Ahh…spring! It’s really a magical time of year, isn’t it? As someone who isn’t especially fond of the frost, I’m always elated to bid adieu to the bleak days of winter and welcome a warmer—albeit, often rainy—season. And with signs of new life popping up everywhere, it can be invigorating to just stop and breathe it all in (well…everything except the pollen, that is). 
Spring is also special to us at Quilt Festival for another reason—it means it’s time for our annual show in Cincinnati! Last year marked our inaugural edition in The Queen City, and we could not have been more pleased with the warm welcome and response we received. After a year of planning, we’re eager to return next month, and hope that you’ll join us there April 13-15. 
Among the exhibits at this year’s show is one—“Celebrate Spring! 2012”—that includes quilts inspired by the color, energy, and scenery of the season. The exhibit is now open to submissions from all quilters (not strictly IQA members). And although the deadline for entries has passed for this year, it’s never too early to start planning for next. So, any time you venture outside this spring, have that camera ready to snap some inspiration!
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If you’re looking to take on a smaller project, be sure to download the free quilted pillow pattern included in this issue of Friends@Festival. It would make the perfect project for a rainy spring day. 
We’ve got some other great items for you in this edition, including a look at the newly opened (and gorgeous) Texas Quilt Museum, favorite recipes from members of the Festival faculty, and a piece on a Houston-area Junior High School offering an elective we can certainly get behind…quilting!
Happy Reading,

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Rhianna Griffin


International Quilt Festival / Cincinnati
April 13-15, 2012
Preview Night & Classes begin April 12
Duke Energy Convention Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

International Quilt Festival / Long Beach
July 27-29, 2012
Preview Night & Classes begin July 26
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
Long Beach, California, USA

International Quilt Festival / Houson
November 1-4, 2012
Preview Night October 31
Classes begin October 29
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas, USA