Spring 2014 Newsletter

Note from The Editor

One of the most valuable things I’ve learned from this job is that you can’t put a lot of stock in stereotypes. We all know—even if it requires admitting so begrudgingly—that there is a certain, ill-informed, but prevalent perception of what a quilter is. Even I’ll admit that, prior to my eight years here, my experience with quilts didn’t venture far beyond the ones being made by the older members of my grandmother’s church group (and I adore every single one of them!).

But we also all know—those of us who are fortunate enough to be a part of this quilting community, that
is—that the stereotype just isn’t true. That’s not to in any way diminish those members of the quilting world who do, in fact, appear to fit the perception at large, but even
those stories are never quite
what they seem.

Most of the people I’ve met at our shows and through my work on publications like this one have truly challenged my perception, taught me that it is never too late (or too early) to learn something new, and that creativity doesn’t compromise for numbers or preconceived notions.

I recently—and finally—had the chance to meet quilt artist Kim Ritter, whose work I’ve admired for years, at the opening of a retrospective exhibit of her works (see our lead story HERE). The impressive exhibit was hung in a warehouse gallery on the edge of Downtown Houston, and the entire event had a super chic, artistic vibe. And nothing about Kim—from her blue-dyed hair to her “Mother of Dragons” T-shirt (Kim is apparently an avid “Game of Thrones” fan)—read like the stereotype of “the quilter.”

In this edition of Friends@Festival, you’ll also find a story on another non-typical quilter—13-year-old Jackson Cloyd, a Houston Boy Scout
who recently learned to quilt for a community
service project and as
a way to give back to
the hospital that


treated and cared for him after being born nearly 18 weeks premature. You’ll have to read the full story to find out more about his heart-warming experience.

Plus, we’ve included a free, downloadable pattern of a fun patchwork quilt from designer Jeni Baker, and a spring-inspired “Hot Dish!” that will teach you everything you could want to know about apricots and watercress. Intrigued? Read on!

And, of course, don’t forget that
we have our summer edition of International Quilt Festival, in Chicago, June 19-21, our brand
new show, Quilt! Knit! Stitch!™ in Portland, Oregon, August 14-16, and our fall International Quilt Festival
in Houston (celebrating its 40th anniversary this year!) in Houston, October 30-November 2.  And whether you fit the stereotype of the quilter or couldn’t be further from it, we’ve got something for you.

Happy reading!


International Quilt Festival/Chicago

June 19-21, 2014

Classes begin June 19

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, Illinois, USA


Quilt! Knit! Stitch!/Portland

August 14-16, 2014

Classes begin August 14

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

Rhianna Griffin

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