Quilters' Guild of South Australia Inc

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Hello everyone and welcome

On the 15th March this year I wrote my first website communication to you all indicating that all Guild activities would be suspended due to concerns about increasing risks associated with COVID-19. Rather naively, I suspect, we hoped that this would be an interim measure. Few of us could have envisaged the impact that a pandemic could/would have on our lives for the foreseeable future.  That same day I began designing the Casa Felix Mystery quilt which was launched on Facebook a few days later. I thought that maybe 20 or 30 QGSA members might wish to participate, socially engaging online during the weeks, which turned into months, that we were encouraged to stay in our homes. Unbelievably that Facebook group grew to almost 600 members - including quilters from around the world - paving the way for the digitally connected Quilt-alongs and workshops that are our new normal.

Our much-loved Lessa Siegele ran the next Facebook mystery quilt. Lessa quickly mastered the learning curve involved in hosting a Facebook page as a rare user herself, epitomising the reality of the need for quilters to become familiar with this new way of connecting and engaging with each other.  Rachelle Denneny, entrepreneur and quilter extraordinaire, took the third mystery quilt to new heights, raising over $20,000 for the charity Backpacks for SA Kids.

With little to report in the local quilting world our bi-monthly Patches newsletter was put on hold. The concept of an expanded digital I-Patch was explored and yours truly found themselves taking over the editor’s role. In those first 2 months I wondered what on earth I was going to be able to come up with each and every month! Kathy Rossini had initially offered to do the layout and manage the emailing process for me, but before long we became an editorial team and regular content ideas were developed. In our wildest dreams we never imagined 20+ pages going out to members and member groups each month.  Thank you to our many contributors who were happy to share their life and quilting stories and I-Patch was further enhanced by Cindy Massey and Jane Polden with their roaming sewing room video interviews.

In recent weeks many have expressed their thanks to the Guild’s Executive Committee for keeping you informed, entertained, engaged and community focused, but we really must extend that gratitude to quilters like Lessa and Rachelle for their role in supporting not only South Australian quilters but quilters around the world. To that list I must add Jill Clausen who has continued to coordinate the Quilts of Love program, albeit with a somewhat revised focus, along with Kay Lovell and Shirley Andrewartha who have continued to collect the many quilts that some of you have made during this COVID year for Flinders Kids. The Clayton’s Committee and Southern Comforters too have continued their community quilts efforts, supporting hospices, hospitals and a major mental health facility with the gift of literally hundreds of quilts. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to each and every one involved.

When stay at home rules relaxed, our city and country quilting groups once again began to meet. Coordinators of these groups faced what must have initially seemed to be the somewhat daunting task of developing COVID Safe Plans and, later, having trained COVID Safety Marshals present. To all of these coordinators, a huge thank you from those of us who joyously packed our sewing bags to sit (socially distanced!), chat and sew with each other once again.

Our Executive Committee works brilliantly as a team and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support of decisions, strategies and actions that I’ve proposed throughout the year. Under normal circumstances I would hesitate to single any one of the committee members out but 2020 has not been a year that has been normal in any sense so I would like to make some specific acknowledgements. Firstly to Cindy and Jane, whom we have almost cult-like followed on YouTube and Facebook as they’ve hit the road to drop in on South Australian quilters. What a hoot they are and what brilliant entertainers they have been. I do hope that learning the functions of a GPS is on their ‘to do’ list for 2021, for rumour has it that a very early trip will be an overnighter and we’d hate for them to get lost again. Or maybe not!

Along with Heather Ford this indomitable team not only re-convened our monthly Sit and Sew days as soon as we were able to, but they unhesitatingly doubled their workload and we now, due to popular demand, have two Sit and Sew Days each month.  With the help of Angels, Peggy Argent and Monique Reed, Heather also very successfully had our Workshops program back up and running as soon as we were able to meet in groups. On behalf of everyone who attends/attended these events, thank you Cindy, Jane and Heather.

I cannot sufficiently describe the efforts of the Quilt Encounter Committee in hosting Quilt Encounter at Glenelg in October this year. I raise my hat to that amazing team. An incredible amount of creative thought, number crunching, what-if’s, negotiations and decision making happened in the months leading up to that event. I’m not sure if Kerryn had some sleepless nights, but I certainly did! What was indisputable though, was her total and unwavering conviction that if we offered quilters the opportunity to attend quilt camp they would go - regardless of changed circumstances and conditions. And they did! Border closures and tutor contracts were backed up with Plans B and C. That committee had every contingency covered and for that over 100 South Australian and interstate quilters are exceedingly grateful. Thank you Quilt Encounter Committee!

