People, Places and Objects come in all shapes

If you think you’ve seen quilt works in every conceivable shape, just take a look at this year’s New Zealand Hoffman Challenge quilts!

This renowned challenge is held annually and is one of New Zealand’s most exciting quilt competitions.

Participants created their entry piece while meeting the Hoffman Challenge guidelines which included:

  • using this year’s Challenge fabric
  • keeping the size of their work within one square metre, and
  • working to any shape other than a rectangle or square


There are 20 wonderful quilts selected for the display, with the prizes awarded to:

Best of Show and Viewers’ Choice

‘Rose Window’ by Paula Franklin, Russell

Best Traditional with a Twist

                        ‘Martin Inheritance’ by Ruth Wheeler, Whakatane

Best Contemporary                          

                        ‘The Terror Of The Night’ by Jo Hollings, Auckland

Merit Prize                            

                        ‘Pilgrimage’ by Angela Simpson, Timaru

                        ‘Opulent Canterbury Beauty’ by Juliet Fitness, Waitakere


We hope you enjoy this online exhibition of the Hoffman Challenge which can be viewed ‘in the cloth’ at the Craft & Quilt Fair, Hamilton, August 7 – 10, 2014.


The New Zealand Hoffman Challenge is organised by Needle ‘n Thread in Geraldine.

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