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Quilts in Public Places

Aotearoa Quilters maintains a list of Quilts in public places.  If you would like to add to this list, please contact us.


Anglican Church of St Paul Arrowtown.

Made by Judith Ross from paintings by the artist/vicar Patricia Jones.

Two altar frontals and a chasuble.  Church is usually open to the public but the works are only displayed during Advent and Epiphany.



Pakuranga Library, town centre, Pakuranga.

Made by Gwen Wanagasekera

“Na te tuhi rapa a Manawatere Ka kitea”.

By the sacred mark of Manawatere it will be found.

Three tiered patchwork hangings.


Sylvia Park School Staff room, Longford St Mt Wellington.

Made by Julie Hart.

“Hart’s Donation”.

Gift to mark the end of her children’s education design depicting the school and neighbourhood.  Multi coloured, black background.



Manukau Polytechnic  Manukau City

Made by Gwen Wanagasekera

“Pacific Cloak” 1993.

Commissioned by Manukau Polytechnic.  Multi shades of blue and orange.


Howick Public Library,  Uxbridge Road, Howick.

Made by members of the community and Maureen Heywood from a design by Maureen Heywood.

“Howick and Districts 150th Commemorative Quilt”.

Commissioned by the committee to celebrate 150 years of settlement in Howick.  Multi coloured medallion design based on the four colours of the Trust Logo.  Two square metres.


Ronald McDonald House, Parnell.

Made by Coromandel Patchwork and Quilting Club.

“Cobwebs in the Sky.”

Margaret Borrell competition January 1995.  Appliqued figures on blue sky background.


Devonport Public Library, Victoria Road, Devonport.

Made by group co-ordinated by Susan Young.  Makers include Janet Ryan and Val Cuthbert.

“Devonport Centenary 1986” – detailed in NZ Patchwork book 1988.


Canterbury – Taitapu

St Pauls Anglican Church, Old Taitapu Road, Taitapu

(three banners)

Made by Margaret Andrews and Jan Griffiths

“Be exalted – God above the Heavens and let your Glory be all over the earth”.

Both banners same design – centre circle with colours extending to the outer edges.  Angels on the blue and people rejoicing on the gold.  Hand pieced satins with gold and silver threads and beads and embellishment.


Made by Jan Griffiths,

“Holy Spirit”

White creams and gold satins.  Double sided wings.  Feathers individually machined and then pieced together.  Suspended between beams in the church.



St Peters Anglican Church., Church corner, Upper Riccarton

Made by Neena Williams.

“Association of Anglican Women”

25th Anniversary of AAW – diminishing circles in bright circles, the centre AAW in gold.


St Mark’s Christian Church,  Opawa Road.

Made by congregation members

“Christ the Light”

Designed by Mrs G Ward – depicts the cross rising from the flames of the old church surrounded by colours of the dawn of the new millennium.


St Stephen’s Anglican Church,  Corner of Edward and James St, Lincoln.

Made by Jan Griffiths


For the opening and dedication of the new Church – Creation through the four seasons, night and day.  Hand pieced and quilted.



Dunstan Hospital

Made by Alexandra Patchwork Group

“Dunstan Hospital Servicing Central Since 1863”

Sepia colours, photo transfers, applique, piecing and machine quilted.

Commissioned by friends of Dunstan Hospital and on loan to the Hospital from the Alexandra Patchwork Group.



Golden Gate Lodge foyer, Barry Ave, Cromwell

Made by Cromwell Patchwork group, designed by Jan Blanchett.

Commissioned landscape quilt of the four seasons, representative of the Cromwell area.


Cromwell Library,   The Mall,  Cromwell

Made by Cromwell Patchwork Group.

Commissioned landscape quilt representative of the history of old Cromwell.  Miners’ cottage, orcharding, goldmining, and differing colours of the landscape.



University of Otago Bioethics Research Centre, 8th Floor, Dunedin Hospital

Made by Janet Sim Elder

“My bow in the Clouds – Genesis 9:13”

Inspired by floods of January 1994 in Kaikoura.  Fish motif, early Christian symbol plus the rainbow after the flood as sign of hope.  108 x 88cm.


