International Quilt Festival opens in July

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Guests at the International quilt Festival can browse a special exhibit of nearly 500 quilts at Preview Night on July 22.

It’s almost time for the 2010 edition of International Quilt Festival/Long Beach!

The annual show, sale, and quiltmaking academy will feature close to 500 quilts, textile artworks, and wearable art garments on display; close to 100 classes, lectures, and special events; and shopping in more than 300 booths selling quilts, fabrics, patterns, notions, books, machines, sewing supplies, crafts and gifts.

Within the event is Make It University!, a special area of the show floor featuring mixed-media, textile arts, paper, and fiber crafts. Developed in collaboration with Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and its editor Pokey Bolton, Make It University! includes teaching showcases, workshop projects, special exhibits, vendors, and Open Studios, where artists demonstrate right on the show floor.

The annual festival is about more than just quilting, say organizers. The event features many items for fans of crafts, antiques, scrapbooking, rubber stamping, fiber, mixed-media, and paper arts, or just about anything creative.

The International Quilt Festival in Long Beach takes place July 23-25, 2010. Classes begin on July 22 with Preview Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the same day. The Quilt festival will be open for visitors July 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Daily tickets for the festival are $10 general, $8 seniors 65+ and students, children 10 and under admitted free with a paying adult. Visitors can also buy a Full Show Pass for $25.

All quilting classes and events take place at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard. For more information about the International Quilt Festival call 713-781-6864 or visit

The festival is organized by Quilts, Inc. which produces consumer and trade shows that set the standard for both the art and the business of quilting. In addition to its shows, Quilts, Inc. operates the Great Expectations Creativity Center and the Artist in Residence Program and Studio. The Center is also home to QuiltCamp, an intensive weekend “short course” with well-known, popular quilting teachers. The company is based in Houston, Texas.

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