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Sunday, July 22, 2007


New Quilt Competition Announced

Inaugural contest seeks works of rural and urban inspiration
International Quilt Festival announces new annual competition, “The Festival Gallery of Quilt Art”

HOUSTON—July 13, 2007—Quilts, Inc. announces the debut of a new annual international juried and judged contest for art quilts, “The Festival Gallery of Quilt Art.”

Each year will feature a different theme, and the first contest’s is “Town and Country.” Landscape, cityscapes, realistic or abstract views of life, and other interpretations of rural or urban life will be accepted. Also, any techniques can be used as long as they are appropriate for the quilt and theme.

First place includes a $2,500 cash prize, and round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and other perks at the 2008 International Quilt Festival/Houston (Oct. 30-Nov. 2) at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Runner-up will receive $1,000 and the same other arrangements. Both cash prizes are non-purchase, meaning that the quilter gets to keep their work. Quilts, Inc. produces several trade and consumer shows, including three annual editions of Festival.

All of the winners and finalists will be on display at venues including the 2008 International Quilt Festival/Houston, 2009 International Quilt Festival/Chicago, and 2009 International Quilt Festival/Long Beach.

“We have been thinking for some time about launching a major international competition that focuses on art quilts, something that will really give artists a challenge and get our attendees talking,” says Karey Bresenhan, president of Quilts, Inc. and director of Festival. “And we’ve done it! I can’t wait to see what kind of fabulous quilts that will be submitted!”

The Gallery will surely be a highlight exhibit at Festival, with finalists hung in a hard-wall, museum-like gallery setting with special lighting.

Complete rules and entry forms are available at under “Contests.” Or you can request a printed copy by e-mailing, calling 713-781-6864, or writing “Festival Gallery rules, c/o Quilts, Inc., 7660 Woodway, Suite 550, Houston, TX 77063.


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