Friday, October 16, 2009

AQS-Sanctioned Events in Des Moines

As you are making your plans to attend the AQS Quilt Expo in Des Moines, be sure to include these AQS-sanctioned events in your schedule. There will be a free shuttle from the Iowa Events Center to these locations. There are more quilts to see in each of these sanctioned event locations!


Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center
Go to the Des Moines Botanical Center for a fresh taste of fall and quilt displays. AQS members will enjoy FREE admission to the Center with their AQS badge. A FREE shuttle will run to and from the Iowa Events Center to transport you to and from the Botanical Center. There will be quilt displays in the North Wing Gallery, Scarecrow Display and refreshing Fall flower beds in the Dome. The Garden Gate Gift Shop will have Fall specials. The Riverwalk Cafe will be open each day of the show from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. for an outstanding lunch opportunity!


Historic East Village – Welcomes the American Quilters’ Society
Visit this historic area in Downtown Des Moines. Shops and galleries in the East Village feature quilt and fabric art exhibits. Visit these locations in the East Village:
From Our Hands, 400 East Locust, Ste 8, Whimsical and quirky fabric pictures by Iowa artist Meg Prange

Arte’ Gallery, 400 East Locust, Ste 3, The Water Series: Environmental Awareness Quilts by Omaha artist Jean B. Mills (Part of the proceeds of the sale of these quilts goes to water conservation projects)

Colores by Nita, Learning Quilts by Iowa artist Nita Allen

Sticks Gallery, 521 East Locust, Fabric Paintings by Michigan artist, Cris Roberts-Antieau, featuring appliqu├ęs of vintage fabrics and hand painted frames

Found Things, 520 East Grand Ave., Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibit

Pick up a map for the locations of all of the quilts on display throughout East Village. For more information, e-mail ann@from-our-hands.com. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free admission. Free shuttle bus from the Iowa Events Center.


Historic Valley Junction Quilt Walk and Quilter’s Open House, Valley Junction, West Des Moines

Historic Valley Junction will again be hosting quilters during the AQS Quilt Expo featuring new and antique traditional quilts; contemporary art quilts; vintage textiles; pieced art quilts from antique kimonos; fiber art; museum-quality antique textiles, and handcrafted, traditional textiles from 40 countries. The quilt stores carry fabric that ranges from 1930s-era reproductions to contemporary chic material.

Also, Valley Junction stores will showcase quilts in their stores for the Quilt Walk in this quaint area of West Des Moines. The award-winning Quilt Walk and special exhibitions will run from Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Attend the Quilter’s Open House on Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.; enjoy a pleasant evening of unique shopping, distinctive quilt exhibits, special events, complimentary refreshments, and delightful dining.
Free shuttle bus from the Iowa Events Center (ends at 5:00 p.m. each day, except during the Open House on Thursday when the bus ends at 8:00 p.m.)
For more information, e-mail Nicole Selser: nicole@walnutplaceretreat.com. Free admission.
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See you all at the show in Des Moines....where 1,001 quilts will be on display!

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