HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL
The International Quilt Festival began in 1974. It is the largest annual consumer quilt show in the world, and was attended by more than 61,116 people in 2012 from all over the U.S. and more than 28 countries around the world, from Australia to Zimbabwe. The International Quilt Festival is held in Houston in the Fall immediately after the International Quilt Market. A spring edition began in 2003 in Rosemont, Illinois, and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2011. Our Rosemont show is returning in 2013, but not as ourspring show, instead from June 21-23. A summer edition began in July 2008 in Long Beach, California. International Quilt Festival is produced by Quilts, Inc., which also produces International Quilt Market, the nation's only wholesale trade show for the quilting industry. We have all the special quilt exhibits that so many people come to see right in the same hall with the booths, so that interested crowds are assured throughout the show. The show gets extensiv e publicity in both national and local print and broadcast media, and in mailings to all quilt guilds in the U.S.
The Festival includes two different theme areas - Embellishment, featuring beads, buttons, and custom jewelry, and A Victorian Romance, featuring Victorian and romantic items. Debuting at the 2012 Houston Festival was Open Studios, an area where attendees could observe approximately 60 sessions with more than 40 artists demonstrating everything from free-motion embroidery and piecing to monoprinting and embellishment.