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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.

Travelling Quilt Challenge – GROWTH

Aotearoa Quilters have a  travelling exhibition where we select 20 quilts to travel for 12 months. All quilts are for sale.

Bernina Aotearoa Quilters challenge 2014


Bernina 350PE QuiltA huge thank you to Bernina for sponsoring this challenge including a  Bernina 550 PE (valued at over $4000) for the winning quilt.

Twenty quilts based on the theme GROWTH will be selected to tour  New Zealand for the following 12 months.

Mother Earth

Mother Earth

Congratulations to Kathleen Burford, Christchurch, the winner of the GROWTH challenge with Mother Earth.

Other winners were:

Merit: Natalie Murdoch, Thames – Darling Buds of May

Merit: Jennifer Patterson, Stratford – An Abundance of Gum Blossoms

Merit: Debby Williams, Timaru – Prognosis; Hope

Judges choice – Fyvie Murray, Wellington – Waste and Renewal, Valda Sutton, Thames – Seasonal Changes

Others selected to travel

Ruth Wheeler, Whakatane – Martin Family Tree

Kathleen Burford, Christchurch – City Skyline

Anne Groufsky, Whangarei – In a city

Mary Transom, Ohope – Algae Blooms

Maria Van Buel, Auckland – Letting Go

Helen Beaven, Wellington – Increasingly Modern

Melanie Martin, Tauranga – Under Construction

Nancy Neilson, Whakatane – How does a quilters stash grow? Piece by piece.

Merin Davis, Morrinsville – Regeneration

Sophie Wood, Christchurch – Crystal Cave

Di Partington, Orewa – Urban Sprawl

Catherine McDonald, Christchurch – Strength

Debra DeLorenzo, Wellington – Help! My blocks are growing and growing!

Shirley Sparks, Pauanui – Rural Invasion

Congratulations to those who were selected to travel and thank you to all who entered and supported the Aotearoa Quilters challenge.

See Calendar for dates and venues where these quilts will be exhibited.

view all the quilts

Thank you to all of our sponsors:


NZ Quilter


Tulis Textiles

Patch and Quilt

Wonderfil Threads

Please support these wonderful sponsors who enable us to put on challenges and exhibitions.

View previous  challenges

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