Houston & the International Quilt Festival

Tour Dates
 Tuesday 1st November – Tuesday 9th November 2022

This is an inspiring and hugely popular tour to Houston, Texas to experience one the world's largest annual quilt shows

With its mix of international appeal and Southern charm, Houston is a vibrant, multi-cultural city boasting 20 museums and cultural institutions and a world-class culinary scene, not to mention the largest annual quilt show in America.

We will be offering a tour to Houston in 2022 and we are making some exciting changes to our programme, if you would like to hear about our plans as we go along, and receive an alert when booking opens, please sign up using the link above.

Tour dates for 2022 Tuesday 1st November – Tuesday 9th November* 

(*depart USA on 8th November, arriving back into UK Wednesday 9th November 2022).

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Quilt detail - visit the International Quilt Show in Houston The largest quilt show in the world

What We Love

Mural art in Houston - see the International Quilt Show in Houston

Experiences you will treasure

What people say

The International Quilt Festival in Houston is just fabulous! The fabrics and kits, tools and threads were wonderful and quite a lot of them seemed to come home with me. There was a relaxed, fun easy-going atmosphere to the show 

Mrs K Knox

Houston Night Skyline - Visit the Inational Quilt Show in Houston
Galveston Texas, International Quilt Show Houston

What's included in your holiday

Quilt by MItsuko Kinoshita - Visit the International Quilt Show in Houston

Itinerary - what you will do when

A Deeper Dive

Houston Space Shuttle with ECT Houston Quilt Festival Tour

Space Centre Houston, the official visitor centre of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre, is the only place in the world where you can enter a replica space shuttle resting on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft, NASA 905. This extraordinary re-creation gives a real insight into the workings of the shuttle, allowing visitors to walk through seven dynamic areas within the aircraft, including the flight deck, mid-deck and payload bay. And as if that wasn't excitement enough, a visit here also includes the chance to experience the sights and sounds of a real launch in the multi-screen Blast-Off theatre, an opportunity to take an interactive, virtual journey across the solar system and into the future of space exploration and a 90 minute tram tour behind the scenes of NASA and Mission Control. 

Downtown Houston - ECT Houston Quilt Festival Tour

Houston's downtown Museum District is the city's cultural heart, with venues exploring subjects ranging from natural science to the African-American experience. Particular highlights include the Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts. 

Housed in buildings designed by architect Renzo Piano (and widely regarded as masterpieces of modern architecture), the Menil collection contains 15,000 works dating from the Paleolithic era to the present day, including an impressive collection of 20th Century surrealist art, a permanent installation of work by Cy Twombly and a chapel dedicated to the paintings of Mark Rothko.

With over 65,000 objects ranging from Antiquity to contemporary times, the Museum of Fine Arts is a place to return to time and again. However, must-see collections for a one-off visit include The Glassel Collection of African Gold, the 19th century paintings of the American wilderness, the displays of contemporary decorative arts and the textile and costume galleries, home to some exquisite examples of English and French haute couture. Architecture aficionados should also make a point of visiting the Museum's Cullinan Hall and Brown Pavilion, both of which were designed by that master of modernism, Mies van der Rohe.

Houston is an international city and its culinary scene reflects its ethnic diversity - at the last count there were 10,000 restaurants offering cuisine from more than 70 different countries and regions of the US. And it isn't just the variety that's impressive; many people also consider Houston to be America's food capital so, whether your taste is for waffles and chicken wings, Creole gumbo and jambalaya or European fusion, this is the perfect place to indulge your appetite!

Houston has plenty to tempt shoppers too, from the Art Deco splendour of the Rover Oaks Shopping Centre to the independent craft artists at the Houston Centre for Contemporary Craft. We make a special visit to Joann Fabric and Craft Store which boasts the city's best selection of fabrics, yarns, beads, scrapbooking, and paper crafting goods.

Houston, Texas for the International Quilt Festival

Established 75 years ago, JOANN is America's leading fabric and craft retailer. A one-stop-shop for all your crafting needs, the brand's goal is 'to help every customer customer find their creative Happy Place'.

Fat Quaters

Galveston Island Houston ECT Travel Quilters' Guild Tour

Galveston Island, lying fifty miles south of Houston on the Gulf of Mexico, is a relaxed retreat with mile upon mile of beaches and a wealth of stately historic homes belonging to generations of the most powerful families in Texas.  Although many of the island’s buildings were destroyed in the Great Storm of 1900 many, such as the 1859 Ashton Villa, 1892 Bishop's Palace and 1885 Moody Mansion did survive and offer a fascinating glimpse into turn of the century family life among Galveston's elite.

Other highlights include The Grand 1894 Opera House, ranked among the US's finest historical theaters, and the Rain Forest Pyramid at Moody Gardens. This fascinating tropical provides a rare, up-close and interactive experience with endangered plants and animals, ranging from Giant Amazon River Otters to Saki Monkeys and Chinese Alligators in an extraordinarily realistic replica of a real rain forest.

Moody Gardens Houston, Texas, ECT Quilters' Guild Tour 2018

Houston Old Town - Shopping on ECT Travel's Houston Tour

Historic Old Town Spring, just thirty minutes from Houston, shot to fame in the 1930s when the infamous criminals Bonnie and Clyde robbed the town bank. (The bullet holes are still there  today.) Today Old Town Spring is a charming little town filled with art galleries, antique stores and independent Victorian-style shops, including GRS Creations. Known as ‘the hidden quilt shop in Old Town Spring’, it has eleven rooms stocked with more than 18,000 bolts of fabric. Our visit to Old Town Spring includes time at this treasure trove, so make some room in your suitcase. 

Houston's Whitehall Hotel

First opened in 1963, the Whitehall Hotel is a mid-century landmark conveniently located in the heart of downtown Houston. As well as contemporary rooms with all the comforts you would expect of a leading hotel, the Whitehall also boasts an in-house art gallery, a bar selling cocktails made with their own-label bourbon and three restaurants

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