Fall 2013 Newsletter


Maybe it’s the cooler air, maybe the maybe the beauty of the changing leaves, or maybe it’s just the loads of sugar consumed via “bite-sized” Halloween candy (which, I might add, does not have to wait until Halloween to be enjoyed), but Autumn always brings me an extra burst of energy.

Other people might clean and organize in the spring, but not I.
No, most weekends during the months of September and October, you’ll find me tackling major—and often, otherwise, unfinished—projects, reorganizing closets and cabinets, and rearranging entire rooms of my house. (Which likely makes autumn one of my husband’s least favorite times of year!)

Luckily, for the last two weeks of October (and a few days into November), I have a great way to
use up some of that extra energy—International Quilt Market (our trade show) and International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Houston is our home base, so it doesn’t require much in the way of travel to get downtown, where the shows take place. But what you may not know is that, for a two-week stretch, the entire Quilts, Inc. staff “moves” into hotels near the convention center. For two weeks, we live and breathe quilts. And that’s just fine with us!

Being in the “quilt bubble,” as we like to refer to it, may mean early mornings and late nights—and, being immersed in all things quilt, one can even miss major national news—but it also means getting to spend two weeks getting to see all of that hard work come together and the chance to meet and know all of…well…you.

Still, once the shows have come to an end, so does a lot of that “extra” energy, which gives us just enough time to rest up for Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season (which, with a nearly two-year-old at home, is an especially magical time of year for me these days).

Prior to “moving” downtown, it’s a tradition—okay, technically a tradition only a year in the making, but we have to start somewhere, right?—to

International Quilt Festival/Houston

October 31-November 3, 2013

Preview Night October 30
Classes begin October 28

George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston, Texas, USA


International Quilt Festival/Chicago

June 20-22, 2014

Preview Night June 19

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, Illinois, USA


Quilt! Knit! Stitch!/Portland

August 14-16, 2014

Preview Night August 13

Oregon Convention Center

Portland, Oregon, USA


International Quilt Festival/Houston

October 30-November 2, 2014

Preview Night October 29
Classes begin October 27

George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston, Texas, USA

take my family to a local pumpkin patch and let the kiddo take his pick. Last year, he chose a pumpkin too small to be carved (this might have had something to do with his not yet walking, I’ll admit), but this year, we’re going for big!

If you’ve never carved a pumpkin before—or it’s been a while since you’ve experienced the joy of creating a “creature” from an over-sized vegetable—I hope you’ll check out this edition’s “Hot Dish!,” which features some helpful instructions. It also includes recipes for a completely different use of pumpkin…the more edible kind.

And because we know what a creative group of readers we have, we’ve also included a free tutorial
for creating yet a different kind of pumpkin (from Chenille!), courtesy
of Judy Murrah.

But before you get up to your eyes
in pumpkins, check out our lead story this edition, written by the fantastic Suzanne Labry, who also has her
own blog—Suzy’s Fancy—on our website. Suzanne has a true knack for finding some of the most interesting stories taking place in the world of traditional quiltmaking…
and beyond.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Friends@Festival. A lot of energy went into creating it! Until we
“meet” again…

Enjoy autumn, and happy reading!

Rhianna Griffin


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