IB♥L World Tour, Version 2: International Quilt Festival

So, the deadline for mailing bundles as part of IBOL II has come and gone.  The boxes and bundles are still arriving, and Nahed and her team are still pushing bundles out into Salah ad Din.  And like I did at this point last year, I’m making plans to go see some IBOL supporters and say thanks.

Task:  With my family, attend the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, 4-7 November.

Purpose: To hand out IBOL business cards and truckloads of thanks to IBOL supporters, in order to raise up to $1000 for the American Cancer Society 2011 Relay for Life.

Endstate:  I have met 1000+ IBOL supporters, handed out all of the cards, taken a ton of photos with people, and had the chance to say “thank you” about a billion times.

Here’s where you come in.

Task: Go to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, 4-7 November, find the IBOL Guy and / or his family, and get a card from him.  If possible, get a photo with him and his family. It’ll be me, the wife, the kids, and maybe even the brother (although I have no idea how I am going to talk him into actually going inside).

Purpose:  To be showered in thanks, and told how awesome you are, and all that good stuff.

Endstate: You walk away with an IBOL card, a smile, and maybe a cheesy photo.

Now, I know what you’re saying — how does this all tie into the Relay for Life?  Simple — someone has challenged me to go to Houston, wade through the teeming masses, sport my IBOL shirt, and hand out cards and heaps of thanks. Do that, and they’ll match me dollar-to-card.  1000 cards, $1000.

Think you can help me reach 1000?

Now, some of you who have been to Houston before are probably thinking, This is going to be so easy.  Finding IBOL guy is going to be a snap – there are only, like, 4 men that show up at this thing, and they all linger near the exits.    Well, it’s not going to be that easy; if Osama bin Laden can hide in the mountains, surely I can hide in a quilting convention (no, I won’t be wearing a burqa).

The odds are very good that on at least one day, I’ll be sporting the greatest t-shirt on the planet.  That should make things easier.  But I may also break down and see about another IBOL shirt, like this.  In fact, my super-wife Kristin has been working on a new design for the business cards (which are less business and more of just a short description of what IBOL is / was), which may turn into a Cafepress option, too.

If I see you wearing something IBOL-related, I will stop and talk to you.  Otherwise, you may have to hunt me down.

And if you can’t make it to Houston and still want to help, by all means, swing by here and help in the effort to find a cure.


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12 Responses to “IB♥L World Tour, Version 2: International Quilt Festival”

  1. Cathy Winter Says:

    I look forward to finding you here, in my hometown!

  2. jennifer Says:

    which days will you be at the quilt festival? that helps in my search for you!!

    • IBOL Guy Says:

      Which days will we be at the quilt festival?


      Every day, i think. We fly sometime on Sunday, back to Hawaii, but we should be there most all of the time.

  3. stephanie allgood Says:

    wish I could be there!!!

  4. Marge Gordon Says:

    I’m happy you took me seriously cause I meant every word! I hope to get LOTs of photos of you and the many ladies who track you down at the show. You have fun doing it, as I’m sure you will.

    I have five quilts going for the AAQI auction, so I will be there in spirit, wish it was for real!

  5. meganvonbehren Says:

    When are you coming to NYC for a visit? I want to meet IBOL Guy too!

    • IBOL Guy Says:

      Egads, it won’t be this year. OCT, I am in Hawaii. November, I am in Houston. December, I am in Baghdad to start a year there. I have no idea what would ever bring me to NY — except maybe as a guest on the Jon Stewart show (how cool would that be?)

  6. Kern Says:

    Hope I get to finally meet all of you!

  7. Susan Says:

    Wish I could be there. A fantastic quilt show and a chance to meet you would be wonderful!

  8. Nancy Anne Says:

    Art – I don’t mean to be a nag or anything, but can we get a count of boxes? If it isn’t high enough, that means that we haven’t been doing our job here, and I’d like to know. I believe you have talked about IBOL III when you get back to Iraq ( :o( so sorry you have to return again) and I’d like to make sure that we all know what we need to accomplish next time around. Frankly, if we didn’t break IBOL’s record, we need to do a better job of getting our quilting colleagues involved than we have so far!

  9. More on the box count, distro, and Houston « Iraqi Bundles of Love Says:

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