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.

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.