Guild Meetings

Events and Activities


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.

At each meeting there is a different quilt shop 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".

There is usually a guest speaker at each meeting, and after the meeting you are invited to stay for a cuppa and a chat but don't forget to bring your own mug!!

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

PAST MEETINGS:

October Guild Meeting - 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 & get well soon. Our thoughts are also with meeting organiser Lesley who took a tumble & 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 - 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 & 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 - 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 & 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 & 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 - excitement is all around for the next few weeks as we present Festival of Quilts 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 5 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: 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & Marie Lee
Rajah Award : Lynn Hewitt

Guild Meeting April - 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 & Bronwyn expressed thanks & explained the impact of quilts, bags & 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 & sang for us acapella. Thanks Cathy, enjoy the rest of your trip. 

Claytons Committee have been working hard on a new type of Mystery 

Guild Meeting March - Michael Barton’s Sewing Workout – what an asset that will be to our sewing days. Mike is skilled in stress management & 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.... & 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 & 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 & her daughter & 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 & 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) & 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 - Great Meeting last night, Sharyn & Bob Walter shared their journey with PTSD (read more here) & 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 I didn't get the makers name but she was happy to share this corner of her beautiful bright quilt)
September Guild Meeting - 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 & obvious skill with the machine(s) made for an entertaining talk & 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 & 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 - 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 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 & 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. 

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.

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.

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

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)

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.