Quilt and Craft Show Calendar

One of my favourite things… is attending Quilt Shows. Particularly the mid-sized shows put on by local groups. I come away with a renewed sense of purpose, lots of ideas, and some cute fabric from one of the local shops. I may also have signed up for a block of the month, spent too much on the sales table buying fabric, and nearly always leave having had a nice cuppa.

But, I do not have a perpetual calendar in my head and I can’t find a good list of all upcoming shows so I’m creating one for myself and sharing it here in case you need it too.

Note: I’ve tried to group the shows by the style of the show. If you think I’ve got a show pegged wrong then comment but the allocation is my opinion and they are not hard and fast categories.

Thinking of attending a quilt show for the first time? Check out my blog post on what to expect at a local quilt show.

Queensland Quilters

Known affectionally as “2Q”, Queensland Quilters is the statewide Quilting Guild and their show is held in conjunction with the Expertise Events craft show in October. This is a judged show with entries across many many categories and techniques and is the show to see the Bernina Best of Australia quilts.

Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th October 2023, 10.00am – 4.00pm daily

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane

As the overall state guild, 2Q has many affiliated local groups so if you are looking for a local group to join some quilters, then you can check out the affiliated groups list. These groups advertise their shows in the 2Q magazine Material Facts and many shows are posted to the 2Q Facebook page.

Mainly Display

These shows are usually run by a community-based group and are primarily about showing what people have made recently. This includes the local quilt groups (mostly affiliated with Queensland Quilters) or agricultural show societies. There will be traders so you can enjoy supporting the local shops but they are primarily about the quilt/craft display.

South East Queensland: 2023

Quilts Across Queensland. At the EKKA in August
https://www.ekka.com.au/competitions/arts-cookery-fashion/quilts-across-queensland/

St Paul’s Quilt & Craft Show.
Thursday 31 August to Sunday 3 September. from Thursday to Saturday 9am to 3pm, on Sunday 12pm to 3pm. St Paul’s Anglican Church, 124 Brisbane Street, Ipswich

Sherwood Stitchers. Sat 2 Sept, 9am to 4pm
St Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, cnr Sherwood and Oxley Roads, Sherwood

Hilltop Quilters. Fri 8 – Sat 9 Sept. Nerang Senior Citizens Hall, Cnr Ferry and Mylar St. Nerang. 9.30am – 3pm

Toowoomba Quilters. Sat 16 – Fri 22 Sept. ‘The Court’ Toowoomba Community Baptist Church. 100 Glenvale Rd, Harristown.

Darling Downs Textile Art Group. Wed 20 Sept – 15 Oct. Rosalie Gallery. Goombungee.

Dalby Quilters. Sun 8 Oct – Saturday 14 Oct. Sun 2-5pm, Mon – Sat 9am-4pm. U3A Building, corner Roche and Condamine Streets, Dalby

Laidley Quilt & Craft Expo. Fri 8 Sept – Sun 9 Sept, 9am – 3pm.
Laidley Uniting Church, 45 Patrick Street, Laidley


Mainly Sales

These shows tend to be more commercial and are about many vendors coming together for you to catch up on the latest in quilting and crafting products and to learn techniques in workshops. They will often have a small display associated with the show.

Craft Alive: Events all around Australia. All Events page

Craft and Quilt Fair (Expertise Events): Brisbane

Submitting Show Details

I focus on the area around Brisbane but I’m happy to include any shows for local quilting groups in Queensland. If outside of South East Queensland please tell me your region. I can’t make Cairns as a day trip from my place. Email me at combicreationscraft@gmail.com.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *