Quilt Show

“A Symphony of Quilts”

Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Annual Quilt ShowQuiltShowFlyer
October 1-4, 2014
Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Our 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, usually 100+ quilts in our Silent Auction (with a Take It Home Now pricing), special exhibits including “A Quilt That Makes My Heart Sing” and “String Quilts”, and a large display of quilts donated by members to a large variety of local charities.

Visit AmericanQuilter.com for details on the national quilt show, along with registration information and a list of classes and lectures.


2014 Quilt Show Volunteers

We’re using VolunteerSpot to sign-up for the Quilt Show.  Please click the link below to learn more and sign up to help.

Remember that you get in to the quilt show free the day you volunteer. You must be a member of the DMAQG to volunteer.  One exception, husbands are encouraged to sign-up to help hang and take down quilts.

Please consider signing up for a Quilt Hostess Position.  It’s a great way to see the quilts in the show.  You will get to move around and not be in the same area.


2014 Quilt Show Judging Volunteers

Have you ever wondered how quilt judges view quilts, evaluate construction, and select the award winners?  Each year, we need volunteers to help with judging for our own DMAQG quilt show, which provides this behind-the-scenes look!  This year, we will sort quilts and assist with judging on Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28.  Volunteers should be able to assist on all three days.

Volunteers must be non-smokers, and must not wear fragrances or jewelry on the days assisting.  Volunteers may also only help with judging for two years, so that more of our members have the opportunity to assist with judging.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Renee McPhee at 515-333-1902 or reneem@perspectivecp.com.  I will also be available before both July Guild meetings for questions or to sign up.

Renee McPhee
2014 Judging Co-Chair


New for the 2014 Quilt Show 

Quilt Appraisals

We are going to have a new addition to this year’s show – the availability of appraisals by an AQS certified appraiser.  Our judge for this year’s DMAQG show, Carol Butzke, is not only a certified judge but also a certified appraiser (who also teaches quilt appraising for AQS).  This has provided a wonderful opportunity for our guild to be able to offer appraisals.

On Monday, September 29, 2014, Carol will be available to provide up to 14 quilt appraisals of quilts, current and antique, that will NOT be in this year’s show.  Carol will then be able to appraise member quilts hanging in our show during the days of the show.  Her written appraisal will be sent to the quilt owner within a month of the show and can be used for insurance purposes or for valuing quilts being entered in other shows.

We will be providing more information about this opportunity in the next few months.  Basically, if you have one or more quilts you would like appraised, you will need to complete the appropriate paperwork (available at the DMAQG July and August meetings) and provide a check made out to Carol Butzke in the amount of $45/quilt – both of these things sent to Renee McPhee, 2112 NW Gabus Drive, Grimes, IA 50111 no sooner than August 1, 2014 and no later than August 26, 2014, date of the annual DMAQG Charity Auction.   (Note:  paperwork is required only for current quilts; antique quilts are appraised differently.)  Renee will contact each member having a quilt appraised with drop off and other information.

If you have any questions about this appraisal opportunity, please contact Mary Shotwell at 515-279-2368 or WMShotwell@aol.com  or Renee McPhee at 515-333-1902 or reneem@perspectivecp.com.

Mary Shotwell and Renee McPhee
2014 Judging Co-Chairs

New Hanging Sleeve Requirement for Long Quilts

Due to changes regarding our lack of floor coverings during the quilt show and to ensure that your quilts will hang off the floor, we are requiring that all quilts longer than 96″ have the sleeve attached to the back 95″ from the bottom of the quilt.  All quilts 96″ and shorter will have the sleeve remain at the top of the quilt.

How To:  Layout your quilt on a flat surface.  Measure 95″ from the bottom of the quilt and mark across the back of the quilt.  Put the top of the sleeve along this line and attach to the back of the quilt in your preferred method.

We appreciate your cooperation as we transition to this new rule.

Please feel free to contact Jill Reber, jillreber@yahoo.com, regarding any questions.
The Quilt Show Hanging Team


Quilt Entries

All DMAQG members are encouraged to enter one or several quilts in our guild show! You must be a member to enter. (Please check with Joyce Moore if you are not sure if you paid your 2014 dues.) You may choose to have your quilts judged (for a small judging fee) or non-judged (free entry!) Enter as many quilts as you like!

There are two new categories “Modern Quilts” and “Mixed Technique Miniature”!
Click here to download the 2014 Show Entry Categories and Definitions.

The quilt entry deadline was July 22, 2014

Kathie Anderson and Deanna Wilson
2014 Quilt Show Co-Chairs