International Quilt Festival Houston 2013

They call themselves fabric-istas: artisans who painstakingly balance weave and weight, color and contrast, texture and tacking, to create a work of art that’s often as practical as it is beautiful. As many as 55,000 fabric artists and fans of the genre gather in appreciation of the art form this weekend at the International Quilt Show/Houston 2013, all at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The expo offers classes in beadwork, binding and finishing, and an intriguing-sounding technique known as manipulation, as well as more than 1,100 exhibitor booths.

“While many quilters are indeed grandmothers, we have seen in the past five years or so a big influx of younger women in their twenties and thirties getting involved in quilting, sewing, knitting and other needle arts,” says Bob Ruggiero, spokesperson for Quilts, Inc., the event organizer and frequent Houston Press contributor. “More and more people are realizing that, yes indeed, quilting is an artform on its own.” In the festival’s grand competition, Quilts: A World of Beauty, finalists from the annual judged show of the International Quilt Association vie for more than $100,000 in cash prizes.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 1001 Avenida De Las Americas. For information, visit quilts.com. $9 to $42.
Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2013

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