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Mariya Waters is an international and Australian award winning quilt maker and teacher.  

She currently specialises in hand appliqué and machine quilting but has also won international awards for contemporary art and innovative quilts.

Mariya began quilting in New Zealand in 1990 and her first quilt was selected for a juried quilt show and then published in a book.

In 1994 while living in England her third quilt won the prestigious Ascot Trophy at the national championships.

Since then Mariya has specialised in making quilts for exhibition with most taking a year or more to complete.


Many quilts completed since 1994 have won an international award.  "Federation Tessellation 591" won Best of Show at the Victorian Quilters state show in 2002 and Best of Country at the World Quilt and Textile show in 2003.  Many of her quilts have appeared in magazines and books such as "Colour Play" by Joen Wolfram and some form parts of public and private collections around the world.

Mariya’s 40-45cm silk whole cloth miniatures have won awards around the world.  One appears in an American quilting calendar for 2005 and another has been used in the American Quilters Society advertising.  Several other quilts have been selected for use by various companies for advertising purposes.

Mariya’s quilt "Dance of the Butterflies", won 1st place at the Quilters’ Guild of NSW 2003 show in Sydney.  It won runner- up to Best of Show at the Victorian Quilters Inc show in July 2003.  This was followed by success in Houston where it won 3rd place in Large Traditional Quilts at the IQA show. 
In 2005 this quilt was at the World Quilt and Textile Show in the USA where it was awarded 1st place Traditional Quilt of the World.

Her quilt "Renaissance Revival" has even more success.  It has won Best of Show and Best Domestic Machine Quilting and the inaugural Hangers' Award at the Quilters’ Guild of NSW June 2007 show in Sydney.   This was followed by  Best of Category and Viewers' Choice at the Victorian Quilters Inc July 2007 show in Melbourne.  The Quilt won the Founders Award in the IQA show in Houston, USA in October 2007.    In February 2008 the quilt was awarded best of Australia (the Bernina Australian National Quilt Award 2007) at the Australian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. In April 2009 the quilt was awarded Best of Show at the AQS 25th Anniversary Quilt Show and Contest in Paducah KY USA and the quilt now hangs in the National Quilt Museum in Paducah KY USA. Prior information and views of the ongoing exhibition is archived in pdf format here  National Quilt Museum Ongoing Exhibits.  

You can see more about the extraordinary quilt "Renaissance Revival"  (4 years in the making)  Click here and see more about the National Quilt Museum here  And recorded on The Quilt Index website

One of Mariya's miniature quilts "Enigma 3" was donated to the National Quilt Museum "Oh, Wow!" collection. Follow the link and see this extraordinary miniature quilt in the permanent exhibition of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY, USA - the "Oh, Wow" collection on The Quilt Index website

Mariya continues to teach the techniques which she has learned and developed (see the "Classes Available" link above). She is always designing and making more quilts; some of her finished works are available for you to view in the "Photos" link above. She explains some of her appliqué techniques in a video made by Bonnie McCaffery during a visit to Australia in 2011 and posted to her website VidCast link here

In April 2012 Mariya's miniature quilt "Mini Magic" was awarded Best Miniature at the AQS Paducah KY USA Quilt Show.  a Video link herewith grateful acknowledgement to the American Quilter's Society Paducah show & contest.


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