AQS Quilt Week: Grand Rapids, MI 2014

The AQS Quilt Week was held at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan from August 20-23, 2014.  This is the first large-scale quilt show that I have attended since  venturing into the world of quilting just three years ago.  In addition to the numerous quilt exhibits, there were a lot of different vendors.  Quilt shops~online and brick & mortar, sewing machine manufacturers, long arm quilt machine dealers and much, much more.  Since I am in the market for a long arm quilt machine, this was the perfect opportunity to try all the machines.  My two favorite brands of all that I tried were: Handi Quilter and APQS.

Long Arm Quilt Machines

Long Arm Quilt Machines

We spent two grueling days (August 20 & 21) pounding the pavement and I was glad we attended early.  The selections were much better and the crowds were smaller.  Parking was right across the street for $12/day.  Two single-day passes to the show was $20.16 for AQS members.  AQS membership is $25/year which includes an AQS pin, 6 issues of the AQS magazine, member discounts and a 10% discount at JoAnn Fabrics.  They offered great lunch stations (Hamburgers, Mexican, Chinese, Soup and Salad, BBQ and desserts) if you didn’t want to venture from the convention center.  A tote bag and t-shirt were $32 which included the pin free.  While you are allowed to take pictures of quilts for your own enjoyment, you are prohibited from posting pictures.  My favorite exhibits were: The Exquisite Quilts of Michigan’s Own Aileen R. O’Toole Stannis, Modern Quilt Challenge, Quilted in Honor, Ultimate Guild Challenge and AQS Authors’ Exhibit.

AQS Quilt Week 2014 Grand Rapids, MI

AQS Quilt Week 2014
Grand Rapids, MI

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Free Giveaway: Hummingbird Highway

Free Giveaway Hummingbird Highway

Free Giveaway
Hummingbird Highway

Some of the wonderful purchases I made.

Brother Accessories for XR1355 sewing machine: (25% show discount)

1/4″ foot, walking foot and guide (Set of three gifted to my Sis)

2 – guides (one for me and one for daughter)

Brother Accessories

Brother Accessories

Quilted Memories: Decorator Tape

Quilted Memories Montague, MI

Quilted Memories
Montague, MI

Bits ‘N Pieces: Doll House and Dolls

Bit 'N Pieces Wayne, MI

Bit ‘N Pieces
Wayne, MI

Custom Quilts Unlimited: Owl Quilt and Backing, Color catcher, 1/2 yd Kona Black (gifted to my sis), 1/2 yd Quilting Temptations

Custom Quilts Unlimited Fennville, MI

Custom Quilts Unlimited
Fennville, MI

Nancy J’s Fabrics: 8 Fat Quarters

Nancy J's Fabrics Wabash, IN

Nancy J’s Fabrics
Wabash, IN

Sew Batik and Wood Valley Designs: Individual Batiks and Batik Bundle

Sew Batik Mayville, ND Wood Valley Designs Carmel, IN

Sew Batik
Mayville, ND
Wood Valley Designs
Carmel, IN

Back Door Quilts: Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows pattern

Back Door Quilts Greenwood, IN

Back Door Quilts
Greenwood, IN

The Christmas Shoppe: Amy Bradley’s Garden Quilt pattern, Clover 1 3/4″ Y0-Y0 Maker (shown above) and 7 – 1/2 yard fabric (1 gifted to my Sis)

The Christmas Shoppe Richmond, NH

The Christmas Shoppe
Richmond, NH

The Christmas Shoppe Richmond, NH

The Christmas Shoppe
Richmond, NH

A Very Special Collection: Paper Piecing patterns

A Very Special Collection Yorktown, VA

A Very Special Collection
Yorktown, VA

Fields of Fabric: 4 yards Backing for MI Row by Row Quilt, 2 sets of fabric for pillowcases (1 set not shown gifted to my Sis), MSU fabrics

Field of Fabrics West Michigan

Field of Fabrics
West Michigan

Field of Fabrics West Michigan

Field of Fabrics
West Michigan

Quilted in Clay: Pin by Jennifer Patterson

Quilted in Clay Jennifer Patterson

Quilted in Clay
Jennifer Patterson

A very special birthday present from my friend, Shirley.

Special Birthday Gifts

Special Birthday Gifts

After show purchases from Pressing Matters in Holland

Pressing Matters Holland, MI

Pressing Matters
Holland, MI

Quilt Show

Well, I attended my first quilt show on April 26th with four girlfriends.  The bi-annual show, “Piece by Piece”, was presented by The General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society.

The General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society presents "Piece by Piece"

The General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society
presents
“Piece by Piece”

Just love the vibrant colors on this paper piecing quilt.

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The patience it must take to do this hand quilting.

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Definitely love this cute scrappy quilt especially the matching border.

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Our girlfriend Leni could not make it so I found a quilt and sent it to her so she knew we were thinking about her.

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Really liked this machine quilt design.

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Great idea for piecing the backing together.

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Love this simple on-point design and another great way to use left-over fabric.

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This is a great idea to create a quilt with your friends, a row quilt.  You buy the fabric and each friend creates a row.

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My friend Shirley.  Can you believe this is the back of the quilt!  Just beautiful.

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The purchases I made.  Just too nice to pass up!

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After the quilt show, we went to Miller’s Bar and Grill for a burger.  And the outing was capped off with a stop at the “The Material Girls” Quilt Shop.  Of course, I couldn’t leave without buying something. Fabric for a new tote bag and the pattern too.  Fabric for a new kitchen valance and master bedroom drapery, as well.  The UFO list just got longer.