Posted by: marymarthatours | December 6, 2012

The M&M’s Next Tour

Quilts and Textiles of England and Wales

September 2-16, 2013

The brochure is hot off the press. The price is right and the way is clear: we are off to England and Wales next September for a specialty tour designed with input from several Olympia, Washington quilters. This is the first of our M&M tours for which I, Martha, have been in charge of communicating with the UK locations and making arrangements. As a quilter and needle arts enthusiast, I am personally very excited about the special locations and presentations that travelers on this tour will experience. Thank you, Olympia quilters, for your input and the encouragement to create this great opportunity for you and others. 

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Front entrance and back garden of the Manor House Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh

We will travel to some of my most favorite areas of England. And I will visit Wales for the first time. Our first lodging location is the charming Cotswold village of Moreton-in-Marsh for three nights. Two nights in Wales will be followed by four nights each, in Bath and then London. Quoting another Martha, this arrangement is “a very good thing,” – we will settle into one hotel for a number of nights and take day trips out into the surrounding area.

I personally am most looking forward to our 90 minute private presentation at The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. We actually will spend the entire day at Hampton Court. There will be plenty of time to tour the palace, see the recently restored Henry VIII tapestries, explore the vast gardens and relax for a lovely lunch. 


The Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace

The Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter, Wales, is expected to be a tour highlight. Jen Jones, a renowned Welsh quilt expert, will be making a presentation just for us. The exhibit at the centre at the time of our visit will be a collaborative show of Welsh quilts and quilts by Kaffe Fassett. Kaffe is famous for his bold use of color and design. I’m thrilled with the timing. For us it will be a two-for-one event, vintage Welsh quilts and contemporary art quilts.

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Jen Jones and Kaffe Fassett

Other quilt and textile experiences on this tour include: a private visit to Lady Sew and Sew in Henley on Thames; a guided tour at William Morris’s country home Kelmscott Manor; the Welsh National Wool Museum; a private showing of quilts at The American Museum in Bath; needle arts at Gloucester Cathedral and Bath Abbey; and a regional quilt show at Hever Castle. There will many opportunities for fabric shopping, and we hope to have two experiences with local quilters in different areas of England.

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Kelmscott Manor

In addition, we have included stately homes, gardens, routes with lovely scenery, historic locations, free time in Bath and London and some sure-to-please surprises. An historic poem is rumored to reappear in a new way. Mary and I love adding the bits that make our tours extra fun.

You can check out the entire itinerary in the on-line brochure for this tour. There you will find all the details and the registration form. With a limit of 20 travelers, we honestly do expect this tour to fill quickly.  We know this will be a fabulous trip, sew do consider joining us. We promise to occasionally have you in stitches. 


A surprise for Sue

 Check out some prior blog postings: The Olympia Quiltmakers’ quilt show where I was honored to be a featured quilter and my other quilt related UK and US postings.

(by Martha)

Photo credits:
Hampton Court Palace - copyright T. Taylor and licensed for reuse by 
   Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License 3.0.
Jen Jones - copyright Jen Jones Welsh Quilts, used by permission
Kaffe Fasset - copyright Kaffe Fassett Studios, used by permission
Kelmscott Manor – copyright The Society of Antiquaries, Kelmscott Manor,
   used by permission.


  1. Martha, I have been sending emails but they all bounce back at me. Do you have another email address I can use?


  2. Jan, RAH, we got reconnected. So nice to get the news about the Hever Castle Quilt Show for next September. My next blog posting will share a bit about some fun, quilt related time with Jan in York, England.

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