AccuQuilt and Rose of Sharon Inspire Creative Quilting

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AccuQuilt Partners with Star Quilter Sharon Pederson in the Rose of Sharon Block Challenge

Sharon's commitment to teaching others about quilting is a perfect match with AccuQuilt's dedication to making quilting easier for all. We are proud to have contributed to the challenge, and are excited about working with a thrilling personality like Sharon.

AccuQuilt (http://www.accuquilt.com), a leader in fabric cutting solutions for quilting and fabric crafts, is pleased to announce their partnership with quilting celebrity Sharon Pederson. The release of Pederson's Rose of Sharon exclusive licensed die for the AccuQuilt GO!® Fabric Cutter adds an additional level of excitement to the conclusion of the Rose of Sharon Block Challenge, which inspired quilters from 11 countries to submit over 850 quilt block designs.

"The Rose of Sharon quilt block challenge truly brought out the creativity in hundreds of quilters," said Steve Nabity, AccuQuilt's CEO. "Sharon's commitment to teaching others about quilting is a perfect match with AccuQuilt's dedication to making quilting easier for all. We are proud to have contributed to the challenge, and are excited about working with a thrilling personality like Sharon."

The Rose of Sharon Block Challenge invited quilters to create a quilt block using only three pattern shapes--the blossom, the leaf and a circle. Once entries were submitted, Nine Patch Media, publisher of Sharon's line of instructional DVDs, narrowed the field to 50 finalists. From that final 50, a group of 12 winning designs were chosen by quilting superstars Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims and will be announced on May 21, 2010, at Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis, Minn. Each winner will receive an individual prize package valued at over $1,650, which includes an assortment of AccuQuilt products in addition to other exciting items. One grand prize designer also receives Bernina Software Embroidery 6, valued at $2,199.

"I was blown away by the amazing response to the Rose of Sharon Block Challenge," said Pederson. "The number of designs and the enthusiasm displayed by quilters everywhere has exceeded my wildest expectations. I can't wait to announce the winners and share these outstanding designs."

Beyond the end of the contest, 83 of the designs will be featured in a Rose of Sharon book and over 100 will be included in the DVD, with the 12 winning designs featured on the cover. The book and DVD bring the beauty of the traditional Rose of Sharon design to a new generation of quilters, and complement Sharon's already impressive collection of instructional materials and notions.

Sharon's contest was more than just a way to inspire quilt designers, it also helped bring attention to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). The AAQI is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund Alzheimer's research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's. Sharon Pederson and AccuQuilt are proud supporters of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

To purchase GO!® fabric cutting dies as well as the GO!® Fabric Cutter, the Studio™ Fabric Cutter and hundreds of Studio quilting dies, quilters and quilt retailers should visit accuquilt.com or call 888.258.7913. The new Rose of Sharon GO! and Studio dies are now available for purchase.

ABOUT ACCUQUILT
Headquartered in Fremont, Neb., 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. Visit AccuQuilt online at http://www.accuquilt.com.

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