The South African Quilters' Guild
The South African Quilters` Guild was founded in 1989 at the 3rd National Quilt Festival held in Bloemfontein and has been the co-ordinating body of quilting in South Africa since then. The SAQG is a non-profit association with 11 represented Guilds.
MISSION STATEMENT: To foster an environment where South Africans can reach their full potential in quilt making, nationally and internationally.
DUTIES: The SAQG is responsible for:
- Establishing Rules for National Quilt Festivals;
- Training of Quilt Judges to officiate at National Quilt Festivals;
- Marketing of quilting in South Africa and abroad;
- Documenting of Heritage Quilts and
- Involvement in Outreach Work in previously disadvantaged communities.
NATIONAL FESTIVALS: The first National Quilt Festival was held in Cape Town in 1988. The National Festivals are now held biennially on a rotational basis by five of the bigger Guilds - Dias, Golden Rand, Good Hope, Oranje and Natal.