Monday, September 28, 2009

Book Your Rooms in Des Moines

This is a reminder that you need to book your hotel rooms for the AQS Quilt Expo - Des Moines now to get the AQS-negotiated rates. After that date the rooms will be released to the public at the higher regular rates.

There are still some rooms available in the hotels downtown that are connected to the Iowa Events Center by skywalk (air conditioned and heated, as needed). The hotels listed in the top group on the hotel list are the closest hotels to the Iowa Events Center.

Here is the link to lodging on the AQS Web site:

Contact the hotel using the telephone number listed, and be sure to tell them you are attending the AQS Quilt Expo.

Book your rooms today. Come see more than 1,000 quilts on display in Des Moines!

See you there.

Bonnie Browning

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Great Instructors - Great All-Star Review in Des Moines

Don't miss one of the most fun events at the AQS Quilt Expo in Des Moines - the All-Star demonstrations by the instructors. It will be held on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. in Meeting Rooms 7 & 8.

Here are the demonstrations you will see:

Prairie Point Plates by Klaudeen Hansen

Create Your Own Machine Freehand Allover Patterns by Nan Moore

Getting Started with Crazy Patchwork by Alice Wilhoit

Spiral Neck Pocket by RaNae Merrill

Making Perfect Circles, Points, and Stems by Karen Kay Buckley

Flying Geese Borders by Marti Michell

Invisible Appliqué: The Versatile Ladder Stitch by Ami Simms

Drafting New York Beauty by Renae Haddadin

Twirly Whirly Feathers by Kim Brunner

Failsafe Way to End Your Binding, Perfectly, Every Time by Marsha Radtke

Sign up now to learn ten new techniques. You will receive a handout with instructions from each of the teachers.

All-Star Review, Saturday, October 31, 2009, 1 p.m. in Meeting Rooms 7 & 8, $15 fee.

Call Laura Davis at 270-898-7903 to register for the All-Star Review.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Special Events - Come have fun with these Celebrities

Don't miss any of the special events at the AQS Quilt Expo in Des Moines, October 28 - 31. Whether you want to see the latest in handbags by Christopher Nejman, have fun with the Queen of strip quilting - Eleanor Burns, see some great techniques for denim by the Denim Divas - Laurie Malm and Cheri Meineke-Johnson, find out how to live with your quilts from Ami Simms, or hear the latest in adding (or not) borders to your quilts from Karen Kay Buckley - there is something for you.

Christpher Nejman Celebrity Bags: A Fashion Show
Wednesday, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Eleanor Burns
Thursday, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

The Denim Divas Fashion Show with Laurie Malm and Cheri Meineke-Johnson.
Thursday, 3 - 4 p.m.

Living with Quilts: A Survival Guide - Ami Simms
Friday, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Brunch with Karen Kay Buckley: To Border or Not to Border - That Is the Question
Saturday, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

To register, call Laura Davis at 270-898-7903, or go online to:
Come have some fun at the quilt show in Des Moines!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Next AQS Quilt Expo is in Des Moines, Iowa

Have you made your plans to attend the AQS Quilt Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, October 28 - 31, 2009? You won't want to miss seeing more than 1,000 quilts on display, along with nearly 400 vendor booths in the Merchant Mall. The Iowa Events Center will be a quilter's playground - full of inspiration, every imaginable product for making quilts, and quilters from all across the country and beyond.

Des Moines skyline

The quilt show will be located in Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, in downtown Des Moines. All of the quilts and the Merchant Mall are in this one large hall.

You can still register for workshops, lectures, and special events for the Des Moines show. Call Laura Davis at 270-898-7903 to register by phone, or log on to to register online.
Name badges will be mailed for all registrations received by September 16. Name badges for registration received between September 17 and October 7 will be held for pickup at the show.
Advance registration closes at 3 p.m. on October 7. You will need to check at the show for availability if you do not register by October 7.
1,000 quilts on display * 400 vendor booths
* special events with Christopher Nejman,
Laurie Malm & Cheri Meineke-Johnson,
Eleanor Burns, Ami Simms, and Karen Kay Buckley

Friday, September 4, 2009

AQS Finalizes Plans for Paducah Quilt Show!

We promised we would let you all know more about the Paducah Quilt Show as soon as we had it. Below is the press release that was just sent to the media.

Now is the time to finalize your plans to come to the show April 21 - 24, 2010.

Press Release

American Quilter’s Society
Finalizes Plans for Paducah Quilt Show

Contact: Bonnie Browning, 270-898-7903, ext. 146

Paducah, Kentucky – September 4, 2009: The American Quilter’s Society announced today that contracts have been finalized with hotels and convention facilities for the 26th Annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, to be held April 21 – 24, 2010. The Executive Inn attached to the convention center is now closed and will not be available during the April show.

The quilt show will be held at the Paducah Expo Center, the Julian Carroll Convention Center, and the new AQS Pavilion which will be located in the parking lot of the convention facilities. Quilt show admission will give access to viewing quilts and shopping the merchant malls in all three locations. Additional vendors and the AQS “Hurt” Book Sale will be held at the AQS Vendors on Kentucky in the Finkel Building (200 Kentucky Avenue in downtown Paducah). Special events will be held in the Carson Four Rivers Center (100 Kentucky Avenue).

The 2010 AQS Quilt Contest will award $125,000 in cash awards to quilters. Contest rules are available on the AQS Web site, The registration guide will be available in early November. To order a printed registration guide, send $2.00 for each guide to: AQS, Attn: (name of show) Registration Guide, PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290.

For lodging, please contact the Paducah Visitors Bureau at, or 1-800-PADUCAH. The AQS Home Bed & Breakfast program will be coordinated by the Visitors Bureau, starting February 1, 2010.

Tour groups can contact Marcelle Cashon or Laura Davis for information on admission and ticket sales for the AQS Quilt Show & Contest by calling 270-898-7903.

In addition to the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, AQS will produce three other international quilt shows in 2010: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 24 – 27; Knoxville, Tennessee, July 14 – 17; and Des Moines, Iowa, October 6 – 9.

The AQS quilting community grows again! Quilters can now become fans of AQS on Facebook, and follow AQS on Twitter. Quilting information is also always available on the AQS Web site and the AQS Blogs (AQS Quilt News, AQS Publishing, and American Quilter Magazine).