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.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

This was a workshop that I did at "Creative Quilting" near Hampton Court Palace with Julia Gahagan

 This is one of the wonder miniature of Julia's still a work in progress.
 Another colourful one with tiny houses.
 Just amazing to see all her work - I think she said she had made over 100 of this tiny house quilts.
 This is Julia Gahagan our teacher please visit her website www.homegrowntextiles.co.uk to see more of her work.
 This is " Creative Quilting" Shop and their website is www.creativequilting.co.uk and they have an online shop.
This is my attempt at the workshop "Little Winter Houses" - it is just the right size for a Luscious Little Layering so will be added to our every growing stash of prizes. Remember to visit www.lusciouslittlelayerings.blogspot.com to see more "LLL's.
PS: My son took me to Thorpe Park yesterday - had a wild and wonderful time on all the rides.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

No quilting today just some shopping -- off to a workshop tomorrow

 Above a beautiful brooch by Jill Denton a Textile Artist.
 Above a card by Sue Walton & below a brooch.
 Some wonderful ribbons to use on my Crazy Patch Work.

 Above & Below beautiful handmade Cards.
 Oh! and you know me - just a few Halloween Goodies
 Some shocking pink earings to wear on the 31st October - Halloween!!!
 And some fun buttons

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ok, so it's not a Quilt Show but found something with fabric etc. at the National Maritime Museum

 The entrance to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich
 These are some very colourful ship fronts.

 Miss Britain III fast craft on water driven by Hubert Scott-Paine
 Ship's Lights
 Silk & Cotton Flag made in China about 1857. This is a Chinese Imperial Navy Flag of a winged Tiger.
 These are from the part of the exhibit on "Supplying cloth to the World" above Scarf screen-printed, Headdress & Turban Pin dyed silk with beads & pearls and Elephant Necklace made with marbled silk & beads
 Above:- different textiles from England and the Far East
Below:- A Dress made with woven jute & cotton silk.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Orientation Exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch, UK

 Forge Mill Needle Museum these buildings housed the original scouring machine used to clean and polish needles until 1958. The museum was opened by the Queen in 1985. I asked about taking photos and they were happy about it - so here goes.
 Oops -I left this wonderful picture of Shoes out of my last post - these were at Ally Pally by Jessica Odell-foster of West Wales School of Art
 These two are the back to the exhibit in Redditch - "Orientation" both by Edwina Mackinnon
Cannot remember the top one's name but the one below is "Sushi and Rice"

 "Kites on White" by Ineke Berlyn. Kites are drawn by hand and printed using thermofax screens using procion dyes on vintage linen fabric.
 These three are by Hilary Beattie:- above Oriental Pot 1 & below Oriental Pot 2: Blossom
 Oriental Pot 3 - below
 This three are by Catherine Nicholls
 "Kimono" by Annabel Rainbow
 Another piece by Ineke Berlyn - " Pieced Kites"
 "Cherry Blossom" by Catherine Nicholls
 " The Tea House" by Edwina Mackinnon
 Annabel Rainbow - Pine Needles on High, Reflecting the sunshine's Warmth, Whispering of Life.
 Annabel Rainbow - " In my Old Home, which I forsook, Leaves are Turning Red.
 " Li Carpet" by Stephanie Redfern - This piece was inspired by the patterns in the natural world and an Assyrian carved stone carpet in the British Museum. Her drawings are laminated & combined with appliqu├ęd painted fabrics.
 "Peace Offering" by Linda Kemshall
 Below Linda Kemshall - "Iris 1"
" Hanami" by Catherine Nicholls
 "Iris 2" by Linda Kemshall
 Also by Linda Kemshall

 Oops - enjoy the second look.
 "Keeper of the Keys " by Laura Kemshall
 Needles through the Ages -above & below
 Door to the Museum opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 5th July 1983

 This is a Kickstamp and was used to make the impression of where the eyes would be made on the needles.
 This is the Water Wheel that powered the Mill.
 Looking out towards what is left of he Bordesley Abbey.

 All that is left of the Bordesley Abby after the destruction in 1538.
 Who can resist feeding the ducks & swans on the river?
 Just to show you that the "Purple Pleasure" I made for my son is on his bed being used. Yah!!