The Festival of Quilts is just one month away!
It’s the final countdown to Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event, The Festival of Quilts. The Festival takes place one month today at the NEC Birmingham (Halls 7, 8 and 9) from 10th-13th August 2017 and will attract tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world
This unique Festival features over 1000 quilts with breathtaking galleries by internationally-acclaimed artists and groups. Headline galleries this year are Mastery: Sustaining Momentum, Diana Harrison: Traces In Cloth, Bonnie Smith: Swimming Upstream and Frydl Kumiko: Miniature Art, Grand Designs.
Other artists exhibiting work are Brigitte Kopp, Cherry Vernon-Harcourt, Els van Baarle and Cherilyn Martin, Jean Wells, Martine Apaolaza, Susan Denton and Victoria Findlay Wolfe, and artist group Through Our Hands, Art Quilt Fusion, the European Quilt Association, the Modern Quilt Guild and SAQA.
Must-do features at The Festival include:
- Shopping – over 300 specialist patchwork and quilting suppliers offering essential supplies.
- Workshops (in association with Groves), talks, lectures and demos – 350 textile workshops, talks, lectures and demonstrations from leading lights of the quilting world.
- Competition quilts – over 700 stunning competition quilts on display, from traditional to contemporary, miniatures to wearable quilt art.
- Creative Textiles Studio – several working artists demonstrating a range of colourful creative techniques in situ each day.
- The Festival Theatre (in association with eQuilter) – hosting the quilt competition Awards Ceremony, talks, lectures and demonstrations by leading quilt artists and experts.
- Lively after-hours social events programme – including The Festival of Quilts Dinner hosted by quilting enthusiast and ex Sewing Bee Stuart Hillard, Designer Supper with quilt artists Els van Baarle and Cherilyn Martin and visit to The Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar.
Places for The Festival’s extensive workshops, talks, lectures and demonstrations are selling out fast, with a packed schedule for quilters at every level, from beginners to advanced quilters. The programme includes:
The Quick & Easy Workshop Programme (in association with Groves)
Over 50 different one-hour workshop sessions and demonstrations running every day of The Festival, covering an exciting and diverse range of patchwork, quilting and other stitching, dyeing and printing crafts. Advance prices for workshops start at £6.50 per session (+£1.50 booking fee) and include all materials.
The Quilt Academy Programme (in association with Groves)
A packed schedule of 3-hour, 1 day and 3 day classes plus several ‘early bird’ classes on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th August, ranging from free motion stitching, Pojagi and invisible machine applique to mixed media, fabric origami and shibori. Tutors include Christine Chester and Brunhilde Scheidmeir. Advance standard price tickets start at £7.00 (+£1.50 booking fee) with additional costs for materials.
The Talks & Lectures Programme
Leading tutors and gallery artists will be sharing their methods, inspiration and more in a series of 30-45 minute talks and discussions. Hear from Matthew Harris, Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Stuart Hillard among others. Advance standard price tickets start at £6.50 (+£1.50 booking fee).
Places are limited so early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment. Advance bookings for workshops, talks and discussions close at midnight on Wednesday 9th August 2017.
Tickets for The Festival of Quilts are available at www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk or by calling 0844 581 1289. Advance tickets cost £15.00 in advance (concessions £13.50) with a wide selection of options available.