Monday, January 31, 2011

EQ Comptetition

The Electric Quilt Company has an EQ Block of the Month competition running and you can take a look at it by clicking here.

This competition is not only for people with the EQ program but open to all quilters as you can download the PDF patterns (free).  You can further decide which technique (rotary cutting, foundation piecing or templates) you’d like to use when making the block.

The block for January 2011 is called January Jumble and new block pattern will be posted at the beginning of each month.  Make this month’s (and/or those there-after) block in any color you want and then all you have to do is to submit a photo of your block to webmaster@electricquilt.com before the deadline of 18 February 2011 (deadlines for other month’s blocks will be announced on the EQ blog).

The price for the January block is a Kaleidoscope Collection add-on CD.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

This morning we're having Coke Zero with Olivia Badenhorst to get to know her better

My interest in quilting grew when I saw my friend, Christine, cutting up perfectly fine pieces of material and sewing them back together to produce the most marvellous pieces of craftsmanship that I have ever seen.  I started with a beginner’s course and also got divorced in 2007 after a marriage of 17 years. 

After the beginners course I was invited to join Needles & Pins.  In this time our group made a “rytjies-kwilt” that was designed by Iessie.  Marie from PFAFF (thanks again Marie!) spent an hour with me choosing my colours and material for the quilt.  http://www.mariessewingcreations.co.za/

This quilt helped me through all the stages of grief:  shock, denial, anger, guilt, sorrow and acceptance of my failed marriage. I entered the quilt in the Bloemfontein show and to my surprise I won first prize for a beginner.  All of a sudden I did not feel like a total failure anymore!  For the first time I felt I deserved my place in Needles and Pins.  Thanks to each and everyone at Needles and Pins for your support during the ”worst time in my life” and at the same time the “best moment” in my life!

In 2008 Christine and I went quilt fabric shopping in Johannesburg. On our way back (after stopping at Habby and Lace in Vereeniging) Quilt Cottage was born! 

As I have a full time job at Cowan International (recruitment in the mining industry) and a label printing (Lots-O- Labels by Olivia) business at home, Christine is Manager, “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer” at Quilt Cottage.  (Thank you Christine!)  Quilt Cottage stock lovely fabric from Moda to Shwe Shwe fabric and every needle work gadget you can think of.  Christine also has the wonderful gift of patience and makes time to help a customer with choices and/or difficult decisions.  We present an exciting course every term and now have this wonderful Blog to advertise on.  So, keep your eye on the Blog and come and visit us at 16 WEG Louw Street, Langenhoven Park! 

Q:   In short tell us a little about your family:
A: I have a 13 year old daughter in Oranje, an 8 year old son in Grey and two dogs (no particular breed – mother is a dog and father is a dog). My children are very sporty and therefore I am always on my way (with sandwiches and water and the smell of sun block) to one or other sport event.

Q:  Are you a morning or night person?
A: Definitely a morning person.  I (try hard to!) go for a walk early every morning.  This is the time I feel closest to God, prepare myself mentally for the rest of the day, think of everything I am thankful for and just let my mind drift off and dream of a better life.

Q:  Which do you prefer – sweet or salty snacks?
A: If you look at my picture – definitely both!

Q:  Do you collect anything and what?
A: At the moment I am collecting antique light green glass bottles. I am stacking them up in an old wooden Coca-Cola display stand I bought. 

Q:  If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A: A cat!  I don’t particularly like cats, but I would love to be one. They look so calm and serene and at peace with the world.

Q:  What is your favorite color?
A:  Dark green and maroon and biscuit and cream.

Q:  Do you believe in ghosts?
A: Yes. I believe there are spirits around us that have not come to rest yet.  I believe they have unfinished business and comes to rest as soon as they have dealt with the problem that keeps them “alive”. No joke!

Q:  Do you have any other hobbies apart from quilting?
A: I have just bought a piano and are finding out about piano lessons for “not-musical-at-all-adults”.  I am also working on a love story in my head that I would like to pin down on paper and have published one day.  Before that I would certainly have to take a course in creative writing, but in the meantime I can dream!

Q:  Have you even been addicted to a computer/video game and which one?
A: Yes – Pacman!  200 years ago, my boyfriend and I blew all our pocket money on the Pacman game at the Café on the corner. The addiction stopped when the machine broke.

