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 and moved to the Eastern Cape.
They settled in the coastal town of St Francis Bay where she taught music appreciation and piano for kids for a few years.
Upon moving to St Francis Bay she joined the local patchwork group and subsequently the Dias Quilters Guild, of which she’s been a member since 1992, including serving on the committee in 1997.
She also 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.
She opened a quilt shop from her house in 2004 to fulfil the need for quilting fabric and -supplies in her area, and started to offer beginner – and other quilting classes.
In August 2012 the shop moved to bigger premises, which boasted a spacious Studio – for group gatherings, sewing bees and classes. 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.
She received Master Quilter Status in 2013 and successfully completed her accreditation for an SAQG Accredited Quilt Teacher in 2014. In 2015 she qualified as a SAQG Guild Judge. In September 2016 she closed her quilt shop to afford her more time to concentrate on her quilting, teaching and judging.
In June 2018 she successfully completed her accreditation to become a SAQG Accredited National Quilt Judge and in July 2018 she has been voted on the SAQG Committee to serve as Treasurer.
In 2019 she also becomes the SAQG representative for the Dias Quilters Guild.
2011: Viewer’s Choice – Kouga Quilters National Quilt Day Exhibition for “Aunt Millie’s Garden”
2013: First Prize – Contemporary Traditional at National Quilt Festival in Bloemfontein for “Aunt Millie’s Garden”; Viewer’s Choice – Dias Quilters’ Guild Spring Show
2014: Viewer’s Choice – Kouga Quilters National Quilt Day Exhibition for “Willem sinne”
2013-2014: “Nkandla” part of SAQG Travelling Exhibition
2015: First Prize – Contemporary Traditional at Dias Quilters’ Guild Spring Show for “Throwing plates around”; First Prize – Re-discovering the Past Challenge at Dias Quilters Guild Spring Show for “Take back the dates for Berries and Plates”
2017: Second Prize – Bed Appliqued Masters at National Quilt Festival in Port Elizabeth for “Twenty Five”
2019: Second Prize – Bed Masters at National Quilt Festival in Johannesburg for “Starburst Diamonds”; Highly Commended – Wall Organic/Geometric Masters at National Quilt Festival in Johannesburg for “In the City”