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 2014 in Houston.

We’ll “set the table” for this Special Exhibit on the show floor with 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! 

The jurors for What's for Dinner are Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.

What's For Dinner Moore

Jeannie P. Moore, On a Picnic Bench in Maine

What's for Dinner - Alford

Frances Holliday Alford, Texas Blue Plate Special

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 explain your piece, the meal, and the meaning behind it. Artist Statements may be edited for clarity and length. Be sure to select “quilt” when asked for the category.

We’re also adding a new category this year: 3-D fabric table decorations! Make display items for the table - think bottles of wine, pitchers of “water,” vases with flowers, serving bowls with ladles, cream and sugar bowls, or salt and pepper shakers. Items should be true to life-size so that everything is approximately the same scale, i.e., nothing smaller than 4” and nothing taller than 24”. Artist Statements should explain your piece and the meaning behind it. Artist Statements may be edited for clarity and length. Be sure to select “décor” when asked for the category.

Completed submissions with visuals must be received online by Friday, July 11, 2014. You will be notified no later than Friday, August 1, 2014, regarding the piece(s) to be included in this exhibit along with shipping instructions. If selected, the quilts will need to arrive in Houston no later than Friday, September 5, 2014. Quilts will be returned by the end of December 2014 if quilt does not travel, or arrangements may be made to have your piece(s) picked up at the conclusion of the show. If you agree to allow your piece(s) to travel, your quilt will be returned by the end of August 2015.

Visual Instructions

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 – February 2014
Registration open – May 9 to July 11, 2014
Notification by – August 1, 2014
Selected pieces arrive in Houston by – September 5, 2014
Pieces returned to owner – December 2014, or August 2015 if traveling

How to register

Registration will open on May 9, 2014. The last day to register is July 11, 2014.
To preview the registration form, click here.

When you have completed your registration be sure to print a copy of the confirmation page for your records.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Carmen Beck, Special Exhibits Coordinator at 512.323.2255, spexhibits2@quilts.com or Amanda Schlatre, Special Exhibits Coordinator at 713-781-6864, ext. 104, spexhibits3@quilts.com.   If you have technical questions about the online system, please contact Lisa Ellis at lisa@ellisquilts.com.

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