Q:  Name ONE bad habit you have and are aware of.
A: I have no control of my facial expressions and everybody and anybody can see exactly what I feel and think.  I am working on it!

Q:  What do you regard as your best personality trait?
A: I am friendly and positive and can keep a secret!

Q  Are you mostly a messy or clean person?
A: Clean, but I thrive in chaos!

Q:  If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Alaska.  I am planning on going there for my honeymoon, but I still have to meet the future husband first!

Q:  What is your favorite drink?
A:  Coke Zero.

Q:  What is your favorite gift to receive?
A: Anything.  A gift is always appreciated no matter what it is.  A nice compliment is also seen as a gift.

Q:  Which type of gift do you like the least?
A: Flowers.  Reminds me of funerals and death.

Q:  If you could change your name, what would it be?
A: I love my name and would not like to change it.

Q:  Name one thing not many people know about you
A:  I am superstitious and always put my left shoe on first.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Stellenbosch 16th National Quilt Festival - Program NOW available



GREAT NEWS!!!  The program for the Stellenbosch National Festival is NOW available and I have to thank Karin (de Villiers) for keeping me informed.  What would I have done without you.  THANKS!!!!


For more information on all the different courses/classes/lectures being presented and to make your booking in time, please visit:


www.quiltfestival2011.co.za    (Click on the link  and you will be redirected)




Once there, find Workshops and Lectures on the left hand side of the screen.  If you hover on this tab you will
see several 'day' pages appear.  Click on Day 1 and in the right hand corner of the screen you'll find the whole
program that you can download as a PDF document to save or print for more detailed information on every
course.


Don't forget to go back and check out pictures of all the other projects being presented on other days!!


Remember we need these quilters to attend our festival, so let's give them our full support.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Now be inspired

I found this amazing video on a blog by Israeli quilting friends called Quilting Corner and I am sure they wouldn’t mind me sharing this with you.
Let us never complain again about what we don’t have.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Let’s have coffee with Mari Strydom, owner of Lappiesland - a quilt shop in Bultfontein


Mari started quilting 10 years ago and the first quilting group she joined was the ‘Tolbosse’ in Bultfontein.  Approximately 3 years ago she joined the group ‘Lappoppe’ with most of the members having been taught to quilt by Mari herself.

Her shop also does free motion quilting for clients and Mari teaches countrywide.  Her teaching varies from traditional to art quilts.  She herself prefers innovative and art quilts but she’ll often use a traditional background for this.

Q:   In short tell us a little about your family:
A:  Married to a wonderful man, Piet, a businessman, and they have one son, Dirk, a lecturer at the University of the Free State.

Q:  Are you a morning or night person?
A:  Night owl.

Q:  Which do you prefer – sweet or salty snacks?
A:   Salty but an occasional decadent sweet stays a treat.

Q:  Do you collect anything and what?
A:  Thimbles and fabric postcards from all over the world.

Q:  If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A:  Lion

Q:  What is your favorite color?
A:  Cream, white and pastels to dress in and earth tones for quilting.

Q:  Do you believe in ghosts?
A:  Oh no – they are scared of me!

Q:  Do you have any other hobbies apart from quilting?
A:   Reading, gardening and fabric postcards.

Q:  Have you even been addicted to a computer/video game and which one?
A:  Not really, during the holiday I do however plough and plant on Facebook’s Farmville   

Q:  Name ONE bad habit you have and are aware of.
A:  Workaholic

Q:  What do you regard as your best personality trait?
A:  If I set my mind to something, I will do it.  I am very committed.

Q  Are you mostly a messy or clean person?
A:  Absolute perfectionist.  Everything must be in its place.

Q:  If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A:  Lanzarote on the Canary Islands

Q:  What is your favorite drink?
A:  Coffee, I thrive on caffeine.

Q:  What is your favorite gift to receive?
A:  Anything handmade because I appreciate the work that went into making it.  If feels as if that person made it especially for me.

Q:  Which type of gift do you like the least?
A:  Nothing, any gift comes from someone’s heart.

Q:  If you could change your name, what would it be?
A:  I just want to be Mari

Q:  Name one thing not many people know about you
A:  I used to be an athlete and can play the piano.

Mari was on vacation when my questionnaire reached her and this (not to clear) photo was all she had with her at the time.

