Guild Meetings

About SA Quilters

The Guild meets on the 1st Thursday of every month from February to December, at the Burnside Community Centre, Portrush Road, Burnside. The meeting starts at 8.00pm but the doors open 7.15pm so that you have time to meet friends, check out the shop, go to the Library or book into workshops.

Daytime meetings are held quarterly on the 3rd Wednesday of February, May, August and November.  Doors open at 12.45pm to 1.30pm start.

Each meeting will feature interesting guest speakers who give presentations on the various aspects of quilting.

At each meeting one of our valued member quilt shops will be set up so there is plenty of opportunity to replenish your stash or find that new pattern to inspire you!

The library is open to borrow books and magazines and you are encouraged to bring an item for "Show and Tell".

Go to the Home page to see details of dates, speakers and guest shops.

May 2022 - At the Annual General Meeting, Life Membership was awarded to Anne Marie Serrano and Chris O'Brien

May 2021 - At the Annual General Meeting, Life Membership was awarded to Jill Christian, Raelene Draheim and Keith Holland.

June 2019 - Maxine Smith was awarded Life Membership. A busy night with Demo's thanks everyone for helping. Lara, Chris and Christine spoke about Quilting in the Digital World - Make Modern online magazine, Youtube; Bluprint, IQuilt, Podcasts, Facebook, Instagram, etc. 100 small baby quilts were collected for donation to Lyell McEwin Hospital, an ongoing project. There a just a few QE vacancies and FOQ entries have now closed. Still time to enter Dare to Differ! Chris announced a new Executive structure of Teams and a QGSA 2019 Mystery Quilt - join in the Facebook group

May 2019 - AGM - Congratulations to two new Life Members, Bronnie Young & Jan Goulter. Well done, to everyone who received a service award, thank-you all for your contribution to our Guild. Welcome to the 2019/20 Executive Committee. We hope those joining have a great experience, and farewell those who have been an asset to the group. Julie Haddrick entertained us with a presentation showing the influence of Modern Art on the Modern Quilting movement. Lots of Community Quilts for show & tell along with the Presidents Challenge 'Inspired by Nature'. Check out all the news on Facebook. Daytime Meeting coming up 15 May, hope to see you there.

April 2019: With thanks to Otto and Bernina for the donation of a Bernina sewing machine, raffled at the recent Country Forum in Adelaide, $1,000 was raised for Angel Flight. When Anne Marie presented the cheque to John Evins an 'Earth Angel' (ie driver not pilot) at the Guild meeting, there was a suggestion from a member that we "pass the hat around". With good will and generosity, quilters who were present donated an additional $1,076 making a total of $2,076 for this worthy cause.

March 2019: We celebrated our 35th Birthday with an overview of how far we've come in those years and how our founding members got things right when they put early plans into place. Thanks to Christine for the history presentation. Thanks also to Pam Holland for sharing fabric and tales from her recent travels to Kenya. For everyone who attended from near and far to make the night special - a cupcake, to eat and one to save on your sewing machine, made by Anne Marie. 

First Daytime meeting Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

Speaker: Anne Marie Serrano - Welcome to inaugural daytime meeting
Guest Speaker: Prue Wheal - Which colour do you hear?
Speaker: Ann Ewer - Launch of Festival of Quilts 2019; Quilt Encounter
Show and Tell: Landscape/colours of nature 
Fat 1/4 Raffle: Landscape colours
Raffle Quilts: Festival of Quilts & Port Elliott Quilters
Shop: Quilters' Quarters

May Guild Meeting 2018 - AGM & demonstration night - Many thanks to outgoing President Christine Baker, please welcome incoming President Chris O'Brien. There was an efficient AGM with changeover of staff, five retiring and three arriving. If you feel you would like to be involved more with the administration of your Guild, please let us know. Many hands do lighten the load. There were a record number of service badges awarded, just going to show the dedicated commitment of many people as well as a special Life Membership Award. Thanks must also go to the demonstrators of the night showing us all about what to do with 'paper' (check out our Facebook page for more photos)
New President Chris with Ann Marie, both received service awards:

Some of the retiring committee members receive our thanks:

3 of 9 Service Award recipients - well done Jan, Vicki & Rachelle  :

Congratulations to Kerryn Brand - QGSA Life Member 

Emilie & Karen welcome everyone to Guild meeting:

April Guild Meeting 2018 - Tracey Browning, Guild member and owner of Constantine Quilts and The Australian Machine Quilting Festival shared with us her quilting journey (from age 13). We saw some early quilts, award winning quilts by Tracey and her sister Helen Stubbings and heard all the info about AMQF this September. Take a look at the AMQF page to take advantage of this fabulous festival right here in SA. A Show and Tell highlight was two hand quilted wholecloth quilts by Bronnie from 1985 and 1988. Thanks to everyone else who shared and our lucky visitor winning the President's encouragement award. Next month we will have an efficient AGM to allow time for demonstration night : ' Doing it with Paper' - Lesley gave us an overview & the program sounds fantastic. Come early there will be lots to see.

