International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston – 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Show


I had a wonderful time in Houston this year attending Quilt Market and Festival. If you've never been to the International Quilt Festival in Houston you should put in on your bucket list. It's my favorite show and I've missed being there for a few years. It was so nice seeing old friends and making new ones.
IQF Houston 2014 From the minute you reached the downtown area of Houston you knew something special was taking place.

IQF Houston 2014The George Brown Convention Center is immense and the show covers the entire building - all three floors!

IQM Houston 2014
You can expect lots of wonderful new things to appear in the online store and during the upcoming Twelve Days of Christmas celebration. I shopped Quilt Market with you in mind! I can't wait to share what's coming up during 2015! It's going to be a very busy time around here.

IQM Houston 2014 The quilt festival is always preceded by quilt market which is only for business owners and designers. I exhibited at the markets for many years and it was fun being on the other side of the aisle again for this show.

IQF Houston 2014Once market was over it was time for the 40th Anniversary International Quilt Festival to begin!

Just Takes 2 Barbara Black's QuiltJust Takes 2 Barbara Black's QuiltIQF Houston 2014 Tote BagBarbara Black used the Just Takes 2 patterns to create her quilt, Red and White - By the Numbers. It was the quilt chosen as the centerpiece design to celebrate this years 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Quilt Festival. Her quilt was on all of the signs, the show book (yes, we know it's up side down), the tote bags and just about everywhere the show was mentioned.

IQF Houston 2014The red and white quilt exhibit was stunning beyond words. I won't even try to describe it - I put my pictures together in an album for you to look at. You can go through them individually, page by page but each page will work as a slide show too if you want. They're not neatly organized but if you waited for me to find time to do that you'd never get to see them so I hope you don't mind.


IQF Houston 2014

IQF Houston 2014

Our booth looked just wonderful - Brenda and I had so much fun.

IQF Houston 2014
We couldn't have done it without Edith and Marie, our talented helpers. Here we are ready to celebrate Halloween. We wore our twinkling pumpkins and had some great candy in the booth to keep the shoppers from getting hungry while they made their way through the hundreds and hundreds of booths.
It was such an honor to meet so many of you when you stopped by the booth to say hello (Bonnie Hunter, I'm sorry I missed you). Meeting everyone was one of my favorite parts of the entire trip. Your kind words, hugs and requests for selfies make what I do even more joyful. If I missed you at this show I hope we'll have a chance to see each other sometime soon. Maybe at the upcoming Quilt Festival in Chicago in March 2015!

There were 2000 quilts on display at this year's show. Trust me that's just mind boggling. There were several other displays of dolls, miniature quilt shops and other exhibits too. I didn't photograph everything, and in some exhibits photography wasn't allowed. Many of the quilts I saw were most likely once in a lifetime opportunities I'm so grateful to have seen them. Here's another album of some of my other pictures. Once again, nothing fancy in their presentation but I hope you'll enjoy looking at them.


Just Takes 2 and ZoeMy fur babies were mighty glad to see me when I got home and here's Zoe snuggled under the Just Takes 2 quilt while I finished sewing the binding to the back side of the quilt. Yes, that was after the show and yes, I knew I hadn't finished it.... It ended up being more fun leaving that section unstitched.
IQF Houston 2014 Tote Bag
There are so many more stories I want to share about the trip but they'll have to wait until later. After all those photos I imagine your head is spinning with inspiration but if you've stuck with this post to the end you deserve a prize!

Leave me a comment telling me which quilt was your favorite and on Monday or Tuesday when I'm at the quilt retreat in Shipshewana I'll draw a name and send you one of the show totes!!!

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48 Responses to “International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston – 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Show”

  1. Val November 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Gay, I love your just takes 2 the best. Wish that I was going to be in Shipse next week with you. It looks like I will be on crutches for awhile yet.

  2. leslie November 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Oh did I ever stay til the end and look at all of those wonderful quilts, thanks for sharing. I loved the Hawaiian Sampler.

