Formed in 1994 as the National Association of New Zealand Quilters (NANZQ), Aotearoa Quilters 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.
We are excited to be hosting the International Challenge for its final showing here in New Zealand on the 4th & 5th August in Palmerston North. Hosted at the historic Caccia Birch House this will be a stunning exhibition of the quilts from Japan, France, and New Zealand. In addition, we will be showcasing the work of quilters and textile artists from around New Zealand.
In Palmerston North at the Expo you will see:
International Challenge -90 quilters, 30 themes, 90 quilts. Quilters from 3 countries interpret the same themes in different ways – fascinating to see the results!
PINK – the latest in the series of the Aotearoa Quilters 12 X 12 Colour Challenges. Up to 100 quilts in one colourway look stunning when hung together are represent the work of quilters from all around New Zealand – from novice to experienced. These mini-artworks will be on sale for $125 each with $100 going directly to the quilter.
Art Deco – An Aotearoa Quilters members only challenge. Given the theme of Art Deco, participants must represent the theme within the given dimensions. A great variety of style, colour and technique.
Aotearoa Quilters Touring Exhibition – selected quilts from the Symposium 2018 Exhibition available to tour. These quilts represent the work of many of New Zealand’s most talented quilters and textile artists.
Hoffman – the annual Hoffman Challenge provides a Hoffman fabric for participants to use to produce a quilt/textile artwork. Twenty of these are chosen to tour the country for exhibition
Check out more details of the weekend events HERE.
We had another great Tote & Gloat show on Saturday. This year we had two Challenges for RCQ members. The description of the challenge is followed by the winners in each category.
Click on any photo to see the quilt larger. Buttons : Must be 12” x 15” except for the anything goes category Intermediate 1st : Wilma Minnee - Ain't she cute
Advanced 2nd : Kay McDonnell - Mr and Mrs Rabbit
1st : Kelly Gabbott - Memories of Nana
Merit : Linda Torwick - Apple tree
Carol McGillivray - Button grass
Sophie Willis - Useful and beautiful
2nd : Dianne Southey - Seahorse. This quilt also won Viewer's Choice.
1st : Paula Shailer - We don't have to button our lips
1st : Wendy O'Neill - No time for the snooze button
Trippy Triangles : Open Challenge. Use your imagination to come up with a quilt for this challenge. It can be any shape to fit within a 1.5m x 1.5m square.
Merit : Sheryl Meech - Tribulation triangles
Sonja Revell - Colourful trippy triangles in Autumn
Anne Adams - Triangles Galore
3rd : Lynne Wells - Triangular Terrain. This quilt also won Viewer's Choice.
2nd : Erilyn McMillan : Varlet farm in Summer
1st : Wilma Minnee : It's 5 o'clock somewhere
Ticket holders were also encouraged to make and enter a block on the theme of transport.
12 winners were chosen by viewers' choice and these will be made into our raffle quilt for next year's Tote & Gloat. The other blocks entered this year will be made into charity quilts for children.
1st was Debbie Murray Aynsley. The other winners were Sophie Willis, Caroline Noaro, Nicola Lancaster, Pam Koat, Kay McDonnell, Frances Busby x 2, Sandie Butcher, Sonja Revell, Dawn Jackson and Hilary Blackwell.
Congratulations to all our winners. If you missed the show, come to our next meeting May 28th - challenge winners are encouraged to bring their quilts to show again.
This was our 2018 raffle quilt made from the winning blocks of last year's "Raining cats and dogs" block challenge.