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


 

Treasured Threads, Unpicking Gunnersbury’s Quilts
Until 12th January 2020, London
Discover quilts from Gunnersbury’s collection including one of their most remarkable items – a pieced and appliquéd top created by a local Acton family in 1825. Open Tuesday to Sunday.
10:00-16:00 / Free
Gunnersbury Park Museum, Gunnersbury Park House, Popes Lane, London W5 4NH
www.visitgunnersbury.org

Pilgrim Quilters 23rd Exhibition
1st-2nd November, Surrey
Demonstrations, Thread Bear trader stall, a raffle, crafts, a sales table and more.
10:00-16:30 / £3
St Ann’s Catholic Church Hall, 4 Brighton Road, Banstead SM7 1BS
pilgrimquiltersinfo@gmail.com

Stalybridge Patchwork & Quilting Group 9th Patchwork & Quilting Exhibition
2nd November, Cheshire
A display of the groups’ work including traders, raffles and a tombola.
11:00-16:00 / £2
St Paul’s Church, Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge SK15 2PT
Anne 01457 765 493

Hawkinge Village Hall Bi Annual Quilt and Craft Exhibition
2nd November, Kent
A display of quilts, a trade stall and a quilt raffle in aid of Demelza Childrens’ Hospice.
10:00-16:00 / £1
Canterbury Road, Hawkinge, Folkestone CT18 7BS
Hilary 01303 844 657

Autumn Quilt Festival, Kent
8th-9th November, Kent
Displays by well-known quilters, competition quilts, plus lots of retail therapy.
10:00-16:00 / See website for more info and ticket prices
Kent Showground, Clive Emson Exhibition Hall, Detling ME14 3JF
www.grosvenorshows.co.uk

“Wasted” – South West Textile Group
16th November – 24th December, Somerset
This exhibition explores wastage of the earth’s natural resources and how that waste can be put to good use, both practically and beautifully.
10:00-17:00 Tues-Sat / Free
Ace Arts, Marketplace, Somerton, Somerset TA11 7NB
www.southwesttextiles.co.uk

The Knitting & Stitching Show
28th November–1st December, Harrogate
Enjoy hundreds of workshops, demos, curated galleries and over 200 exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies.
10:00-17:30 (17:00 Sun) / Ticket prices vary, see website for info
Harrogate Convention Centre, King’s Road, Harrogate HG1 5LA
wwwtheknittingandstitchingshow.com

Mead Quilters Exhibition of Patchwork and Quilting
9th November, Hertfordshire
A display of the group members’ work, sales, refreshments and raffles.
10:00-16:00 / Contact the group via the email below for ticket info
Memorial Hall, Marford Rd, Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8AY
show@meadquilters.org

Social QuiltsExhibition
9th November, West Midlands
This year’s exhibition includes a diverse selection of vintage patchwork on display to educate and celebrate.
10:30-16:00 / Free
St Barbara’s Church, Rochester Road, Earlsdon, Coventry, West Midlands CV5 6AG
jane.cobbett@yahoo.co.uk

Cupar Quilters Biennial Quilting Exhibition
16th November, Fife
The trader for this exhibition will be Purely Patchwork. Refreshments and disabled access will be available at the venue.
10:00-15:00 / £3 / Children free
Old Parish Church Centre, Short Lane, Cupar KY15 5EQ
Catherine 01334 655 415

Quilt Show Take Two
16th-17th November, Stafford
Exhibition in conjunction with The Corner Patch Shop. Expert Chris Franses will be in attendance and there will be a quilt raffle and tombola. Disabled access available.
10:00-17:00 Sat
11:00-16:00 Sun / £2
Holy Trinity Church, Eccleshall, Nr Stafford ST21 6BZ
Janet 01785 859 360

Shirley Quilters’ Mini Exhibition
19th November, Croydon
A mini-exhibition including Challenges, work produced at the Octagon Block Workshop, plus a raffle and sales table. Refreshments and disabled access available.
19:30-21:30 / £4
Shirley Methodist Church, Eldon Avenue, Shirley CR0 8SD
enquiries@shirleyquilters.org.uk

Meadow Quilters Christmas Fair
24th November, Reading
Stalls include homemade gifts by Meadow Quilters, artisan foods, gifts and more. Disabled access available.
11:00-15:00/ £1 / Children free
Charvil Village Hall, Hawthorns, Charvil, Reading RG10 9TT
Maggie 07811 293 473

The Quilters’ Guild Region 2 Stash Sale
30th November, Surrey
A chance to shop for quilt and sewing related items including fabric, notion, books, magazines, quilts and tops. Free parking available.
09:30-12:30 / £1 Guild members / £2 non-members
The Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, Surrey, KT23 3PQ
jan.surrey2@btinternet.com

 

Textiles

20th Anniversary Lee Green Open Studios
9th-10th and 16th-17th November, London
Visit over two weekends where more than 40 artists, including four textile artists, are exhibiting their work in 18 venues. Free demonstrations, workshops and talks.
11:00-17:00 / Free
www.leegreenopenstudios.com

 

Are you planning a quilting event?

Email TodaysQuilter@immediate.co.uk about your upcoming quilting events. Please provide us with the event title, date, time, a description of the event, admission price and a contact detail. 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.