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Kawandi Quilting Program by Nan R.

First, please have a look at the website link below to give you a flavor of  a Kawandi Quilt.

Origin:  Siddi peoples- East African slaves brought to India by the Portuguese over 400 years ago.  These peoples, dispersed from their homeland, reside in small villages, free and independent. 

I will be offering an overview of how to make a Kawandi Quilt. 

If you wish to stay after the program to sit and sew for a bit, bring supplies listed in the attached document. 


Kawandi Supplies:

• Piece of fabric for back of placemat at least 15” x 19” (a fat quarter works great)
• Piece of batting 14” x 18” – I found 100% cotton or 80/20 batting nice to work with. 
• NOTE:  For our purposes here, any size will do.  The backing should be 1" larger all around than the batting.  
• Scrap fabrics of your choice (no batiks)
• Sewing thread or safety pins for basting
• Pearl cotton size 8 or 12; Wonderfil thread Spaghetti (12wt); color(s) of your choice
• Needles with sharp point and eye large enough to thread with pearl cotton. Big Stitch needles or Embroidery #7 , Chenille.
• Thimble
• Finger cots can be helpful
• Sewing scissors for cutting pieces of fabric


May 2022 meeting

 The May meeting will be at the Fruitville Library on Saturday, May 21. The Library doors open at 10 a.m. and the meeting starts shortly after. The Library is located at 100 Coburn Way (exit 210 E) off I-75 in Sarasota, FL. Bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell.

The May program will be based on Jo Avery's Free-hand foundation piecing, a free tutorial on her website.  Click here or on the Program tab for more information. You are welcome to bring a lunch and work on the project in the afternoon.

A highlight of the April meeting was the Challenge quilts! Many different methods were used - click here to see more detail or on the Challenge tab.












A new Challenge has started - Ombre Stars! See all the details on the Challenge tab or click here.

A highlight of the April Show and Tell was the Kathy J - aka "the Selvage Queen"! She made three different style quilts in addition to the Challenge quilt. All gorgeous! To see all click here or on the Show and Tell 2022 tab










Our gifting committee is very active with many helpers - one is Linda H aka "the finisher". She binds, labels and ensures all quilts are kid ready. Thanks, Linda!!!














Upcoming Events

April 28 - May 1 -SMQG Retreat at DaySprings

May 21 - SMQG meeting, Free Hand Foundation Piecing

June 18 - SMQG meeting

July 16 - SMQG meeting




April 2022 meeting

 The April meeting will be at the Fruitville Library on Saturday, April 16. The Library doors open at 10 a.m. and the meeting starts shortly after. The Library is located at 100 Coburn Rd (exit210 E)  off I-75 in Sarasota, Fl. After a short business meeting bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell.

The April program will be Upcycling by Lois S.  For more including the March program that was lively and offered a UFO Challenge to complete the quilt for the November 2022 meeting,  click here or on Program tab  There will be a Sew-In to make Improv Circles after the program and meeting. Bring a lunch and sewing supplies. Click here or on Activities above for more info.

A highlight of the March Show and Tell was quite appropo by Nan Ryan as it was Worldwide Quilting Day










Upcoming Events

April 2 - Zoom Sew-In  -check Groupworks for link

April 16 - SMQG meeting and Sew in for Improv Circles

April 28 - May 1  -  SMQG Retreat at Daysprings click here for more info

May 21 - SMQG meeting and Sew-In for Improv Circles

June 18 - SMQG meeting

July 16 - SMQG meeting              

March 2022 meeting

The March meeting will be at the Fruitville Library on Saturday, March 19. The Library doors open at 10 a.m. and the meeting starts shortly after. The Library is located at 100 Coburn Rd (exit 210 E) off I-75 in Sarasota, Fl. After a short business meeting bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell.

The March program will be - bring your UFO's! Bring a quilt top you've started but haven't finished for discussion. See more info on the Program tab or click here.  The February Guild Blocks program was a hit! If you missed the meeting - the fabric and information will be available at the next meetings. As it is a year project see updates on the Activities tab or click here.


Many Congratulations to award-winning members this month!

First up is QuiltCon 2022 Phoenix  Congratulations to Carole Lyles Shaw for her first place win in Bee Quilts. The quilt will next be displayed at the AQS Paducah QuiltWeek April 27 through April 30, 2022.


and to Linda Swanson for her juried entry into the show. 


To see all the QuiltCon 2022 Phoenix winners click here

At the Florida State Fair, Nan Ryan's quilt won the first place ribbon in the Group category. This is the 6-minute circle technique taught by Tommy F at our Retreat a couple years ago. Congrats Nan!

At the Gathering of Quilts show in Punta Gorda, Jamie Scully won the first place ribbon for 
"Black & White & Red Flowers All Over". It's a variation of the palm leaf block so cleverly redesigned.
Congrats Jamie!





The Airing of the Quilts 2022!






The weather for Venice Florida was for a partly sunny Saturday morning and temperatures in the 60’s - so the Airing of the Quilts was hung amongst the palm trees. The fabric sales are in the large covered Pavilion. 

Come see our modern quilts! 

Enjoy a walk in the beautiful Maxine Barritt Park!

Come join us at the Airing of the Quilts…

 It’s almost Airing time, the weathers looking balmy so…

Come see our colorful quilts swaying in a gentle breeze amongst the palm trees…

Saturday, February 5, 2022

10am to 3pm

Maxine Barritt Park

Venice, Florida

February 2022 meeting

 The February meeting will be at the Fruitville Library on Saturday, February 19. The Library doors open at 10 a.m. and the meeting starts shortly after. It's located at 100 Coburn Rd (exit 210 E) off I-75 in Sarasota, Fl. After a short business meeting and review of our Airing of the Quilts, bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell.

The February program will be presented by the Gifting Team showing the 2022 Guild Blocks and Fabric. Bring all your sewing tools and lunch - see details on the Program tab or click here

Our Airing of the Quilts is Saturday, February 5th - each member is asked to bring 5 quilts for display. Arrive for setup at 8:30 a.m. All member information including the label print out is on our Groupworks site.

A Highlight from Show and Tell was Susan Toy's musical quilt. Can you guess the tune? For the answer and to see all the quilts tap on the Show and Tell 2022 tab or click here.







Upcoming Events -

February 5 - Airing of the Quilts - see side ad for details

February 16-20 - QuiltCon Phoenix, click here for more info

February 19 - SMQG meeting

March 19 - SMQG meeting

April 16 - SMQG meeting

April 28 - May 1 - SMQG Retreat at Daysprings, click here for more info