March Guild Meeting 2018 - The second demonstration night was another success. So you want to exhibit a quilt? There were samples of waddings, stiffeners, demo's of good binding technique, how to do a sleeve, pinning your quilt effectively, spray basting, talks about appraising, judging and the journey of the quilt once it is entered in the exhibition. Show and tell - quilts made with precuts and one-block wonders was really interesting too with people inspired to take that 'ugly' fabric & transform!
Here is Jill with her trusty can of spray.

February Guild Meeting 2018 - Suzanne Gummow - spoke about the value and joy of teaching and lecturing over her lifetime. Tell; Show; Do; Review being a consistent method and hoping to inspire & ignite a spark in a student. Visuals of work across the various forms of teaching were very interesting. Suzannes personal work covers two themes, flowers and her travels in Asia. Thanks Suzanne for sharing with us. 

Kerryn for QE advised that the booklet is on track to be distributed in the next couple of weeks, so if you haven't yet registered do it now

Anne Marie launched FOQ 2018. Online entries are now open. Raffle Books are available (see below)

Member Ruth Bourne was awarded Show'n'Tell prize for her quilt with 10816, 1 inch pieces, here is just a little of it...

December Guild Meeting 2017 - For our Christmas meeting, everyone was invited to wear a hat. A table was provided with supplies to rustle something up if you forgot and to cater to visitors! Pictured here we have 3 of 4 winners - Well done everyone for the great participation & thank-you Jeannie for officiating. Thanks so much to guest speaker Raelene for her insight to the 22nd European Patchwork Meeting in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France. Thanks also to Cat & Ben for singing us into the meeting and to Quilters Quarters for bringing the shop. In keeping with the 'Hat' theme & in the spirit of Christmas giving, we did 'pass the hat' and to make a donation to Fred's Van
Our Executive committee then sang us to supper with their rendition of 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' & served yummy home made treats. No meeting in January, Happy Holidays, see you in 2018!

Christmas Placemats
Jen and Terry from Patchwork By Sea, now at Morphett Vale encourage us to get involved in their annual Charity project. This will be the sixth year for a very worthwhile initiative. Mats are distributed to Griffith Rehabilitation Hospital and some local Aged Care homes. They are given to residents to keep and are sized to fit on the trays for breakfast and then Christmas dinner. There are working bees held at the shop & you can make contact for more details.
If you would like to make a mat at home or in your group, the size is 13" x 18" Please include some light wadding, any design, pillowcase style or bound, up to you. 
As well as the mats Patchwork By Sea also collect wadding offcuts used for teddy bears and small, unopened 'hotel' type toiletries for pamper packs. All donations are welcomed & valued. Here are three mats made by Dorothy and a few samples brought along by Jen and Terry.

November Guild Meeting 2017 - November Guild Meeting - 179 members & 23 visitors! What a great turn out for the first 'demo' night. Thanks to all the ladies who wrangled all their paraphernalia to present the varied demos. Lots of interest & questions. Please offer your feedback about this initiative. The plan is to have a demonstration every second meeting in the space where Patches are distributed on the alternate months. Thanks also to Pennylane Patchwork from Victor Harbor squeezing into the space with a beautiful selection of goodies. 
Rachelle gave us an interesting talk on copyright from a 'personal' perspective, rather than the legalities. Consider that a designer may need to sell 300 patterns just to cover costs, whereas the cost to the maker is a very small investment in support of the designer. Buying the pattern instead of sharing should ensure that the designer will still be in business next time you go looking. 

October Guild Meeting 2017 - A fairly small Guild Meeting vs normal numbers, but with a fair few coughs in the house, we hope that everyone missing the meeting was not laid up with illness. If that's you, then all the best and get well soon. Our thoughts are also with meeting organiser Lesley who took a tumble and was testing out new RAH services. 
Thanks to member Emilie & her husband who gave us a presentation on the 20th European Patchwork, Maastricht. A good shared show & tell with lots of oohs and aahs.

September Guild Meeting 2017 - We were amazed at the skill of Julie Boyd from Embroiderers Guild of SA who brought exquisite examples of Japanese silk embroidery with a slide show to expand on the history and process. An interesting thing is that no colour wheel (as we know it) is used. The 'Seasonal colours' are utilised with certain colours for all year use. This process is strictly adhered to as the embroideries are very much part of the traditional culture. Thanks Julie for sharing. 
Di Fisher, curator of the Embroiderers Guild Museum also introduced us to the Signature Quilt project.

