Quilts, Inc. is the parent company of two shows for the public and two trade shows for the quilting and soft crafts industry shown below. It is headed by Karoline (Karey) Bresenhan,
founder and president.
SHOWS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
International Quilt Festival/Houston, founded in 1974
International Quilt Festival/Chicago (2003-2010, 2013-)
The International Quilt Festival is the largest annual quilt show in the U.S. and takes place each fall in Houston, Texas. Festival regularly attracts 55,000 people from over 35 countries all around the world. There’s shopping at more than 1,000 booths for quilts, fabric, supplies, and crafts, along with 500 classes and lectures for all experience levels. Festival features more than 1,500 quilts and unique works of textile art on display. There is also a spring edition held in Chicago.
SHOWS FOR THE INDUSTRY (ADMISSION BY CREDENTIALS ONLY)
International Quilt Market/Houston, founded in 1979
International Quilt Market/Spring, founded in 1981
(this show is held in different cities across the country)
The International Quilt Market is the only wholesale trade show for the worldwide quilting, textile, and soft crafts industry. It features more than 1,000 vendor booths offering quilting supplies, fabrics, decorative crafts, books, patterns, tools, sewing machines, and design software. Market features an extensive education program with Business seminars, Take & Teach classes, and lectures. Market is open to credentialed business attendees only and not open to the public. It is held in the spring in a rotating city and the fall in Houston, Texas.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS CREATIVITY CENTER
In addition to its shows, Quilts, Inc. operates the Great Expectations Creativity Center and the Artist in Residence Program and Studio, both opened in summer 2005, on a large campus in Central Texas. The Center is also home to QuiltCamp™. Quilt Camp™ periodically offers an intensive weekend "short course" with well-known, popular quilting teachers.
THE INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL COLLECTION
Quilts, Inc. has a fine collection of antique and contemporary quilts, which has been featured in many articles, as well as in a book, Celebrate Great Quilts!