Lions Club of Quilters Victoria stitches the world together


The Lions Club of Quilters Victoria in District V1-4 have undertaken their most ambitious project yet, the International Quilt Challenge.

As part of their principle project, the Australian Quilt & Textile Collection (AQTC), the Club is requesting quilters of all skill levels from across the world to get involved.

The ‘Our World – Coming Together’ International Quilt challenge is a celebration of the global community, with 40cm x 40cm entries to be based on aspects of its creator’s home country.

An entry by Brenda Gael Smith, representing a Norfolk Pine. Image: Supplied

The final product, which the Club expects to feature several-hundred entries, will be on exhibition at the Lions Clubs International Convention held in Melbourne in 2024.

The quilts will also be exhibited at Pour l’Amour du Fil in Nantes, France, in April 2025.

Australian quilt artist, Gloria Loughman, recognised across the world for her landscape quilts, has taken on the role of Ambassador for the International Quilt Challenge.

“There has never been a better time to come together, as one, through quilting,” she said.

Ambassador, Gloria Loughman
Image: Gloria Loughman

After exhibition, the quilts will be permanently acquired by the Lions Club of Quilters Victoria’s AQTC which aims to preserve the diversity of quilts and their stories.

Final quilt entries are due by November 2023.

You can learn more about the International Quilt Challenge, including how to get involved, here.