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QuiltWeek weaves 21,000 visitors into Grand Rapids

August 6, 2013
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QuiltWeek weaves 21,000 visitors into Grand Rapids
AQS QuiltWeek features hundreds of quilt “masterpieces,” including international exhibits. Photo via

The American Quilter’s Society will converge on Grand Rapids next week for its annual QuiltWeek conference.

AQS is the largest quilting membership organization in the world.

More than 21,000 people are expected to visit Grand Rapids as part of QuiltWeek, which will be held Aug. 14-17 at DeVos Place.

Quilt tourism

“If attendance and great feedback from convention delegates is a barometer by which most event planners gauge success, then the inaugural American Quilter’s Society gathering in Grand Rapids in 2012 was a grand slam,” said Doug Small, president of Experience Grand Rapids. “We’re happy to provide accessible entertainment options in a safe, clean and active community.”

QuiltWeek 2013 is the second year of a three-year contract with Experience GR, he said.

“We are committed to creating a long-term relationship that would make Grand Rapids the host destination for this group through 2017,” Small said.

750+ quilts

The American Quilter’s Society, headquartered in Paducah, Ky., presents QuiltWeek as a celebration of the art of quiltmaking and showcases stunning masterpieces created by today’s textile artists.

More than 750 quilts will be on display from across the globe, along with the largest quilter’s merchant mall in Michigan.

Visitors will also be able to learn from the best in quilting instruction at the AQS School of Quiltmaking.

International quilt exhibits

QuiltWeek will host four internationally celebrated exhibits of textile artwork: Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge loans its exclusive “Colorplay” exhibit to AQS. Coming from Germany, Claudia Pfeil’s “The Silk Road Tour” makes its North American debut. Folk art from the Philippines also enters the international scene in the exhibit “Celebrating Quilts – The Caohagan Way.” The Tentmakers of Cairo will bring more than 125 new works in “Return of Stitch Like an Egyptian.”

Admission to AQS QuiltWeek includes access to all special exhibitions and the merchant mall. 

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