Thanks Mari............  will you rinse the coffee cups for us now?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Meet Anina Louw - quilting for 2 years

Anina Louw, working as a senior administrative officer at the Director of Public Prosecutions, started quilting in 2009 and did her beginner’s course by Iessie.  She enjoyed quilting so much that she went quilt fabric shopping right after her very first lesson!!  She is a member of the Needles and Pins group and today is her turn to answer the questionnaire.
Q:   In short tell us a little about your family:
A:  Married to Heine and we have 3 children; Ansunè (13), Jaco-Hein 8 and Rouxanè (6)

Q:  Are you a morning or night person?
A:  Night

Q:  Which do you prefer – sweet or salty snacks?
A:   Salty

Q:  Do you collect anything and what?
A:  Quilt fabric

Q:  If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A:   Labrador

Q:  What is your favorite color?
A:  Pink

Q:  Do you believe in ghosts?
A:   No

Q:  Do you have any other hobbies apart from quilting?
A:   Photography, gardening and jewelry making

Q:  Have you even been addicted to a computer/video game and which one?
A:  No it is a waste of time

Q:  Name ONE bad habit you have and are aware of.
A:  Drink too much coffee to get me through the late nights

Q:  What do you regard as your best personality trait?
A:  Patience, kindness and I am interested in you as a person

Are you mostly a messy or clean person?
A:  Clean

Q:  If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A:    Serengeti Game Reserve

Q:  What is your favorite drink?
A:    Semi-sweet wine and coffee

Q:  What is your favorite gift to receive?
A:   Flowers….. lots of flowers

Q:  Which type of gift do you like the least?
A:   Soap

Q:  If you could change your name, what would it be?
A:   Never even thought of it

Q:  Name one thing not many people know about you
A:   I like somewhat rugged men 

Thanks Anina, it is good to get to know you.

Monday, January 24, 2011

FREE Christmas Quilt Along



Yes, yes I know it is not even Valentine’s Day yet and here I announce a Christmas Quilt Along but if I don’t tell you about it now, you’ll miss out.  Don’t we all threaten to start with our Christmas projects earlier each year?  So let 2011 be the year you realize those threats.

Quilttimes offers a FREE Christmas quilt along and all you have to do to participate in this is to click on the little Christmas Tree to the right hand side of our blog and it immediately takes you to this quilt along.  There you will be able to get your fabric requirements, instructions and patterns.  Don’t forget to check back regularly as these patterns are issued monthly.

I would like to see photos of your blocks if you decide to participate so I can show these off on our blog.  This is an ideal quilt for beginner quilters that would like to do something in their own time and as said earlier.... it is FREE!!

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

You know you are a quilter IF.......

There's more Fabric in the House than Food

"Fat Quarters" are not the heaviest part of your body

Your ironing board is always set up but you never iron 
clothes

You think of your job as an interruption of your quilting 
time

You pet Fabric

People are always picking threads off you

You can measure a scant 1/4 by eye

"Featherweight" Doesn't mean Boxer

Your "UFO's" are not from outer space

You clean your sewing room and your family thinks you’re leaving.

Enjoy your hobby!!

Hettie

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Meet Frances van Schalkwyk, candidate quilt judge

Frances van Schalkwyk

Frances, a professor and the director of the Art School at the CUT is currently doing a course to become a quilt judge.  This is a tedious process stretching over 2 years with 4 existing judges as tutors each giving her 6 assignments to complete.  These covered every single aspect of every quilt technique.  She will complete this course with a practical judge exam at the Stellenbosch National Festival in July 2011.

I gave my questionnaire to Frances to complete.  Hopefully this way we’ll get to know each other.







Q:   In short tell us a little about your family:
A:   Born and bred in Bloemfontein, I am married to Dries for 34 years, and we raised 3 boys and a daughter.  Three of the children are married but no grand children yet.  We live on a beautiful southern Free State farm in the Jagersfontein district, and I commute between Bloemfontein and Jagersfontein for my work at the Central University of technology.

Q:  Are you a morning or night person?
A:   Night person, and love to quilt till midnight.

Q:  Which do you prefer – sweet or salty snacks?
A:   Sweet snacks like a tin of condense milk

Q:  Do you collect anything and what?
A:   I can’t resist a recipe book.

Q:  If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A:   An eagle

Q:  What is your favorite color?
A:   All the bright colours on the colour wheel

Q:  Do you believe in ghosts?
A:  No

Q:  Do you have any other hobbies apart from quilting?
A:   Traditional hand embroidery work

Q:  Have you even been addicted to a computer/video game and which one?
A:   No

Q:  Name ONE bad habit you have and are aware of.
A:   Speaking my mind without thinking

Q:  What do you regard as your best personality trait?
A:   I love challenges!

