Welcome to the blogsite of the Tollgate Quilters Guild based in Durban KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

We are a diverse group with a variety of experience and quilting related interests and it is hoped that this will come through in the postings. This blog will feature different guild members commenting on their favourite quilty subjects and we hope that you will enjoy the variety of opinions expressed.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Annette Lee and Marline Turner

Lia setting up . Joan working on her blocks.

Saras and Jill at the irons.
Busy Bees!

The first workshop hosted by the Quilt Academy was held on 19 November 2011 at the Frere Road Presbyterian Church from 9am - 3pm.
It rained so heavily but the ladies didn't let that stop them from attending this workshop. We came into the church, carrying our machines and other quilting tools, looking a bit bedraggled.

Marline Turner taught the ladies how to make a Stripped Pieced Sampler using 3 fabrics of contrasting colours and a background fabric.

We set up our work stations and began the workshop. We learnt many new techniques. the ladies were so busy cutting and sewing , they decided to eat on the run. Tea was provided with the help of Pauline Law who tirelessly set up the cups and saucers, made sure there was enough cake and WASHED up afterwards while we rushed backed to our machines to continue sewing- what a wonderful person!!!

Marline and her helpers - Annette, Twigg, Mandy Kirk, Mary Chapman , Jill Duck and Pauline Law(in between tea breaks) kindly helped the ladies to cut fabric , iron and explain easier methods. QUILTING ANGELS!
THANK YOU , LADIES ! YOU were so kind and patient. We are so grateful for your help.

Marline , You are a treasure! You so willingly shared your knowledge and guided the new quilters and a few of us who have been quilting for a while.

Lucky draw prizes were provided by Bernina- I won one of them!Lucky Me!!

Looking forward to the next workshop which will be on a quilt called "Where is the nine patch?"/ Disappearing nine patch by Mary Chapman and Thalia Griffin.

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