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Monday, January 09, 2006

 

Houston Quilt Festival Draws More than 50,000 Quilters


January 9, 2006—HOUSTON—The recent 31st annual fall edition of International Quilt Festival in Houston certainly lived up to its reputation as the country’s largest annual festival of fabric, attracting 53,732 attendees over a four-day period.

The show, held from Oct. 27-30, 2005 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, is also the city’s largest annual convention according to The Houston Business Journal, and pumps more than $20 million into the local economy each year.

Show director Karey Bresenhan notes, “Quilting is a legitimate and thriving art form that attracts a wide variety of enthusiasts. Anyone who has spent just five minutes at International Quilt Festival would find that out right away.

“We often see three and even four generations of women from the same family coming together as a group to experience the show, and many make it an annual pilgrimage. Further, the ‘international’ part of the title is serious. Our attendees came from as close as down the street in Houston and as far away as Japan and Australia.”

Planet Patchwork will be publishing its review of the Houston show in the near future.


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