Antoinette was born in Bethlehem, in the Eastern Free State and went to school in neighbouring Reitz, where she matriculated in 1986.
She completed the degree B.A. Political Sciences at the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) in 1989 and went on to complete a post-graduate diploma in Education in 1990. She taught Afrikaans at the Afrikaans Hoërskool Germiston until July 1992 when she married Willem Kriel.
In 1992 Antionette Kriel moved to the Eastern Cape and settled in the coastal town of St Francis Bay.
She became involved in organizing the patchwork- and quilting groups in her area which culminated in the birth of the Kouga Quilters Guild, which was constituted in 2009. She served as Chairlady until March 2013 and again from March 2014 for a year.
Antionette is also a member of the Dias Quilters Guild for the past 25 years, including serving on the committee in 1997.
In 2004 she opened a quilt shop, fulfil the need for quilting fabric and -supplies in her area, from her house. She then started to offer beginner (and other) quilting classes. In August 2012 she moved the shop to bigger premises which boasted a spacious Studio – for group gatherings, sewing bees and classes. In September 2016 she closed her quilt shop to afford her more time to concentrate on her quilting, teaching and judging.
From 2013 to 2016 she offered a Quilt Camp with local- and visiting teachers to afford the local quilters the opportunity of exposure to experienced, National quilt teachers.
In 2013 she was awarded Master Quilter status and in 2014 she successfully completed her accreditation for an SAQG Accredited Quilt Teacher. In 2015 she qualified as a SAQG Guild Judge.
Inspired by her mom, Annette Marx was always interested in sewing and needlework. She received her first sewing machine, as a gift from her parents at the age of 13. She spent many happy hours of sewing and quilting with
her mom and two sisters who are also quilters.
2003: She was introduced to quilting by her eldest sister Elize – she saw the beautiful fabric and designs her sister had made and fell in love with quilting as a whole.
2004: She started attending quilting classes in an effort to learn as much about quilting as possible. She then started her own quilting group called the Big Five and made various quilts and quilted items such as pillows and bags.
2005: She moved from Gauteng to George and joined the Outeniqua Quilters Guild. This is where her love for making bags started and she attended every course she heard of and developed her own style thereafter.
In George she once again started a quilting group called The Fabric Fairies. The group makes various bags and also do other projects such as crochet and knitted items.
To be able to inspire young people to continue the quilting craft and that through the creation of bags and quilts it will live on for generations to come!
To search for new and innovative bag patterns and inspire people to