  3. Joyce Andersoin November 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    My favorite would be the Victorian with the people and Victorian clothes

  4. Mona R. November 14, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    Loved the special Aussie exhibit of Di Ford-Hall, Carolyn Konig & Michelle Yeo. Was enthralled as Di gave a “walking tour” of all of her quilts hanging. Spectacular!!!

  5. Chris November 14, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    Congratulations Gay on a job well done. Your Red and White Quilt is my favourite, especially with the unfinished binding. Doesn’t everyone stitch up the binding on the way to the quilt shoe, or hem the dress on the way to the wedding?

  6. Sharon Amburn November 14, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    My favorite was the Just Takes Two Quilt. I started my quilt with you in January 2012. My dad had Alzheimer’s, which was getting much worse, requiring a trip out-of-state every month to assist in his care at home, where my mom was his primary caregiver. He passed away in September 2012. I have worked on the quilt in between other projects, but it still isn’t completed. I have about a fourth of the blocks yet to go. Seeing how lovely it was among all the red and white quilts at Festival has renewed my determination to get it finished. I would love to have seen both the Infinite Variety Quilt Exhibit and the Quilt Festival exhibit. Just gorgeous! Thank you both for providing us with the patterns to the Just Takes Two Quilt.

  7. Denise :) November 14, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Gosh, what wonderful, spectacular eye candy! I have to say, the Just Takes 2 quilt — Red & White By the Numbers is fabulous!! Y’all create gorgeous patterns, most definitely!! Congrats!! πŸ™‚

  8. Sharon Meek November 14, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    I am still working on your Just Takes 2 but one day it will be complete.
    Thanks for all the photos! It was almost like being there.

  9. Sharon M. November 14, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    I am still working on my Just Takes 2, but it will be completed soon. It is my favorite. Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos. It was almost like being there.

  10. Mary C in WA November 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I loved seeing the Just Takes 2 on all the Blog posts and FB during Market and the Quilt show. What an honor. I liked the Dear Jane too. Lots of eye candy!!! Hard to choose a Favorite. I have a friend who quilted some of the Red and White quilts on display. I’d love to WIN a Tote! Thanks for sharing the slide shows.

  11. Debra Rammelsberg November 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    Hello!! Looks like it was a wonderful Market and Festival! I love your Takes Two in all red and white. There were SO many great quilts, how to choose? I did really like the small quilt that was reminiscent of the Currier and Ives print. I’d love to see that up close and personal! Thanks for sharing all the pictures, and for the chance at a great bag, too!

  12. Hilda November 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    Just amazing! Thanks so much for the slideshows. So many wonderful quilts but I think my favourite is in the second slide show – the red and green applique from the Quilt Complex (page 2, image 9) – had to keep going back to look at that one!

  13. Fiona November 15, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    Hello Gay

    Thank you for sharing your photographs. I had not realised how vast the show was and I envy everyone that space between the booths giving room to move… and breathe!

    Thank you for sharing Mary Koval’s quilts – they were all spectacular but of course I have to choose the 1812 broderie perse quilt. It never ceases to amaze me how they managed to do that work with the most rudimentary of tools.

    Looking forward to hearing and seeing more about the show.

  14. Kerry November 16, 2014 at 5:23 am #

    Hi Gay,
    Wow, what a wonderful post to browse through. All the photos of absolutely wonderful quilts. I loved them all, but really loved the Just Takes 2 quilt. So special- I’m almost finished mine!

  15. Diane November 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Thanks for sharing so many beautiful pictures! I love the red and white Dear Jane quilt, especially the border!

  16. Terri Drake November 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of all the beautiful quilts. You make it hard to choose a favorite. I loved the red and white dear Jane, but would have to say my favorite was the quilt “In the Beginning” with the little girl stacking thread spools and playing with fabric. How adorable!

  17. Donna November 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Thanks for the pics. I didn’t get to go this year. I’m especially disappointed since there were Di Ford (my current favorite quilter) masterpieces there. I love Phebe — working on my own right now.

