And so we went to Aliwal North on a cold Saturday morning to inspire 13 quilters.
Look what they have done!!!!
The youngest, Ilze, made these 2 beautiful bags. I am so proud of her! Keep going girl!
Her mother, Edelweiss, made this jolly bag.
Adele made 2 bags that could easily be for sale in a boutique!
Paula also couldn't get enough of making this bag.
Take a look at Marina and Nellie's beautiful bags.
There is so much possibilities if you know how to Quilt-as-you-Go.
This bag was the natural consequence of this technique.
Look how every bag differs although we used the same pattern.
The sky is surely the limit!
Blue - Grietjie Odendaal form Aliwal-North.
The long one - Linda Lubbe's from Philippolis
Red & green - Sunette Botha du Toit from Burgersdorp
Purple - Yvette Muller from Rouxville
Flower - Petro van Schalkwyk - Trompsburg
It was a day to get out of your comfort-zone...especially if you are a leftbrainer!
The idea is to play, stitch & slash and the result is always a surprize.
Here are Magda Kruger from Colesberg's beautiful cushions.
And beneath are Annamarie Vermeulen's beautiful creations.
Linda Lubbe and Carina van der Walt also sent beautiful pictures of their creations.
The day started with a lot of nerves, but after Lise explained the technique the women soon relaxed.
It seems that ordinary hairspray is a must to stiffen the fabric!
It was amazing that the paper-pieced arches could be attached by a miniature blanket-stitch.
The most difficult part was the connecting triangles, but as usual Lise also had a easy plan for it.
Here is Sunette Kotze's DWR on the left. She is a new quilter and I am so proud of her for developing in a pro in such a short time.
On the right is Linda Lubbe's beautiful DWR. Note the initials in the centre - I think it is so special as it is a wedding gift to her daughter.
Charlotte Strauss also completed her striking green and purple DWR.
And so three totally freaked out quilters started their Lone Stars under Lise's supervision.
I was surprized how little fabric was needed to make a wall-hanging of about 130cmx130cm!
Only 35cm of the four colours each and 1m of the background fabric - it's amazing!
The strips were cut 2,5 inches wide and just look how stunning it is!
I am sure all three of the brave quilters will do another Lone Star soon, because if you know the trick,
it's all plain sailing as you can see from Magda Kruger's attempt on the right. She is from Colesberg.
A day to get out of your box...
Lise demonstrated how to make the Rag Bag
and three quilters really had to leave their comfort zones!
Sandra Stapels made a purple and turquoise Rag Bag from ShweShwe
and I was so surprized with the beautiful end-result.
Hanlie TerreBlanche from Trompsburg made one with
creams, greys and reds. Her embellishments showed her creative spirit.
I believe their bags will turn heads where ever they go!
Marni Stephenson and Sunette Kotze, both from Knapdaar, Bethulie also finished theirs. Beautiful!
Take a look at that! Our neighbour is expecting in May.
In preparation, for our Attic window/Memory quilt fun-day,
we developed a very easy technique to make perfect mittered corners
and made this little baby quilt for her. She loves owls and so we
incorporated them with her photo's. Special indeed.
We are anxiously waiting for the other ladies's photo's of their
projects of the day so that we can post it here.
The day was so successful, we are going to repeat the demo on 22 July.
At last: Nicky Davel's Attic Window of her beautiful daughter!
We had a jolly get-together and Lise van der Merwe exposed the nitty-gritty secrets of the Trip-Around-the-World.
One thing is for sure: to make a Trip is just magic!
First....the charm of cutting - but a different kind of cutting.
Then to figure out where you want your colors.
Then the funny way of piecing and finally...when everything just come together after the final cutting and sewing!
I've made 3 Trips already and just couldn't resist the temptation to make another one!
Trip1: Carina Lubbe (Smithfield), Trip 2: Karien du Plessis (Bethulie),
Trip 3: Nicky Davel (Noupoort), Trip 4: Gerda Swanepoel (Smithfield)
I must admit, I am terrible at putting fabric together for a quilt. So I did this experiment to combine all the colours on the colourwheel and after 220 hours of hand-piecing, this is the result.
I bought this old embroidered tablecloth from Bid-or-Buy, but couldn't use it, because it didn't lie flat.
This quilt is so special, so I asked Marna Louw of Springfontein to share her story:
“I think this quilt is what quilting was meant to be - a family endeavour; working together to make a gift of love.
I did Cindy Needham's online class with Craftsy in December and got some of her fantastic books. The name of the class was: “Design it, Quilt it!” I got so inspired that I just have to quilt something that would go through as an heirloom-project.