A Busy Monday at Quilts, A Special Call for Entries, and A Book Giveaway!

Blog Update: Book Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Kirstyn Cogan! Please email me your mailing address to pokeyb@quilts.com and I will ship the book to you!  And everyone, thank you for sharing your Pinterest boards. I am going through them and seeing some pretty amazing things to repin!

It’s a very busy Monday here at Quilts headquarters as we gear up for our flagship show this fall. I mean…look at all these packages we got this morning!

Meet Lucy, our U. S. Postal Service representative who is making today’s delivery of quilts for the upcoming Houston show.

My colleague Rose Reyes is hard at work processing the stacks of exhibitor contracts for the upcoming Fall Quilt Market.

And I would share a top secret photo of quilts being unpacked in the backroom by about eight people, but then the element of surprise at the Houston show would be ruined, and we wouldn’t want that, now would we!

A Special Call for Entries for Quilters Who Love Photography

Maybe you don’t have time to stitch up a quilt to enter into this fall’s edition of International Quilt Festival/Houston, but what about trying your hand at photography?

Introducing…the 2012 edition of Eye of the Quilter and Haiku From You: Favorite Things
We all have many things that we enjoy and love: a special time in your life, a memory, a special friend or pet. “The Eye of the Quilter and Haiku: Favorite Things” exhibit is about these kinds of memories and more, a subject limited only by what you see through the lens of your camera and your creativity.

Submit your three best digital shots keeping in mind the title (Favorite Things). You can manipulate the image or images in any way you like. In order to have you photograph considered, you must include a statement which will be included with your photograph in the exhibit if accepted. Entries will be juried and finalists will be printed, mounted, and exhibited at the Fall International Quilt Festival.

If you would like to share your Haiku, we invite that too! (And no, that rhyme was unintentional.)

The deadline to submit photos and/or Haiku is September 1st. For more information visit this web page.

Book Giveaway

So do you like modern quilts? I just so happen to have a copy of Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen’s Quilting Modern, and it is fantastic!

There are more than 15 quilt patterns in it, one called “Add It Up” that I am eager to make, not to mention some really cute pillow and placemat patterns. (Both Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen have quilt blogs that are fun to read, too.)

All you have to do is answer the following question and I will randomly pick a winner tomorrow (Tuesday) and I will announce the winner in this blog post. The winner will then just need to email me their mailing address at pokeyb@quilts.com.

Book Giveaway Question: Do you pin on Pinterest? If you do, please post the link to your Pinterest board in the comments area. If you don’t pin, you still have a chance to win the book, just describe what your dream inspiration board would have on it and what inspires you.

Breaking Quilt News!

Many of your Quilts Inc. crew have descended upon Long Beach to get ready to open International Quilt Festival/Long Beach later this week and while we hang quilts, set up sewing machines, prep the irons, and sort the show tickets, we have another wonderful thing to be excited about:  We are bringing International Quilt Festival back to Rosemont/Chicago! This does not mean Rosemont will be replacing Cincinnati, it simply means we are adding Rosemont to our roster of International Quilt Festivals.

Read the press release below to find out more…


Back by popular demand…
International Quilt Festival returns to
Chicago with a new edition in 2013!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—July 23, 2012—For eight years, the
spring edition of International Quilt Festival/Chicago was a muststop
destination for quilt fans—especially those from the midwest—
until its final edition in 2010. That show drew more than 20,000

Today, Festival Founder and Director Emeritus Karey Bresenhan
announced that the show will return to the city from June 21-23, 2013,
with Preview Night on June 20. Quilt Festival will again be held at
the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont (just minutes
outside of Chicago).

“I am thrilled with this development and excited to bring the show
back to Chicago,” Bresenhan says. “We had a lot of positive
experiences there, and I expect that it will only get better in the
coming years.”

However, she also noted that this show will not replace the current
spring edition of Festival that is held in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a new
addition to the schedule. Also, the Chicago Festival will offer a
number of great mini-classes and lots of educational opportunities—
such as Create on the Spot!—that attendees can sign up for right on
the show floor. It will not have individual classes and lectures in
separate rooms as in previous years.

Additionally, the city of Rosemont has recently opened MB Financial
Park, an exciting new dining, shopping, and entertainment district
located just one block from the Stephens Center.

Places open either now or by Festival dates include Toby Keith’s This
Bar and Grill, Five Roses Pub, Hofbräuhaus Chicago, Park Tavern,
My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, and Adobe Gila’s. The Park also
includes Zanies Comedy Club, Kings Bowling Lanes, and the 18-
screen Muvico Theaters. Find out more at

For more information on this new edition of International Quilt Festival, visit our website at http://www.quilts.com and look for future announcements here on our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/QuiltFestival

Getting Ready for International Quilt Festival/Cincinnati!

Today was packing day at Quilts, Inc., headquarters and it was a busy, busy day! We are so excited for our first Festival of the year, and we love the city of Cincinnati. Last year I went as host of Quilting Arts TV as we taped a number of segments there. I also took some classes with Noriko Endo as well as with Jamie Fingal and Leslie Jenison, and I had so much fun being a student.  This time around, though, I’ll be a part of the Quilts, Inc., team, and I am excited.

I got my official name badge made today…


And I completed my first real creative endeavor: I made a suggestions box for the show!


But in case people have no clue who “Pokey” is, I made it pretty clear on the other side what the box is supposed to service as…


We also packed up so, so much stuff. Here’s Allison Cooper, Exhibitor Services Assistant, grinning ear to ear because her packing is DONE!


And here is a picture of me recently at the Quilting Arts TV taping with Marcia Derse…who will be exhibiting in Cincinnati selling her fabrics!

I hope you are coming to International Quilt Festival/Cincinnati next week, and if so, please say hello!



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