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.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Quilting and Tension and Thread

I came across this really good explanation of  tension problems when quilting and found some manageable tips as well.

Quilting Tidbits


Saturday, December 14, 2013


Wishing all a very Merry Christmas, happy holidays and safe travelling for those on the move.

I had such fun making the poinsettia cushion ........

........ that I made a Luscious Little Layering using the same technique but scaled down ..

Wishing you all the very best for 2014 .

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Colour Orange

Hate the colour orange and never use it in your quilts?
Here is an interesting take on the colour by Judy Bellingham


There is a LOT more to range than "prison Orange"!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November meeting- and Christmas party

The November meeting for the Tollgate Quilters became a a fun filled party evening  and here are some of the photos to prove it.
Beulah and her quilt

Beulah having fun with the audience

Miranda telling about her quilt to an admiring group.

Phil and her pointsettia cushion

Some luscious little layerings.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Australian Quilter

I was sent this link to an Australian website.
You might want to take a look. The quilting is inspiring to say the least!

Rose Wise

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

First Aid Kit Roll

Someone sent me this link to a tutorial which I think is REALLY practical.

Portable First Aid Kit


Greyville Show

Tollgate Quilters Guild took a stand at the annual hobby/craft show at Greyville Race course last weekend amid a deluge of rain.
We hung quilts,demonstrated the craft of patchwork and quilting and generally hung out with crafters of all persuasions-including a few quilters.

Its a great venue for us to promote quilting as a craft and hopefully we have inspired visitors to the show to try their hand at it.
The entrance to our stand

Phil Fisher demonstrating her flowers

Some of the quilts inside our stand.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Free Patterns

I have just been sent a link to a website with lots of free patterns. Some of them are rather interesting- simple enough for beginners but interesting enough for more advanced quilters.
Here it is:

Riley Blake Designs

This is one of them   Calliope Free Project Sheet

Look under "Sewing Notions".

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Annette Lee's Cat Quilt on Show at our Guild Meeting

Cat Quilt- Late coming home!!

I everyone - I'm back on the Blog - I had a tech problem but all sorted now - YAH!
This is my Cat Quilt for the Tollgate Quilters' Show on the 22nd June 2013. Hope you are all very busy making yours for our display.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Palette Builder

Someone on one of my lists posted this link for a palette builder  -called "Palette Builder".

Palette Builder

All you need to do is put up a photo, set the number of colours you want and what kind of colours and it will give you a list. How easy is that??!!

Here is what I did:

This has GOT to be fun!

Don't know about the second  photo, but the first photo has got my brain cells out of retirement!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Natal Quilters Academy

I came across this international site this evening.


A pity I wasn't told about it sooner so that I could have put the link on this blog, shortly after the event.

It's this kind of thing that advertises KZNQG far better than just telling our friends.

Here is a plea: If you know of something quilty going on in your part of Kwazulu Natal, PLEASE let me know.