Quilters' Guild of South Australia Inc


Hello everyone, once again.

I wonder how many of you were a little naïve like me back in March when our lives first began to evolve towards a new normal. I had hopes that our Market Day in late May might go ahead. We even hoped that we might be able to have a Guild meeting and re-scheduled AGM by July/August. Fingers were crossed that Quilt Encounter and Festival of Quilts would fill our July calendar dates. I seemed oblivious to my husband’s quiet comment that nothing would go back to the old normal until we had a vaccine for COVID19. Now my conversations with fellow quilters are more along the lines of: I don’t think we’ll be going back to the old normal any time soon.

In the meantime, we will continue to offer online quilting activities in the hope that some of you are getting to do some serious stash busting! Remember – our current situation was always the justification we made for our stash enhancing shopping expeditions of the past.

If you have any other ideas for online activities for our Guild members, please do let us know. We have a lot of talent within the Guild and considerable willingness to support our members.

Rachelle Denneny has just begun our third mystery quilt, and if you haven’t yet heard about it, please join in with all the fun at https://www.facebook.com/groups/850224988794269/. Rachelle established a worthwhile fundraising effort for Backpacks 4 SA Kids along with her mystery quilt and to date has raised over $5000. Congratulations, Rachelle, and a huge thank you to everyone who supported her GoFundMe efforts.

Our thanks too must go to Lessa Siegele and the Clayton’s Committee for running our second successful mystery. The fourth is well into the planning stages, so there’s no excuse for not being motivated to spend your isewlation time in the sewing room!

One of the first Guild activities that we’re reinstating will be our workshops because we can ensure that we meet government regulations with regard to numbers and social distancing. Please see our website for details, which will also be published in the next edition of I-Patch. We’re hoping that our Sit and Sew Days might also become a possibility in the near future. We have 2 large rooms that we can use but have to hope that soon we might be able to meet in groups of more than 10.

I’ve had several emails and phone calls from groups seeking advice as to when they can once again meet and/or hold their AGMs. My message is simple: we all need to follow government guidelines. At the moment we can meet in groups of up to 10 so long as you can socially distance the required 4 square metres. That will be easy for smaller groups who meet in a large room, not possible at all for larger groups.

Behind the scenes our Executive Committee and Finance Sub-Committee have been reviewing our budget and considering what information we can provide to our members in relation to Guild membership. We’ve developed a document that will be published in the next I-Patch that will hopefully provide you with all of the details that we know some of you have been seeking.  Next week we’ll also be emailing information packs out to group convenors in order to ensure that we continue to maintain accurate records of group member details.

Our next I-Patch will feature long arm quilting businesses run by our members. I’m sure that with all of these mystery quilts happening many of you will be needing their services!

In the meantime, I hope that you are all enjoying these more relaxing times and getting lots of quilting done.

Kind regards
21 May 2020

Click on the links below to download the President's reports
President's Report -    8 April 2020
President's Report - 25 March 2020
President's Report - 15 March 2020
- President's Report - 21 May 2020

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 Wednesday of every month
Time: 10am to 3pm
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members includes morning and afternoon tea. (Please bring lunch)
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

Website update 4/6/2020 - Groups - 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

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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