The Whangarei Patchworkers and Quilters Club was founded in 1987 by a group of enthusiastic, like-minded patchworkers and now has a strong membership of 120, including eight life members. Several of the members are recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise as quilters and tutors in their specialist area.
Monthly meetings are a great time for catching up, showcasing work through 'Show and Tell', enjoying the exploits of a guest speaker and merchant or demonstration of techniques or products. With an extensive library of books and magazines, the club regularly engage local, national and international tutors for workshops and lectures. The annual weekend retreat is an opportunity to socialise and stitch without interruption. Satellite groups make and donate quilts to charitable organisations, such as Hospice, Starship and rest homes.
The Whangarei Patchworkers and Quilters Club are a cheerful bunch and pride themselves that sharing and interaction through their common interest in the creation of patchwork quilts and textile art is paramount.
The May 12 meeting is an Open Day when visitors are encouraged to come along to see what they do.
The Biennial Exhibition is to be held at Forum North April 27-29 where there will be over 100 items on show. Included are the club members challenge, the sales table of original handmade items and five local quilt shop merchants, as well as demonstrations by the guest exhibitor and members.
In addition are a raffle of three fabulous quilts made by members and professionally quilted with proceeds to charity, a selection of stunning bags made by members for raffle with proceeds going to the Northland Rescue Helicopter and an on-site café selling delicious food and real coffee. The Quilt Show has something for everyone. Come along for a wonderful way to enjoy a special day out with friends or make it a family event.