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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.

Catherine McDonald

Catherine McDonald: Life Member September 2017

NZ Quilter Mag No 75 April 2011

“Catherine’s introduction to quilting came through a magazine quilt pattern and she attended her first classes at the Dunedin Symposium in 1991”

She found sticking to a pattern a bit of a problem, “so it didn’t take long for her to venture into doing her own thing”

Catherine has held a number of roles in the New Zealand Quilting community

  • President of Christchurch Quilters – joined 1991
  • President of Canterbury Patchwork Society
  • Co- convenor of the 2003 Chch Symposium
  • A member of a small Art Quilt group from which Catherineand 2 others of the group developed a small business – Distressed Threads. After running its course Catherine has continued as Mallee Textiles.
  • SAQA
  • President of NANZQ which was rebranded to Aotearoa Quilters . (April 2010) Catherineoversaw various changes designed to encourage membership and participation.
  • Mentor, Tutor, Judge

This included:

  • Rebranding NANZQ to Aotearoa Quilters
  • Introducing a new look newsletter and e-news,
  • Biennial challenge
  • A website
  • Trialled Regional days
  • Continued the national exhibition.  (against some odds.)
  • An online challenge
  • It was a close call for the Association to end on Feb 1st A nearly new committee got on with building up AQ with Catherine’s leadership.,
  • In more recent years new initiatives included
    • Touring Exhibition
    • Education Seminar
    • Working towards the National Association taking an active role as oversight supporting future Symposia Committee
    • Silent Auction, Cosy Kiwi Kids, Regional reps

Catherine continued as President until September 2016 standing down after six year term and to focus on the role of Convenor of the Christchurch Symposium 2017.

Catherine is a woman of great passion and compassion, vision, and resilience.    Her commitment both to her family and all things in the textile art world is admirable. I have enjoyed our times of working together.

Congratulations Catherine and thank you from all of us for all you have done.

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