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When you think of Des Moines, Iowa, do you think about the growing number of impressive restaurants, the arts scene worthy of a larger city, or upscale shopping destinations? You’ll find them all in Des Moines! When you attend AQS QuiltWeek in Des Moines, you’ll add the excitement of viewing a seemingly endless number of quilts to your list of enticing reasons to visit the city.

You’ll see hundreds of AQS contest quilts and over 350 special exhibit quilts. This is a perfect opportunity to learn new techniques in workshops with world-class quilting instructors. Get to know them on a first-name basis while you perfect your craft. Don’t miss the latest in fabrics and quilting tools displayed in row after row of vendor booths alongside hands-on demonstrations of top quiltmaking equipment!

Once again, AQS is pleased to share the Iowa Events Center space with the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Annual Show. This year, their theme is Quilted Gardens. So get ready to explore and enjoy a thousand quilts at AQS QuiltWeek. See you there!

Over 12,000 quilt loving attendees
Over 200 vendors for all your quilting needs
$54,000 prize money to the lucky winners
150+ quilts competing in 7 categories

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gardner-walkingSAQA: People & Portraits

Celebrates the expressiveness of the human face. This exhibit focuses on a variety of both emotional states and the ways in which people interact: contemplation, joy, community, work and play. Based on the companion book, Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits, the exhibition shows two works by each of the book’s 20 Featured Artists.

authorsAQS Authors’ Showcase

Artistry and craft are blended together in the AQS Authors’ Showcase. AQS provides a platform to view quilts, projects, and demonstrations. The displays features the latest books form well-known authors. You will find interactive opportunities as AQS authors demonstrate their techniques.

patrioticPresidential & Patriotic Collection of Sue Reich

Throughout our country’s history, quiltmakers have honored America’s presidents in their quiltmaking. These presidential quilts and patriotic quilts have been made by American quilters. From the presidencies of George Washington through Barack Obama, the quilts help us enjoy American history, and reflect on how quilt history has chosen to remember the U.S. presidents and other patriotic events.

paintersWorld Painters Challenge

In 1995, a group of twelve patchwork lovers in various regions of Japan formed the Nihon Heritage Quilters Guild. This group participates in an annual quilt challenge, and every few years, the challenge is extended to include other nations. The World Painters Challenge began in 2013. A list of 30 world-famous painters was chosen, and that list was given to a group of quilters from Japan, France, and the U.S. One painter was assigned to each of 30 quilters in each nation, and each quilter was challenged to design and execute a piece of fiber art either representing a work of their painter or making a design of their choice in the style of that painter. This exhibit is designed to compare the techniques and styles between the nations in representing the work of each famous painter. This exhibit will be touring the AQS QuiltWeek events in 2016. Linda Steller and her sister, Ginny Steller, became the US coordinators of the World Painters challenge in 2013.

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The quilts debuted at the Yokohama International Quilt Festival in November of 2013, where they won the prize for best group quilts. They then traveled on to Tokyo International Quilt Festival, and then spent 2014 and early 2015 touring France. They returned to the USA in late 2015.

Izumi Takamori, the woman who organizes most of these challenges, is the owner of The Pin Cushion, a fabric and craft shop in Tokyo, Japan. In 1993 Sue Cutsogeorge, a quilter from Eugene, Oregon, traveled to Japan on a Quilters’ Express tour. One of the activities was to have a homestay night with a Japanese quilter. Sue was paired with Izumi, due to their mutual love of cats. The two women have been friends ever since. In 2003, Izumi contacted Sue to have US quilters participate in the first of a series of exchanges among nations. That challenge was based on letters of the alphabet and included quilts by 26 quilters from Japan, France, and the US. Since that time, we’ve had several other challenges:

-World Currency in 2005 (US, New Zealand, Japan)
-World Festivals in 2008 (US, France, Japan)
-World Painters in 2013 (US, France, Japan)

A new challenge, based on World Fairy Tales (US, France, Japan) has just left the country to debut in Japan this fall. Sadly, the Yokohama International Quilt Festival has been cancelled this year, but there will be several other showings there.

Linda Steller and her sister, Ginny, became the US coordinators of the World Painters challenge in 2013, when Sue Cutsogeorge assumed a new job and was unable to coordinate that challenge. Sue has resumed the helm of these challenges with the 2015 Fairy Tale challenge.


Julie Sefton’s passion for barns and her love of being involved in the entire process of a quilt from beginning to end inspired her to do a quilt based version of See Rock City and write a book about the process she used to make the quilt. From this book the Secret Society of Barn Builders was created and is an international group of quilters who tested the process by creating their own original free pieced barns. Their unique quilts are featured in this exhibit.

danceNew Quilts from an Old Favorite: New York Beauty from the National Quilt Museum

Nearly everyone remembers sleeping under a quilt made by their mother or grandmother, and many of those quilts were made from time-honored traditional quilt designs. Today’s quiltmakers were challenged by the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky to create original quilts based on the classic New York Beauty block pattern.

