Bookings open soon for Europe’s premier quilt show


The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s number one quilt show attracting 24,000 visitors from all over the world. Showcasing thousands of magnificent quilts, the show celebrates patchwork and quilting in all its forms.
Priority bookings for members of The Quilters’ Guild opened at 10am on Monday 9th April allowing members to buy entry tickets, workshops, talks and social events a week before anyone else just login to the members area of The Quilters’ Guild website for the discount code an link to online bookings (standard bookings open at 10am on Monday 16th April).

Join our quilting community for this spectacular four day event taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from the 9th – 12th August.

Textile gallery highlights for 2018 include:

This will be the largest exhibition of Nancy’s work ever staged in the UK with 75 quilts on display.

The 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet
The 1718 Coverlet, the oldest known surviving dated patchwork coverlet in Britain, is celebrating its 300th anniversary

The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition sponsored by Clover
A juried exhibition from Japan with 82 award winning quilt selected for travelling exhibitions.

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The 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet

For the full list of galleries visit

Other show highlights include ‘An Evening with Ricky Tims’ who returns to The Festival of Quilts after ten years! Join us on Friday 10th August to witness Ricky’s innovative and entertaining presentation featuring live music and humour combined with scholarly insights. Book early for a cheaper early bird price of £43.00* (standard price £49.00*)

Ricky Tims web

For more information on our social events visit


Be a part of the show

We invite you to be a part of the show and enter The Festival of Quilts Competition.
New for 2018 we have introduced The 1718 Challenge and the Novice Quilt category (previously called My First Quilt).

There’s great cash prizes to be won so you can top up your fabric stash!

Judging 2 web

Download the entry form now or enter online.
For more information visit


Shopping opportunities galore

Each year 300 exhibitors join us from the UK, Europe and further afield selling essential patchwork and quilting supplies.

This year we already have 20 new companies attending for the first time including Green Mountain Quilts, Mellymade Designs, Sew La Di Da Vintage and Home of Jolanda to name a few.

Fabric web

Start your shopping list now!

To view the exhibitor list visit


Workshops & Lectures

300+ workshops take place over the four days including demonstrations, lectures, Quick & Easy Workshops sponsored by Create and Craft and Quilt Academy Classes. Workshops range from one hour to 3 days and suitable for beginners through to the more advance quilter. Whatever you’re looking for you’re sure to find a workshop suitable for you.

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For more information about the workshops on offer visit

For more information about The Festival of Quilts visit

*£1.95 fulfilment fee applies per transaction.
By Sara Willis, Upper Street Events

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