Diary dates

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

Newark Quilt Show

19th-21st January 2018, Nottinghamshire
Come and see beautiful display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy.
The Lady Eastwood Centre, Newark Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY 10:00-16:00 Admission: £8

Quilters’ Exhibition & Fabrics Sale in Nantwich

21st January 2018, Cheshire
Traders, exhibitors, demonstrators. Featuring “My Favourite Quilts” by Maureen Crawford. Refreshments, parking.
Nantwich Civic Hall, Market Street, Nantwich, CW5 5DG 10:00-16:00
Admission: £3 (£1.50 after 1pm)
mcgohlish@googlemail.com or call 0208 742 3685

Quilter's Exhibition & Fabrics sale in Nantwich

Quilter’s Exhibition & Fabrics sale in Nantwich

Spring Quilt Festival, Ardingly

26th-28th January 2018, West Sussex
Come and see beautiful display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy.
South of England Showground, Norfolk Pavilion, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL10:00-16:00Admission: £8

Spring Quilt Festival, Edinburgh

16th – 18th February 2018
Come and see beautiful display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy.
Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Spring Quilt Festival, Harrogate

23rd – 25th February 2018, Edinburgh
Come and see beautiful display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy.
Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

Llangollen Quiltfest, Llangollen

1st – 28th February, Wales
Featuring Showcase North West – an exhibition of wall hangings from Region 13. This month-long event takes place over two venues.
The Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen, LL20 8SW.
Trading Day at The Pavilion – 11th February 

Museum and Art Gallery, Parade Street, Llangollen, LL20 8PW, 10:00-16:00. Contact Val 01978 852856 or visit:

Meadow Quilters Hosting Doughty’s Reading Roadshow

12th February, Berkshire
Refreshments tea/coffee/cakes can be purchased throughout the day. Proceeds to Air Ambulance.
Charvil Village Hall, Park Lane, Charvil, Reading, RG10 9TR, 10:30-14:30, Admission: £1.50.
Contact Maggie 01344 286752

Montague Patchers’ 14th Biennial Exhibition

16th-17th February, Greater Manchester
Traders, tombola, quilt raffle and homemade refreshments. All proceeds
to charity.
Montague United Reformed Church, Montague Road, Sale, M33 3DU, 10:00-16:00, Admission: £2

Severn Valley Quilters’ Exhibition 

23rd-24th February, South Gloucestershire
Trader – The Patchwork Basket – sales table, tombola and refreshments.
Thornbury Methodist Church Hall, Castle Court, Thornbury, BS35 2AQ 14:00-17:00 Friday, 10:00-16:00 Saturday, Admission: £3. Disabled access

UK textiles exhibitions

Traces Revealed, Glastonbury

Until 28th January 2018, Somerset
An exhibition of artwork in cloth, tile and clay inspired by Glastonbury Abbey, by Alicia Merrett, Kate Rattray and Hiro Takahashi.
Glastonbury Abbey, The Abbey Gatehouse, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9EL. Open daily.

Songs for Winter, Edinburgh

Until 4th March 2018, Edinburgh
Exhibition showing work by Charlie Poulsen and Pauline Burbidge, including a large selection of sculpture, drawings, sketchbooks, textiles and quilts.
City Art Centre, 2 Market St, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

Pauline Burbridge and Charlie Poulsen Songs for winter

Pauline Burbidge and Charlie Poulsen’s Songs for Winter exhibition in Edinburgh. Textiles by Pauline Burbidge, Photo © Philip Stanly Dickson 2016

Twyne Textile Group – Northern Reflections

6th January-6th April 2018, Northumberland
An exhibition of new work by the Twyne Textile Group including embroidery, art quilts, rug-making and mixed media. Many items for sale.
Latimer Room, Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea, NE64 6DB 10:00-17:00 Monday to Saturday, 10:30-17:00 Sunday. Entrance to the exhibition is free, but visitors are advised to check in advance to make sure that the Latimer Room is not closed for a private function

International quilting shows

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival

25th-31st January 2018
See the work of some of Japan’s finest quilters at this renowned show.

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.