As if we weren’t happy enough that the UK is starting to move out of lockdown, now The Festival of Quilts have announced tickets are on sale for this summer’s real life event at the NEC in Birmingham. That’s right! You heard us. And you can get your hands on tickets today!
Our favourite yearly dose of total quilt immersion is back and we’ll be able to visit the quilts in person later this year! You’ll find 800 competition quilts on display, inspiring textile galleries, 400 workshops and talks plus unbeatable shopping with hundreds of companies selling patchwork and quilting supplies all under one roof.
Put 29th July to 1st August in your diaries and snap up your tickets now.
The Festival of Quilts 2021: What’s the plan?
Highlights this year include:
- Angela Walters from The Midnight Quilt Show: Angel has almost 200,000 followers on her YouTube channel and will be offering lectures in The Festival Theatre plus longarm workshops in a Handi-Quilter sponsored classroom.
- Kaffe Fassett’s ‘Colour and Inspiration’ lecture: you’ll leave entranced by Kaffe’s sense and use of colour ready to try it yourself!
- Quilting with Liberty Fabrics: Jenni Smith. This is the first exhibition worldwide of the projects featured in Jenni Smith’s recently published and highly acclaimed book ‘Quilting with Liberty Fabrics’. Immerse yourself in beautiful Tana Lawns and Quilting Cottons and learn more about what makes Liberty Prints so unique and irresistible.
Plan your visit with confidence
If you’re excited about the thought of a whole day doing a deep dive into a quilting kingdom (that’s how we see the Festival) but not sure how this will work during a global pandemic, the organisers are putting in place a whole range of measures to keep visitors safe. These will include:
- The Festival will be located across four halls of the venue, rather than the usual three, to allow extra space for social distancing.
- There will be a capped number of visitors and exhibitors – so snap up tickets as soon as you can to be on the safe side
- The event will have extended opening hours with pre-booked, staggered entry times to avoid a crush at the start of the day
- There will also be wider aisles, larger workshop rooms, galleries, theatre and VIP lounge – all with capacity limits and extra cleaning
- Look out for separate entry and exit points to the different sections to help keep everyone moving safely
- There will be frequent and enhanced cleaning, plus hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities
- This year, contactless ticket scanning and payment will be in place
- There will also be additional toilet facilities and seating (good news on any year!)
- Plus, of course, anyone feeling unwell or with Covid symptoms will be asked not to attend.
What about the 2021 quilt competitions?
Yes, they’re our favourite thing about the show too. The competitions are happening, and the show organisers are offering quilters from all over the globe the chance to showcase their work to live audiences of up to 26,000 people!
This year will have 17 different categories to cover a range of quilting styles, including categories for schools and young people. They also have a brand new category for ‘Complete Beginners’ who have only started sewing in the last 12 months, so if you have a friend, neighbour or family member who have been converted in lockdown please pass on the message!
Take a look at which of our categories best suits your quilting style and get making! First prize will be £1,000 in the open categories (plus the universally acknowledged glory of seeing your very own quilt on display at the show for thousands of visitors to admire. The deadline for entering is4th June 2021 so get working on your piece now!
Remember the joy of fabric shopping at the Festival of Quilts? Well get ready because the 2021 Festival is coming soon and boy are we ready.
2019 Festival of Quilts Virtual Gallery
Head to our Festival of Quilts Virtual Tour to see the winning quilts that scooped the top spots at the 2019 Festival to see the designs that wowed the judges at the show’s last event, before the pandemic.