Teaching children to quilt

When I was a young child my grandmother taught me how to embroider and to crochet. She was an avid stitcher for as long as I can remember. I was never a great crochetier, but I loved doing embroidery work.  I completed a few small projects learning how to make the back as neat as the front.  What I did not realise back then, some seeds had been planted within me – seeds of enjoyment and taking great delight in tiny stitches.

And then I stubbornly decided that needlework was not my forte.  I was much more interested in chemistry and maths.   Being a professional woman appealed to me. And it was much, much later that needlework surfaced  in my life again. I started my second life! I began to quilt and as they say: The rest is history!

For a while it has been one of my goals to teach children to quilt.  Sometimes life gets in the way and I have not quite gotten around creating a course till two young children crossed my path.

In my local quilt group babies and young children are allowed. The moms bring their young ones to our quilt meetings and they play in the hall under supervision while the moms do their quilting. And so young quilters are born!

I developed the Owl in the Forest class and while the members took the class one six-year-old lady, Clara Nel, was watching what we were doing. Needless to say the owls appealed to her and she was asking if she could also make owls.  She has just received a sewing machine as a present and was so eager to do the class.  And so my first student arrived! On her own and with the encouragement of her mom she made her first owl.  She was allowed to pick her own fabric from her mother’s stash and “build” her own owl.  Her mom took a video of her sewing.  Just have a look.

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I was stunned.  Children have the ability to create.  You just need to guide them.  A new quilter was born!

And then I taught the same class at the National Quilt Festival in Port Elizabeth. One day I received a call and they asked me if I would mind if a little girl enrolled for the class.  There were no children classes.  She would be using her mother’s sewing machine and they promised me that she would be able to sew.  I thought about Clara and said: Yes.  I was a bit worried because it was a full class and she was only six years old.

And so Elandri du Toit became one of my students.  Her mom owns a quilt shop and she was obviously familiar to quilting. She started with enthusiasm and was way in front.  She was literally running from her table to the ironing board and back.  Her mother was on constant duty to send embellishments and fabric.  She had chosen her own fabrics, listened to every word I said and built her own owl. It was a two-day class and I decided to buy her an owl hot water bottle. That was given to her on the start of the second day.  She was so pleased and it sent her onto day two. Halfway through the day the fatigue of taking a two day National class kicked in.  She fell silently asleep on her table.  We left her to take a power nap and boy when she woke up – it was running and working again. She completed two owls to everyone’s amazement and everybody agreed that she is an angel and that she should be allowed to do a class again.

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I’ve learned so much through these two amazing girls and I would love to share it with you.

Children learn by imitating the adults in their lives.  Our future lies in the bright, inquisitive minds of our youth.  All we have to do is to light the spark in them, send them down the right path and watch them grow into successful artists in their own right.

Children are curious and keen to learn about everything and anything. Identify what is of interest to them and you will be able to grab and hold their attention.

Learning through play offers a meaningful way for children to have fun as they learn and develop.

Make sure you encourage children so they feel confident.

Praise their perseverance when they find something difficult so they don’t give up.

You can really build strong relationships with children by putting yourself in their shoes and entering their world.  Crouching down and being at their eye level will help you connect with them.

Allow the child to pick every aspect of the sewing project to be undertaken.  This may be an odd combination of fabric and colours, but that’s okay. Children are more likely to enjoy the project if they feel they were a part of all the decisions.

The sewing project should be about the child – making sewing fun and exciting.

We have a duty to pass our love for quilting on to our children and grandchildren

My grandma was the one who really inspired the love of working with fabric and thread – something that will always be a part of me. It just took me many years to recognise it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The loss of a dear quilters’ friend

No one in life is immune from loss. Some people just manage better than others. There is no “right” way to mourn the loss of a dear quilters’ friend.

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I lost a very close friend to breast cancer – a soul mate sharing my own chemo journey. We could talk about everything. She kept me strong when I was weak, helping out in my quilt shop and be my teacher’s pet on numerous occasions. We shared our dreams, fears, hopes, frustrations, pain, happiness, despair, beliefs and our love for quilting. Our love for our families and our strong belief in our Heavenly Father kept us safe and strong. Many a day we closed the door and opened our hearts. We talked about stuff not usually talked about and we cried sometimes using both ends of a scarf when we ran out of tissues. But always we hugged each other, drank a cup of coffee (with biscuits of course) and tackle life again knowing that two are much stronger than one!

