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Enter a Quilt

The Festival of Quilts is home to the largest quilting competition in Europe with a magnificent display of over 700 competition quilts. Take part in this year’s contest and have your quilt on show at the event. There is a competition category to suit everyone from the beginner quilter to the quilting veteran. Every entrant is invited to join us at the award ceremony at the show.

The ultimate shopping experience

The Festival of Quilts attracts over 300 quality exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies. Whether you're after fabric, buttons, patterns, quilting kits or even a brand new sewing machine there is something for every quilter. It really is a shopping experience like no other!

Be Inspired

The Festival of Quilts hosts a collection of professionally curated galleries from the world’s best quilters and textile artists. This year there will be 30 galleries to view including work from Diana Harrison, Nancy Crow, Kumiko Frydl and Els Van Baarle.

Get involved

The Festival of Quilts is the perfect place to learn a new quilting technique or master an existing skill. The show boosts over 270 different workshops between its Academy classes, Quick and Easy workshops and quilting demos. You can listen to experts in our lecture programme, see the artists in action at The Creative Textile Studio. Or text your quilting knowledge at this year’s brand new Quilting Quiz.

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What people say

Had a fabulous day, it was our first time at the festival of quilts. The quilts were amazing. There's some very talented people about! Also lots of stalls to shop for fabrics etc.
Amazing. A real treat. The quilts were an absolute work of art and an inspiration. Beautifully displayed. Can now put faces to so many names I read about. Thank you for the experience.
There is so much talent on display that I always think it should be featured on the national news.
Went for 2 days, stayed for 3. Still didn't see everything! Returning next year.
Fantastic show with lots to see, do and buy! Made all the more special with my daughter winning the Young Quilter of the year (5-8 years). Will be back next year!
The artistry was amazing; there are some very talented quilters out there. It has given me the urge to become more creative with my time behind my sewing machine. Congratulations on what I'm sure will be a sell out of a show.
Another great event and my 13yr old enjoyed the 2 workshops she did immensely, and gave me time to mooch around at the things I'm really interested in too.

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Latest News

  • 20 JUL, 2017
    598 women were killed by a result of domestic violence between 2009 and 2015. That is approximately two women a week. The Women's Quilt is made up of 598 patches, one patch for each woman who tragically died. The Women's quilt is an emotive and evocative quilt that commemorates the lives of these women and acts as a a poignant reminder that domestic abuse is unfortunately still the norm for too many women. The quilt is the brain child of Labour Councillor Roxanne Ellis who brought it to parliament on  International Women's Day to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Roxanne said: “The idea of the quilt came about because it is a traditionally feminine skill and one that is accessible to everyone, we have had women draw on their patch with pens, paint, stick, appliqué and embroider their patches. It is also one where people can work on their patches wherever they want and then they can be brought together. There was also inspiration taken from the AIDS quilt and the visual impact of that amazing piece of work.” The Women's Quilt remembers each woman as more than a statistic, every patch has a unique tale about that person's life. You can find more about the story behind each woman on the Women's Quilt Instagram page. The Women's quilt will be on display at this year's Festival of Quilts.
  • 17 JUL, 2017
    In this week's free quilt pattern from Groves, master the art of dresden plate blocks with this project to create a dresden quilt. This pattern has been designed and made by quilting pro Janet Goddard and is suitable for beginners. Download your free quilt pattern here.