Will QuiltWeek-ers spend $32.2M in Grand Rapids?


AQS QuiltWeek features hundreds of quilt “masterpieces,” including international exhibits. Photo via fb.com

QuiltWeek begins today in Grand Rapids, and the show’s organizers have vowed to return — weaving millions of dollars into the city.

This is the conference’s second year in Grand Rapids and part of a three-year commitment the American Quilter’s Society signed to host the conference here.

AQS, headquartered in Paducah, Ky., also announced recently that it is extending that commitment with another three-year contract with Experience Grand Rapids that will bring the show back to Grand Rapids in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Experience Grand Rapids estimates the show will have a direct spending estimate of $10.6 million in 2015, $10.7 million in 2016 and $10.9 million in 2017.

The premiere event in Grand Rapids last year was a success, and 21,000 people are expected to attend this year’s show at DeVos Place.


QuiltWeek is a celebration of the art of quilt making and showcases masterpieces created by contemporary textile artists.

QuiltWeek offers more than 750 world-class quilts on display, plus a full slate of classes, lectures and the best in fiber art from around the world.

Admission to QuiltWeek 2013, which runs through Saturday, includes access to all special exhibitions and the merchant mall.

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