Welcome to Christchurch Quilters Inc.

The aim of our group is to provide and share friendship and the knowledge of patchwork and quilting.  We welcome quilters of all abilities and experience.

Monthly meeting

Our main meeting is held on the first Tuesday of every month (except January) at 7:30 pm in the Philatelic Society Rooms, 67 Mandeville Street. Parking is on the street.

Each meeting we have “Show and Tell”, raffles, information about upcoming classes and anything that may be of interest to Quilters.  The meetings can be lots of fun.  Our extensive Library is available each meeting for members to browse and borrow from.  We always have guest speakers or demonstrations of new techniques and equipment at our meetings and quite often there are Sales Tables.

Workshops and classes

Many of our members have special talents they are willing to share.  We also organize classes with local, national and overseas experts.  All classes are advised in our bi-monthly Newsletter.

Venue: Hohepa Canterbury, 23 Barrington Street (river end), Christchurch.  It is like a retreat in the city.  We have the facility from 9.00am until 4.00pm.

What to bring: Lunch, a mug, extension cord and multi-box.  Sewing machine and all associated things you need.  Most importantly your charming personality.

Sit and Sew: Held monthly, bring your own work and everything you need. No charge.

Class times: 9.30am to 3.30pm

If there is something you wish to learn or teach please contact Andrea McClare.

We generally hold the Workshops/Sit and Sew on the 3rd Saturday of the month however this year there are some exceptions: January, July and December have no workshops


Retreat will be a whole weekend sit and sew.  A time to relax, sew in the company of like-minded people, finish UFOs, work on community quilts and share a laugh.  Great opportunity to meet other members.

It will start with a dinner on Friday night.  Then relax or back to sewing.  The food is wonderful and the accommodation is very comfortable.

Challenge Competition

Challenges are issued periodically. These usually involve a particular theme or fabrics etc. They are always fun and a great way for quilters to extend their skills.

Latest challenge is fabric postcard swap.

Have you ever made a fabric postcard? It’s an easy way to express your creativity. Get out your scraps, specialty fabrics and embellishments and challenge yourself to explore new techniques in creating 4” x 6” works of art. Anything goes – if there is a technique you have always wanted to try but don’t want to make anything big, left over blocks etc. A quick and easy way to make something if you are running low on time but want to be creative. Size: 4 inches by 6 inches – portrait or landscape.

Due back at June 2019 Meeting

Bi-Annual Show

Every second year we hold a Quilt Exhibition which runs for four days.  Members are encouraged to enter into various categories.  There is always a Guest Exhibitor.  Full details are advertised in the CQ Newsletter.