Quilting is popular around the world, the International Quilt Festival held here is a testiment to that. But if you can't get down to the Festival or jut want to find out more, here are some links to shops, quilter's blogs and quilts guilds around the world. I've not listed any in Canada since they have a large number, if interested in finding one in a specific area we can help. Some of the sites are translated into english, if you find something that looks interesting there are free translation programs on the internet that can help with that.
The Festival of Quilts - Is the largest quilt show in Europe. Running for its 10th year in 2012, the show comprises around 1,000 competition quilts on display, galleries from leading international quilt artists and groups, over 200 exhibitors selling specialist patchwork and quilting supplies, plus hundreds of masterclasses, workshops and lectures.
The Open European Quilt Championships is currently held in early May at the Koningshof in Veldhoven, The Neatherlands. Each year there is a theme and a special Traditional category, in 2006 a Non-Theme catagory was added. Links to each year's winners are below. The Theme for 2013 is "Berlin".
2002 -"Earth and Sky", 2003 -"Time", 2004 "Dimensions", 2005 - "Four Seasons" , 2006 -"Dreams", 2007 - "Memories", 2008 - "Paradise", 2009 -"Magic", 2010 - "Rhythm" , 2011 - "The Blues", and 2012 - "Flora"
The Tokyo Quilt Festival this January was awesome from what was posted on all the blogs. Here are the winners from the 2010 TQF as well as special exhibits. Check out the Pink Penguin blog, she has posted pictures from the Children's Exhbit and others, you won't believe what an 8 yr old boy did.
The Australian Quilt Convention was this April in Melbourne. Here is a link to the website, be sure you look thru the tabs under the Quilt Show bar.
If you would like to contact any of the Quilt Guilds, or Shops that do not have a link to a website, we can try to find an email address. Just let me know in the comments.