Thursday, October 20, 2011

Des Moines AQS Quilt Show

Almost three weeks ago I went to the Des Moines AQS Quilt Show with my friend Julie - yes, I had someone to go with!  :)  We had a good time and saw lots of great quilts and fabric.  I thought I would finally share some with you.

 I really liked the vibrant colors and black background of this quilt.

 I loved this scrappy hexagon quilt with the black "sashing."

Almost better than the quilt was the name of the quilt, "Why Do People Think I'm Crazy?"  Who in their right mind would think she was crazy for piecing together thousands of tiny hexagons?  :)

 I loved the colors and all the different blocks in this quilt.  The funny thing was that just a few quilts down was the same quilt done in a different colorway.

 I love simple red and white applique.  Something like this is on my quilt life list.

 Julie pointed out the cool scalloped border made by the bat wings in this quilt, and as I stopped to take a closer look...

 I noticed that it was made by Becky Larson from Huxley, IA!  My little town of 3,000 had a quilt in the ASQ section of the show!  I have no idea who she is, but I thought it was pretty cool.

 This is a closeup of a Hawaiian style applique quilt.  At first I thought that the shiny red buds were made from fabric, but they are made up of very close lines of stitching with metallic thread.

 Love these applique poppies!

 After checking out the quilts and vendors in the main show area, we went into the arena where the local Des Moines Area Quilt Guild was having their show.

 I thought this idea of using bandannas for a quilt was brilliant - although I think I would chose ones not so Americana.

A postage stamp quilt.   This is also on my list of things to make.

 I really liked the simplicity of this green and blue quilt.

 Loved the simple tiny blocks in multiple frames in this small quilt.

There was a section of the show with various WWII quilts.  This was one had appliqued badges from Navy uniforms on the front.  The woman who made it would trade the sailors a pack of cigarettes for a badge.  ?!?

When I looked closer, I could see that the badges had many different symbols on them - different Navy duties/jobs?  Pretty cool.

I had a good time, although I am pretty sure that the show has gotten smaller over the last three years.  I was hoping to find some specific vendors I had seen the previous two years and they weren't there.  Humm...  I mentioned to another quiltly friend that I was disappointed that I hadn't been able to find some of the fabric I had been hoping to see and she said, "You go to a quilt show to see vendors?"  Umm...yeah?  In case you were wondering, I totally scored some out of print American Jane prints and a Fairy Tale Friends charm pack.  :)

I am already trying to figure out a way to go to the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati in April or Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City (only a 3 hour drive!) in May.  I don't qualify as a vendor or a buyer, but maybe I could help at someone's booth?  A girl can dream, right?


  1. Having served in the U.S. Navy, I can tell you these are Petty Officer rank badges from their uniforms. The different designs are the different job ratings in the Navy. Many may no longer exist as they have changed over the years. Under the design are what look like a V two Vs or 3Vs. 3Vs is definately better than 1V. Higher rank and more money.

  2. I love that Navy one! It makes me want to do something with my stuff from my Army days!!

    And my favorite is that Halloween quilt. Unbelievable detail! But they are all wonderful and inspiring!

  3. I to was in the Navy. That quilt is really cool. Just love it. I live in Iowa to,west side of Iowa, but wasn't able to make it to the show. Wish I could have.

    Cincinnati or Kanss City would be great place to go to for me too. :D

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. All beautiful quilts... but what??! You live in Huxley?? That's my maiden name. My Nan still lives near the village called Huxley in Cheshire, UK. Crazy?!

  5. Thanks for taking me along to the quilt show. I love that Halloween Baltimore! How cute is that?! The International in Houston is only weeks away, Can't wait!

  6. Glad you were able to make it to the show! Looks like they had some great quilts on display. I love the title of that hexie quilt. :-)