International Quilt Festival draws
nearly 55,000 attendees to Houston
HOUSTON - November 19,
2015 – The recent 41st edition of International Quilt
Festival/Houston drew almost 55,000 people from all over the world over four
and a half days to the George R. Brown Convention Center.
While the final
attendance number of 54,646 is down about 12% from the all-time high figure at the
2014 “Ruby Jubilee” anniversary show, it is a healthy number that demonstrates quilting
as a hobby and art form continues to be hugely popular.
“We knew that the
building construction at the Convention Center and in downtown Houston this
year might affect local attendance, and then we were faced with two days of
heavy rain,” explains Festival founder Karey Bresenhan. “But quilters who were there had a wonderful
time. And it takes a lot to stop a
quilter from going to a quilt show!”
This year, Festival
featured more than 1,300 quilts and works of textile art in more than 40
different special exhibits. That includes “Quilts: A World of Beauty,” the 2015
Judged Show of the International Quilt Association. Janet Stone took home the
$10,000 Handi Quilter Best of Show Award (along with
travel and hotel expenses) for her effort Ewe
Are My Sunshine.
There were also nearly
1,100 shopping booths with everything from quilts, fabrics, patterns, and books
to jewelry, home décor, and artisan goods. Festival’s Quiltmaking Academy boasted a lineup of over 415 classes and lectures for everyone from the
beginning quilter to the expert stitcher. Of the attendance
figure, 4,819 Festivalgoers also took at least one class.
The next edition of
International Quilt Festival will take place April 7-9 (with classes beginning
April 7) at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont, Illinois (right outside
of Chicago). The 2016 Houston Festival will be held November 3-6 (with classes
beginning Oct. 31). The show is produced by Quilts, Inc.
information or to request visuals, contact Bob Ruggiero, Director of
Publications & Public Information, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-781-6864, ext. 116