And then the cancer re-appeared a second and a third time.  When I was in ICU you cried and asked me never to leave you alone. I have kept my promise. Life is just not fair – I survived and you lost the battle.

Our friendship was a patchwork of love and friendship that stands the test of time. It was also like a tapestry – woven through the years with threads of joy and laughter, happiness and tears. Your friendship was a warm quilt that wrapped around my heart. Your laughter echoing in my soul.

And seeing the quilting items that you have given me, I realised that quilters are big on giving. Quilters are making quilts most of the times for someone other than themselves. A relative, a friend and in some cases for someone they have never met, giving something of themselves to their loved ones.

Lolla, I am going to miss you so much! Never will I design a quilt that will rock your world, make you moan, put a smile on your face, keeping you on your toes again. Never again will I selvage one of your quilts that was beyond salvaging and having a good laugh about it.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Heaven is so much richer with you around. Till we see each other again…..

“Grief is not something that ends. Grief is not something one gets over. It is something that changes over time and is eventually accepted.” (Unknown)

March and April in a nutshell

I looked at the calendar and thought…4 months of 2017 gone…poof! What the heck! There is always so much to do and so many things to talk about.  Where to start?  First I had to start teaching again!

Teaching and travelling has its moments…good ones and bad ones. Being back home the special moments of my travels float through my mind as routine resumes.  People, places and things leave an impression that reshapes our perception of the world. My focus is always quilt-related and one of the things I appreciate the most is how easy it is to move among quilters.

My teaching schedule started with the Moot Quilters’ Quilt Retreat in Pretoria.  For a weekend I was “adopted” by a group of women who enveloped me into their inner circle as if I had been there all along. From the moment I have been picked up by Anna and her husband at the airport I knew things were going to be exciting!  Although it was obvious that the retreat had been planned for a long time, there was no sign of last minute stress. This retreat is definitely one of my favourites. It took place at the Joy Unspeakable Wedding Venue in Pretoria. I taught a bag class on the Thursday night and the quilters went to sleep with a bag in hand – happy and thrilled at 23:00.

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On Friday and Saturday we made Wild Roosters and Chicks. One of my favourite parts of teaching is seeing the wide variety of fabric and colour combinations and each one turned out so great! And the creativity of these ladies…..what can I say? You nailed it girls!

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Estie, and her sister, Vea, were responsible for our well-being and spoiled us rotten. Special gifts on our beds and at the dinner table add a personal touch. And who says quilters can’t enjoy French cuisine. Just like last year the tables were decorated with a quilting theme and the “volksvreemde” food superb! New friends were made and some are even travelling to Port Elizabeth to take a workshop with me at the National Quilters Festival. Thank you, girls,  for being an unique bunch of quilters.

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Thank you, Linda and your helpers, on a task well done! The quilting part was as it should be…full of ideas and creativity.  But the real part was the quilters that make it happen.  I have such a cosy spot in my heart for the Moot quilters!  Thank you for having me and sharing your lives so generously.
And then of course…travel hiccups! I arrived at the airport well in time to fly  back home only to be informed that my flight had been cancelled.  And guess what… my travel agency was closed for the weekend!  The airline gave me the emergency number for the travel agency.  Since they are closed on weekends they could not help me without the necessary authorisation!!!  With the help of the airline we managed to get me on a much later flight.  I was stuck at the airport for the whole day.  Well, I did catch up on all my emails.  When it was time to depart the flight was delayed for another hour.  Eventually I arrived in Bloemfontein very late that night and still had to travel back home, alone on a very dangerous road at night, because I was teaching in Bultfontein the next day.  Thank you, Cemair, for treating me like a VIP and trying your utmost best to get me home.

The next day I was teaching a bag class in Bultfontein. My beginner class decided to make a quilt bag. Their enthusiasm is remarkable. I am sure any quilter seeing them quilting will be inspired.

