Barn Quilts Go to New Heights with AccuQuilt

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AccuQuilt's Barn Quilt Design Contest Puts Out the Call for Design Superstars

First scissors…then rotary…finally…AccuQuilt™

AccuQuilt, a leader in fabric cutting solutions for quilting and fabric crafts, announces the kickoff of the Barn Quilt Design Contest. Quilters, artists and creative types everywhere are invited to submit their ideas for display on the AccuQuilt home office in Fremont, Nebr.

AccuQuilt is active in the quilting community, providing fabric crafters everywhere with fast, accurate solutions for cutting beautiful quilts. Now they're displaying their quilting pride by placing a painting of the winner's colorful quilt square on the AccuQuilt office. The AccuQuilt Barn Quilt Design Contest is looking for anyone with an eye for design to submit their barn quilt creations to barnquilt(at)accuquilt(dot)com.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the most vibrant blocks. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 AccuQuilt shopping spree along with an all expenses paid trip for two to AccuQuilt to see the unveiling of their creation. Second and third place winners will receive $500 and $150 gift certificates respectively.

"We are honored to join the National Barn Quilt Trail and demonstrate our support for the rich tradition of quilting," said Steve Nabity, AccuQuilt's CEO. "This contest is a thrilling opportunity to show the world that AccuQuilt is deeply committed to the quilters who make us such a success. We think big, and displaying a 20' x 20' barn quilt shows our passion to all who see our office."

Barn quilts have adorned farms across the nation for over 200 years. However, the modern American barn quilt movement took off in 2001 when Donna Sue Groves of Adams County, Ohio, painted a colorful quilt block on her barn as a way to honor her mother's love of quilting.

Rather than stopping with just one block, Donna encouraged others in the community to paint their own blocks to create an original driving attraction for tourists. Her idea quickly grew into the National Barn Quilt Trail, which now crosses over 25 states and British Columbia. Travelers from around the world plan driving tours of the barn quilts, making them a popular attraction as people visit each barn quilt location.

The contest begins immediately and runs through Friday, May 14th. Winners will be announced at the Spring Int'l Quilt Market in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 21st. Full contest details can be found at http://www.accuquilt.com/barnquilt.

About Accuquilt
Headquartered in Fremont, Nebr., AccuQuilt offers quilters, fabric crafters and retailers a premiere line of fabric cutters, dies, quilting patterns and other quilt and fabric cutting solutions that help quilters quickly and accurately cut shapes for quilting and fabric crafts. Cutting with AccuQuilt cutters is a natural evolution of fabric cutting methods. "First scissors…then rotary…finally…AccuQuilt™" for fast, easy, accurate fabric cutting.

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