Africa Inspired!

The 4th Brother South Africa Quilting Contest in 2021

We have our 2021 Quilt Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Contest this year; to all our judges who had the arduous task of adjudicating the winners from 18 exceptional quilts; and to all the fans who cast their votes in the Fan’s Choice. We appreciate your participation and look forward to even more fantastic quilts in the 2023 Brother SA Quilt Contest!

Prize Winners 2021

The African Queen

Diana Vandeyar, Cape Town

There is nothing more treasured and symbolic of southern Africa as the mighty protea. In the language of flowers, the protea symbolises diversity and courage.
I wanted to create a contemporary, bold and graphic representation of this iconic South African emblem. I dedicate it to all present-day queens, strong, beautiful, and resilient in their everyday lives… the creators, nurturers, and warriors of the modern world.

Non-identical Twins

Brenda Williams, Johannesburg

My husband and I love travelling. Several years ago, we spent two weeks in Madagascar. Amidst the extreme poverty and devastation of the environment, there was so much colour in the scenery, the creatures, the birds and the people who had huge smiles for everyone. There was beauty everywhere. I was particularly inspired by the variety and the colour of the chameleons species that we encountered. This was my inspiration for this quilt.

Beneath an African Sky

Frances Manson, Johannesburg

Wide open spaces , the occasional acacia tree and one of our most beloved and endanger animal….that is what Africa means to me. It is sad to think that our rhinos are poached for their horns just because of a myth. I have used various techniques gained if classes taken by our wonderful South African teachers. The picture is purely from my experiences from travelling throughout the continental of Africa.

Empty Railway Stations

Emmerentia Janse v Vuuren, Petrusville

My concept is empty railway stations and I was inspired by a photo I took between Carnarvon and Williston during a recent holiday.

Outstanding Performances 2021

Into the Hills

Angela Fraser, Johannesburg

There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills” are the opening words of Alan Paton’s “Cry the beloved country” and the inspiration for my quilt. I have been fortunate enough to spend a few wonderful holidays in the Drakensburg region and find the peace, tranquility and beauty of the area so inspiring that I created my own version of a road leading into the foot hills. I challenged myself to thread paint some of the elements and details in the quilt.

Diversity makes us one

Elaine Barnard, Newcastle

It is the combination of our differences in Africa that shape our view of the world, our perspective and our approach. Diversity is also about recognising, respecting and valuing differences based on ethnicity, gender, age, race, religion, disability and sexual orientation. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognising our individual differences that makes us one African nation. Diversity enhances creativity and binds us, as Africans, together.

African Boxes

Marié Du Toit, Melkbosstrand

A woodworking pattern was the inspiration to create this three dimensional design. How to interpret this in Shwe- Shwe fabric was a good puzzle. The sewing techniques also present a challenge with mirror image blocks.

Quilt Entries 2021

Fighting for Survival

Anne Klopper, Weltevreden Park

My quilt was inspired by a photo of a baby Rhino in Pilanesberg Game Park in North West Province. Rhinos have been hunted for hundreds of years. There is even San rock art depicting rhinos. There are only 2 female Northern Rhinos left as they have been hunted into extinction. Will this young White Rhino live to adulthood?

Kgalagadi Landscape

Anne Klopper, Weltevreden Park

This art quilt is my interpretation of a Gemsbok and a Camel Thorn tree in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The Kgalagadi is on my bucket list to visit. The Oryx was inspired by a photo I took of a Gemsbok. The landscape was inspired by Joe’s Camera videos on YouTube.
Gemsbok or Oryx are plentiful in the Kalahari as they don’t need much water. The most common trees in the Kgaladi are the Camel Thorn and the Shepherd’s Bush.

Night Sky

Mariss Stevens, Huntley Street

Inspired by the spectacular African night sky in the Karoo, this quilt represents that display of stars. Shweshwe motifs are machine appliquéd onto the reverse side of a Shwe Shwe whole cloth and embellished with machine stitching and hand embroidery.

African Idiom

Jenny Hearn, Norwood

I am fascinated by the history, wealth and creativity of vernacular craft art as well as the archeology of South Africa. I have included my Eurocentric version of diverse tribal carved – the Ibo imagery of gods, Zulu earplugs wooden platters and bowls, telephone wire bowls, patterning on Kubu cloth, the depiction of animals and the indigenous ceramics. Arranged throughout is my version of the earliest decorated artifact found in a cave in the Cape.


Santa Ward, Zeerust

To watch the guinea fowls eating at sunset always makes you calm and full of peace while experiencing Africa at its best. I would like to give this kind of peace to everyone looking at this quilt.

The Guinea Fowl

Retha de Wet, Limpopo

Growing up on a farm in Limpopo I have very fond memories of the guinea fowl calls that sounded up early morning and late afternoon to let everyone know when the sun is rising and the day is ending. I was so inspired that I decided that I will make this quilt the first of many in my quilting journey.

Shaka Zulu

Erentia Du Toit, Kingsburgh

Shaka Zulu inspired me for the theme of Africa inspired. I decided to do his shield and spear on the wild big five animals and some bead work that make Africa such a big tourism attraction. I worked with cotton and a springbok skin. Shaka Zulu only had a shield and spear and was a big name in his time.