Q  Are you mostly a messy or clean person?
A:   Clean but not always tidy

Q:  If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A:   Slovakia

Q:  What is your favorite drink?
A:   Ricoffy Coffee with Long Life full cream milk

Q:  What is your favorite gift to receive?
A:   Fabric and diamonds

Q:  Which type of gift do you like the least?
A:   Body cream

Q:  If you could change your name, what would it be?
A:   May

Q:  Name one thing not many people know about you
A:I   love to sing

Thank you Frances!!

A Community quilting initiative

Article submitted by:  Iessie Steenberg

Annetjie Fourie - Social Worker
When Mrs. Iessie Steenberg felt a pressing desire to give more than merely her expected share to the Lord, she was not quite sure how she could achieve this. As fate (?) would have it, she soon made the acquaintance of Annetjie Fourie, a social worker in the rural township of Botshabelo. When Iessie shared this feeling with Annetjie, a partnership was born in which Iessie could supply her innate talent and love for quilting, whilst Annetjie supplied the venue.

This venue would turn out to be the multi-functional community centre in Botshabelo, which houses the local offices of the ANC, a library, computer centre and a doctor’s office. Even though Iessie lived ninety-five kilometres away, just outside Bloemfontein, and supplied her own petrol money, she knew that this was the opportunity that she was seeking.

Initially, Iessie began by making a Potholder, thereby taking the women through the entire process of quilting. At that stage fourteen women were present, but eventually only nine remained to start the more advanced yet infinitely more rewarding task of creating their own bedding quilts. The necessary materials were generously sponsored by many women from Bloemfontein, and even Wisconsin, U.S.A.

All the work is done by hand, and Iessie visits the women once a month to provide them with help, advice and whatever support she can provide. During these sessions work was started on a quilt that will eventually be donated to a child at Bartimea school for the blind in Thaba`Nchu.
To say that this has brought all these women together would be an understatement. By praying for these women and any problems they may have been experiencing, Iessie has brought them closer to God and the impact on some of them is clearly visible. By learning to create their own quilts and warm bedding, these women are gaining something priceless; knowledge that can be handed down to future generations.
Iessie with the group of ladies
 Iessie feels that it is these small actions that will eventually lead to a better relationship between the different races and cultures in this country. Much like a quilt, the eventual result will be beautiful.

O. Marais (author)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fundraising document for 2013 festival

Iessie has given us the following document regarding fundraising for the festival.  To read or print the full document, please click here.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Note to guild members

Please note at the top of our blog there are pages (tabs) with the different categories of importance.  Visit these on a regular basis to keep yourself updated on any changes or new events and projects.

At the bottom of every post (new entry) you will note a little envelope.  Clicking on this will allow you to e-mail the post to your fellow quilters.  Group leaders can make use of this to keep their members informed.

I don't know everything so it would be appreciated if members can forward any news, photos, dates, projects to my personal e-mail address.  Your group leader should be able to get this from the Chairperson or the address list.

This blog is for all of us and if you spot any mistakes I would like you to let me know about these as well.  Let's keep the blog alive!!

Hettie

Friday, January 14, 2011

A brand new beginning

My name is Hettie Pringle and I am a total quilt addict.  Today I feel SO honored for being asked by our Guild to start and maintain this blog and I have every intention of keeping it full of interesting news, pictures, quilts and the most important people – our members and obviously quilters.  Enough about me so allow me to start with a little background information.

The Guild was officially founded in 1989 at the 3rd National Quilt Festival which was held in Bloemfontein. Prior to that, the Bloemfontein Guild already existed and organized the National Festival of 1989. The South African Quilt Guild was founded at this festival. The name Oranje (translated as Orange) originates from the Province as it was then known as the Orange Free State and the vision was that the Guild would grow to include members throughout the Province, a dream which has been realized. 

Current membership is 161 members and for 2011 the membership fees are R90,00 per annum. Visitors welcome at R30,00 per person per meeting. Meetings are held quarterly with quarterly newsletters sent to members. 
The Oranje Guild is busy getting ready for the National Quilt Festival 2013 which will be held in Bloemfontein. More information to follow.



Hettie