Quilters' Guild of South Australia Inc

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Hello everyone and welcome

I feel like the weather extremes of this past week are simply an echo of the extremes that have characterised 2020. The weekend before last I put off planting my seedlings because it was too hot then within days it was snowing in South Australia! It has been a challenging year in so many ways, but I am beginning to perceive a greater sense of normality within the community and within my own family. We share a digital calendar on our phones - even my son and daughter-in-law in Canada - and the recent six-month pattern of empty weeks are gradually being filled with routine dentist visits, haircuts, school events and meetings. For me personally it has been the joy of adding such things as Exec Committee Retreat, Sit and Sew days (now twice a month!), book club and lunch dates with friends that have so lifted my spirits.

But it is one event in particular that brings joy to my heart and I hope to many others - Quilt Encounter is almost here! How lucky are we to be able to hold this event during a year in which so many other quilting events have had to be cancelled? Our luck comes down to one simple factor - the commitment and hard work of Kerryn and the Quilt Encounter Committee. Anna, Joyce, Ros, Margaret, Gina, Heather, Leanne and Julie - on behalf of the Guild and the 142 2020QE attendees, thank you all for the tremendous effort you have made in order to make this event happen. Re-scheduling, new venue, border closures, social distancing, COVID implications and hours and hours of liaising with hotel staff were involved along with a small measure of finger crossing. A huge thank you too to our Treasurer, Keith Holland, for his untiring support of Kerryn and financial wisdom throughout this process.

The other wonderful quilting event that is on at the moment is the War and Pieced exhibition of Annette Gero’s breathtaking military fabric quilts at the David Roche Foundation in North Adelaide. The reports that I have heard have been highly complementary, indicating a not-to-be-missed event. Please check the brochure within this edition of I-Patch for further information about this exhibition.

Last month members of the Guild’s Executive Committee gathered in Mannum to share some fun sewing times, to undertake the obligatory trip to Mallee Country Connection in Karoonda but most importantly to farewell Anne Marie Serrano from the committee and to welcome Monique Reed to the committee. During that weekend Monique shared with us a little of her life story and Kathy Rossini was quick to sign her up to write an article for us in I-Patch. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed listening to Monique. Monique, welcome to our Executive Committee! I already know that you are going to be a wonderful asset to the Guild.

Members of our Exec Committee are frequently being asked about when we plan to re-commence Guild meetings, so we thought it timely to explain the background to our decision making. The Burnside Council are allowing meetings of around 130 people, appropriately distanced, which we believe will use all the available space in the main hall. Because of COVID restrictions we cannot serve tea, coffee and biscuits so the kitchen wouldn’t be available, nor would the library. This would theoretically leave the dining area available for a visiting shop, but we don’t believe that we could satisfactorily manage social distancing requirements within that space. Additionally, all equipment and furniture used must be cleaned BOTH before and after the meeting. Cleaning around 250+ chairs is not a task that any of us would relish. So for now, Guild meetings are on hold. Unless government regulations change considerably (which is unlikely) we don’t anticipate meeting until our May 2021 Annual General Meeting, which we legally must hold. We are canvassing ideas for a wonderfully fascinating/entertaining guest speaker for that night so if you are aware of a possible candidate please let us know.

I understand that many of us miss the socialisation, the shopping opportunity and the shared experiences of Show and Tell and guest speakers at Guild meetings. In truth, we simply can’t go back to what we once had, to what we valued so much. Hopefully things might change next year…….

In the meantime, I encourage you all to enjoy the friendship and inspiration within your local quilting group. If you don’t regularly attend one perhaps this is the time to consider joining one. Our Events Team, who manage Sit and Sew days, have added a second one to each month so joining the lovely group of quilters who attend on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Vermont Uniting Church would be another option. It’s a wonderfully relaxing day of stitching – hand or machine - and Show and Tell is always inspiring. Workshops are up and running again, thanks to Heather Ford’s hard work, so please check out the Workshops page in I-Patch to see if there is a workshop that you might like to attend.

Finally, a huge and grateful thank you to all of the contributors, past and present, of I-Patch. We receive a lot of feedback each month and know that your stories are well and truly enjoyed by our members. It isn’t the same as reading our hard copy Patches, but in this ‘ever changing world in which we live in’ most of us are comfortably adapting to reading a digital newsletter.

Wishing you all a happy and productive quilting month, and hopefully I’ll catch up with some of you at Quilt Encounter.

28th September 2020

Click on the links below to download the President's reports
President's Report - 28 September 2020
President's Report - 10 August 2020
President's Report - 26 July 2020
President's Report - 22 June 2020
President's Report - 21 May 2020
President's Report -   8 April 2020
President's Report - 25 March 2020
President's Report - 15 March 2020



Affiliated Groups should assess the responsibility to provide a Covid Marshall at meetings. Please download the attached document which may be of some assistance and will guide you to the resources to enable you to make an assessment.

