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.

We encourage comment and debate but please note that this blog is moderated.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Cat Quilt Patterns

We have a quilt show coming up later in the year with the theme of "Cats"- and we REALLY do want a quilt from every member.

If you are stuck for a pattern here are two easy  freebies  :

Kool Kats Quilt    by Pattie Carrey

and another one from Block Central called     PinWheel Cat

If you want some more ideas, take a look at 
Cats Who Quilt 

Here is to a cattelicious New Year!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Free E- book

If you are not reading this blog and a member of Tollgate Quilters Guild, here is why you should be reading it.

Here is a free book from Fons and Porter on log cabins. All you need to do is download it.

Fons and Porter Log Cabin book

I got this via the Oranje Quilters Guild - so maybe you should be reading that as well.

Hettie Pringle writes on the Oranje Guild Blog spot weekly and always has interesting things to share.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Crazy Monster - Christmas Present for a Friend

 Hi Liz, I think everyone wants a friend like you - Jill in Australia is a very lucky lady. I just love your Crazy Patch Bag - very well done! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A bit late for the Quilt Festival in Birmingham - but!!!

 This is a Nutcracker Christmas Tree Decoration that I bought at the Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market.
 Five all in a row!
 The Stalls are wonderful all down the middle of the town, only people - no cars. It was freezing today.
 German beer and sausages on sale - delicious!
This was too beautiful and the whole market with food and Christmas gifts and decorations was a joy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Quilters find inspiration in all kinds of places

 All of these are paved and tiled paths leading up to front doors in Greenwich. This was the most amazing lime green moss in between the paving stones.
 These are all possible quilt designs - just such fun!
 Ok, this one had a few tiles missing but you can still see the design.
 Just wonderful more and more designs - everywhere I walked.
 Even just black and white - how striking!
 This one could be pieced and appliqu├ęd.
Look flying geese - down the sides.
I think this might be my last post from the UK as I will be back in South Africa in a few days. I've had a wonderful time here but I'm ready to come home.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christmas is coming out in all the Shopping Centres - Blue Water

 Above & below lovely Christmas decorations

A visit to a quilt shop called " Just Between Friends" in Roding Valley

A wonderful small quilting shop with such friendly & helpful ladies, who gave me a much needed warm cup of tea - thanks ladies.
 Two of the Christmas Quilts on display - look at the shop's website www.justbetweenfriends.co.uk
Some of my Christmas Fabric shopping and thank you for my gift!

A Walk along the Thames River a few days ago

 Something Old the River Thames in London
 Big Ben  & the the River Thames
 St.Paul's in the distance
 Now something new the London Eye
Old & New in the same picture

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Quilting Workshop with Janet Bolton at "The Quilt Room" in Dorking, Surrey

Janet Bolton explaining how she works with her amazing small pieces. The workshop is at The Quilt Room - www.quiltroom.co.uk
 Some of the participants hard at work.
 Janet has the most wonderful way as a teacher - both encouraging and not stressing any of us out. See more of her work on www.janebolton.com
This is my first effort.

Still in Dorking

 How is this for a fancy Police Station!
Weather at the moment is sunshine & rain with plenty of Rainbows

Quilting workshop in Dorking, Surrey "White Horse Hotel"

 This is the wonderful old Hotel that I spent 2 nights in while doing the Quilt Workshop. This is the remains of the old entrance where Coaches & Horses used to enter, now days it is for cars.
 The fireplace in the lounge is also an original feature.
 Night light through one of the windows
Charles Dickens probably used the White Horse in his "Pickwick Papers" as Dorking is an old market town.

Friday, October 26, 2012

This was a workshop that I did at "Creative Quilting" near Hampton Court Palace with Julia Gahagan

 This is one of the wonder miniature of Julia's still a work in progress.
 Another colourful one with tiny houses.
 Just amazing to see all her work - I think she said she had made over 100 of this tiny house quilts.
 This is Julia Gahagan our teacher please visit her website www.homegrowntextiles.co.uk to see more of her work.
 This is " Creative Quilting" Shop and their website is www.creativequilting.co.uk and they have an online shop.
This is my attempt at the workshop "Little Winter Houses" - it is just the right size for a Luscious Little Layering so will be added to our every growing stash of prizes. Remember to visit www.lusciouslittlelayerings.blogspot.com to see more "LLL's.
PS: My son took me to Thorpe Park yesterday - had a wild and wonderful time on all the rides.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

No quilting today just some shopping -- off to a workshop tomorrow

 Above a beautiful brooch by Jill Denton a Textile Artist.
 Above a card by Sue Walton & below a brooch.
 Some wonderful ribbons to use on my Crazy Patch Work.

 Above & Below beautiful handmade Cards.
 Oh! and you know me - just a few Halloween Goodies
 Some shocking pink earings to wear on the 31st October - Halloween!!!
 And some fun buttons