Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Wow, do you know that AQS will have more than 900 quilts on exhibit at the AQS Quilt Expo in Des Moines? We'll have the AQS Contest quilts - where more than $42,000 in cash will be awarded, and a variety of special quilt exhibits.
The Des Moines Area Quilters Guild will display quilts in their annual show - it's the 25th anniversary of the guild.
When have you seen an exhibit of Judy Martin's quilts? We'll have 25 of them at the Expo. She'll also be giving a lecture on Wednesday evening.
And prizewinning quilter Sandra McMillan, Albion, Nebraska, will exhibit 24 of her beautiful quilts.
Nancy Kirk, Kirk Collection, Omaha, Nebraska, is sharing some of her patriotic quilts and costumes.
And if you have never met MaryJane Butters of Moscow, Idaho, you're in for a treat. You will be able to view her collection of 40 Aprons at the show. MaryJane will be teaching and sharing some of her experiences in developing your own business. One of her classes is making rugs.
Come have some fun at the AQS Quilt Expo -- you'll be in hog.....er...quilt heaven.
And don't forget that Friday is Dressed Up Denim Day - wear your jazzed up denims that are so popular today. If you don't have any jazzed up denims yet, the Dressed Up Denim Lab is located at booth 403/502 on the show floor. Bring a denim garment with you to the show.
You can see how crystals are put on in Cheri's Crystals booth, or how to use Paintstiks in Laura Murray's booth, or how to use Designer Bindings in the Lollipops booth nearby - purchase your supplies and work away on dressing up your own denims. We'll have some practice pieces so you can try it out first if you want.
If you are into hockey, then you'll want to go to the opening game of the season of the Iowa Chops Hockey team. It's on Friday night. Scroll down in this blog for information on ordering tickets. Get your own cow bell to cheer on the Iowa Chops!
See you all at the show - October 8 - 11 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, Iowa!
The AQS Quilt Show Staff:
Bonnie, Terry, Cindy, Sharon, Marcelle, Mary Beth, and Tracey
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
As soon as we know more, we will post it on our Web site, http://www.americanquilter.com/, and here on our Blog.
Executive Show Director
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Don't miss out on the American Quilter’s Society
Night Out with the CHOPS!!!
OPENING NIGHT October 10, 2008 in Des Moines.
Ticket Prices for Quilters:
Center Ice seats $16.00
Endzone seats $9.00
Free Chops Cow Bell for each group ticket purchased!
1) Click on the link below and enter the offer code 1010QUILT, click on the “BUY” logo on the right, and then enter your desired quantity. Do not clicks on best available or you will not be given the discount!
2) CONTACT YOUR TICKET REP JARED YOUNGMAN AT 515-564-8043 and order your tickets over the phone.
TICKETS BASED ON AVAILABILITY – ORDER FEES MAY APPLY. THE IOWA EVENTS CENTER WILL NOT REIMBURSE PATRONS THE DIFFERENCE IN TICKET PRICES FOR PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED TICKETS OR TICKETS ORDERED INCORRECTLY THROUGH THE GROUP SALES WEBSITE! THIS OFFER CANNOT BE USED AT ANY DAHL’S FOODS OUTLET
ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BY 5:00 PM ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9TH
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Did you know the Iowa State Capitol’s impressive 275-foot golden dome is the largest of any state capitol in the nation, and is flanked by four smaller domes? The largest dome is covered with 23-karat gold sheets, equaling 100 ounces of gold. These sheets are so thin that 250,000 of them piled together would measure about one inch high. The Capitol building, dedicated in 1884 and completed in 1886 at a cost of some $2.8 million, is built of limestone, granite, sandstone and brick. In addition to serving as the seat of Iowa government, the Capitol is a showcase for artwork, woodcarving, artifacts and decorative wall and ceiling painting. Today, the Iowa State Capitol has just finished an extensive interior and exterior restoration. Add a visit to the Capitol to your visit to Des Moines.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Laurie Malm, Lollipops Designer Bindings, shows off her denim vest decorated with fancy binding strips.
Her booth will be next to the Dressed Up Denim Lab at the Des Moines show. Stop at her booth and learn all of the tricks in applying binding to your Dressed Up Denims.
Don't mis the Brunch & Dressed Up Denim Fashion Show with Laurie Malm - Friday at 9:00 a.m. at the AQS Quilt Expo in Des Moines.
At this year's AQS Quilt Expo, you can dress up your own denim. Just bring a denim shirt, jacket, jeans, or other garments with you and we'll have a space set up at the show, the Dressed Up Denims Lab, for you to do just that. Some of our vendors with products that you might need will be located nearby. These include Cheri's Crystals, with crystals that are heat set to adhere to the garment; Lollipops Designer Bindings, with binding that can be stitched in a variety of designs; Igolochkoy (Gail Bird), with materials for needlepunching designs, and Laura Murray Designs, with some great fabrics for applique and Paintstiks.
Here's how it works. You can watch demos in their booths to learn the techniques, purchase any supplies you might need, and go to the tables in the Dressed Up Denim Lab to work on your shirt, jacket, or jeans. We'll have some shirts for you to try it on before you begin working on your own jacket.
What fun! You can learn techniques from some of the best and they'll be close by if you have any questions...and you'll end up with your own couture style denims.
Then, be sure to sign up for the Brunch with Laurie Malm on Friday at 9:00 a.m., where we'll have a fashion show of Dressed Up Denims...and you can show off yours too.
Everyone should wear your Dressed Up Denims on Friday at the show.