Saturday, 30th May 2020. 10am to 3pm
Adelaide West Uniting Church. 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park.
Market Day postponed due to Coronavirus. New date to be advised.

Quilters' Guild of South Australia Inc was formed in 1984 and has grown to encompass over 500 individual Guild members with over 100 city and country groups now affiliated with the Guild Read more

Evening Meetings
Are held at Burnside Community Centre on the first Thursday of each month from February to December at 7.15pm for 8pm start. Parking onsite with no time restrictions.
*details of each meeting below
Daytime Meetings
are held quarterly on the 3rd Wednesday of February, May, August and November.
Doors open at 12:45pm for 1:30pm start.
Parking is available onsite, however with time restrictions. To avoid moving your car during the meeting we suggest checking the streets behind Burnside Community Centre.
Sit and Sew Monthly Group

Where: Vermont Uniting Church, 576 Cross Road, South Plympton
Date: Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month
Time: 10am to 3pm
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members includes morning and afternoon tea. (Please bring lunch)

Due to Corona virus requirements social distancing rules will apply and no shared food. Please bring your own coffee cup.

POLICY: Catastrophic Days
If a Government Department declares a Catastrophic Day, all Guild organised activities will be cancelled.
It is recommended that all Guild affiliated groups adopt this policy.

QGSA Guild Meetings - Visitors always welcome

2020 Focus Shop
Apr 2
Meeting cancelled due to Coronavirus
Speaker: Michael Barton - Guild Librarian
Guest Tutor: To be advised 
Show & Tell: Childrens Quilts
Community Raffle Quilt: Quilt Encounter
Quilters Quarters
May 7
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING cancelled due to Coronavirus
Speaker: Virginia Brown - Foodbank
Special presentation: Six quilters showing their quilts from the beginning to prize winners. 
Guest Quilters: Dianne Giles, Marg Hobby, Heather Weatherald, Prue Wheal, Sonia Holton, Wendy Hunt
Show & Tell: Appliqué Quilts
Community Raffle Quilt: Festival of Quilts
May 20 Daytime
Meeting cancelled due to Coronavirus
Speaker:Elizabeth Camping - Trunkshow
Show & Tell:
Finished UFOs
Display Quilts: Elizabeth Campbing Quilts
Community Raffle Quilt: Festival of Quilts
Fat Quarter Raffle: Japanese
Jun 4
Meeting cancelled due to Coronavirus.
Speaker: LC Benjamin Robinson - Aussie Hero Quilts
Show & Tell: Block of the Month quilts
Community Raffle Quilt: Quilt Encounter

The Guild meeting schedule is continuing to be monitored by the Executive Committee who are taking advice in relation to COVID-19 restrictions.  Meetings will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

Website update 24/11/2020 - Home - please let me know if you spot any error - Suggest Visualping to track any website changes, this replaces ChangeDetection.com

(March to June 2020 - both daytime and night time meetings)
Notice From the Burnside Council
We are writing to you to advise of a recent decision by Council supporting a Pump Track trial within the City of Burnside. This trial will see a portable pump track installed in the north western corner of the car park at the City of Burnside Civic Centre (refer to location map) on the corner of Portrush Road and Fisher Street Tusmore from approximately 29 February to 15 June 2020.
The area in question will be fenced off to traffic and will mean a reduction in the number of carparks available.
...We suggest asking your group members and guests where possible to carpool to large events during this time, consider parking in adjacent streets, walk or cycle if they are able bodied and live nearby. Please ensure that you observe all signs and parking restrictions when parking vehicles.
See photos below. 
If you have questions, please contact Guild President, Chris O'Brien by email at President

We've had several enquiries as to what our plans are to help those who have lost so much during the recent bushfires. We do have a Guild policy that provides guidelines for our response strategy, which was developed several years ago following previous national disasters. It can be found on our website page if you'd like to have a read. 
The Executive Committee does not meet again until late January, by which time I suspect that we will all have a clearer idea as to how best we can respond to requests for support.
I know that within my own local area they have asked us to stop offering goods and instead financial contributions are being sought. Here is an online link to what I believe to be one of the preferred charities:
Vinnies SA Bushfire Appeal December 2019
We will keep in touch with all of our members once we have identified the best way that we can be supportive. That said, if one of our own members has lost everything in a recent bushfire please do make us aware of it as that has every chance of impacting on any decisions that we make. 
[email protected]

Guild Phone Number 0432 483 263

Shop of the Month: Thanks to all member shops supporting QGSA

Grant & Scholarship applications are due 2 April 2020

Become a QGSA Facebook Fan today - www.facebook.com/saquilters

Festival of Quilts - Best of Show 2019

Sponsored by Bernina Australia

'Green Eyed Monster'

Congratulations Rachelle Denneny

Category: Modern, One-person, 180 x 180cm

All photos : Photo Gallery