Find a quilting or textile exhibition coming up near you. We’ve put together this listings guide to showcase the best quilt shows across the United Kingdom.
Main image (above): Tansy Martin and Maggie Breakspear’s ‘Find the Frog’ quilt from the 2017 Festival of Quilts.
UK quilting & textile exhibitions
16th March-3rd November, Bath
Kaffe Fassett’s new collection inspired by the museum’s world-renowned collection of antique American quilts, providing a unique opportunity to see old and new together. Talks and workshops are also being held (see below).
American Museum & Gardens, Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD americanmuseum.org
Ystrad Mynach Quilters’ Biennial Exhibition
23rd-26th May, Mid Glamorgan
Sales table, tombola, raffle quilt and traders. Refreshments will be available.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor House, Gelligaer Road, Nelson, Treharris, Mid Glamorgan CF46 6ER, 10:00-16:00 / £2, Janet Harry: 01443 814528
Springfields Quilt Show
31st May-1st June, Lincolnshire
Displays of quilts from award-winning quilters and textile artists, retail therapy, demonstrations and workshops.
Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Camel Gate, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 6ET www.grosvenorshows.co.uk
London Quilters Exhibition
3rd-28th June, London
Quilts made by London Quilters members, quilt to raffle for charity, plus small items to sell on behalf of local charities.
Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, London NW3 3HA www.londonquilters.org.uk
14th Annual River of Dreams Quilt Exhibition
14th-21st June, Limerick
An exhibition of quilts from all over Ireland.
10:00-17:00 Limerick School of Art and Design, Clare Street, Limerick, Ireland
Charity Patchwork & Quilting Exhibition
20th-22nd June, Devon
Sales table, refreshments and raffle – all proceeds for charity. Plus, there’s a sale in the shop.
10:00-16:00 / £2 Villavin Crafts, Villavin Farm, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6LP Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendship Through Flowers and Quilts
21st-22nd June, Norfolk
Charity exhibition to honour the 50th and 30th anniversaries of the Caister Flower Club and Caister Stitchers.
10:00-16:00 Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth NR30 5JN Contact email@example.com
National Quilt Championships
21st-23th June, Esher
Quilts from award-winning quilters and textile artists, stalls, demonstrations and workshops.
Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ www.grosvenorshows.co.uk
Quilts in the Wolds
29th-30th June, Ludford
Lindsey Patchworkers 5th Exhibition in the Lincolnshire Wolds, traders, demonstrations, raffle, sales table, tombola.
10:00-16:00 / £4 inc refreshment Ludford Village Hall, Playing Field Lane, Ludford, Lincs LN8 6AJ Sheila Evans 01507 610093 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Festival of Quilts
1st–4th August, Birmingham
The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s biggest patchwork and quilting event, attracting 25,000+ visitors from all over the world.Highlights include: 800 competition quilts; 400+ workshops; talks, lectures and demonstrations; social events; and 300+ exhibitors. The Festival’s galleries will feature work by internationally-acclaimed artists and groups including Michael James, India Flint, Eszter Bornemisza and Karina Thompson. The International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Nebraska will be showing an exhibition of 19th Century Baltimore Album Quilts. YouTube quilt star Jenny Doan (Missouri Star Quilt Company) will fly in to present a daily Trunk Show
NEC Birmingham B40 1NT www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk, 0844 858 6749. Use code TODQUIL19 to get £2 off adult tickets/ £1 off concessions
World Textile Day
Inspired to Create, the theme for World Textile Day 2019, explores how textiles from around the world inspire artists in the UK. Enjoy presentations, show-and-tell and the Fair Trade market. www.worldtextileday.co.uk
1st June: Central England – Banbury
Special guest is batik artist Heather Koumi.
Kings Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall, Astrop Rd, King’s Sutton, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 3PG
15th June: Scotland – Bridge of Allan
The special guest is textile artist Pat Archibald.
Bridge of Allan Parish Church of Scotland, 12 Keir St, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire FK9 4NW
Elements of Nature Exhibition & Sale of Stitched Textiles
7th-9th June, Norfolk
An exhibition of new work by Hindolveston Textile Group.
10:00-17:00 / free, Brancaster Staithe Village Hall Main Road, PE31 8BU. Contact email@example.com
Are you planning a quilting event?
Email TodaysQuilter@immediate.co.uk about your upcoming quilting events. Please give us three months’ notice if you would like to be featured in our magazines’ Diary Dates page – we have limited space but we’ll try our best to include as many events as possible.