#1 – We have an amazing group of instructors in the AQS School of Quiltmaking
With your hotel room booked and travel arrangements made, it’s time to plan your schedule for this year’s AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines. Check out all of the great workshops and lectures being offered by viewing or printing the Registration Guide or go directly to registration by clicking HERE. And you can check out photos of all of the class projects. Or if you want additional information on the show, check out this Page. Classes are filled on a first come basis, so don’t delay in making your choices.
#2 – See more than 1,000 beautiful quilts on display, including two international exhibits from Japan and Egypt.
- AQS Quilt Contest – 5 categories
- AQS Authors’ Invitational Exhibit – quilts featured in new AQS books
- Welcome to the World of Quilting is the theme of Des Moines Area Quilters Guild’s 29th Annual Quilt Show. The guild’s show also includes the guild raffle quilt and a silent miniature quilt auction.
- Japanese Color and Form: New Works by 50 Japanese Artists
- Stitch Like an Egyptian: Tentmakers of Cairo
- My Machine & Me, prizewinning quilts by Jean Lohmar
- Spontaneity in Medallion Quilts, curated by Gwen Marston
- 2013 Pilgrim/Roy Invitational Quilt Challenge
- New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Baskets, semifinalists in the 2012 contest by The National Quilt Museum
#3 – Meet some of your favorite AQS authors in the classrooms, at the Author Demo station (in the exhibit hall), and at the AQS Authors’ Roundtable. This is your chance to be one-on-one with those authors you always wanted to meet. And what a great lineup of AQS authors you’ll see: Pam Clarke, Rita Fishel, Diane Gaudynski, Daphne Greig, Ann Holmes, Sandra Leichner, Karen Linduska, Marsha Radtke, and Dianne Springer. And if you have a book idea and want to join their ranks, be sure to attend lecture #32801 How to Write a Quilt Book by Andi Reynolds, AQS Executive Book Editor… it’s a free lecture.
#4 – Discover all of the latest products for making quilts in the Merchant Mall – if you are looking for that perfect piece of fabric or need more batting, this is the place to be. And you’ll get to see many demonstrations of products throughout the Merchant Mall so you can learn all about that special ruler or other tool before you buy it. The AQS Learning Center, located in the exhibit hall, will have demonstrations throughout the week by our vendors – it’s free with your show admission.
#5 – Enjoy the evening special events, including the All-Star Review – mini demonstrations – at 6 p.m. on Wednesday; laugh and sing along with Laura Wasilowski during Art Quilts: The Musical at 7 p.m. on Thursday; spend An Evening with Libby Lehman as she discusses Creativity for Klutzes at 7 p.m. on Friday; and enjoy The Quilt Pageant and Brunch with Susan K. Cleveland at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Registration now for these fun events as seating is limited.
#6 – Network with other quilters in My Quilt Place in Meeting Room 309/310. This is the place to visit with new and old quilting friends, plan that next quilt project, or just sit and rest a bit. You can sign up for MyQuiltPlace.com here so you can be a part of this free quilting community provided by AQS – set up your own page, the groups give you a place to get answers to questions you may have about one of your projects, share photos of your quilts, or just chat on the blog – it’s all for you and it’s FREE. During the show there will be some demonstrations. Curious about how to use some tools, then don’t miss Bonnie Browning’s demo on My Favorite Tools; learn some hand quilting tips from Andi Reynolds, and Bonnie Browning will give a demonstration on Zentangle Art – an easy and fun method of drawing that anybody can do; and it’s all happening in My Quilt Place – Room 309/310.
#7 – View a bed turning by Bill and Jean Lyle, and Chris Moline in Booth #710 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day of the show. Learn the history of some beautiful antique quilts. Don’t miss this – you’ll get to see some outstanding quilts.
#8 – Even though you are away from home, you can still check your e-mail at the show in the Cyber Cafe – a wireless Internet connection will be available in Meeting Room 301.
#9 – There is no reason for the husbands to stay home. We have a Men’s Den in Meeting Room 301 where they can catch a ballgame on TV, read the daily newspaper, play cards, or just rest their feet from walking the show floor.
#10 – Everyone who has registered in advance will be invited to participate in the “famous” AQS Quilters Flash Mob on Wednesday morning to open the show! Don’t miss out – register today so you can join in the fun! All registrants will soon receive an invitation to participate and given more instructions. Until then, it’s a secret!
See you in Des Moines!