Empty Railway Stations

Emmerentia Janse v Vuuren, Petrusville

My concept is empty railway stations and I was inspired by a photo I took between Carnarvon and Williston during a recent holiday.

The Joy of the Dance

Julie Bolze, Queenstown

Our family have spent many holidays at Morgan Bay in the Eastern Cape. Crossing the ‘pont’ at Kei Mouth and exploring the Transkei has always been a highlight. The area is steeped in wonderful traditions, music, dance and history of the local Xhosa people. This quilt depicts two Xhosa women in their traditional outfits dancing at the river, with the rolling hills which are so prominent in the area, in the background.

A Strong Mother

Andrea Smith, Port Elizabeth

Inspiration for this piece is derived mainly from all mothers of humanity, the animal kingdom and their connection and relationship to the universe and mother nature. Mother Nature is the epitome of giving. She gives abundantly, overflowing with care, love, and nurture.

The unity that a motherly figure brings, is interpreted through the triangular shapes used throughout the whole piece. Triangles symbolize strength. It is known to be the shape of mind, body, and spirit, representing balance and true wisdom as well as a strong foundation and stability – the definition of a mother.

Radiant Africa

Thelma Labuschagne, Limpopo

When I think of AFRICA, I see radiant colors and all the splendor that is so well known of her landscapes. Sunflowers, Protea’s, wildlife, the African sun, Guinea fowls and her beautiful Baobab trees. So much more to name, but so small canvas to work on. So I painted what I envision in my spirit and quilt it. This is my first quilt ever and I made it on an old Elna Contessa 310, freehand without a foot.

No Christmas like an African Christmas

Ronel Botha, Boksburg

I have loved sewing all my life. I taught myself as far as I could, but never had real guidance. I bought my first sewing machine at a pawn shop many years ago and has been saving ever since… until I could gift myself a Brother. With the guidance of my dealer and mentor – Hester from DecoDesigns – I bought my first Brother!!! I then attended her sewing workshops and took an interest in quilting. I absolutely love it. I decided to enrol my very first quilt, made with my very first Brother, into the Brother Quilting contest. An early Christmas gift from me to me, to celebrate Christmas.
I incorporated the traditional Christmas colours with traditional shwe-shwe materials and colours – There is no Christmas like an African Christmas.

Great prizes to be won

Our South African judging panel will select winning quilts from the entries submitted. The winners will receive the following prizes:


  • 1st Prize of a Brother F420 Sewing Machine
  • 2nd Prize of R3,000
  • 3rd Prize of R2,000
  • Fan’s Choice Prize of R1,000

All quilt entries will be presented on the web site for a Fan Vote. The winning Fan’s Choice quilt will be awarded R1,000.

2021 Quilt Contest Judges

Doreen-Crause Brother Quilting Contest 2020

Doreen Crause

Accredited Quilt Judge

Doreen started quilting in 1998 when she joined the Outeniqua Quilter’s Guild, but has been sewing since primary school.

She visited the International Quilt Show in Houston during October 2009 and attended lectures and workshops by well known quilters Libby Lehman and Hollis Chatelain. During September 2013 Doreen was part of a group of quilters who took South African Quilts to France to exhibit at the 19th European Patchwork Meeting, where they received many compliments on their use of colour and good workmanship.

Doreen qualified as an accredited National Quilt Judge in 2011. Since then she has judged regional shows at Riversdal, Outeniqua and the Diaz Spring show in 2015. She have scribed at the NQF Stellenbosch in 2011 and has also juried and scribed at the NQF Bloemfontein 2013 as well as NQF Johannesburg 2019. Doreen has also judged at the NQF Port Elizabeth in 2017.

Doreen is currently a member of both Jacaranda and Outeniqua Quilter’s Guilds.

Claire Wallace Quilt Judge

Claire Wallace

Award-winning Quilter

Claire grew up in England surrounded by family that enjoyed all kinds of crafts.  Her Mum and Grandmothers had tried their hands at virtually every craft you can name and as a child she enjoyed learning from them. Quilting was not something she had tried, although her Mum always had a Welsh Quilt on her bed made by her grandmother.  Claire’s husband’s Grandmother and Aunt introduced her to quilting in 2005 and the rest is history.

Claire says “It didn’t take me long to realise that I loved piecing quilts, but my real interest lay in quilting and how simple quilt tops were utterly transformed by the quilting stitches.

Claire bought her first longarm quilting machine in October 2009 and has quilted for customers ever since.  “I have been fortunate to be able to travel to America to learn from their expert Longarm quilters on three occasions and my studio has expanded to accommodate a second, computerised machine” she says.

Alet Davy Quilt Judge

Alet Davy

Qualified South African Quilters Guild Judge

Alet studied at Pretoria University where she obtained her BSc. Honours degree, specialising in clothing and interior design. She has been a keen quilter for more than 20 years and has good knowledge of the different quilting genres. She has won numerous prizes in SA national festivals and local competitions, and has thus achieved Master Quilter status. In 2011, she qualified as a judge with the South African Quilters Guild. Since then she juried and judged quilt competitions locally and in Zimbabwe including at the SA National Quilt Festival in Port Elizabeth in 2017.