  18. Debbie M November 17, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I love the Just Takes 2 quilt and am still working on getting mine together but my absolute favorite is the Hexagon Honeycomb Mosaic! I am also working on a Grandmother Flower Garden quilt using English Paper Piecing in my go busy bag. I will have to keep your picture of that quilt handy if I am brave enough to start another hand piecing project!

  19. Julee Prose November 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    I really enjoyed all the quilts that you took pictures of…especially the photo of all the historical homes and buildings with quilts hanging every where from them. Your booth really looked great…

    I know you have been extremely busy this month but when will you post November BOM Benjamin Biggs quilt?

  20. Missie November 20, 2014 at 5:32 am #

    All the pictures are wonderful, but I must say the picture of the display hanging above is just breath taking! Congratulations on your quilt being used for the theme! How wonderful for you!

  21. Roma November 20, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Gail, the show was a beauty for sure! And a big Congrats on your Just takes Two blocks to be the main feature of the show..
    As for my favorite quilt from the pictures displayed. The “Flowers ” captured me. All quilts are beautiful in their own right- but not all speak to everyone.

    Thanks for the chance to win a bag, maybe..

  22. Lida v.d.Schuit-Kunkeler November 20, 2014 at 6:05 am #

    I must say that I am overwelmed by all the beauty you are showing and that I find it very difficult to choose one quilt, but I think it must be one of the antique quilts, so I choose the Bird quilt from 1812, why? Well I just started with a new quilt and I am using the same technic of broderie persΓ© and I am having birds in the circle in the middle! And now I see them here, what a coincidence!
    Thanks for sharing, I had a wonderful hur looking at all these beauties!

  23. Penny Doty November 20, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    That was really hard, because I loved most of them, but a couple really spoke to me and it was that little baby girl in celebrating silver, the lady that did this quilt really caught the innocence of the child. beautiful. Thank you for sharing.. GOD bless

  24. Denise Isherwood November 20, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    What a surprise – I see my quilt plus close up in your pictures!
    Denise Isherwood

  25. Doris Jablonski November 20, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    I absolutely loved them all but the red and white display was awesome.
    I would choose the “Just Takes 2”, I would never get tired of it. Thanks
    you for the show.

  26. Sharyl November 20, 2014 at 7:31 am #


    Thank you so much for letting us live the Quilt Show through your pictures. I am always drawn to the red & white and the red & green and thoroughly enjoy seeing the variations that quilters come up with…makes me wish I was home quilting rather than at work. I am working on several of your designs at the same time, but I have to say that I love the State Fair Sampler done in a variety of reds..totally fun! I completely enjoy the emails throughout the week. Love your site!

  27. Bev November 20, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Thanks for showing so much for those of us who couldn’t be there. There’s a lot to like. I think the animal quilts on the 3rd section of slides are my favorites. Slides 13 – 16 particularly the Sheepdog and friends with the detail in the bubbles.

    I also thought the miniature models were amazing!

  28. Kay Dungavell November 20, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Thanks for the lovely slide shows of the quilts. I feel like I have had a better view of them than if I had been there. But I am sure nothing beats the atmosphere of attending a show like that.

    Your Just takes 2 red and white quilt deserved to have that showcase. Congratulations!

    I loved them all but I would choose the beautiful button’s quilt.
    I would love to have made that!

  29. Jeane Tucker November 20, 2014 at 11:54 am #


    My favorite quilt is Barbara’s Quilt from the “Just Takes Two” patterns, “Red and White – By the Numbers”.

    My favorite photo in your blog is your red & white quilt that Zoe chose! Zoe has great taste!

    Thank you for sharing.

  30. Lisa E November 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful photos. I love the quilt towards the end showing a woman head and hair. She has wonderful flowers all throughout her hair. It’s beautiful! You’re right, I do need to put Houston Market on my bucket list.

  31. Sheila Bayley November 20, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Love the red and white quilts. My favorite was the red and white Dear Jane quilt. I’m working on a Dear Jane but in civil war fabrics. Thanks for sharing. I’ll keep it for awhile and look at the quilts again and again.

