Quilters' Guild of South Australia Inc


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Once again, hello everyone!

As I indicated last month, the Burnside Council is now allowing meetings to reconvene. We surveyed our members and, hearteningly, the response was very positive.  The issue was tabled at our Executive Committee meeting two weeks ago and the following factors were identified:

  • There is a strong indication that many would like to begin to gather again.
  • A significant number, however, have expressed concerns about the health risks to quilters given the general profile of our cohort.
  • Kitchen facilities will not be available.
  • The library won’t be open.
  • We can’t host a shop because we can’t guarantee social distancing in the space available.
  • Tables and chairs need to be cleaned both before and after the meeting.

Consequently, the Executive Committee made the decision not to schedule any Guild meetings for the remainder of 2020. We have however, penciled in a booking for the first Thursday in December just in case there is a change in State circumstances and/or government regulations.

Suggestions have been made that we explore options such as Zoom to host online Guild meetings, but we have made the decision not to pursue this strategy in the foreseeable future. We have a strong online presence already and will continue to do so.

In the meantime, we encourage our smaller quilting groups to reconvene, ensuring that current government regulations are met. It is clear that there is a wish within our quilting community to once again share quilting experiences.

The Guild recently hosted a very successful workshop with Pam Holland, and we have more scheduled for the future. Ensuring COVID Safe environments is much more feasible in small group settings.

I was recently invited to participate in a series of three webinars featuring quilt tutors promoting their online classes for quilt guild members around the world. Shortly we will publish this list of links so that interested members can explore options for pursuing online learning in a range of quilt and textile art related topics.

In our September edition of I-Patch, Kerryn Brand will bring us all up to date with the Quilt Encounter Committee’s plans for Quilt Encounter in October. Kerryn expects that there will be class vacancies which will be advertised on both our website and Facebook page. Kerryn and her team have worked tirelessly to make this event possible and I’d like to encourage as many South Australians as possible to make the most of this opportunity to learn and share.

I’d like too to take this opportunity to remind members and affiliated group coordinators/secretaries/treasurers that discounted membership will expire at the end of this month. A heartfelt thank you to those of you have already renewed and eased the workload of our membership secretary and banker.

Wishing you all a happy quilting month!
10th August 2020

Click on the links below to download the President's reports
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 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

The Guild meeting schedule is continuing to be monitored by the Executive Committee who are taking advice in relation to COVID-19 restrictions.  Meetings will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

Website update 15/9/2020 - Workshops - 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

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

All photos : Photo Gallery