Wellington Quilters 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.
Activities include a biennial exhibition of members' work, classes with visiting tutors from New Zealand and overseas, community projects and more.
A small archive of Guild publications and photographs is maintained by an off-committee member.
For further information about the Community Work we do, please contact us.
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 May monthly 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.
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.
SUPPORT FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY
A group of mostly Karori-based women affiliated to Wellington Quilters started making quilts for Ward 27 at Wellington Hospital in 2016. This was at the suggestion of a group member's daughter who works for Wellbeing Wellington, an advocacy group for the mental health community. She suggested that quilts could brighten up Ward 27 and bring some cheer into the lives of people experiencing major distress. The group made 50 quilts for this cause.
Wellbeing Wellington has become involved with the Oasis Network, which has established a halfway house for men who have nowhere to go upon leaving a mental health facility. The group have recently made 17 quilts for this home. These unsolicited gifts from strangers have surprised and delighted the folk of Oasis who did not at first realise that the quilts were free. Their gratitude is a sad indication of how mental health is a “cinderella”. The quilts are a bright spot in more ways than one, doing much to beautify and personalise the house, so that it can become a home.
A 2018 initiative made Te Wai Bereavement quilts for Wellington Hospital. The quilts are used to drape over the mortuary trolley when transporting a deceased loved one from a ward to the mortuary. It is comforting and respectful for the family to have a soft, pretty quilt wrapping the metal trolley. The Guild had a big push to produce one quilt for each ward of Wellington Hospital by the middle of this year. Images are here