American Quilter’s Society Awards $125,000 in Paducah, KY

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AQS QuiltWeek®, opening April 23, 2014, features 662 quilts from around the world. Over 400 quilters from around the world compete in the AQS Quilt Contest for more than $125,000 in cash prizes that are awarded at the event.

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Janome America Best of Show ELATED Ted Storm ‘s-Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Over 400 quilters in the AQS Quilt Contest compete for more than $125,000 in cash awards.

AQS QuiltWeek® opening April 23, 2014, features 662 quilts from around the world. The high point of the show recognizes the artistry of today’s quilt makers, as over 400 quilters in the AQS Quilt Contest compete for $125,000 in cash awards. Entries in this international contest and exhibition come from around the world – with quilts from 41 states and 10 countries. The winners of this year’s contest have just been selected.

This year’s winners come from around the world, each sharing a part of the $125,000 in cash prizes. Quilts from 25 states have won awards at this year’s contest, and several winners come from other countries, including the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. These winning quilts will astound the 30,000 quilters expected to visit AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, KY, April 23 – 26, 2014.

A highlight of the winners of top honors are:

Janome America Best of Show    
#3-123        ELATED, Ted Storm, ‘s-Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

AQS Best Hand Workmanship Award                
#3-413     ORIENTAL PUZZLE, Hitomi Kanazawa, Ahiya, Hyogo, Japan    

BERNINA of America Best Home Machine Workmanship Award                
#3-620        TWO OF US, Sue Nickels and Pat Holly, Ann Arbor, Michigan    

APQS Best Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilting Award                
#3-320        MISTAKEN IDENTITY, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, Illinois    

Moda Fabrics Best Wall Quilt Award                
#3-1524    THE VALUE OF GEARS, Judith Phelps, Battle Ground, Washington    

A1 Quilting Machines Best Miniature Quilt Award                
#3-1612    DANS LES BAINS DE MAROC, Robin Gausebeck, Rockford, Illinois

Coats & Clark Best Wall Hand Workmanship Award                
#3-1112    BLUE TONE, Aki Sakai, Tokyo, Japan    

Brother International Best Wall Home Machine Workmanship Award
#3-1226    COLUMBINE SERENADE, Sandra Leichner, Albany, Oregon

Handi Quilter Best Wall Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilting Award
#3-1305    KALEIDOSCOPIC CALAMITY, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine    

TinLizzie18 Judge's Recognition Award - Mary Sorensen
#3-1241    FLOWERS IN FEATHERLAND, Judy Robinson Ehrnst, Springville, Alabama    

TinLizzie18 Judge's Recognition Award - Karen K. Stone                
#3-1620    DUTCH FLOWER POTS, Lahala Phelps, Bonney Lake, Washington    

TinLizzie18 Judge's Recognition Award - Donna Wilder                
#3-1232    MY FAVORITE THING, Pam Moller, Beloit, Wisconsin

There’s still time to come see all the winners, as well as the more than 662 quilts on display in Quilt City USA® at the Paducah McCracken County Expo & Convention Center. Admission to AQS QuiltWeek includes access to all special exhibitions and the merchant mall with more than 350 vendor booths. Hours are Wednesday, April 23 through Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About the American Quilter's Society

The American Quilter's Society is the largest quilting membership organization in the world. For 30 years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting inspiration and advice through a broad suite of products-magazines, books, live events, contests, workshops, online networks, patterns, fabric, and catalogs. At AQS, we believe that with inspiration and advice, the creatively-minded individual can take their quilting projects beyond what even they had imagined. The leading authors in quilting choose to publish with AQS; the best in quilt artistry select AQS events to display their work; the newest quilters learn from the knowledge and inspiration of AQS members. For more information on the American Quilter's Society, please visit or call 1-270-898-7903.

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