For four years the American Quilter’s Society has called Des Moines “home” for their four day event in the fall.
Thousands of quilters, artists, enthusiasts, family, friends, and Iowans will gather at the Iowa Events Center for this spectacular from September 28 – October 1. Each year the event tries to add something new and unique to keep the show exciting and to keep the quilters inspired so I thought I would fill you in as to what should be expected!
This year there are a quite a few unique aspects that will be on display. The first of many is the quilted Yurt. Now don’t be afraid if you did not know what a Yurt was at first glance of the word. Neither did I until I researched it further. A Yurt is a home-like tent structure that is typically used by Mongolic nomads in the steppers of Central Asia. It is a portable structure with thicker walls that are typically felt-covered.
You may be asking yourself what a Yurt has to do with quilting. Well, I’ll tell you. Linzi Upton is traveling all the way from Scotland and will be joining the AQS crew to showcase the Yurt that she has created out of numerous handmade quilts. The Yurt is about 8 ft in diameter and big enough to fit a few people inside. This large project took Upton many months to put together but I would say the end result is worth it, wouldn’t you?
Another international aspect to this year’s show is the Quilt Contest. This year Des Moines native Dr. Deb Kimball has had the honor of having the entire contest be themed around her first book “International Sunbonnet Sue.” Her book utilizes the traditional Sunbonnet Sue character that is well known in the quilting realm and turns her into a world traveler. Hundreds of quilters will be using Dr. Kimball’s patterns as inspiration to show off their talents in this year’s show. We are excited to see the hundreds of quilts that are ready to be judged!
A special exhibit of quilts by Sue Reich honoring World War II will also be returning to this year’s show. This collection beautifully honors all of America’s veterans. Accompanying this display will be some of the 180 quilts that have been produced by the Des Moines Quilters Guild and donated to the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines. The Des Moines Guild worked diligently over the past few months to make sure each veteran will receive their own handmade quilt. To make this exhibit even more special, AQS has invited veterans from the home to come to the show and enjoy this exhibit. We are honored to have them be a part of this event.
Other highlights to look forward to are:
- the gigantic merchant mall
- the wonderful workshops put on by teachers from around the world
- lectures from honorable quilters
- Iowa Sesquicentennial Quilt
P.S. I can’t tell you what it is yet but you will want to be at or around the steps to Hy-Vee Hall (off 3rd St.) at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 28. It’s going to be big, it’s going to be fun, and it’s definitely something you won’t want to miss.
We hope to see you there!