Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Invite to various events/classes for OKG members


National Quilt Day 18 March 2023, Bloemfontein

1 March 2023 - Bultfontein

25 March 2023 - Bloemfontein

11 - 12 September 2023, Bultfontein

Book your place as not to miss out on these events.  Contact your group leader for more info.

Monday, February 13, 2023

Gracie's Star Quilt Block

At our first General Meeting for 2023 on this past Saturday, one of the talented ladies of our guild, Charlotte Naudé, demonstrated the Gracies Star block.  Herewith the directions.



Below are two of the ladies who attended the demo, blocks.  

Marlene Le Grange's block

When duplicating the blocks in Paint, a gorgeous secondary pattern display

as do Esta Knoetze's

which almost looks like lace.

Nici Smit decorated her shopping bag with her Gracie's Star.

Please share any photo's of blocks/quilts you make using Gracie's Star to our FB page here.  Would love to see your creations.


Saturday, January 28, 2023

Meet our SAQG representative, Dr Annelize Keevé

Annelize started quilting about 10 years ago under the guidance of Iessie Steenberg and joined the Uile (Owls) quilting group.  (They are so called, because they work during the day and quilt at night.)

Annelize considers herself a traditional quilter with hand work her personal favorite.  She also loves to embroider but don't often mix the two genres.  Due to Annelize's challenges with her career and "me" time, she is picky about the quilts she makes and prefers challenging herself making quilts with a specific purpose.

It is also important for Annelize to learn new and different techniques and to this end try to attend innovative quilting courses.

Annelize enjoys being creative and practice scrapbooking and photography as well.  Her philosophy on life is positive and she gets excited to see and appreciate the beauty in the people around her as well as in her environment.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Quilt Teacher Accreditation Course 2023


The SAQG Quilt Teacher Accreditation Course in 2023 will start in April 2023 and extends over 12 months to end in May 2024. It is a self-study correspondence course focussing on How to teach Quilting.

Pre-application and other information will be available on 7 January 2023 on the SAQG website and also distributed via SAQG Regional representatives and Country groups.
Pre-application is necessary. Interested applicants must be paid- up SAQG members and must make and submit the Pre- application project by 28 February 2023, for approval and acceptance in order to join the course.

SAQG Quilt Teacher Accreditation Course 2023 – Course Fee is ZAR 3,300.00 (is non-refundable) and must be paid in full on registration by 26 March 2023

SAQG website – www.quiltsouthafrica.co.za 

Go to Resources, click on Quilt Teachers or click on this link



Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Meet our Chairperson, Christa Gouws

Our new Chairperson, Christa Gouws, is an accomplished quilter who have been quilting since 2001. She has been working hard as secretary for the Oranje Quilters Guild for many years.  Christa is also group leader of the Stukkies quilt group.  

Christa with all the trophys she won at the 2022 Bloemshow

Most Outstanding Article Trophy

Best Freehand Machine Quilted Article Trophy

Most Entries Trophy

Below are some of Christa's quilts.

Christa's interest in quilting was tickled by her sister who lives in the Western Cape.  Quilting fabric was relatively scarce locally, but she eventually got a few pieces together and completed her very first quilt via instructions over the phone.  It was a Slash and Dash pattern with a pieced backing and a poor man's finish as binding.

Japanese quilt

Christa and a friend decided to join a quilting group and was accepted as members by the Rafels group under the direction of Rina Schutte.  They also joined the Oranje Quilters Guild in 2001.  It was a rather strange experience in the beginning between all the skilled quilters.

Friendship heart quilt

Christa is also a cat lover (as you can tell 😀) with beautiful pedigree Ragdolls who just loves to join in the fun of making quilts.  They are named Miki (short for Michaelangelo) and PC (Prince Charming).

Slash and Dash

Oliver, the owl - collage

Christa was always busy with one or another art form for example needlework, art needlework, painting (water and oil) etc.  At the beginning of her quilting journey, she mainly did traditional quilting but moved to the innovative and art quilt platform as is evident from her recent quilts.

Sunflowers -Thread Sketching

My Creative Book

Christa with husband Ruben, her pillar of strength and greatest supporter.


Quilt in Clarens 28 June to 1 July 2023