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. And a few overseas too if you’re feeling adventurous!

Main image (above): Tansy Martin and Maggie Breakspear’s ‘Find the Frog’ quilt from the 2017 Festival of Quilts.

UK quilting exhibitions

Spring Quilt Festival Exeter

6th-8th April, Devon
Display quilts from well- known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy.
Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ, 10:00-16:00, Admission: £8

Textile Alchemy

Until 13th May, Stirlingshire
Four new collections from Turning Point Quilts.
The Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2RQ, 10:00-17:00 Tue-Sat, 14:00-17:00 Sun, Free admission, Contact: 01786471917

1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet

Until 29th July, Bath 
A rare chance to see the UK’s oldest dated patchwork on display in  its tercentenary year.
American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD

Brunel Quilters Exhibition

14th April, Cornwall
Quilt display, sales table, refreshments, machine and hand-sewing demonstrations.
Saltash Wesley Methodist Church, Callington Road, Saltash, PL12 6LA, 10:00-16:0, contact: Anne Vaughan 

Hanging by a Thread

14th April–12th May, Dumfries
An exhibition by the Solway Quilters also with embroidery and weaving.
Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, D1 1JQ, 10:00-17:00 Tue–Sat, Free admission & parking  

Churchdown Patchwork & Quilters 9th Exhibition

21st-22nd April, Gloucestershire
Craft traders plus sales table, raffle, demonstrations.
Churchdown Community Centre, Churchdown, Glos, GL3 2JH, 10:00-17:00 Sat (until 16:00 Sun), Admission: £2.50 for students, free for children.

Feed Dogs Down presents ‘Beginnings’

23rd-28th April, Norfolk
First exhibition for Feed Dogs Down, students of Annette Morgan and Mary McIntosh in East Anglia.
St Margaret’s Church of Art, St Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4AQ, 10:00-16:00 Free admission. Contact: Susan Shanley
01245 421415 or 07887563441

Contemporary Quilters West presents Unfolding Stories 3

27th April–3rd May, Devon
More than 20 members, including several award winners, will exhibit work.
Harbour House Centre for Arts & Yoga, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1JD, 10:00-17:00, Free admission

Keene Quilters Patchwork in the Barn

28th–29th April, Essex
The quilters take over the barn for a special exhibition.
The Barley Barn, Great Notley, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7QW 10:00-17:00 Sat, 10:00-16:00 Sun Admission: £3

Three by 3: Homage to Vivaldi

28th April–5th May, Gloucestershire
Pauline Cullimore, Janet Grist and Sylvia Hammond are three designer-makers whose works are rooted in the traditions of patchwork and quilting. This exhibition is a mix of vibrant and textured pieces reflecting the Four Seasons, together with a mix of stitched artwork.
George Room, Subscription Rooms, Stroud, GL5 1AE, 10:00-16:00 (excluding Sun), Free admission

XIII Makers present Transformation: Earth Matters

28th April–19th May, Bristol
An exhibition of art quilts by award-winning quilters Liz Hewitt, Claire Passmore, Liz Brooke Ward and Colin Brandi, as well as embroidery by Louise Watson, painting, photography, mixed media, jewellery and print.
Bristol Guild Gallery, 68 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5SJ 10:00-17:00 (closed Sun & public holidays), Free admission

Beacon Quilters Exhibition

3rd–5th May, Cornwall
With raffles, traders, sales table and refreshments.
St. Petroc’s Church, Bodmin, PL31 2DT 10:00-16:00 Thur & Sat 10:00-18:00 Fri Admission: £2, under 16s free 

Foggy Furze exhibition

Hartlepool’s Foggy Furze exhibition

Foggy Furze Quilters and Embroiderers Exhibition

4th-5th May, Hartlepool
With tombola, raffle, sales table and trade stand.
Marine Hotel, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, TS25 1BS 10:00-17:00, Free admission, Contact: Lorna Scott 01429 268642

In Stitches

5th-7th May, East Yorkshire
An exhibition of quilts and patchwork by Raw Edgers. Trade stand Axholme Quilting, sales table, raffle. Disabled access. Preview evening Friday 4th to be opened by Stuart Hillard.
St John’s Parish Church, Church Street, Goole, DN14 5BA, 10:00-16:00 Sat & Mon, 12:00-16:00 Sun. Admission: £2.50 (preview £5) Contact: Dorian Bingham01405 839546

