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Jenny Doan

Join the talented Jenny Doan at this year's Festival of Quilts. Jenny will be giving a two hour 'Trunk Show' with humour, laughter and even a few tears. Click below for more info!

Fine Art Textile Award

From 2019 onwards, the award previously known as Fine Art Quilt Masters has been broadened to become the Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award, an international juried exhibition open to all amateur and practising artists using textiles as their medium. 

Entry form now available!

Michael James

Visit Michael James' Gallery at this year's festival and be inspired by his constructed textiles New and Recent. The Gallery area plays host to some of the best known names in textiles and this year we are pleased to showcase talented artists such as India flint, Sandie Lush, The International Quilt Study Center & Museum and more.

Check out the gallery page for the full line up.

Learn a new skill

The Festival of Quilts offers the most comprehensive programme of textile workshops in Europe. There are over 250 classes on offer ranging from hour long taster sessions to two day master classes.
Every session is taught by an expert quilter.

What people say

It was so good we visited the festival twice! For anyone that enjoys crafts, sewing, quilting or interested in having a go, I would strongly suggest going along and having a great day out. 10/10
Absolutely incredible works of art! Feel honoured to have seen these quilts close up - Superb!
I spent two very happy days at The Festival of Quilts, the ambiance was incredible, and there was enough room between the stalls to move easily, the quilts were fantastic, and everyone I spoke to were saying it was the best one ever, a wonderful day!
My daughter and I paid our first visit on Friday... We were totally blown away by the quilts on display and had a fantastic time shopping too. Will definitely return next year. Thank you so much for all the hard work in putting on such a magnificent show! 
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.
Jan Tillet's workshop was amazing. She was very well prepared and the content of the class was excellent, exceeded expectations and increased my interest and knowledge in the subject. Excellent value for money. Thank You Jan.

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Latest News

  • 15 APR, 2019
    Ahead of this year's Festival of Quilts we caught up with textile artist India Flint to find out all about her latest exhibition 'Incomplete journeys'. Q: India, you’re a lady of many talents – an acclaimed textile artist, traveller, writer and teacher. We are so excited to welcome you to The Festival of Quilts this year. What can we expect from your exhibition, incomplete journeys? A: The question made me laugh so much. Apparently I once informed an elderly shop assistant: “that’s no lady, that’s my mother!” incomplete journeys is a collection of hand-stitched, plant dyed “cloth objects” that to me read as poems about place, odes to the earth. Q: Your farm in South Australia and the nature all around you are the source of much of the inspiration and raw materials for your work. How important is a sense of place to you personally and for the work you make? A: It’s critical. In my work, the unique physical aspects of a place (water quality, local flora) are as important as my emotional experience of it. The farm I am fortunate to live on is a 500 acre open studio in which I roam, gather material and formulate concepts. But sometimes, as in my exhibition anthology (New Orleans, March-April 2019), pieces are prepared at home and then infused with local colour nearer to the place of exhibition. It all depends on what story I want to tell. Q: Is there a natural material that you have not yet worked with and are keen to explore? A: Almost every plant in the world will yield some kind of colour… I haven’t even walked around the tip of the iceberg yet! Q: Much of your work is wearable (aprons, coats) – how important is it to you that your art is functional? A: I made wearables for a while (Halle Berry bought two of my dresses, bless her) but I only make clothes for myself now. I don’t really distinguish between clothing, bedding or wall adornments. They all perform important functions. Some warm the body, others the heart. Q: You famously validated your eco-print process (bundling leaves and other natural materials in damp silk cloths to produce unique, wash-fast prints) through a post-graduate research degree rather than patent it for commercial use. What was the thinking behind that decision? A: I knew that many large international companies have employees whose job it is to trawl through new patents and harvest ideas. Such companies would be too large to fight, for one thing; but more importantly I have observed that when anything is done on a large scale, the impact on the environment (even from something as supposedly “friendly” as this technique) can be disastrous. Imagine a company churning out thousands of pairs of ecoprint pyjamas, delivering tonnes of waste leaf matter and discharging volumes of compromised water (all leaves are acidic, so will lower the pH of the water they are processed in). On a small scale the leaf matter and water can be neutralised with a little ash before being distributed in a garden, but I cannot imagine a large fashion manufacturer caring much about this. Bad enough that the ecoprint has been hijacked by the “plastics and toxins” brigade. Q: Through your School of Nomad Arts (and via the power of the internet), students all over the world are learning how to use your eco-print method to create their own work. How important is this community to you? A: It’s proving to be a marvellously friendly and sharing community. People are seeking out stitch sisters in their region and meeting for tea and cake and sewing. And by using this wider means of teaching, it brings sustainable practice to so many more people, some of whom don’t have the means or the time to travel, or even to attend classes local to them. I have a warm feeling about this work. Q: Which textile artists do you think are making exciting work right now? A: I am excited about each person who is moved to take up a needle and stitch, to mend a garment, to spin, knit or crochet, or to twine string. There is something about making things by hand that is good for the soul, and I have a strong belief that the deep satisfaction in making something for oneself can be a positive contributor to our physical and mental health. As far as contemporary artists go, I don’t think I have enough information to point at anyone in particular. I tend not to follow much of what’s going on. Q: What projects are you working on currently and what’s next for you after The Festival of Quilts? A: At present I am travelling in Morocco and stitching on a quilt-like piece made entirely from salvaged clothing recently acquired at a thrift store in New Orleans. It’s about 5’ x 6’ and very comfy to sit under while on a plane. I’ll probably dye it back home. I’m also working on my nine-month long “armchair wandering” for the School of Nomad Arts. After The Festival of Quilts, I have workshops in France, Scotland and Canada, flowed by a residency at the Burren College of Art in Ireland. In 2020, I have a journey to India followed by three solo shows, all in Australia. And somewhere in between all that, there’s a novel that wants writing.
  • 29 MAR, 2019
    It's official the Festival of Quilts is now an award winning show! Last week we attended the Exhibition News Awards - which celebrates excellence in the live events industry and scooped the prize for Best Consumer Show. The Best Consumer Show category recognises an event that has delivered a superb visitor experience, driven by creative marketing initiatives, year-on-year success, a competitive edge, originality and commercial growth. Other contenders included The New Scientist Show and The Ski and Snowboard Show. We are absolutely thrilled that the show has been presented with this coveted award and can not wait to make this year's show even better.
    The Team on Stage. From Left to Right: Helen Marriot (Content Director), Janaka Managai (Sales Executive), Rob Wilmshurst (Award Presenter), Anna Baptiste (Event Director), Michelle Prah (Sales Manager), Sara Willis (Marketing Manager), Chloe Georgiou (Senior Marketing Executive), Lois Wright (Marketing Assistant) and David Flatman (Evening Host).