Barn Quilts Come to Fremont in a Big Way

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AccuQuilt Celebrates Award-Winning Barn Quilt Designs

AccuQuilt has revolutionized the way quilters cut fabric and now we're showing our support for the quilting community in the biggest possible way

Fremont is becoming much more colorful with AccuQuilt's unveiling of two award-winning barn quilt designs. These huge 17' x 17' and 6' x 6' quilt blocks are set to be revealed on the AccuQuilt home office as part of a day-long ceremony celebrating the rich traditions of quilters everywhere. The presentation is the culmination of the AccuQuilt Barn Quilt Design Contest, which inspired quilters to submit over 400 stunning quilt block designs for a chance to win a $1,000 AccuQuilt shopping spree and the opportunity to have their design displayed on the AccuQuilt office. The big barn quilt reveal will be followed by tours of the AccuQuilt offices.

"AccuQuilt has revolutionized the way quilters cut fabric and now we're showing our support for the quilting community in the biggest possible way," said AccuQuilt CEO, Steve Nabity. "We hope that having one of the world's largest barn quilts on our building brings inspiration to all generations of quilters. We welcome quilting enthusiasts from across the globe to stop by and see our barn quilts and tour our facilities."

First place winner Linda Erickson of Sierra Vista, Ariz., receives a $1,000 AccuQuilt shopping spree along with an all expenses paid trip for two to AccuQuilt to see the unveiling of her creation. Mary Johnson of Minneapolis, Minn. Will also have her second place quilt block displayed on the offices and receive a $500 gift certificate. Jane Rodgers of Fitzgerald, Ga., earned a $150 AccuQuilt gift certificate for her third place.

AccuQuilt's unveiling coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Nebraska State Quilt Guild, which will be holding its annual QuiltNebraska conference July 22-25 in North Platte, Neb. Quilters around the state gearing up to celebrate their history and AccuQuilt's reveal adds more excitement during this milestone week for the guild.

The Barn Quilt Contest was inspired by the work of Donna Sue Groves of Adams County, Ohio. Groves began the modern American barn quilt movement in 2001 when she painted a colorful quilt block on her barn as a way to honor her mother's love of quilting.

Donna encouraged others in the community to paint their own blocks to create original roadside attractions 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 first place barn quilt design was chosen by a panel of AccuQuilt management, while the second and third place winners were selected by AccuQuilt's dedicated Facebook following. The contest began April 23 and ran through Friday, May 14, 2010. Winners were announced at the Spring Int'l Quilt Market in Minneapolis, Minn., May 22. For those who are unable to attend the unveiling celebration, the winning designs can be found at accuquilt.com/barnquilt. To schedule a tour of AccuQuilt, contact 888.258.7913.

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.

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