Reminder: The Festival of Quilts 2016 takes place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England on the 11th – 14th of August, Halls 7, 8 & 9

The festival of quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting show.

According to the Twistedthread team and the Organizers of the Festival of quilts 2016 ,

The Festival of Quilts 2016 takes place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC)in Birmingham, England on the 11th – 14th of August, Halls 7, 8 & 9.

If you didn’t book online,Tickets will be available at the door  – the Box Office is situated by the entrance to Hall 7 at the NEC Birmingham.

The show opens at 10.00am daily and closes at 5.30pm, except on Sunday when we close at 5.00pm.

  • The Galleries 2016

See the work of leading quilt artists and groups from all over the world in a series of professionally curated galleries.

This year we present 23 galleries from:


6th European Quilt Triennial
Art Textiles: Made in Britain
Brigitte Morgenroth
Cécile Trentini
Claire Benn & Ingrid Press
Dharavi Biennale
Diversity in Europe
Fine Art Quilt Masters
The Graduate Showcase
Kaffe Fassett
Lyubov Lezhanina & Tatiana Andriyanova

The Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Quilts
Pam Stallebrass
Quilts from Japan & Korea
The Quilters’ Guild City & Guilds Award
The Quilters’ Guild Collection
Talking Quilts
Traditional Quilt Group, The Quilters’ Guild
Yorkshire Quilters’ Guild
Young Quilters

  • Experience the Clover Difference


Clover prides itself on providing the very best in quality and service – delivering the perfect product for all your projects.
A manufacturer of premium sewing, knitting and craft supplies, with a fantastic selection of patchwork and quilting tools, Clover has been serving the crafting community since its launch in Osaka, Japan in 1925.


  • Visit Brother on stand B40


Brother manufacture innovative, stylish and competitively-priced sewing and embroidery machines.
Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you’re looking for a high specification long arm sewing machine such as the Innov-is VQ2, a Brother Sewing Machine will fulfil your needs.
Visit them on stand B40 to see their full range. For latest offers and promotions visit their website.

  • The Festival Theatre

The Festival Theatre

We’re delighted to be presenting a new series of demos in our Festival Theatre in association with Create and Craft.
The programme features leading quilt experts such as Janice Gunner and Jenny Rayment.
Each demo will last between 30 – 45 minutes – perfect if you want to learn a new skill or technique but don’t have time for a full workshop.

  • Longarm Quilting Machine

Gammill Machine

Greenhill was established some 33 years ago and is now a high street family-run business.
Greenhill has been recently approved to become Gammill’s UK dealer for their longarm quilting machine.
Jacob from Greenhill will be demonstrating a Vision 2.0 at the show.
Visit Greenhill on stand O6.

  • Made in England

Made in England

Make sure you check out the Made in England feature for beautiful products designed and made in England.
Products includes tweed tailor jackets, cross stitch kits, knitwear and felted accessories.
Find something beautifully British to take home!
Discover Made in England in Hall 9, near The Festival Theatre.

Getting to the NEC

The NEC is located in the heart of England and is very easy to access by road, rail and air.

By Car
Visitors from any direction can travel to the NEC directly using the following motorways – M1, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42.

The postcode for your SATNAV is B40 1NT.

Onsite parking costs £12 per day, or £20 for Express Parking.
Coach parking costs £20 per day and £15 for Mini buses.

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NB. Prices are subject to change. Please check with the venue directly on 0121 780 4141. Disabled parking at the NEC is £12 per day.

By Rail
The NEC is a stone’s throw from the adjacent Birmingham International rail station and London Midlands runs frequent services to the NEC from the Midlands, London and the North West.

Many services run direct to Birmingham International. If yours doesn’t, you can catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street. There are regular services, and the journey only takes 10-15 minutes. Buses to the NEC can be caught at Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull stations. For further information call National Rail Enquires on 08457 484 950 or visit the National Rail website.

By Air
The NEC is just minutes away from Birmingham Airport (BHX) – which is very handy for international visitors and those on UK internal flights!


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