Moira Ryder

Moira Ryder

I grew up on a farm in the Bergville district of KZN. I went to school and then on to Teachers Training College in Pietermaritzburg.

I think I inherited my love for fabric and thread from my mother who was an accomplished needlewoman. Early on I enjoyed counted thread embroidery. I started patchwork/quilting after doing a sampler quilt class in the late 70’s early 80’s and was hooked. I wanted to make every style of quilt possible.

I am a founder member of the Midlands Quilters Guild which was formed in 1982 and am now an honorary life member of this guild. I have been chairlady many many times during which I have endeavoured to inspire and encourage members to try out different ideas and techniques. I  have also been a member of Grassroots Quilters Guild and on moving to live in Howick a member of the Meander Guild. I am a member of KZN Quilters Guild and was honoured with a profile feature in their August 2014 newsletter.

I have been lucky enough to win awards in various competitions. 

SA National Quilt Festivals

1996 – Seasons Festival – second and Judges choice

2006 – Sands of Time – first and highly commended

2011 – Alive with Colour – second and highly commended

I have had several quilts juried into the World Quilt Competition and in 2005 was awarded a second prize in the “best of country” category.

At regional level (KZN) competitions I have received three first prizes and a third.

I was also honoured by an invitation from the organisers of the 2015 Creative Energy Festival to have a satellite exhibit of my work inspired by African Textiles.

Some of my quilts have appeared in publications.

am more a traditional quilter and love antique quilts which have been an inspiration for a lot of my work – in particular strap quilts. I love quilts from the 1930’s and have made several of these. I love using reproduction fabrics when available and I love hand quilting.


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