UK quilting calendar

Tansy Martin and Maggie Breakspear for their Find the Frog quilt at Festival of Quilts

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

Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in America Exhibition

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

Quilts in America with Kaffe Fassett
3rd April and 24th July 19:00-21:00 £20

Starburst from Quilts in America Patchwork workshop with Kaffe Fassett
4th April and 25th July, 09:30-16:30 £200

Behind the scenes: an evening with the people behind the exhibition
11th April 19:00-21:00 £15

Appliqué quilt workshop with Janet Haigh
13th July £40 (includes lunch and fabric) 10:00-15:30

TQ42 Kaffe Fassett quilt

See more of Kaffe’s quilts in our quilt gallery & Kaffe news post

Step by Step Patchwork Centre 20th Anniversary Exhibition

18th-20th April, North Devon
This display of quilts and other items showcases the work of students and tutors.
New Assembly Rooms, 125 East St, South Molton EX36 3BU

World Wide Whispers Exhibition

18th April–1st May, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
An exhibition of quilts from Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, USA and Canada, all connected through their ability to see things differently.

  • 20th April: Talk by Tanja Burlison, QGBI Traditional Quilts: , 11:00-12:30:
  • 23rd April: Book cover class (A4) with Ann Hill: free machining and painting: 10:00–16:00
  • 24th April: Tote bag class with Ann Hill: pockets, zips and some embroidery
  • 30th April: Landscape wall hanging class with Ann Hill
  • 1st May: Friendship quilting day: bring your UFOs and sewing machine and enjoy a day of quilting with friends (or make new ones)

Shambellie House, Barrview, Amisfield, Dumfries DG1 3L,

Pwythau Pentre  – Exhibition of Gwenfai Rees Griffiths’ Students’ Work

27th-28th April, North Wales
Enjoy traders, tombola and lashings of coffee, tea and cake, as well as a raffle quilt in aid of Wales Air Ambulance.
Canolfan Bro Aled, Llansannan, Denbigh LL16 5HN, Admission: £3, For information, contact Gwenfai Rees Griffiths on 01745 826239 or

UK Quilting calendar raffle

Raffle Quilt, designed by one of Gwenfai Rees Griffiths’ students, will be on display with other student work at her exhibition in Denbigh, North Wales © Courtesy of Gwenfai Rees Griffiths


World Textile Days

13th April, Leatherhead
World Textile Day 2019’s theme is Inspired to Create. Pat Archibald, Janice Gunner, Isabella Whitworth, Heather Koumi and Jacqui Carey are among artists attending.  There’s show and tell, a Fairtrade market and presentations.

East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Ave, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT

Embroidery Stories – Scottish Samplers

Until 21st April 2019, Edinburgh
Get an insight into the lives of children in the 18th and 19th centuries with this unique collection of Scottish samplers, on loan from American collector, Leslie B. Durst.
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Scottish Samplers

Women Travellers Exhibition

24th November 2018–25th May 2019, Yorkshire
Discover more about the journeys of Anne Lister, Edith Durham, Liz Humphries and Gertrude Bell. Featuring the beautiful textile items they collected, as well as the outfits they wore.

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