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Even the young ones took part and showcased their mum’s masterpieces.  Little quilters in the making!

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And then they decided to tackle the Wild Rooster and Chicks workshop. We enjoyed 2 days of laughter, quilting and very unique roosters and chicks.  They have definitely been promoted to the quilters’ league.  These girls are not beginners anymore.  Well done, girls.  I am so proud of you.

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I have put up a free pattern to go with the tutorial on how to choose colour and fabric for a quilt. I hope it will inspire you to make the handy little bag from fabric usually going to the bin.  A lot more is coming your way.  Enjoy the process of making it.

I am teaching at the National Quilt Festival in Port Elizabeth at the beginning of July.  I am teaching two workshops – Owls in the Forest and Unlock your creativity (an art quilt). Remember to book your workshop.  All bookings are done through Computicket.

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Sharing other people’s creative experiences is a very special part of my life and I am extremely grateful to be surrounded by people who make and share and live life. Till next time, keep well and enjoy your quilting.

 

12 things to do in 2017

My family and home often get neglected when I’m preoccupied with quilting and planning new classes. I took a little break, slowed down, recharged, took it easy and enjoyed a well deserved holiday.  I’ve been on holiday for 17 days and have spent it doing pretty much whatever I wanted.  Usually I am trying to pack 48 hours of stuff into a 24 hour day – so being able to move at a snail’s pace has been seriously refreshing.  This being a lady of leisure has worked out pretty well!  I can get use to it…just missed my fabric and sewing machine.

On route to our holiday destination we made an overnight stop at Graaff-Reinette in the Karoo. Greg, our host, welcomed us to experience the history, nature and beauty of this town.  We stayed at Kambro Cottage – a single-storey, flat-roofed dwelling built in 1840.  It is a National Monument and is an intrinsic part of the town’s history. What a pleasant surprise!  Quilts on the bed and throughout the room!  If ever you are in Graaf-Reinette, this is the place for any quilter to stay. You just need to put the fabric shutter onto the front door as was done way back when.

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I also met up with my quilting buddy, Antoinette, for a 2 day visit in the picturesque village of St Francis bay.

 

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And then just to show you how beautiful South Africa really is – The old Montagu pass where the ferns are much taller than I am.

 

 

 

And of course…I have a deadline to enter a quilt for the National Quilt Festival coming up later this year to haunt me and getting me started right away after I arrived home.  Wish I could show you a sneak preview of it! I don’t know if it will be completed in time, but I am enjoying every minute of it. Girls this is the festival to attend.  Book your classes early to avoid disappointment. See my teaching schedule and links provided for more information.

It’s been 6 months since I had major surgery. After not allowed to quilt for 3 months I am my own self again.  And after six months I can start teaching again and my diary is filling up. I am off to Pretoria tomorrow for the Moot Quilters’ Retreat and then 3 more festivals await me.  I can’t tell you how grateful I am for having something to pour my thoughts and focus into.  Quilting is that for me without a doubt!

The illusion of time never ceases to amaze me. We might feel like we have a lot or maybe only a little.  Last year has flown by and although it was an adventure I am not sure where it has gone.  What I do know is that some exciting things are still to come during the next few months.

While on holiday I dotted down a few things to keep in mind for this year. Maybe this will help you as well…if we can stick to it:

  1. Do one thing at a time.

According to Tula Pink “multi tasking makes you do stupid things.”  For tried and true multi-taskers like me this is going to be a big task!  I am so guilty of it!

  1. Go slow.

 This will be a challenge. How am I going to do that…always spinning around the corners?

  1. Complete a project.

Again I am so guilty doing on average 5 quilts at a time.

  1. Do less.

Maybe just say no a few times instead of yes.  That will give me more me-time.

  1. Put space between things.

Don’t go from one teaching session directly onto another or immediately starting a new quilt project after just completing one.

  1. Develop rituals.

Let’s call it discipline.  Set aside quilt time and stick to it.  You’ll avoid dead lines.

  1. Designate certain time for certain things.

It is important to focus on the things that really matter.  Family is important.  They need your time as well.

  1. Devote time to sitting down.

Sit down, meditate or relax.  It is needed for creativity and any way sitting is better than standing!

