The best quilting and patchwork events in and around Manchester

Patchings Festival in Calverton, Nottinghamshire is about an hour and 40 mins away from Manchester, but I’ve included it because I go there every year with my mum (who only lives 40 mins away). It has a few textiley things and plenty of crafty things, which is great if you make mixed-media quilts. It’s taking place this year on Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th June 2014. So if you happen to be in the area (or are visiting my mum), make your way to Patchings!

The MMU degree show this year took place from Saturday 14th June – Wednesday 25th June 2014. MMU has a great textile department, and the degree show always has work from really talented artists and designers. I have been a couple of times and both years I was wowed! I didn’t manage to get along this year, but the artists have kindly put some of their work online for you to indulge it. You can view some of the creations from previous MMU Degree shows here.

The Festival of Quilts is the highlight of a quilter’s year, hosted by the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. With over a thousand quilts on shows and hundreds of shops to buy supplies for the year ahead, you absolutely must get over to the Birmingham NEC. It’s about an hour and three quarters away but is well worth the journey, and this year is happening on Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th August 2014. You can go for a day, or get a discounted rate if you go to all four! Click here to find out about my experience at the Festival of Quilts 2012.

The Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts Show takes place at EventCity, across the road from the Trafford Centre on Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th September 2014. Tickets are only £7 so it might be worth a visit.

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is a lovely little event set up in Spinningfields, and this year took place on Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th October 2014. Again, not quilt specific but a great source of inspiration.

The Knitting and Stitching Show is an hour and fifteen minutes away in Harrogate International Centre is taking place on Thursday 20th November – Sunday 23rd November 2014. It includes patchwork and quilting, and is a great place to pick up specialist supplies from some of the hundreds of exhibitors.

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