Monday’s Madness-AQS Finds

“Monday’s Madness” really began on Wednesday for me, the first day of the AQS show in Des Moines, Iowa. This was my first time attending the show and it will not be my last.

The vendor mall was great and it took several trips through over a couple of days to take it all in. I took many photos of quilts but only for personal use photos were allowed, so I can’t share them online. Amazing work though!

Ready for my madness? It was the insane amount of shopping I did.

First purchase, Stonehenge. I need light and dark for a project I am planning. Sadly, I used Wednesday to browse with no shopping. That meant when I was ready to buy the selection was limited.

I had heard about Deb Tucker’s rulers and the demos were excellent – read – I was hooked. I plan to put them to use starting with the “Wing Clipper.” I love flying geese and I have a table runner I have wanted to do. The Lemoyne Star and Hunter Star rulers came with patterns (okay so i bought one of them) make. Someone should have told me I already have too many quilts in my head to make, though maybe I will use up some of the fabric I own.

Scissors were on my list.

This was a kit and ruler set by Quilter’s Haven to make a table runner using a technique that I have seen at a quilt shop a long time ago that intrigued me. I thought this was a good way to start. Sometimes it is nice to have a kit and not have to worry about planning each step of the way on the quilt.

A couple of miniature patterns, insanely miniature.

And finally….

Just for fun. Fun novelties, a black and white strip set, bargain zippers, and yarn.

I spent two full days at the show. Wednesday is THE day to go. The crowds were light and everyone was fully stocked (shame on me for not buying). On Friday I met up with a couple of friends that also drove up from the Kansas City area, and that added to the fun.

For me it was a good balance of browsing and shopping on my own and having time with friends to talk about the quilts and vending wares.

My husband and I camped in the area for the week and we plan to go back next year. Perfect time of the year to camp. Perfect fall weather, empty campgrounds and lots to do in the area. Loved Iowa.

Vacations are always nice, but is it good to be home.

What quilt shows have you attended or would you like to attend?

Enjoy the journey, Jackie

  • Brye Lynn

    Jealous! But I am glad you got to go.

  • Sandi Colwell

    Looks like you got some awesome stuff! The rulers look neat. Can’t wait to see what you do with everything. Love the pictures on this blog of your sewing space. Very nice and spacious! I’d love to teach from my home someday.

  • Gretchen Firestone

    Jackie, you are not alone in being sucked into the Deb Tucker rulers. I picked up a few in Grand Rapids. Wasn’t she great?

    • I can’t wait to use them. My head is full of ideas.