Wellington Quilters' Guild was formed in 1990, and became an Incorporated Society in 1992. It is managed by a Committee of up to 12 members. They are elected annually, and meet monthly to plan the programme of meetings, events, and other activities.
These include a biennial exhibition of members' work, classes with visiting tutors from New Zealand and overseas, and more.
A small archive of Guild publications and photographs is maintained by an off-committee member.
Every year our members make quilts to donate to the Women's Refuges in Wellington. Members stitch these quilts at home, and at work days held approximately four times a year.
The completed quilts are given to representatives of the Wellington Women's Refuge and Te Whare Rokiroki Maori Women's Refuge, at our June Guild meeting each year.
Each year, we hand over more than 80 quilts. Around 20 additional smaller quilts are donated to the Wellington City Mission as knee rugs for elderly citizens in need of warmth during the cold winter months.
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A group affiliated to the Guild coordinates a programme to teach patchwork and quilting at Arohata Women's Prison, near Wellington. The programme is the longest running one at Arohata, started in October 1993. A team of helpers is drawn from groups in the Wellington area.
The group has received funding from the Alexandra Trust in the past; and receives donations of fabric and supplies from quilters the length and breadth of the country.
For further information about the Community Work we do, please contact us.