TABLE OF CONTENTS Note from The Editor

Quilt! Knit! Stitch!/Portland

August 13-15, 2015

Classes begin August 13

Oregon Convention Center

Portland, Oregon, USA


International Quilt Festival/Houston

October 29-November 1, 2015

Preview Night October 28

Classes begin October 26

George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston, Texas, USA


International Quilt Festival/Chicago

April 7-9, 2016

Classes begin April 7

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, Illinois, USA


Rhianna Griffin

As I’m writing this, I’m also in the process of “recovering” from the
last week spent in Chicago for our annual spring edition of International Quilt Festival.

At the risk of sounding a bit boastful, it was a truly beautiful show—from the gorgeous red and white quilt exhibit that welcomed visitors to the show, to the colorful quilts and cuts of fabric that spotted the exhibitor booths. And it certainly didn’t hurt to see (and feel!) so much warmth inside the show, while the weather outside was anything but.

The show also had a generously positive vibe…lots of smiling faces, inspired hands, and, yes, tired feet. And there’s really no better reward for the months of advanced planning we do in preparing for a show than to see people genuinely enjoying it.

With Chicago in the rear-view mirror, we’re now setting our sights on Portland, where we’ll again host Quilt! Knit! Stitch! in August (13-15). As the name suggests, it’s a show that extends well beyond the quilt, and ventures into many other needleart territories, including (but not limited to) knitting, crochet, and sewing.

We have a couple of QKS (our abbreviated reference to Quilt! Knit! Stitch!) calls for entry that are worth noting. The first offers you an opportunity to create a small item using any technique, format, and materials you’d like—knitting, stitching, quilting, felting, mixed-media, etc. The only requirement
is that said “small item” must be
an animal.

The resulting exhibit, “In the Yarn Barn,” will feature a real menagerie
of tiny textile creatures (no taller
than five inches) for QKS attendees to enjoy.

For the second call for entry, “Upcycled or Recycled Aprons,” we invite you to give a new, improved purpose to one of your unfinished

projects by transforming them into an apron. This could include a “UFO” containing piecing or appliqué, a part of a garment that is just too sentimental to discard, or any type of fabric scraps.

The submission deadline for both is June 6, so get those sewing machines and knitting needles going! And remember…you don’t have to be attending the show to have a work accepted. So, even if you don’t have plans to be in Portland, that doesn’t mean your work can’t be!

But FIRST…take a bit to read through this issue of Friends@Festival, including a profile of the fascinating multi-media artist, Suzann Thompson, whose work and teaching skills will be on display in Portland.

Also in this edition, you’ll find a few fantastic recipes for pickling and preserves, a free quilt pattern from Diary of a Quilter’s own Amy Smart. And—just the validation you need
for your habit—an article on the health benefits of quilting. And
there are many!

Cheers to that…and happy reading!

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