The trip to the AQS Des Moines QuiltWeek started early & dark but by the time I crossed the Mississippi, the day was bright & warming up. And just in case I thought I was lost in the fog, this rest stop confirmed my location.
The downtown part of Des Moines where the show was had some great scenery though I didn't have a lot of time to explore. That's the capitol in the distance.
The show was at HyVee Hall at the Iowa Event Center located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, which was decked out, welcoming quilters to the city.
The facility is good but not quite as nice and open and light as the DeVos center in Grand Rapids. However, the show sprawled on and on as over 1600 quilts were on exhibit.
Shameless plug - one of those quilts was mine. Quietude was juried into the first ever Modern Quilt Challenge. And while it didn't win a prize, seeing it hung was a total rush!
There was so much to see and not a lot of time to see it all. Since I was in hyper-viewing mode, shopping was not a priority at this show - which goes against every fiber of my shopping maven being. There's more to come so stay tuned!