Category Archives: AQS Des Moines Quilt Show 2014

9 Modern Quilts to Make for Your Next Quilting Project

TiltedModernI recently attended QuiltCon in Austin, Texas.  Wow, what a show! I’ve been making modern quilts for some time, and it was wonderful to be at a show where every quilt was a modern quilt!  That inspired me to look this week for modern quilt patterns. If you’re starting to catch the modern quilt bug, here are a few patterns try:

Tilted Modern Quilt

Prism Modern Quilt

Garden Trellis Modern Quilt

Modern Geese

ModernLogModern Memory Quilt

Modern Log Quilt

Modern Rainbow Baby Quilt

Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics

Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks


AQS Des Moines Quilt Show Contest Is Open!


BARCELONA CROW’S NEST, Patricia Delaney, Abington, MA, 2013 Winner

If you’re thinking about entering your quilt in a large show, consider entering in the AQS Des Moines Quilt Week Show. The competition happens during the show in October. Entries are due in June of 2014.

In the past, I’ve had an opportunity to interview staff members of American Quilt Society. I was extremely impressed with their process for accepting quilts, and their care of quilts while in their possession. They take their job seriously and pay attention to every detail so that your quilt will hang well, look great, be fully protected, and will be returned to you without a hitch. It’s an amazing process!

If you’re wondering what it takes to enter a large quilt competition, here are the rules to this competition:

2014 Des Moines Contest Rules

1. The maker(s) of a cloth quilt can enter their completed work by submitting it easily online at along with the non-refundable entry fee of $20 per quilt for AQS members or $35 per quilt for nonmembers, digital photos (see rule 5), and appraisal and/or design permission, if applicable (see rule 6).

2. There is a limit of one quilt entry per category; two quilts cannot be entered in the same category, for example, you may enter one quilt in category 1 and another in category 4, but you cannot enter both quilts into category 4.

3. All quilts must be quilted by hand, machine, or both. Quilting is defined as a running stitch that passes through top, batting, and backing. Tied quilts are not eligible.

4. All quilts must fit the size requirements and definitions of the selected category. Please look carefully at category definitions and sizes. You must select a different category for each quilt.
For categories defined by quilting method:
a. Home Sewing Machine includes use of any sewing machine that is table-mounted/stationary, allowing the quilter to move the fabric rather than the machine.
b. Longarm/Midarm Machine includes any sewing machine mounted on a frame, allowing the quilter to move the machine head rather than the fabric.

5. Three photos must be uploaded with the entry.
Please include:
A full-view photo of the quilt showing all four corners. No part of the quilt can be obscured. (Do not  crop or manipulate your photos, however, you may crop the  background so long as all edges, corners, and binding of the quilt are visible.)

A detailed photo showing quilting stitches. Select a 12-inch section representing your best work.
A photo of the entrant(s) from the shoulders up. If you are a group or team of quilters, please use a group photo that includes everyone. Please click here to view our Suggestions for Good Photography.

6. Permissions and Appraisals: Any quilt that cannot be defined as an original piece requires written design permission from the inspiration(s) source. Quilts valued over $1,000 dollars require an appraisal submission. When uploading design permissions and appraisal files make sure they are no larger than 10 MB and multiple pages are scanned as one document. (Original design definition: first, not a copy of a previous work; new creation; patterns by others are NOT used)

7. Quilts must be in excellent condition. Incomplete, torn, or soiled quilts do not qualify for entry or display.

8. Quilts can be entered in multiple AQS QuiltWeek Contests: Phoenix, AZ;  Lancaster, PA; Paducah, KY; Charlotte, NC; Grand Rapids, MI; Chattanooga,  TN; and Des Moines, IA.
Effective in 2014 — A quilt winning a cash award is eligible to enter any other AQS contest for the next twelve months, for example, if your quilt wins a cash award in Lancaster 2014, you may enter it in any other AQS contest for one year. However, it would not be eligible to enter Lancaster in 2015.

9. Quilts must be a single unit and may not be framed with wood, metal, etc. Odd-shaped quilts and quilts with multiple panels must be mounted on black fabric containing a sleeve; attach the quilt at the top only, leaving the bottom free for the judges to view the back of the quilt. Quilts made from stamped kits are not eligible.

10. All decisions of the jurors and judges are final. AQS reserves the right to reject any entry or to move a quilt into a different category. AQS juries quilts based on technique as well as appropriate subject matter.

11. Quilts must have been finished between June 1, 2011 and the entry deadline.

12. Quilts must be available for display from September 13, 2014 until one week after the show.

13. Written judging evaluations are NOT provided for this contest|

14. Enter your quilt online by: June 4, 2014
Bed Quilts: Width 60″ to 110″; Length 80″ or more. Quilts designed for use on a bed.
Bed Quilts – Hand Quilted: Quilted predominantly by hand.
Bed Quilts – Machine Quilted: Quilted predominantly by machine.
Wall Quilts: Width 24″ to 80″; Length 24″ or more. Quilts made for display on a wall.
Wall Quilts – Hand Quilted: Quilted predominantly by hand.
Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted: Quilted predominantly by home sewing machine.
Wall Quilts – Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted: Quilted predominantly by longarm/midarm machine.
Wall Quilts – Modern: These quilts may use improvisational piecing, bold colors, simple shapes, neutralas backgrounds, or other techniques that represent today’s modern quilt style.

ONLINE ENTRY is OPEN! Click here to enter.