One of the cooler aspects of my
job—and one that I think many quilters would envy—is that I often
get a first look at the quilts to be displayed at Festival. No, not necessarily in the flesh…or, uh, fabric…but in photo form.

You see, for most of the quilts chosen to be in our shows—whether juried, judged, or “borrowed”—artists submit a photo of their work in advance. In addition to being used for the process of selecting quilts, these photos are also used in our publications and in promoting the shows. That’s where my department comes in.

We get to pore through literally hundreds of quilt photos searching for the right quilt for the right page in the right publication. (And for the record, some of the most gorgeous, intricately made quilts don’t necessarily translate well in photographs, so it’s not always a matter of which is “prettiest” or “most interesting.”)

If you’ve been to Festival, you know that we have just about every quilting style and technique on display, so, naturally, the photos represent nearly every imaginable type of quilt, from the most abstract to lifelike pictorials to entirely traditional works. Some are ideas/themes/blocks we’ve seen before; some completely original.

And I don’t have a preference…art, traditional, mixed-media, constructed entirely out of old dog collars and used grocery bags…it matters not
to me. Gorgeous is gorgeous; interesting is interesting; and
well-made is, well, well-made.

International Quilt Festival/Cincinnati

April 11-13, 2013

Preview Night & Classes begin April 10

Duke Energy Convention Center

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


International Quilt Festival/Chicago

June 21-23, 2013

Preview Night June 20
There are no outside classrooms for this show.

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, Illinois, USA


International Quilt Festival/Long Beach

August 2-4, 2013

Preview Night & Classes begin August 1

Long Beach Convention Center

Long Beach, California, USA


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

Rhianna Griffin

Happy Reading,

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