What and when?
KQ was funded in 2006 by Jenny and Daniel Healy. The first quilt was made for Andrew Taylor, Principal of Maru a Pula School (www.maruapula.org) and may be seen hanging on the wall of his office.
Quilted products are crafted on site and customers can watch their quilts being constructed. In 2010, KQ introduced the sale of imported quilting cottons and quilters’ requirements. Visit the store; see the only quilting batiks for sale in Botswana, and find out what grows on the marvelous upside-down baobab tree.
Founder of KQ, designer Jenny Healy was born in Zambia, educated in Botswana and the United States. Her love of quilting flowered while managing at JoAnn's Fabrics and crafts in California and is now being shared with a small but growing network of quilters in Botswana. Her Quilts have been in many exhibitions and have sold to many high profile people around the world. (see, BLOG)
Our co-founder, Daniel, unfortunately passed away in 2009. He had lived in Asia, Europe, the United States and Africa. He is remembered for his cheerful and giving nature. He would be proud of the way KQ is evolving. In his honor we show the quilt he is known best for. "Malori"
Lorato Sekwebela never stops work. She loves quilting, working from her home where she is raising 4 children of her own and 4 orphans.
Lydia Julius is a single mother whose first acquaintance with a needle came when she joined KQ. She is now our appliqué expert.
Not pictured: Kesentseng Donald, Mary Tladi, Keleraletse Maree, and our newest office/marketing manager Lebogang (Lebo) Mompati.
KT Ratlohorwana was a bus driver, but the company sold his bus! He started with KQ as a part-time driver, but has become indispensable, driving, assisting with management and quilting; KT quilts our more specialised products.
Sheila Case is Jenny’s mother; she taught high school physics and chemistry in Africa for over 30 years. She orders fabrics, assists with planning, designs some products, folds fat quarters and corrects Jenny’s spelling: she is very content with her career change. She is guiding our Manyana Patch project, and pushing for formation of a Quilters’ Guild for Botswana. (See NEWS)
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