Quilt Encounter

Events and Activities


Quilt Encounter 2023
10th to 15th of September 2023
Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg

Quilt Encounter Committee

Kerryn Brand (Convenor) Joyce Chapman
Ros Holmes Sonia Holton
Cindy Massey Bev McBride
Jane Polden Margaret Sampson
Julie Sutton

The 30 annual Quilt Encounter was held at the Stamford Grand Hotel in Glenelg from the 18th to the 24th September. This special anniversary year included an extra day of classes and saw record numbers for our annual retreat here in Adelaide. We had 225 people in total – including participants, tutors and committee. Finally, after the difficult restrictions of Covid in the past couple of years, we were able to welcome back our regulars from all around the country. Approximately 40% of our participants were from interstate and our total numbers included 39 “first-timers” to this nationally renowned quilting retreat.

Our tutors play such an important role for successful Quilt Encounters and our line up this year was fabulous – with all interstate borders open, we were able to present the program as listed in our brochure.

We were delighted to welcome Jen Kingwell (Vic), Deborah Louie (NSW) and Michelle Marvig (NSW) - after 2 years of cancellations for them, along with Gloria Loughman (Vic), Jane McDonald (NSW) and Kathryn Trippett (NSW). Our South Australian tutors were Gina Burgess, Jill Christian, Rachelle Denneny, Julie Haddrick, Pam Holland, Heather Hopkins, Faye Packham, Anna Rackham and Lessa Siegele. Their workshops were all very successful, with extra numbers and some crowded classrooms, we are very grateful for their commitment to the participants to achieve such great results.

There were two Lessa Siegele Scholarship winners again this year, who both thoroughly enjoyed their QE experience. We had Michael Barton from Adelaide and Lesley Bray from Clare – both contribute enormously in their own communities and to our fellow quilters as well. The companionship of like-minded sewers and their stay at the Stamford Grand Hotel for some “me” time was a well-deserved reward and very much appreciated – their smiles said it all!

The shops that joined us for our 30th Anniversary year both provided beautiful displays with plenty of choice for participants to purchase for their classes or to add to their “stash”! Huge thanks to Penny from Pennylane Quilts (Victor Harbor) and Lyn from Riverlea Cottage Quilts (Hyde Park) – your sponsorship and support is an integral part QE and was greatly appreciated by everyone attending.

Christina from Melann’s has taken on the large task of providing the Bernina hire machines for the interstate participants who are unable to bring their own. We welcome Christina to our Quilt Encounter event team and to the Bernina family.

Otto from Otto & Pennys Sewing Centre also supported our event again (despite the retirement plan!) supplying a Bernina loan machine for Deborah Louie to use for demonstrating in her classroom. Thanks so much Otto.

Bernina Australia also provided additional support this year to recognize our special anniversary year. We were able to include the Bernina Logo on the beautiful “goody bags” that we have made each year, along with their regular contribution which helps with our interstate tutors’ airfare costs. Sincere thanks to Bernina Australia – they have been loyal sponsors of Quilt Encounter for the entire 30 years!

There are so many generous sponsors - they were all identified and thanked too for their continued support as many delighted ladies were the recipients of these prizes. Quilt Encounter is known and appreciated by us all for the amazing sponsorship and support provided each year.

This year our charity fundraising was directed to the Breast Care Support Group on Eyre Peninsula. With nearly $3,000 raised to purchase some additional equipment to share across this large area of our state – we know that will be very much appreciated. We gave participants the opportunity of participating in a challenge to acknowledge our Anniversary - pay a $5.00 entry fee and to decorate a bra, to support our worthy cause. The entries were varied and amazing – certainly getting lots of attention from our participants and the Hotel staff alike!

Kimberley, our Conference Organiser, at the Stamford Grand, provided great support as we worked through the planning and changes with additional numbers and special celebrations that were arranged this year. Huge thanks to Kimberley and all the amazing staff at the Stamford Grand Hotel – they do an enormous amount to ensure that Quilt Encounter runs smoothly – all very professional and attentive to our needs.

Next year Quilt Encounter will return to a 5-day event with Opening Night on Sunday and 5 days of workshops – participant numbers will also be back to normal in order that we do not over-crowd the classrooms. It shall also remain as a “live-in” event next year too – having day participants creates considerable additional work for this volunteer committee. It is a very special time for the comradery and fun that we all share and enjoy – learning some new techniques from great tutors and enjoying the Stamford Grand Hotel and the Jetty Road experience, all on the beachfront! 😊

Download the QE Committee full 2022 report here.

Please enjoy this slideshow of photos from Quilt Encounter 2022 - QE2022

The Quilt Encounter Committee.

QE Report and Photo Slideshow 2021

QE Photos 2020

QE Photos 2018

QE Photos 2017

QE Photos 2016