Deborah Segaert has been in the quilting and fabrics industry for almost 40 years, beginning in her mother’s wholesale patchwork business in 1985. She went on to be the editor of Tracy Marsh’s Craft & Decorating magazine in 1989. In 1999 she acquired Australia’s first patchwork magazine Down Under Quilts. She was focused entirely on Australian talent and gave the artisans’ and their achievements wider recognition. During this time, she also launched the Annual Excellence in Patchwork Awards, which recognised the best patchwork and quilting shops in Australia. In 2017 Deborah was approached by Universal Media Co to be the editor of Quilters Companion magazine. Deborah’s strong voice in the quilting community, and her vision, are still inspiring quilters around the country and the world. In April this year Deborah was the recipient of the Hall of Fame award for the quilting industry. An accolade that she has spent decades earning! Join Deborah on the incredible quilting and fabrics tour to the UK in 2024. Deborah has hosted a few tours over the years, and next year she will host the Travelrite International/Quilters Companion tour to visit Birmingham’s Festival of Quilts. “Join me on this wonderful tour! I have been to most of the places on the itinerary and I am very excited to be visiting them again, with like-minded quilters!” Deborah now lives in the gorgeous beachside suburb of Avoca Beach and like many, often works from home. “I am close to my family and even closer to my own sewing room while I listen to the bell birds outside and compile the contents of Quilters Companion – it’s certainly the definition of ‘living the dream’.”VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Sunday 21 July, 2024 Departure
Today we board our flight to London, England
DAY 2 Monday 22 July, 2024 London, England
This morning we arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred into the city. We will have an overview sightseeing tour of exciting London before we transfer to our hotel. We will see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and more.
DAY 3 Tuesday 23 July, 2024 London
Today we visit Hampton Court Palace, which is an interesting place to learn about the lives of British Monarchs from Henry VIII onwards. We will enjoy a talk at the Royal School of Needlework on their work bringing historical textiles back to life. We will see superb needlework produced by the students. There will be free time to shop at The Royal Needlework Shop, which sells high quality kits and supplies, before travelling to Creative Quilting, which houses about a thousand bolts. It has shop samples and a generous selection of patterns and books. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to formally meet Deborah.
DAY 4 Wednesday 24 July, 2024 London
This morning we travel north to Walthamstow to visit the recently renovated William Morris Gallery. William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was a British textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. We will see an internationally important collection illustrating his life achievements and influences. This afternoon we will visit the Fashion and Textile Museum. We will see the fashion design and art of the Chelsea set in swinging London in the 60’s. Deborah will make sure we get the most out of the day.
DAY 5 Thursday 25 July, 2024 London
This morning is free for individual exploration. You may wish to visit Liberty of London, where beautiful fabrics are available. In the afternoon we visit the Museum of London’s Dress and Textile Collection. It includes clothes and textiles made, sold, bought and worn in London from the 16th century to the present. We will see clothing made by London fashion houses including hardy Amies and Mary Quant and garments made for the Royal family. We continue with a visit to the Antique and Textile Company of London. The owner Christopher Wilson-Tate has just joined Moda as a fabric designer and is a specialist in antique quilts.
DAY 6 Friday 26 July, 2024 Winchester
This morning we travel to Winchester. On the journey we stop at Lady Sew and Sew quilt shop. It has very friendly staff and great fabric. On arrival in Winchester we check into our hotel. Those wishing to have dinner with the group will meet in the lobby.
DAY 7 Saturday 27 July, 2024 Winchester
Today we continue to Chawton, in East Hampshire to visit the Jane Austen House Museum. This was where Jane lived for the last eight years of her life and wrote many of her novels. She was very good at needlework and we will see samples of this needle work. The museum also fosters research and understanding of early women writers to restore them to their rightful place in the history of English literature. We return to Winchester to visit Winchester cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. The cathedral is also the resting place of Jane Austen, now celebrated as one of England’s greatest novelists. When she was buried in the Cathedral in 1817 at the age of 41, her original memorial stone made no mention of her books. We can read the brass plaque erected in 1872 to redress the omission in the north side aisle and an illustrated exhibition detailing Jane Austen’s life, work and death in Hampshire, is displayed beside her grave.
DAY 8 Sunday 28 July, 2024 Bath
This morning we will drive to visit Lacock village. This gorgeous village, which has been preserved by the National Trust was used as the village in Downton Abbey. We will visit Lacock Abbey founded in the early 13th century by Ela the countess of Salisbury and also visit the William Henry Fox Talbot’s country house with its interesting museum of photography. We continue our journey to Bath, where we will stay three nights.
