Quilters' Guild of South Australia Inc


Hello everyone, once again.

As our patron, Mrs Lan Le, wife of our South Australian Governor, has kept in contact with me throughout this pandemic. She is an absolute delight to chat with. She rang this morning to talk about all the wonderfully creative things that we’ve been doing online and was clearly very impressed with two aspects of our activities.

The first thing she acknowledged was the impressive outcome of Rachelle Denneny’s Mysolation Mystery Quilt group on Facebook and the amazing almost $21,000 that Rachelle and her group of 1000 quilters raised in just one month for the worthy charity Backpacks 4 SA Kids http://backpacks4sakids.org This is an appropriate time to thank Otto for his generosity in donating a Bernina sewing machine to the Guild to use for some fundraising, and congratulations to Dianne Giles for being the lucky winner of a Bernina 325.

However, we went on to discuss how participation in our 3 mystery quilt sew-alongs has been incredibly valuable in keeping us connected, keeping us engaged and helping those of us whose lives are a little more isolated than others feel less alone. Mental health is an important concern for all of us, and it was heartening to read recent interactions between group members discussing their experiences. Knowing that you are part of supportive and caring groups is invaluable in times like this.

Like many of us, Mrs Le looks forward to returning to a semblance of our previous normality but she stressed the importance of each and every one of us, herself included, as being close to, or in, the most ‘at risk’ group that we act with caution and wisdom in choosing to become increasingly involved in community activities. I am aware that more and more of our groups are considering the implications of returning to regular meetings but also that some members of those groups are struggling with their own decision as to whether or not to return. This may well cause some administrative headaches for group coordinators who will need, in the next two months, to finalise membership payments. A small subcommittee of the Guild’s Executive Committee will meet this week to discuss ways in which we can best support group coordinators to manage any conundrums.

Our next edition of I-Patch is ready to send out later in the week and I hope that you enjoy the writing of this month’s contributors – Lesley Miller, Bron Atkinson and Cindy Massey.

Both Mrs Le and I wish you all the very best in the coming months.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

Happy Quilting.

22 June 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
- President's Report - 22 June 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 11/7/2020 - I-Patch - 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