Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309


We know you’re excited…we are, too! You’ll find everything you need to know about AQS QuiltWeek® – Des Moines, Iowa right here. All of the details will be posted the moment they are available.
We can’t wait to see you at QuiltWeek in Des Moines, Sep 30 – Oct 3, 2015!

Click on the tabs below to see what Des Moines holds in-store for you….

  • About Des Moines

    Des Moines, Iowa


    Wander through the celebrated sculpture park, relax in a canoe on Gray’s Lake or explore the revitalized Historic East Village. Check out all Des Moines has to offer—from shopping to dining to sports and attractions. Our listings for visitors offer endless opportunities to make a memory in Des Moines.


    Learn more

    Click here to view a map for Des Moines QuiltWeek

  • Des Moines Addmission

    Order Tickets in advance and save!

    Buy tickets online at least 30 days before Des Moines QuiltWeek and save 10%.
    Click Here to see all pricing options

    open-single open-multi
  • Des Moines Directions

    Do you need directions to Des Moines Convention Center?

    Enter the location you are driving from in the box below and click “Get Directions” to receive personalized directions

The Merchant Mall is open all regular show hours.
Wednesday through Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 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
APQS - Longarm Quilting
Baby Lock
Baubles By Beverly
Becolourful Quilting
Bloc Loc
Block Party Studios,
Brother/Creative Sewing Centers
Calico Cupboard
Cheryl Ann's Design
Chris Moline/Jean S
Click it Hot
Color By
Crawford Designs "Sewing Made Simple"
Custom Quilts
Elaine's Attic
Expressions in
Fabric 2
Fabric Café
Fabric Fanaticsfabricfanatics,com
Fabrications by
Fennell Artworks
Finkel on the Road
Flynn Quilt Frame
Freedom Star
From my heart to your
Gammill - At the Heart of
Gruber's Quilt
Hancy / Full Line Stencil
Handi Quilter,
Hobbs / Quilted Memories,
Horn of America
Innova / Country Loft
Iowa Falls Sewing Machine Co.
IQ Handi
J & A
Karique Pure Unrefined Shea
KathyQuilts / Block
Legacy by Pellon
Little Quilt
Magnificent Quilting
Martelli Cutting
Nancy Clark
Nancy J's
OLFA/dba/Charlie's EZ Mat
One Wing
Overbrook Quilt
Pineapple Press
Platte Branch Design
Plays With Wool
PS Sparkle
Quilt House B&B & Quilt
Quilt in a
Quilters' Gift
Rachel's of
Rainbows & Calico Things Quilt
Red Button Quilt
Roll N Ruler / Steam Cleaner / Aloe
Seams To
Sew Very
Siesta Silver
Sticky Roller
Stitch N' Sew
Stitch On Needlework
Stitchin' Tree
Studio 180
Surgeon's Skin
TEXMAC / HAPPY Embroidery Machines
"the cottage rose" - Pattern
The Little Red
The Whole Country
The Woolen
Thimbles by TJ
TinLizzie18 / Park City Quilting
Tutto Luggage / Mascot Metropolitan,
WCM Quilters
Yellow Creek Quilt
  • Things to Do in Des Moines

    Special Exhibits

    dmaqg2015 Quilt Show: Building Friendships Through Quilting, Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show

    Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show is a “Show within a show”. DMAQG’s show includes approximately 400 member quilts, and around 100 quilts in their Silent Auction, several special exhibits including “Quilts Built with Friends” and a large display of quilts donated by members to a variety of local charities, including Habitat for Humanity. Visit for details


    Authors’ Showcase

    Artistry and craft are blended together in the Author Showcase Exhibit. Known for its dedication to creative content and vibrant publication, AQS provides a platform to view quilts, projects, and demonstrations. The displays feature the latest books from well-known authors. In addition to the popular how-to quilt books, quilt-fiction book series are offered that present rich characters in compelling stories. Find your own blend at the Authors’ Showcase Exhibit.

    living-colorLiving Colour

    Living Colour! includes 32 vibrant works celebrating life across the spectrum, the result of the Living Colour! challenge exhibition curated by Australian fiber artist Brenda Gael Smith. Entrants were inspired by the pulsing life and color of the world! The selections showcase the diversity and richness of textiles in both abstract and representational form. The exhibition is presented in broad rainbow sequence and features a narrative embracing flora and fauna, marine life, colorful communities, powerful life forces, and creation stories.

    nine-patchNew Quilts from an Old Favorite – Nine Patch

    Each year The National Quilt Museum sponsors the New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest, challenging quiltmakers to create an innovative quilt based on a specific traditional pattern.

    This year, quiltmakers were challenged to create original quilts based on the classic Nine Patch block pattern. They responded with a myriad of stunning interpretations! New Quilts from an Old Favorite – Nine Patch is an exhibit of the 18 finalist and winning quilts. These are not your grandmother’s Nine Patch quilts!


    Red, White & Quilted

    Red and white quilts have a passionate, romantic history that repeats through generations of quilt owners and makers. The Red, White & Quilted exhibit includes six antique quilts and numerous newly constructed red-and-white beauties quilted by some of today’s finest quilters. Enjoy the beauty of these perennial favorites!

    SAQASAQA™ Wide Horizons IV

    Works by quilt artists from Europe and the Middle East appear in the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Wide Horizons IV exhibit. This biennial showcase exhibition of small quilts debuted at the European Patchwork Meeting (Carrefour du Patchwork). SAQA member participants were encouraged to think beyond landscapes—the theme Wide Horizons was wide open! This exhibit appears in the United States only at AQS QuiltWeek events in 2015.

    egyptianStitch Like an Egyptian

    For thousands of years, complex canvas appliqué art decorated the interiors of tents and homes in the Middle East. The tradition continues, carried on by only a few Egyptian artists in their homeland. AQS is the exclusive United States distributor for the exhibition and sales of artwork by the Tentmakers of Cairo.

    The patterns in these pieces are based on geometry, sacred texts, and ancient artwork. You will be amazed at this art form’s beauty, intricacy, and relevance to today’s quilts.

    Every piece of appliqué art in the Stitch Like an Egyptian exhibit is for sale, and each one is hand signed by the maker. With prices ranging from $150 to $2,000, it is affordable art that you can own. Make one yours!

    wickedThe WICKED™ Cherrywood Challenge

    AQS is pleased to present the entire traveling exhibit of the WICKED™ Cherrywood Challenge quilts. Artists from all over the United States were inspired by luscious Cherrywood hand-dyed fabric in “Wicked Greens” and black to make a 20″ square quilt using the theme “Wicked.” Most of the imaginative designs were influenced by the Broadway hit musical WICKED™.


    Attractions Around Grand Rapids

    Experience Grand Rapids
    Millennium Park
    Grand Rapids Public Museum
    Visitor’s Guide
    Pure Michigan
    West Michigan Tourist Association
    Downtown Walking Tour
    Gerald R. Ford Museum

    Attractions in Des Moines

    Catch Des Moines – Visitor Information
    Des Moines Art Center
    Jester Park
    Hoyt Sherman Historic Theater
    Des Moines Botanical and Environmental Center

    Learn More

General Info