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We had a record attendance at the January monthly meeting. It was nice to see so many friends after the long holiday break.
Patty Arensen, our Chairperson, started the meeting by welcoming and introducing our five new members and the two ladies who were visiting.
Brij Datta kindly volunteered to take photographs during the meetings for uploading to the website each month.
Gill Rebelo was welcomed back to Kenya and the Guild after a prolonged absence for family reasons. While she was in England she had the opportunity to attend a local guild meeting and was interviewed by The Quilt Alliance.
Gill brought with her a sampler quilt that was constructed mainly from nine patch squares. Next month the members will compete to name as many squares as possible, winner to receive a small prize. So members, be sure to study traditional block names and be ready for February.
Neela Shah is presently out of the country to visit with her daughter and her new grandchild. Congratulations, Neela!
Patty related her progress on her quilting goals and shared the quilts that she had recently completed for a church in the U.S.A.
The Block of the Month, Tall Ships, was introduced. Twenty kits were distributed and there was a further demand for thirteen more. They will be available from The Woman Shop for members to collect. These blocks have been an overwhelming success and popular with our members.
Programs have been planned for the next three months: January: Demonstration on Easy Prairie Points. February: Demonstration on ice dying. March: Mactavashing, a form of machine quilting.
The Executive Council has been working on different educational options to improve patchwork and quilting skills. Gill will resume her beginner classes in February and has registered a number of students. Sheryl Fowler will be offering a full day course in February for making a Jelly Roll quilt, Summer in the Park. Dena Dale Crain will be invited to teach. We are also in correspondence with two overseas teachers who we hope will visit Nairobi and conduct classes.
Hopefully, the workshop will be opened sometime in February. The workshop will be run two mornings a week by volunteers. We expect to buy new sewing machines and have started a fund for this purpose. Fees collected by the beginner quilt classes and Sheryl’s class will go into this fund.
To add to the fund, we will hold a jewellery sale. Members have been asked to give any costume jewellery they no longer want/wear and to bring these items along to the February meeting. Gretchen will co-ordinate the collection, price the pieces and sell them during the March meeting. This promises to be a fun event where members might expect to acquire some new treasures!
Our AGM will be held on 16th April. If anyone is willing to stand for any position, please let Patty know as soon as possible. We are especially looking for someone to chair the Exhibition Committee. We would also like to add a stipulation to the Constitution concerning a year’s extension of an officer. Presently, an officer can only be elected for three consecutive years. If there are no other candidates, then the membership can approve the fourth year. This requires a constitutional admendment, so more information will be forthcoming about this before the AGM.
The 2015 Quilt Challenge was introduced. The challenge this year is an appliqué project with a great deal of scope for one’s imagination. Kits were taken by interested members. More kits will be available at the February meeting.
Show and Tell
Donna, a new member, made a hexagon quilt to share. Charu Patel then explained how her quilt was made of individually quilted pieces and how they were attached to each other. This technique helped her practice her quilting skills. She also had a piece with intricate thread art.
Carol Davey converted a local circular basket into a sewing basket, padding the lid to make a huge pin cushion. She also had cut her scraps into very small pieces and used these to stuff pillows.
Delia Spring finished her quilt made from the pieces of ripped fabric. Indu Shah made a red, green and beige lap quilt. For a wedding present, Raji Syan made a king size bargello heart quilt. Jasvinder Phull used her long arm machine and frame to quilt her traditional piece and Kuljinder Birdi constructed a French Braid table runner.
After coffee, the door prize was drawn and Karen Crumpacker was the lucky winner.
Sheryl gave her demonstration on Prairie Points. She had two pieces of patchwork with Prairie Points and passed around strips made ‘the easy way’. The PowerPoint was interesting and very informative.
We look forward to having another great turn-out for the February meeting, to be held on February 19!
Patty opened the meeting, welcoming the visitors and then wished our members with birthdays in November a happy day. She then shared the applique pillow slips that she purchased in Zanzibar over her holiday.
Sheryl gave a short talk on the importance of pressing correctly, followed by a PowerPoint video supporting the main steps.
Dorothy collected the Block of the Month ‘Chevrons’ and performed the draw. The Winner, Poley Bhamra, kindly returned the blocks for a redraw as she had also won the previous month. Our newest member, Janet Wildsmith, was then the lucky winner. Janet was also drawn the winner of the door prize, but returned it. April Webb won a pack of Moda squares and folding scissors.
We made a small profit from the Exhibition and the Committee had approved a donation of KES 50,000.00/- to The Kenya Red Cross. We had already presented the wall hanging to them during the closing of the Exhibition last month.
Anyone who participated in the ‘Torn Fabric’ activity was asked to bring their projects along to the January meeting. The Block of the Month will continue in January as our Christmas luncheon will be held in lieu of the December meeting.
Future teachers and education was discussed. Jasvinder Phull is contacting Paramjit Bawa from Oman to see if she will consider travelling to Nairobi to teach. Members were encouraged to research her on the web. Gill Rebelo, who will be attending the London Quilt Show, will seek out teachers for the Guild.
The Christmas lunch, 4th December, will be held at Patty’s home in Lavington. Directions and a poster will be sent out the members closer to the time. This will be potluck affair and each member/guest has been asked to bring along a gift worth no more than Shs. 500.00.
In January members have been asked to speak about their individual accomplishments over 2014 and Sheryl will demonstrate Prairie Points.
Bibiana, who is relocating to South Africa soon, shared a new technique for making chevrons. Instead of constructing them in the traditional patchwork method, she cut and folded a piece of fabric. See http://www.make-it-do.com/sew-it/crazy-for-zig-zags/
We have calendars and kits for sale; this will continue at each monthly meeting.
Show and Tell: Carol Davey shared her ‘Summer in the Park’ quilt. Gretchen had a number of small wall hangings which she had made for a specific project, along with a large blue and white quilt. Janet Wildsmith presented her baby quilt and her fussy cut Dresden plate wall-hanging. Bibiana finished her spiral table runner and Marcia had her beaded lizard. Tinu had two table runners that were made from old curtains.
After the coffee break, Dorothy Stockell had a number of ‘upcycling’ projects to demonstrate. Her talk was enjoyable and informative. She began her talk with two cushions that were made from old men’s shirts. The front of the shirt was used for the back of the cushion, buttons being the opening for the cushion insert, the front the background for the applique. She had a quilt made from head bandanas and a crazy quilt made from men’s ties. There were denim handbags made from jeans and wall-hangings that incorporated buttons.
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.