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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!
Our visitors, Bev, Marta, Abigail, Gaudencia, and Veronica were given a warm welcome to our meeting. We are happy to see the return of Estelle, an old member who has been away for 8 years!
Patty expressed her sorrow at recent events which happened at Westgate shopping mall. She felt that it would be nice for the KQG to acknowledge the wonderful work carried out by the Kenya Red Cross during this awful tragedy. Members were asked to sign up to make a red and white ‘Peace’ wall hanging for them and we received a good response.
New library books have been purchased in UK and are expected to arrive soon–be on the look out!
Gill Rebelo is waiting for feedback from Turkey about the possibility of individuals entering quilts into their 2014 show.
Bev Rebelo’s recent classes were excellent! Gill was disappointed that the response from members was not as good as before. Bev’s visit did not coincide with a Guild meeting at the beginning so perhaps members were unaware of the wonderful learning opportunities to be had from her classes. Do not miss out next time!
Members were asked what skills they would like to learn. One member suggested ‘piecing curves’. If you want to learn a patchwork skill, LET US KNOW! Call or email any of the Executive Committee members.
THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER, 09.30 0NWARDS, SIMBA UNION. Put this in your diaries everyone! It is UFO day! Bring your unfinished projects and we will help you finish them. No quilt is a lost quilt! Bring a vegetarian (requirement of the Sikh Union) packed lunch.
WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER IS THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH! Come along and have fun! More details later…..
Show and Tell was, as always, a wonderful array of our members work!
Gill explained the ‘Mystery Quilt’ project to us. It is open to all members at all skill levels. Instructions are in ‘Snippets’ from this month onwards.
Bev Rebelo showed us some of her fantastic quilts. I think this made many members wish they had signed up for her classes! She went on to demonstrate the use of photography and the free computer program called ‘GIMP’ where photographs can be manipulated and printed onto fabric. It was a very inspiring talk.
Finally, our door prize was won by Marcia!
Next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, November 21, at the Sikh Union off Forest Road in Nairobi.
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.
Members signed into the meeting. Visitors were welcomed to the meeting. Raji Syan, our librarian, shared her favourite book with the members: ‘Colour Play’. Loan of books Shs. 100.00, magazines Shs. 50.00 and DVD Shs. 150.00 per month. When returning books, please either place back in numerical order or give the book back to the librarian to file. The library will be moved to the back room temporarily, then in July when we move to the larger hall, everything will be in the same room.
Relocation of KQG supplies for our workshop will be done soon. The workshop will be in operation from September at Sheryl’s home. The purpose and operation of the workshop was explained. Members will bring their own machines and work on projects.
A report was given about the outcome of our exhibition “Magical Art of Stitches.” Shs. 75,000.00 was donated to AMREF in support of the fight against obstetric fistula. Our next exhibition will be the first weekend in October 2014 at the Sarit Centre. The venue will be booked and shared with the KEG.
For the “Out of Africa” exhibition happening in mid-June in London, Canada, four of our ladies will be traveling to attend and work at the show. Over 130 quilts were sent. We are trying to find a way to send quilts that were submitted late. Members will be notified if something opens.
KQG has issued a new challenge to its members. The rules governing the challenge have been printed in the newsletter. Due date is the September meeting and there will be a viewers’ choice prize. Fabric pieces were distributed to those members who wished to participate. These will be in a special display at our next exhibition and will be judged.
Upcoming demonstrations and workshops include:
- Charu Patel will demonstrate a machine quilting technique at the July meeting and wants members to practice it over the summer holiday, ready for workshops in September.
- Bev Rebelo will teach classes involving hand and machine quilting. She will also be able to do her “Rhino” project.
- We will book teachers from England and Canada next year.
- Gill encouraged local teachers to take classes.
- Landscape class: Kits from Canada are available for purchase from Gill. Sheryl will take two half day sessions: One following the June meeting and one following the July meeting. The charge for both classes is only Shs. 1,000, with the money to go to charity.
- Sampler workshops will continue after the meetings.
- Gill also holds beginners classes at her home once a week.
There will be no more monthly raffles, but a door prize to be drawn at each meeting. Only members who remember to sign in, will be eligible. This month’s winners were Raji and Sampa.
Our show-and-tell session, as usual, was remarkable:
Gill Rebelo gave a presentation on Modern Quilting. These quilts are primarily functional pieces such as coasters, mats, cushion covers and so on. They are usually asymmetrical designs with less repetition in pattern. This makes the designs minimalistic, and they incorporate an increased use of negative space and often involve architectural influences. Made with improvisational piecing, the quilts utilize bold colours set against a neutral background. More information about Modern Quilts can be found at The Modern Quilt Guild.
In conclusion, Brij Datta was awarded a khanga for best dressed khanga lady from our previous meeting. Congratulations, Brij!
The next Members’ Meeting will be Thursday, 20th June 10.00 a.m. at the Simba Union. Please be on time, and don’t forget to bring your own coffee/tea cup!