Note from The Editor

It’s hard to believe that well over a year has passed since we first announced plans for our brand new show, Quilt! Knit! Stitch! in Portland, Oregon. And after years of dreaming, conceiving, and planning, we will finally see it become a reality next week (August 14-16)!

When you put as much time, effort, and love into developing a show as we do, they begin to feel a little like your “baby.” Okay, well, having had
a child, I feel I should probably emphasize the “a little” part, but I suspect you understand what I
mean. (Plus, the shows don’t reach the two-year mark and develop a special fondness for the words
“no!” and “mine!”)

Still, even with the collective years and wisdom of the members of the Quilt Festival team—and considering that Quilt Festival in Houston celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, that’s a lot of wisdom—we’ve entered into new territory in planning this particular show, which celebrates not only quilting, but also knitting, sewing, crochet, embroidery, and the whole host of needle arts.

But for any challenge we’ve faced along the way, we’ve also had the opportunity to learn, grow, and meet new faces, including some really inspiring and creative people like embroidery artist Cindy Hickok, featured in this issue.

Also in this issue is a piece about the recent Grand Central Centennial Quilt Show, a really extraordinary exhibit of quilts displayed at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal in honor of its 100th anniversary.


Quilt Festival isn’t celebrating its “centennial” just yet, but we’d like to think that 40 years is still pretty impressive in its own right. Think of it like this: the first Quilt Festival in Houston took place in 1974, the same year as Watergate, Blazing Saddles, (the top-grossing movie), and Streisand’s “The Way We Were” (the highest charting song).

In honor of our “ruby” anniversary, we are pulling out all the stops at this year’s Festival in Houston, with plenty of special events and features and some truly spectacular quilt exhibits. So, if you’ve been hoping to get to the show, this is definitely the year to make it happen! (And if you have any Ruby Slippers you’ve been waiting to pull out, this would definitely be the occasion…)

In the meantime, enjoy this edition…and what’s left of summer!

Happy reading,

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


International Quilt Festival/Chicago

March 26-28, 2015 (new earlier dates!)

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, Illinois, USA

Rhianna Griffin

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