Presbyterian Support of Otago Conference Room, Level 3, 407 Moray Pl, Dunedin

Made by the Parishes of Otago

“Presbyterian Support Otago Banner”

To mark Otago and Southland sequicentannial.  New Zealand Quilter #23.  Celebrates work since 1906 of Presbyterian Support.


Otago City Council,   1 The Octagon, Dunedin

Made by Sue Spigel

Healthcare Otago, Wakari Hospital (Isis Centre), Queen Mary Maternity Centry, Healthcare Otago.


Ohopo Presybyterian Church, 52 Signal Road, Ohopo.

Made by the community of Ohopo.

An idea after seeing the success of the Presbyterian Support sequi banner.


Catholic Church, Great King St, Dunedin

Made by Jan Wilson

“Annunciation Banner”

Commissioned by Holy Name Parish in memory of Father William Quinn, their first parish priest.



Geraldine Information Centre, Talbot St, Geraldine

Made by Marie Temple.


Depicting well known buildings and Geraldine industries.


Presbyterian Church, Cox St Geraldine.

Made by Dorothy Young, Doreen Blair, Nora Coulter, Marie Temple, Jenny Scriggins, Jenny Bennett.

Church Banners

Usually two on display at any given time.


Anglican Church, Talbot St, Geraldine

Made by Ngaire Grandi, Mary Lyons, Mary Crane.

Church Banner


Great Barrier Island

Claris, Great Barrier Health Centre North

Made by Barrier Quilting Group.

“Wreck of the Wairarapa.”

For the Centenary in 1994, when descendants of those who lost their lives and locals visited the site.  Piece background of colours of the sea and land (freestyle).  Hand painted and appliquéd ship.  Black and red.



Tai Poutini Polytechnic, 73 – 87 Tainui St, Greymouth.

Made by Zoe Cutfield.

“Cave Creek”

Whenuakite Patchwork Group bought the quilt and donated it in memory of the tragedy.


Holy Trinity Church

Made by Pippa Davies

Sanctuary wall hangings and alter fronts.


St Patricks Church, High St, Greymouth.

Wall hanging.



Hamilton City Library Children’s section, Garden Place Hamilton

Made by Donna Ward.

“A day at the Zoo”.

Commissioned by the Altrusa Club.  Child like picture of animals worked in bright colours.


Hamilton City Library, 101 Oakfield Cres, Hamiton

Made by Waikato P’s & Q’s.

“The Library Quilts”.

Commissioned by the Library.  From designs by Gwen Wanagasekera and Buck Nin.

Five Balloon shaped quilts depicting the city, the countryside, Maori legend, the river, and learning and education in the city.

Funds and donations from the “Ladies of the Night” group and Pollock & Milne.


Crematorium , Morrinsville Road, Hamilton

Made by Donna Ward

Landscape design looking through a window.

Commissioned by the Hamilton City Council.


Radiotherapy Hostel, Waikato Hospital, Pembroke St, Hamilton

Made by Donna Ward

Flower garden set looking through a window.

Commissioned by Hamilton Altrusa Club.


University of Hamilton School of Law, Hillcrest Rd, Hamilton

Made by Gwen Wanagasekera

“The Law School Quilts”

Commissioned by the School of Law.

Dedicated when the first students graduated from the Law school.

Three quilts – each 2400 x 1600 Interwoven Log Cabins.


University of Waikato Language Institute, London St, Hamilton

Made by Gwen Wanagasekera

“Influences Pacific Rim 1 & 2”

Commissioned by the Language Insititue.  Two quilts based on New York Beauty design.


Waikato Museum

Made by Wendy Anderson


Law Court

Made by Waikato Embroiderers.


Woodlands Historic Function Centre, Whitikahu Road, Hamilton

Made by Val Kelly

“Olde World Memories”.

Made to commemorate childhood times had in the house.


St Stephen Anglican Church, Tamahere.

Made by Rachel Copestake

“Altar and Lecturn Frontal”.