Inspired after a talk about modern quilting by Cassie, member of SAMQ, Sonia member at Gawler Quilters made this quilt, brought along to Guild for show & tell in September. 

QGSA President Christine, Quiltmaker Cathy & Representing Fauna Rescue, Margy with the 2017 Raffle Quilt

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Festival of Quilts Raffle
1st prize...'Wanderings of a beachcomber" ....Sue Prothero
2nd Prize  Bernina 215 sewing machine....Ann Ewer 
Margy Maas from Fauna Rescue accepted a cheque for $3548
Thank you to everyone who supported our raffle this year

August Guild Meeting 2017 - Jeannie had a chat with pictures, giggles & warnings about clumsiness & quilting. Thanks Jeannie, so entertaining! It was great to announce both the Viewers Choice & also the raffle winners. Ann Marie introduced us to the 2018 Festival of Quilts Committee and shared (with a tear), that the friendships she has made are lifelong and invaluable to her. A great testimonial to the sometimes overlooked benefits of stepping up to be part of a team & working with a group of like minded people. Margy, from Fauna Rescue gave us a brief but very interesting insight to the work of this organisation and we are so pleased that they are the recipients of the raffle proceeds this year. Please take a look at the Fauna Rescue website.

July Guild Meeting 2017 - excitement is all around for the next few weeks as we present at the Sewing, Stitching & Hand Craft Show and Quilt Encounter at Immanuel College. (226 participants! wow) Bryan Whitehead, who arrived in Adelaide from Japan just five hours earlier, provided us with a fascinating insight into silk worms, indigo dye and green tea! Bryan will speak again on Sunday16 July at QE - Bonus! Lots to enjoy coming up - and don't forget The Art Gallery of South Australia as well.

June Guild Meeting 2017: 21 years ago 'Little Quilts of Love' was begun & managed in SA by Jean Pearce, followed 14 years later by Jan Goulter & now Wendy Heap. Wendy coordinated a wonderful night of guest speakers including Jean's daughters and representatives from the major Adelaide hospitals. Each person shared a part of the journey, explaining changes in grieving care, of support & partnership, and of the positive, ongoing impact of Little Quilts to families who have lost a child at or around the time of birth. Thank you to everyone who made time to make this evening very special.
More in Patches next month but here is the Quilt, instigated by Wendy and assembled with her helper Roz from almost 700 Tiny Tiles. Inspired by the Monarch Butterfly. Heather Ford was awarded Life Membership, a surprise as she wasn't at the AGM & none of us knew there was to be an announcement. 

AGM May 2017 - The meeting ran efficiently with 5 retiring members, thank-you ladies for your service, and 3 pre-meeting nominations to Executive, welcome to the new girls! With two vacancies, please talk to a committee member if you feel it is your time to learn about the workings of Guild & help out where you can. We welcomed Otto from Otto & Penny's Sewing Centre as a speaker and enjoyed hearing about his life in Switzerland and how he became our local Bernina dealer (1985). Little did he know, this was a ruse to get him to the meeting and bestow an Honorary Life Membership. Kay Wilson, has worked across various areas of Guild over many years, most recently with Southern Comforters and was also rightly awarded Life Membership. Congratulations to you both. (photos)
Other notes: Thanks to Cynthia's Ark; Day vacancies at Quilt Encounter; Festival Quilting Bee now open to all quilters; Arrive promptly next month for 'pre-entertainment' prior to the Little Quilts of Love meeting

Absolutely thrilled for Rachelle Denneny representing South Australia with her quilt 'Modern Movement', Best of State, QGSA Festival of Quilts 2016 and now winner of the 
Bernina National Quilt Award - Best of Australia 2016
Congratulations Rachelle.
Thanks to Bernina Australia for sponsorship of this prestigious award.
Thanks also to Expertise Events who arrange the Australasian Quilt Convention & the award presentation.

Each year, Expertise Events recognises Australian quilters with three special awards, presented at the Australasian Quilt Convention. The awards are designed to acknowledge people who have made an outstanding contribution or achievement in the area of quilting.
Congratulations to the winners for 2017
Shining Light Award : Laura Kristina Kleine Butron
Lut-Da Award : Jane Gibson and Marie Lee
Rajah Award : Lynn Hewitt

Guild Meeting April 2017 - Bronwyn Chant, from Craniofacial Australia spoke about the work that the Craniofacial teams have done for over 40 years. We were able to see amazing results in the slide show. Supporters brought lots of quilts to show and Bronwyn expressed thanks and explained the impact of quilts, bags and arm splints supplied by many local quilting groups. 

