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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.

Silent Auction

Aotearoa Quilters, the National Association of New Zealand Quilters, will be holding a Silent Auction of quilts donated by some of New Zealand’s well-known quilters, to raise funds for the association.

We now have 17 quilts kindly donated by the following quilters;

Norma Slabbert (the instigator of the idea, who has made a wall-hanging especially for the auction); the mother-daughter team of Irene Anderton, Debra deLorenzo and Sheryl Anicich; Helen Beaven, Kathleen Burford, Jennifer Patterson, Mary Transom, Rosemary Rush, Shirley Julian, Juliet Fitness, Natalie Murdoch, Heather Harding, Rosemary Rush, Hazel Foote, and Jeanette Gillies.

Also included is a class sample made by the late Barbara Bilyard in 2010.


Bidding:  If you want to place a bid and won’t be able to get to Symposium, please ask a friend who is going to bid on your behalf.  Photos of all the quilts/wall-hangings in the Silent Auction will be up on the website before Symposium starts.

When:  Friday January  16 to Tuesday January 20.  Auction closes at 5pm on Tuesday January 20.  Successful bidders announced at Happy Hour that night (School Hall from 5 – 6pm).  Payment will be due then.

Where:  Follow the signs to the Symposium Shop at Palmerston Girls High School, where the quilts will be displayed, along with bidding sheets.


Click the images below of the quilts to get a better view of them.  Happy Bidding!

Miniature Daisy Star

Miniature Daisy Star

Miniature Daisy Star (43×43) was a class sample made by Barbara Bilyard in 2010 just prior to her falling sick. (she passed away March 18, 2011)Natalie Murdoch was given the unfinished quilt top and decided to finish the appliqué and quilting. Its name (Tidying the Bottles) is linked to Barb’s ‘end-of-party’ trick where all bottles had to be finished/drunk before retiring. Cheers to you, Barb – I ‘tidied’ your quilt.

Autumn on Highway 6

Autumn on Highway 6

Autumn on Highway 6 (77×122) was inspired by the autumnal colours and the hubcaps abandoned on the side of the road. This quilt, by Natalie Murdoch, was entered into the World Quilt competitions.

Flower Power

Flower Power

Flower Power (133×118) t is machine pieced using the New York Beauty block to make the flower petals, Kathleen Burford machine quilted and hand embroidered scattered leaves throughout the quilt.

Crab Apples

Crab Apples

Crab Apples (36×46) reminds Shirley Julian of autumn colours and her mother’s crab apple jelly. Cotton, organza, felt, beads, net. Fabric paint and stencilling. Wool, cotton and rayon threads learned technique in a Jacqui Karl class.

Gulls

Gulls

Gulls (36 x 40) inspired Shirley Julian to depict her love of the sea with its ever-changing colours. Felting, dyed silk fabric, lichen. Hand painting, machine quilted created in a class with Barbara Weeks.

Lillies

Lillies

Lilies (100 x 80) was made as part of a series for Mary Transom‘s flower quilts and classes.  The lily flowers were created with her technique for making flowers separately on vilene, machine embroidering them, and then appliqué to the background.

DISplayed

DISplayed

DISplayed (150×114) was made by Debra DeLorenzo, Irene Anderton and Sheryl Anicich. Made from old woollen blanket, and recycled woollen clothes. Machine and hand quilted. Title comes from Debra, Irene and Sheryl played together to make the quilt.

Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo (40×69) has been made by Jennifer Patterson. Batik on hand dyed cotton.  Machine stitched and couched.

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun (49×39) made by Shirley Sparks for a challenge titled Beach Holidays. New Zealanders are so lucky to live in a country with so many beautiful beaches and waterways. They are a place to build life long memories with family and friends. I wanted to give a feeling of the fun and excitement that many have as they return each year for holidays by the sea.

Out My Window II

Out My Window II

Out My Window II (80cm wide x 168cm high) by Helen Beaven is her view of the Wellington hills.  In the distance they look the same, yet close up the layers of detail and variations can be seen.

Tea in the Lavender Room

Tea in the Lavender Room

Tea in the Lavender Room (70×70) by Norma Slabbert made her think on things that matter and moments of joy in daily life.

Ice Flow

Ice Flow

Ice Flow (52 x 48) by Jeanette Gillies. Inspired by ice in Tasman lake which had carved off the Tasman Glacier. The gorgeous torqouise blue wanted me to capture the occasion.  I liked adding a touch of embroidery to emphasize the texture of the ice shelf and ice berg.

Indian Lotus

Indian Lotus

Indian Lotus (58 x 98) by Hazel Foot. Inspired by a wall decoration seen in India, the piece has silk flowers and leaves appliquéd on to a cotton base with painted background details.  Bead embellishments highlight the floral work.

Floral Tribute

Floral Tribute

Floral Tribute (45×90) by Rosemary Rush.  Own design. Machine appliqued, embroidered and quilted. Recently exhibited at Minerva in Auckland Quiltmakers’ Small Works 10 exhibition.

Patterns from the Past

Patterns from the Past

Patterns from the Past (171 x 192) by Heather Harding.  Hand quilted, traupunto. De-lustred satin and cotton. Heather is always drawn to the sheer similicity and honesty of the simple strippy quilt.  Featured in issue #86 of the New Zealand Quilter magazine (page 27).

Feathered Friend

Feathered Friend

Feathered Friend (88 x 111) by Rosemary Rush.  The second in a series where I am exploring texture using free motion stitching. Own design. My own hand-dyed fabric, plus commercial cottons. Machine appliqued, embroidered and quilted. Won a second prize at Auckland Festival of Quilts 2012.

Frangipani

Frangipani

Frangipani (46 x 61) by Juliet Fitness, mounted on an artist’s canvas.
Made for Northart Gallery’s Summer members’ exhibition “Treasure to Treasure: Upcycling $1, 2, 3 gems”. Had to purchase something from a $1, 2, 3 shop and incorporate it in our work. I cut up a couple of plastic place-mats with the frangipani pattern on them, and a lovely striped batik for the background which I bought in the Peak District in England.
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