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 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 2016 ‘Greetings from Great Britain’ Challenge is still being exhibited in EQA member countries and will be returned to makers soon. 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.

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.

EQA Diversity Gallery 2018

At the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham quilters’ guilds from each of the EQA member states each displayed one quilt in the ‘Diversity gallery’. 

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 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 and the European Patchwork Meeting in Alsace before touring other European quilt venues.

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 20 members amongst European national guilds. A list of participating member countries can be found here.

Future Events 


DPF-træf, 24-25 August 2019



25th European Patchwork Meeting – Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork, 12–15 September 2019

Val d’Argent, Alsace


Houston International Quilt Festival, 31 October- 3 November 2019

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas

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