Monday, April 12, 2010

IQF moves spring venue from Chicago to Cincinnati in 2011

Quilts, Inc., the producers of International Quilt Festival, announced today that the location of the show’s spring edition will move from Chicago to Cincinnati, Ohio, beginning in 2011.

The first International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati will take place April 8-10, 2011, with Preview Night and classes beginning April 7. Spring Festival’s new home will be the Duke Energy Convention Center.

“We're all about trying new things, and after eight years in our current location, we're happy that we will be able to act on many of the suggestions made on our recent attendee surveys,” says Festival director Karey Bresenhan.

“These include such things as providing easier parking, more accommodation options, and access to a great variety of restaurants at all price levels. All will be available when we make this move.”

The final edition of International Quilt Festival/Chicago will take place as usual from April 16-18 of this year (with Preview Night and classes beginning on April 15) at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, Illinois.

“We've enjoyed making new friends at our Chicago-area show, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of them just about 300 miles away in our new location,” Bresenhan continues. “I think this shows that we're really sincere in our desire to seek out and act upon well-thought-out suggestions for improving our shows to make them as appealing to quilters and quilt lovers as possible.”


  1. Would have been nice if they would have announced this a few weeks ago. I would have tried to come. But I won't go to Cincinnati unless my friend who lives there wants to go and can put me up. Frankly, there is a lot more to see and do that interests me in Chicago than Cincinnati.


  2. Oh good. I can "kidnap" my mother-in-law and take her to it. She lives about an hour away from Cincin.

  3. Wow Teri, I'm sorry you feel that way about our city. Not sure if you have been here before, but the history and the people of Cincinnati are wonderful. I grew up in Chicago and now live in Cincinnati. Maybe you should try it before you knock it.

  4. Woo-hoo, this is such great news! I went to the Chicago Festival a few years ago, and all of the "issues" mentioned WERE issues. Thanks for letting us know.

  5. Greater Cincinnati and it's southern side in Northern Kentucky offer some amazing art, restaurant and shopping opportunities. Moving the venues from time to time keeps things fresh and allows people of different areas a fair chance to improve upon their talents. I realize Chicago is fantastic but many of us SAQA members and artists in this region are grateful to IQF for 'sharing the wealth'. :)

  6. To me, this is FAN TASTIC!!!
    I stand a much better chance affording a (1st time) trip to a quilt show in Cinci than chicago. . . FORE SURE!! YIPPPEEEEEE this will be the closest one has ever come to me!

  7. I'm happy about it too, Katie... it is closer for me also. I'm hoping to go in 2011.


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