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Born 20 April 1953 Christchurch, New Zealand
Married to Gavin Waters since 1972
Children - daughter Elizabeth (b.1973) and son Alan (b.1977)
Travelled extensively since 1979.


Laboratory Assistant
Banking – corporate information technology
Computer Consultant – help desk technology
Quilt Artist
  Education relevant to quilt making 2000 –2003 quilt valuer - Victorian Quilters Inc.
  Quilt Making

Began quilt making in 1989
Retired from computing in 1991
Became a quilt artist in 1993
Guest Lecturer to City and Guilds courses in Soft Furnishing, Textiles, Fashion, Embroidery and Quilting throughout London and the South East of England
Lecture and provide workshops to various Guilds and interested groups/organisations
  Quilt Styles

I have three distinct styles of quilt making:
     - Geometric art quilts
     - Innovative Pictorial quilts mainly using birds or animals as a focal point
     - Traditional quilts enhanced with machine quilting
  Artist Statement

My aim is to create innovative quilts of technical excellence using the quilting pattern as an integral part of the design. To use patterns drawn from my heritage of Maori art without infringement of cultural issues. To promote the growth of quilt making by providing my experience, especially in machine work to assist all quilters and focus on teaching intermediate and advanced techniques
  Organisation Membership

Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, American Quilters’ Society,
International Quilt Association, Victorian Quilters Inc.,
The Ionian (82) Club,  Waverley Quilters
  Exhibitions and awards for major works

Invitational Exhibitions
1997 New Zealand Arts Council – Made in New Zealand international touring exhibition
1998 Shipley Art Gallery UK  Summer Exhibition 1998
Grand Slam European touring exhibition
1998 Quilts Retrospective Hever Castle – Sussex, England: Nienes, France
2003 International Quilt Association (IQA) special exhibit Chicago USA

Juried Exhibitions
1990 Quilts Enzed Auckland, New Zealand
1995 Pacific Quilts International, Santa Clara, California
1997 -2007 IQA, Houston Texas
  Quilts and Awards

















Time Warp
1990 Quilts New Zealand

1994 National Patchwork Association UK
     Best of Show Racing Colours Theme
     1st Geometric
     2nd Col our
     2nd Design
1994 Quilts UK
     1st Computer Aided Design
     1st Geometric
1995 Pacific Quilts International
     Juried into exhibition

Evolution of the Ammonite
1996 National Patchwork Association UK
     3rd Geometric
     3rd New Horizon Theme
1996 Quilts U.K.
     1st Colour
     Judges Choice

Seasonal Light
1996 National Patchwork Association UK, The Netherlands
     1st Colour
     1st Design
     2nd Travelling Light Theme
1996 International Quilt Association (IQA)  Houston Texas
     Merit Award
1997 Quilts U.K.
     1st Computer Aided Design
     1st Colour
     1st Geometric
     Judges Choice

In the Beginning
1998 National Patchwork Association UK
     Katrin Pisareva Memorial Scholarship for Innovative Pictorial Quilts
     1st Pictorial
     1st Design
     1st Advanced
1998 European Championships - Veldhoven, The Netherlands
     1st Pictorial
1998 International Quilt Association Houston Texas
     Juried into show
Featured NZ Artist - New Zealand High Commission, Haymarket, London, UK

Garden Club - 7 Clubs
1998 Juried into Grand Slam touring exhibition of Europe
1999-2000 Exhibited at Playing Card Museum Germany

High Country Kea
1998 Made in New Zealand,  International touring exhibition – Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand

1998 Invitational Summer Exhibition Shipley Art Gallery UK
International Quilt Association Houston Texas
     2nd Geometric

Magnus and Monet
1999 New Horizons Exhibition - UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands
     Viewers Choice

Dance of the Butterflies
2003 IQA Houston Texas USA - 3rd Innovative Applique
2004 The Quilters Guild of NSW - 1st Professional Applique
2004 Victorian Quilters Inc. - Runner Up to Best of Show
     Best professional Machine quilting

Enigma 3
2003 American Quilters Society (AQS) Paducah Kentucky - 3rd Miniature
2003 IQA Houston Texas USA - 2nd Miniature

Feathered Fantasy VII
2002 Victorian Quilters Inc. - 1st small quilts
The Quilters Guild of NSW - 1st Miniatures
     Best Machine Quilting
Brisbane RNA - 1st Traditional Quilting
     Best Machine Quilting
IQA Houston Texas USA – 1st Machine Quilting
Selected for Lang Corporation USA Traditional Quilt Calender 2005

Feathered Fantasy IV
2002 Marvellous Miniatures - Best of Show

Federation Tessellation 591
2001 Victorian Quilters Inc. – Best of Show and Best Machine Quilting
2001 IQA Houston Texas USA – 2nd Merit Quilting
2002 Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) - on tour with Best of Australian Quilts
2003 Juried entrant in World Wide Textile Show September 2003

Out to Lunch
2000 Victorian Quilters Inc. - Honourable Mention
IQA Houston Texas USA - 3rd Mixed Media
Quilt Nihon Japan - Judges Encouragement award
2003 Brisbane RNA - Best of Show

Renaissance Revival
2007 The Quilters Guild of NSW - Best in Show, Best Domestic Machine Quilting, Hangers Choice and Presidents Award
2007 Victorian Quilters Inc. - Best Machine Applique, Viewers Choice
2007 IQA Houston Texas USA - Founders Award
2008 AQC Best of Australia (best of the State winners from the 2007 shows)
2009 AQS Paducah Kentucky USA - Best in Show

Bluebirds in Paradise
2008 The Quilters Guild of NSW - 1st Miniature Quilts
2008 IQA Houston Texas USA - 2nd Miniature Quilts
2009 AQS Paducah Kentucky USA - 3rd Miniature Quilts


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Cover New Zealand Quilter 1998 (In the Beginning)
Posters, and cover of catalogue for Made in New Zealand Exhibition
Best American Quilts Calendar 2003 (Feathered Fantasy)
Cover New Zealand Quilter October 2007 (Renaissance Revival)
Best American Quilts Calendar 2008 (Renaissance Revival

Quilt New Zealand, Diane and John Dolan (New House Publishers Ltd 1990)
Colour Play by Joen Wolfram (C&T Publications 2000)
Great Australian Quilts (Sally Milner Publications, release date Sept 2004)

Craft Magazines
Quilting Times 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Popular Patchwork 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Patchwork and Quilting U.K. 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
The Quilter 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
New Zealand Quilter 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
Patchwork and Quilting Australia 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Down Under Quilts 2000 2001 2002 2003
Canadian Quilter 1998
Quilters’ Newsletter Magazine 1997
International Miniature Magazine 2003
Quilters Companion 2004

Specialist Magazines
Pacific Way, in-flight magazine for Air New Zealand

Work in Collections
High Country Kea
- Private collection
Magnus and Monet – Private Collection
Feathered Fantasy I, III, IV, VI, VII
Enigma 1 and 2
Enigma 3 - "Oh, Wow" Miniature Quilt Collection - The National Quilt Museum of the USA, Paducah, KY
Renaissance Revival - The National Quilt Museum of the USA, Paducah, KY
Bluebirds of Paradise - Hunter collection, Atlanta, GA


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