When Quilters Get Together, Great Things Happen!



AQS was honored to participate in the Quilt Sew-In sponsored by the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild during the 2015 Iowa State Fair, August 13-23. Over the eleven days of the fair, 437 quilts were made for statewide children’s charities. Lots of daily prizes were given out to quilters and The Fabric Center of Morris, Illinois, provided a Janome 3160 sewing machine to giveaway. The lucky Janome winner was Julie Carstens of Bondurant, IA.

childserve-1Mary Shotwell, natl-guardAQS Liaison with the DMAQG, reports that quilts are already being delivered to Childserve located in Johnston, IA, a program that provides residential and day treatment for severely ill or disabled children. Other quilts are being distributed to children who have parents serving overseas.

janome-winnerMary also had the pleasure of delivering the Janome sewing machine to Julie Carstens. Mary said Julie was one happy lady! Julie has been sewing since high school using a 20+-year-old Kenmore sewing machine. Julie has been teaching her granddaughter to sew on that same Kenmore and made the promise to give her the machine when Julie got a new one. Now that can happen! Julie hopes to attend AQS QuiltWeek® in Des Moines at the end of September and is eager to talk with The Fabric Center folks and AQS staff about winning the machine.

About The Iowa State Fair
The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. It is the true heartbeat of the Midwest.

About The Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
The mission of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild is to stimulate an interest in quilts and quilt making, educate its members, and provide for the interchange of information. Since 1983, DMAQG members have encouraged and challenged countless women and men in the Des Moines area to expand their quilting knowledge.

pinning-3About the American Quilter’s Society
The American Quilter’s Society is the largest quilting membership organization in the world. For thirty years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting through a broad suite of products—magazines, books, live events, contests, workshops, online networks, patterns, fabrics, and catalogs. At AQS, we believe that with inspiration and advice, creative individuals can take their quilting projects beyond what even they had imagined. The leading authors in quilting choose to publish with AQS, the best in quilt artistry select AQS events to display their work, and the newest quilters learn from the knowledge and vision of AQS members. For more information about the American Quilter’s Society, please visit http://www.americanquilter.com or call 1-270-898-7903.
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