International Activities & the EQA

Each individual member of the Quilters’ Guild is automatically a member of  the European Quilters Association (EQA).  The aims of the EQA are to promote the knowledge of quilting among the 17 member countries, and to encourage friendship and cooperation between quilters across Europe.  

Embracing the spirit of this ethos, each year the EQA sets a challenge open to all members to enter.  Selected entries are displayed in a gallery at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham and for the following two years will be exhibited at events in many of the other member countries.  The ‘Music with a touch of red’ challenge is still being exhibited in EQA member countries and will be returned back after the FOQ 2017. The International Representative will be in touch to arrange for these to be returned.

EQA Challenge 2017

Guild members may submit work each year for the EQA Challenge.  The theme for the Challenge for 2017 is ‘Inspired by the Flying Geese block’.  Size to be 35 cm x 25 cm.  Orientation should be landscape.

Please click here to download the rules and an application form. Please submit your entry form with a good quality photograph.  Closing date is 30 April 2017. 

EQA Diversity Gallery 2017

At the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham quilters’ guilds from the European Quilt Association can each display one quilt in the ‘Diversity gallery’.  These quilts represent some of the outstanding work from artists in the 18 European countries. More information can be found here if you would like to submit a quilt to be considered for the gallery.  Closing date is 12 April 2017.

EQA News 

The EQA now has 18 members amongst European country guilds. A list of participating member countries can be found here.

Future Events 



Fibre Arts Exhibition showcasing Canadian quilts

22 – 27 May 2017, Ailsa Craig Community Centre, 155 Annie Ada Shipley Street, Ailsa Craig, Ontario

31 March - 2 April 2017, 10th International Prague Patchwork Meeting, Wellness Hotel STEP, Malletova 1141 Prague 9


19-22 April 2017, Pour l’Amour du Fil, Nantes

14 – 17 September 2017, 23rd European Patchwork Meeting – Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork, Val d’Argent, Alsace


9 – 11 June 2017, Patchworktage, Fürth, near Nuremberg


9 – 12 November 2017, The Knitting and Stitching Show, Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin


24 – 30 April 2017, Verona Tessile, Display of textile art exhibited in museums and churches in Verona


24 – 26 March 2017, Sundvolden Hotel, Sundvollen


9 – 12 March 2017, Sitges Patchwork Festival


19 - 22 October 2017, Open European Quilt Championships 2017, Maastricht Exhibition and Conference Centre (MECC), Maastricht


20 – 23 April 2017, Moscow International Quilt Festival

26 April – 29 May 2017, Nashville & Paducah Quilt Week

2  - 5 November 2017, Houston International Quilt Festival, George R. Brown Convention Centre, Houston, Texas

For more information on international activities contact the International Officer, Anne McPherson at