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 americanmuseum.org

TQ42 Kaffe Fassett quilt

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

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

Jenny's gift to her sister

One of the display quilts at Ystrad Mynach Quilters’ Biennial Exhibition being held in May at Llancaiach Fawr Manor House, Mid Glamorgan, Wales

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

Anne by Vendulka Battais will be on display in Inspirational Women (her exhibition of quilts depicting mandalas) at Grosvenor Shows throughout 2019

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 jo@villavincrafts.co.uk

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 lindastitches@live.co.uk

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 sheila.evans1@gmail.com


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 JamesIndia FlintEszter 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

Baltimore Album Quilt

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum will be exhibiting their collection of Baltimore Album Quilts at this summer’s Festival of Quilts.


Textiles

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 avparry@yahoo.co.uk

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.