The Quilters’ Guild

The Festival of Quilts has been delivered in partnership The Quilters’ Guild since the event’s launch in 2003.


Created by quilters for quilters, The Quilters’ Guild understand the importance of community; for friendship, to share, teach, inspire, challenge and within this wonderful family of quilters to support and encourage each other.


The Quilters’ Guild is the only UK charity dedicated to the work of ensuring our vibrant quilting future.

The Collection

Quilting is our legacy and from the very beginnings of The Quilters’ Guild, creating a unique collection of British quilts has been part of our mission. Our Accredited collection is full of quilts that tell stories, inspire us and speak of a heritage otherwise untold in history books. We see our craft develop and evolve through the centuries, from the 1700s until present day, making The Quilters’ Guild Museum Collection unparalleled in its uniqueness and importance to our patchwork and quilting heritage.

Visit our Dynamic Galleries featuring The Quilters’ Guild Museum Collection with a special curator guided tour by Heather Audin:  Family Connections and Tiny Treasures.

You can support the incredible work of The Quilters’ Guild by making a donation to help us care for this amazing collection.

Young Quilters

If you are between 5 and 18 years old and enjoy sewing, fabric painting, dyeing or any kind of stitching, Young Quilters is for you! Young Quilters is all about being creative with textiles, having fun and making friends. Young Quilters are the youngest members of The Guild and the future of the craft.

Currently membership is free! As a Young Quilter member you will receive plenty of project ideas and activities to get you inspired to sew. Join today and be part of the fun.

The Young Quilter/ Young Embroiderer competition takes place every year at Festival of Quilts. Here are some of the winning quilts, aren’t they amazing!

Want to take part?

Young Quilter's Projects

Take part in one of the Young Quilter Projects on Beyond The Festival of Quilts. Explore the projects below:


Be a part of UK’s largest network of quilters.

Our members enjoy exclusive discounts, benefits and access to quilting events across the UK, and because we work on a local level as well as nationally we’ve got you covered.

Find out more about the benefits of membership- including early bird access to the Festival of Quilts workshops and lecture here.

Specialist Groups

Delve deeper into patchwork and quilting with our Specialist Groups. Each of our five groups bring together those with an interest in contemporary, miniature, modern and traditional quilt making as well as those fascinated by the stories behind the quilts, both new and old in the British Quilt Study Group.

Enjoy exclusive access to our specialist groups by joining The Quilters’ Guild and adding a specialist group to your membership.


Visit our treasure trove of gorgeous and unique gifts, patterns and more inspired by The Quilters’ Guild Museum Collection at The Quilters’ Guild Shop.

Every purchase you make help to support our work as all profits go back to The Quilters’ Guild.


Enjoy quilting news and special offers throughout the year directly to your inbox. Subscribe to our free Quilters’ Guild newsletters, everybody is welcome.


As quilters we know the huge benefits of our craft. If you’d like to help us encourage, teach and grow our quilting community for the benefit of all you can make a donation here. Thank you for your support.

The Quilters’ Guild is registered as a charity in England and Wales, no. 1067361 and a company limited by guarantee, no. 03447631.  The Guild is registered as a charity in Scotland no. SC043174. Registered office; St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW