Cincinnati in April

Some of us from the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild are planning to go to the Quilts Inc, International Quilt Festival Show in Cincinnati in April.  I am so excited!  I haven’t been to a large quilt show like this in years.  But, this year, I am going.  If you aren’t familiar with Quilts, Inc and the International Quilt Festival, they are the ones that put on the huge show in Houston every Fall attended by something like 60,000 people.  Their midwest Spring show was in Chicago for years and moved to Cincinnati last year.

I went to the show when it was in Chicago twice, but the last time was at least four years ago and I was only there for a few hours that time.  Going to an international quilt show like this is a great way to see what is new and exciting in the quilt world.  Of course, I try to keep up on the internet and that works pretty well, but there is nothing like seeing several hundred quilts in person.
And… the vendors!  The amazing number and variety of vendors you find at these kinds of shows is worth the trip by itself.  So many fabrics and products to see and try (and maybe a few to buy).
I also understand that the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild will have an exhibit at the show so I’m really looking forward to seeing their quilts.
This may be the year of the quilt show for me too (in addition to being the Year of the Swap).  The other major American international quilt organization, the American Quilter’s Society, is having one of their big shows in Grand Rapids, MI in August (about 2 hours away from me).  This show has been held previously in Nashville, but will be in Grand Rapids this year.  I don’t know if this is a long term change or a temporary one, but I’m going to try to get to that show too.  AQS’s main show is the big one in Paducah, Kentucky every April.  I went to that show back in 2005 and have been hoping to get back every year since.  I almost went last year since I had a quilt in the show (it won a prize!), but the logistics didn’t work out.
Are you planning any big quilting related trips this year?
  • Cheryl Arkison
    Posted at 01:51h, 30 January Reply

    It's going to be busy for you!
    I'm still up in the air about Spring and Fall Market. With baby coming I'm not so sure I can swing it, but it would be good to go for the book. And maybe Quilt Canada. That's an easy sell for me because it is in Halifax. I cannot resist the siren call of the Maritimes.

  • Ethne
    Posted at 08:31h, 28 January Reply

    Some year I will get to a proper, big quilt show with all the vendors etc
    When you go enjoy yourself, and remember to share as much as you can with us all online

  • Lynne
    Posted at 22:47h, 27 January Reply

    My quilting teacher here in Australia is leaving us for a couple of weeks to go to Paducah! We all want to go to help her carry her luggage!!

  • Marg
    Posted at 21:30h, 27 January Reply

    How exciting. One day I'll go to one of these shows, I'll just have to time my trip to include at least one of them.
    I'm hoping to go to the quilt show in Melbourne,Australia in April. Not quite as exciting but it will still be good.

  • Lucinda
    Posted at 15:20h, 27 January Reply

    Hi Debbie – I went to the Cincinnati show last year and enjoyed it – there is a lot to look at. Would be great to see the Cincinnati MQG! Also, be sure to make a visit to SEWN a modern quilt shop – well worth the visit. In fact, had I known I would have purchased more stuff there than wait for the show.
    Mostly, have fun!

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