Oranje Guild was officially founded in 1989 at the 3rd National Quilt Festival which was held in Bloemfontein. Prior to that, the Bloemfontein Gilde existed which also organized the National Festival of 1989. The SAQG was founded at this festival. The name Orange originates from the Province as it was then known as the Orange Free State and the vision was that the Guild would grow to include members throughout the Province, a dream which is slowly being realised.
Current membership is 161 members and membership fees R180.00 per annum. Visitors welcome at R30pp. Meetings are held quarterly with quarterly newsletters sent to members.
Visit the Oranje Quilters's Guild blog: http://oranjequilters.blogspot.com
Chairperson, SAQG Rep and Bloem Show rep is Iessie Steenberg, 082 7055 279, email@example.com
Vice-Chairperson is Marianne le Roux
Travelling Exhibition: Alta Stemmet 082 576 7223 firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter editor: Frances van der Walt 078 803 4019
Meetings are held in the N.G. Kerksaal, Altona Crescent, Fichardpark: Times are all 9am for 9.30
Dates for 2016:
13 Feb –Graffiti Blocks – hosts are Uile, Zastron and Rotary Cutters
12 March – Nasionale Kwiltdag- Kwilt-rondomtalie
April – Traveling Exhibition at Olievenhuis
13 May – Guest speaker – hosts are Tolbosse and Langenhovenparkies
12 Aug – hosts are Ster Kwilters
10 Sept – Lente Kwiltdag/ Spring Quilting day
5 Nov – Kers-afsluiting – hosts are Rafels and Kwetter Kwilters
Iessie Steenberg was invited by Vickey Heunis to help with the preservation of the antique ‘kappies’ (bonnets), part of our SA National Heritage, which are in the care of the Women’s Memorial (Vroue Monument) in Bloemfontein.
The way in which these fragile ‘kappies’ are kept at present is not ideal and thus a group of quilters from the Oranje Quilters’ Guild, under the expert leadership of Iessie, came together on 9 December 2014 to sew 120 pillow cases in which to place the kappies before they are stored in steel cabinets at the Museum.
The kappies have a special meaning to South African quilters in that they represent a highlight in our quilting and folk art history. Furthermore, they were rescued from the concentration camps where Afrikaner women and children were kept during the Anglo- Boer War (1899 – 1902.
Little Quilts of Love
The Oranje Quilters made "Little Quilts of Love" to donate to the parents of stillborn babies with the hope that this caring gift will provide some solace to their grief. In photograph 12, the quilts are handed to the staff of the Life Rosepark Hospital
See a selection of photographs in the "Gallery"