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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.

Membership of Aotearoa Quilters, National Association of New Zealand Quilters

Aotearoa Quilters Membership is available to all quilters, both those residing in New Zealand and those residing elsewhere but wishing to keep in touch with what is happening on the New Zealand quilting scene.

Individual Membership fees are:
$40 for one year,  $75 for two years…now matter where you live!

Our financial year is from 1st May  – 30th April each year with membership fees being due on the 1st May.

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Why join as an Individual Member?

Your membership and support will enable your National Association to:

  • develop and nurture quilting and textile arts in New Zealand
  • keep you up to date about exciting new developments – such as Members activities and International opportunities
  • contribute to our involvement in keeping the youngsters of New Zealand warm ( Cozy Kiwi Kids)
  • ensure we are able to guide and help future national symposia organisers
  • help develop and maintain an archival record or quilting and quilters in New Zealand
  • continue to support the education and professional development of our member quilters e.g. regular Education Seminars, online workshops (Coming soon)
  • provide opportunities for quilters to participate in exhibitions of their work, such as our annual members challenges, colour challenges, touring exhibitions

The Association:

  • produces a regular Newsletters that highlight news, key exhibition dates, and events   with links to more detailed information
  • provides entry to our member-only challenges and travelling exhibitions
  • discounted entry to the regular 12″x 12″ Colour Challenge and other events
  • the opportunity to discuss issues with other quilters on our Face Book Members only group
  • discounts to events such as the Education Seminars
  • the opportunity to participate in international opportunities such as the recent International Challenge and the upcoming Ailsa Craig Quilt and Textile Art Festival
  • exposure of members work on our website (see our Galleries), FB page, Newsletter and publications (watch out for the May issue of ‘Down Under Quilts’)

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Associate Membership

Associate Membership for Groups and Guilds.

Groups and Guilds are able to join for $50. This gives an Associate Membership 
Your guild will pay one $50 fee per year to become an Associate Member and receive the following benefits;

  • Regular newsletters detailing news of  Aotearoa Quilters events challenges and exhibitions.
  • Group and Guild’s meeting and contact details can be listed on the website,
  • Group and guild news  and exhibition information can be added to the website calendar, reaching a national audience
  • Opportunity to host touring exhibitions.
  • Link with Aotearoa Quilters Regional Representatives

(NB:Associate Membership does not give individual membership benefits to group members eg. discounted entry fees are only availble to individual members)

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Upcoming Events

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[...]
11:00 am Bojagi – Korean Patchwork in Aot... @ Thistle Hall
Bojagi – Korean Patchwork in Aot... @ Thistle Hall
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm
Exhibition to show modern interpretations of traditional Korean patchwork or wrapping cloth – Bojagi 30 July 2018 – opening party @ 5.00pm at Thistle Hall Workshops: Wednesday 1st August 2018 4.30 pm Saturday 4 August[...]
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…
10:30 am International Quilt Expo and AQ AGM @ Caccia Birch
International Quilt Expo and AQ AGM @ Caccia Birch
Aug 4 @ 10:30 am – Aug 5 @ 4:00 pm
Exhibitions on Show: Final outing before heading off overseas is the “Wonders of the World” Exhibition, 90 quilts on display – 30 quilts from France, Japan and New Zealand, by 30 quilters from those same[...]
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