Oh, how I wish I could be at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, which starts this Thursday. (It starts on July 26 at 5pm and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the Long Beach convention center.) Earlier in the spring, I'd planned to go, but life circumstances got in the way and I will be experiencing the festival vicariously through friends and bloggers who post pictures and tales about it.
If you are going, be sure to see the Twelve by Twelve exhibit, which will feature all 288 quilts from the original theme series and the Colorplay series. Terry Grant, Gerrie Congdon, and Karen Rips will be at the festival so you might get to encounter 3/12s in person! Also, Del Thomas who has been our 12x12 angel and benefactor -- and who has made our exhibiting the quilts at Houston and Long Beach possible -- will be there. If you see Del, be sure to introduce yourself and thank her for all she does to support art quilters!
And be sure to see the Dinner at Eight exhibit "Rituals." My piece "Swirl, Sniff, Sip" will be there along with 41 other quilts from artists including Jane LaFazio, Judy Coates Perez, Terry Grant, Deborah Boschert, Karen Rips, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Sarah Ann Smith and more.