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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sewing,Knitting and Craft Workshop

Hi Everyone

So good to be back! I've been so busy with school work!

From the 29th - 31st March 2012 Tollgate ladies were busy at the Sewing , Knitting and Craft Workshop.
Beth and her band of wonderful volunteers spent Wednesday the 28th setting up the Tollgate Quilters Guild stand at the workshop. They did a fantastic job !!! The theme was "Hearts". Many heart quilts were on display.The Tollgate ladies were at hand to explain , give advice and promote patchwork and quilting. Our ladies are always full of fun and laughter- a delightful group!! Other exhibitors popped around to say hi and have a quick chat before the day began.

Phil, Glenda, Mary And Beth did mini workshops . Phil demonstrated half square hearts to make a cushion cover, Mary - How to applique hearts on a tea towel, Glenda- How to make a lovely MugRug and Beth - Heart brooches and a Crazy heart shaped ornament to hang on your door. These were very well received . Ladies visited our stand to learn, look at the beautiful quilts and to see what they could buy. Our applique paper proved to be quite popular.

All the ladies who purchased something were given a lucky ticket.Draws were done at 10:45am and 3: 45pm . Beth went around announcing the draw with a Finding Nemo bubble maker, calling all the ladies to come to our stand for the draw.The lucky ladies won a lucky packet of quilting goodies.

I was fortunate this year because I was able to do duty at our stand on two days. Usually I'm at school and can only attend the workshop on the Saturday.When I arrived on Saturday I was given wonderful news - Tollgate Quilters’ Guild was placed third in the Show Competition – and this is what was said about us:- Inviting and eye-catching, interactive and very enthusiastic demonstrators, the bubbles were fun and definitely drew people to your stand. Very Well Done! Wow!!! Exciting News!!!!

I spent most of Saturday at the Reminisce stand learning about the "Cuttlebug" and I did a course in scrapbooking on a canvas. I really enjoyed that workshop. I will post a picture of the completed canvas in a few days. I shopped till I dropped! Bought a "Cuttlebug" and a few accessories amongst other things. I was really interested in the Artists Paintsticks and how they can be used in stencilling on fabric, wood, paper, glass, tiles etc. The inks that are used in scrapbooking ( Tim holtz Range ) was also used on the canvas and to make labels and tags so effectively.

I'm so glad I attended the Sewing ,Knitting and Craft Workshop this year. I will definitely be back next year.


  1. Hi Janet, Great Photos of our Stand - do you know that we came third in the Show Stand Competiton - YAH!!
    Also what a great way to spend your Birthday - I know you had a Very Happy Day - Love Beth

    1. Hi Beth

      I most certainly did! It was well deserved!
      About my birthday - it was the best way to spend a special day - with like-minded people and fantastic friends!

      Thank you Beth and all the Tollgate ladies!
      You are so precious!!!!

  2. This has got to be the best stand we have done at the Workshop- and all thanks to Beth!

    1. Hi Glenda

      I agree, wholeheartedly!

    2. Thanks for the update and photos - Loved the stand and Beths infectious enthusiasm.
      Janet I have a cuttlebug and loads of die cuts and spend hours cutting out shapes and embossing paper/card stock - I also do card making. I cut all the hearts for the show using felt and a die cut. Go onto "Country-Crafts.com" website and check out their fantastic range of die cuts, embossing folders, dye inks etc. Prices are very good and she does postal deliveries.