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American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290
Paducah, KY 42002-3290

Toll-free (for orders only, please):
Phone: 270-898-7903
Fax: 270-898-1173

Physical Street Address for UPS/FedEx Shipments Only:
5801 Kentucky Dam Road Paducah, KY 42003-9323

Quilting Community AQS News

AQS Opens First Quilt Show in Des Moines

Iowa Events Center October 8 - 11, 2008

by Bonnie Browning

PADUCAH, Ky., September 18, 2008:  The American Quilter’s Society (AQS) will open its first AQS Quilt Expo, October 8 – 11, 2008, at the Iowa Events Center, where 800 quilts will be on exhibit.

Known around the world for its premier quilting events, the AQS Quilt Expo will feature outstanding quilts, workshops, and lectures in the AQS School of Quiltmaking presented by 35 instructors from 22 states, and 300 vendor booths in the Merchant Mall.

Quilts from 38 states and 13 countries were juried for the quilt contest. More than $42,000 will be awarded to the winners, with a $10,000 cash award for the Best of Show quilt. Other major awards include $5,000 for the Best Hand Workmanship Award, $5,000 for Best Machine Workmanship Award, $3,000 for Best Longarm Workmanship, and $3,000 for the Best Wall Quilt Award. Judges Klaudeen Hansen, Elizabeth Spannring, and Cindy Walter will conduct the final judging of the quilts on Tuesday, just prior to the opening of the show. The awards will be presented at 2:00 p.m., October 8, in the Gaskell Room at the Iowa Events Center. The a capella quartet Focus! will perform following the presentation.

“Quilters from around the world will be attending this AQS Quilt Expo in Des Moines,” said Meredith Schroeder, president of American Quilter’s Society. “We are excited to bring this large quilting event to mid-America, and invite the residents of Des Moines, Iowa, and the surrounding states to join us at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines. Some of the best quilts being made today, using a variety of quiltmaking techniques, will be on display.”

This is a consumer event, open to the public. Hours are Wednesday, October 8 – Friday, October 10, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 11, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $11.00 per person; children under 12, $5.00, and under 5 are free with accompanying adult.

AQS Quilt Expo – Fact Sheet

AQS Quilt Expo – Des Moines
October 8 – 11, 2008
Iowa Events Center

Wednesday, October 8 – Friday, October 10, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 11, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

$9.00 for AQS members, and $11.00 for non-members
Children under 12, $5.00, under 5 are free with adult

Quilt Exhibits:
Contest Quilts in five categories: Bed Quilts, Traditional; Bed Quilts, Innovative; Wall Quilts, Traditional; Wall Quilts, Innovative; and Fabric Art are displayed in Hy-Vee Hall.

Quilts were entered by contestants from 38 states and 13 countries.
Forty-four quilts in the contest are made by Iowa quilters.

Special quilt exhibits include:
• Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show
• New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Sawtooth, semifinalists in the 2008 contest by The National Quilt Museum
• MaryJane Butters 40 Aprons Exhibit
• Hooray for the Red, White & Blue, quilts and costumes from the Kirk Collection
• A Thread Runs Through It: Themes from Judy Martin’s Quilt Making
• Quilts: Variety Is the Spice of Life, quilts by Sandra McMillan

Merchant Mall:
A 300-booth Merchant Mall is located in Hy-Vee Hall. Vendors will have the latest in quiltmaking supplies, antique and new quilts, and quilt-related gifts. Admission to the Merchant Mall is free with show admission.

AQS School of Quiltmaking:
More than 120 workshops and lectures will be conducted by 35 instructors from 22 states. Check at the AQS Workshop Desk inside Hy-Vee Hall for class openings and special events tickets.

Quilt Appraisals:
Certified quilt appraisers will be available to appraise quilts on Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Room A in the Iowa Events Center. Cost is $45 per quilt. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, go to online, or call 270-898-7803.

Press badges are available at the show in the AQS Media Room, located in the hallway across from the main entrance to the Quilt Expo in Hy-Vee Hall.
About AQS
In April of 1985, the American Quilter’s Society held its first quilt show and contest in Paducah, Kentucky. Eight hundred people were expected. Five thousand people showed up. Bill and Meredith Schroeder opened their own wallets underwriting the first-ever cash prizes, offering $10,000 for the Best of Show award. This was the beginning of one of the premier quilting events in the world.

Today 37,000 attendees converge on the four-day show in Paducah. Each year’s show brings more than $20 million in economic impact to the area. Quilters and quilts are everywhere – even the gas stations hang quilts. Expanding on that success, the society now holds a summer AQS Quilt Expo in Tennessee, drawing over 25,000 attendees. AQS has awarded $2.5 million in cash prizes to quilters. In 2008, a third event, the AQS Quilt Expo – Des Moines, will be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
The American Quilter’s Society also publishes and distributes quilt books, publishes the American Quilter magazine, creates a bimonthly E-news letter, and sets the standards of excellence through its shows, contests, and the Appraiser Certification Program.