  1. Smile and serve others.

The simple act of smiling eases the pain of life.  Smiling at someone makes them feel good too.

  1. Think about what is necessary.

 Move forward and don’t waste time thinking about the unsuccessful project. It is easy to fall into bad habits.  I am going to try hard to focus on what is before me.

  1. Live simply.

De-clutter the mind, the space, the routine and be happy.

  1. Do a no-brainer between show quilts.

Don’t we all need a time off?

Obviously I am writing this to myself. For some reason it feels like more of a commitment when it is shared.

“It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.” (Wisdom of Confucius)

This has become a metaphor for my life. Don’t give up, keep going to the end.  What is the point of life if we don’t challenge ourselves from time to time?

I hope you have a wonderful year filled with grand adventures.

 

December – A time to give

One of the great things about quilting is that it has a fantastic community.  People from all walks of life take part in this old tradition.  I am so blessed to be part of this community! Thanks to all of you who have supported me so much through this blog, my classes and quilt groups, so that I can do what I love so much.  Hopefully I have passed on some inspiration along the way. You are very special and I am so grateful for the many friends I’ve made on my quilting journey this year.

I am not going to lie.  2016 has been an extremely hard year for me.  I taught 3-4 days a week and leaving me with very little time to do some quilting myself.  Being a creative person this was very unsettling.  The only thing that brought me peace was the fact that I was helping other quilters.  In a way it made a difference to me too.

Christmas is the season for giving and remembering and sharing. It is a time when we take stock of our blessings and reach out to those who have touched our lives. We can all do something to somebody using the gifts and talents that we have.  It is a very busy time of the year, but think of the difference that a small act of love could do to change another quilter’s life. Christmas is the perfect season to reach out to others when laughter and good tidings are in the air.  This season is truly about giving, bringing light and love, friendship and compassion to the world.  We can do it in such simple ways to those around us: by being a peacemaker, by giving a smile, by saying kind words, by giving a hug…  I have found a wonderful website that can help you with this – one act per day.

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Let’s not just do it for the festive season. Let the creative makers of the world rejoice in sharing, gratitude  and hope and maybe the rest shall soon follow.

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Christmas brings family and friends together; it helps us appreciate the love in our lives we can often take for granted. May the spirit of the season bring you closer to those whom you cherish so much.  During this season of giving, let us take time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. May this wonderful time of the year touch your heart in a special way. During this time of faith and family, may the true meaning of Christmas fill you with joy.

Wishing you a blessed festive season.

 

 

 

 

Retreats, Shows and classes – September and October

This has been a busy year so far and the last two months were even busier. I was starting to wonder whether I would ever post again, but here I am like the proverbial bad penny. This has really been the most amazing two months with one wonderful thing after another. Firstly I have to thank all the people who left me such wonderful comments on my last post and all the emails I have received. Your kind words mean a lot to me.

Sharing other people’s creative experiences is a very special part of my life and I am extremely grateful to be surrounded by people that make and share their quilts with me This year has been full of wonderful opportunities near and far to teach quilters and judge quilts in a wide variety of places.

I am so proud and grateful that my classes have been so well attended, full of energy, creativity and fun. It is also wonderful to watch students re-enrol for your classes. It all started with my local Quilters’ Guild. The Oranje Quilters’ Guild had a Spring day on the 3rd of September. Wild Roosters and Chicks were made in a very relaxed manner which the students enjoyed so much. In between making Roosters and Chicks, we attended a demonstration or two and even had a tea party.

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Then it was off to Potchefstroom to judge the quilts on display at the Museum. The entries was of such a high standard. It was also the first time that I judged quilts that have been hanged already. Iessie Steenberg was my co-judge and Paul Schutte completed the judges group with his legendary knowledge and expertise.

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Don’t you think they are extra-ordinary?

 

 

I would have loved to be awarded with such a beautiful masterpiece in itself. Congratulations to all the winners.

Three days later I jumped on the plane heading for Mauritius, accompanying my husband and attending a conference. The weather was not that great, but I still had four fully-packed days enjoying sightseeing in-between all the functions.  It was just what I needed before the next judging – and teaching appointment.

