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Patchwork & Quilting

Overview

If you’re passionate about patchwork and quilting, love to travel, and would like to share new experiences with like-minded crafters, then why not join us on a Stitchtopia patchwork and quilting holiday? Whether you’re an experienced quilter or enthusiastic amateur, you can combine your favourite pastime with activities such as sightseeing and visits to textile museums, the chance to meet local quilters, and the opportunity to find that perfect fabric for your stash as you shop in carefully chosen quilting stores.

Whether it’s stunning Switzerland or the lovely North East of England, our carefully curated quilting retreats offer the perfect way to hone your stitching skills. The marvellous, traditional, and contemporary quilts of our fantastic destinations are a great inspiration for your expert-led machine stitching or hand-sewing workshops.

With so many fantastic holidays to choose from, we’re confident you’ll find your perfect patchwork and quilting holiday in our collection.


8 Holidays available from £595pp

Patchwork & Quilting

This lovely retreat combines Janet Clare's quilting workshops with excursions exploring the Swiss sights, textile history and chocolate!

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast in 3-star accommodation
  • 3 full-day and 1 half-day machine-quilting workshops with Janet Clare, using Bernina B590 machines
  • Lunch with morning and afternoon refreshments on workshop days
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel package includes return flights from London to Zurich with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • Entrance fees and excursions

Availability:

  • 2024 23rd September
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
Patchwork & Quilting

Alongside Mandy Shaw or Janet Goddard, explore the UK’s northeast with tours of Bowes Museum, Durham Cathedral, and Alnwick Castle and Gardens.

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 4 evening meals
  • 2 full days of hand-sewing workshops with your expert, kit included
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 21st October
Travel Options
  • Join Direct Join Direct
Patchwork & Quilting
Festival
NEW

Combine Houston International Quilt Festival and one-of-a-kind New Orleans with visits to local quilt shops, the Texas Quilt Museum and a full-day workshop with Pat Archibald.

  • Return flights from London to New Orleans and Houston to London with 1 piece of checked luggage
  • 8 nights accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • 4 breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Full-day workshop with Pat Archibald, kit included
  • Houston International Quilt Festival Show Pass
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Coach travel as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Tips for drivers and local guides
  • Porterage at the hotel

Availability:

  • 2024 27th October
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
  • Join Direct Join Direct
Patchwork & Quilting

Soak up the medieval charm of York during the festive season on this stitching holiday with Carolyn Forster, including Christmas market visits.

  • 4 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 2 evening meals
  • Workshops with Carolyn Forster, kit included
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 2nd December
Travel Options
  • Join Direct Join Direct
Patchwork & Quilting
Festival

Get to know other stitchers and discover stunning sights of Prague on a stitching holiday centred around the Brno Patchwork Meeting.

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 2 evening meals
  • 2 full-day hand-sewing workshops with Karin Hellaby, kit included
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Excursions, entrance fees and coach travel as described in the itinerary

Availability:

  • 2025 22nd April
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
  • Join Direct Join Direct
Patchwork & Quilting
NEW

Alongside Mandy Shaw, visit the ‘Floating Garden’ of Madeira during the famous Flower Festival and explore the city of Funchal.

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 7 evening meals including a Folklore Dinner
  • 1 full-day and 2 half-day workshops with Mandy Shaw, kit included
  • Workshop at local embroidery factory
  • Tips for the guide and coach drivers
  • Coach transport as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2025 29th April
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
Patchwork & Quilting
NEW

Discover awe-inspiring New Zealand, visiting both the North and South Islands, and enjoy three full days at the Great New Zealand Quilt Show.

  • Economy class flight from Rotorua to Queenstown
  • 17 nights en-suite accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • 2 lunches and 3 evening meals
  • Private, modern air-conditioned coach with driver/guide
  • Excursions and entrance fees as described in the itinerary
  • Tips for driver/guide and local guides
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2025 2nd May
Travel Options
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Patchwork & Quilting
NEW

Staying at the Crown Spa Hotel, master the technique of curved seams on a machine piecing and applique retreat alongside expert Janet Goddard.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Janet Goddard
  • Use of a Bernina sewing machine throughout the weekend
  • Tea/coffee during workshops
  • Access to the hotel gym and swimming pool
  • 10% discount on all pre-booked spa treatments

Availability:

  • 2025 30th May
Travel Options
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Meet the
Experts

Each holiday is accompanied by a passionate, enthusiastic expert who specialises in their craft, allowing you to learn different techniques and improve your skills from the best!

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Janet Clare

Janet Clare

Janet Clare is an artist, textile designer, teacher, author, quilter and all-round creative thinker. She is inspired by words, sayings and lovely phrases that she comes across and also by children and the joy they find in the mundane.
Mandy Shaw

Mandy Shaw

The Queen of Redwork and owner of Dandelion Designs, Mandy Shaw is an experienced designer and well-known personality. Throughout her career, she has contributed to several publications and is the author of many handmade crafting books which share her quirky crafting style.
Janet Goddard

Janet Goddard

Janet is a quilt designer, teacher and author. She regularly teaches workshops throughout the UK covering a variety of skills and techniques and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. Patchwork and quilting is her first love and not a day goes by when she isn’t stitching!
Pat Archibald

Pat Archibald

Pat is a UK textile artist and tutor. Throughout her career, she has exhibited her work worldwide, won some wonderful awards, and even established Scotland’s first dedicated patchwork and quilting shop. Pat feels that each collection of quilts has its own unique identity.
Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster is a quilt designer, teacher and author from Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Since self-publishing her first book ‘Quilting on the Go’ in 2007, Carolyn has written ten more patchwork and quilting books with Search Press in the UK and Landauer Publishing in the USA.
Karin Hellaby

Karin Hellaby

Internationally renowned quilt teacher Karin Hellaby is the author of 11 quilting books and numerous patterns. She is a regular teacher at the Houston International Quilt Show and has been invited to teach at quilting symposiums in New Zealand, Dubai, Paducah and more.
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