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
1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet
Until 29th July, Bath
A chance to see the UK’s oldest dated patchwork on display at the American Museum in Britain, marking the 300th anniversary of the coverlet.
American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD
A Celebration of Flowers: Kaffe Fassett with Candace Bahouth
Until 2nd September, Bath
Forty dazzling quilts and needlepoints exhibited alongside American Candace Bahouth’s artworks, featuring mosaic island gardens, benches, totems, mirror frames, shoes and more.
Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AT
Contact: 01225 477232 or visit www.victoriagal.org.uk
Nos Da – Goodnight
Until 10th November, Wales
To mark the Welsh Quilt Centre’s closure, there will be a panoply of historic Welsh Quilts in Gallery One, Welsh Samplers in Gallery Two and changing displays by textile artists in Gallery Three.
The Welsh Quilt Centre, Town Hall, High Street, Lampeter, SA48 7BB
Omega Stitch School Exhibition
22–24th June, Whitminster, Gloucester
City and Guilds patchwork & Quilting level 2 and Textiles level 3. Sales table, demonstrations and refreshments.
Whitminster Village Hall, School Lane, Whitminster, Gloucester GL2 7NT, 10am – 4pm, free entry
Contact Gail on 07872 318 584 for more info.
Buttercross Quilters Exhibition
22nd-23rd June, Oxfordshire
Raffle to win a quilt, plus other prizes. Pop-up shop and sales tables.
Witney Methodist Church, 40 High Street, Witney, OX28 6HG, 10:00-17:00
National Quilt Championships, Sandown
22nd-24th June, Surrey
A competitive quilt show with worldwide entries.
Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ, 10:00-16:30 (16:00 Sun), Admission: £9
Omega Stitch School Exhibition
22nd-24th June, Gloucester
City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting level 2, Textiles level 3. Sales table (Abigail Crafts), demonstrations and refreshments.
Whitminster Village hall, School Lane, Whitminster, Gloucester GL2 7NT, 10:00-16:00
Contact Gail on 07872 318 584 for more info
Creative Stitch Graduate Show 2018
23rd-24th June, Suffolk
Exhibition of textile art by students completing City & Guilds certificate and diploma qualifications in Patchwork and Quilting and Machine Embroidery. Traders: Art Van Go, Eye Fabric Shop, Daisy May Quilting and Creative Stitch.
Wickham Market Primary School, Dallinghoo Road, Wickham Market, Woodbridge, IP13 0RP, 10:00-17:00, Admission: £2, children under 16 free,
Contact Mary McIntosh firstname.lastname@example.org
Childswickham Quilters Exhibition of Work
23rd-24th June, Worcestershire
Sales table (including new Liberty quilt fabrics), raffle of quilts, hand-crafted prizes, light refreshments.
Childswickham Village Hall, Broadway, Worcester, WR12 7HF, 10:00-16:00, Admission: £2
Croston Quilters, Quirky Quilters and Douglas Valley Quilters Exhibition
30th June, Lancashire
Quilts, refreshments, raffle, tombola, handcrafted gifts and trader, disabled access and large carpark.
The Village Hall, 2 The Green, Parbold, WN8 7DN, 10:00-16:00, Admission: £2, accompanied children free
Contact: Julie Gudgeon on 07772 131030
Friendship Quilters Charity Quilt & Craft Show
30th June, Kent
Craft sales, raffle and tombola, tea/coffee and delicious cakes.
Sea Cadets Hall, North Kent College, Lower Higham Road, Gravesend, DA12 2JJ, 11:00-15:00
Thanet Quilters Exhibition
30th June-1st July, Kent
An exhibition of members’ work. Refreshments, traders, demonstrations, raffles and tombola.
Minster Village Hall, High Street, Minster, nr Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4BU, 10:00-16:00 Sat, 10:00-15:00 Sun, Admission: £2, children free
Contact: Carol Anne James, 01843 279680, email@example.com
Chet Valley (All Saints) Patchworkers’ Eleventh Exhibition
30th June, Norfolk
Trader: Sew and So’s of Bungay. Demonstrations, sales table, raffle and, of course, tea and cake.
Jubilee Hall, George Lane, Loddon, Norfolk, NR14 6NB, 10:00-16:00
4th-10th July, North Dorset
An exhibition of quilted textiles by Walking Feet.
Shaftesbury Art Centre, Bell Street, Shaftesbury, SP7 8AR 10:00-16:00 daily, admission free.
For more details contact Irene Burgoyne, 0193 638 9673, firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen Bee Quilters of Whitby 14th Biennial Quilt Show
13th-15th July, North Yorkshire
Theme is “Bee-Side the Seaside”. Queen Bee Quilters and friends will be exhibiting their last two years work and there will be nine traders, including Hannah’s Room, Leven Crafts, Daisy Chain Designs, Oakapple Haberdashery, Gillmot Crafts, Direct Knit and Sew, Springwood House Designs and The Skep.
