Everybody knows that February is "slack season" when it comes to quilt shows... or is it? There are more than a dozen quilting events this month that captured our attention. How about the International Quilt Show in Dubai, or one of the six shows in Florida, for all the snowbirds* out there?
Row 1, L-R: Quiltfest Trail, Llangollen (Feb 1-29, North Wales, U.K.); Second Lives, The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles, opening Feb 4 at the Textile Museum (Washington, D.C.); International Quilt Show Dubai 2011 (Feb 7 - March 5, Dubai). Row 2: 'Over Here' Quilt Exhibit, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (opening Feb 1); San Francisco Quilters Guild, Symphony of Color (Feb 26-27, California); Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXII (Feb 24-27, Virginia; Pat Holly's winning 2010 quilt is shown). Row 3: Hummingbird Quilt Guild (Feb 26-27, Arizona); Peace River Quilters Show (Feb 25-26, Florida); Quilters’ Crossing of Palm Harbor (Feb 11-12, Florida). Row 4: Space Coast Quilters Guild (Feb 11-12, Florida); 14th Annual Priceless Pieces Quilt Show, Teacup Quilters (Feb 17-Mar 26, North Carolina); St. Andrew’s Bay Quilter’s Guild Show (Feb 11-12, Florida). Also see: Quilts 2011, Lake Metroparks Farmpark Quilt Show (Feb 11 - March 13, Ohio); Wichita Mountain Quilt Guild (Feb 18-19, Oklahoma); Kitsap Quilters Quilt Show (Feb 18-19, Washington); Stonestead Outdoor Quilt Festival (Feb 6, Upper Hutt, New Zealand); 17th Annual Quilt Gala, Horry County Museum (Feb 25-26, South Carolina); Corpus Christi Quilters Show (Feb 25-26, Texas); 15th Annual Fiber Arts Show, Shadow Mountain Quilters (Feb 18-20, Nevada); 12th Triennial Quilt Show, Amelia Island Quilt Guild (Feb 25-26, Florida).
*snow·bird - n.
1. Any of several birds, such as the junco and the snow bunting, common in snowy regions.
2. Slang: One who moves from a cold to a warm place in the winter.
p.s. Quilts Dubai has some wonderful online galleries with photos of past award winners.