International Quilt Festival Opens Today In Houston

The annual International Quilt Festival opens today in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. There will be quilt vendors as far as the eye can see, classes offering the latest quiltmaking techniques, and amazing quilts.

Check out their website for more information.

Tumbling in Space

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

One of the quilts that will be part of the Georgia Quilt Show which opens October 20th is Tumbling in Space. It was created by Marva Swanson. 

Marva Swanson

Tumbling in Space was part of the International Quilt Festival in Houston last year. It has now returned home so that Georgians can enjoy its beauty. This quilt takes a traditional block to another level by placing it on a black background with thousands of crystals to provide starlight.

This quilt was also part of the 2009 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

Plan Your 2011 Quilt Calendar

Have you taken a moment to plan your 2011 Quilt Calendar? Whether you plan to exhibit your work or whether you plan to travel to see the work of others, now is the time to get organized. Most of the large quilt exhibit organizations have published their 2011 calendar.  Some sites you may want to visit are listed below.  

There is nothing more inspirational than a quilt exhibit. In addition to the sites listed below, be sure to keep your eye on your local newspaper for smaller quilt shows in your area. Go ahead and mark your calendar now for the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival© which will be held July 31, – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.


International Quilt Festivals –

Mancuso Show Management –

National Quilting Association –

American Quilters Society –

Tumbling in Space

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

The featured quilt of the week in the October 31, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Tumbling in Space, and it was made by Marva Swanson. This striking quilt made its debut at the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show in 2009. Now, after being juried into the exhibit,  it is representing Atlanta at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas which opens Wednesday. Marva’s quilt will be featured in an exhibit entitled “In the American Tradition.”

Marva Swanson

This quilt creates an optical illusion by the color choices and the placement of the blocks. They appear to be tumbling in space. Marva added to the illusion of space theme by adding thousands of crystals on the black fabric that is the background of the quilt.

I know this quilt will wow all those who see it in Houston. Congratulations, Marva!

Swanson’s Tumbling in Space Juried into International Quilt Festival

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

Marva Swanson’s quilt Tumbling In Space has been selected for inclusion in the special exhibit In the American Tradition 2010 at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston October 30, 2010 – November 7, 2010.  From many exceptional entries for this edition of the exhibit,  only  39 quilts were chosen, and Tumbling in Space was one of them.  The exhibit will also travel in 2011 to various International Quilt Festival and Market sponsored shows.  

Marva Swanson

Tumbling in Space made its debut at the Brown Sugar Stitchers 2009 Quilt Show. It is currently part of the Sewjourners Quilt Show at Southwest Arts Center until May 31, 2010.

Marva is the Program Director for the Clara Ford Foundation, and is curating the Foundation’s first Atlanta Quilt Festival A Legacy of Quilting — Look What Big Mama Started. The Atlanta Quilt Festival  will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center August 1 -13, 2010.   We can’t wait to see what amazing quilt Marva debuts at the Atlanta Quilt Festival.


International Quilt Festival Opens October 15

The International Quilt Festival, the mother of all quilt shows, opens in Houston, Texas October 15 and continues through October 18, 2009. The festival will be held in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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