Almost Time for Houston!

Tips for maximizing your fun at Festival πŸŽ‰:

You’ll make new friends and help out great causes…the Quilt Alliance and SAQA booths are my favorites πŸ™‚

Pack essentials! Make sure to bring energy bars or other portable snacks.


Room with a friend to double the fun! (Best roomie ever, Meg Cox :))


Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to celebrities and tell them how much you enjoy their work – they will appreciate it (and you’ll have some awesome selfies ;). My first visit to Festival, I walked right into a special exhibit by one of my heroes, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry…amazing.

Pace yourself…it really is as huge as everyone says.

Bring a quilt you’ve made to the Quilt Alliance booth and do a “Go Tell It at the Quilt Show” 3 minute interview– we need to preserve our stories!

Bring your dancing shoes for the Saturday night party.

Don’t over-schedule yourself (speaking from experience 😳)…but DO take a few classes, teachers come to Festival from all over the world and it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about new techniques and materials.

Come to Open Studios! OK, this is completely self-serving since I’ll be there ;)…but it is a fantastic way to see 4 artists at work every 2 hours (thanks to Pokey Bolton for introducing the concept)
And…if you just cannot make it this year…plan for next year!! Hope to see you soon….

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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