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32.5 A Few Pictures from the AQS show in Des Moines 2013

October 27, 2013

I have  been slightly hesitant to post pictures of AQS show quilts, as I generally do not take the time/energy/camera battery life to gain the necessary knowledge to be able to post pictures of the quilts.  To my awareness, a point brought out by some discussion before the early October show, in order to post pictures at an AQS show, one needs to have the name of the quilt/creator to be able to post pictures publicly. This limits my pictures and makes me put off posting from the show.

First, if I post your quilt and you are the quilter involved & you do not want your picture posted, please kindly let me know. I tried my best to see the names through blowing up some of my pictures, and some names I am successful at reading more than others.

Some info about the AQS show from someone NOT ‘in the know’ about it.

It is held the first week in October in Des Moines, IA and I think it is the last of the officially sponsored AQS shows of the calendar year.

First, I want to say that the Machine Quilter’s Showcase that used to be held in Kansas City is a really good precursor/analog to what one sees at a AQS quilt show.  Vendors, quilts, special challenges/ groups. The Des Moines AQS show was bigger, but  very close to what one used to see here.

Des Moines itself is a fun place for a show, near the show are a few rivers, and a fun walking bridge.

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Back to the show. There were several categories of special exhibits at the show. I may be forgetting one or two, but I remember seeing quilts in the following categories. Sort explanation of the types of quilts found based on the best of my knowledge.

  • Quilted in Honor – quilts for service men & women. These were fantastic, and not all red/white & blue, and many had so much meaning wrapped into the quilt
  • Masterpieces – quilts that were exquisitely done, works of art on fabric
  • Claudia Pfeil – Fire & Ice exhibit – her quilts are amazing with tons of colors & quilting
  • Modern Quilt Challenge – quilts that were a part of the modern quilt atheistic
  • Tentmakers of Cairo – hand applique quilts with many colors & pieces
  • The Go quilt Challenge – quilts that were made using pieces from the Acuquilt Go cutter
  • Des Moines quilt guild quilts – local quilts, also had a subgroup of quilts that showed quilts over the generations
  • The Cow Parade – quilts using Mary Lou Weidman’s cow quilt book: “Out of the Box with Easy Blocks” that had cows in hilarious situations – a RIOT
  • Colorplay – 12 small quilts made by 12 artists that highlighted a specific color or group of colors. These were so much fun to see.
  • Applique Artistry – can’t remember details about this exhibit. Maybe these were some of the quilts for sale

The main show had 3 different sections to my knowledge.

  1. The general show
  2. The author’s section where sometimes authors did demonstrations of things from their book & stuff
  3. The quilt museum (this was a strict no picture area) where they had the miniature quilts display and when they say miniature, they mean miniature!!! Blocks the width of my finger with massive amounts of detail.

Plus a healthy section of vendors, area for classrooms etc.

A quilt or two from each section? I’ll see if I can do that.

Quilted in Honor.

This quilt: Patriotic Stars II by Sarah Vedeler of AZ

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Masterpieces

This quilt: Piece & Quiet by Cynthia England of TX

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This quilt: Kentucky Dogwood by Natalie Sewell of WI

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Claudia Pfeil

This quilt: Fire & Ice (I think) I have seen this before – from Germany

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Modern quilt

This quilt: I C U – Do You C Me? by Birgit Schuelier – from Germany

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Acu-Quilt Go quilt (modern style)

This quilt: Playing with Color by Sandi Snow of FL

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This quilt (2): Cherry Blossoms by Sally Manke (Manike?) of MI

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Applique Artistry

This quilt: Arabasque by Patricia B Campbell

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Color Play

Orange quilt set – by 12 different artists – cannot read details very well but including the description as a second picture below.

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Cow Stampede (Cow Parade)

This quilt: Captain a-MOO-rica by Julie Post

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This quilt: Moo-dy Blues by Laurie Latta (sp?)

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Tentmakers of Cairo / Stitch like an Egyptian

This quilt: Dendon

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We saw Mary Lou Weidman’s talk about creativity

This quilt – the House that Jack Built

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The Main Show (other room)

This quilt: Shoreline Log Cabin by Karen Barr (one of my aunt’s favorite quilts). Most of the pieces are close to 1X1 inch, but looking closer, there are probably some 1X2 inch pieces in here.

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This quilt: Mickey & Friends by Jim Gropper (posting for my one very dear friend who loves mickey & minnie so much there was a M&M theme at her wedding).

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Author quilts:

This quilt: Through the Moongate by Karen Fisher from the book “Easy Grid Quilts”

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And at some point after this my camera died before getting a good picture of the grandprize winners.

So I hope you enjoy the pictures. Even a month late, it’s never too late to enjoy good quilting!

I have more to share about my trip to Des Moines, and I will try to get them into separate posts. Local quilt shops local to Des Moines & bridges to come.  Also a very special Vetrans quilt.

4 comments

  1. I love looking at quilts, thanks for sharing!


    • Wish I could have shared more. Quilt shows are wonderful for many types of inspiration. Things to sink in under the surface to think about later! Glad you liked it.


  2. I think my favorite quilts were the 12 art quilts done in different colorways by different artists.
    Great pictures.


  3. Impressive show. Thanks for sharing. Tami



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