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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.

SEWEZI Flight Challenge

SEWEZI Flight Challenge – UPDATE

Aotearoa Quilters’ Traveling Quilt Exhibition

Taupo Museum, Niven Room 15 April to 8 May

Easter and the school holidays are coming up and while you are planning what to do during the holidays, why not schedule in a visit to the Taupo Museum where the SewEzi Flight Challenge quilts will be on exhibition.

This travelling exhibition is coming to an end so this is your last opportunity to see the art works in a public gallery setting.  Take a look at the quilts and see the many, varied interpretations of the theme “Flight”.

The exhibition comprises 20 quilts all measuring 75 cm square.  All quilts are for sale.  There are stunning birds and butterflies and a wide variety of other designs such as Shirley Sparks’ aerial view of the tulip fields of Amsterdam.  Jeannette Gillies from Wanaka was the winner of the Challenge with “Gone” – a beautifully presented silk, hand-dyed art piece representing a Turkish door where the occupants had locked up and gone!  This quilt will stir your emotions as you question who has left, why they have gone and where are they now?



SECOND TO LAST stop for the exhibition will be at ‘Positively Patchwork’, a show hosted by Eastbay Quilters and Cotton Pickers, Whakatane 

on 9, 10 and 11 June  

Hours 10 am–4 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am– 3 pm Sunday.

Venue War Memorial Hall, Short Street,  Whakatane.

Entry $5


After the Whakatane show in June, the exhibition will now go back to Rotorua to Rainbow Quilters’ show for the weekend of 17th – 18th  June.  The quilts will then be returned to their owners after that weekend.

Don’t miss this exhibition of work by members of Aotearoa Quilters, the National Association of New Zealand Quilters.

Gone by Jeanette Gillies;

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