Quilt Show

2015 Quilt Show: Building Friendships through Quilting

Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show

September 30-October 3, 2015

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

Our quilt show is a “Show within a Show”– Held in conjunction with American Quilter’s Society Quilt Week and Show. Our guild’s quilt show includes approximately 400 member quilts, and around 100 quilts in our Silent Auction, several special exhibits including “Quilts Built with Friends” and a large display of quilts donated by members to a variety of local charities, including Habitat for Humanity.
Visit www.quiltweek.com for details on the national quilt show, along with registration information and a list of classes and lectures.



2015 Quilt Show Volunteers

We welcome all DMAQG members to sign up to Volunteer for the DMAQG/AQS Quilt show. It takes many hands to put on a quilt show of this caliber–so we encourage you to sign up early and often.

We have opportunities before, during and after the show. We have sit-down jobs, stand up jobs, behind the scene jobs, and jobs where you get to see the quilts up close and personal. You will receive free admittance to the show the day you volunteer. If you volunteer prior to the show, you can choose the day of free admittance.

Should you have any questions about volunteering–please contact Diane Crawford di.m.crawford@gmail.com or Cindy Ohmart cjohmart@yahoo.com

Thanks in advance for your help. Click on the link below to begin the volunteer process.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

– Diane Crawford & Cindy Ohmart,
2015 Quilt Show Co-Chairs


Raffle Quilt

The name of the quilt is Petals and Pennies, adapted from a pattern by Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings.  Raffle tickets will be distributed at the July & September Meetings and sold at the quilt show. The quilt features wool appliqué on a flannel background and backing, with exquisite embroidery and bead embellishment. It is machine quilted. Pieced and Quilted by members of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild. Quilt measures approx 70″ x 85″.



2015 DMAQG Quilt Show Entries

The deadline to enter is passed

If you entered quilts in the show, please be aware of the following dates:
Sept 17-24 Judged Quilts are due at Creekside Quilting, 9926 Swanson, Clive
Sept 17-26 Non-Judged Quits are due at the Quilt Block, 325 5th, West Des Moines
Oct 3 Quilts must be picked up in person after the show

See this blog post for details on how to prepare your quilts for the show.



Calling all Small Groups within the Guild

The theme for this year’s fall Special Guild Exhibit is “Building Friendships Through Quilting”.  We are inviting each Small Group to help us highlight the work, fun, accomplishments and play of their small groups.  Ellen Kelly Smith is the contact person for the Special Exhibit and will be in touch with a representative of your small group about being part of our exhibit.

We hope you will share stories of your group and display group projects. We have heard that many of you have made some type of friendship quilt, round Robin Quilt or challenge quilt and we would love to have examples of this work for the display. We will be asking for some quilts to display at the show as well as photos and a few stories (humorous or otherwise) from your group. The committee will help with the display poster for each group so that the exhibit is coordinated.

We will need the name of your small group, along with a list of its members and a contact name and phone number. Please talk about this at your next small group meeting and be prepared to provide the information listed above by the end of April. We welcome your ideas on how to highlight the wonderful friendships that develop through our quilting together. Start talking. We know you’ll have great ideas.

Please email Ellen Smith your small group members and the contact phone number.  Ellen’s phone numbers are (home) 515-279-2218 and (cell) 515-443-3001.



Little Quilts Exhibit and Silent Auction


Deliver to the July or August Guild Meeting

A popular exhibit at the DMAQG for many years has been the Little Quilts Silent Auction. Funds raised are a main source of income for the guild and support for our programming, so it is vital everyone participates. Members, please make a little quilt, bag, purse or tote to contribute and bring to the July or August guild meetings. Quilts may be up to 24″ on one side or with a perimeter of less than 96″, other than that, there are no rules! Make something you think the public and/or other quilters would want to purchase and bring home!!

The small group Sew Sew Joyful is responsible for the exhibit this year. If you have questions, you may call or text Sherri Street (515-664-3996) or Sue McMain (515-865-5218).