  32. Stephanie Hanson November 21, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    Great pictures, and I love Mary’s Calendar quilt.

  33. Judy Helling November 21, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    So many beautiful quilts, but I think my favorite antique quilt was the one with the 1860 eagle in the center. I love the colors and the style. Thanks for sharing all your photos!

  34. Sheryn November 21, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    Wow, such a show of quilts. Would have loved to see all the red and whilte quilts. I am so sorry I missed the one in NYC. Had I known about it, I would have gone! I made your red and white quilt. I am going to make a change in the border that I put on it and then get it quilted. It really was a skill builder for me and I love it. So I think that is a start to my own red and white quilt collection. So I guess that is my favorite of the show.

  35. Agne November 21, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    What a collection of quilts! Thank you for sharing photos with us. I imagine that it is something unbelievable to see so many great works in one place. Now the only thought in my head is “go sewing, go sewing, go sewing…” And I cannot. I have some other works to do (that’s why I am reading blogs πŸ˜€ ).
    And about my favorite quilt… Am I allowed to name at least 10? But it would not help. There are so many great works. One of them – red houses in page 2 (image 9). But it is only one from many others. Here could be many historical quilts, some red ones and many many others. The list of quilts that I disliked would be much shorter.

  36. Karen Price November 21, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Dear Gaye, The quilt show committee got it right. The Just takes Two Quilt was my favorite. The second for me was the Dear Jane in red. Thanks for sharing the photos for those of us who couldn’t make it. Our quilt guild president brought back a square of red fabric for each of us. Some day I will make it there.

  37. Cindy November 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi Gay,
    Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures you have taken. They are stunning! My favorite quilt is in image 12. It is circular with stars around it and eagles in all four corners. Of course, yours is so lovely and takes the cake, congratulations on having it’s image for the show.

  38. carol November 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    I love your unfinished quilt, Thank you for all the nice pictures of your fun trip.

  39. Karen Rackliffe November 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    Loved them all. Thank you for sharing. So many stunning quilts but I think I am taken with the small wall hanging Garden Flowers, and the black and white zentangle, oh yes and your feature quilt. I made it in red and grays but may just have to do it again in red and white. Wonderful.

  40. Mary Althaus November 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Congrats to you and Brenda for the Just Take Two quilt honor. Of course, that is my favorite.

  41. Carol November 23, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    These pictures are simply awesome! Thank you for sharing. One of my favorite quilts is on page 3, slide 7, Hertfordshire. So many tiny pieces and a lovely color combination. Of course I love the “Just Takes Two” quilt. I am about halfway through completing it.

  42. Jane November 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    I am a bit confused about the contest part, but the slide show of the quilts at Houston was fantastic. Of course the Just Takes 2 quilt was by far the best, but the #16 appliqued quilt of the snow scene was fantastic! It is no wonder that it was best of show.

  43. Regina November 25, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    So many amazing quilt, but I love the Curry & Ives Quilt. Zoe looks adorable.

  44. Kelley November 26, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    I love the red and white sampler! and the antique rose and…. so hard to pick just one! πŸ™‚

  45. judy barber November 26, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    I’ve written about this before but the red and white quilt was the most fun quilt I have ever made.I know it was a lot of work for you and Brenda but I so would love it if you were going to start another quilt like that. Thank you once again for your website and all the inspiration that is on it.

  46. MaryC November 29, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    I’m totally taken with The Quilt Complex quilt…red/green/white appliqued beauty! Such an inspiring quilt!

  47. Christine S. December 1, 2014 at 2:35 am #

    Hi Gail,

    Am I too late to join in? I like your quilt best, of course!!
    Thanks for sharing all those beautiful pictures with us. I’ll come back soon with coffee and have a really good look πŸ˜‰

    Love from the Netherlands!

  48. carol jo December 20, 2014 at 4:13 am #

    I wish I knew where to find information on where this exhibt will be next, I would have moved heaven and earth to be able to have come to Housten to see this one if I had known it was going to be there.

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