The Guild subsidises courses for members throughout the year.  These classes are mostly held on a Saturday from 9.30am.  There is often preparation needed prior to the class so be sure to check that you are ready for the day.  Classes cost $15 for members.  If numbers permit, non members can apply to attend for $40.  To ensure a place register early by emailing or phone Robyn or Wendy.  Following courses, photos of the day will be posted further down the page so please scroll down to see our members busy at work.

Beginner Quilting Classes in 2018
We are planning to hold classes for beginners, or those who want to refresh their skills, starting early in Term 1 2018 on alternate Saturday afternoons. By the end of the term people should have learnt about choosing fabrics, cutting out, piecing, ironing seams, adding borders, laying out the sandwich (quilt top, batting and backing), quilting, binding and labelling .

At this stage we are looking for expressions of interest - email or phone Wendy on 04 2938676. These classes will be extended to people outside the guild and will be advertised through the media nearer the time.

The tutor will be Wendy Hatley who has taught quilting for many years. Wendy says, "My biggest successes have been an 80 year old lady who has sewn all her life but never done patchwork or quilting - she ended up making (and finishing) a new quilt every week! I also had a lady in her 50s who had never sat at a sewing machine in her life. She freaked right out when the bobbin ran out the first time! She turned into a passionate quilter too. My easiest student was a 13 year old boy - he never doubted himself, he was fantastic."

If you know someone who might want to learn please encourage them to join in.
Let's share this passion!

Next Class:
October 28th Class with Diana Carroll
DIana's class is on Oct 28th and you can choose whether to do the elephant or the stained glass pukeko. If you choose one you can buy the pattern for the other one for $9.  Details coming shortly.  Registrations open so don't delay.  Email or phone Robyn.


Needs Lists:

Elegant Elephant


  • 1 metre of non-iron on Vilene
  • Various pieces of fabric for crazy patchwork. (if you don’t want to use scraps, buy 6-8 fat ¼’s)
  • Sewing thread to stitch the elephant together.
  • Ruler and fabric marking pencil.
  • Sewing machine and notions etc.
  • Various colours in machine embroidery thread to compliment fabrics. 
  • Charms, beads, buttons and motifs to decorate the elephant.
  • 2 glass buttons for eyes.(must have a metal shank)
  • 20cm of decorative cord or a tassel for the tail.
  • Dental floss or strong thread to stitch on the ears and close the opening in the body. 
  • About 500g of polyester stuffing and some plastic pellets to weight each leg.

 Pukeko Stained Glass Class


  • 50cm plain fabric for background for wall hanging
  • 6 “ squares of brown, red, white and 2 different blues for the birds
  • 20 cm of 3 blues for the water 
  • 20cm of 3 different greens for leaves
  • 12 metres of ¼” black bias tape (specific for stained glass)
  • Plus 5 metres of iron-on black bias tape.
  • ½ metre of visofix or steam a seam
  • Black thread
  • Marking pencil to place design on background –wash-away or Frixion
  • Machine and accessories, with clear foot or Bernina #20 open toed foot.         A sew table is essential
  • Sewing accessories with scissors
  • 50cm of batting & backing(not needed on the day)

New York Beauty Quilt with Dianne Southey for November
At the August evening meeting Dianne shared these possible topics for a class in November.  After polling members at the last meeting, it was decided to do the New York Beauty quilt class on 18th November.  The Happy Villages workshop will be scheduled for next year as this requires attendees to buy the book at $45 so we felt that we needed to check with members before confirming this workshop.  Other choices may be held in the future also.To register email Robyn now at

New York Beauty

Happy Villages

Accidental Landscapes

Students will learn how to design their own New York Beauty blocks and then how to stitch them using the foundation piecing method. Dianne designed 36 original blocks for her quilt, all of which are incorporated into this quilt. Students will learn how to design a couple of blocks for themselves and then they can choose which block(s) they wish to make a quilt from. They could use 1 or 2 blocks or make a selection of different blocks like mine. I teach a method of foundation piecing using lightweight sew-in Vilene as the base so it does not need to be removed and makes sewing much more accurate. There are several ways to set these blocks together, a variety will be shown at class.

A4 size white paper (photocopy paper is fine) at least 10 sheets, more depending on how many blocks you want to draw up
Ruler, pencil, eraser
Set of Compasses (school type is fine)
Sewing machine & accessories
Scissors, pins
Sewing thread
neutral to sew all fabrics with
1m Lightweight sew in vilene (for foundation piecing)
Rotary cutter, cutting board & ruler
you can make a scrap quilt or theme it brights, country, autumn, African, Japanese, floral, black and white with brights to name a few. The block consists of a center quarter circle, spikes and an outer arc. The spikes are the main focus of the block and need good contrast between the background and the spike. The arcs are the largest fabric piece in the block and can be plain/tone on tone through to medium or large scale prints. The more variety in your fabrics, the more interest between your blocks. Contrast is the name of the game so the spikes stand out from the background and the arcs. Please contact me direct if you need assistance with your fabric choices. If you wish to use one colour family for the arcs, it would be best to use a variety of fabrics in this colour family so you can achieve more interest than what would be achieved with one fabric, eg. A selection of 6-8 reds or blues or neutrals.
The amount of fabric you require depends on how many blocks you want to make and how large you make them
– 6”, 8” or 10”.
6” block
- you will get 4 arcs from a fat tenth. You will need a 2” up to 31⁄2” wide strip of fabric 22” long to make the spikes on one block and the same for the background per block.
8” block - you will get 3 arcs from a fat eighth. You will need a 2” up to 31⁄2” wide strip of fabric at least 22” long each for the spikes and for the background per block.
10” block – a 12” x 15” piece of fabric will give 2 arcs, you will get 6 from a 50cm piece of fabric. You will need 3” up to 41⁄2” wide strips of fabric between 22” and 40” long for the spikes and also for the background per block.
In my quilt I used some of the arc fabrics 3,4, 5 & 6 times, repeats don’t matter as they are scattered across the quilt. My quilt measures 1.2m square using 36 @ 6” blocks.
There are many settings for these blocks which I will show you in class. Depending on which setting you choose will depend on how much border fabric you require. An inner border would be approx. 15cm to 30cm of fabric. An outer border will depend on whether you continue the spiky look (which I think looks great) you could need approx. 75cm of a contrasting fabric for the spikes to stand out against plus a selection of fabrics for your spikes, say 10cm each of at least 5- 8 fabrics.
You can make just 4 blocks if you want them in the centre of a quilt, but this block looks best in quantity and the minimum would be 9 or 16 blocks to achieve some wonderful design shapes.
Bring as much fabric as you can so you have choices to play with in each block.
You can contact me direct on (06) 3555735 or for any assistance prior to class. 

Previous class photos
Kaleidoscope Quilt - Class by Judy Boyle
Saturday September 9th.



For material etc requirements please see the file at the bottom of this page.

Quilt As You Go - Class by Shirley Mooney

Saturday July 22nd


Honeycomb Spin Hexagon Class by Anna Hicks 
27th May 2017

Kapiti Quilts,
Sep 9, 2017, 9:00 PM
Kapiti Quilts,
Aug 4, 2017, 7:10 PM
Kapiti Quilts,
Aug 26, 2017, 12:49 AM
Kapiti Quilts,
Jun 19, 2017, 12:52 AM