Nothing gets my creative juices flowing more than going to a great quilt show! Here is a small list of a few of the national events coming up this year. This is by NO means comprehensive! If you’re looking for something close to home, there is probably something fun coming your way.
There are two International Quilt Festivals every year. The spring show changes locations, and this year it is in Chicago, IL from April 7-9, 2016. The fall show is always in Houston, TX, and is from November 3-6, 2016. These are some of the best-known shows, and so have a lot of award winning quilts displayed.
Coming up soon is QuiltCon West from the Modern Quilt Guild. It is February 18-21, 2016 in Pasadena, CA. If you love modern quilting, this is the show for you! (Plus, California, if you live in cold country like I do!)
If you’ve never been, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is great fun! The whole town displays beautiful quilts, which come down in a hurry if it starts to rain! It is July 9, 2016 in Sisters, OR.
AQS (American Quilter’s Society) sponsors QuiltWeek in several cities across the U.S. during the year. They have hundreds of quilts on display, vendor malls and workshops. Here is the listing:
Phoenix, AZ: February 11-14, 2016
Daytona Beach: FL February 24-27, 2016
Lancaster, PA: March 16-19, 2016
Paducah, KY: April 20-23, 2016
Syracuse, NY: July 27-30, 2016
Grand Rapids, MI: August 10-13, 2016
Chattanooga, TN: September 14-17, 2016
Des Moines, IA: October 5-8, 2016
There are some great machine quilting shows, too. One of the best is in my backyard in Salt Lake City. It is HMQS and is from May 5-7, 2016. I’ve been many times, and this show has really grown over the years.
MQX hosts two machine quilting shows. The New England show is April 6-9, 2016 in Manchester, NH, and the Midwest show is October 19-22, 2016 in Springfield, IL.
Then there is the Machine Quilters Showcase from May 11-14, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Of course, this is another machine quilting show, but it’s a big show with lots of quilts.
Of course, if you want to explore on your own, there is the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. It is open Monday – Saturday excluding major holidays.
There are all kinds of great quilting retreats, cruises, and other quilting events. Just do a google search for they type of things you’re looking for!
Last, just in case you are extremely wealthy and want a good trip, there is the 5th International Quilt Show in Dubai! This is February 10-14, 2016. Maybe this one will be on my bucket list. Looks like a good time, though, if you can afford it!
Hope you enjoyed this small sampling of quilting events coming up this year!