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It is the largest quilt show in Europe and has been in existence for 17 years. Due to the pandemic, the show was canceled in 2020 but with many precautions they were able to have a safe and successful event this August.  

There are 17 different categories in the Festival of Quilts including categories for Modern, Contemporary, and Art quilts, all of which cater in different ways to modern quilters. Over 800 quilts were on display, and we wanted to share some of our favorites that we saw while stalking the show on social media. We thank all the makers of the quilts for providing photos of their quilts so that we could share them here with you. 

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When searching for inspiration for your next modern quilt, we encourage you to look for opportunities to be inspired by older, more traditional quilts, that can be found hanging in museums or in quilting books documenting the past.
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It’s exciting to see the modern quilt movement growing, as well as the work of modern quilters receiving recognition. Here are a few of the modern quilts that were on display at this year’s International Quilt Festival: 

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