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 2016 ‘Greetings from Great Britain’ Challenge is still being exhibited in EQA member countries and will be returned to makers after the FOQ 2018. The International Representative will be in touch to arrange for these to be returned.

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 2019.

EQA Challenge 2018

Guild members may submit work each year for the EQA Challenge.  The theme for the Challenge for 2018 is ‘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 entries will be selected here in the UK and then displayed at the Festival of Quilts 2018 in Birmingham before being exhibited in many European countries over the next two years.

Size to be 35 cm x 50 cm.  Orientation should be portrait. 

Please click here to download all the rules and the application form. The entry form with a good quality photograph should reach the International Representative either by email to or by post to International Officer, The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, St. Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, YO1 7PW, York by the 1 April 2018.  Please mark your envelope ‘ Boundaries’.

Entries accepted to FOQ will be notified by email by the International Officer.  If you have any queries, please contact -

EQA Diversity Gallery 2018

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 19 European countries.

30th Anniversary in 2019 challenge

The European Quilt Association (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 will be chosen in the UK and these will be made into two collections.  Pieces from these collections will be exhibited at the Festival of Quilts 2019, the European Patchwork Meeting in Alsace, France and Sitges Patchwork Festival in Spain.

Theme: Threads without Borders

Size: 120 cm x 80 cm portrait orientation

Deadline - 15 November 2018

The rules and application form can be found here.

EQA News 

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

Future Events 



10th International Prague Patchwork Meeting, 6 - 8 April 2018

Wellness Hotel STEP, Malletova 1141, Prague 9


DPF-træf, 25 - 26 August 2018 



24th European Patchwork Meeting – Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork, 13 – 16 September 2018

Val d’Argent, Alsace


Pour l’Amour du Fil, Nantes, 25 – 28 April 2018


Sitges Patchwork Festival, 8 – 11 March 2018



Paducah Quilt Show, 18 – 21 April 2018


Houston International Quilt Festival, 8  -11 November 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas

For more information on international activities contact the International Officer, Brenda Wroe at