The 500-plus artists and vendors at the 2014 International Quilt Festival are set to keep the action going for the expected 60,000 attendees with their amazing woven and stitched and sewn works - as well some that are cool, even delightfully nippy.
Taking the top award at this 40th event is a quilt depicting a nostalgic, wintry scene with children making snow angels and snowmen, horse-drawn carriages carting bundled people about and couples ice skating on a frozen pond.
Made by Nancy Prince and Linda French of Orlando, Fla., On This Winter Day received The Handi Quilter Best of Show Award and a $10,000 prize.
Six other notable works also won the judges' attention, as well as cash prizes.
The festival opens to the public 7 p.m. Wednesday and continues through Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Let's take a look at the other winners, as well as selections from some of the special exhibits on display during the fair.
On This Winter Day by Nancy Prince and Linda French of Orlando, Fla., The Handi Quilter Best of Show Award, $10,000.
Zeruah's Legacy by Barbara Korengold of Chevy Chase, Md., The Founders Award, $7,500.
Gift of Appreciation by Kyoko Yamauchi of Kumamoto-Shi, Kumamoto-Ken, Japan, The World of Beauty Award, $7,500.
Breezy Garden by Kayoko Hibino of Shiki, Saitama, Japan, The Robert S. Cohan Master Award for Traditional Artistry, $5,000
Beneath My Wing by David Taylor of Steamboat Springs, Colo., The Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Artistry, $5,000.
Stars on Mars by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison of New Lenox, Ill., The Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry, $5,000.
Summer Wind by Marina Landi and Maria Lucia Azara of Sao Paulo, Brazil, The Baby Lock Master Award for Innovative Artistry, $5,000.
Bike Boys by Lea McComas of Superior, Colo., The Superior Threads Award for Thread Artistry, $5,000.
Lobster Night by Jeanelle McCall from the special exhibit, What’s For Dinner?
City Center by Angie Henderson from the special exhibit, The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2014.
Los Perros de Panama by Kathleen Kennedy-Dennis from the special exhibit, Festival Awareness Project 2014: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs.
Alleyway by M.C. Bunte from the special exhibit, Tactile Architecture™ 2014.
Two-Color Pineapple by Anita Grossman Solomon from the special exhibit, Ruby Jubilee: A 40-Year Celebration.
Exodus by M.C. Bunte from the special exhibit, Hands All Around 2014.
Felted Trees #1 by Charlotte Hickman from the special exhibit, Hands All Around 2014.