Summer edition of International Quilt Festival draws 15,768 enthusiasts to Long Beach

written by Cindy on September 8, 2010 in News Release with no comments

Quilts Inc. just released the attendance numbers for the International Quilt Festival/Long Beach in July. The following is the text of the announcement.

The weather was hot, but the quilting was smokin’ at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, where 15,768 attendees came for a weekend of fabric and fun during the third edition of International Quilt Festival/Long Beach in July.

Of those attendees, 855 took part in Festival’s Quiltmaking Academy, which offered scores of classes including everything from beginning quilting to advanced techniques, taught by some of the biggest names in the industry.

On the show floor, 255 exhibitors in 370 booths offered everything for sale from antique and contemporary quilts to fabrics, books, patterns, tools, notions, sewing machines, antiques, and crafts. And 17 of those exhibitors were brand new to Long Beach Festival!

Finally, close to 700 quilts and pieces of fabric art were on display, with many of the California-centric special exhibits making their debut at the show, including “West Coast Wonders 2010,” “California Guilds’ Award-winning Traditional Quilts,” “Beneath the Surface,” and “Trash to Treasures: Pineapple Quilts.”

“While we have three editions of Festival each year and they all share some common aspects, I feel it’s very important that we provide something entirely new at each one for our attendees,” Festival Director Karey Bresenhan says. “And one of the best ways to do that is bring together quilt exhibits that have never been seen before and are making their world debut. I was especially pleased with the debut exhibits in Long Beach this year, because they showed an amazing variety and breadth of subject matter.”

The 2011 Long Beach Festival will take place from July 29-31, with Preview Night and classes beginning on July 28. Quilts, Inc. also produces Festivals in Houston each fall and—beginning next year—in Cincinnati during the spring.

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