Houston Tour
International Quilt Festival

October 27-November 3, 2013
Houston Festival - It's What Quilting is All About

Last day to register - September 3, 2013

It's been said that visiting the Houston International Quilt Festival is like visiting an art museum. Each year, quilters from around the world have the opportunity to display their quilts and the final juried products are both unique and beautiful.  We have added this exceptional tour at the request of our international friends in Canada, Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Australia. the United Kingdom, and others; but we are happy for anyone to join us, no matter where you live.

A feature we offer that other Quilt Festival tours do not is that our hotel rooms are at the beautiful and convenient convention center hotel, the Hilton America's Houston, making it easy and quick for you to go to the show, attend classes and participate in all of the Quilts Inc. activities without the need of transportation or the hassle of waiting for a pre-arranged coach.  Prior to the show we will enjoy the best little chocolate tour in Texas, the Texas Quilt Museum, authentic Texas barbecue, real Tex-Mex, quilt shops and more.  We will also attend the Gala grand opening night of the show where you may participate on one of the hundreds of workshops and lectures.


10/26/13 - Arrive Houston: Self-transfer from the airport to the Hilton America’s Houston Hotel adjacent to the George Brown Convention Center.  Super Shuttle rides ($24) can be arranged on line in advance of your landing or at the airport.  Taxis charge a flat rate of around $55 for the ride.  If you get in early, it’s only a short walk to Houston’s downtown shopping area.   This evening we will gather in the lobby of our hotel for a short walk to the Guadalajara del Centro restaurant in downtown.  Here we will enjoy an authentic TEX-MEX welcome dinner together.

10/27/13Chocolate Tour, Barbeque Lunch, and Quilt Shop Hop:  This morning, we will gather in the lobby for a 3 hour tour of Houston’s best chocolate factories and outlets.  Enjoy tasting some of these treats and build a stash to enjoy throughout the week.  But… be sure save room for our authentic Texas BBQ lunch. 

Lunch at Goode’s – We’ll be served authentic Texas BBQ at one of Houston’s institutions, Goode's.  Lunch will include mesquite barbequed meats, jalapeño cheese bread, made from scratch pecan pie and other local favorites.

Before returning to the hotel, we will stop have our very own Houston Quilt Shop Hop!

After returning to the hotel the remainder of the day and evening are free for you to explore the downtown Houston area on your own.

10/28/13 – Quilter's Tour of Galveston

This morning we will gather for a coach ride to Galveston.  During our time here we will enjoy a local tour and visit Galveston's favorite quilt shop, Quilts by the Bay. You will be able to have free time to wander the famous Strand area and enjoy the ambience of this historic town.

Upon our return to the Hotel, your evening is free.  You may wish to attend the special event announcing the show winners at the convention center.

October 29 to November 2 – Quilt Festival

During the day, October 29, you will be free to participate in Festival classes and workshops.  However, this evening, we will have priority tickets to the Gala Opening of the show.  It is the best time to see the show and enjoy the vendors as the crowds are always light on opening night.

October 31-November 2: While it will be easy to get caught up among the multitude of vendors or engaged in looking at the amazing quilts that are juried into this show, you might never think about the other activities that make up the festival.  You should, however, take a close look at the classes offered and/or the various speakers.  This is a wonderful opportunity to take a class with one or more world class teachers.  And even if you don’t want to spend a day in class, you can hear some of the teachers at lunchtime or evening lectures.  Check the festival brochure for these opportunities.

November 2:  Our final day in Houston, we will meet for breakfast together before your check out of the Hotel and transfer independently to the airport.  You may store your luggage at the hotel if you wish to participate in last minute shopping or workshops. 

You can go to www.quilts.com at any time to get on the mailing lists for the festival schedule.  There is a slight charge for the mailed catalog, however, class catalogs are posted online at the same time the printed catalog is released.  Note:  The Festival brochure with the list of classes will not be available until mid-July

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2012 IQA Best of Show Winner - America Let it Shine by Sherry Reynolds of Laramie, Wyoming.


Hilton Americas- Houston Hotel, TX - Exterior New


$1,695 double occupancy

$2,875 Single occupancy


Your tour includes:

  • Seven nights at the most convenient show hotel, the 4 star, Hilton Americas Houston Hotel, the only hotel connected by bridge to the convention center and quilt show.

  • Deluxe full breakfast buffet daily except day of arrival.

  • Tours and entrances per the itinerary

  • Galveston Tour

  • Chocolate Tour

  • Tex-Mex dinner and Barbeque lunch

  • Deluxe Motor Coach transportation

  • Full Multi-day show pass

  • Entry to the Gala Preview night

Fare(s) in USD, land only, per person, based on double occupancy.    Deb Roberts Tours is not responsible for omissions or typographical errors.  Please refer to terms and conditions which apply when registration is received.

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