This year's The Festival of Quilts is back and you can attend the event in person August at the NEC in Birmingham. That's right! You heard us. We're already busy planning our trip to the Festival when it arrives to take Birmingham by storm from 18th – 21st August 2022.


You’ll find 700 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.

The Festival of Quilts: What to expect

Highlights for 2022 include:
Essential patchwork & quilting supplies

with over 200 quality exhibitors selling fabric, thread, kits, haberdashery, sewing machines and more!

ladies viewing the competition quilts at the festival of quilts

Quilting competition

Be a part of Europe’s largest open patchwork & quilting competition. There are 17 categories and the prize pool is £34,000! Enter by 27th June 2022.

koi carp quilt on display at the festival of quilts 2022

Textile galleries

See 14 Textile galleries from world renowned groups and artists including Danny Amazonas, African / American Quilts from the Robert cargo Collection, Michael A. Cummings and Quilts from the Rod Kiracofe Collection sponsored by Quiltfolk.

Masterclasses and workshops

hands sewing a fish quilt panel on a sewing machine

Choose from over 400 classes ranging from one hour to two days. Visit the website to download the full timetable.


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.

Festival of Quilts Festival of Quilts BIS - Two Person - Longarm 1st - Mary Palmer & Anne Kiely - Who will tell the bees


Zoe WilliamsLaunch Editor,

Zoe is the launch Editor of She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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