This year's show will also feature a variety of special exhibits—Stitch Like an Egyptian: Tentmakers of Cairo, Japanese Color and Form: New Works by 50 Japanese Artists, 2013 Pilgrim/Roy Invitational Quilt Challenge, AQS Authors' Quilt Exhibit, and New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Baskets. And of course, you won't want to miss the huge merchant mall of vendors. I don't know exactly how many there are this year, but rest assured it is enough for you to shop till you drop! I returned home with a tote bag full of goodies from last year's show. One of my favorite designers, Yellow Creek Quilt Designs, will be a vendor at this show! They also have a featured design in the upcoming winter issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine. I'm actually in the process of editing their project now! Their name probably rings a bell as they've been featured in Quilt Sampler magazine, one of the publications that I write for.
The AQS Show is also a great opportunity to learn new quilting techniques. If you plan to come, be sure to check out the many creative classes that will also be taking place during the week of the show. You can see a list of them here and project photos here. For scenes from past AQS Des Moines shows, check out my previous posts here and here.