Enter the Festival of Quilts virtual quilt competition!

Calling all quilters – we have good news! If you were thinking that The Festival of Quilts being postponed meant your latest masterpiece won't get it's time to shine this summer, fear not! The Festival of Quilts annual quilt competitions are still going ahead... virtually! Your quilt deserves to be shown off...

Festival of Quilts Modern Quilts Gallery

Ok, so we admit it was a blow to learn that the upcoming The Festival of Quilts had to be postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but just as we were about to give up all hope of diving head-first into a sea of quilt galleries this year, event organisers have announced a virtual quilt competition in place of the live version.


The virtual Festival of Quilts competition is open to entrants now and you can enter today! The event traditionally attracts 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 this creative new format!

All your favourite categories are open, except for the schools’ categories, due to schools being closed. Submissions must include high quality, high resolution colour photographs of whole quilts and quilt detail. Submission fees are £16 per entry (£14 for Quilters’ Guild members) and the entry deadline is Friday 3rd July 2020.

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

Judges will shortlist the ten best quilts per category at the end of July, all of which will be available to view on a dedicated page on the Festival website. Winners will be announced later this year. Adult category winners will get £500 in prize money and Young Quilters will win £150 each. The winner of Best in Competition (sponsored by Handi Quilter) will be awarded a £1,500 prize.

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

The winning quilts will be displayed in the Textile Galleries at the  planned Knitting & Stitching Shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate later this Autumn. Find full details, plus category criteria, competition rules and enter your quilts at www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk.