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What is The Quilting Shed?

The Quilting Shed is New Zealand based and owned business situated on the Waitaki Plains near Oamaru. It is in a converted farm building so from the outside is just a corrugated shed, however once you open the door you are embraced by a riot of colour.

We stock a wonderful array of patchwork fabrics, threads, batting, wide backing fabrics, books, patterns, kits and patchwork and quilting notions.

Quilting is such a great way to get the creative juices going, and a crafty excuse to take time out and relax. I like to think of my shed as a place where passion and creativity are stitched together.


If you love quilting then you’ve come to the right place. Because I do too!

I began quilting in 1992 when I made a cot quilt for my eldest son. I have made lots of quilts and wall hangings over the years and am still as addicted as ever! I love lots of bold colour and am a big fan of the Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics. I am currently going through a Sue Spargo phase and the next thing will be to combine the two – Kaffe and Sue!

I decided that I wanted to make quilting more than a hobby and work with creative people from all over the country full time.  I started sourcing fabrics, patterns and other quilting tools for my friends, neighbours and customers. Before I knew it I was running classes, and guest speaking to other passionate quilters like myself.

In October 2012 I attended the Machine Quilters Exposition in Portland, Oregon. I saw some amazing quilts that have gave me lots of inspiration. I also attended classes with some of my quilting idols. While I was in the States, I also attended Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. Over 60,000 people attended Quilt Festival. The market place gave me a great overview of all the latest products in the quilting world and I bought home quite a bit for the shop.

Get inspired – shop on-line or visit our Oamaru store

I really enjoy helping and inspiring people with their patchwork and quilting. I would love to see you in the shop but if it’s just not possible there is always the On-line shopping option.  I spend lots of time maintaining a website so anyone, anywhere can find lots of inspiration and choose from the quilting range that I’ve accumulated through reputable designers and suppliers all over the world.

I look forward to giving you a hand… If you need anything just email me or give me a call.

Cathy Hurst
Owner Operator of The Quilting Shed
Oamaru NZ