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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.

Ailsa Craig Community Quilt Festival, 2019

An extremely exciting opportunity has been made available to New Zealand Quilters.

In 2019 New Zealand will be the feature country at the Ailsa Craig Quilt and Fibre Arts Festival , in southern Ontario. The festival is unlike any other in the world. The week long exhibition is completely run by volunteers, and each year exhibits quilts from another country.

* 2011 – Quilts of the Netherlands
* 2012 – Quilts of Denmark
* 2013 – Quilts of Israel
* 2014 – Quilts of Great Britain
* 2015 – Quilts of France
* 2016 – Quilts of Latvia
* 2017 – Canada’s 150th birthday will be celebrated
* 2018 – Quilts of Iceland
* 2019 – Quilts of New Zealand

New Zealand will be represented by Aotearoa Quilters President, a number of committee members, up to four tutors, up to four other NZ quilters and approximately 120 NZ quilts. Members of this delegation will work as part of the festival assisting with setting up the exhibition, white glove duty, teaching classes, speaking of New Zealand quilting history and life in New Zealand etc. Such a huge opportunity for New Zealand Quilters!

We want to thank those who have submitted images of quilts that can be used for promotional purposes.

See the selected quilts here

The next stage will be to call for NZ Quilting Tutors to participate in the Festival – watch this space!

We will continue to update this page on a regular basis.

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