Return of the Quilting and Creative Crafts Fairs

The Scottish Quilting Show and Creative Craft Show return to the SEC in Glasgow next month.

From March 3-6, they will celebrate the skills and talents of artisans and inspire visitors to pursue their own hobby.

The Scottish Quilting Show is a world-class showcase of quilting and quilting bringing together a range of exciting exhibits from leading quilting artists and groups from around the world. As Scotland’s one-stop haven for patchworkers, it’s the show to visit for supplies, galleries, competitions, workshops and conferences.

The exhibition will host the Changing Minds Around The World project – a collection of 40 quilted wall hangings produced by forty individual quilters from different countries, including Russia, Canada, Qatar, Israel, Sweden, Greece, Kenya, New Zealand and Indonesia. Ann Hill BEM, Quilter in Residence at Alzheimer Scotland, launched the global collection with the aim of showing how people see the same things but see them very differently.

Ann said: “Pieces begin with inspiration and each piece reveals individual memories, hopes and dreams. It is absolutely fascinating how the changing mind interprets an image or an image in so many ways. This is a truly beautiful project that I have been involved in and we are delighted to be able to bring it to the Scottish Quilting Show this year.

The fair year will also feature a huge exhibition of Contemporary Quilts, a special interest group of the Guild of Quilters of the British Isles. Celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary, their ‘Unchartered’ exhibition of 42 double-sided quilts will be presented for the very first time at the SEC. The quilts explore ideas of land, sea and space, historical records, the natural world and even include recent challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The living room will also host the annual Scottish Quilt Competition. Entrants are invited to enter this year’s competition with £500 in prizes up for grabs per category. There are seven quilt categories to grab, suitable for newcomers to the craft or those who have been honing their quilting skills for years.

The Scottish Quilting Show will welcome other influential quilting artists who will lead workshops and demonstrations each day of the show:

Leah Higgins (Photo: Robert Perry)

Leah Higgins: Textile artist and printmaker Leah Higgins draws inspiration from the urban and industrial landscapes of her hometown of Manchester and has exhibited internationally. Her textile art developed from a lifelong love for working with textiles and stitch.

Jennie Rayment: An international fabric and textile engineer, Jennie is an acclaimed teacher, speaker, author and TV demonstrator. Creator of ingenious designs, tactile forms, surface textures from the most complicated to the simplest.

Pat Archibald: Based in Edinburgh, Pat is an internationally renowned textile artist who travels extensively around the world exhibiting and teaching the art of quilting.

Sheena J Norwquay: Born and raised in the Orkney Islands, Sheena, after a 30 year career as a primary teacher in Inverness, now shares her skills as a freelance quilting teacher, giving private lessons across the UK and abroad. His award-winning work is painterly and draws primarily from Orkney seascapes, birds and Norse myths with pieces often incorporating hidden symbols and imagery.

Packed with features, free workshops, the latest crafting, quilting and haberdashery supplies, and experts available to share advice, the shows are a must-visit for crafters.

At the same time, The Creative Craft Show will feature demonstrations of papermaking, jewelry and bead making as well as knitting, sewing and tailoring. Visitors can enrich their craft stock with the latest products from the creative craft world and be inspired by exciting new techniques and tricks.

For ticket sales, opening hours and Creative Craft Show information, visit

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