Thursday, October 3, 2013


What a fun-filled day I had at the AQS Des Moines quilt show yesterday! Like last year, I attended the show with my friend Belinda and my hubby. If any of you fellow bloggers go to the show and want to meet up there next year, let me know and we'd love to have you join us! It was a fun chance to see friends like quilt designer Jill Shaulis of Yellow Creek Quilt Designs. I had the opportunity to work with Jill and her sister Vicki earlier this year on their first book with Kansas City Star Quilts. Their book, Kindred Spirits, was wonderfully displayed along with its many featured projects like these stunning framed beauties. If you want to buy a copy of their book, visit their shop site here.

I was so delighted to see that our Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine (which I edit) was also well represented at the show! Jill, who has designed projects for us in the past and has another coming up in the Spring 2014 issue, had the magazine displayed so nicely in her booth.

I also found some of our magazine projects displayed in the Little Red Hen booth. Kathi McGlothlen designed this charming crazy-quilted purse and small quilt for us.

Dawn of Sew Cherished also had our magazine displayed in her booth along with her autumn-inspired project, which appeared in our Fall 2013 issue.

Be sure to check out our inspiration-filled winter issue coming very soon to your mailboxes—or a newsstand—near you. It features 16 festive projects to deck your halls! More details on that in a future post. 

It was so nice see Becky and Pam of Millie's Quilt Shop again. If you read my blog regularly, you know I enjoy visiting their shop every time I visit the Twin Cities. They have a fabulous shop in nearby Anoka, Minnesota. You can read more about their shop in this previous post. Belinda and I both oohed and aahed over this fun pincushion that can be placed over the arm of a chair or sofa. The shop had it dressed in such spirited fabrics. They were also selling the fabric to make it. If you're interested in purchasing it, head over to their booth or contact Millie P's at 763/421-0367.

And how could an owl lover like me resist these darling owl buttons? Had to get them.

We also saw one of our favorite designers, Lisa Bongean, and one of our favorite bloggers and quilted jewelry makers, Julie Letvin, over in the Primitive Gatherings booth. Lisa had some of Julie's jewelry displayed in her booth and we were admiring her workmanship when she suddenly appeared. Talk about serendipity! All those good things we were saying about her must have drawn her to us somehow! There is always lots of eye candy in Lisa's booth. Did you know she has a new line of fabric, Floral Gatherings and Floral Gatherings Shirtings, coming out? I've been using them in a couple little quilts that I've been working on for the past few weeks. I really love the colors, especially the pinks and greens. As you know, I'm passionate about pink! According to Moda, the fabric will be available in quilt shops by next month but Lisa actually had some pre-cut bundles available for sale in her booth in case you can't wait till then.

The vendor area was a wool lover's (like me) dream. It seemed like there was more wool there than in past years. Jill, Dawn, Lisa, and Kathi all had wool for sale in their booth. I also love the wool dyed by The Woolen Needle of Williamsburg, IA. Bursting with a rainbow of colors, their wool stand was drawing quite a crowd of wool lovers.

It was hard to choose from all their luscious colors as I liked them all. I finally settled on 14 different shades.

As you can see, I found some wonderful wools (below). I brought along my handy Orla Kiely tote to hold all my quilt show finds. Of course, this photo shows only a small sampling of the wools that came home with me. I needed another bag to hold the rest of my finds, which Kathi of Little Red Hen kindly gave us.

As usual, we were awed by the quilting talent at the show. It was a treat to see this Blindman's Fancy quilt made by Colleen Henrichs. The actual pattern was featured in another quilt book that I edited—History Repeated by Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle.

I am a big fan of Anne Sutton's Bunny Hill Designs patterns. Julee Prose made her Chocolate Baltimore Bunnies design. I loved the pink and cream toile she incorporated into the quilt center. 

This quilt made by Ann Reed was another favorite of mine. Entitled "Miko Rules", it is an homage to a favorite neighborhood pup.

And what can I say about this masterpiece other than WOW!? "Kootenay Peony" is the work of Dawn Fox Cooper.

Just look at these exquisite ruched flowers.

The quilt show also featured an exhibit of some of the museum's miniature masterpieces but unfortunately photos were not allowed in that area. I was delighted to see fellow blogger and miniature quiltmaker extraordinaire Sheila Holland's work displayed there. Her miniature Mariner's Compass quilt was spectacular. After the show, we headed over to the local antique mall for a little more retail therapy. There, Belinda found a gigantic vintage wooden spool for a good price and I found this fun multiple-compartment piece for my mudroom--or sewing room (haven't decided just yet).

Also saw this neat vintage game with a neat owl litho on the box cover but didn't get it.

I won't bore you with any of our other loot. Just wanted to recap this fun-filled day for posterity as this blog also serves as a handy journal for recalling what I did and when! I'm looking forward to another fun-filled day tomorrow with my friend, Merry, as we head out on a day trip.