Two days after landing back in South Africa I was once again on the plane, heading to the Spring Festival in Port-Elizabeth. This was one of the highlights of the year!  Shan Fox, Antoinette Kriel and I judged the Spring Festival quilts. The standard was exceptionally high and I enjoyed two days of judging. Thank you Erina and Roma for organising such a well-oiled exhibition and judging session.

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Then it was time to start teaching.  What an absolute blissful week I had teaching the different classes.

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It is interesting to note how the interests and studies of our lives translate into the stories of our quilts.

 

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The developing projects offered excellent eye candy!  Again, it boggles the mind to see how many ways there are to express ourselves with textiles..

 

 

It was a wonderful exhibition and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Afterwards I visited the vendors – what an experience it was. In spite of owning more fabric and books than anyone has a right to (I just sold my quilt shop a few months earlier) I was bedazzled and bought even more. I met some incredible people and know they will become lifelong friends. One being my hostess for nearly two weeks – Lynne. I felt so at home…and the coffee was superb!

So if you are out there disappointed that you have missed out on the fun, stay tuned.  I am definitely back next July, teaching at the National Quilt Festival…maybe a bit earlier.  Keep an eye on my teaching schedule.

I also taught several classes in my home town, Bultfontein.  This is done once a month, but since I have 3 groups to teqach, it ends up to a class almost every week.  We did Let’s do Birds, Landscapes and even made some handbags. I also took a class with my quilt group, the Lappoppe, and learned the technique of batik.  We had such fun doing it.

Then it was of to Hoopstad for the last class of 2016 before going to hospital for an operation long overdue and postphoned several times.  The quilters made Funky Houses and it was one of those remarkable classes!Everybody enjoyed it and showed me the quilts they had made in my previous classes. This was really a highlight for me! Just look at the wonky, funky houses that they have made!

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It is true: No quilt is made without at least some drama.  Every quilt has a story. Keep on making quilts and creating stories for generations to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome and thank you for visiting my blog again.

August was fully packed with classes. It started off with my Beginners class at home.  They have completed their quilts and are now ready to start quilting them. I can’t believe how beautiful they are! It is the same pattern but everyone has put her own mark on it. In my classes everybody is allowed to work in the colour they love and design their own quilts.  Here are some of them, but you can view them all on my Facebook page.

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I have 2 permanent quilt classes at home – once a month.  During the winter months the quilters don’t always feel productive, but these quilters were working non-stop. They made bags, did textile art quilts, landscapes and even more bags!  Even I decided to make myself a handbag.  I absolutely love it!

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It is just big enough not to put a lot of stuff in it.  Does that sound familiar?  All women tend to do that!  And if you are a quilter there will be most likely some handwork in it.

Then it was off to Hoopstad to teach a free-motion quilt class.  After two days of stiff shoulders and tired bodies, the end results were stunning.

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This is what a beginner did after only 2 days of free-motion quilting.  I am so proud of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was also honoured to be asked to teach and judge at the “I’d Rather be Stitching Retreat” in Potchefstroom.  Antoinette Kriel was my co-judge.   Congratulations to all the winners!

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I also taught the Funky Houses class.  I love it when the quilters are enjoying a class.  I love to hear when someone falls in love with a project that they have made in a workshop. We as teachers like to hear that kind of feedback and it only motivate us to give our utmost!

You won’t believe it, but I had a chance to attend a workshop by Mackie Cilliers.  What a blessing!  Macky and I caught up on a chat that was long overdue and I enjoyed her class so much.  Watch this space for my little corn plaster embroidery quilt!

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I am currently working on a series about “How to choose fabric”.  Many quilters are struggling with this and choosing colours to make that wow quilt.  If you would like to follow this series of tutorials,  regularly look at the tutorial page for an update.

I am a firm believer in keeping memories alive. So in my quilting I make quilts with a memory or reason.  Either way, my heart is in everything I create, with hopes of sharing it with you.

Enjoy your quilting!

 

 

Quilt in Clarens 2016

Welcome back.  So much has happened since my last post that it’s hard to know where to start.

