The Great NZ Quilt Show

I’m getting excited!  May is on its way and with it, The Great NZ Quilt Show!

The Great NZ Quilt Show is being run by Aotearoa Quilters, our national association, and promises to be several days of wonderful quilt related activities.  This is the inaugural show and it is envisaged that it will be held biennially to alternate with national symposia.

This year The Great NZ Quilt Show is being held at The Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton Street, Rotorua, from 6-8 May.

The show will have an Aotearoa Quilters members exhibit; the best of New Zealand Flight Challenge quilt exhibit; a merchants mall (yay!); and an exhibit of the Best of Show quilts from all the past Symposia.  I’m really excited about seeing this exhibit – it will be like walking through history!


Best of Show winner Manawatu Symposium 2015 by Melanie Martin. Click on the image to hear my interview with Melanie about her winning quilt.

There is also the award evening to look forward to; floor talks by judges; a talk by Norma Slabbert on the Year 60 project; and long arm quilting of donation quilts (bring your donation quilt tops for quilting or finished quilts for donation) for the Cosy Kiwi Kids charity group.

If you are travelling to Rotorua, check out the directory tab above to locate quilt stores along your travel route.  You can check the Aotearoa Quilters website or Facebook page for more info about the show, and here is a link to the Rotorua information site so you can feel like making a week of it, you can find out what else there is to do in the thermal wonderland city.

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Cottage Flair – the local Rotorua quilt shop, find more details about them in our directory.

Being a Mum of two young children, I don’t get to take much time off, so a couple of days away, immersed in something that I’m really passionate about, is total heaven for me.  It recharges the batteries of my soul and I come back to ‘real life’ refreshed and grateful and ready to go again.  When was the last time YOU took a couple of days for yourself?  Perhaps it’s time you recharged your creative batteries with a day or two away – shall I see you in Rotorua?  Make sure you introduce yourself and say hi!

And if you can’t get to Rotorua, over in the right hand column, click on the link for Quilting Events in New Zealand.  There are lots coming up and you’re sure to find one that tickles your fancy.



Charlotte has been quilting for more than 10 years, making both traditional quilts and art quilts and loving both processes. She teaches and writes about quilting to help introduce more people to this awesome craft. She lives in Northland on a boat with her husband, two children, a dog, a cat and two sewing machines – fabric and stitch are her escape! You can also find Charlotte's writings on her blog The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady


  1.' Michelle Pearce says:

    When is this show coming to the South Island? [preferably Christchurch as this city is most central to all South Island Towns]

  2. I knew I forgot something, the big quilt show, dang! Too busy !!!

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