Jul 15

Don’t Miss: Stitch Like an Egyptian

Jul 03

Grand Rapids Evening Events During the AQS Quilt Show

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids has some great places to unwind after a long day! Many live music venues, comedy clubs, brewpubs and sports bars are within walking distance of downtown hotels. Special events during AQS include:

• Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum open Wednesday, August 22 until 8:00 pm. Special AQS rate of just $5!
• Grand Rapids Public Museum open Thursday, August 23 until 8:00 pm. Get $1 off regular admission with your AQS conference badge!
• Grand Rapids Art Museum open Friday, August 24 until 8:00 pm. Enjoy art, live music a cash bar and more for the special AQS price of just $4!
• Rock the Rapids, a downtown music festival, features Toby Keith on Wednesday, August 22 – and more superstar acts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday!
• Polish Festival – authentic food, music, cooking demos and more, all outdoors in Rosa Parks Circle, just steps from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
• Master Arts Theatre presents: Quilters, The Musical Wednesday – Friday 7:30 pm. Quilters combines music with scenes of dramatic intensity for an evening of laughter and tears.


Jun 28

Great Food at Great Prices during the Grand Rapids Quilt Show

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is in full swing during AQS! More than 30 downtown restaurants are offering creative three-course meals for just $25. Some are offering two complete meals for $25. It’s a great way to sample the fresh, farm-to-table cuisine that has made Grand Rapids a culinary destination. There are dozens of eateries within walking distance of downtown hotels and hundreds throughout the city – something for every taste and budget!

Click here for more information on Restaurant Week.

Click here to access a map of the downtown restaurants closest to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Jun 08

International Quilters coming to Grand Rapids Quilt Show

Photo by Jenny Bowker

Have you ever wondered how quilting translates to other countries?   Are you curious to meet quilters from other places on the globe who love quilting as much as you do?

You will get your chance at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan this August.  Bonnie Browning of AQS is collaborating with quilters from Egypt to bring us quilts made by Egyptian quilters,

This video shows you some amazing quilts by these quilters, known as the Tentmakers of Cairo.Two of the quilters will be here in Grand Rapids during the show.  I cannot wait to ask them more questions about the history behind these amazing designs that they are recreating in quilts.

For the full details, visit the Quilt Views and News blog at AQS.

If you would like to find out the latest news about the show as it happens, join our email list.  I don’t want you to miss a thing!

May 27

Map of Grand Rapids Restaurants in Walking Distance

Grand Rapids offers many places to eat within a short walking distance of the DeVos Center, where the AQS Quilt Show will take place in August.

Every quilter has to eat and there are some great restaurants available for you.  I hope to bring you more specific information on restaurants.  But until then, here is a map you can print and bring with you to the show.  It will show you all of your dining options during the show!



May 13

Quilters, Get Your Own Grand Rapids Visitor’s Guidebook

If you haven’t been to Grand Rapids before, you’ll want to check out some of the local attractions while you are here for the AQS Quilt Show. Experience Grand Rapids offers a free visitor’s guide on their website.


The guide will give you a good sense of Grand Rapids, and what it has to offer. You will get a sense of the city’s history, it’s active art world, and great dining in the area. In the back of the guide is a full directory of local shopping, night life, restaurants, and attractions.


You can receive the guide digitally, by pdf, or have one sent to you. If you have a smart phone or are bringing an iPad tablet, I recommend downloading the guide to your phone or tablet to have easy access during your stay. If you would like a copy of the guide sent to you, fill out the order form provided, and one will arrive in your mailbox.

Apr 14

Webcast of Presentations at the Live Quilt Show

American Quilt Society is offering Webcasts for quilters who cannot attend the Paducah Quilt show this month.  I’ve signed up for one and am excited to see how it works out.  I was looking for a sample webcast to see what it looked like, but didn’t find one on the AQS website.  Once I’ve attended my Webcast, I will let you know how it goes!  And how cool is it that, once the event is over, you still can view the webcast for 90 days!  That way, if I can’t attend at the actual time of the event, I can watch it any time that is convenient for me.  How cool is that!

Jan 21

Sign Up For Your Dream Studio with AQS!

I just received a letter from AQS about a fantastic contest they are running.  I wanted to be sure you all knew where you could enter!

You can win Your Dream Studio!  This year AQS is giving away more than $20,000 in prizes.  It doesn’t cost anything to enter.  You’ve gotta love that!

Be sure to enter before March 17, 2012.

To find out more go to American Quilt Society and read the list of great prizes!

They include:

– a Gammil Quilting System

– Tables and cabinets from Tracy’s Tables

– 1 free trip to the Paducah Quilt Show

and a whole BUNCH of other great stuff!  Go check it out!  I”m signing up right now.  🙂


Dec 27

AQS Video Biography of Anita Shackelford

American Quilt Society has put out a wonderful short video biography of reknowned quilter, Anita Shackelford.

This video talks about Anita’s quilting career. Best known for album quilts, Anita creates album quilts as an homage to her family. Taught to quilt by her grandmother, Anita loves intricate hand quilting and applique.

This video is full of BEAUTIFUL quilts you won’t want to miss.

Visit the Quilt Views blog for more information like this from the AQS.

Nov 16

Make Hotel Reservations Now for the Quilt Show!

If you’re coming to Grand Rapids for the AQS Quilt show in August, you can make your reservations now!

The Amway Grand Hotel is beautiful and aslo conveniently located adjacent to the DeVos Center.

JW Marriott and Courtyard by Marriot are just across the street

The room rates for all three of these hotels is $114 plus taxes.  Book your room at any of these three hotels by clicking here or calling 1-800-253-3590.  Be sure to tell them you’re attending the quilt show!

In addition, there are rooms at the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown: $105 plus taxes: call the hotel directly at  616-235-7611   and ask for Inhouse Reservations with the Front Desk, or click here.

Rooms at the Radisson Hotel Grand Rapids Riverfront are $99 plus taxes. Call  616-363-9001  or click here for online reservations.

For more information from AQS, visit their blog Quick Views.


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