The Museum is delighted to present “New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2016: New York Beauty,” an exhibit of the 18 finalist and winning quilts by quiltmakers who responded to this challenge. These are not your grandmother’s quilts! Quilters modified New York Beauty block designs in imaginative ways, providing a wonderful look at the skills, techniques and creativity of today’s quiltmakers. Support for the contest is provided by MODA Fabrics and Janome America, Incorporated.

worldThe Art Of Quilting by Judy Woodworth

Explore the composition and the elements of art: line, texture, value, shape, and color in the quilts made by Judy Woodworth. Judy incorporates traditional designs like the Mariner’s Compass, uses photographs for her quilts, and makes them sing with original quilting designs. Her husband, Woody Woodworth, has painted some of the designs for Judy to add her beautiful quilting. Judy Woodworth is an award-winning quiltmaker, quilting instructor, and the author of two books: Freemotion Quilting: Make Your Own Quilting Designs & Patterns and The Art of Quilting: Machine Techniques & Designs, published by the American Quilter’s Society.

grape-arborJacobean Appliqué: Patricia Campbell Quilts from the Collection of the National Quilt Museum

Patricia B. Campbell was a quilt artist, well known for her non-traditional style of patterns and use of bold colors. She adapted theorem paintings of baskets filled with fruits and flowers into her appliquéd quilts. Pat was drawn to the fantasy botanicals of the Jacobean style crewel embroidery designs, and adapted those graceful curves and stylized leaves to appliqué designs that won her many awards with her quilts. After her death, her quilts became part of the collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah.

bergerCherrywood Challenge 2016: The Lion King

Cherrywood Fabrics in conjunction with The Disney Theater Group challenged quiltmakers to be inspired by the stunning artistry, vibrant colors, and exhilarating choreography of Broadway’s Award-Winning Best Musical, THE LION KING.

The Challenge: The quilts must measure 20” x 20” and must be made from Cherrywood Fabric (white of another brand can be used since Cherrywood does not have white fabric). At least 60% of the quilt must be comprised of the four challenge colors of Cherrywood Fabric; other Cherrywood fabrics may be added. Any technique may be used as long as it maintains the character of a textile quilt; embellishments such as beads and ribbon may be added – no glitter.

One hundred twenty (120) quilts from this Challenge will debut at AQS QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids 2016, and will be displayed at AQS QuiltWeek events for one year. Select quilts will be displayed at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of The LION KING!

2016 Ouilt Show: Our Quilted Gardens, Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Annual Show

Our quilt show is a “Show within a Show” — Held in conjunction with American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek. Our Quilted Gardens show includes approximately 400 member quilts, and around 100 quilts in our Silent Auction, a raffle quilt, several special exhibits including Treasured Quilts (a tribute to designer Ruby Short McKim), a “Quilted Gardens” guild challenge and a large display of quilts donated by members to a variety of local charities.

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The Merchant Mall is open all regular show hours.
Wednesday through Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
For more information on becoming a vendor, click on the Vendor Information link at the bottom of this page.

Booth NameWebsite
A Charming Affair
A P L I Q U I C K ®
A1 Quilting
All About Color (formerly The Sampler)
Atelier d'
Baby Lock
Becolourful Quilting
BJ Designs and
Block Party Studios,
Charlie's EZ Mat Cutters/
Cheryl Ann's Design
Chris Moline/Jean S
Cindy Lou's Quilt Shop
Click It Hot
Country Creations
Cut it Out! Quilting
Deb Tucker's Studio 180
Fabric Café
Fennell Artworks
Finkel's on the Road
Flynn Quilt Frame
Freedom Star
From my heart to your
Gammill - At the Heart of
Granny's Legacy
Gruber's Quilt
Hancy / Full Line Stencil
Handi Quilter,
Hobbs Bonded Fibers / Quilted Memories,
Horn of America
Innova/Country Loft Quilt &
J & A
Joy's Fabrics &
Juki America / First Sewing
KathyQuilts / Block
Kits by
LnJ Studio
Magnificent Quilting
Missouri Star Quilt
Nancy J's
Off The Wall
One Wing
Orchard's Edge Quilt
Overbrook Quilt
Parabelle DBA Paisley &
PS Sparkle
Quilt for Charity
QuiltCut Fabric Cutting
Quiltmakers Workshop
Rachel's of
Rainbows & Calico Things Quilt
Rocking Chair
Saw Dust
Seams to
Sew N Soles
Sew Very
Sticky Roller
Stitch N' Sew
Stitch On Needlework
Stitchin' Tree
Sweetwater Cotton
TEXMAC / HAPPY Embroidery
"the cottage rose" - Pattern
The Little Red
The Maasai
The Meandering
The Whole Country
The Woolen
Thimbles by TJ Lane,
Tutto Luggage / Mascot Metropolitan,
Whoopsa Daisy
WonderFil Specialty
Yellow Creek Quilt

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