The Festival of Quilts News

Missing your annual dose of total quilt immersion at The Festival of Quilts? This weekend saw the event take place virtually, and you can see the festival highlights online, as the winning competition quilts have been revealed

Festival of Quilts Modern Quilts Gallery

Three cheers for the team behind The Festival of Quilts, this weekend they held a virtual quilt festival – Beyond The Festival of Quilts – to bring the quilting community together for a host of activities and events until we can all meet again!


Ok we know it was a blow when we learned that this year’s The Festival of Quilts would be postponed, but all is not lost. Faced with the loss of their annual venue at the Birmingham NEC, organisers revealed the winners of the 2020 Virtual Quilt Competition online and offered a range of live lectures and workshops to keep quilters busy.

Introducing Beyond The Festival of Quilts

Beyond The Festival of Quilts officially launched on Thursday 30 July, to mark what would have been the opening day of The Festival of Quilts, with a live awards ceremony to see the winners of the Virtual Quilt Competition, followed by a range of exciting virtual events lined up to treat us quilters to some of the highlights of the Festival from the comfort of our own homes.

Beyond the Festival of Quilts logo

Check out the winning quilts!

Organisers have shared Dynamic Galleries of this year’s Virtual Quilt Competition winners, alongside a projects library and a sharing a whole host of quilting hints and tips.

The annual Festival quilt competitions traditionally attract over 800 entries each year with all the entries hung for visitors to view, and we can honestly say it’s a highlight of our year to see them all. So we’re over the moon at the news we’ll still get to see what you’ve all been making in a new virtual format!

The competition is one of the key highlights of the Festival and we know how disappointed quilters will be not to see the spectacular sight of 800 stunning works of art at the NEC this year. The competition attracts entries from all over the world and we want to make sure that quilters still have the opportunity to showcase their talent and hard work
Anna Baptiste, The Festival of Quilts Event Director

See the winners here

Main image: Modern Quilt from the 2018 Festival of Quilts – Bauble II by Tatyana Duffie

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 last summer.

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