As you may know, International Quilt Festival celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2019 with a spectacular exhibit of “sapphire” quilts at our fall show in Houston. “Sapphire Celebration” featured a cascade of blue-and-white quilts in every style—traditional, art, modern, and everything in between—suspended from the ceiling of the George R. Brown Convention Center.
This very special exhibit was years in the planning, and we could not be happier with the outcome. A huge thanks to anyone who entered work for our “Sapphire Celebration,” and to all who helped make the exhibit and the show a magical one.
Other Highlights from the Show
SHOW FLOOR PHOTOS
RARE Bears: Attendees from a local high school enjoy making “RARE Bears” for children with rare disease at the RARE Science booth during Quilt Festival.Bob Ross: Artists and volunteers from “The Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge” exhibit, which challenged artists to use just eight colors of hand-dyed Cherrywood fabric to create an original quilt inspired by TV’s iconic “The Joy of Painting” host Bob Ross.
CLASS PHOTOS“Hand Appliqué with Paper and Fabric” with Margarita Korioth.“Make a Favorite Photo Become an Amazing Quilt Top” with Grace Errea.“Painting Silk with Water Soluble Wax Pastel” with Marina Landi.“Oh My Stars” with Teri Burton.ON THE HORIZONIn addition to the 2020 Quilt Festival in Houston, taking place October 29-November 1, we are also returning to Long Beach, California this year for a summer show there! Quilt Festival Long Beach will take place July 9-11, 2020 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.In late winter/early spring, we will be opening registration for a number of exhibit calls for entry for both the Long Beach and Houston shows, including those below. We hope you will consider entering work!
MOVIES AND MUSICALS: HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD!
Quilts inspired by favorite musicals, films, actors, directors, or Hollywood’s rich artistic history. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
ART DECO INSPIRED QUILTS
Quilts inspired by geometric designs, streamlined forms, offbeat colors, and the Art Deco aesthetic. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
Featured quilt: Changing the Landscape by Susan Fletcher King
ART NOUVEAU – CRAFT AS ART
Quilts inspired by the Art Nouveau style, including art and architecture, the applied arts, graphic work, and illustration. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
BEST OF THE WEST COAST GUILDS: AWARD-WINNING TRADITIONAL QUILTS
This exhibit will feature some of the best traditional work done by members of west coast quilt guilds. Entrants should have previously won an award in a guild competition/show.
QUILTING AS THERAPY
Quilts submitted should stem from the quilter’s own therapeutic journey or practices in their own lives. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
Quilts based on china patterns or traditional quilt patterns that are associated with china or crystal. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
Featured quilt: Floral Egyptian Revival by Vicki Mangum
FINE FEATHERED QUILTS
Feathered Star and Princess Feather quilts. Accepting antique, modern, newly made, inherited, bought, etc. using any techniques. Two categories: Yesteryear (quilts made prior to 1930) and Today (quilts made 1930 or after).
HANDS ALL AROUND
Quilts that incorporate influences from the artist’s culture into their design or techniques.
HARRY POTTER QUILTS
Quilts featuring characters, themes, or elements from the world of the Harry Potter book and movie series. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
HISTORY AND READING QUILTS
Quilts that reflect history and/or reading instruction. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
Featured quilt: Birth of Red, White, and Blue by Pamela Kay
IN FULL BLOOM
Quilts featuring or inspired by flowers and floral patterns. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
IN THE AMERICAN TRADITION
Recently made quilts that pay homage to traditional blocks, styles, and techniques as their design source. Can be contemporary interpretations or traditional quilts.
Quilts inspired by natural landscapes—valley, volcanoes, mountains, monuments, etc. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
Featured quilt: Beautiful Taiwan—Yilan Mingchi by Hsi-Chen Hsu
THE MATH AND SCIENCE OF QUILTS
Quilts inspired by math and science. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
QUILTED COMICS AND SCI-FI
Quilts inspired by comic books, science fiction, fantasy, and pop culture. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
Quilts featuring the Schoolhouse block, in either a traditional design/setting or a contemporary interpretation. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.
Quilts inspired by architectural themes and designs. All styles accepted: traditional, modern, and art.