Quilters' Guild of South Australia Inc


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

You are welcome to join us at our monthly meetings held
at Burnside Community Centre on the first Thursday of each month from February to December at 7.15pm for 8pm start.

QGSA Guild Meetings - Visitors always welcome

Dates Focus Shop
2016 Full year program of Guild meetings (864kb)
*Any changes to the flyer program will be reflected below or on the workshops page
Sep 1 Speaker: Heather Hopkins
Quilting your Quilts
Show & Tell: Quilted on domestic machine
Adelaide Sewing Centre - Ascot Park
Oct 6 *change to program : Festival of Quilts Gala Night
no shop
Nov 3 Speaker: Sharyn & Bob Walter
Out of the Darkness
Show & Tell: Quilts with a Story
Fat 1/4 Raffle: Something Blue
Heart'n'Soul - Port Vincent
Dec 1 Christmas Party
Show & Tell: Celebration
Strath Sewing & Quilting

Notes below - see also Notices

Website update 24/8/16 - QE, new address, see member shops - please let me know if you spot any error - Use the free service www.changedetection.com to be notified of changes to website

Featured Shop - Riverlea Cottage Quilts - Unley

Are you a Quilting tutor in SA? Please see the notice here

RAFFLE BOOKS for Festival of Quilts must be returned to Guild Meeting September 1st

Membership Fees are due - If paying by EFTPOS please ensure that you include a reference & also send an email - Lot's of random $50 payments in the bank account are not ideal. Details Renewal for 2016/17 (July-June) can be paid anytime from now. Get in early to receive $10 discount.

Festival of Quilts - Show & Expo
2016 dates - September 30 to October 2
Morphettville Racecourse - More details

August Guild Meeting - Over 200 people attended guild meeting this month, to hear speaker Julie Haddrick give a glimpse into her love affair with Japan; textiles, art, culture, travel, quilts. We were treated to a slideshow of different things that had piqued Julie's interest on recent trips. Thanks also to Lyn Uppill of Riverlea Cottage Quilts who brought her shop (and some of her wonderful Japanese fabrics) along for the night. There was a lovely show and tell of Pictorial Quilts and a reminder that quilt entries close for Festival of Quilts 2016 on September 2 (quilts don't need to be delivered until September 16 & 17) still plenty of time to finish (or even start!!) your entry.

July Guild Meeting - Sue Morely, Community Arts Project Coordinator was guest speaker for the July Guild Meeting. The value of art & craft as a vehicle for promoting wellbeing in community is well documented. Presenting two projects that successfully met their aims, the Life Quilt SA, highlighting workplace accidents and Campbelltown Council, 'Colleen the Caravan' 'In your street' program, Sue also shared the prerequisites for taking on such projects as coordinator and how they have enriched her life and textile practice. Thanks Sue for sharing the journey & impact of these textile based projects. Read more Passport To Safety andColleen the Caravan

What a great meeting! It is distressing to be reminded that so many people in the wider community are struggling for various reasons - illness, loss, grief, isolation, violence & more. However the willingness of so many people to make & give quilts that embody love & caring was amazing to see. Here is just a small part of the show & tell. All these quilts have been made for others and are channelled through various support organisations and carers. 

Little Quilts of Love - Wendy, as new coordinator for 'Little Quilts of Love' has taken a fresh look at an important & long established initiative. She has some new insight into providing culturally significant quilts and hopes that with new information many people will be inspired to create a Little Quilt. To be involved contact Wendy: Little Quilts of Love

Aussie Hero Quilts founder has lost her home in a fire. Jan Maree is due to visit us in SA in 2017 as a guest speaker. If you would like to offer support a page has been set up at Go Fund Me

June Guild Meeting - Winter has arrived but that didn't stop 181 people coming out tonight to support new President Christine. Her inaugural speech was Royally inspired & very well received. We look forward to a great year with Ms Baker at the helm. Some luck folk are anticipating a workshop with Di Ford Hall this coming weekend. We all admired the beautiful & interesting Broderie Perse samples that Di was able to bring & enjoyed hearing about her quilting journey (photo). Thanks to Sandra bringing her shop all the way from Robe & fantastic full size quilt made from 1 inch cut strips (so showing only 1/2" squares). Thanks also to Pam who (luck for us) brought the only other show & tell this month! What happened? maybe all the quilts have been pulled out and onto beds for the cold weather? Start planning now & lets have a huge show & tell in July - Charity or community quilts. 

QGSA AGM - May Guild Meeting. We have a new President Christine Baker. Christine has been part of Executive Committee as Librarian & VP. Sincere thanks to Vicki for being our President this past year & for some months in the previous year. Vicki's mum always said 'the prettiest thing you can wear is a smile' & Vicki has certainly brought us many smiles & more than a few 'little jokes'. We also welcome 4 new committee members, while saying thanks & farewell to 6. That leaves 2 vacancies - so if you would like to serve your Guild on Executive Committee please let us know. Many hands do make for light work.

