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Quilt Itinerary

AQS QuiltWeek & Contest (American Quilter's Society)

If you love quilts, you'll want to attend the AQS QuiltWeek at DeVos Place Convention Center, August 20-23, 2014.

More than $40,000 will be awarded in the quilt contest. A huge Merchant Mall will feature the very latest in quiltmaking supplies, antique and new quilts, and quilt related gifts. Classes are geared to all levels of quilters, from beginners to advanced, featuring traditional techniques like piecing, applique and quilting and extended to the latest in surface embellishment with paint, thread or embroidery.

Four days of quilts and fun with quilters from across the United States and around the world.
More than 300 quilts will be on exhibit. It's a quilt show that you won't want to miss!

Special exhibit: Quilt of Belonging is a collaborative textile art project on a national scale that is a lasting testimony to our heritage and identity. The Quilts 263 blocks represent all of Canada's main aboriginal groupings and every world nation.

Show hours and admission:

Wednesday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday - 9 am - 5:00 pm
Admission: Advanced tickets - daily admission $10; at the door $11. Multi-day admission is also available for $30. Advance tickets must be ordered 30 days before the show.AQSshows.com/AQSGrandRapids/tours

You won't want to miss visiting the:

Grand Rapids Public Museum - General Admission Price is $8.00 for adults; $7.00 for Senior Citizens and $3.00 for children. The AQS Attendees and their families will receive a $1.00 off of admission when showing their conference badge.

"White Glove" viewing will be available August 19 - 23. 10 quilts will be displayed in the Demo Lab in the Museum from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm daily.  Viewing of the quilts is free with your paid general admission.

The Community Archives and Research Center is a collaborative support facility which houses the historical documents and artifact collections of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Experience first-hand about how the museum's collections are stored and preserved. Specialized tours of individual collections such as Clothing & Textiles (including quilts), Furniture, Native American Collection and decorative arts can also be arranged to enhance the general tour of the facility. Wear your walking shoes. Group meets at the CARC building. Behind the scenes Tour pricing is $12.00 per person and must be scheduled.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - this 132-acre attraction features the most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection in the Midwest, indoor and outdoor gardens, largest tropical conservatory in the state, guided tram tour and café.

Coopersville Farm Museum - Quilts and Their Stories - 13th Annual Quilt Show. Take a leisurely stroll through the Coopersville Garm Museum and Event Center to view more than 140 quilts, read their stories, and meet the people who made them. Visit our website or call the museum for a complete schedule of workshops, classes and special events. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Also open for groups with reservations and for special events.

Outside of Grand Rapids attractions ideas:

The Osceola Quilt Trail is located just north of Grand Rapids. The Quilt Trail of America is a unique grassroots public art movement that spans the entire country with hundreds of organized "trails." It began ten years ago with an 'ugly' old tobacco barn on Maxine Groves' property in southern Ohio. The idea of painting a giant quilt block on the face of the 'ugly' old barn was Maxine's daughters. Donna Sue's vision didn't stop with one ugly barn with a fancy new accessory. She envisioned an invisible clothesline of quilts that would span the country; and so it does.  Here in Osceola County, Michigan, it took just a couple of individuals with a passion for the project, some brushes, tape and quarts of paint to join the trail. They started painting just three years ago and to date there are 91 eight-and four-foot boldly painted quilt blocks on barns, businesses, homes and public buildings throughout the county, inching outside the county in a few cases.

The Quilt Gardens of Northern Indiana are only a short 100 miles south of the Grand Rapids area. The Quilt Gardens Tour consists of a colorful patchwork of quilt inspired gardens and quilt-themed murals linked by the roads that form scenic Heritage Trail.

Future AQS Show Dates for Grand Rapids:
August 12-15, 2015
August 10-13, 2016
August 16-19, 2017