The South African Quilters Guild

Royal Doulton, Delft or Wedgewood by Marline Turner.  Winner: First Prize in the Bed Quilts Appliqued Masters section and the Best Hand Workmanship Award in the Siyadala - We Create 2017 SA National Quilt Festival.

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 a non-profit association with 11 represented Guilds.

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: 

  • Establishing Rules for National Quilt Festivals;
  • Training of Quilt Judges to officiate at National Quilt Festivals;
  • Running Quilt Teacher Accreditation courses;
  • Marketing of quilting in South Africa and abroad;
  • Documenting of Heritage Quilts and
  • Involvement in Outreach Work in previously disadvantaged communities. 

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


Jenny Hermans