Message from the Convenor

Quilt Symposium - 4-9 October 2022 - Sacred Heart College, 65 Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington

It is all coming together now to become a wonderful Quilt Symposium 2022 – A Quilting Fiesta! 

We now have all our tutors, classes, lectures and social events published for you to plan and book your symposium experience. And when classes reach their maximum size or are cancelled, they are removed and new classes added. These will be marked with NEW and appear at the top of the Classes list on the 'Register here' page.

Exhibition entries closed on 30 June at 11.59pm. Acceptances will be notified by 6 August. Quilts to be sent and received between 26 August and 3 September.

Bernina, our major sponsor, continues to work with us and we are very grateful to Glyn and the team at Bernina for their continued support. And thank you to all the merchants who are coming and quilters entering the exhibition.

Key Facebook and Instagram pages to look at for daily updates during symposium are:

And remember, if your email address changes please let us know by emailing

Debra De Lorenzo

Payments information

All our costs include goods and services tax (GST). Our GST number is 133-306-072. And you can pay by Credit/Debit Card or, for NZ bank accounts only, Internet Banking.

Newsletters sent out

You can go back and browse the information sent out in our regular newsletter updates.

    Newsletter 15   23 June 2022

    Newsletter 14   10 June 2022

    Newsletter 13   27/28 May 2022 (Exhibition entries open)

    Newsletter 12  25 May 2022

    Newsletter 11   17 May 2022 (Needs Lists are on our website)

    Newsletter 10    May 2022

    Newsletter 9      April 2022

    Newsletter 8      March 2022

    Newsletter 7      February 2022

    Newsletter 6      January 2022 (includes Symposium Block instructions)

    Newsletter 5      December 2021

    Newsletter 4      September 2021

    Newsletter 3      July 2021 (accommodation information)

    Newsletter 2      February 2021

    Newsletter 1       December 2020



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some common questions about symposium.


1.1 Why should I pre-register? Our pre-registration system benefits both you and the organisers.

  • For you, the lower your registration number, the higher priority you will get in the class allocation process. People who pre-register also receive newsletters keeping them updated on the symposium. Note: If you don't want to pre-register, but want to view the newsletters, they are freely available on our website.
  • For organisers,  our symposium is non-profit, and run by volunteers and pre-registration helps us to 1) identify likely numbers for planning purposes, and 2) pay the required deposits for class and exhibition venues and award evenings.

1.2 Can I use my email address to pre-register my friend? Yes you can, provided you enter different name and address. You can only purchase one pre-registration at a time.

1.3 Does GST apply? Yes, we are GST registered and our GST number is 133-306-072.

1.4 Does pre-registration give me free access to any events? No. You will be able to purchase tickets to the events when you register for classes. Tickets will also be available at the venue to purchase during symposium. Entry to the exhibition is complimentary if you register for a class.

1.5 Do I need to pre-register to visit the Merchant Mall? No. Access to the Merchant Mall is free to all.

1.6 What is the refund policy for pre-registration? The pre-registration fee is non refundable. If symposium needs to be moved (e.g. from 2022 to 2023) your pre-registration and priority number will be transferred to the new date.

Registration for Classes

2.1 When will registration for classes open? We intend to publish a downloadable booklet of classes in early May 2022.

2.2 What is the refund and cancellation policy?

  • The $35 pre-registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Cancellations received before 28 July 2022 for confirmed and paid classes, lectures and social events will receive a full refund less the $10 administration fee paid at time of registration.
  • Cancellations received between 1 August and 31 August 2022 for confirmed and paid classes, lectures and social events will receive a 50% refund less the $10 administration fee paid at time of registration.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations received after 31 August 2022.
  • Class bookings are non-transferable between attendees.
  • Attendees can swap to a different class (subject to places being available) for a $25 administration fee.

Bernina in the Making exhibition

3.1 Can Challenge quilts be exhibited prior to Symposium 2022? No

3.2 Do you need to be pre-registered to enter the Quilts in the exhibition? Yes, everyone needs to pre-register before they can enter quilts in the exhibition or enrol for classes. (You don’t need to enrol for classes to enter a quilt in the exhibition, but you do need to pre-register.)

3.3. What are the categories for the Open Exhibition? When you submit an entry you will be asked to categorise your quilt – traditional, contemporary and modern or art. Sometimes this can be hard to determine as quilt style is more a continuum than distinct categories. To assist you with deciding on the category, we have described the definitions that will apply for this exhibition. The exhibition committee reserves the right to change the category of any submitted quilt.


4.1 What happens to any profits from Quilt Symposium 2022? We are a not-for-profit, and any surplus will be used to support quilting and quilters.

4.2 What is our privacy policy? Our website looks after your information securely (see Privacy Policy in the footer of the website). But the symposium committee may keep your name and contact details on record for the purpose of communicating to you about any future quilt symposiums e.g. giving you advance notice. Then we can proactively stay in touch with you, rather than depend on the pre-registration process. You can email us at if you do not want us to pass your details to the next NZ symposium committee.