The Festival of Quilts 2016 – Win Tickets Here!    


Get ready for a four day fabric-filled extravaganza this summer!

Tickets for The Festival of Quilts 2016, Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event, are on sale now.  This unique Festival takes place from 11th-14th August 2016 at the NEC Birmingham (Halls 7, 8 and 9).  It attracts 24,000 visitors from across the world with over 1000 quilts by talented makers on display, including 700 competition quilts.  Competition categories from My First Quilt to Fine Art Quilt Masters ensure there’s something to inspire everyone.


Extraordinary workmanship takes centre stage at The Festival.  In the professionally-curated galleries, visitors can view exquisite quilt art by acclaimed international artists Claire Benn, Kaffe Fassett, Brigitte Morgenroth, Ingrid Press, Pam Stallebrass and Cécile Trentini.  Groups of artists featured include Art Textiles: Made in Britain, the Dharavi Biennale, European Quilt Association, Quilts from Korea & Japan, the Magna Carta Quilt Association, Quinary, Studio Art Quilt Associates, The Quilters’ Guild of The British Isles, quilts from Russia, the Traditional Quilters’ Guild and the Yorkshire Quilters’ Guild.

We have 3 pairs of tickets to giveaway to this amazing event.

If you would like to win a pair of tickets just answer this simple question….

“How many quilts will be on display over the weekend?”

a) 24,000         b)1000        c)700

Answers via email to
or by post to The Stone & Eccleshall Gazette, 5 Globe Court, Stone, ST15 8JG

Answers must be received by 20th July, winners will be chosen from a hat and notified.
No correspondence will be entered into, and the editors decision is final.




Other must-do events include:

• Shopping – from over 300 specialist patchwork and quilting suppliers. Stock up on the best fabric, threads, notions, patterns and more;

• The Festival Theatre in association with Create and Craft – hosting the Fashion Show, Awards Ceremony and demonstrations by leading experts;

• Lively after-hours social events programme – including The Festival of Quilts competition Awards Ceremony, Festival Dinner, Fashion Show, Designer Supper with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably, and visits to Birmingham Botanical Gardens and The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet;


• The Virtual Studio – a live wet studio environment with artists working in-situ with dyes, colour removing agents, acrylics, rusting processes and other media;

• Game of Quilts – a new-for-2016 feature in which teams of visitors rise to the challenge to make a quilt from scratch during the festival.

Bookings for The Festival’s extensive masterclasses, talks and workshops are filling up fast, with a packed schedule for beginners to advanced quilters, including:


The Quick & Easy Workshop Programme
Over 40 different one-hour sessions running every day of The Festival.  This year’s programme is bigger than ever, covering an exciting and diverse range of patchwork, quilting and other stitching, dyeing and printing crafts.  Advance tickets cost £12 per session (+£1.50 booking fee) and include all materials.  All Quick & Easy Workshops are CPD certified.  Download The Quick & Easy Workshop Programme timetable at–easy-workshops

The Quilt Academy Programme
A packed schedule of 3-hour, 1 day and 2 day classes plus five  ‘early bird’ classes on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th August, led by internationally renowned tutors.  Classes range from traditional patchwork and quilting to dyeing, mixed media and even dressmaking for patchwork enthusiasts.  Advance standard price tickets start at £17.00 (+£1.50 booking fee) for a 90 minute session, with additional costs for materials as set out in the programme. All Quilt Academy Programme sessions are CPD certified.  Download The Quilt Academy Programme timetable at


The Talks & Discussions Programme
45 minute talks by leading tutors and gallery artists who will be sharing their methods, inspiration and more.  Advance standard price tickets are £8.00 (+£1.50 booking fee).  Download the Talks & Discussions Programme timetable at–discussions

Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  Advance bookings for The Quick & Easy Workshop Programme, Quilt Academy Programme and Talks & Discussions Programme close at midnight on Wednesday 10th August 2016.

Buy tickets for The Festival of Quilts at or by calling 0844 581 1289.  Advance tickets cost £14.50 in advance (concessions £13.50) with a wide selection of options available.