INTERACTIVE BOOTHS/ROOW TO SEW
LEARN TO QUILT
Coordinated by the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston
Stop by and learn to quilt! Volunteers from the Houston-area guild are willing to share their knowledge and love of quilting as they teach you the basics of patchwork techniques in this hands-on exhibit.
AMERICAN SEWING GUILD
This national organization is dedicated to people who believe sewing is a rewarding and creative activity. Members of ASG will be on hand to answer your questions and provide inspiration.
The Creativity Shell teaches sewing/textile arts and quilting classes to children in local schools, public libraries, and shelters that rescue children from homelessness and human trafficking. Sewing machines will be set up for teaching during the Festival.
JUST WANNA QUILT
Coordinated by Tulane Law School and Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard
Come join the Quilting Army and talk about all things quilty, hear about the “Just Wanna Quilt” podcast, and learn a little bit about copyright, trademark, entrepreneurship, and more. Tell organizers your story about why you just wanna quilt.
NORTHWEST HOUSTON QUILTS OF VALOR
The mission of this group is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Come see what QOV is all about, sign a signature block, sew-a-block, and speak with members of the Northwest Houston chapter.
THE OVARIAN CANCER QUILT PROJECT
Coordinated by The Blanton-Davis OCRP at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
The OCQP builds awareness about ovarian cancer through the artistry of quilting. Quilters from across Texas and the country are participating by generously donating quilts for the upcoming online auction. Many of the quilts are donated in honor or memory of a survivor.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SEWING ACADEMY
The Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is an art program where youth create art that engages and educates communities. Through a collaborative sewing model, the organization empowers youth to become advocates for social change, while simultaneously opening the door for dialogue and action within the wider quilting community.
Coordinated by the Bay Area Quilt Guild
Not sure how (or if) to repair a valuable family heirloom or properly care for an expensive new purchase? Get the answers right here about cleaning, displaying, and storing all your quilts, whether antique or contemporary.
QUILTS BEYOND BORDERS
Initially established to bring the warmth and comfort of quilts to orphaned and homeless children in Ethiopia, the group’s mission has expanded to provide quilts to many people in need, especially orphans and homeless children in cooler climates. Volunteers will hand out fabric kits to those who would like to make quilts at home.
Coordinated by RARE Science, Inc., this program provides one-of-a-kind stuffed bears to children suffering from a rare disease, decorated to their specific interests. RARE Science also works to fund research to find cures for these debilitating illnesses. Attendees can learn more about the program or make a bear at the booth.
RYAN’S CASE FOR SMILES
Ryan’s Case for Smiles enlists volunteers in over 120 chapters to make bright, fun pillowcases for children in over 330 hospitals. Come learn how easy it is to make a pillowcase and help this great cause at the same time!
THE SEWING MACHINE PROJECT
This organization collects and distributes sewing machines to those in need. Stop by and see how you can honor the craft and change a life.
RETURNING THIS YEAR!
ROOM TO SEW
See two specially designed sewing rooms that will inspire and provide ideas for organizing your sewing space and making it more functional. One of the rooms will be raffled off to a lucky winner to benefit the Texas Quilt Museum.
Room to Sew
A Room to Sew setup from last year’s Festival.
Learn to Quilt
Attendees can get introduced to quilting and some basic skills at the Learn to Quilt booth.