The Waterloo Quilters show

The Waterloo Quilters Show

The Waterloo Quilters show Waterloo Quilters Quilt Show

11th-12th May, Liverpool
Quilt show, fabric sales, bag and purse tombola, raffles, children’s Make & Take workshop. St Helens Church, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 7TQ, 10:00-16:00 Admission: £2

Orpington Quilters Quilt Show

12th May, Kent
Charity raffle, sale of fabrics, refreshments.
St John’s United Reformed Church. Lynwood Grove, Orpington, Kent,   BR6 0BG 10:30-16:00 Admission: £4, under 16s free

Quirky Quilters Exhibition & Trade Stands

Orpington Quilters show

Orpington Quilters show

12th-13th May, Somerset
An exhibition of traditional and contemporary quilts, plus a fabric, leather, thread and quilting accessory stalls, together with a charity tombola. Café and parking.
Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5DJ, 10:00-16:30, Admission: £3, children free

Quilts UK Malvern

17th–20th May, Worcestershire
Display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy. See Fresh Picks
on page 15 for more on the featured galleries.
Three Counties Showground, Severn Hall, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW, 10:00-17:00 (16:30 Sun)

Around the World – Heritage Quilters

19th-20th May, Suffolk
Patchwork quilt exhibition, with raffle and refreshments.
Westleton Village Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, IP17 3AD 10:00-16:00 Admission: £3, children free Contact: Geraldine Booth

Thistle Quilters Transitions 1718–2018

19th May–3rd June, Edinburgh
Showcasing new and historic quilts from one of Scotland’s longest established quilts groups. Includes Journal Quilts, Auld Reekie Quilts and heritage quilts from private collections.
Galleries 1, 2 and 3, Third Floor, Edinburgh Palette, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE, 10:00-16:00 daily

Souter Quilters Open Days

26th-27th May, Scottish Borders
Exhibition and prizes. See page 16 for more details.
The Argus Centre, Goslawdales, Selkirk, TD7 4EP, 10:00-16:00 Admission: £4 

Roding Quilters Patchwork & Quilting Exhibition

26th-28th May, Essex
Trader Just Between Friends, with refreshments and free parking.
St Mary’s Church Hall, High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6QQ 10:00-16:00 Sat & Mon 13:00-16:00 Sun, Admission: £3, under 16s free, Contact: 0208 502 9191 or 0208 599 6883

Antique Textiles Company

26th May–9th June, Northamptonshire
Quilts from the collection of Christopher Wilson-Tate to mark his new fabric line Regency Blues and book Regency Blues – 8 Unique Designs by Doug Leko.
The Bramble Patch, West Street, Weedon, Northamptonshire NN7 4QU. Contact: 01327 342212

Kernow Quilters 2018 Exhibition

31st May–2nd June, Cornwall
Group quilt to be raffled in aid of charity. Sales table, lunch and afternoon tea. Parking and disabled access.
Perranarworthal Village Hall, Perranwell Station, Truro, TR3 7NJ, 10:00-16:30 Thur and Fri  10:00-15:30 Sat Admission: £2

Gordano Textile Artists Ira Wood clock 1

The Gordano Textile Artists will be held at the National Trust’s Newark Park and include Ira Wood’s clock

Textiles Gordano Textile Artists

9th May–18th June, The Cotswolds
Gordano Textile Artists will exhibit new work at the National Trust property of Newark Park in the Cotswolds. The twelve artists will take inspiration from inside and outside of the estate.
Newark Park, Ozleworth, GL12 7PZ 11:00-17:00 (closed Tue) Contact: 01453 842644

Craft events

The Creative Craft Show

19th-21st April, London
A haven for knitting, cross stitch, paper crafting, jewellery and dressmaking and stitching enthusiasts, offering all the latest supplies, and ideas in the hobby world.
ExCel, London, Admission: £10

International events

International Show of the Arts of Thread

25th-28th April, Nantes, France
With more than 120 booths, as well as classes, workshops and live demos from stitchers all around the world.

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