Feb 02

Quilt: Wool Medallion by Gwen Marston as seen at AQS Grand Rapids 2012

Feb 02

Quilt: Test Pattern by Carol Vandenberg of London, Ontario

Feb 02

Medallion in Solids – Designed, made, and hand quilted by Gwen Marston.



Making quilts in solid fabrics has been a constant in Gwen’s work.  She loves making string quilts, seeing them as the ultimate Liberated quilt.


Feb 02

Matty’s Medallion By Gwen Marston






Feb 02

AQS Grand Rapids 2013 Vendor Information

Welcome Grand Rapids Vendors! 

On this page you will find links to the order forms and important information about the show.

Not a vendor yet? Interested in becoming an AQS Vendor?  Click here to find out how.

For lodging information, CLICK HERE.

Click on the links below to access the forms or information needed.

Michigan Sales Tax Form

2013 Show Book Ad Order Form

Lodging Information

Need to contact an AQS staff member?  Click here for a listing by department.



Aug 18

AQS Michigan Quilt Show Hours, Ticket Prices, Events You Don’t Want to Miss

As the AQS Quilt show nears, I wanted to give you some information you’re probably wondering about tickets and show hours.


Tickets at the Door:

AQS member: $9 Daily, $17 Multi-day

Non-Member: $11 Daily, $30 Multi-day


Show and Contest Dates and Hours:

Wednesday, August 22 – Friday, August 24, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Tips and Information About Grand Rapids and the Show

To help you find your way around the show and Grand Rapids, AQS, DeVos Place and the Grand Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau will be available in Ballroom C. Stop by to pick up tips and information that will be very useful to you while you are here.


My Quilt Place

Visit My Quilt Place in the Grand Gallery Meeting Rooms E and F in DeVos Place. There you will find quilters relaxing and visiting. You will also see the following demonstrations

Wednesday at 3:00 pm—Hand-quilting (Andi Reynolds)

Thursday at 10:00 a.m.—Favorite tools (Bobbie Browning)

Thursday at 2:00 p.m.—Decorate your shoes (Annemart Berendse)


Quilt Appraisal, Saturday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you have an old quilt you’d like to have appraised, here’s your chance. AQS certified quilt appraisers will be in the Grand Gallery Meeting Rooms E/F from 9am–4pm on this day only. Appointments aren’t necessary, but if you’d like to set a time, please call Marcelle Cashon at 270-898-7903, ext. 130. The appraisal fee is $50 per quilt.


In addition to viewing the winning quilts at the AQS Show, you won’t want to miss the amazing array of quilting exhibits. Here are just a few you can see:


Stitch Like an Egyptian.  This exhibit features appliquéd quilts made by the Tentmakers of Cairo, Egypt.


Japanese Color and Form: New Works by Fifty Japanese Artists.  This exhibit features exquisite fabric in prizewinning quilts from Japan.

New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Baskets.  This exhibit features the 2012 National Quilt Museum’s semi-finalists, who’ve taken a favorite old pattern and created new quilts with a twist.


Want to know what it’s like to be an  AQS Author?

Attend the AQS Authors’ Rountable, where published quilting authors will talk about their experience. (Friday, 4:30-5:30p.m., Ballroom C, free)


Interested in learning methods and finding inspiration for creating designs?

Buy tickets for An Evening with Caryl Byer Faller, who will give a digital lecture explaining how she develops ideas for her own quilt designs. (Thursday, Ballroom D, 7:00 -8:30p.m., $15.)


Love the Impressionist Masters?

Check out Lenore Crawford’s class, Create an Impressionistic Art Quilt by Fusing and Fabric Painting. (Thursday, Ballroom C, 10:00-1:00a.m., $12.)


Other special events for AQS ticketholders:

There’s always something happening in downtown Grand Rapids, but during the AQS Show there are several special events. Check out all or some of them during the week.


Wednesday, August 22

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is open at the special AQS rate of just $5. (Open until 8:00 p.m.)

Thursday, August 23

Your AQS conference badge will get you a $1 discount off the regular admission to theGrand Rapids Public Museum. (Open until 8:00 p.m.)


Friday, August 24

Visit the Grand Rapids Art Museum and enjoy art, live music and a cash bar for the special AQS price of $4. (Open until 8:00 p.m.)

Multi-night events in Grand Rapids during the AQS Show


Rock the Rapids, August 20 – August 25

After the AQS Show, head over to the outdoor stage at the Van Andel Arena to gett your music on at this downtown music festival featuring Toby Keith, Boyz II Men, and more!


Polish Festival, August 24 – 26

Enjoy authentic food, music, cooking demonstrations, and activities at Rosa Parks Circle, which is just a hop, skip and a jump from the AQS Show.


Friday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday:  12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Quilters, The Musical, August 22 – 25

Lose yourself in this tale about pioneer life for American women, told in a musical-vignette format.  Each vignette is a “patch” in the quilt of their lives:  girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death.

