Friday, October 12, 2012

AQS Des Moines Show 2012

Well, I am recovered from a week at the AQS Des Moines Show! Once again, it was a great show! Helped set up, worked a few shifts, enjoyed the company of my Aunt Mary and her friend Liz, from NE, shopped and shopped, ate and ate, looked and looked at quilts, and helped take down! Whew!! What fun! Here are a few highlights from the AQS side of the show...

This young lady, Jean Clark, from Mt Horeb, WI, was so PROUD to show her ribbon winning quilt to all who passed. She was so cute and all smiles! Her quilt won 3rd Place and it was in the Hand Quilted Bed Quilt Category. I hope I am still quilting and enjoying it as much as she does when I am her age!

This beautiful basket quilt called, A Tisket, A Tasket, A Green and Yellow Basket was made by my friend, Linda Arndt. This quilt was in the Bed Quilt Machine Quilted Category. It is such a pretty combination of colors and lovely backgrounds that give it such movement. I love it! Linda is in two of my small groups. Such a sweet lady who makes such sweet quilts! She had enough baskets left over from this quilt to make another one! I will show it tomorrow...


This one was in the Wall Hanging Machine Quilted category. It is called, And Always Affectionately Yours, and was made by Shirley Wyngarden from Marshalltown, IA. I thought the blocks were so pretty. I love sampler quilts and have several in progress. I couldn't pass up a picture of this one!


This one was also in the wall hanging machine quilted category and it won a blue ribbon. I thought it was striking with the beautiful colors and simple, but complicated looking design. It was made by Ann Feitelson and is called Basket Weave 2: See Saw. Makes me think a bright quilt is in my's such a beautiful combination of color! The pattern of the baskets makes you think for a moment that this is a log cabin quilt, but then you realize it is baskets. Very interesting design!


This one was so bright and cheerful. It was part of a special display of quilts made by Jean Lohmar. She was very talented! This quilt was striking with a wonderful pieced background! It really made your eyes wander around looking at the entire quilt! Stunning! All of her quilts were beautiful show stoppers. Extremely well quilted and large. I would guess there were 20 large quilts in her exhibit!


This one was so eye catching! It is called Super Sweet Ambrosia, made by Ruth Ann Reynolds of Raymore, MO. This quilt is so nice and bright...and so interesting. Many parts to look at and explore! Love those brights once again!!

This one is called Miss Emily's Garden, made by Carol Floyd. She is in my applique small group ( which is not so small) and is very talented. This quilt won Honorable Mention!

This quilt was made by my friend, Julee Prose. I believe it is a Barbara Brackman design. Julee is also in the large appliqué group and she is very talented! We have such similar taste in quilts, we have a good time together talking about quilting. She is an excellent hand quilter as well.


This is Me with my Life In The Midwest quilt. I was very proud to have it hang in the show. It was in the Bed Quilts Machine Quilted category. It was fun to hear folks talk about it as they looked. I enjoyed telling some about the hidden meanings in the quilt for me...the corn, soybeans, wheat, etc. if you have not read about it, you can do so HERE, HERE and HERE. Do you see the little hidden gems I just mentioned that are a bit hard to find in any of the pictures in those links ? They are on the vines. This quilt is my favorite. I love hexies, I love appliqué and I love my hubs...all things that make this quilt special to me!

I end this post with the back ends of these bunnies! I thought the fabric was so perfect for a little bunny butt. The waves of the fabric make him look plump and happy! Again, I have no notes on who made this quilt. My apologies to the quilt maker, but I sure like those bunnies!

I will post a few from the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild portion tomorrow...more pretties to come!

Take care,




  1. How wonderful to see your quilt again! It shows so well. The yellow quilt has very good workmanship. Ambrosia very intense in color and well done.
    I went to the first AQS show that was held in Nashville. It was such an inspiring show. Were there lots of vendors at this show?

  2. Thanks for sharing pictures of these amazing quilts from the show!
    What a beautiful picture of you with your fabulous quilt!

  3. I enjoyed the quilt show, so many beautiful pieces, yours included.
    I like the sun piece, I do enjoy doing art pieces and bright colors too.
    Love the bunny fabric, fun to think about when we are doing appliqués.


  4. What wonderful quilts! You and your guild are very talented and I enjoyed them all. Thanks for showing the basket quilt, the colors are lovely.

  5. thanks for sharing all those great quilts. That basket weave quilt is stunning.