Europe's Largest Open Quilt Competition!

The Festival of Quilts aims to promote and encourage all aspects of patchwork, quilting and applique to enable quiltmakers at all levels to exhibit their work. There are 18 different categories to cover a range of quilting styles, including categories for schools and young people. Visit the Categories page for a full list. 

We a im to hang and judge every entry, making The Festival of Quilts the biggest celebration of quilting in the world, with over 1200 quilts on display. 

The deadline for entering was Monday 12th June 2023 at midnight (GMT)

If you’re have questions about the competition please email [email protected] 

Prizes for 2023

There is a total prize pool of over £35,000 to be won every year!

The Handi Quilter Best in Show Award

One outstanding piece will win Best in Show with a prize of £3,500!
This has increased from previous years thanks to Handi Quilter’s generosity, making this the largest prize awarded in the open competitions. 

In all adult categories, the prizes awarded are:

1st Prize: £1,000
2nd Prize: £500
3rd Prize: £250

In the Young Quilter categories:

1st Prize: £200
2nd Prize: £100
3rd Prize: £50

In the Schools Categories there is a prize of £250 for each age group

Prizes for the Overlay Awards 

Excellence in Hand Quilting: £500
Excellence in Machine Quilting: £500
Excellence in Longarm Quilting: £500
Thread Mastery: £500