Our Trade Secret Revealed

Each time we gear up for another International Quilt Festival Make It University!TM with Cloth Paper Scissors® event, we try to balance keeping popular components with adding new features. As our staff brainstormed ideas for IQF/Chicago April 16-18, one thing we made sure to include was an art trade-but with a twist.

For years we've had a popular artist trading card wall where you could trade as many ATCs as you brought to the show. This year, we're expanding the trade to any small art creations: ATCs, inchies, pendants, charms, postcards, and more.

Just bring your mini pieces of art to the Make It University!TM with Cloth Paper Scissors® area at Festival, and you can trade them for an equal number of tiny treasures.

If you've never made an ATC before or would like some ideas, check out my tutorial on the Quilting Arts Community.

In addition to planning the art trade, we're finalizing the list of artists who'll be creating in our Open Studios section and teaching our one-hour workshops. There will be many familiar faces as well as some who are participating in our festivities for the first time.

So far, we have the following artists teaching workshops: Jane Dàvila, Kelli Nina Perkins, Belinda Spiwak, Leilani Pierson, Judy Coates Perez, Julaine Lofquist-Birch, Beth Wheeler, and Pokey Bolton. These artists will also create in Open Studios right on the show floor, and will be joined by Lynn Krawczyk, Kayla Fujimoto, Rebekah Meier, Tracie Lyn Huskamp, Marylin Nouvelle, Melanie Testa, and Lois Jarvis.

If you've ever wanted to see how these artists work or question them about their techniques, this is your chance.

So if you haven't already, make your plans to meet us in Chicago in April. You can register at quilts.com and keep checking the Events & News page at the Quilting Arts Community for updated information on the Make It University! workshop schedule and other events as we have them.

Hope to see you there!

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