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The Patchwork Coverlet - 1718

The oldest quilt in existence the Patchwork Coverlet (made in 1718) will be displayed at the 2018 Festival of Quilts to mark its 300th anniversary.

Come and view this piece of quilting history.

Headline act Ricky Tims confirmed

Textile legend Ricky Tims will be joining us at the 2018 Festival of Quilts. Join Ricky at the show for one of his world famous quilting concerts and pick his brain with all your quilting questions.

 

Enter the Competition

Each year the Festival of quilts hold a variety of competition for visitors to enter displaying over 700 quilt entries at the event. Inspiring visitors from all over the world to submit their work, the festival has now created a new 15th category! Check out all the information of how to enter and this years competition categories.

More workshops than ever before!

Want to learn a new skill? At this year's Festival of Quilts we are offering over 300 workshops including Quick & Easy sessions, academy masterclasses and a huge range of live demos and lectures from some of the best textile artists around. Be sure to download the workshop timetable and book before they sell out!

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!
There is so much talent on display that I always think it should be featured on the national news.
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.
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 MAR, 2018
    Today has been a very good day for The Festival of Quilts team - we have been awarded first place in the best event/exhibition category in the Sew Magazine British Sewing Awards. We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who voted for The Festival of Quilts as their winner. Last year was an amazing year for the team the show turned 15 years old and we saw more quilts than ever before entered into our quilt competition, textile art from the leading quilt artists including work from Nancy Crow in her Mastery Gallery. We are now focusing all our efforts into making The 2018 Festival of Quilts the best yet - and with Nancy Crow, Alexandra Kingswell and Ricky Tims already signed up we have a feeling that this year's show is going to be unmissable. But for now we are off to reward ourselves with a glass of wine!
  • 10 AUG, 2017
    It's been a busy first day at The Festival of Quilts and our highlight by far was announcing this year's Festival of Quilt competition winners. There were 17 competition categories in total including Best In Show which was the overall winner out of all the categories chosen which went to Philipa Naylor for her miniature quilt entitled Measure for Meaure. We are also delighted to announce that the winner of Fine Art Quilt Masters is Margaret Ramsey. You can view all of this year's winners here, the pictures of all of this year's winning quilts will be added soon.