Whitby Spa Pavilion Complex, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN, 10:00-16:00, Admission: £3.50
For more information, please contact Jane on 0779 293 9683 or Antonella on 0194 760 3131
Samphire Quilters’ 25th Anniversary Exhibition
13th-15th July, Norfolk
Sales table, charity tombola, traders, refreshments, nearby parking, disabled access.
St. Nicholas’ Chapel, St. Ann’s Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1NH, 10:30-16:00, Admission: £2,
Contact: Rosalyn Staveley on 01945 581328
It Started with Baltimore
17th-27th July, Cornwall
A selection of hand-appliqué quilts and wall-hangings made by quilters in the south west reflecting 20 years of workshops with American Quilt historian Patricia Cox, as well as a selection of Baltimore quilts made for the 1998 Guild exhibition in Truro.
The Barn, Cowslip Workshops, Newhouse Farm, St Stephens, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8JX, 10:00-17:00
Contact Barbara Janssen at email@example.com or telephone 01392 214772
The Quilters’ Fayre
21st July, Surrey
Featuring patchwork and quilting specialist traders Make and Take Workshops, bringing back to life the tradition of sharing of information and skills among like-minded enthusiasts. A variety of one-hour tutored sessions using hand-stitching techniques. Ample free parking and disabled access. £4/£5 per session (to include materials), all places booked on arrival.
The Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Great Bookham, KT23 3PQ, 10:00-16:00, Admission: £4
Trip to New England
21st July, Northampton
Bramble babes Wendy and Claire Le Maistre are inviting us to join them for a talk on their amazing trip to New England – they will share their experiences and show us how it inspired their creativity in patchwork and quilting with their beautiful quilts and wall-hangings. This also includes a break for free coffee and cake.
The Bramble Patch, West Street, Weedon Bec, Northampton, NN7 4QU, 10:30-13:30, Admission: £10
Llandegai Patchers Exhibition
24th-28th July, Anglesey
Disabled access, refreshments, traders, sales table. Charity raffle quilt in aid of Meningitis Trust.
Capel Mawr, Chapel Street, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, 10:00-17:00 Tues/Wed/Fri, 10:00-19:00 Thurs, 10:00-16:00 Sat, Admission: £2 (accompanied children free)
For further information, contact 01492 583477
Annual Exhibition of Work by the Landsker Quilters Group and Friends
24th-28th July, Pembrokeshire
Bethesda Chapel, High Street, Narberth, SA67 7AS, 10:00-16:00 Tues-Fri, 10:00-13:00 Sat, Admission: free, Disabled access
Contact 07809 560409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Quilters’ Guild Regional Day: In Celebration of Pat
28th July, Cornwall
Tributes to, and demonstrations by, Pat Cox, plus illustrated talk by Jenny Hutchison on the 1998 Guild exhibition of locally-made Baltimore quilts. Show and Tell of items made by participants. Postcard challenge competition. Refreshments and cream tea included (bring own lunch or book in café). Disabled access. Pre-booking essential.
The Barn, Cowslip Workshops, Newhouse Farm, St Stephens, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8JX, 10:00-14:00, Admission: £7 (Guild members), £10 (non-members)
Booking via Region 4 website or contact Jane Brenchley, Kingston Springs Farm, Brownstone Road, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0EG region-4.quiltersguild.org.uk
Summer Showcase at The Bramble Patch
28th July–28th August, Northampton
Featuring a showcase of quilts from the 2018 Mystery Club project “Jewel Box”. Spectacular pieces from Bramble Patch clubs made by students and customers, including the monthly block “Tiddly Om Pom Pom” and Christmas block of the month. The Contemporary Quilt Group of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles will also present pieces from the 2018 Members’ Challenge titled “Over the Rainbow”.
The Bramble Patch, West Street, Weedon Bec, Northampton, NN7 4QU, Admission: £2, with proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support
Quilts in the Peak
28th-29th July, Derbyshire
Monyash Quilters celebrate 21 years of stitching with their new exhibition. Quilts galore, plus tombola, craft sales stand and fabric trader. Display of antique doll beds and their little quilts. Famous pop-up café selling tempting cakes and beverages.
The Chapel, Chapel Street, Monyash, Derbyshire, DE45 1JJ (off the B5055 from Bakewell), 10:00-16:00
28th-29th July, Hampshire
Twentieth anniversary coinciding with the biannual quilt show. This promises to be a glorious exhibition of patchwork and quilting, boasting a competition, boutique sales tables, delightful refreshments and a raffle quilt. Proceeds to local charities.
Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth, PO10 7DD
World Textile Days
Enjoy the Fairtrade market filled with tempting goodies from around the world, as well as displays and presentations.
2nd June, Central England
King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall, Astrop Rd, Kings Sutton, Banbury, OX17 3PG
16th June, Scotland
Bridge of Allan Parish Church of Scotland, 12 Keir Street, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, FK9 4NW
Are you planning a quilting event?
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