Enter your Quilt in 2021

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. 

As such, the competitions are an integral part of the event and we receive over 800 entries every year. There are 17 different categories to cover a range of quilting styles, including categories for schools and young people. 

This year we are excited to announce a brand new category for Complete Beginners, to encourage those who have taken up sewing for the first time to enter their work. We also have four overlay categories to celebrate excellence in hand quilting, machine quilting, long arm quilting and use of thread. Visit the Categories page for a full list. 

We aim 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.

Adapting to Virtual

We are still hopeful that The Festival will be able to go ahead in late July 2021 at the NEC. Should we be unable to go ahead with the live event, the competitions will continue ‘virtually’ as they did in 2020, with all entries judged from photographs and presented in an online gallery. 

So whatever the outcome, you are encouraged to start working on your quilt (if you haven’t already!), ready to enter your work once the entry form is live. 

If you have any questions about your quilt entry please email quiltentry@upperstreetevents.co.uk

Deadline for entering is Friday 4th June 2021.

Entry Fees

Standard Entry £18.00 

Fee for members of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles (and members of the European Quilt Association) £14.00 

If you are entering more than one quilt, you will be charged £10.00 for each additional quilt entered (or £8 for QGBI and EQA members)

Please note that there are additional costs associated with entering, including:

  • Use of collection points for getting your quilt to us or collecting after the show
  • Postage of your work and the courier cost for returning it to you (based on size of piece)
  • Cover for loss or damage (optional)


There is a total prize pool of over £35,000 to be won every year; another great incentive to enter your work!

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 Quilters and Schools categories:

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

Prizes for the Overlay Awards 

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

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