Tickets: $18 ($16 for Senior Citizens and Students)

Showtime: 7:30 at Master Arts Theatre


3rd Annual Grand Rapids Restaurant Week, August 15 – 25

Fortunately for attenders, the AQS Show takes place during Grand Rapids Restaurant Week, when over 60 Grand Rapids’ restaurants will celebrate the farm-to-fork movement by offering creative menus based on locally-sourced food. After a day at the AQS Show, you can relax with a great meal at these participating restaurants.



Aug 12

AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show Hours

The American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show in Grand Rapids is just around the corner.  I know you’re planning your itineraries.  So here are some details you’ll want to keep in mind when planning how you will spend your time when you’re here.

Show hours and admission:

Wednesday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Advanced tickets – daily admission $10; at the door $11. Multi-day admission is also available for $30. Advance tickets must be ordered 30 days before the show.

You won’t want to miss visiting the:

Grand Rapids Public Museum – Explore the Museum in a whole new way by picking up a copy of the Discovery Hunt Collecting A-Z at the front desk. Don’t miss Q is for Quilts.
Take a self-guided “Mini-Bite” Museum Tour. Choose your favorite topic “Quilts” and learn more about the Museums textiles, fabric and clothing collection. The Museum will be open until 8:00 pm on Thursday, August 23 for AQS attendees. A collection of 10 quilts will be available for white glove viewing with paid admission.

Community Archives and Research Center – The Community Archives and Research Center is a collaborative support facility which houses the historical documents and artifact collections of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Experience first-hand about how the museum’s collections are stored and preserved. Specialized tours of individual collections such as Clothing & Textiles (including quilts), Furniture, Native American Collection and decorative arts can also be arranged to enhance the general tour of the facility. Wear your walking shoes. Group meets at the CARC building. Behind the scenes Tour pricing is $12.00 per person and must be scheduled.

Gerald R Ford Museum will feature three art quilt major exhibitions from Studio Art Quilt Associates. The Museum will have special hours on Wednesday, August 22 from 6-8 pm for AQS.
Creative Force: July 11, – September 16, 2012
Sense of Adventure: June 15 – July 9, 2012
Beyond Comfort: June 15 – September 16, 2012

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – this 132-acre attraction features the most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection in the Midwest, indoor and outdoor gardens, largest tropical conservatory in the state, guided tram tour and café.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) will offer extended hours on Friday, August 24. Enjoy Friday nights at GRAM and GRAM on the Green. Every Friday night, GRAM offers a great chance to unwind with galleries open late, live music, a cash bar and casual conversation. Friday nights at GRAM moves outside! Music on the GRAM Terrace and Ballroom dancing in Rosa Park Circle.


Jul 31

Here’s what’s happening at the AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show!

Bonnie Browning from American Quilter’s Society has the scoop on all the exciting events happening at the Grand Rapids Quilt Show. And you can win a car!!!

Happy Quilting,

PS: Be sure to register here for the classes and events you don’t want to miss.

Jul 25

AQS Quilt Show: Special Exhibits

I’ve got my ticket to the AQS Quilt show in Grand Rapids and am planning out my time so I don’t miss a thing at the show. Make sure when you make your plans, that you include time to see all of the special exhibits that will be at the show:

AQS Quilt Contest:  Nearly 400 quilts juried into this year’s contest will be vying for $44,250 in cash awards
Stitch Like an Egyptian:  Appliquéd quilts made by the Tentmakers of Cairo, Egypt. Two of the tentmakers will be attending to demonstrate their method of appliqué.
Japanese Color and Form: New Works by Fifty Japanese Artists: See the exquisite use of fabric in these prizewinning quilts by fifty quilters from Japan.

2013 Pilgrim/Roy Quilt Challenge: Quilts from an annual invitational challenge developed by Gerald E. Roy; the quilts in this traveling exhibit will be auctioned at the 2013 National Quilt Museum’s Quilt Auction at the April 2013 AQS Quilt Show.

Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope: A traveling quilt exhibit about Alzheimer’s organized by Ami Sims, Flint, MI, features 236 quilts; long, narrow “Name Quilts” are made from 55 purple patches, each marked with the name of a person who has/had Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

AQS Authors’ Quilt Exhibit: Quilts selected by AQS Executive Book Editor Andi Reynolds from the latest AQS New Book Releases

Home is Where the Quilt Is Exhibit: A contest by the Alliance for American Quilts’ members using a broad theme that celebrates the form and the meaning of home

New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Baskets: Semi-finalists in the 2012 National Quilt Museum’s annual contest using a new twist on an old favorite quilt pattern

Spontaneity in Medallion Quilts: Quilts curated by Gwen Marston, author of Liberated Medallion Quilts, featuring the medallion setting

The Magical World of Mary Buvia: Prizewinning quilts by Mary Buvia, Greenwood, IN; Mary has authored her first book, Santa’s Loading Dock Quilt

Jul 17

I got my ticket!! Can’t Wait for the AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show!!

I got my ticket!!!!!!  Cant’ wait for the show!  Did you get yours yet?  Register here.

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