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The South African Quilters’ Guild

Due to Covid-19 pandemic the SA National Quilt Festival has been postponed until 2022




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 the National Guild of South Africa, is a non-profit association with 11 Regional Guilds represented and other quilting groups that are affiliated to the SAQG.


MISSION STATEMENT: To foster an environment in South Africa where all people interested can reach their full potential in quilt making, nationally and internationally.


DUTIES: The SAQG is responsible for: 

  1. Establishing Rules for National Quilt Festivals;
  2. Training Quilt Judges to officiate at National Quilt Festivals;
  3. Running Quilt Teacher Accreditation courses;
  4. Promoting quilting in South Africa, the African continent and abroad;
  5. Documenting of Heritage Quilts and SA Quilting History;
  6. Involvement in Community and Outreach Projects, to lend support and encourage empowerment by sharing quilt-making skills.

About the SAQG logo

The SAQG logo represents the link between the quilting guilds. See the ‘link’ in blue and yellow on a white background, with the triangle shapes above and below, in the colours to the South African flag. The SAQG representative in each region acts as a link to the main National Guild.


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 four of the bigger Guilds - Dias, Golden Rand, Good Hope and Natal.


The next SA National Quilt Festival will be hosted by Good Hope Quilters’ Guild. 

The 21st Quilt Festival in South Africa, to be held in Stellenbosch in 2022. The theme is Diversity.



South African National QUILT FESTIVAL

CORONA causes Challenges and Cancelations - But we have a Plan!

The Covic-19 pandemic and lockdown has brought new challenges and ways of planning how to navigate the future. The uncertainty about the recovery of the economy, and when schools will resume, what the term dates are and if and when it is safe to be in buildings and whether we need to physically have personal space and or socially learn to keep our distance.

Changes in the way humans behave, socialize and will have to operate are on everybody’s minds.

This concern is certainly on the minds of the SAQG and hosting guilds of the National Quilt Festivals, who together have taken the wisest and carefully considered decision to change the year of the next National Quilt Festival from 2021 to 2022.

The South African Quilters’ Guild endorses the decision and supports the hosting guilds of the future festivals.

By delaying the festival, for safety’s sake, we are gaining more time to plan and work on quilt entries and have a successful Festival in 2022.

Visit the website for the latest information: http://festival.quiltsouthafrica.co.za/



SAQG Festival Quilt Banner

SAQG Quilt Banner

The SAQG advert about 30 years.

Celebration 30 Years of Quilting!!!

21th Quilt Festival in South Africa - 2022 Diversity

The 21st Quilt Festival in South Africa, to be held in Stellenbosch in 2022. The theme is Diversity.

Country Groups

Dias Quilters’ Guild

East Coast Quilters’ Guild

Golden Rand Quilters’ Guild

Golden West Quilters’ Guild

Good Hope Quilters’ Guild

Jacaranda Quilters’ Guild

Kwa-Zulu Natal Quilters’ Guild

Lowveld Quilters’ Guild

Oranje Quilters’ Guild

Outeniqua Quilters’ Guild

Colour Express by Annette Marx

Vaal TriangleQuilters’ Guild

A river runs through it by Trienie Krugel

Quilters are resilient. For most quilters our sewing and quilting is a comfort, an escape and a creative outlet, especially during challenging times. In SA, Covid 19 Lockdown is a great strain; we are experiencing the 3rd wave of the pandemic that has impacted on all people and places and in our world. We've experienced many changes, and need courage to be aware and mindful of what we do and how we conduct ourselves.

Mindful stitching and slow stitching encourages calmness, helps work through anxiety and sadness. The repetitive action of stitching can bring you to a meditative state where you are present and conscious of slowing down the pace and breathing through the times we live in.

Sew your story - be it trials and tribulations or of gratitude, appreciation and joy, love and peace.

Take time to be still, be safe and be well.

Regional Guilds




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