AQS QuiltWeek Shows

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Iowa Events Center
730 3rd St.
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Wednesday, Sept 27, 2023 - 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday, Sept 28, 2023 - 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday, Sept 29, 2023 - 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday, Sept 30, 2023 - 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Quilts in the Capital City

Join AQS in Des Moines, Iowa for a week of quilts! Take quilt classes, enjoy lectures, and shop fabrics, notions and more at the Vendor Merchant Mall. Most of all, be inspired as you explore beautiful quilts, from award-winning and semi-finalist contest quilts to special exhibits.

While you're enjoying QuiltWeek, be sure to check out the local area. Take a break in the Botanical Garden and shop at the local boutiques. There's so much to see and do, you'll want to stay the week!

We can't wait to see you in Des Moines!

National Brand Partners

Janome     Gammill     AccuQuilt

Show Sponsors

AccuQuilt  American Professional Quilting Systems (APQS)Arrow Sewing BERNINABrotherGammill Handi QuilterHusqvarna/Viking  InnovaJanomeMartelli   PFAFFQuilters Select by Alex Anderson and RNK DistributingSuperior Threads

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Show Information

Parking at the Show

NOTE: There is NO overnight parking available in Iowa Events Center lots. Vehicles left overnight will be towed.

Attendee Parking:

  • Car parking is available north of the Vets Auditorium with entrances off the following streets: Third and Fifth.
  • Accessible parking is available at the Iowa Events Center by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.
  • Cars/trucks/vans, etc. that take one parking spot are $12 a day – no in/outs.
  • Trucks with duallys are $24 a day – no in/outs.
  • Trailers are $12 per spot per day – no in/outs.
  • Buses are $48 per day – no in/outs.

Street parking is available throughout downtown with the convenience of parking meters. Pay during certain times (typically no parking between 4-6 p.m.; cost varies).

Taxicab Information:
Capitol Cab Company: 515-282-8111
Yellow Cab Company: 515-243-1111
Taxicabs are available for after-hours trips to dine out or shop.

Show Dining

**Reminder the Iowa Events Center is a cash free facility**

Wednesday, Sept. 27 – Friday, Sept. 29

  • Skywalk Level – Northeast Corner
    The Daily Grind serving Java House Coffee: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Hall B/C Pre-Function
    Snack and Beverage Stand: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Coffee Available)
  • Hall A Food Court: 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. – enter from pre-function door
    Hot food stations, to be determined

Saturday, Sept. 30:

  • Skywalk Level – Northeast Corner
    The Daily Grind serving Java House Coffee: 8 a.m.– 1 p.m.
  • Hall B/C Pre-Function
    Snack and Beverage Stand: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Coffee Available)
  • Hall A – Hy-Vee Hall Food Court: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Hot food stations to be determined.
    Food venues may close earlier if business slows.

Scooter Rental

Scooters and wheelchairs are available to rent at the AQS Information Center from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Rental rates are:

  • Scooter: $80 per day, $150 for 2 days
  • Scooter Half-Day (Morning or Afternoon): $45 - Available from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Saturday 12:00 - 3 p.m.)
  • Wheelchairs: $40 per day

Please call Alyssa Marsh at (270) 898-7903 x193 by September 7, 2023 to make a reservation. After September 7, rent your scooter at the AQS Information Center during QuiltWeek (while supplies last).

If you have a scooter reserved, stop at the AQS Information Center inside the Exhibit Hall to make payment, sign the paperwork, and pick up the key. When making a reservation, if the scooter is not picked up within an hour of your arrival time, your scooter will no longer be held and will become available for others.
Scooters need to be returned one hour prior to the show closing each day (4:00 p.m. on Wed., Thurs., and Fri., and 3:00 p.m. on Sat). You will need to return the key to the AQS Information Center.

Quilt AppraisalsQuilt Appraisals

Quilt Appraisals

AQS Certified Quilt Appraisers will appraise new or antique/vintage quilts for insurance replacement, or for sale or donation purposes.

No appointment is necessary, but you can contact Bonnie Browning at 270-898-7903, ext. 146 or to schedule a day and time.

Walk-in appraisals for AQS QuiltWeek – Des Moines, IA 2023 will be held Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Appraisal Fee: $75 per quilt, payable at the AQS Information Center prior to the appraisal.
You’ll receive your written appraisal no later than 30 days after the close of the show.

Local Charity

At each show, the American Quilter’s Society partners with local charitable groups to help make the public aware of their contribution.

Hawthorn Hill provides free, temporary, emergency shelter and services for homeless families with children. The Eastern Polk Quilters Guild and quilters attending the show will be making quilts for Hawthorn Hill to distribute. We can make a difference! Stop and sew a block or two in Booth 1421. All supplies are provided.