Monday July 28th 2014

Here’s What NOT to Miss in Grand Rapids This Week

The American Quilter’s Society has arrived in Grand Rapids, MI, and is getting ready to open the doors on it’s first quilt show & contest in the beautiful DeVos Place Convention Center. Join us August 22nd through the 25th to view over 900 quilts which includes over 350 quilts vying for $44,000 in cash awards. A shopper’s paradise awaits you in the Merchant Mall with more than 250 vendor booths featuring the latest quiltmaking supplies, antique and new quilts, and quilt-related gifts.

This year, a first for AQS and any quilt show, we are giving away a new car! Who wouldn’t want a red, 2012 Ford Focus complete with a quilt decal on all sides. The car is on display in the Grand Gallery of the convention center and you can enter the drawing there before you enter the exhibit hall. The winner will be announced before the end of the show. Enter before 2 pm (EST) on August 24th. Click here for complete rules and prize information.

Join us at 8:40 am on Wednesday, August 22nd, for the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting in the Grand Gallery at the entrance of the exhibit hall. The contest winners will be announced, too, right before the doors open at 9 am for everyone to enter.

Don’t miss any of these special exhibits:

*Stitch Like an Egyptian: by the Tentmakers of Cairo, the first North American exhibition

*Japanese Color and Form: New Works by Fifty Japanese Artists

*Home is Where the Quilt Is, contest quilts from the Alliance for American Quilts

*The Magical World of Mary Buvia, prizewinning work by this quilt artist from Greenwood, Indiana

*New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Baskets, semi-finalists in The National Quilt Museum’s annual contest.

*2013 Pilgrim/Roy Invitational Challenge

*AQS Authors’ Quilt Exhibit, curated by Andi Reynolds

Two special exhibits originate from Michigan:

*Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope, organized by Ami Simms, Flint, Michigan

*Spontaneity in Medallion Quilts, curated by Gwen Marston, Beaver Island, Michigan

We have several special events for you, too:

Wednesday:
12:00 -1:00 p.m.: The Quilter’s Link, Ballroom C
Make the most of your visit to the show by learning how to get around the show, the convention center, and the city.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: All-Star Review, Ballroom C
Demonstrations by this year’s instructors – collect autographs or purchase books from the instructors during the last 30 minutes.

Thursday:
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: An Evening with Caryl Bryer Fallert, Ballroom D

Friday:
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.: An Afternoon of Fashion and Tea, Grand Rapids Public Museum

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Alex Anderson on Center Stage, Ballroom D

Saturday:
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Brunch and Trunk Show with Cathy Wiggins, Ballroom D

You will also want to visit the My Quilt Place room in the Grand Gallery meeting rooms E/F. This room is perfect for networking with other quilters, watching demonstrations, and relaxing with some hand work. My Quilt Place events are free with your paid admission to the show. A schedule is on page 5 of your show book.

Remember to stop by the AQS Learning Center. Free demonstrations will take place starting at 11 am each day of the show. Check page 8 of your show book for a complete listing of times and presenters. You won’t want to miss the Tentmaker’s of Cairo presentation by Jenny Bowker each day at 1:00 pm.

AQS author’s will be giving demonstrations at booth number 705 on Thursday, Friday & Saturday of the show. The schedule is on page 8 of your show book.

A favorite stopover during the AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky, is the “hurt” book sale at the Finkel’s Building on Kentucky Ave. At Grand Rapids, we are taking Finkel’s on the Road and bringing with us hurt books and out-of-print books for just $5 each. Finkel’s on the Road is located in booth number 1338 in the exhibit hall.

How would you like to win a Janome sewing machine? Janome and AQS will be giving away two machines at the Grand Rapids show. See the machines near the main show entrance and then register to win. Drawings will be held on Friday and Saturday at 3:00 pm. For demonstrations of these terrific Janome sewing machines, go to Janome’s booth (number 615).

There is so much to see and do at the show. But don’t forget that Grand Rapids is a beautiful city with lots of activities, too. Experience restaurant week, the museums (the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum), Quilters, The Musical at the Master Arts Theatre, and the Polish Harvest Festival on Friday & Saturday. Get details and discount information on the back of your show book.

We’ve packed a lot of activity into four days. The show opens at 9:00 am each day. So get there early so you can experience all that AQS and Grand Rapids has to offer.

 

 

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