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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.

National Quilters

International Challenge – Natural Wonders of the World

Exciting News! Natural Wonders of the World exhibit is here!

Moeraki Boulders by Catherine McDonald

Shiretoko by Paula Cole

Aotearoa Quilters members last year participated in an international challenge with French and Japanese quilters. Each quilter was given a topic – a natural wonder. The same topics were used in each of the three countries resulting in three different perspectives on each topic. The quilts have been exhibited in Japan and are now here in New Zealand. They will travel to France in August for their exhibition in September.

All the quilts from New Zealand, Japan and France, 30 from each country, will be on display at Cottage Flair, 1127 Fenton Street, 
Rotorua, the last weekend of this month, February. The shop is open on Saturday 24th February from 9 to 3 and on Sunday 25th February from 10 to 3.

The NZ quilts can be viewed here in the gallery on our website  but we haven’t seen the French and Japanese ones yet. This is a unique opportunity to compare styles of the 3 countries as the 30 subjects are interpreted in different ways.

The quilts are available for exhibition in New Zealand from now until August, when they head away to France. We will keep you informed about the touring schedule. If you have an idea where they could be displayed, please contact Mary, President@aotearoaquilters.co.nz.

Many thanks to our sponsors for the exhibition in Rotorua, Pfaff and HandiQuilter. Cottage Flair, the hosts for the exhibition, will have specials on both Pfaff and HandiQuilter machines for the exhibition weekend.




YELLOW and Floral Challenges

Follow these links for Terms & Conditions.
Floral & Yellow Challenge Entry Form

2016 – Upcoming Events

Hi everyone – you will shortly receive your latest Aotearoa Quilters newsletter. See below a table of upcoming events with deadlines for entries and links to more detailed information on the website. Best Traditional Wall Quilt. Maker Valda Sutton

We look forward to seeing you all at The Great New Zealand Quilt show in May. This will be an exciting event.

You can enter the FLIGHT Challenge  see details here – and quilts for the Exhibition – details here & AQ Members’ Entry Form 2016

We are very grateful to all our sponsors for making this event possible. Bernina NZ Ltd, Quilters Lane, Tulis Textiles, Fabric by Three, Mallee Textiles, Patchwork Passion, Quiltique, Felted and Stitched, Florence and Mary, Cottage Flair, Wright Fabrics, Quilting and Beyond, Tiffanies Fabric.

 You can contact us here if you have any queries or can lend a hand during the show weekend.

2016  Event Timeline

1st March

Challenge Theme:


Size 75cm x 75cm

Further details here


SEWEZI Flight Challenge entries due to be with Regional Reps

SewEzi Grande FLIGHT Challenge Entry Form

Contact Regional Reps for local event details.

The Wellington Flight entries are to be displayed at Nancy’s Stitch Studio (www.nancys.co.nz), 261 Thorndon Quay, from Monday 7th March until Sunday 14th March.

19th March International Quilting Day

Complete a quilt for Cosy Kiwi Kids

1st April Quilt entries due :

The Great New Zealand Quilt Show

AQ Members’ Entry Form 2016

6th,7th,8th May

10am – 4pm

Entry $10

The Great New Zealand Quilt Show

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Center, Rotorua

·       Friday 6th

5-30 -7pm

Award Evening @ Cottage Flair
·       Saturday 7th,

8-30 am

Members Breakfast @ Cottage Flair
Sat 7th May, 1 pm Talk by Norma Slabbert  

Year 60 Project

Friday 6th & Sat. 7th

11am and 2-30pm

Judges Floor Talks
 Open Daily Exhibition –

Best of Show – quilts from previous New Zealand Syposia


Juried Exhibition of AQ Members Quilts

·       Daily Long arm Quilting for Cosy Kiwi Kids

Bring quilts to donate, or tops to be quilted.

·       Open Daily Merchants / Sponsors

Click on their name to follow the link to their websites.

Please contact us if you have any queries.

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