Light shades with strong vibrant colours of red, green and purple.  All made of pure silk.

Designed and made by Rachel.  Rachel’s sister is vicar of the parish.  The quilt was presented at a special service, August 15,1981, blessed by Bishop Moxom of Waikato.



Hasting Public Library

Made by Kate Shepperd

Celebrating Women’s Suffrage.


Te Awa Farm Winery, Roy’s Hill, State Highway 50.

Made by Annette Sisterson

“Tribute to Kel”

Made by Annette for son –in-law Kel Dixon.  Hand painted wine bottles and free stitch lettering.  On permanent loan to Kel by the winery.


Havelock North

Havelock North Primary School Library, Campbell St, Havelock North.

Made by Ros Lusk

“Havelock North Primary School 125 Jubilee Quilt”.

Central block – school surrounded by blocks of children in uniform.



Katikati Primary School, Beach Road, Katikati.

Made by pupils, with some adult assistance.

Designed by the children in 1996 – different scenes on each block.


Lexham Park Home and Hospital, Binnie Road, Katikati.

Made for Bernstein House using handprints of residents, and applique or embroidery of that person’s interests.


Katikati Public Library, Main Road, Kaitkati

Made by Katikati Kwilters Club.

“Celtic Knot”

The club badge of the group; a celtic knot on a cream background.

Presented to the Library & Info Centre to mark the opening of the Information Centre in1997.  In 1875 Irish Settlers established the town of Waterford, now Katikati.


Katikati Memorial Centre, children’s section, Main Road Katikatk.

Made by Katikati Kwilters Club 2000 committee.

“Nine Patch Country Quilt”

Made from fabrics provided by a “sister club – Wisconsin Energy Quilt Guild in the USA.

Measures 35” x 36”


Keneperu Hospital, the Chapel


Kumeu, West Auckland

Kumeu Public Library

Made by Malvina Thorley, Dawn Chambers, Raewyn Lane and Highway 16 Quilters.

Donated by them as volunteers of the library in 1997.  It has the names of local authors and local subject matters  machine embroidered on the spines of the books.  150 “x 110”



Public Library BA trust

Made by Town and Country Quilters.



Public Library, Station St, Napier

Painted by school children and assembled by “More Quilters”.

“Peace – Family – Non-violence”.

Commissioned by the Napier Community Arts Council for Unity week 1996. Bright primary colours on calico with the blocks painted by school children relating to theme of peace and family.

 Puketapu, Hawkes’Bay

Puketapu School and Community Hall, Puketapu Road, Napier.

Millennium Quilt

Made by pupils and friends of Puketapu school, designed by Margaret Mills.

Large Quilt – with a 6” block made by each of over 200 pupils.



Public Hospital, Waimea Road, Nelson

Made by Nelson Quilters Guild.

Cross stitch blocks made by Nursing staff and domestic staff.

Assembled by the Nelson Guild


Founders Park, Atawhi Drive, Nelson

Made by Nelson Quilters Guild

“Historic Nelson”

Sampler Quilt.


Trafalgar Centre, Paru Paru Road, Nelson

Made by Nelson quilters Guild

“Nelson Today”

Sampler Quilt.


Baptist Church, Richmond

Made by Susanne Vandergeest

“Praise the Lord”

Two quilted free form banners mirror each other.  Made for the church centenary in 2001.


New Plymouth

St James Church, Moturoa

Made by Debbie Bygate, Judy Phillips, Fiona Prestige, Jenny Simon.

Six quilts.

Depicting six days of creation.   Made as a millennium project.



Clendon House – Rawene

Two quilts made by Hokianga Hemmers



Sports Club, Taward St, Oamaru

Made by Avril Friend

“Excelcior Centennial Banner”

Royal Blue, black and gold. Presented by the Friend family in 1988


Public Hospital, Steward St, Oamaru

Made by North Otago Patchwork and Quilters

Presented to the Hospital in 2001

The result of a block challenge.  Assembled by Avril Friend.  Quilted by “Quilt Essentials”.



Catholic Church. Otaki



Otane Arts & Crafts Inc, Higginson St , Otane.

