What’s For Dinner?
One thing we, at International Quilt Market and Festival, have noticed is that our quilters not only have a passion for fabric, notions, and sewing machines, but also a passion for FOOD! Whether it’s going out to eat or cooking something in their own kitchen, this is a creative interest and/or hobby in which many quilters take part.
International Quilt Festival wants to know what you are having for dinner tonight, and would like to invite you to participate in our new exhibit, What’s for Dinner?, which will premiere at International Quilt Market and Festival 2013 in Houston. Quilters and food have always gone together, but we have not had an exhibit that has addressed this phenomenon in quite some time.
We’ll “set the table” with your quilts for this Special Exhibit on the show floor, that depict enlarged “place settings”, complete with a placemat/tablecloth, napkin, fork, knife, spoon, and a plate full of “what you are eating for dinner.” This could be your favorite dinner at home, in a restaurant, or what you have for Sunday dinner. We are excited about this theme and hope that it will show a variety of interpretations, fabric choices, and views into different cultures, rituals, and lifestyles. Think colorful, fun, outside the box, and visually appealing!
All quilts must be uniform in size, horizontal format, with nothing hanging off the sides, top, or bottom. The finished quilt size, or “place setting,” must be 24” x 15” (width x height) and cannot exceed 2" in depth. Please, no metal silverware attached. Artist Statements should be submitted via our entry form to explain your piece, the meal, and the meaning behind it.
As many art quilters know, a loyal following of people on Facebook read and contribute to the ever- growing question of “What's for Dinner?” on quilt artist Jamie Fingal's Facebook page. In fact, this is how the exhibit idea got its start! We will have both Jamie Fingal and Dinner at Eight Artists partner, Leslie Tucker Jenison, to jury this exhibit.
Completed submissions, with visuals, must be received online by May 17, 2013. You will be notified no later than June 7, 2013 regarding the quilts to be included in this exhibit. Shipping instructions will also be provided at that time. If selected, the quilts will need to arrive in Houston no later than August 30, 2013. Quilts will be returned by the end of November 2013 if no arrangements are made for the quilts to travel to other International Quilt Festivals. If arrangements are made, and you agree to allow your quilt to travel, your quilt will be returned by the end of August 2014.
Please read carefully the information for your digital images. The complete instructions may be downloaded here. Visual Instructions (PDF).
Timeline for quilt registration
Announcement and preview: December 2012
Registration open: March 29 to May 17, 2013
Notification by: June 7, 2013
Selected quilts arrive in Houston by: August 30, 2013
Quilts returned to owner: end of November 2013 (unless traveling)
Registration has closed. No further registrations will be accepted at this time.
For More Information
If you have any questions, please contact Carmen Beck, Special Exhibits Coordinator at 512.323.2255, firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Schlatre, Special Exhibits Coordinator at 713-781-6864, ext. 104, email@example.com.
If you have technical questions about the online system, please contact Lisa Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.