Yep – I did it.  I’ve retired from trying to manage between quilt shop, teaching, judging, being a wife and mother and has transitioned this part to someone new! I sold my quilt shop!  Corli, congratulations on now having your own quilt shop.  Keep your fingers crossed that it will allow me to spend more time quilting and blogging.

August is drawing to a close and what a busy few months it has been!  Good months filled with lots of classes, lots of sewing, lots of cutting and lots of using up stash fabrics.  I have not shared any blog posts with you during these hectic months, but I have posted images on Facebook and Pinterest.  Shame on me!  So if you are on either of these platforms be sure to click the links on my website.  (www.quiltwithmari.co.za).

Here is a recap since the last blog.  Since I have been so busy I’ll post the blocks according to the months.

Winter in the Free State means Quilt in Clarens.  The annual festival has grown from childhood to adulthood.  It is the only annual quilt festival in the Free State and it has grown over the last 10 years from 7 to 330 participants.  I taught at Quilt in Clarens for a  week – every day!  This was a week filled with quilting and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

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What an absolute buzz it was.  I met up with so many people I had corresponded with online since my web started, old friends and made lots of new ones.  The venue for the Festival moved to the newly renovated Primary School.  Alae, thank you for having the vision to do this.  The classrooms were spotless and sunny and there was enough space for teaching, for the vendors in the hall and to have a look at all the quilts on exhibition.  The festival has a unique relaxing atmosphere due to the locality and the personal touch to everything.  But wait there is more! We were all hoping to snow in so that the Festival could last for another week, but that did not happen!  Just 2 weeks after we left the snow came! I can’t post pictures of all the classes and what they did.  I am going to post a single portrait study made by one of the students.  They have all made amazing works of art. Just too many, but I have posted the students’ work on my Facebook page.  (links at the bottom of the pages on my web site).

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Alae, thank you for the hospitality, warm bed (it is verrrry cold in Clarens), good food and looking after me so well in your guest house.  It is much appreciated and I can’t wait to be there again next year.

After Clarens my husband and I attended a wedding in Omaruru in Namibia.  This was extended to a 2 week holiday! Namibia is such a beautiful country.  Dry and barren, but beautiful beyond words with the friendliest people. We visited the Spitzkoppe, stayed in Swakopmund for a week, viewed the sunset at Henties Bay and went to the Moon landscape  amongst others.

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I even met up with my quilting buddy, Antoinette Kriel, for a bush breakfast on her husband’s birthday.

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I took some handwork with me, but needless to say – I have not done much!  I love doing landscapes and the trip was just what I needed for inspiration. Olivia said: “My goal is not to be famous before I leave the earth, but to touch a soul by every eye laid on a piece of my art”.

Enjoy looking at other quilters’ art and enjoy making your own.

 

Quilt Camp 2016

Welcome back.  You may be asking and now….   Like with all things new the previous post “disappeared” and I have decided to re-post it.  Enjoy reading it once again.

I taught at the Quilt Camp in St Francis Bay last week (May) and enjoyed every minute of it.  It was the nicest bunch of students!

  • We made Wild Roosters & Chicks.

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  • Did advanced free-motion quilting.

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  • And allowed the Guys and Girls to have some mischief amongst the curves.

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The funniest event ever was staged at the Quilt Camp when the three teachers were given an hour to complete a quilt top (0.5m x 0,5m) with a surprise parcel containing 6 fabrics and a theme.  To throw a spanner in the works, Antoinette decided that the teachers’ husbands had to help the teachers for 15 minutes.  Since my husband was not there, Antoinette’s husband, Willem, was part of “Team Mari”.  I had so much fun doing the quilt and sabotaging the other teachers.  It was hilarious when I had to confess at the Farewell Function.  They both promised me sweet revenge, but we are still friends, admiring each others’ abilities and techniques.  I now have till the end of June to complete the quilt (which I have done). It will then be put up for auction to generate funds for next year’s national Quilt Festival.  It was a well-organised event and I was treated like a queen.  Thank you Antoinette for making me feel so at home and catering for all my needs.

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I will be teaching extensively for the next few months.  Have a look at my teaching schedule to book for classes and information.

Enjoy a week filled with fabric and many quilts.

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