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The South African Quilters’ Guild

On Monday 16 March 2020, the president of South Africa declaring a national state of disaster for the country and the citizens due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic, many quilting groups and guilds have cancelled the meetings and functions for the months of March, April and into May. Quilters are resourceful, creative and wise and can self-isolate quite contentedly with their fabrics and quilting projects.




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 from 17-21 June 2021. The venue is Rhenish High School, Stellenbosch. The theme is Diversity. Visit the website for the latest information: http://festival2021.quiltsouthafrica.co.za/



SAQG Festival Quilt Banner

SAQG Quilt Banner

The SAQG advert about 30 years.

Celebration 30 Years of Quilting!!!

- National Quilt Day - 21st March 2020

On Monday 16 March 2020 the president of South Africa declared a national state of disaster for the country and the citizens due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic. The lockdown does not stop us from sewing...

20th Quilt Festival in South Africa - INTERCHANGE – threads connect


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

April 18th - What Covid -19 means for Quilters

The extension of the lockdown in SA for another 2 weeks to the end of April, and perhaps other restrictions in the coming months, give rise to making the most of the time so here are some useful tips for Quilters and your families.

  • Stick to a routine - most of us will be 'working from home', so set up your workspace where you are comfortable, even stick to 'office hours'. For quilters, have your sewing and quilting equipment close by so you can work steadily. Yes, you can shop in your pyjamas but make the effort to get dressed and do your hair and wear some makeup!
  • Exercise regularly - though you may not leave home, unless for essentials, try to keep physically active. You can run on the spot, dance, do push-ups and Tai Chi or Yoga and if you have a garden go outdoors. Quilters tend to sit at the sewing machine a lot... make sure the iron is at least 2 metres away from you so you get up regularly to press seams and stand tall while cutting with a rotary cutter.
  • Sleep well- a good night's rest or nap in the day can help rejuvenate you. Resting periods often help develop ideas and give rise to dreams coming true.
  • Stay healthy - Stick to washing your hands regularly with soap and water. If you are not well seek medical help. Eat well regularly, don't binge, keep hydrated and take your meds and minerals and vitamins to be vital.
  • Keep your mind fit - Now is the time to have a positive attitude and be thoughtful, meditate, pray or take time to be mindful. This is an anxious time for everyone, do your best to spread good news and goodwill rather than fake news and 'horror' stories. Try not to worry. Rather than slip into boredom or depression, be appreciative of the time and opportunity the pandemic presents. Do not overload with piles of news, reports and do not be overwhelmed by the media. Be sympathetic about the sadness at loss of life and trauma. Bless the people on the frontline who are handling the demands of the virus.
  • Do calming and creative activities - while cooking or completing a puzzle or crafting might not be calming for some, for quilters - sewing and quilting are activities that 'feed' and nurture you and those you love. Quilting has psychological benefits. It is a 'keep sane' activity in which skill, patience and your creative talents can be used and developed. Study, write, sing along or play an instrument or paint a picture, complete a UFO, embroider the virus and quilt a quilt. Give generously to those who find themselves in need and are displaced.
  • Cleanup and de-clutter - besides keeping your home 'germ free' this is an opportunity to tidy and sort your sewing room, prepare fabrics for a project, sort your threads and notions, page through your books and magazines and be inspired. It's a good idea to have a 'give away' box for projects and items you no longer need, want or will finish. The box/boxes can be gifted to outreach and or a charity organization.
  • Connect - Make the most of connecting and socializing (at a distance) via, Skype, Zoom, telephone, mobile and WhatsApp with family and friends. Teach by example - show and share your sewing with children and folks via email or internet. Watch programs on TV about wildlife, cooking, gardening and whatever takes your fancy. Surf the internet for posts on sewing and spend time pinning on Pinterest. Get to know more about the people and things in your life and the world. Go on an armchair tour through museums and art galleries for inspiration. Be transported into another time and place when you read a novel or history book.
  • Change - The world will not be the same after the pandemic and Corona Virus is 'in the past'. BC = is now Before Corona and AC = is After Corona. For now be willing to accept change, it is not always comfortable, make the most of the day and the moments. Believe that things can be better after BC and in AC. Make do with what you have, be grateful, be kind to one another, show care, support and love. If we all do our part, this time will go down in history when humanity saw a danger and stayed home with hope so we could go out later and be stronger as individuals and as a nation.
  • BE well, Stitch well and Stay Home and Be Safe

Regional Guilds




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