After graduating from Victoria University of Wellington in 1979 with a Bachelor in Commerce and Administration, Chris spent the next seventeen years working as an accountant, auditor, and management consultant in New Zealand and, for eight of those years, in United Kingdom and Asia.  During this time she simultaneously painted, sewed and experimented with a range of textile mediums. She began quilting in 1996, which coincided with the birth of the first of her two daughters.

Since that time, she has become more and more immersed in the world of quilting. Her quilts have been exhibited nationally and internationally in a number of galleries and shows, and published in New Zealand and international quilt magazines and books. Her quilts have won a number of national and international awards, including Best of Show at New Zealand’s National Quilt Symposium in Manawatu in 2007. 

Chris has taught quilting to all levels of quilters since 2005. She loves the challenge, responsibility and joy of teaching quilting to others. 


  • 2010 1st Viewers Choice, Excellence in Machine Quilting –Domestic at Remarkable Quilt Symposium 2011 in Queenstown
  • 2009 Best Use of Colour, 2nd Professional Traditional, 2nd Machine Quilting (Domestic), 2nd Viewers Choice, at Quilt Wellington Symposium 2009
  • 2007 Best Of Show, Best Contemporary Quilt, 2nd Viewers Choice, at Quilt Symposium Manawatu 2008in Palmerston North
  • 2006 Best Use of Colour, Traditional Section, World Quilt & Textile Competition, USA
  • 2005 2nd Place in Country New Zealand, World Quilt and Textile Competition, USA
  • 2005 1st Place and Merit Award, Summer in the City, Quilt Auckland 2005, National Quilt Symposium, NZ
  • 2004 1st Place, Innovative Use of a Traditional Block, and Viewers Choice, Wellington Quilters Exhibition 2004
  • 2002 1st Place Appliqué and Viewers Choice, Wellington Quilters Exhibition 2002
  • 2001 1st Place Coastal Quilters Challenge

Selection of Exhibitions

(excluding those mentioned above

  • 2009 Made in New Zealand II
  • 2006 Fabric of Nature Special Exhibition, Quilt Indulgence Festival, Sydney, Australia (curated and exhibited)
  • 2005 New Zealand Quilter “Celebration” Challenge
  • 2004 “Pieces of Paradise” Exhibition, Pacific Northwest Quilt Festival and the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK
  • 2002 The 2nd Contemporary NZ Quilts Exhibition, Pataka Museum of Arts & Culture
  • 2002 Unique New Zealand Exhibition, International Quilt Market and Festival, Houston, USA


  • NZ House & Garden April 2009, Article –Artist in Situ
  • New Zealand Listener 24 April 2009
  • New Zealand Quilter, Issue No. 79 (Cover and Project Quilt, 76, 75, 72, 70, 67, 64, 59 (Featured Quilter), 57, 54, 53, 51, 50, 45 (Project Quilt), 44 (Project Quilt), 49, 41, 39, 38, 37
  • Australian Quilters Companion No 25, 17 and 16 (Project Quilt)
  • British patchwork and Quilting Issue 194
  • Wheel of Mystery Quilts – By Helen Marshall, published by Martingales

Memberships and other Roles

  • Quilt Wellington 2009, NZ National Quilt Symposium – Deputy Convenor, Convenor of Exhibitions
  • Coastal Quilters –Past President, Classes Coordinator, member since 2001
  • Wellington Quilters – member since 2001
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