed for the Sarit Centre. We will be publishing a calendar in conjunction with the KEG, proceeds to help with the funding of the hall. Members are asked to bring along a photograph of one of their quilting projects, then in May the members will vote on the photos. A short list of most popular photos will be taken to the photographer and he/she will select seven quilts to be printed on the calendar. The quilts must be available for the professional photographer.
There was a competition during the 2013 Exhibition and a prize offered by Vice-Chairperson Charu Patel for the person who sold the most raffle books. The beaded necklace wall hanging was presented to Neela Shah, the worthy winner!
The last edition of the Mystery Quilt was included in Snippets. Quilts should be ready by the July meeting, where they will be voted upon by members and a prize presented. These quilts will be displayed in a special area in the Exhibition.
The UFO afternoon will continue on from the meeting where members were invited to come and sew.
Ragbir Syan’s Twisted Table Runner class will be held on Thursday, 27th February. Members who wished to sign up for the class were asked to pay in full to reserve a place.
Librarian Raji Syan asked members for suggestions for library books by the first week in March. Raji has an up-to-date catalogue of library books for perusal. No one was particularly interested in starting a magazine subscription.
The Guild workshop should be operational by Easter. Raji Syan and Poley Bhamra will start up the workshop making small kits for sale during the Exhibition.
Next month, Estelle will speak about The Tentmakers of Cairo (see alsohttp://www.jennybowker.com/tentmakers/), and and she will have a few pieces of their work to share with us. In April we will have our AGM and Membership Officer Kundan Pattni will have a presentation too.
Kundan is still collecting membership fees. It is very important that each member completes a form so we have current email addresses.
The Show and Tell was varied this month. April Webb shared her baby quilt that she made from a jelly roll and her intricate appliqué piece. Suzanne Waithaka made a bag from 5” squares and Carol Davey shared a quilt made by her night guard using octagonal pieces. Gill Rebelo brought along needlework that she purchased in S.E. Asia which included small bags, tablemats and coasters. She also shared a book on indigo fabric with us. Jasbir Jabbal finished her sampler quilt and Maureen Dougherty had her pillows made from the embroidery blocks that Bev Rebelo brought from Zimbabwe. Indu Shah also had a sampler quilt and Jasvinder Phull made an iPad cover. Pauline Mang’ana had a large quilt with appliqué houses and trees and Patty Arensen shared her baby quilt with us. Dorothy Stockell and Karen Crumpacker finished their “Lala Salama” (sleep well in Kiswahili) quilts.
Petrina Spencer-Walker, qualified physiotherapist, gave us a presentation and talk about “Quilting and its Problems”. She demonstrated the correct sitting position at the sewing machine and how to avoid getting headaches, tight shoulders, lower back pain, and hand discomfort amongst other problems. She explained how sitting badly can cause a multitude of harms to the body and suggested taking breaks every 40 minutes or so. She took questions at the end of her talk and everyone found the information very valuable.
Again, we are in need of assistance with the newsletter. Suzanne Waithaka along with Gill will be holding the fort for a while. Margaret has done a sterling job and has been keeping Snippets going for quite some time now and she will be relieved for the help.
The 2014 Exhibition Committee will meet within the next couple of weeks to get the organization of the show initiated. For those who need an update, the exhibition will be held 3rd – 5th October at the Sarit Centre. Any member wishing to help with the planning, may join the committee.
As an added extra this year, we will be publishing a 2015 calendar in conjunction with the Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild. It is our hope that along with the raffle, the proceeds will help fund the cost of rental. Everyone was in agreement that this was a great idea.
Sheryl had the next edition of the Mystery Quilt available for perusal on the notice board and explained how the new blocks form the inner and outer border. In next month’s newsletter, the last edition will be published. Members will have until the July meeting to finish their quilts. The more the merrier!
Gretchen spoke about two quilting projects: The Red Cross Quilt and Bethany Quilts. The volunteers have been busy making these quilts and hopefully the finished products will be shared at one of our future meetings.
The UFO day in November was not very well supported, so as an experiment, we will be having a ‘trial’ afternoon after the February meeting. Members will be invited to come with their unfinished projects, their sewing machines, etc. There will be experienced quilters available to trouble shoot any problems. All welcome.
Show and tell was excellent this month:
Ragbir will be teaching a class to make a bargello table runner in February. She brought samples of the work to the meeting and there was a great deal of interest. The class will cost Shs. 1200.00 including the template. More information will be sent out via email.
On the subject of classes, the members were asked if they were interested in future classes, especially from overseas teachers. Because earlier classes were poorly attended, we would like to ensure that more members take advantage of the classes.
Sarah Brewin has donated two new books to the library. We still have quite a lot of the library budget to spend this year. Any members who have any books they wish us to order, please contact Raji.
The workshop is still not functioning, but we hope to get it up and running in the near future.
Next month, Petrina Spencer physiotherapist, will be giving us a talk. Members were asked to write down quilting related problems for her to answer.
A warm welcome was given to Charu’s daughter Shruti and to Patty’s niece Malindi.
The UFO day, held earlier in the month, was a great success and members were encouraged to attend future UFO days. There is so much to learn and inspiration to be had. It is also amazing how quickly and easily those old projects can be finished!
Raji, our librarian, told us about the new books we have received, including a book, DVD and ruler set. This can be borrowed for 250 ksh and a refundable deposit of 1000 ksh. She also reminded members of the library protocol.
Patty put to the members the idea of producing a 2015 K.Q.G. Calendar that could be sold at our show in October next year. This was met by a lot of enthusiasm from members. We shall discuss it further at our next executive meeting in January.
Our Christmas Party is to be held at Simba Union on 11th December, from 11.30 onwards- Karibuni!!! The dress code is red, green and Christmas! Bring lots of yummy goodies to eat and we will have fun!
Members who signed up for the Red Cross Quilt were given blocks to make ready for our January meeting. We will then arrange to meet and move on to the next stage of making the quilt. A big ‘thank you’ to those who have volunteered.
Bethany Children’s Hospital needs quilts! Members who would like to help were asked to see Patty or go to Lala Salama 100 Quilts on Face Book. Here you can find instructions to follow.
As always ‘Show &Tell’ brought a colourful array of beautiful quilts. Not only that–Kunden showed us some lovely art work by her young granddaughter and Induben bought in a lovely rag doll she had made.
After the coffee break part of a DVD showing machine quilting techniques was shown. How easy it looked! Trying designs out on paper first is a very good tip. Manipulation of the quilt is made easier by wearing gloves and by having as big a work area as possible. Practice, practice, practice is the key and, above all, RELAX!!
Patty showed an example of Block 1 of the Mystery quilt. Follow Snippets for more instructions.
This month’s door prize was won by our visitor Shruti. Congratulations!