British Quilting & Needlework

British Quilt and Textile Tour

A selection of Liberty fabrics

Amazing quilts and textiles, beautiful countryside, a rich cultural heritage, and delightful travel companions.  These are the fabrics which Martha Liska, of Olympia, WA, and her sister Mary Wallace, from Rochester, MN, will use to piece together a fabulous British Quilt and Textile Tour.

Quilters have participated in every tour that we have led to England, Scotland, and Ireland, and our 2013 tour was designed just for quilters and other fabric artists.  We included special sights for them and helped them find fabric shops along our way.  

We would be happy to design and lead a quilt-focused tour for your group of 15 our more.  We have begun to put together a list of all the possible locations that we could visit.  The list is huge — we might have to do TWO tours, one to the north and one to the south.  Here are some of the possibilities:

In London:

  • The Victoria & Albert Museum for textiles and quilts (www.vam, )
  • Liberty of London, headquarters of Liberty & Co., for textiles and fabric
  • The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court, embroidery tours, exhibitions, events, and classes (
  • The William Morris Gallery at Walthamstow, textile design
  • Many fabric and textile stores

In Bath:

  • The American Museum in Britain, some of the best American quilts outside the U.S.  ( )
  • The Fashion Museum, collection of historical and contemporary dress

In Wales:

In York:

  • Quilt Museum and Gallery  ( )
  • The York Minister, for needlework
  • Many fabric, needlework, and yarn shops
  • Ripon Cathedral, the Millennium Cushions
  • Castle Howard, for May Morris embroideries in the chapel ( )

In northernEngland:

Quilt Shows:

These locations are all over the British map and are too far apart to be included in one trip.  We can design a tour with your preferences for destinations and places to stay.  For example, if the Birmingham show is tops on your list, we could fly into Birmingham and then head directly to Wales for two or three nights near Lampeter.  Then we’d travel to Bath for another few nights before moving on to London for three or four nights.  Finally, we’d return to the Birmingham area for several nights with plenty of time to spend at the Festival of Quilts show.

Another itinerary could take a more northerly track with stays of several nights in the English Lake District,Durham area and York before heading to Birmingham for the Festival of Quilts Show.

These are just two suggestions.  Of course, there are many more possible itineraries depending on your group’s interests and the time of year you’d like to travel.  If you would like to be on our list of people who are interested in a British Quilt Tour with the M&M’s, please contact us.



  1. Hello Martha and Mary,
    I had fun perusing your blog. Please include me on your list of people who are interested in a possible British Quilt Tour. Travel dates, length of tour and cost are of course primary considerations. My teaching schedule allows for travel mid-May through mid-August. I did some traveling around the British Isles in 2007, but time did not allow for exploration of quilting and needlework venues. What a lovely trip that would be. Please keep me posted.
    Marcia Hamilton

    • Marcia,

      I would be happy to add you to our mailing list to receive information and brochures for future tours. You can email me directly ( to give me your address. We are now working on gathering input for a 2013 quilt related tour in England. The best quilt show is the International Quilt Show in Birmingham the third week of August.
      Cheers, Martha

  2. Hello Eveyone. One of my favourite quilt shows in England is at Malvern – that’s on the west side, almost the Welsh border. The Malvern Hills are spectacular and provide the most beautiful backdrop to the shows held twice yearly – May and October. They are held at the Three Counties Showground. The 3 counties are Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire – all beautiful. Happy quilting. Regards, Jacki (South Gloucestershire, England).

  3. I’m in Australia and would like to attend one of these quilting tours.
    regards Janice

    • Hi Janice, We are not planning to offer another quilt related UK tour soon. However, if there is enough interest we will seriously consider doing so, perhaps for in the north of England and the Lake District. Send me your email and post mail addresses via my gmail address (above) and I will add you to our mailing list. One of the travellers this year is from Australia. Cheers, Martha

  4. Please note that the textile study collection at the V & A has been removed and is supposed to pop up somewhere else in London in the future. The V & A still has plenty of fashions, lace etc to look at but not those amazing files of textiles……..sigh!
    Also worth looking at the Museum of London at London Walls for textiles.
    Happy trails

    • Yes, the V&A textile collection is now located at Blyth House in London. For anyone interested in William Morris and his textile work, I highly recommend The Morris Gallery in Walthamstow. This site is well worth the 20 minute tube ride from central London.
      Our 2013 Quilt and Textile tour covered central England and Wales. We expect to travel to Northern England in 2015 for a tour with quilt and needlework sites and experiences.
      Happy travels and stitching,

  5. Please let me know of any quilt tours coming up later this year or next year. I am really interested in quilting, and embroidery. thank you.

  6. We would love to welcome your Tour groups to the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) based at the beautiful & historic Hampton Court Palace (HCP). Our Certificate & Diploma exhibition takes place during the RHS HCP Garden Show, usually the 1st week of July, when the British weather is generally good! We have a new Studio exhibition every 6 months, currently Inspired by the Garden (until March 15) then Whitework (May – Dec 15).

  7. If you are interested in going on a tour with a focus on quilts and needlework in England, note that as of January 20th, 2015 there is a spot open for our Aug.-Sept. 2015 tour. Go to “Our Upcoming Tours” to see the itinerary and further information. Contact me with any questions.
    Cheers, Martha

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