Dear quilters and virtual visitors,

Welcome to Quilt Festival@Home™!

It’s true that there’s nothing quite like experiencing Festival in person, and we certainly hope that you make it to this year’s show. But in case you aren’t able to join us in Houston—or simply want to relive your Festival experience—we’ve put together this “virtual tour” of our show, so that you can share in some of the excitement of Festival right from your own computer.

This year marks the 36th edition of Festival, and I tell you—even after all of these years, I still find myself in awe of the incredible quilts on display at our shows. It’s just unbelievable what can be created with a little fabric and thread!

At this year’s show, we’ll have over 1,400 quilts, dolls, and wearable art garments on display in more than 40 different special exhibits. So, we feel sure you’ll find something to excite and inspire you!

Here on Quilt Festival@Home, we are featuring quilts from eight of those wonderful special exhibits, to give you a taste of what can be seen at the show. We have also included all of the winning quilts from the 2010 edition of “Quilts: A World of Beauty,” the prestigious annual Judged Show of the International Quilt Association.

Still, as anyone who’s been to Festival can tell you, the special exhibits are only part of our show—and we want Quilt Festival@Home to represent the full Festival experience. So, we’ll be on site taking photos in the classrooms and on the show floor, and posting them here the next day, so you can get a glimpse at all of the great educational and shopping opportunities Festival offers.

We hope that you enjoy your virtual “stroll” through the 2010 International Quilt Festival in Houston. And we’d love for you to join us for the debut of our spring show in Cincinnati, Ohio (April 8-10, 2011), our summer edition in Long Beach, California (July 29-31, 2011), or next year’s fall Festival in Houston (November 3-6, 2011).

Your friend in quilting,

Karey Bresenhan

Karey Bresenhan
Founder and Director
International Quilt Festival