Last weekend was the American Quilter’s Society’s international quilt show in Des Moines, Iowa. I was HONORED to be juried into the show. That is a huge honor!! I assume it is tough competition though maybe they take them all. ??? I don’t think so and will continue to believe they chose mine over others.
The show was Wednesday – Saturday and on Tuesday, I was listed as one of 168 semi-finalists!! YAHOOOOO!! (So even if they did jury all the entries in, at least I moved up at some point. 🙂 ) Never did I expect anything. Just being accepted was a huge honor. This was thrilling to be a semi-finalist. I didn’t win a ribbon, only 25 were given and I’m totally OK with that!! Seriously, I’m not at ribbon level.
My dear friend, Sue, took me there & back (her new car gets amazing MPG!!) and we had a great time together. She was a great photographer too. 🙂
Not exactly “my name in lights” but you know what I mean!!
Its real name is “A View Outside My Window” but I was a dork (and in a hurry to meet the deadline) when I entered it and named it “Farm Quilt” because that is what we all call it. Whatever! 🙂
Me & my cool nametag & special ribbon! This gave me free admission every day and several people asked about my quilt when they saw the “Contestant” ribbon. That was so fun!
- The shop owners from nearby… but I doubt they went to see it since they had a booth there.
- Some people that saw us take the photos asked about it.
- A volunteer in the Des Moines guild show in another room asked me about it.
- And a book author from AQS asked me which was my quilt. I started to say it is the aerial view of our family farm and she remembered it! She compiles the yearly calenders so would have walked the show many times looking for new quilts for her books. I heard her speak at one of my guilds this summer and also have 10 – 15 yrs of her weekly calenders that I keep as sewing journals. She is an older lady and grew up in Wisconsin so has some farming background. 🙂
Once inside the show, we noticed that the skywalk (how we walked to the show!!) was overlooking the whole show floor. DUH!! We were so busy chatting and finding our way, we never looked out the windows there. Mostly we walked passed the back of buildings & loading docks so had given up on the view, I suppose.
So that evening on our way back through the skywalk, we stopped for photos. Plus Heather wanted to see “the whole show” so this is also special for her! But I was excited my quilt was placed on the correct side to be viewed. So really for free, one could view from the windows and see a nugget of the quilts. (but you’d miss the shoppppping – snicker, snicker!)
There were more quilts on the totally other end and the side. The center are the vendors… did I mention the shopping? 🙂
I’ve been quoting the advertisements of “over 1000 quilts” on display. Well, that is after you do the math. Forgive me, I didn’t me to overstate the numbers. There were just over 500 quilts juried into the AQS show of which I was apart. 🙂 🙂 Then in another room was the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild and they had over 500 entries there. However, I can’t find the final number because they are not listed in numerical order. #quizzicalface# Who thought of that???
There were also special exhibits by various AQS authors and a special exhibit of Egyptian quilts which didn’t interest us at all. (sorry)
More quilt photos to come and some results of visiting the vendors. I’m trying to keep up with my husband’s schedule. He still wants to eat!!
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