HUGS is a group of Christchurch quilters that makes quilts for children and gives them to groups working with children

Charity Quilts for Children

Each year many quilts are distributed to many children and charities in Canterbury.


The HUGS quilting group was started in 2003 by Olga Whitaker who saw the need to provide underprivileged children with something of their own. When a child is feeling lonely or sad they can wrap the quilt around themselves and give themselves a hug. The quilts are made from cotton on the top, with polyester batting and have a flannel backing that provides that “snuggle” feeling when the quilt is wrapped around them.  This makes them easy care and warm.

Recently “Quilts for Kids” disbanded and asked if they could join HUGS, and members have now joined the Hugs group. There are well over 20 who make quilts.

Hugs All Round is an independent group that meets each Wednesday afternoon at Avebury House in Evelyn Cousins Ave, Richmond from 1pm to 3pm.

Members just need sewing skills, and although some are members of CPQG and Christchurch Quilters, others are individuals who like to be able to help others and have joined to do this. Some fully complete quilts, and others piece, or quilt by machine or hand.  All are needed and welcome to join this group.

All quilts contain cotton tops, polyester batting and flannel backing. The batting and flannel are available to those sewing for Hugs.  There are supplies of cotton fabric, large pieces and small, but some members use fabric from their own stash. Many of our quilts are real "scrap" quilts, made from many small pieces of fabric

Some funding is provided for fabric and batting and flannel backing, but donations of fabric and funding are always sought. The colour of the backing does not necessarily match the front and most backs are pieced of multiple pieces to be as economical as possible.

Avebury House is very supportive of the group and about 1000 quilts have been given away so far!

Quilts for boys are in heavy demand from groups that receive the quilts, like STAND on Glenelg Spur.

Recommended sizes are approximate and the sewer is to be guided by the quilt design and fabric. The idea is that the quilt will wrap around the child and they can snuggle into it!

Babies to 2 years:                 32” by 40”                                            2 to 4 years:                36” by 48”

5 to 6 years:                        40” by 50”                                            7 to 9 years:                 45” by 55"

10 to 12 years:                    50” by 60”                                            12 years up:                  54” by 60


Debbie La Salle, 386 2951,

Pam Gurden, 981 5444,

OR: come to Avebury House on a Wednesday afternoon and join in!


Textile and Fibre Arts Network

The Network group continues to work towards promoting textile and fibre arts and seeking a suitable site/venue for a shared Textile and Fibre Arts Centre for Christchurch. Five members of the Network originally attended the City Council Earthquake Forum, to seek Council support to-wards a site or venue.  

A Textile and Fibre Arts Trail Brochure has been produced, with wonderful support from retailers who contributed significantly to the costs. Please support and promote these businesses that have allowed us to produce brochures giving the details of how to contact the Guilds and groups in Christchurch who work with fibres of all types. The brochures have been given out at meetings, and more are available on request. Please pass them on to any non-members or craft groups who may be seeking a group to join.

TAFAN holds activities each year and aa biennial exhibition, so check with the website for any details