Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Last Wednesday, I escaped the office to enjoy the annual AQS quilt show in Des Moines. My hubby dropped me and my friend Belinda off at the door shortly after the show started and we began our day in the vendor booth area, where we spent an hour in the first row checking out the alluring offerings. The first stop was Dawn Heese's Linen Closet Designs booth. I've been Dawn's quilt book editor since her very first book, Geese in the Rose Garden. This was her first retail show and I'd say she did quite well based on the volume of people I saw in her booth over the course of the day. Doesn't her booth look inviting? Her clever bunny and carrot appliqué quilt in the background is one of my all-time favorites.

My eyes quickly settled on Dawn's new autumn pincushions, including a sweet owl. I'm not sure how she managed to design these in addition to all of her other projects. I'm quite convinced she does not sleep!

Dawn kindly gifted me a fat quarter bundle of her latest fabric collection, Best Wishes, a dreamy collection of florals, paisleys, and other pretty prints. I'm so lucky to work with such gifted and generous designers like Dawn. They spoil me with their fabrics! Thank you, Dawn! 

Next it was on another favorite designer's booth, Yellow Creek Designs, were I met up with two of the friendliest quilting sisters, Vicki and Jill. After working with them on their latest project for Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine (in the winter issue), I felt like I already knew them. By the way, I received permission from all the booth owners to take all of the pictures you see in my post.

Of course, I had to snap a photo of our magazine, Primitive Quilts and Projects, in Vicki and Jill's booth. We appreciate them carrying it in their shop. The sisters have a project you won't want to miss coming up in the spring issue of the magazine. Stay tuned for more details on that.

Another one of my favorite booths was JJ Stitches. I first met owner Julie Hendricksen a few years ago when we visited her Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, shop—a veritable treasure trove of delights, especially if you love 1800 reproductions. As you know, Julie is also a popular fabric designer for Windham Fabrics. And good news! She has a new collection coming out soon. Can't wait for that! 

Julie has a wonderful knack for enchanting displays, as you can see in these photos. Doesn't this pair of antique beds make you want to curl up under those wonderful quilts? Julie has a project coming up in the spring issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects—another good reason to buy that issue!

I couldn't help but notice one of the quilt books that I edited—Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle's History Repeated—tucked among the goodies in Julie's booth.

Right across from Julie was another treasure trove of quilted delights—these from the 19th century. My stop in the Mountain Lodge Antiques booth was indeed one of the highlights of my visit, and I think Belinda got a kick out of it, too. 

Owner Cindy Adams was most gracious in chatting with us about her quilted treasures. Her passion for these wonderful remnants of the past was evident and contagious. It was kind of like meeting a kindred spirit!

Cindy showed us several of these 19th-century cheater fabrics—or convenience cloth, as some like to call it!

She also had several nice pieces of 19th-century fabric. Cindy does not have a website, so if you'd like to contact her, you can email her at gandcadams@comcast.net.

After a healthy dose of retail therapy, we headed over to view the show quilts. I was totally awestruck by my friend Marge's quilt—The Snyder Wedding Quilt reproduced from my blogging friend Cheryl Miller's 1800s quilt sampler quilt-a-long patterns that she graciously shared with her readers last year.

And what a thrill it was to see a quilt made from my blogging friend Karen Mowery's charming book, A Bountiful Life. Patty Barrett is the maker of this beauty.

Being a pink person, I was immediately charmed by this quilt called "Another Time, Another Place for Me" by Nora J. Bordach.

We also enjoyed the pineapple quilt exhibit, which featured several vintage as well as modern quilts. This little pink and green pineapple quilt was made by Patty Barrett of the local Bitsy Chicks quilt group, which works exclusively on miniature-sized quilts.

We also had the opportunity to see some of the quilted masterpieces from AQS books like the Baltimore Garden Quilt by Barbara Burnham.

We were all mesmerized by this stunning creation called "Letter Carriers" by Janet Stone.

The workmanship and attention to detail was truly amazing. I can see why it won Best Machine Workmanship. I especially loved Janet's creative use of half pennies that surround the entire quilt. Wow!

Well, I could keep showing you photos of show quilts until your eyes start to blur but hopefully this gives you a good idea of the amazing talent found at the 2012 AQS Des Moines quilt show. I can't wait for next year's show. Stay tuned for another post on my antiquing adventure, where I will show photos of antiques and interesting items that I encountered. If you haven't stopped by my previous post, I invite you to check out the photo of my latest find—a vintage green sewing stand. I've been trying to find information on it but have come up empty-handed so far. If you have one like it or know anything about it, I would love to hear from you.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing pictures of the show. Quilts were lovely!!

  2. WOW what a lovely blog about the show. I enjoyed it as well. You do a great job of blogging. Thanks

  3. You and your friend had a wonderful field trip!!! Thanks for sharing all of the stunning quilts.

  4. Everything looks so wonderful. Thanks for sharing your photos with us.


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