The McCahon House and Nell are still welcoming submissions for the NELL ANNE QUILT PROJECT 

Follow through to the project instructions.

The project premise; decorate a piece of fabric with the name of a woman who has had meaning in your life. These will be quilted together forming a patchwork of many women’s names in homage to women’s creativity and craft, work, and labour. One will be decorated with the name ANNE, after Anne McCahon (nee Hamblett), and the other with the artist’s name – NELL, acknowledging where the particularities of Anne & Nell’s individual stories interchange with collective female history.

The project history; in April 2020, McCahon House intended to welcome Australian artist Nell for a one-month Residency at Parehuia, where she would host a series of open studios and workshops. Due to the pandemic, Nell’s plans for travel were delayed and in response, we took the project online so those interested could participate from anywhere in the world. In April 2023, McCahon House finally welcomed Nell to Parehuia. We held a series of free workshops in Auckland and Titirangi where everyone was welcome to participate - from first-time sewers to experienced needleworkers. Since the project's initiation, we have received over 340 submissions and we are still accepting your patches. 


When your patch is complete;

Please send a jpeg. image of your patch, along with the accompanying text, to and send your finished patches to:


Nell c/o STATION
9 Ellis Street 
South Yarra, Victoria 3141 


Nell c/o STATION
91 Campbell Street 
Surry Hills, New South Wales, 2010 

New Zealand:

Nell c/o McCahon House Trust
PO Box 60 165
Titirangi, Auckland
New Zealand

Tag your progress with #NELLANNEQUILT on social media.

Nell’s residency and the NELL ANNE QUILT PROJECT is supported by The Chartwell Project.


Thank you to everyone who has contributed to The NELL ANNE Quilt Project.