The International Quilt Festival began in 1974. It is the largest annual consumer quilt show in the world, and was attended by more than 61,000 people in 2014 from all over the U.S. and more than 28 countries around the world, from Australia to Zimbabwe. The International Quilt Festival is held in Houston in the Fall immediately after the International Quilt Market. International Quilt Festival is produced by Quilts, Inc., which also produces International Quilt Market, the nation's only wholesale trade show for the quilting industry. We have all the special quilt exhibits that so many people come to see right in the same hall with the booths, so that interested crowds are assured throughout the show. The show gets extensive publicity in both national and local print and broadcast media, and in mailings to all quilt guilds in the U.S.