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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.

Mary Culver

Ailsa Craig – Promotional Images

Aotearoa Quilters wants to thank all those who submitted images to be used as promotional images for the Ailsa Craig Festival 2019. The following images have been selected.

Thank you to the following Aotearoa Quilters members who have agreed to share the images of their quilts for promotion in Ailsa Craig, Canada: Charlotte Scott, Merrilyn George, Catherine McDonald, Debra DeLorenzo & Sheryl Anicich, Valda Sutton

Great work by Aotearoa Quilters Members!

Early Morning Fishing by Charlotte Scott

Many Kisses by Sheryl Anicich and Debra DeLorenzo,













Exploring Colour by Catherine McDonald

Summer Landscape – Tongariro Crossing by Merrilyn George

  My Turkish Plate by Valda Sutton

Down Under Quilts

Watch out for the latest issue of Down Under Quilts featuring Aotearoa Quilters members quilts from the International Exhibition and other AQ exhibitions

Down Under Quilts – cover featuring Bobby Duncan’s quilt ‘Piton De La Fournaise’ from the International Exhibition – a challenge between NZ, French and Japanese Quilters – 30 Quilts – 90 Topics -90 Quilters


Calling for NZ entries for the World Quilt Show

Each year up to 30 New Zealand quilts are selected to travel to the US and are exhibited at World Quilt Shows in New Hampshire (New England) , Oaks (Pennsylvania), Santa Clara (California) and Orlando (Florida). The quilts are sent in early July 20-18 and will return home in February 2019.

According to the organisers, our quilts have always been a very popular section of this show.

$9500 (US) is on offer as prize money in two categories – innovative and traditional.

There is also a Best of Country award for each country exhibiting 10 or more quilts.

Entry forms are available here now and entries close on May 14 2018. New Zealand_2018_Entry Form World Quilt Competition

For more information, please email Anne Scott (NZ World Quilt Competition Convenor) at nzquilter@xtra.co.nz.

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