Below is a selection of the photos that I took while at the Houston International Quilt Festival. Festival runs from Thursday until Sunday HOWEVER classes for Festival starts on the Monday and run till Sunday. On the Tuesday night there is the International Quilt Association Awards night and on the Wednesday night there is preview night for the show.
While at festival I attend many of the classes that are on offer. This year I was fortunate to take classes from Libby Lehman, Melinda Bula, Nancy Prince, Gail Garber, Gilbert Muniz, Cathy Miller, and Susan Brubaker Knapp.
The International Quilt Association is responsible for all the "quilt show" if you can call it that, it is SOOO MUCH MORE! The quilts on display are the best of the best, there is nearly $100000, worth of prizes awards. Think of a top quilter and chances are they either have had a quilt hung or have won a prize at this show. On the Tuesday night before the show opens they hold an awards night. During the evening, all the prizes are awarded. They have a large screen which shows you the winners and their quilts. The winners of each of the categories have their quilts unveiled at the show and they are on display around the room. It is very exciting as I know the quilter who have won a prize are notified but are not aware of which prize they have won. The top award winners, are also notificed and recieve return trip to Houston to recieve their prizes and to talk about their quilt during the show, once again they don't know which of the top prizes they have won until they are revealed at the show.
Below are some photos from the International Quilt Associations Award Night
Preview Night occurs on the Wednesday Evening before the show. This is a chance to shop before the show starts (and the crowds!) and to see the award winners before the show officially starts. If you have enrolled in classes or a member of the IQA you get early entry at 5pm otherwise a ticket can usually be purchased for entry at 7pm. At both these opening time there are lines to get into the show! I walked out just after 7pm and the line to get in was outside onto the sidewalk.
Here are some photos from inside the show.
This is a picture of the George R Brown Convention Centre where the International Quilt Festival and Quilt Market Houston is held