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.



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