2023 COUNTRY FORUM
Saturday, 28th October 2023. 9am to 4pm
Church of the Trinity, 318 Goodwood Road, CLARENCE PARK
A beautiful quilt to be raffled on the day. Country Groups Show and Tell and Lucky Door Prizes.
Country Forum is a bi-annual get together, in Adelaide, of delegates from our rural member groups hosted by SA Quilters. It is a day of fun, friendship, information, shops, show and tell, lucky draws and more. The day has a theme with guest speakers to complement the theme. The alternate year an SA Quilters affiliated country group hosts a similar day called Rural Roundup.
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2021 COUNTRY FORUM
2021 COUNTRY FORUM REPORT
Saturday, 30th September 2022
Theme: Unmasking the Future
A huge thank you to Jane and Cindy for organising and hosting an informative and interesting Country Forum on behalf of SA Quilters. Guest speakers, demonstrations and SA Quilters member shops were there to entertain, inform and cater to everyone. It was a wonderful opportunity to do some retail therapy and catch up with friends.
And thanks to our member shops: Brenda and Tracey from Widebacks and Christina from Melann’s.
Below are a few photos taken on the day.
Helpers left to right: Cindy and Jane; Michael and Christine; Peg and Gaylene. And our congratulations to Rhonda, the winner of the Country Forum raffle.
Demonstrators left to right: Jill, Candy, Chris, Margaret
And thanks to our member shops: Brenda and Tracey from Widebacks and Christina from Melann’s
And we asked Sonia Holton from Gawler Quilting Circle to give us her impressions of the 2021 Country Forum event. Here is what she had to say:
After what had been a pretty ordinary week it was great to be able to attend the Quilters Guild of SA Country Forum that was held at the Adelaide West Uniting Church celebrating the theme “Unmasking the future”
From the moment I arrived at 9am along with at least 16 other members of our group I was welcomed with smiling faces and some friendly banter. All attendees received a durable cotton duck calico coloured bag brandishing the Guild Logo with goodies and the days program along with a beautifully made quilted pouch/ bag.
After collecting our goodie bag and name badge we were thirsty for a hot cuppa and were not disappointed with the beautiful morning tea that was presented in cute little boxes – so many choices in this little box it was hard to know what to eat first – compliments to the kitchen staff for this fab morning tea! Naturally after morning tea there was a bit of time to check out the shops in attendance; Widebacks with Brenda, Tracey and Rachelle and Melanns Sewing Centre with the enthusiastic Christina – whom I believe is the future of sewing in SA. It is such a delight to see such a young person so passionate about sewing!
Retail therapy is always so good for the soul and the mind, if only I could sew and create as quickly as I can shop. Oh well, I am always happy to sit and look at my purchases for a while before using them.
At 10am we were asked to take our seats ready for the first part of the presentations, we were welcomed by Cindy and Jane who were the organisers of this event. The Forum was then officially opened by Guild President Heather Ford followed by a roving microphone and introductions from the various groups in attendance. The excitement continued with the first of the lucky draws. Several members of our group were lucky to receive a prize in this draw, little did we know that all attendees were going to be collecting a lucky prize sometime throughout the day. Following this excitement, the IT talk began. This was a great introduction to many about the use of social media platforms and other technologies that bring us together despite the physical distance between us during Covid times. The guest speaker for the day was Suzanne Gummow, I particularly loved the YouTube video that Suzanne shared of the Dolce and Gabbana Runway Fashion Show that was full of patchwork inspired clothing.
Show and tell was a plethora of beautiful quilts, some large, some small but all beautiful, there are some extremely talented people with whom we share our passion. This is often great inspiration for a new project or the encouragement to complete a project that you may have started but lost your way to finish. It was time to eat again, lunch was an assortment of sandwiches and wraps which were delicious, along with bottomless tea or coffee. During this break there were demonstrations from various guild members, more shopping opportunities along with the chance to chat with people you know or would like to know.
The second part of the day was a chance to ask questions and get answers, more show and tell and another round of lucky draws. Every player won a prize! My heartfelt thanks to this amazing group of people who managed to host Country Forum. I know that it takes many hours and a great deal of team work to make it happen.
Of course, I could not finish this piece without mentioning the perfect end to the afternoon, scones with jam and cream and another cuppa! Just the sustenance needed to make the journey home. Thank you once again…
Sonia Holton – Attendee (Gawler Quilting Circle)