5 quilt trips that top our wish list!

Tokoyo Quilt Festival: Fumiko Nakayama

Haven’t booked your 2017 holiday yet? We’re in the vacation-planning mood today! Treat yourself to a quilting-themed getaway and you can combine adventures overseas with like-minded quilt fans and a wealth of fabric fun! Here are the trips that we’re daydreaming about taking this year…

There are many perks to working on a quilting magazine; let’s start with the obvious – nothing tops the free fabric, or the fact that we occasionally get to indulge our love of patchwork in the office, but we also do enjoy getting all the inside gossip on what’s going on in the quilting world. We’ve been chatting to our friends at Stitchtopia about their upcoming quilt trips in the pipeline and come up with this list of our favourites: for those of us who are dreaming of a quilting holiday (so that will be most of us then!).

Spoiler alert: We’re just a *tad* excited that they’re launching their first ever Christmas markets quilt trip this year…

You can find out more about all of these trips at www.stitchtopia.co.uk or call 01473 633 506 to book.

5 of the best patchwork & quilting holidays

1 Fall 2017: Enjoy quilting with a view in Ireland

We’re so excited about September’s trip to Sew North in County Donegal. If you haven’t come across it yet, Sew North is a small but very special quilting and crafting gathering in the Republic of Ireland. It’s jam-packed with workshops, demos and quilt displays, and while you’re there you can enjoy three expert stitching and embroidery workshops with local expert Louise Kelly to top up your stitching skills! That’s before we even mention the ridiculously beautiful Irish scenery, including a trip to the Giant’s Causeway.

Stitch & Quilt in County Donegal with Sew North, 4th-9th September (5 nights).

2 Fall 2017: Fall in love with New England Quilts this Autumn

We’re amazed that she’s got time to plan quilt trips since she became a star of the small screen with her Sewing Quarter TV shows, but Mandy Shaw is a wonder woman! The appliqué pro and folktastical quilt designer is planning an unforgettable quilting trip to New England and Canada later this year. Join Mandy for quilting workshops and enjoy visits to (among other places) the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, the Bennington Museum (home of the famous Jane Stickle quilt) and the Niagra Falls.

New England Quilts in the Fall, 27 September to 6 October (9 nights) 

3. Winter 2017: Take a Christmas Markets Quilting Cruise

This trip combines two of our greatest loves – quilting and the holiday season! Quilt pro Karin Hellaby is planning a magical pre-christmas break combined with a trip down the Rhine AND a happy dose of patchwork thrown in! Perfect if you’re not keen on flying as the main method of transport is by boat. You’ll get to explore the ‘chocolate box’ towns of Mannheim, Strasbourg and Heidelberg before enjoying a final night in Cologne where you can experience its infamous Christmas markets!
Details: 9th – 12th December, starts off at London St Pancras, includes full board

Christmas Markets Quilting Cruise with Karin Hellaby, 9th – 12th December 2017 (3 nights)

4. New Year 2018: The sell-out Tokyo quilt trips are back

When Stitchtopia arranged a tour of Japanese textiles with Sashiko expert Janice Gunner this year, the holiday quickly sold out. So patchwork pro Janice is planning a 2018 tour, taking a group of quilters on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan, including a visit to Tokyo’s Great Quilt Festival (we hear they’ll be the chance to tour and try Indigo dyeing, Shibori, Roketsuzome, Yuzen dyeing… and quilting of course).

Tokyo Quilt Festival: Textile Highlights of Japan, 15th-29th January 2018 (14 nights)

5. Spring 2018: Stitches in Sitges

The UK busiest quilter (or so we have unofficially crowned her!) Mandy Shaw will be leading a trip to the popular Sitges Quilt Festival and Barcelona next Spring. The trip includes the chance to join in with her Gaudi-inspired stitched holiday journals, and you’ll get to enjoy workshops with Mandy plus two full days at the festival and sightseeing tours of Girona and Barcelona.

Stitches in Sitges with Mandy Shaw, March 2018 

Yoko Saito Tokoyo Quilt Festival

Photo credits: the photos in this post are some of the highlights from Janice Gunner’s trip to the Tokyo Great Quilt Festival last year. The main image at the top of this post features Rumiko Nakayama’s amazing neon stitched portraits, while the stitched leaves detail (above) are the intricate work of Yoko Saito.