The Festival of Quilts celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2012, attracting an audience of enthusiasts from over 50 countries around the world.

What makes this show so popular and causes quilters to return year upon year is the unique blend of inspirational displays, great learning and unrivalled shopping. The Festival welcomes everyone from the complete beginner through to the professional maker. This year Festival is encouraging this 'inclusive' spirit even further, introducing two new competition categories. The first is an attempt to encourage the newcomer with My First Quilt. The second is a juried category entitled Fine Art Quilt Masters, which it is hoped will provide a platform for the more serious maker.

This year's professionally curated galleries include work from Mary Fisher, Lynne Edwards, Annette Morgan, Kaffe Fassett and many more well-known names.

Festival of Quilts 2013 presents collaborative exhibitions from the 5th European Quilt Triennial, Beneath the Southern Sky curated by Brenda Gael Smith and Through Our Hands curated by Annabel Rainbow. Also on display 'Godharis' from India; quilts from Russia, Holland, Czechoslovakia and the USA.

Festival displays the work of hundreds of quilt-makers who enter the competitions. The variety of quilts on display will be as breath-taking as visitors have come to expect.

Festival offers over 140 Quick & Easy workshops aimed at beginners as well as the Quilt Academy offering masterclasses and lectures from some of the best known names, including Christine Chester, Susan Brandeis, Maggie Grey and Leslie Morgan.

There is an unrivalled shopping experience with over 300 companies exhibiting; nowhere else can you find so many dedicated suppliers under one roof.

Last but not least, the fun continues after the show. There’s the Awards Ceremony, the Fashion sans Frontieres catwalk show, a trip to Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a Barge Dinner or a meal in a traditional English pub.

The Festival of Quilts is not just an exhibition, it’s a complete patchwork and quilting experience. The displays will dazzle and inspire anyone who appreciates creative talent. Come along and be a part of the community.
The Festival of Quilts, 8th to 11th August, Halls 7,8 & 9, NEC Birmingham, England. www.twistedthread.com or www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk