5 things to look out for at Festival of Quilts

Tansy Martin and Maggie Breakspear for their Find the Frog quilt at Festival of Quilts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We’re all a-flurry at TQ towers as we ready for next week’s Festival of Quilts exhibition. It’s the ultimate quilters’ day out here in the UK. Here are our top 5 things to make sure you take in while you’re there…

The Festival of Quilts is always one of our highlights of the quilting calendar. It combines our love of patchwork heritage, exploring other people’s quilting achievements and (let’s not forget) fabric shopping!

It’s set to transform Birmingham’s NEC into a quilting wonderland next week from 9th–12th August 2018, attracting visitors from all over the world, including big-name quilters and world-famous quilts not to mention some of our favourite Today’s Quilter quilt designers.



If you’re planning a trip see for yourself, make sure to quote our special offer code TODQUIL18 when you book to save up to £2.50 off your ticket. Book your tickets or find out more at www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk.

Here are our top five things to look out for a this year’s event…

1. Come along to one of our workshops

Our Technical Editor Laura will be sharing her quilt skills as part of the Festival’s jam-packed programme of workshops, demos and talks. As we type, our sewing desks are ready with Laura’s fabric bundles and kit for the show – this year she’ll be focusing on fussy cutting for EPP.

Fussy cutting workshop

Discover the art of fussy cutting with the Today’s Quilter team!

Hundreds of workshop sessions and demonstrations will be running throughout the festival: they’re a great chance to take your quilt skills to the next level. Topics include everything from Bargello to Brimfield blocks and Cathedral windows.

2. Walk in a quilting wonderland

If you’re ever in doubt about where to spot a member of the Today’s Quilter team at the Festival, you’ll find us wondering around the quilt competition galleries, marvelling at all the wonderful quilts on display! There’s always something to marvel at, something to make you look twice and something to make you say “wow”.

There’ll be  over 1000 quilts on display… we wonder which will be the quilt or quilts to have everyone buzzing about it this year!

Festival of Quilts galleries

3. See the oldest patchwork on record!

Oh how we love a bit of textile history! The 1718 Silk Coverlet is the oldest patchwork in existence on record, and it’s going to be on display at this year’s Festival of Quilts. Come and view this extraordinary quilt, as well as hundreds of others in a series of professionally curated textile galleries from world renowned quilt artists.

1718 Patchwork silk coverlet blog

To find out more about the coverlet, don’t miss our special souvenir supplement with issue 38.

4. Meet a quilting legend!

Join quilting legend Ricky Tims for one of his lectures and demos, from improvisational quilts to The Rhapsody Revolution, colour concepts and fabric dyeing. For a more informal affair, Ricky’s infamous concert promises to be an evening of humour, entertainment, scholarly insights and music.

Ricky Timms

5. Be the first to get your hands on the latest fabrics

We all love our local fabric shop, but there’s also something exciting about the sheer scale of the fabrics available at Festival of Quilts. It’s the perfect place for many of our favourite fabric brands to show off their latest collections or even announce new ones.

Festival of Quilts

If you’re planning a trip to Festival of Quilts, make sure to quote our special offer code TODQUIL18  when you book to save up to £2.50 off the cost of your ticket. Book your tickets or find out more at www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk.