Getting Your Quilt To Us

Delivery Of Your Quilt

ALL quilts need to arrive between Monday 1st July – Monday 15th July 2024. (Quilts cannot be accepted after this date).

Instructions and labels for your quilt will be provided by email between 25th and 28th June. In this email you will receive your unique entry number, which will be printed on the label along with your name and category. The Entry Number will only be available once the hanging plan is complete (late June at the earliest).

Please make sure each quilt is packaged properly and clearly labelled with your name and contact details.

Please note that the labels we provide are for administrative purposes once the quilt arrives at the show. We do not provide postage labels – you will need to create these yourself.

Please choose one of the following options to get your quilt to us:

  • Option 1 – DELIVER BY HAND to BBEL
    Please deliver your quilt by hand to:

Bill Bowden Event Logistics  
Bill Bowden Event Logistics Ltd
4 Dickens Close
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 1SE
Tel: +44 (0) 203 475 2700

If delivering the quilt personally by hand, you MUST do so between Monday 1st July – Monday 15th July. Delivery times Monday – Friday are between 8.00am and 8.00pm and at weekends between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

The cost for using the BBEL delivery point is £9.00.

  • Option 2 – POST YOUR QUILT
    If you wish to post your quilt, it must be posted to our shippers Bill Bowden Event Logistics in West Sussex at the following address:

Bill Bowden Event Logistics Ltd 
4 Dickens Close
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 1SE
Tel: +44 (0) 203 475 2700

The cost of postage will depend on the courier or service you choose. Please create your own postage label (the labels we send you are for our internal administrative use only).

Under no circumstances should you post to any other address than Bill Bowden Event Logistics in West Sussex. Posting elsewhere puts your quilt at risk of getting lost or stolen and we cannot accept any responsibility in such circumstances.

  • Option 3 – DELIVER BY HAND to NEC

Alternatively you can hand deliver your quilt to the NEC, Birmingham on Monday 29th July between 10.00am and 3.00pm ONLY.

Deliver to:

Hall 9 at The NEC
North Avenue
Marston Green
B40 1NT

Please drop off your quilt quilt at the entrance to Hall 9.
The cost for using the NEC delivery point is £6.00.

Sending from Overseas

If you are posting your quilt from overseas please refer to our advice below. 

Please note any customs duty or charges must be covered by the entrant and will not be paid by the show organisers or by Bill Bowden Freight Logistics.

Making Your Hanging Sleeve

Entries into The Festival of Quilts competition require a hanging sleeve of 10cm (4inches) to be attached to the back of the piece, through which a wooden batten will be placed to hang your quilt.

You can find instructions for creating your hanging sleeve here.

Advice on How to Package your Quilt

Packaging the quilt is ultimately the responsibility of the maker, but we advise the following methods if possible:

Your Labels

Instructions for how to label your quilt will be provided the last week in June. We will provide two different labels, one for the back of the quilt and another for the outside of the package. These need to be printed on normal white paper and then cut out and attached.

If you are entering more than one quilt, please ensure that the correct labels are placed with the appropriate entry.

You will need a label for the following:

*Please note that although we do our best to return your packaging after the show, we cannot guarantee it.

Sending Multiple Quilts

We will permit more than one quilt to be sent within one parcel but only when: