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VIDEO: International Quilt Festival Returns To Houston

The show features over 2,000 handmade quilts from around the world.

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Beatrice de Wit-Messerli’s collection “In My Own Hands” captures her journey as a breast cancer survivor.

 

Hundreds of vibrant red and white quilts hang from the ceiling in honor of the festival’s fortieth anniversary. Behind them stand row after row of handmade quilts arranged like paintings in an art gallery.

The International Quilt Festival is expected to draw more than 60,000 attendees from 35 different countries.


Arts InSight visits the world’s largest quilt festival featuring over 1,500 quilts as well as classes and exhibitions from designers, dealers and quilters.

Bob Ruggiero is with for the festival.

“Part of the appeal of quilting is the tactile nature of it,” Ruggiero said. “People are creating art with their hands, and also because there’s so many different styles and techniques and variety of quilting.”

Beatrice de Wit-Messerli began quilting more than 30 years ago. She traveled from Switzerland to attend the festival for the first time.

“I work as an office manager, and all day, I work just with computers,” she said. “In the evenings and when I’m at home on the weekends, I just want to work with my hands, and it really calms me down.”

Messerli displayed a collection of 18 quilts titled “In My Own Hands.” The works capture her journey as a breast cancer survivor. Quilting was her way of expressing herself during the healing process.

Through the festival, Messerli says she’s connected other survivors from around the world.

“For me it’s very rewarding I can talk to people because my story, I have told, but now it’s time that other people may be able to tell their stories,” she said.

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Red and white quilts hang from the ceiling of the George R. Brown Convention Center in celebration of the festival’s fortieth anniversary.

The International Quilt Festival runs through November 2 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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