A final thanks goes to a very special member of the Guild - my co-editor of I-Patch, distributor of I-Patch, co-administrator of our numerous Facebook pages, creator of the Guild’s YouTube channel and manager of the Guild’s website, Kathy Rossini. Kathy’s dedication to each of these roles is beyond admirable. She has a unique way of intuiting opportunities to engage and inform. She is creative in considering both content and strategy. She reminds me to do things a good President should do. Our ability as a Guild to stay connected this year has been significantly due to Kathy. From each and every member of the Guild, thank you Kathy.

Finally, though, I’d like to thank our Guild’s members for their understanding of decisions that we’ve made, for their financial support in a year of few income opportunities but significant insurance costs, for their participation in both real and virtual Guild events and for their invaluable support of our community quilt programs. Thank you all for making this somewhat challenging year a memorable one.

2021 is on our doorstep and the Executive Committee would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend one of our February Guild meetings. Yes, we are going to start the year on the most positive note that we can think of - we’re going back to our socially distanced, COVID Safe old normal. Fingers crossed!

Wishing you all a safe, healthy and productive quilting new year. To all the grandparents, like me, who have children and grandchildren living overseas, let’s hope that this too might be a year in which we can reunite and hand over all those quilts we made for them during 2020.


31st December 2020

Click on the links below to download the President's reports
President's Report - 31 December 2020
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

2021 Focus Shop
Feb 4
First night time Meeting for 2021 - Thursday, 4 February
Doors open 7:15pm for 8pm start

Welcome Address: Chris O'Brien - Guild President
Festival of Quilts: Ann Ewer including the Festival of Quilts raffle draw and presentation of proceeds raised to Laraine  the representative for DEBRA.

Mystery quilts and the impact on the quilting community worldwide:

  • Chris O'Brien: Casa Felix Mystery Quilt - Show and Tell
  • Lessa Siegele: Pick a Box Mystery Quilt - Show and Tell
  • Rachelle Denneny: Mysolation Mystery Quilt - Show and Tell
  • Chris O'Brien: Round the Block Mystery Quilt - Show and Tell
YouTube Introduction: Cindy Massey and Jane Polden
Fat Quarter Raffle: Brights
Library: Returns only
Kitchen: Not available.

Please bring any Show and Tell to help celebrate the New Year

Alize Fabrics
Feb 17
DAY TIME MEETING - Wednesday, 17 February
Doors open 12:45pm for 1:30pm start

Welcome Address: Chris O'Brien - Guild President
Festival of Quilts: Ann Ewer including the Festival of Quilts raffle draw and presentation of proceeds raised to Laraine  the representative for DEBRA.

Mystery quilts and the impact on the quilting community worldwide:

  • Chris O'Brien: Casa Felix Mystery Quilt - Show and Tell
  • Lessa Siegele: Pick a Box Mystery Quilt - Show and Tell
  • Rachelle Denneny: Mysolation Mystery Quilt - Show and Tell
  • Chris O'Brien: Round the Block Mystery Quilt - Show and Tell
YouTube Introduction: Cindy Massey and Jane Polden
Fat Quarter Raffle: Brights
Library: Returns only
Kitchen: Not available.

Please bring any Show and Tell to help celebrate the New Year

Quilters Quarters

To meet COVID-19 distancing regulations, seating will be limited, therefore these meetings are available to members only and you will need to pre-book a ticket to gain admission. It is an easy process, so please don’t be concerned. The good news, however, is that entry will be FREE for our February 2021 Night and Day meetings.

Please note that the program for both meetings will be similar, so please choose one or the other event, not both. We will advise on Facebook if there are spare tickets.

Tickets are available by logging on to the Eventbrite web site, using the links shown below and clicking on "Register". Once you have booked your ticket, you will be sent an email, therefore it is not necessary to “View Ticket” online, which requires you to establish a ‘login’. You must either print your ticket, which is at the bottom of the email confirmation, or use the Eventbrite App on your phone to show your ticket. If you choose to use the phone App, download it and create an account prior to booking and the ticket will show in the App – again this is an easy process.

Thursday 4th February 2021 - doors open at 7:15pm Book your ticket with this link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/qgsa-members-february-night-meeting-tickets-133210838203

Wednesday 17th February 2021 - doors open at 12:45pm Book your ticket with this link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/qgsa-members-february-day-meeting-tickets-135304494385

Further meetings will be scheduled as the 2021 Program is developed.

Website update 9/1/2020 - Home - please let me know if you spot any error - Suggest Visualping to track any website changes, this replaces ChangeDetection.com

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

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