It wasn’t a patch (pardon the pun) on the usual Festival of Quilts held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK every summer. First of all, there were no international visitors, vendors or competition quilts (bar a few who were most likely mailed in for exhibition). One organiser told me that they had 400 quilts in the judged competition a far cry from their usual 1,000+ entries. UK attendees were also down and the show seemed sparse because the displays were spread out further than usual because of social distancing. But credit should be given to the show organisers who put on the first show at the NEC since lockdown and, while the revenues may not have been worth it, the fact that the Festival of Quilts was limping back undeterred was really exciting! Have a look at some of the entries – there were still some wonderful creations in the various quilting categories.