If my math is correct, I’ve spent more than 100 nights in Houston over the past 10 years, yet I’ve never claimed residency there. That’s more than a season! I’ve stayed all over the city: At the Holiday Inn in the Medical Center, the Hyatt downtown, at the Hilton next door, even drove down to Houston from Boston in an RV after 9/11 and stayed miles away in Sugarland. (That following year we scratched that plan and opted for more luxurious accommodations at the Four Seasons!) Point being, I am fortunate to be a seasoned Festival attendee, and from my perspective, there is a lot to look forward to for the 2010 edition of International Quilt Festival.
Some tasks to do before you pack:
1. Make plenty of art to trade
Make your Artist Trading Cards, your Inchies, mixed-media charms, whatever you’d like to trade with others at the Trading Post at Make It University. If you’d like a quick tutorial on making ATCs, check out this blog post. Also, we’ve posted the full listing of events for Make It University, so if you’d like to be prepared ahead of time, print the schedule. And I hope you’ll plan to stick around Saturday night at Make It University for a hilarious design challenge where I will be giving away more than $600 worth of prizes!
2. Get ready to hit the Quilt Scene & Follow Quilting Arts on Twitter
Our 2nd edition of International Quilt Festival/ Quilt Scene will be making its debut in Houston and it is chalk-full of beautiful quilts that will be on exhibit in the show, plus a number of fresh projects to make when you get home. Make a note to stop by the Quilting Arts booth (#1244) to pick up your edition. There will also be photo opportunities and Tweet Ups where we’ll be giving away some really fabulous loot. Make sure to follow Quilting Arts on Twitter for Tweet Up announcements during the show hours.
3. Join IQA! (International Quilt Association)
This is a fabulous organization with some wonderful perks: the Journal, special members-only hours to view all of the exhibited quilts, and the opportunity to enter your quilts for IQA exhibitions and the annual contest. Yours Truly will be the emcee at IQA’s first-ever “Quiltapalooza” on Thursday night at Festival, and I hope you’ve signed up for this not-to-be-missed party! Get ready for a wild, quilt-filled, fun time with incredible door prizes, a live celebrity UFO auction led by Ami Simms, a whacky pincushion challenge with Bobbie Aug and Libby Lehman, a guest appearance by Ricky Timms, and much more.
And would you like to go home with a quilt? IQA is also hosting a silent auction where a number of small art quilts will be available on the show floor in the IQA section.
Above: My IQA silent auction quilt donation “Fire on the Mountain.” Inspired by the Boulder fires and my near evacuation from my new home, I thought about what a quilt would look like had it survived a fire: charred, scarred, covered with soot. Can it still be pretty?
4. Get Ready to Celebrate: Quilting Arts Magazine 10th Anniversary!
Bring your party gear! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since founding Quilting Arts, and to celebrate this double-digit birthday, we’ll be offering a lot of great merchandise in our booth for sale. Make sure to come by our Quilting Arts Booth (#1244) in the show to see our full assortment of loot and specials.
5. Build up your strength!
Lastly, if you’ve gone to Festival in the past, you know the George Brown Convention Center rivals the length of a Tarmac! In getting ready for my 11-day stint of standing and walking for 10 hours a day, I’ve been hitting the Boulder mountainside with my running partner, Maggie, my Italian Greyhound. (Here she is posing with our special guest, "Flat Stanley.") I can’t run without music and like to switch things up, so I offer you some suggestions from my quirky Pre-Festival Workout Mix…
“Float On”––Modest Mouse
“Marmalade (G. Cadillac Remix)”—Sea of Bees
“My Sweet Annette”––Drive-By Truckers
“Cold Heat Megamix”––J Rocc
“In the Mood”––Robert Plant
“If It’s In My Mind, It’s On My Face”––Seal
“The Call Up”––The Clash
“Nothing Man”––Bruce Springsteen
“Arizona”––Kings of Leon
“Rock That Body”––Black-Eyed Peas
So are you going to Festival? What are you looking forward to most?