11th SAQG Travelling Exhibition of Quilts

2019 - 2021 - 11th SAQG Travelling Exhibition of Quilts

PLEASE NOTE: The collection of quilts selected to travel around the guilds and groups during 2019 to 2021 are being kept in ’lockdown’ and are safe and staying at the home of Mandy in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Soon after the state of emergency restrictions are lifted, the exhibition will be able to travel again. Contact Bettie van Zyl to make arrangements


Bettie van Zyl
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082 330 9088


30 Birthday Celebration quilts and the travelling quilts on hold in Kwa-Zulu Natal


The South African Quilters Guild proudly presents the 11th SAQG Travelling Quilts Exhibition. 


The 11th TE will travel through the country as well as to neighbouring countries until the next Festival in Stellenbosch - June 2021.


The Travelling Exhibition was started with the aim to raise public awareness for the Art of Quilting, and showcase work of quilters. At our National Quilt Festival every second year a selection is made of quilts entered in the competition and these quilts travel the country for two years, travelling to guilds, groups, exhibition spaces and galleries to expose quilting to the general public. We include different styles of work and people are in awe of the quality of workmanship as well as the imaginative way in which colour and design is used.


In 2019 SAQG celebrates their 30th anniversary and a collection of 30 Birthday Celebration quilts are included in the travelling exhibition. Quilters around the country could participate and made a small quilt 30 x30cm. The theme is Time to Celebrate, and only and all the colours of the SAQG logo had to be used. Any technique could be used to create the quilts. This collection is colourful, happy and festive and celebrates the 30 years of the national guild. If Guild and groups are interested in hosting an exhibition and/ or show these quilts, please contact the convenor.


The 11th SAQG Travelling Quilts Exhibition 2019-2021 started with a celebration BANG! 

At the Dias Quilters Spring Show 26-28 September in Port Elizabeth the TE quilts were on display and much admired by quilters and visitors.

Quilts were on display in Stilbaai on 9th September 2019. At a spectacular opening- organiser Nell-Marie van Eeden introduced the holiday town to the Art of Quilting. The work of seasoned quilters such as Suzette Ehlers and Sue Prins as well as the local group’s quilts, were exhibited to form a wonderful display. The 30th Birthday Celebration Quilts Collection enhanced the festive spirit of the occasion. We were entertained by a local group of musicians and feasted on a scrumptious spread of food and wine. Our good friend Louise Rheeder now lives in Stilbaai and is still quilting at age 93. The local owner of Bay Linen ran classes for the week which were well attended and teachers came from all over the country. 

The TE was on display at the 1st Namibia Kwilt Fees  8-10 October in Windhoek, and at the Kokerboom Kwiltgilde in Karasburg at their meeting at the end of October.


To book the TE at your guild or group contact SAQG Travelling Quilts Exhibition:  Bettie van Zyl 


The Route Schedule is available below (Schedule will be updated regularly) - 



APR      FREESTATE - Issie Steenberg - 0827055279         



JUL      CLARENS         



 24-27      FYNBOS   GHQG                     

17-19      OUTENIQUA, LOWVELD         

OCT        AARDKLOP  GW - Paul Schutte - 0722917077         



2021 (To be Announced)

2019 - 2021

Bettie van Zyl

082 330 9088


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Also view Gallery section for pictures of the events.