Picture: Festival of Quilts 2018 Demonstrations

Festival of Quilts 2018

The Festival of Quilts is Europe's largest quilting exhibition and the ultimate destination for quilters. It is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from Thursday 9th until Sunday 12th August 2018 and Bernina are proudly exhibiting! We have our sewing experts available all day, everyday to answer your questions and demonstrate on a wide range of Bernina machines (domestic and long-arm) so make sure you drop by our stand and say hi!

We also have something very exciting taking place on our stand across the show... a line-up of world-renowned quilters providing free live demonstrations! You can view the schedule for the live demonstrations below, we look forward to seeing you there - it will be one not to miss! If unfortunately you can't make it to the exhibition then do not worry because the majority of our demonstrations will be broadcast online, so you can experience the Festival and be a part of the session from home.

Demonstrations will take place on the Bernina stand each day at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

To watch live streams of the available sessions, simply click on the day/time of the event in the below timetable and this will open the video player window. Click on the YouTube icon in the bottom right corner of the video player for the option to view in full screen. The demonstrations are live and so will be broadcast on the dates and times displayed below.

Celebrity Demonstrations




Demonstrator / Description

11:30 Q24 Lisa Calle
Leading American long-arm quilter Lisa Calle presents a session on “Ruler Work for Beginners” on the Bernina Q24 long-arm machine.
14:30 770QE Philippa Naylor
Award winning quilter and textile artist Philippa Naylor takes to the Bernina 770QE machine to demonstrate satin stitch and blanket stitch to get great corners and perfect circles.
11:30 Q24 Barbara Persing
Award-winning free-hand long-arm quilter Barb Persing focuses on Glue basted Raw Edge Appliqué on the Q24 long arm machine.
14:30 Q20 Janice Gunner
UK quilter and stitched textile artist Janice Gunner offers a free machining miscellany on the Q20 sit-down long-arm machine featuring some of her favourite free machine designs.
11:30 770QE Alicia Merrett
Alicia Merrett demonstrates improvisational strip piecing on the 770QE machine. Including cutting strips freehand and machine piecing them "off the straight" or with gentle curved seams.
14:30 Q24 Linzi Upton
Long-arm quilting expert Linzi Upton talks us through free-style whole cloth long-arm quilting on the Q24 machine.
11:30 Q24 Aggy Burczyk
Professional quilter and Bernina long-arm expert Aggy Burczyk demonstrates how to use the Bernina Q long-arm machine and Q-matic for grand format appliqué.
14:30 770QE Philippa Naylor
Philippa Naylor closes the programme with a repeat of her great corners and perfect circles session.