Meetings Third Thursday of Every Month at Des Moines Christian Church
at 1 pm and 7 pm

Quilt Show

“We Color the World”

Thursday through Saturday, September 26, 27 & 28, 2019
In the Cultural Center 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

Join us for our 37th Annual Quilt Show. Over 400 quilts will be on display in various categories, including appliqué, pieced, miniature, mixed technique, modern, hand or machine quilted, and wool. Special Exhibits include: Color Me with Wool, 2018 President’s Challenge, Community Giving display, Little Quilts Silent Auction and Raffle Quilts.

Admission is $7.00 at the door. Advanced tickets will be on sale for $5.00 beginning at the July Guild meetings, July 23, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the 2019 Quilt Show, please send an email to We will respond as soon as we’re able.

Our Gold Level Sponsors:

  • APQS
  • Bernina – Woodside Quilting
  • Gruber’s Quilt Shop
  • Off the Rails Quilting
  • The Iowa Quilt Block
  • The Woolen Needle

Silver Sponsors and Special Exhibit Sponsors include:

  • Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co.
  • Applique After Hours
  • Creekside Quilting
  • Handi-Quilter – Hermes Auto & Upholstery
  • Gammill – At the Heart of Quilting
  • Iowa Falls Sewing and Fabric
  • Metro Sew & Vac
  • Piece Works Quilt Shop
  • Quilt Addicts Anonymous
  • Quilting Connection
  • Quilter’s Cupboard
  • Sew Great Tours
  • Stitching Place
  • Winline dba Bri Lee

Dozens of vendors will be in attendance and more are signing up for a booth every week!

We think this Raffle Quilt is so colorful! Raffle Tickets sales start at the May 28th Guild meetings. Tickets are one for $1.00 or six for $5.00. Raffle tickets continue through the show until the drawing at 3:45 PM on Saturday, September 28th. (Need not be present to win)

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.

During the show, shop the “buy-now” and auction items. Silent Auction finishes at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 28th with results ready for payment and pickup after 3:00 PM.

Treasured Quilts Special Exhibit

The Treasured Quilts exhibit reflects the theme of the show: We Color the World. We’ll have bright colorful quilts in this special exhibit.

Quilt Turning

Quilt Turning returns! Every quilt has a story and we will hear wonderful ones at this years’ turning!

Quilt Drop Off & Pick Up

If you entered quilts in the show, please review this page for directions about drop-off and pick-up. Thank you!!

Volunteers Needed

This year because we are in a new venue we must have more volunteers for the show. We need 75 people every day!! Volunteering is a great chance to visit with people and see the quilts up-close. Some jobs will even allow you to work on hand work or read a book while helping! You can even bring a cushion to sit on.  It takes all of us working together and this year it takes more of us working together.

Please help!


It’s so imperative that we fill all our slots for volunteering, we would love for everyone to volunteer for 2 or more positions over the 3 day show. As an incentive, we will put the names of everyone who has volunteered 2 times in one day or 3 times during the show in a basket and we will draw 4 names to win a gift certificate to one of our local quilt shops. Good luck to all!

Additional Details About the New Location

We know that some are uncertain regarding this venue, but let me assure it will be a beautiful building to display our quilt show in. Please feel to contact me if you have any questions.  – Jill Reber

ParkingShuttleEntrance Door/AccessibilityFood CourtQuilt Pick UpVolunteer Jobs
There are two large parking lots to the South of the building. You may also park on the streets alongside and to the East of the building. It is all FREE!
A local Shriner’s group will be providing golf cart type shuttle service back and forth from parking areas and the building during the show. It is provided by a free will offering for those using their services. Please be generous! They use the funds for their many community service projects.
There is one entrance door on the North side of the building. It is handicapped accessible. Once inside the building there are two large elevators that service the three floors of the building.
There will be food provided at the show through a food vendor. They will have coffee, tea and soft drinks, sandwiches and snacks. There will be plenty of seating to relax and enjoy your day(s) at the show.
In this venue it will be important to follow instructions regarding quilt pick up. All members will be waiting on the first floor until they are instructed to go up to the third floor to get their quilts. After getting your quilts we are asking that they be folded with labels up, so they can easily be counted. You will then go through the checkout line on the first floor and exit out the West doors. Please bring a rolling suitcase if your entries warrant it.
We need many slots filled. All are sitting positions where we encourage you to bring along some stitching. It is important to have people in every slot as the building has three floors and we need people on every floor. You will receive free entry the day you volunteer!

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