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Quilt Show

“Watch Us Shine!”

Thursday through Saturday, September 27, 28 & 29, 2018

In the 4-H Building on the Iowa State Fair Grounds in Des Moines

Show Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM Thursday and Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday

We are so excited about our 2018 Quilt Show! There will be around 600 Quilts on display in various categories, including appliqué, pieced, miniature, mixed technique, modern, hand or machine quilted, and wool.  There are about 40 confirmed Vendors filling nearly half of the 4-H Building.

– Joyce Moore and Susie Martin, 2018 Quilt Show Co-Chairs

Special Exhibits Include:

  • Quilts of Valor
  • Treasured Quilts with a Star Theme
  • Special Appliqué Display
  • Iowa Artist Quilts with a Botanical Theme
  • Community Giving
  • 2017 President’s Challenge
  • Sew-In for Charity Quilts

Besides quilts on display and vendors to shop, our classroom has the following schedule:

Thursday, September 27 and Friday, September 28:

  • 10:00 AM Vendor Demo
  • 11:00 AM Quilt Turning – Stories about quilts
  • 12:30 PM Vendor Demo
  • 2:30 PM Quilt Turning – Stories about quilts
  • 3:30 PM Vendor Demo
  • 4:30 PM Quilts of Valor Presentation

Saturday, September 29:

  • 10:00 AM Vendor Demo
  • 11:00 AM Quilt Turning – Stories about quilts
  • 12:30 PM Vendor Demo
  • 2:30 PM Quilt Turning – Stories about quilts
  • 3:30 PM Quilts of Valor Presentation

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors for the 2018 Quilt Show:

  • Our Gold Sponsors include: APQS, Bernina USA, Gruber’s Quilt Shop and The Woolen Needle
  • Our Silver Sponsors include: Gammill – At the Heart of Quilting, Iowa Falls Sewing and Fabric, Quilter’s Cupboard, and The Whole Country Caboodle.
  • Special Exhibit Sponsors include: Woodside Quilting, Piece Works Quilt Shop, Sew Great Tours, Creekside Quilting, Adel Quilting and Dry Goods.
  • In-Kind Sponsors include: Appliqué After Hours, Quilting Connection, Living History Farms, Camp Dodge Military Museum, Metro Sew & Vac, Iowa Quilt Museum

Admission is $7.00 at the door.  If you have any questions regarding the 2018 Quilt Show, please send an email to dmaqgweb@gmail.com. We will respond as soon as we’re able.

Quilt Show Committee

We want to give our quilt show committee a special thank you for all their hard work preparing for the show and this week making the quilt show happen. Click here for a list of the committee members and their jobs. If you need to get in touch with a quilt show committee person, see the membership directory.


Raffle Quilt

Raffle Tickets are now on sale at each guild meeting for your opportunity to purchase a ticket to be entered to win this beautiful quilt. Raffle tickets continue through the show until the drawing at 3:45 PM on Saturday, September 29th. (Need not be present to win)

Thanks to many guild members who helped piece and appliqué the top and to Woodside Quilting for donating the back. The quilting was done by guild member Rod Turner – it is spectacular!

Little Quilts Silent Auction

Besides the Raffle Quilt, we also raise funds for our guild through the Little Quilts Silent Auction. Guild members make and donate small and miniature quilts for this fundraiser. Check out the daily “buy-now” items and the auction sheets throughout the show. Silent Auction finishes at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 29th with results ready for payment and pickup after 3:00 PM on Saturday in the Sew-In area.

Quilts of Valor

Quilts of Valor Focus Project will be a special display and presentation during our show. Please consider making one or more quilts. Click here to download a pdf of the guidelines for a Quilt of Valor. All Quilts of Valor for the show are due at the July guild meeting, 7/24/2018. Also let Susie Martin know if you know of any veterans that would like to be awarded a quilt during the show.

Keep watching this page as more information is uploaded on the 2018 Quilt Show.

Treasured Quilt Special Exhibit
“Shining Stars through the Ages”

For our 2018 Quilt Show, we have combined two exhibits from previous shows, The Special Exhibit and The Treasured Quilts.  Our new exhibit will be the Treasured Quilt Special Exhibit and we’re seeking your participation to make it extra special.   “Shining Stars through the Ages” will feature all kinds of star quilts: big stars, little stars, Ohio Stars, Dolly Madison Stars, Lone stars and many more.

We would like you to share a special star quilt you have for our new September Quilt Show which will be held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds at the end of September.  Please look through your collections, new quilts and antique quilts, and select one to share at our show.  As quilters we know there is usually a special story that comes with each shared quilt.  We ask you to include your story along with a picture of the quilt.

Download the PDF registration form here, fill it out and email it to Leighlussie@hotmail.com or  ellenwkelly@hotmail.com or you can print and mail it.
We are looking forward to your participation in the Treasured Quilt Special Exhibit. Please contact us if you have any questions.

– Leigh Lussie and Ellen Kelly Smith

Vendors at the Show

The following vendors will join us at the show…

All About Color Quilting From My Heart to Your Hands – South Haven, MN One Wing Wool
Applique After Hours – Des Moines, IA Gammill – At the Heart of Quilting Quilt Addicts Anonymous – Rock Island, IL
APQS – Des Moines, IA Get the Point Designs Quilt With Us  – Lucas, IA
Baby Lock – Quilter’s Cupboard – Ankeny, IA Granny’s Legacy Patterns – Albert Lea, MN Quilter’s Cupboard
Bernina – The Iowa Quilt Block Gruber’s Quilt Shop  – Waite Park, MN Quilter’s Fancy
Block Party Studios, Corp. Hermes Auto & Upholstery-Handi Quilter Quilters Paradise  – Mt Pleasant, IA
BriLee Designs – Glenwood, Missouri Ilene Bartos Designs Quilting Connection – Ames, IA
Cedar Creek Quilts – Ankeny, IA Iowa Falls Sewing & Fabric Sew Batik – Mayville, North Dakota
Chris Moline / Jean Lyle Expression in Thread – LeClaire, IA Stitchin’ Tree Quilts – Woodbine, IA
Cindy Lou’s Gifts and Quilt Shop Leo 9 Textiles Thimbles by T. J.Lane Int’l – Fairfield, IA
Classic Metal Company Liberty Homestead  – Kingsville, MO Tracey’s Tables  – Stratford, WI 54484
Debbie’s Quilt Shop and Gifts The Meandering Thread – Des Moines The Whole Country Caboodle  – Nashua, IA
Designs on Ice / R.J. Arts  –  West Des Moines, IA Off the Rails Janome  – Bondurant, IA Woodside Quilting 5360 NE 14th St. – Des Moines
Off the Rails Quilting  – Bondurant, IA The Woolen Needle

Members, We Need Your Help to Run the Show

Sign up for one or more volunteer jobs at the show by clicking the button below.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com



Quilts in the Show?

Quilt Pick-Up Details

Members need to be at the 4H building by 5:15 pm, Saturday, September 29 to pick up their quilts.

Please wait in the assigned area at the North Doors.

A Quilt Escort will go with you to take down your quilts.  Please know the location of each of quilts.  A list is also helpful.  Please listen and follow all directions during this process.  All quilts must be signed off at the checkout desk.  You may be asked to show each quilt and the labels on each.  After you sign out your quilts exit out West doors.

If you are unable to pick up your quilts you need to make arrangements for another member to pick them up.  You must write a note granting permission and listing each quilt.  This member must then sign for you.

All quilts must be claimed by 6:00 pm Saturday September 29.

It is your responsibility to make sure your quilts are picked up.

Any unclaimed quilts may be assessed a fine at the discretion of the quilt show committee.