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Pro Dedicate Award


The SAQG Pro Dedicate Award is presented every second year
to a South African quilter in honour of their outstanding service
to quilting in South Africa.

Presented in 2011 to

Hettie Schwellnus


Renowned and Popular Quiltmaking Teacher

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Ambassador for Promoting SA Quiltmaking regionally, nationally and internationally

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Dedicated Service as a SAQG Committee Member

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Author of a Quilt book

Hettie Schwellnus

We pay tribute to Hettie Schwellnus for her leadership, initiative, vision and enthusiasm with which she has served the South African quilting community since 1980.



Hettie Schwellnus


Hettie started teaching patchwork and quilting in 1980 in many towns in South Africa and also on the South Island, New Zealand, where she founded a quilting group.

She exhibited two quilts at the World Quilt Show in Sao Paulo, 1982.

Hettie and her husband published their book “Las met Lap – Stap vir stap” in 1982, then only the second book on patchwork and quilting published in Afrikaans.

She was a founder member of the SAQG in 1989 and represented the then Western Transvaal on the committee.

Hettie was a founder member and first Chairperson of the Golden West Quilters’ Guild. This Guild bestowed Honorary Membership on her.

Hettie was able to attend the 2011 Festival where she received the SAQG Pro Dedicate Award. She passed away in the following year.



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