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Welcome to Aotearoa Quilters

Formed in 1994 as the National Association of New Zealand Quilters (NANZQ), we support quilters and textile artists by offering classes, exhibitions and professional development opportunities. Membership is open to anyone interested in the NZ quilting and textile scene.


Aotearoa Quilters, the national association of New Zealand quilters intends to promote high standards in quilt making, ensuring the past is preserved and the future is assured.

With your support  Aotearoa Quilters will host the following initiatives;

  • Establish Regional Representatives in all areas of the country
  • Professional development for quilting tutors  – the first being the Quilt Tutors Seminar in September 2015
  • Develop archives to record the history of quilting in New Zealand
  • Biennial National Exhibitions. The Great New Zealand Quilt Show will be held in Rotorua, May 2016. Entry will be open to Aotearoa Quilters members.
  • 12 x 12 Colour challenges open to all New Zealand Quilters. Green is our current challenge – Members receive discounts for exhibition entry fees
  • Travelling exhibitions. The Growth Challenge is currently touring
  • Cozy Kiwi Kidz -charity quilts collected for the benefit of New Zealand Children
  • Develop the Aotearoa Quilters website as the ‘go to’ place for  information related to quilting and textile arts in New Zealand
  • Host the Aotearoa Quilters Face Book page to connect New Zealand Quilters and provide opportunity for sharing information
  • Provide members with regular Newsletters to provide up to date information

We have a number of other exciting initiatives in the early planning stages.

We encourage you to join us – become a member today. Click here to join or renew your membership.

Upcoming Events
10:00 am Natural Wonders of the World @ Reyburn House Art Gallery
Natural Wonders of the World @ Reyburn House Art Gallery
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – Jul 1 @ 4:00 pm
An International Exhibition. See 90 quilts from 30 Quilters from Aotearoa, Japan and France. Opening times of Reyburn House: Tuesday-Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm Saturday & Sunday 10.00am – 2.00pm Closed Mondays
10:00 am Cre8: Diversity @ Odlin Gallery
Cre8: Diversity @ Odlin Gallery
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – Jul 22 @ 4:00 pm
Open Day/Meet the Artists: Sunday 15 July 10am-4pm Cre8 is a group of 6 textile artists. Margaret Davidson and Gayel Downes from Upper Hutt, Karen Johnston and Brenda McPartlin from Horowhenua, Pam Lorimer from Carterton[...]
9:00 am Coast to Coast @ Coast Community Church
Coast to Coast @ Coast Community Church
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Guest speaker is Ellen Giggenbach, designer for Nutex Fabrics. Exhibition of Challenge Quilts, Show & Tell, Merchants Mall, Spot Prizes, Raffles and more .. To purchase tickets send $15.00 with SAE to: Kapiti Quilters, PO[...]
10:00 am Keirunga Quilters Exhibition @ Havelock Convention Centre
Keirunga Quilters Exhibition @ Havelock Convention Centre
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – Aug 12 @ 4:00 pm
Our Charity this year is “Heart Kids”, a local community supported charity. Excellent Sales tables. Come explore the area…
10:00 am Patchwork Unlimited @ Ngatea Hall
Patchwork Unlimited @ Ngatea Hall
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm
This is the clubs major exhibition, and will also feature the Aotearoa Quilters “Orange” and “Fragile” Exhibitions along with the Quilts on Tour, 20 quilts chosen from Christchurch Symposium 2017. Entry fee includes a cup[...]
10:00 am “Quilted” by Capital Quilter’s @ Lower Hutt Events Centre
“Quilted” by Capital Quilter’s @ Lower Hutt Events Centre
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – Aug 12 @ 4:00 pm
Quilt Exhibition and Pop-Up Shops 14 years and under free entry