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This message has arrived from Grace Errea, who has befriended patchwork quilters in Kenya in the past:

Hello dear friends and Happy New Year?, Valentine’s Day? Oh wait….St. Patrick’s day, whatever!  Long time and many days have passed and I am happy to send this email to all of you to let you know a few exciting things!

1)  My book, Impressionist Appliqué, is finished.  Finally I can move over to another page in my life.  Not quite on the market yet.  It will be in mid-April.  But I have copies for sale and my website has the ability to offer you the book with or without the Value Chart or the Gray Scale.  Take a look: book looks beautiful.  I am happy with it and I believe that you will be, too.

Impressionist Appliqué by Grace Errea

Impressionist Appliqué by Grace Errea

2) Classes have begun.  I did a 4-day wonderful class at Road to California in January.  It was a real fun class.  I will be teaching again at Quilters’ Paradise in Escondido starting April, May and early June.  Maybe you would like to join me there!  Check out my calendar for more dates and classes.

3) If you are interested in longer classes and want to get out of the winter cold weather, I have three classes in Scottsdale, Arizona in January 21-25, 2013.  It would be nice to see you there and spend some quality art quilting time together.   Check out the QID website:

Please keep in touch and send me photos of your finished pieces.  I would love to see them and enjoy them.

HAPPY QUILTING TO YOU!  From my studio to yours!!!!!!!

The Kenya Quilt Guild congratulates Grace on the publication of her book, and we send our thanks for notices of upcoming workshops.  When do you plan to come to Kenya, Grace?!

JIm West, organizer of the International Quilt Festival of Ireland

Jim West, organizer of the International Quilt Festival of Ireland

Jim West is a multi-faceted quilt enthusiast who travels the world interacting with quilters where he goes.  He is the founder of Sew Many Places and publisher of Quiltposium online magazine. He is one of the most sought after travel experts in North America and one who has traveled 76 countries around the world and explored all 7 continents! It has been a journey for Jim, who has promulgated many changes in the Quilters world. Jim had this to say on Facebook:

 “ Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming – wow … what a ride!” 

Jim was recently in Kenya and the Kenya Quilt Guild enjoyed saying Karibu to him in our land! Jim illuminated some of the challenges we may have in traveling to Ireland for the International Quilt Festival of Ireland to be held this year.  The Kenya Quilt Guild will have six quilts on display in the Patchwork Promises exhibition at the Festival.

Listening to Jim West as he speaks with Sharon Pederson on the quilt market, in one of his video clip samplers, gives a glimpse of what he carries in his heart concerning the International Quilt Festival of Ireland.  Enjoy the video clip, and join us in Ireland in June!

International Quilt Festival of Ireland

International Quilt Festival of Ireland

Jim West, founder of Sew Many Places and Quiltposium Magazine, will arrive soon in Kenya to personally collect six round-robin quilts made by six of our members especially for the Patchwork Promises Exhibition, part of the International Quilt Festival of Ireland to be held in June of this year.  We cannot show you our quilts for the Exhibition, as all are under wraps until the Festival opens.

Will YOU be there?!


This newsletter on has a lot of freebies including the block of the year!

Gill Rebelo shares some free online quilt magazines with us:

  • Australia’s Down Under Quilts offers a free 6 month subscription. This is a very lively publication – full of excellent photos,  great quilt ideas and designs and quilting news from around the world.
  • Online Quilt Magazine has less photos but some interesting features especially on quilting designs and a good block of the month.

Thanks, Gill!


There is an article in today’s Business Daily Africa about the Kenya Quilt Guild, written by Mwikali Lati:

Find a very wide range of quilt magazines endowed with full colour diagrams that truly make a difference! These are magazines that are price friendly and you just can’t wait for them to arrive after you visit Digital Quilter’s World.

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