What is the Virtual Competition 2020?

The Virtual Competition 2020 is a new initiative launched by the organisers of The Festival of Quilts. 
Given that our normal quilt competition can’t go ahead this year, we didn’t want you to miss out so we’re offering you the chance to enter the competitions in an online format.

Just like our standard FoQ competitions, there are 12 categories to choose from. See the list of categories here with examples of previous winners.

Due to the current social distancing measures, judging will take place remotely from photographs. All Quilts will be featured on www.thefestivalofquilts.com.

Additionally, our judging panel will shortlist approximately ten quilts in each category to feature in a brand new, one-off Festival of Quilts magazine being printed in September 2020.  

One of the shortlisted quilts in each category will win a prize of £500 and go on to be hung at The Knitting & Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate in the autumn.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, the Handi Quilter Best in Competition quilt will be awarded £1500!

There’s never been a better time to make a quilt and now you have even more incentive. The Festival of Quilts has hosted Europe’s largest quilt competition for 17 years and is usually one of the biggest show attractions of the show, with over 800 entries.

We can’t run the show this year but we’re not going to let that get in the way.

The Virtual Competition 2020 is now closed. Stay tuned for further announcements and the Awards Ceremony!

Key Information and dates

Submission deadline –  3rd July 2020

Entry fee – £16 (£14 for members of the Quilters’ Guild). A processing fee of up to 3% will also be applied.

First prize in each category – £500

Best in Competition Prize – £1500

1st Sew with pauline - circle of life web
1st Karen Callaghan - Strelitza web