International Activities & the EQA

Each individual member of the Quilters’ Guild is automatically a member of  the European Quilt Association (EQA).  The aims of the EQA are to promote the knowledge of quilting among the 20 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 2017 ‘Inspired by the Flying Geese block’ challenge is now touring the various exhibitions in the EQA member countries and are due to be returned in late 2019.

The theme for the EQA Challenge for 2018 was ‘Boundaries’.  Boundaries, whether national, regional, linguistic, cultural, economic, personal, or boundaries in patterns, techniques, fabrics, styles etc.  There are many boundaries to explore, expand and overcome. 8 selected entries from each of 19 countries were displayed at the Festival of Quilts 2018 in Birmingham and the exhibition is now touring through many European countries for the next two years.

Threads without Borders : 2019 EQA challenge in celebration of its 30 years

The EQA has decided to commemorate our 30th anniversary in 2019 with a challenge with the theme 'Threads without Borders'.  At this time of change in Europe, simple materials such as threads connect people all over Europe.

Six quilts were chosen in the UK and these will be divided into two collections.  Pieces from these collections will be exhibited at the Festival of Quilts 2019 and the European Patchwork Meeting in Alsace before touring other European quilt venues.

EQA 2020-21 challenge : Recycled Textiles 

Due to the cancellation of 2020 Festival of Quilts this challenge will now take place in 2021 please see revised dates below.  All entries which have already submitted for this challenge will be carried forward.  The selected quilts will now be exhibited at Festival of Quilts 2021.  Let us make this a QGBI exhibition of work to remember in years to come.

The European Quilting Association (EQA) annually invites all Guild members in the 20 countries to make a quilt to a common challenge theme.  A collection of eight quilts from each country will be displayed at the Festival of Quilts alongside similar ones from the other EQA countries.  The whole exhibition will then travel to various exhibition venues in member countries.

This is a wonderful opportunity for QGBI members to experience the thrill of seeing their work exhibited in the prestigious EQA gallery at the FOQ and to be seen by other quilters across Europe for the next 2-3 years.

So how to you climb aboard this challenge?

The theme of the 2021 EQA challenge is Recycled Textiles.  Quilts, inspired by this theme, should be completed by 30 April 2021.  Please send a completed entry form  together with a digital image to by that date.  Quilts can be made using any style (modern, contemporary, art, or traditional) and may use any technique.  The finished quilt must be 40cms wide x 60cms high.

Questions relating to this challenge should be sent to the QGBI International Officer, Brenda Wroe,  at

EQA News

The EQA now has 19 members amongst European national guilds. A list of participating member countries can be found here.

The QGBI International Officer role will become vacant in 2021.  It is a stimulating and very rewarding role and the person is responsible for representing and promoting The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles abroad.  If you think you may be interested in volunteering for this role please contact Brenda Wroe at

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Future Events - do check that these events are going ahead before making plans.


Carrefour du Patchwork St Marie au Mines France  17-20 September 2020      

Biennial International d'Art Textile 28-31 October 2020 at Parc Expo de Villefranche Beaujolais


Quiltfest Austria 2-4 October 2020 at Stadtsaal Vocklabruck Upper Austria www.patchworkgilde.d


Houston International Quilt show 28 October-1 November 2020.