Tilly de Harde Quilt Judge 2021

Tilly de Harde

Winner of the Brother International Worldwide Quilt Contest in 2019

With over 25 years of experience in traditional techniques such as patchwork and embroidery, Tilly’s creative practice is driven by an interest in materials and techniques. The textile art that Tilly makes today, has grown from a foundation of quilting and the knowledge that almost any fibre can be utilised to achieve the results that she wants.

Some of her achievements include Best Handwork and Viewer’s Choice 2000 (National Quilt Festival held in Jhb), Best on Show and Viewer’s Choice 2008 (National Quilt Festival held in Jhb), Best Freestyle on Show, Best Machine Workmanship and Viewer’s Choice 2013 (National Quilt Festival held in Bloemfontein), a First in the Challenge category in 2015 (National Quilt Festival held in KwaZulu Natal), a Second in the Abstract Art Large category in 2017 (National Quilt Festival held in PE) a Second in Masters Art as well as Best use of Colour for the same artwork and Best of Show 2019 (National Quilt Festival held in Jhb).

Most recently, in May 2020, Tilly was inducted in the South African Quilters’ Guild Hall of Fame. Tilly’s textile art works have been exhibited in various galleries in South Africa and she is currently part of the Out of the Blue exhibition in the GFI Gallery as well as the Power of One at The Art Room.

2021 Quilt Contest Requirements

Quilt Criteria

All quilts must conform to the following criteria to be eligible for the Contest:

  • The THEME for 2021 is “Africa Inspired!”
  • The quilt should be 70 x 70cm (within 5cm)
  • Quilts should consist of 3 complete layers; top fabric, quilting cotton and back fabric; all sewn together
  • Use any quilting technique but do not frame your quilt
  • A hanging sleeve of 10cm must be sewn on to accommodate the hanging pole
  • A label with your name, contact number, email address and country must be sewn onto the back in the bottom right hand corner
  • Your quilt must be an original artwork
  • Do not use copyrighted material without permission
  • Your quilt may not have been entered in any other contests
  • You may enter more than one quilt
  • Each quilt entered requires a separate entry form and R100 entry fee.

Packing your Quilt

  • Please ensure your quilt is securely wrapped and packaged to avoid damage while in transit
  • Packaging should be waterproof
  • Make sure your Entry Form and Proof of Payment is included in the package.

Delivering your Quilt

All quilts must be received at Brother Head Office in Irene by 29 October 2021. Quilts can be delivered by hand, post or courier to:

Angelique McGrath, Brother Head Office, 96 Sovereign Drive, Route 21 Corporate Park, Irene, 0157

You may send more than one quilt in the same package. Please ensure that EACH quilt has an entry form and proof of payment attached.

Please note:

  • All costs of quilt delivery to be covered by the entrant
  • Brother International South Africa will not be responsible for quilts lost or damaged during transit
  • We will confirm receipt of your Quilt package by email, please ensure we have your correct email address
  • Do not send your quilt to any other address other than Brother Head Office. Brother South Africa will not be liable for quilts that are shipped to the incorrect address.

2021 Contest Entry Form




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    A copy of your entry form will be emailed to you on submission and bank details will be provided in the same email. Please remember to print it and attach proof of payment of the Entry Fee. Copies of both must be printed and submitted with your quilt before 29 October 2021.

    Terms & Conditions


    • The Contest is open to residents of South Africa and sub-Saharan African Countries
    • Brother staff members, dealers and distributors are NOT eligible to enter the contest
    • Each quilt entered requires a separate entry form and R100 entry fee
    • No cash will be accepted at Brother premises
    • More than one quilt may be submitted in the same package
    • Entries must reach Brother Head Office, Irene, on or before 29 October 2021
    • Quilts received after the closing date will not be eligible for judging
    • Quilts must conform to the design criteria listed under Quilt Requirements


    • Judges will be selected from the Quilting community and announced at a later stage
    • Brother staff members and distributors will not be on the judging panel
    • Judging will take place in one location only
    • The Judges decision is final.

    Closing Date

    • The closing date for entries is 29 October 2021 at Brother Head Office. Quilts received after this time will not be eligible for the contest
    • If the entry fee is not paid by the closing date, the quilt will not be eligible for the contest
    • Winners will be announced by the end of November.

    Prize Winners

    • The winning quilts as adjudicated by the Judges will win cash or product prizes
    • Quilts not selected as winners in the contest will be available for collection from 1 December or will be shipped back to the entrants


    • Our South African judging panel will select winning quilts from the entries submitted. The winners will receive the following prizes:

      • 1st Prize of a Brother F420 Sewing Machine
      • 2nd Prize of R3,000
      • 3rd Prize of R2,000
      • Fan’s Choice Prize of R1,000


      All quilt entries will be presented on the web site for a Fan Vote. The winning Fan’s Choice quilt will be awarded R1,000.

    Be inspired by the 2020 winning quilts