International Quilt Festival is taking place this weekend. Quilt enthusiasts from all over the country and the world have gathered in Houston, Texas to take workshops by highly esteemed instructors, see award-winning quilts, and shop for fabric and quilting supplies. There’s one thing visitors won’t find at the show this year, though: a husbands’ lounge.
You may recall my post last year and the year before about a lounge area at the show that was called the “husbands’ lounge.” As I said in those posts, the lounge’s name was needlessly exclusionary, presenting a narrow notion of who is, and who isn’t a quilter. Quilting isn’t just for women. It isn’t just for married women, or heterosexual women, or cis-gender women. Anybody can make a quilt and we should encourage everyone who’s interested to jump in and try it.
I’m really gratified that this year Quilts, Inc. chose to do away with this signage. I realize this is a small thing, but language matters and it’s the accumulation of small things that add up to something bigger. Cheers to the best-known quilt show in the world taking this step towards being more open and welcoming towards all quilters.