ACH Group - Good Lives for Older People - Are you interested in contributing to a Remembrance Quilt? Flyer

QGSA newest Life Member is Heather Ridley. Heather is a long term Guild member & teacher & has served the Guild well as Secretary to the Valuation Committee for 17 years. Congratulations Heather.

Gina Burgess receives her Service Badge. Congratulations. Gina is convenor of QGSA Judging Panel. 

After a successful AGM we welcomed Tracey Browning to tell us about the fourth Australian Machine Quilting Festival to be held at the Convention Centre in Adelaide 25 to 28 August 2016. Festival will be of interest to anyone who uses a sewing machine of any type. Domestic machine classes are very popular. There are 96 classes available covering just about everything you can think of. Tracey encouraged everyone to come along to the Cocktail party even if you are not registering for classes. The supported charity this year is MINDA & there are plenty of challenge kits available. Check out the website link for all details. Thanks to Tracey for sharing with us & also the 'special offer' for those at the meeting.

Show & tell was popular in May - 'Oldest, recently completed UFO' - 3 notable items were 48, 58 & 61 years in the making. 

New to Patchwork & Quilting? Are you browsing the web & ended up here? Please email infoline@saquilters.org.au if you would like to get started but don't know what to do next.

APRIL GUILD MEETING - Last minute speaker for Guild Meeting was Margaret Sampson who introduced ladies representing groups that make quilts for the Cranio Facial Unit as well as a number of other items for charitable purpose. Campbelltown Quilters, The Ricky Mouse Club & Log Cabin Angels. More than 500 quilts have been donated. A lovely show & tell. Some quilts are sold, some are raffled, but most are given to the children for their journey through the unit. Bags to carry belongings & 'wonky dolls' are also treasured. Brenda & her team gave us an excellent show & tell run down of the class quilts offered at the shop Widebacks.

MARCH GUILD MEETING - Lots happening with the presentation of raffle proceeds to Bedford & announcement of Quilt Encounter Lessa Scholarship 2016. Helen Campbell shared her crafty, quilty, very busy life story to where she is now with her long arm quilting computer. Scholarship & Country Grant applications are due in April. The Morialta Trust was seeking a quilt to auction & one has now been offered (at the April meeting)

Festival of Quilts 2015 Raffle Presentation of proceeds  'Floral Fantasy' was donated by Michele Hill & raised $4500. Meanwhile the 'Claytons Committee' were busy fundraising & selling more quilt kits collecting $6200. A cheque for $10,700 was presented to Nathan representing Bedford. Great job everyone involved & thanks to everyone who bought tickets, kits & anything else that was on offer. Bedford continues to change lives every day. Pictured Faye (Bedford Ambassador), Michele (Quiltmaker), Nathan (Bedford), Vicki (QGSA President) & Lessa (for the Claytons Committee)
In the background, Guest speaker Helen Campbell's lovely quilt.

FEBRUARY GUILD MEETING A great start to 2016. Nearly 200 members were entertained as Mike Barton shared his quilting journey to date. With Tapestry mastered, his loom in storage & knitting way down on the list, I'm sure he will be quilting for some time to come & fairly recognisable at meetings! Thanks so much Mike, we look forward to seeing you at future show & tell.                                

A volunteer opportunity to share your skills.YWCA's Crossing the Bridge group have gathered up some older donated sewing machines that the women have been able to take home to practice in between classes. There is one teacher for the class. VOLUNTEERS are needed to be part of supporting the women to master the art of using the machines and how to trouble shoot when things get stuck with the ones they have at home. The group meets at the Australian Refugee Association office, Henley Beach Rd, Underdale every Thursday morning.
For more information please contact Esther Simbi 8203 9400 or esther.simbi@ywca.com.au  http://ywca.com.au/programs/crossing-the-bridge/

Generally at one or two Guild meetings each year, the speaker will be of general interest rather than relate to a quilting or textile topic. October 2015 the guest speaker was from Breastscreen SA. This spurred one of our members to get her MMG. She was diagnosed with breast cancer & is currently receiving treatment. Literally, the meeting speaker that night has saved her life & our member wants us to remind you all - don't delay, get your check up!

Pam Holland has given her 1776, Heartache, Heritage & Happiness Quilt to the International Quilt Study Center University of Nebraska.

Interested in 'Modern Quilting'? If so please email info line@saquilters.org.au to express your interest & we will endeavour to arrange a meet-up (in 3D &/or online).

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Festival of Quilts Best of Show 2015



Lisa Maree Davis

'Meeting Michele'

First Place: Predominantly Applique, Large, Amateur

205 x 205cm

All photos : 2015 Photo Gallery