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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.

Paula Cole

Paula Cole – Life Member September 2016

Paula ColePaula is a founding member of the National Association (Aotearoa Quilters) and has had a close involvement with its activities since joining the Quilts Aotearoa committee about 2003 to run the annual exhibition at the Hamilton Craft and Quilt Fair. On joining the National Committee in 2009, Paula has been the Newsletter Editor and have now taken over convening the Travelling Exhibition – the Growth Challenge, and this year the Flight Challenge.

Paula is an extremely supportive person in managing major exhibitions and has worked tirelessly.Paula is a go to person for information, very knowledgeable – got a difficulty – ‘go to Paula – she will have the answer’

Newsletter – took over newsletter, created a new look. Paula is great at creating posters, advertising etc,and gaining sponsorhip for prizes etc.

Prior to going on the main committee Paula was involved in the setup the then NANZQ exhibiting with Expertise Events at the Hamilton Quilt and Craft Fair as Quilts Aotearoa convenor, treasurer and on committee over several years – total service 12 years on AQ committee and Quilts Aotearoa

As a person Paula has been a kind and generous team player. Willing to put her hand up and get involved.

Back in Jan 2014 it looked like AQ was going to be wound up for definite but Paula voted against that motion as she was /is passionate about the National Association continuing and her vote is probably one of the reasons that Aotearoa Quilters exists today.


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