We had an unexpected guest in Cathy Miller, the Singing Quilter, who generously took to the stage and sang for us acapella. Thanks Cathy, enjoy the rest of your trip. 

have been working hard on a new type of Mystery 

Guild Meeting March 2017 - Michael Barton’s Sewing Workout – what an asset that will be to our sewing days. Mike is skilled in stress management and last night gave us all the tips on how to make the most of our sewing marathons by keeping our brains & bodies up to the task. Thanks Mike.... and Breathe

Guild Meeting February 2017 : Happy New Year everyone. We welcomed Jan-Maree Ball, OAM & CEO of Aussie Hero Quilts along with 3 happy recipients of Quilts and Laundry Bags, representing the Australian Defence Force. What an amazing organisation & sentiment carried by all the Quilters who support this worthwhile task. Please take the time to visit the blog & learn more. 

Another very special guest, Sonya Ryan, spoke to us of the love between a mother and her daughter and the Carly Ryan Foundation. We will share more in the coming months but for now, maybe you would like to read about the very valuable, but sadly necessary work of the foundation.

2016 December Guild Meeting - We were greeted with a handy gift in a bag full of opportunity. 'Jeannie in Red' was hostess to a program of games and prizes. (A few members are amazing at finding words). The Raffle prize draws were officiated & a cheque presented to Can:Do 4Kids. Megan spoke a little about the work of this deserving organisation. A few notices, some lovely 'Show & Tell' being class items finished, quilts made with love for others, a fascinating look at amazing hand made textiles from Guatemala (courtesy of Pam) and it was time for a Festive Supper. Thanks to the Committee for their organisation of the evening - at the close of a year of change & challenges it was wonderful to see 190 people enjoying each other's company. Each member is part of what makes our Guild great. Happy Christmas Everyone. 

November Guild Meeting 2016 - Great Meeting last night, Sharyn & Bob Walter shared their journey with PTSD (read more here) and dscovery of the quilt 'Out of the Darkness' by Jo Frizza (see the quilt here). Lots to start thinking about ready for 2017 - Festival of Quilts Challenge (& entries), Quilt Encounter Challenge, Dare to Differ, Little Quilts of Love, Tiny Tiles & Isollette Covers, Aussie Hero Sit & Sew - busy, busy, no need to ever be bored! Great show & Tell of 'Quilts with a Story'.

Show & Tell (oops we didn't get the makers name but she was happy to share this corner of her beautiful bright quilt)

September Guild Meeting 2016 - 180 quilters were seated to hear Heather Hopkins, Handy Quilt Educator from Adelaide Sewing Centre share her love of machined quilts. Heather's bright personality and obvious skill with the machine(s) made for an entertaining talk and display. Thanks Heather. 
We are now in the countdown to Festival of Quilts 2016 & really excited to announce that with 24 hours to go before close of entries there were 194 forms submitted. What a wonderful display of quilts we will have. The opportunity to enter a quilt for 'exhibition' over 'competition' has been a great success & there is great excitement as the quilts are arriving. Anne Marie was also excited to announce the challenge theme for 2017 "South Australia, Ocean to Outback' so we can get our thinking caps on asap.
Wendy also has given us a challenge for Little Quilts of Love. Check out the instructions and get involved, it's really easy. Quilt Encounter envelopes are now available so you won't miss the mail out in February. QE also has a challenge pack available so lots to do!   Update final entries to FOQ 235!

August Guild Meeting 2016 - 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 two (quilts don't need to be delivered until September 16 and 17) still plenty of time to finish (or even start!!) your entry.

July Guild Meeting 2016 - 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 and Colleen 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 and 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 and tell. All these quilts have been made for others and are channelled through various support organisations and carers. 

June Guild Meeting 2016 - Winter has arrived but that didn't stop 181 people coming out tonight to support new President Christine. Her inaugural speech was Royally inspired and 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 and 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 and fantastic full size quilt made from 1 inch cut strips (so showing only ½" 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 and let's have a huge show and tell in July - Charity or community quilts.

QGSA AGM 2016 - 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 and 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.

After a successful AGM we welcomed Tracey Browning to tell us about the fourth Australian Machine Quilting Festival Convention Centre Adelaide 25 to 28 August 2016.

APRIL GUILD MEETING 2016 - 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 and 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 and her team gave us an excellent show & tell run down of the class quilts offered at the shop Widebacks.

MARCH GUILD MEETING 2016 - 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)

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 and knitting way down on the list. We are sure he will be quilting for some time to come and fairly recognisable at meetings! Thanks so much Mike, we look forward to seeing you at future show and tell.