Important note regarding our Houston shows
We would like to thank all who have sent messages of support to us in response to the devastating flooding taking place in our home city of Houston. We are happy to report that all of our staff is safe, and that our office did not suffer any damages.
Many others have not been so lucky, and we ask that you keep Houston and all areas that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey in your thoughts, and, if possible, consider making a contribution toward organizations involved in the ongoing relief efforts.
We have also heard from many people asking whether they should cancel their plans to attend this year’s International Quilt Market and/or International Quilt Festival in Houston. We want to assure you that there is no reason to cancel any travel plans, as both shows are still scheduled to go on.
The shows are still two months away, and we have full confidence that our city will bounce back quickly, as it has always done. Also, neither the George R. Brown Convention Center nor the Downtown Houston hotels were damaged in the flooding.
Our office has reopened with limited hours as of Tuesday, September 5, with most of our staff back in place. Please be patient in receiving a response to calls and emails as we catch up on work and correspondence.
If you are interested in making a donation to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, please consider the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett.
Some people are questioning if Houston and Quilts, Inc. really can pull things together in our badly hurt city so that Quilt Market and Festival can be held. I understand where those doubts are coming from. My best answer to anyone with doubts is this: as the founder of the shows, I promise you the shows WILL go on! But my second best answer can be found in this commentary piece for the Austin American-Statesman written by a non-Texan. It brought me to tears. I hope it will help you understand why I can make my promise: The shows WILL go on.
Founder, President, and CEO