If you stop what you’re doing, sit still and listen for a second you might be able to hear the faint sound of needles clicking, machines humming and fabric rustling. The International Quilt Festival is on its way back to Chicago equipped with miles of thread and hundreds of eager quilters. Whether a beginner or seasoned professional, this festival has something to offer for you!
Starting April 6, fabric, thread and all things quilts will fill the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in celebration of Quilt Festival Chicago. This three-day event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of Sunday ending at 5 p.m. Over 130 exhibitors from the Knitting and Stitching Industry will be in attendance, showcasing a variety of products including books, embroidery work, quilting equipment, jewelry, kits and gifts. While there will be plenty of items to admire and purchase, attendees can also participate in quilt-making classes catered towards all levels of expertise. Rhythm and Hues is one featured class focusing on machine work with beginners, while Gorgeous Formal Feathers will teach participants how to stitch a variety of elegant motifs. Visit the website to see the full list of classes and register for the one that interests you the most.
Tickets for the Quilt Festival are currently on sale and selling fast so don’t wait too long to purchase your own! Daily admission is $10, or $8 for seniors, students and military. Children 10 years old or younger are free. The festival also offers a $25 Full Show Pass for visitors interested in attending all three days. Visit the Quilt website for full ticket details or if you’re ready to buy, visit ExtremeTix to purchase your ticket today.
With over 300 shopping booths, 700 quilts on display and 40 classes, the International Quilt Festival is an impressive portrayal of the Quilting Industry. If you find yourself needing a break during all of the quilting chaos, then think about booking a stay at the Majestic Hotel. Just a short drive from the convention, the Majestic provides a comfortable and elegant atmosphere for you to relax during the festival. Don’t wait- polish your sewing machine, pack your fabric and get ready for the International Quilt Festival Chicago!
Where: Donald E Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
When: April 6 -7, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | April 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: General $10 | Seniors, Students, Military $8 | Children 10 & under Free
This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499