Made by Eve McCleary

“Creative Spirit”

Made for the first Craft Exhibition held in Wapawa.


Otane Store, Higginson St, Otane

Made by Robyn Burn

“Otane Country Quilt”

Raffle prize for Fire Brigade.  Country colours.  Photos on fabric – Craft Building (old school) and Otane store.  Life and happenings in that area.


Arts & Crafts Building, Higginson St, Otane

Made by Jenny Ryan

“Drunkard’s Path”

Bought by the Arts Centre at an exhibition at the Centre.


Palmerston North

Public Library, opposite the cafeteria.

Made by Anna Williams

“The Living Room of the City”

Commissioned to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Ross Building in which the library is situated.  Depicts an Art Deco room scene and the windmills of the Manawatu through the library building’s window.


Public Library Mezzanine Floor

Made by the Missoula Peace Quilters.

“Missoula Peace Quilt”

The quilt made a nation-wide tour to 70 public libraries between 1991 and 1993.  It depicts in abstract form the North and South Islands, grasslands, mountains, glaciers, forests and oceans.  NZ animals and plants are appliquéd. Batting is NZ wool especially imported by the quilters.  2m x 1.5m.

Public library, first floor, Fiction Zone

Made by a group of Palmerston North women and designed by Elizabeth Berkham

“100 Years Women’s Suffrage Banner”

Celebrates the granting of votes for women in 1893.  Pieced, appliquéd, and embroidered.


City Council, Customer Services Centre

Made by Members of Rose City Quilters

Presented by the quilters in 1991.  Depicts scenes in and around the city.  Blocks are a mixture of piecing and applique, embellished with embroidery.  2m x 3m.


St David’s Presbyterian Church, Main St, Palmerston North.

Made by Natalie Watkin Designed by a co-parishioner, who is an artist.

Series of pulpit falls.

Centred around themes of advent, lent and aroha, love, life.


Whitcoulls, Broadway Ave on Landing One.

Made by Bennetts staff members

Several quilts depicting Publishers’ Logos and one by a staff member.


St David’s Church

Made by two parishioners and Rev Pamela Tankersley.

“Welcome Quilt”





St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Stanley St, Queenstown.

Made by Alison Naylor and others.

“The Burning Bush”

Blue background, flames (orange, red, gold) and green leaves.  The quilt is in three parts representing the Trinity and covers most of the front wall of the Church.  Machine appliquéd silks, nets, etc.  Machine quilted smoke, flames and leaves.


Airport Departure Lounge.

Made by Sue Wademan

“Four Seasons”

Four panels depicting impressionist landscape with the changing seasons that are so distinct in the area.


Library, children’s section.

Made by Queenstown Quilters

“Children of the Universe”

Quilt of six blocks depicting children of the universe.



Rotorua Girls High School, 251 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua

Made by Anne Hawthorne and staff, students, and PTA.

1983 – blocks with school colours, scenes, coat of arms, Maori designs.  Embroidered and patchwork blocks of various sizes.  Some blocks traditional patchwork and many combine several techniques.



Golden Bay, Commerial St
Made by Sarah Taylor of Yorkshire, England

Quilt made in 1880 by Sarah, who later married George Lumley, head stableman to Lord and Lady Burgoigne of Yorkshire, England.  Sarah made three double and three single quilts.  Donated by Helen Wendt, grand-daughter of Sarah and George.




Made by Phil Aspinal  -centre piece, and patches made by each Guide province/region.

“The Lone Quilt”

A tribute to Mrs Aspinal’s years as National Lone Advisor – Girl Guide Association NZ.  Eight point centre star – blue background.



Baycourt Foyer, Durham St, Tauranga

Made by Jo Cornwall

Made for the Wardenburg Wall hanging contest.  Presented in 1985 by the owners Dr John and Mrs Deidre Kent to Baycourt by the Tauranga Architects.  Has large butterflies.


Hospital,  Cameron Road, Tauranga (blue corridor)

Made by members of staff who are quilters

A symbol of their belonging – to give something of themselves other than their clinical/professional ability.


