Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A letter from the SAQG chairperson, Elsa Brits

February 2013
Dear Ladies.

I am experiencing incredible computer related problems and cannot access any e-mails, most probably not until Monday 25 February. Please contact Trienie with any urgent SAQG matters and she will handle what she can and contact me with the others. Thank you for understanding, it feels as though my arms are cut off at the armpits!
Trienie Krugel
SAQG Representative
(016) 976-8443
083 259 3317

1. European Patchwork Meeting 2013

I am in constant communication with the organizers of this event and they are very excited to have our quilts exhibited in September. An amazing honor has befallen me in that I have been asked to serve on the three person jury which will choose the winners of the “Distortion” competition. I am really hoping for a winner from South Africa: our quilters do not have to take a back seat when it comes to creativity and technical prowess. Please inspire your guild members and make us all proud.
Repeating the requirements for the collection to go to France I quote from my previous letter:
We will need to take about 50 quilts, sizes are approximately as follows: (width x length)
4 x quilts maximum size 1.8 x 1.5m
9 x quilts  max size 1.5 x 2.5m
39 x quilts max size 1.2 – 1.3 x 1.2 – 1.3m
Length is crucial as the space we have ends above the church pews.

NB. Can you please arrange for me to have photographs of quilts that fit the sizes, have never been exhibited in Europe and are not American, English etc copies?
Each photograph must be accompanied by the following information:
Name of Maker, Original Title of the work, year of completion, with in cm, height in cm and approximate value in €
Quilters who submit photographs of their work for consideration must be prepared to pay for transportation thereof to Sasolburg and back. Transport and insurance to the Val d’Argent and back will be for the account of the organizers.
Due date for photographs: 20 March 2013. I will ask 3 SAQG accredited judges to make their choice by 2 April as a complete list of quilts that will travel has to be with the organizers by 10 April. Choice of quilts will be made via e-mail. It is therefore imperative that the photographs are in focus and of a good, printable quality (300dpi)
The quilts chosen will have to be in Sasolburg by 17 May as I have to inform the organizers of the size and weight of the container/s by 25 May.
The picture below is an example of the type of quilt we are looking for; vibrant, African and unique as far as Europe is concerned.  
I unfortunately have no idea to whom this quilt belongs
There’s colour inside by Lesley Jurgens
Floral Treasures by Alicia Prinsloo

Accommodation in the Val D’Argent: Our exhibition will be in the town of Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines. If you can accompany us I suggest you start looking for accommodation now. Marie Lotz ( is in charge of accommodation for EPM so I suggest you contact her as soon as possible.

Articles for sale: We are allowed to take items for sale along to EPM. Jeanette Botha tells me that South African fabric is very popular. So, I believe, are beaded items and other artifacts. We are in the process of looking for sponsors for a brochure which will feature all the quilts in the exhibition which we hope to sell in France.
 If your Guild would like to sponsor a page, the person to contact would be Jeanette Botha or 083 964 4335; she is in charge of the brochure.
The organizers take 10% on all items sold, so that will have to be worked into the price.
Quilts can also be sold if you so wish. Anybody wishing to sell a quilt that has been accepted to travel to France will please have to price it themselves keeping it in mind that the organizers take 20% on any quilt sold.

I am anxiously looking forward to hearing from you all.

Elsa Brits 083 287 7446

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