DAY 9 Monday 29 July, 2024 Bath
Today we enjoy a tour of Bath with a local guide. Founded around naturally occurring hot springs, the Romans built baths and a temple. Bath has been listed as a world heritage city. During the Georgian period, it became a popular spa resort. We will see the Roman Baths and Georgian assembly rooms, as well as the beautiful terraces, built during Georgian times. We will visit No 1 Royal Crescent, a museum which features historic furniture and objects which give the viewer an idea of what life was like for Baths fashionable residents. In the afternoon we visit the Jane Austen Centre, where we will get a snapshot of life during Regency times and explore how living in this magnificent city affected Jane Austen’s life and writing. There is a superb gift shop for you to enjoy.
DAY 10 Tuesday 30 July, 2024 Bath
Today we will visit the American Museum in Britain. In the Manor House you will visit the American Heritage Exhibition. There is also a Folk Art exhibition. After visiting the museum there are three shops to explore: The Country Shop, the Herb Shop, and the Gallery Shop. We continue with a visit to the Fashion Museum in the Assembly Rooms, which focuses on fashionable dress for men, women and children from the late 16th century to the present day and has more than 100,000 objects. This afternoon will be free for individual exploration. Deborah will give the group tips on where to explore. Later in the day we will enjoy afternoon tea in the Pump Room Restaurant. We will be served finger sandwiches, warm scones, and a selection of mini cakes to the sound of the Pump Room Trio or a pianist. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
DAY 11 Wednesday 31 July, 2024 Birmingham
Today we will travel north stopping in the pretty village of Great Doddington. Located in the village, St Nicholas Church dates back to Norman times. Mary and Sam from the Poppy Patch will welcome us into their barn conversion with over 1500 bolts of sumptuous fabrics. We arrive in Birmingham in readiness for the opening of the Festival of Quilts tomorrow. It is the largest patchwork and quilting event in Europe with an International following.
DAY 12 Thursday 1 August, 2024 Birmingham
We visit the Birmingham Festival of Quilts on its opening day. The Festival has over 1000 quilts on display, in competitions and general displays for inspiration and adoration. Get a taste of all the different styles of quilting, with stall holders from all over Europe amongst the 200 stands. Fabrics, threads, kits, bags, French magazines, workshops, patterns and much more, will be showcased at this annual event. Deborah will point out the best exhibits.
DAY 13 Friday 2 August, 2024 Birmingham
A day to enjoy exploring the Festival of Quilts. In the afternoon group members can stay on at the show or enjoy free time to explore Birmingham.
DAY 14 Saturday 3 August, 2024 York
We travel through the picturesque English countryside to York today. On the journey, we visit Sheffield where Patchwork Garden is located. Along with friendly advice and courses in quilting and dressmaking, Patchwork Garden brings a riot of colourful fabrics and carefully selected sewing & crafting supplies. We will stop in an attractive town on the way to York for lunch. The city of York has retained so much of its medieval structure that walking into its centre is like entering a living museum.
DAY 15 Sunday 4 August, 2024 York
This morning we have a sightseeing tour of York with a local guide. During the tour we see York Minster, containing the largest selection of medieval stained glass in Britain. We walk through the Shambles, a row of ancient houses with second stories leaning over the street. We continue with a visit to the York Castle Museum, which houses a collection of costume, textiles and household furniture mainly from the 19th century. Gallery guides often dress in Victorian clothes. There is also a collection of textiles and fabrics. In the afternoon we will visit Gillies Fabrics, which has a large range of fabrics, haberdashery and patterns. The people serving in the shop are very knowledgeable.
DAY 16 Monday 5 August, 2024 York
This morning we will visit Castle Howard. The castle was used as the location for “Brideshead Revisited”, its garden is described as one of the finest examples of “The Heroic Age of English Landscape Architecture”. The grounds were first designed by Sir John Vanbrugh to compliment the castle he also designed. We will enjoy a free afternoon to explore York.
DAY 17 Tuesday 6 August, 2024 Manchester
Today we travel to Manchester. On the journey we visit Eme Cloth & Yard in Ilkley a small cute quilt shop. We continue with a visit to one of the outstanding collection of clothing and accessories in Britain, the Gallery of Costume. It is housed in the elegant surroundings of Platt Hall. This evening we will have a farewell dinner to celebrate our wonderful time in the UK.
DAY 18 Wednesday 7 August, 2024 Departure
Today we travel the short distance to Manchester airport to board our flight back to Australia.
DAY 19 Thursday 8 August, 2024 In Flight
DAY 20 Friday 9 August, 2024 Arrival Australia
We arrive in Australia today and the tour concludes.
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