Hospital,  Cameron Road, Tauranga  (Chapel)

Designed by Cleo Hall

“Giving Grace”

The Trinity is symbolised by the Hand of the Father.  The Koru sign – unfurling of Promise, Potential, Life.  Chalice – Wholeness, Healing, Kindness.  Dove is the symbol of Holy Spirit, Peace & reconciliation.


Greenwood Park Village, 10 Welcome Bay Road, Tauranga.

Made by Greenwood Park residents – co-ordinated by Avis Blanchard.

An appliquéd quilt which depicts all activities at the lifestyle village and also represents each street name.


St James Union Church, Greerton.

Made by Val Kelly, Ione Murray, Nan Becker.

“God Keeps his Promises” – Dedicated to past, present and future congregations.

“Nets of Fish” – Dedicated to Junior Church

Church Banner – circa 1976


Te Puke

ANZ Bank, Jellico St

Made by Jo Cornwall


Te Puke Council building

Made by Jo Cornwall




Central Hawkes Bay District Council, Ruataniwha St, Waipawa

Made by Central Hawkes Bay Quilters.

“C.H.B Quilt”

Made to hang in the Chambers. Depicts scenes and history of the area.



Waipukarau Library

Made by Otane Quilters Group

“History of Pioneer Life”

“Suffrage Quilt”

Made with a grant from the Suffrage Organisation.  Depicts Women’s Suffrage – centre painting surrounded by old fashioned blocks.



Puzzling World, Main Highway, Wanaka

Made by Chris Bartlett and Robyn Van Reenen

A 3 metre square quilt based on Rubik’s Cube.


Presbyterian Church, Tenby St, Wanaka

Made by Janice Jones, Jeanette Gillies, and friends of Church

Celebrating 150 Years of Upper Clutha Presbyterian Church


Lake Wanaka Centre, Ardmore St, Wanaka

Made by Aspiring Quilters

Eight panels depicting the history of the Wanaka region.



Ronald McDonald House, 38 Riddiford St Newton


Wakefield Hospital, Florence St, Newtown (Cardiology Dept)

Made by Marge Hurst

“Along the Waitatapia Stream”

Purchased by the Dept for their recreation area.  Inspired by the colours of NZ bush.  Uses “bordered lattice” or “double colourwash” technique.

Accepted for the AQS Paducah Show 1995.  In the Winter edition 1999 American Quilter.


Cathedral of St Paul, Molesworth St, Wellington

Made by Beverly Shore Bennett MBE

“The Dossal Hanging”

Depicts Christ in Glory.  Fabric mosaic and applique with machine embroidery.



St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, King St , Whakatane

Made by Betty Transom

“Pathways – Our Journey Through Life”

For the Opening of the Church Lounge extension 1996.  A Margie Edie Bargello variation.  50” x 45”

St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, King St , Whakatane

Made by Margo Simpson (two quilts)


“Gloria in Excelsis”

A banner celebrating Christmas 1999 and the dawning of the New Millennium, featuring the Cross, New Zealand and the Southern Cross bordered by machine embroidered Pohutukawas.  An original design by Margo.

“New Life”

An original design by Margo.  An Easter banner consisting of three panels depicting the empty tomb – hence the Resurrection, the Eucharist symbolised by wheat, grapes and the dove of peace.



Information Bureau, Port Road, Whangamata

Made by Whangamata Patch & Quilt Group


Made for the opening of the new Information Centre.  Strip piecing, landscaping and applique.


War Memorial Hall, Port Road, Whangamata

Made by Whangamata Patch & Quilt Group


Machine applique, multi colours.


Mana House and Village, 353 Tairua Road, Whangamata

Made by Whangamata Patch & Quilt Group, designed by Lyn Osmers.

“Moana House Quilt”

Commissioned by Moana House with suggestions and input from the residents.  Made up of blocks of various sizes each depicting different aspects of the town and of the retirement village.  Machine appliquéd, embroidered, and quilted.




Public Library, Rust Ave, Whangarei

Made by Whangarei Patch & Quilt Club.