Friday, September 27, 2013

Do you know where your needles are?

As much as I would have loved to copy and paste the blog post on this over at the Applique ‘n Patch Quilting’s blog, I know this would be highly violating another person’s input.  

So I beg you to go read this post over HERE.

Funny but also oh so scary!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Wayne Kollinger’s Sketch Book

Have you ever paged through the blog by Wayne Kollinger over HERE

Do take the time and look how he takes traditional quilt blocks stretch, shrink or distort them somewhat, play around with color to get the most amazing patterns.

This is only one of the MANY quilt patterns found on his blog, so go check it out now.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Christmas Row Quilt Pattern

I got a knot in my stomach when I read this blog post on Quilting

Are we heading there already??  Didn't this year just started a while ago?  Well it seems even though I don’t keep track of time other people do.  So look at this lovely quilt and get started.

Get the full instructions over HERE.

Monday, September 9, 2013

A different quilt pattern

I’m always on the lookout for something different to use as an all-over quilt pattern, so I was rather pleased when I found this pattern on Christina’s blog over HERE.

This seems easy to stitch and gives a lovely look as an all-over pattern on a quilt.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Free Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns

The other day I was searching through my stash for navy fabrics, which I didn't have much off I might add, when I realized I had heaps of fat quarters several years old.  What to do with these?

Well it turns out Craftsy has posted a couple of tutorials on making quilts from fat quarters on their site.  Should really spend time thoroughly working through these.

If you have just as many fat quarters, go check their post out over HERE.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Philipstown Quilt Festival 8 - 10 October 2013

Just when you thought we were done with quilt festivals, check this out over HERE.

With big names such as Sue Prins, Cavel Steyn, Trix de Jager,Shan Day, Annelize van Niekerk and Liezel van Aswegen.

Would you dare miss this???

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Call for Applications for SAQG Quilt Teaching/Guild Judging Accreditation Course

The South African Quilters’ Guild, in its continued commitment to serve the quilters of South Africa, will be offering all its members the opportunity to take part in a one-year Quilt Teaching Accreditation Course as well as a further one-year Guild Quilt Judging Accreditation Qualification. 
Those who successfully complete the Quilt Teaching Accreditation Course will have their names put on a list of SAQG Accredited Quilt Teachers, and will be given a certificate and badge as proof of their status.  In future, we will encourage Guilds and Festival Committees to choose quilt teachers from this qualified group. 
Candidates having successfully completed the first year of study will also be eligible to continue to the second year of study, in which they can obtain their Guild Quilt Judging Accreditation Qualification, which will enable them to act as quilt judges for local and regional guilds.  Candidates who wish to study further to obtain the National Accredited Quit Judge certificate/accreditation will be chosen from successful candidates from this second year.
 Structure of the SAQG Quilt Teaching Accreditation Course:
·        The Quilt Teaching Accreditation Course is run under the auspices of the SAQG, and participants will therefore receive their accreditation through the SAQG.
·        The course will run from January to November 2014.
·        The course is a self-study correspondence syllabus, with assignments in the following subjects:
o   Teaching Theory
o   Quilting Techniques and Quilting Terminology
o   History of Quilting
o   Copyright
o   Practical Work
·        There is a panel of 6 tutors, all experts in their fields, who are each in charge of one aspect of the course.  These tutors are:
o   Louise Combrink – Teaching Theory (English and Afrikaans)
o   Jenny Hermans – Quilting Terminology and Quilting Techniques (English)
     Lubi  Koorts - -  Kwiltterminologie en Kwilttegnieke (Afrikaans)
o   Elsa Brits – History of Quilting (English and Afrikaans)
o   Trienie Krugel – Copyright (English and Afrikaans)
o   Marline Turner – Practical Work (English and Afrikaans)
·        Sue Prins will act as co-ordinator of the course.
·        Each subject consists of three (3) assignments, with the exception of Copyright, which has only one assignment. 
·        The candidates will receive all of the assignments at the beginning of the course, in order to facilitate the borrowing/acquiring of study material, which is each candidate’s responsibility. 
·        It is essential that communication by e-mail is possible for all the candidates.
·        All written assignments must be typed (no hand-written assignments).
·        Candidates may write their assignments in either English or Afrikaans.
·        Assignments are due to be returned to the tutors at the following intervals:
o   the first set of assignments is due at the end of April 2014
o   the second set of assignments is due at the end of July 2014
o   the third set of assignments is due at the end of October 2014.
·        Most assignments can be sent by e-mail to the relevant tutors, with the exception of the practical work, which will be of a small format and easily sent through the post.
·        All candidates must obtain a minimum of at least 80% in all of their first assignments in order to continue with the course.
·        The assignments, with relevant comments and a percentage mark, will be returned by email to the candidates as soon as possible after submission.
This must look daunting to anyone thinking of doing the course, but if any qualification is to be worthwhile, it must involve real effort and commitment in order to have sound merit.
Who can take part in the Quilt Teaching Accreditation Course:
  • Any SAQG member (whether a member of SAQG through their representative Guild or as an individual SAQG member), who submits an application and pays the required course fee and commits to the course is eligible to take part.
  • Payment of the non-refundable Course Fee of R1500 (fifteen hundred rand) for the first year.   
  • You do not need to be a quilt teacher or to be currently teaching to take part in this course.
Send your completed application forms by e-mail to Sue Prins at as well as proof of payment of the course fee. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sue at 028 314 1918
 or 072 248 3425 or
Kind regards 
Elsa Brits
SAQG President

Monday, September 2, 2013

Easy H quilt pattern

Still in need of a project to use up your scraps?  Look no further than this Easy H-quilt pattern (in different colours) on the site of Quilting

Find the full instructions to make this colourful quilt over HERE.