Stewarding at Festival of Quilts

A steward in action!

Are you interested in volunteering to Steward for the Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham, this year? The show runs from Thursday 9 August through Sunday 12 August 2018

Stewards are needed to ensure the quilts on display remain in good condition and assist with any queries visitors may have.

Bearing the official Steward sash, a pair of white gloves, and a copy of the Show Guide and the Competition Catalogue, our Stewards are enabled to help with most visitor queries. Stewards are the only people allowed to touch the quilts (for minor adjustments or to display the reverse of a quilt for visitors). They watch for situations such as pens or food and drink near the quilts, and occasionally help with advice for anyone bearing a large backpack. Friendly conversation with visitors is encouraged, and our Stewards often meet some of the competition quilt-maker(s) and get to hear their stories first-hand!

Stewards complete 2 x 2-hour shifts on the day (or days) they are available. Volunteer Stewards are required to agree to these shifts in order to qualify for free entry to the show on the day(s) they are Stewarding. You can find more information and an application form here. You can post the form or email it to Gavin Ketchen who is organising the rota.  All the details are on the form.

To contact Gavin either by email on or by phone 01672 811 810 or 07484 880 857.

For more information about why you should volunteer to be a steward click here.

Additional information about stewarding and any updates will appear on this page in the run up to FoQ so do check back here when you have volunteered.