Fall 2013 Newsletter


Are you joining us for this year’s fall Quilt Festival in Houston? (We sure hope so! If not, we hope you’ll consider next year…it’s our 40th anniversary, and we have some big, big things planned!)

We know the biggest reasons people from around the world attend the show—the quilts, the classes, and, of course, the shopping! (Sure, you may not need those extra fat quarters, but what does need really have to do with it?)

But what you may not know is that, each year at Quilt Festival, we offer tons of special events, projects, and features that make the show experience and truly well-rounded one. Read ahead to find out what’s in store at this year’s Festival in Houston…

Festival feel-good…

We know what a generous group quilters are, and that’s why, each year at Festival, we work with numerous organizations and non-profits to provide you a chance to give back to the community.

This year, we are working with the American Cancer Society to host enrollment for the organization’s Prevention Study-3 on November 1-2, from Noon-3 p.m. The enrollment process only takes 25-30 minutes, but allows participants to be a part of a study that will help save the lives of future generations.

The study is open to anyone age 30-65, who has never been diagnosed with cancer, and who is willing to make a long-term commitment to the study. Find complete details on the study and enrollment process HERE. And schedule your appointment to enroll at cancerstudyTX.org or by calling 888-604-5888.

As mentioned in our previous edition of Friends@Festival, our Festival Pet Postcard Project, now in its second year, allows attendees to purchase one-of-a-kind animal-themed fabric postcards donated by artists from all over the world…all benefiting Houston-based animal adoption agency and shelter Friends For Life.

Last year, we were able to raise over $20,000 for the organization, and we’d love to double that number this year! So, help us help animals by stocking up on these unique miniature artworks (which, we might add, make perfect gifts for other animal lovers in your life).

Finally, if you were able to join us for either of our Iron Quilter Challenges in Cincinnati and Long Beach, you know what a great event it is…and the participating challengers really know how to whip up an incredible quilt in a short amount of time.

Well, those quilts—seven total—created by Charlotte Angotti, Debbie Caffrey, John Flynn, Wendy Butler Berns, and Gyleen X. Fitzgerald—have all been quilted, and the gorgeous final products will be offered through a silent auction during Quilt Festival in Houston. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the non-profit Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas.

Festival after-hours

The IQA Winners’ Circle Celebration takes place, Tuesday, October 29, from 6-8 p.m., a day before Festival even opens. The ceremony (think of it as the “Academy Awards” of quilting!) will unveil the top winners from the 2013 Judged Show of the non-profit International Quilt Association. The world’s quilters send their best work to compete in the show, so expect to see plenty of incredible quilts—from gorgeous traditional designs to cutting-edge contemporary works, and everything in between.

Wednesday evening is Preview Night, so you can squeeze in some extra hours with the quilts and exhibitor booths (or simply plot your plan of attack for the following days). IQA members and class enrollees get a special VIP preview from 5-7 p.m., and the show is open to everyone from 7-10 p.m.

Quiltapalooza—a benefit for the International Quilt Association—will take place on Thursday, October 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. And—since it falls on Halloween this year—the theme will be Ghoul’s Night Out, complete with a spectacular costume extravaganza and contest! Now, we know how creative our attendees are, so we expect to see some truly inspired costumes.

Other activities during the evening will include a Nasty Needle Threading Competition (we’re not talking size 12’s here!), plenty of mingling, and we’ll be giving away tons of door prizes. A boxed dinner and beverage are included, and a cash bar is available.

There are two events taking place Saturday evening (November 3). The first, Mix ‘n Mingle is a Festival “happy hour” of sorts, from 6-7 p.m. Get to know other Festivalgoers in a relaxed atmosphere with two cash bars and a ton of great prizes given away. There’s no sign up necessary…just join us on the second floor of the convention center!

The other is our annual Festival bash, Gala on the Green, held directly
across the street from the convention center at Discovery Green Park
(hence “on the Green”). This paid event includes dinner, and entertainment
in the form of a live band. You can hit the dance floor to the music of
The Spiffingtons (covering favorite classic rock, dance, and pop tunes).
Cash bar stations will also be set up during the event. It’s always a fun event, and we hope you’ll join us this year for what promises to be a great night!

To sign up for any of the above events (except Preview Night and Mix ‘n Mingle), visit the Enrollment Desk on the second floor of the convention center. Preview Night tickets are $10, and include a free additional day of your choice.


Photo 1—Quilt Festival in Houston

Photo 2—Pet Postcards for sale during last year’s show.

Photo 3 & 4—Debbie Caffrey's winning quilt from the Iron Quilter Challenge in Cincinnati. Available via silent auction at fall Festival.

Photo 5—Attendees getting a closer look at winning quilts after a previous year’s IQA Winners’ Circle Celebration.

Photo 6—A winner of one of last year’s prizes (a Juki Sewing Machine) at Mix ‘n Mingle.











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