Quilt Festival Noord Groningen
Quilt Festival Noord Groningen
An Escorted Tour to the wonderful Quilt Festival Noord Groningen.
See world-class traditional, art, and experimental quilts displayed in fascinating locations including medieval churches, ancient village halls, and beautiful windmills, discover the vibrant city of Groningen and the UNESCO world heritage site of Waddenzee.
This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy this much-enjoyed quilt festival that gathers designs from world-class quilters, exhibited in a number of fascinating local venues, from old windmills to medieval churches and charming village halls. Rather than spending time in one city conference building the festival showcases the quilts in more intimate settings which adds an enhanced experience of seeing historical sites - some quirky, others are ancient.
What We Love
The show! This is a chance to see world-class traditional, art and experimental quilts displayed in fascinating locations including medieval churches, ancient village halls and beautiful windmills.
The location! Set in the North East tip of the Netherlands, 119 miles from Amsterdam, North Groningen borders the UNESCO world heritage site of Waddenzee, an area of wide open, flat landscapes where the horizon is broken by villages clustered around pretty medieval churches. Groningen itself is a vibrant University city and you will have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere.
The history! In the 19th century, this region was known for its distinctive samplers embroidered in black thread.
Experiences you will treasure
Two full days at the Noord Groningen Quilt Festival. Immerse yourself in this unique celebration of quilting, meet the artists, explore the historic venues, pick up tips and ideas at the demonstrations and stock up on supplies to take home.
Creating your very own 'stipwerk' book wrap with life-long quilter Herma de Ruiter
A private guided tour of the Museum Pakhuis Koophandel in Leeuwarden. Located in a 19th century warehouse, this charming museum is home to a fascinating textile gallery. Highlights include a collection of lace dating back to the 17th century, a unique series of European lace pillows and a very special exhibition of quilts which tell the story of Dutch Indonesia through the memories of those of who made them.
Discovering the University city of Groningen. The vibrant capital of this Northern region is filled with historic monuments, lively cafes and wonderful shopping opportunities. We recommend a visit to the Groninger Museum. Designed by the Italian architect Alessandro Mendini, it is a visual treat inside and out. Modern and contemporary art sits alongside a world-renowned collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain.
Experiencing the World Heritage Site Schokland. A place between land and water in the middle of the Noordoostpolder, the area's 160 archeological sites show traces of human habitation going back 10,000 years. Museum Schokland itself takes you on an extraordinary journey from the ice age to the present day - look out for prehistoric footprints, the remnants of ancient habitations and a reconstruction of a wooden palisade.
Eating freshly caught and smoked fish in a harbour-side cafe in the centuries old fishing village of Urk then taking a stroll through its labyrinth of lanes - or 'ginkies' as they are known in Dutch.
What people say
There are so many things to love about this tour! The Quilt Festival itself attracts such a variety of artists and there are so many different quilts to see, from traditional to art and experimental quilts. And then there’s the location. North Groningen borders the Waddenzee, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is an area of wide open, flat landscapes with the horizon broken by villages clustered around medieval churches that are worth a visit in themselves. And Groningen is an incredibly vibrant, cultured city
Textile artist Hilde van Schaardenburg
Marjan and Rob Ruitenberg launched the Quiltfestival Noord Groningen in 2010 out of their shared passion for quilting. Ten years on, it has grown into a biennial celebration of the art of quilting that draws visitors and exhibitors from across the world.
While we are disappointed not to be offering a tour in 2021, we look forward to travelling again when we can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
In previous years this event has featured traditional, art and experimental quilts by more than 30 outstanding artists from around the world. Their work shown in 25 venues, ranging from medieval churches to village halls and windmills, across the area. Highlights include two Modern Quilt exhibitions, a fashion show featuring traditional Staphorst costume, demonstrations, workshops, and, of course, stalls selling a wide variety of textile accessories.
A Deeper Dive
The eponymous capital of this northern region is filled with historic monuments, lively cafes and great shopping opportunities.
Designed by the Italian architect Alessandro Mendini, the Groninger Museum is a treat inside and out. Modern and contemporary art sits alongside a world-renowned collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain.
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