The 31st annual Quilt Encounter is all set for another great week at the Stamford Grand Hotel in Glenelg – from the 10th to the 15th September, concluding with the SA Quilters Trunk Show event on Friday evening the 16th September.

Brochures for those who had pre-paid and registered were all mailed out on the 3rd and 4th May – many have already arrived in letter boxes around the country.

Another year with a fabulous line up of 11 tutors – 4 of whom are attending Quilt Encounter for the first time!

This year we have: Irene Blanck (VIC), Jill Christian (SA), Judy Coates-Perez (USA), Rachaeldaisy (VIC), Rachelle Denneny (SA), Jacky Eyre (SA), Jemima Flendt (WA), Pam Holland (SA), Christina Kazis (SA), Deborah Louie (NSW) and Mandy Murray (QLD). They are teaching a mixture of Contempory, Traditional, Textile Art, machine and hand stitched designs for beginners through to advanced quilters – something for everyone!

Quilt Encounter is a “live-in” retreat and the Stamford Grand have a discounted accommodation deal for our delegates – full information is included in our 2023 Brochure.

Hire Bernina Sewing machines are available for our interstate participants, with daily and weekly rates.

We are fortunate to have Bernina as a major sponsor, who continue to support this event, along with Melann’s here in Adelaide. Our two on site shops for Quilt Encounter this year are Jack N Jayde (from Rostrevor) and Strath Sewing and Quilting (from Strathalbyn) – their sponsorship also is invaluable for the success of our event.

The SA Quilters are holding a Trunk Show with Jemima Flendt on the Friday evening at the Grand Hotel to conclude the week’s activities. Contact: events.saquilters@gmail.com for tickets or further info.

If you would like any further info or to order a Quilt Encounter brochure to be mailed out (cost is $10.00) – please contact by email either:

Kerryn – Kerryn Brand or Margaret – Margaret Sampson

Quilt Encounter Committee

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


Thank you to our valued 2023 sponsors.
Click here to download a full list of Quilt Encounter Sponsors.





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 full 2022 Quilt Encounter Report here.

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

Download the full 2021 Quilt Encounter Report here.

Please enjoy this slideshow of photos from Quilt Encounter 2021 – QE 2021


Download the full 2020 Quilt Encounter Report here.


Lessa Siegele Scholarship for Quilt Encounter

In 2012 the Quilt Encounter Committee established the Lessa Siegele Scholarship. The recipient of the scholarship will receive a 3-day package to Quilt Encounter (including 3 nights’ accommodation), plus $100 spending money to assist with the purchase of their chosen class requirements.

The Lessa Siegele Scholarship is named to honour and acknowledge the significant contribution Lessa made in establishing and convening this now iconic event, for 20 years from 1992 to 2012. Lessa continues to contribute to the success of Quilt Encounter, supporting the current committee with her vast knowledge and experience.

The recipient of this award will be a quilter, who due to special circumstances would not otherwise be able to participate in this event. It may be someone who has given significant volunteer time to their community, is a carer for an elderly relative or someone with a disability, perhaps a person who has experienced tough medical issues. Many of us may know someone who would be deserving of this award. The nominee and/or the recipient of this Scholarship may choose to remain anonymous; this decision will be honoured by SA Quilters. The inaugural scholarship was presented in 2013 and continues to recognise quilters who fit this criteria.

Nominations can be made by a third party or by the applicant. The recipient will be included in the mailing list to receive the Quilt Encounter brochure. Nominations to be received by 31st March each year.

With the support of SA Quilters Leadership Team, we are pleased to be able to continue with this Scholarship as a tribute to Lessa and provide the means for a fellow quilter to join us at this nationally recognised event.

It is not a requirement that either the nominator or the recipient be a member of SA Quilters.

Download the Lessa Siegele Scholarship information here.

Download the Lessa Siegele Scholarship Nomination Form here, complete and forward to Kerryn Brand by email at Quilt Encounter Convenor

Kerryn Brand

Quilt Encounter Convenor