Quilt Academy Programme

Tickets to The Festival of Quilts will be on sale from the 17th May 2021 (10th May for members of The Quilters’ Guild).

The Quick & Easy Workshop programme will be available to view from the end of April.
Help us to understand your desire to attend this year’s event by registering your interest.

By registering for tickets, you’ll receive early notification and priority booking (with no obligation to purchase). This will give you a better chance of securing your preferred date, entry time and workshops.

Register your interest to receive priority booking on the morning of Monday 17th May, before general release in the evening. If you’re a member of the Quilters’ Guild, you will be able to book from Monday 10th May, but we still ask you to register to help us understand the level of demand.

The Quilt Academy offers a series of one, two and three day masterclasses plus three hour workshops led by some of the world’s leading textile practitioners. Aimed at those wanting more intensive learning, these workshops are held in quiet air-conditioned spaces off the main show floor.

Each class is taught by a leading expert in their craft. Tutors include Danny Amazonas, Angela Walters, Midnight Quilter, Cas Holmes, Cecile Whatman, Alicia Merrett, Jennie Rayment, Jude Kingshott and Brunhilde Scheidmeir amongst many, many others.

Popular sessions sell fast – so make sure you plan your day and book early to avoid disappointment.

COVID safety measures in the Academy Workshops

For your safety the following measures will be taken to allow for social distancing and to minimise the risk of transmission*.  

  • We have been working closely with the NEC to ensure the spaces used for Academy workshops allow for social distancing. Some Suites will be opened up to double their size, and additional, larger suites (not normally used for FoQ) will host some classes this year.  
  • Numbers will be capped based on classroom size, in line with current guidelines 
  • Tables will be laid out ‘classroom style’ with gaps of 1.5m between each table.  
  • Classes have a minimum of 30-minutes between sessions to allow for cleaning of the tables, chairs and other touch points (including sewing machines). 
  • All participants will be required to bring their own basic sewing kit (pins, needles, scissors) to minimise sharing of equipment.  

*Page last updated on 31st March 2021. Safety measures are being continually updated are subject to change. Should Government guidelines change closer to the show, the above measures may be altered in line with them.  


Register your interest

Plans are underway for The Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham from 29 July – 1 August 2021.

Please help us understand your desire to attend this year’s event. By registering your interest you’ll get priority access to tickets before they go on general release.