American Quilter’s Society Awards over $50,000 to Contest Winners at QuiltWeek® - Chattanooga, TN

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American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, is pleased to announce the winners of the AQS Quilt Contest. Over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners at QuiltWeek® - Chattanooga, TN, taking place from September 10 to September 13 at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402.

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EXUBERANCE, Marilyn Badger, St. George, Utah (#403)

American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, is pleased to announce the winners of the AQS Quilt Contest.    Over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners at AQS QuiltWeek® - Chattanooga, TN, taking place from September 10 to September 13 at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. As part of the American Quilter’s Society’s celebration of quilting excellence, the contest recognizes the skill and creativity of today’s quiltmakers, as artists compete in the AQS Quilt Contest for more than $50,000 in cash awards.

Entries come from around the world to compete in 13 different categories. This year’s winners come from twenty different states and three different countries, with several prizewinners from the host state of Tennessee.

These winning quilts will astound the 12,000 quilters expected to visit AQS QuiltWeek in Chattanooga this week:

Best of Show Award
EXUBERANCE, Marilyn Badger, St. George, Utah (#403)

Best Wall Quilt Award
WANDERING ’ROUND MY WORLD, Beth Schillig, Columbus, Ohio (#546)

Best Traditional Quilt Award
A SPLENDID DISPLAY, Cindy Seitz-Krug, Overgaard, Arizona (#123)

Best Innovative/Art Quilt Award
IF THEY WERE IN P.E.I., Hiroko Miyama, Chofu City, Tokyo, Japan (#536)

Best Modern Quilt Award
FIRE AND ICE, Kimberly Einmo, Manassas, Virginia (#604)

Best Computer-Aided Quilt Award
BIG BERTHA, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine (#305)

Bed Quilts – Traditional
First        HADASSAH, Audra Rasnake, Meadowview, Virginia (#119)
Second    BLUE RHAPSODY, Carolyn Rider, Portsmouth, Ohio (#122)
Third    THE FABRIC OF OUR LIVES, Leslie Stevenson and Anne Haussmann, Lakeland, Florida (#125)
Hon. Mention    FUNKY GARDEN IN RED, Janet A. Elia, Taunton, Massachusetts (#109)

Bed Quilts – Innovative
First    GREG’S SONG, Cheri Meineke-Johnson and Linda V. Taylor, Corinth, Texas (#204)
Second    MAGNOLIA, Claudia Clark Myers and Marilyn Badger, Duluth, Minnesota (#205)
Third        ISABELLE, Kathi Carter, Vineyard, Utah (#201)
Hon. Mention    ARABESQUE, Loretta Painter, Norris, Tennessee (#206)

Bed Quilts – Computer-Aided
First        DRESDEN’S DILEMMA, Deborah Poole and Sharon Del Pino, Shelley, Idaho (#308)
Second    ALL THAT GLITTERS..., Sharyl Schlieckau, Loganville, Wisconsin (#309)
Third    HARMONY, Katie Ammon, Vicki Kauth, and Karolyn “Nubin” Jensen, Tucson, Arizona (#301)
Hon. Mention    MATILDA, Jocelyn Atkinson, Auckland, New Zealand (#302)

Wall Quilts – Traditional
First        THE SHELL COLLECTOR, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, Pennsylvania (#429)
Second    RED VELVET, Lisa H. Calle, Pottstown, Pennsylvania (#408)
Third        COLUMBINE SERENADE, Sandra Leichner, Albany, Oregon (#422)
Hon. Mention    TWISTED SISTERS, Pam Clark, Bogue Chitto, Mississippi (#409)

Wall Quilts – Innovative/Art
First        MS. LANTANA, Mary Ramsey Keasler, Cleveland, Tennessee (#525)
Second    NOSEY NEIGHBORS, Sherrie Cahill, Madison, Alabama (#502)
Third        ADAGIO, Dianne S. Hire and Pat LaPierre, Northport, Maine (#520)
Hon. Mention    JEWEL BOX, Cheri Meineke-Johnson and Linda V. Taylor, Corinth, Texas (#535)

Wall Quilts – Modern
First        THROUGH THE CRACKS, Mary Ramsey Keasler, Cleveland, Tennessee (#607)
Second    KEEP IT SIMPLE, Jodi Robinson, Enon Valley, Pennsylvania (#611)
Third        RED RECTANGLE, Judy Mercer Tescher, Pendleton, Indiana (#613)
Hon. Mention    SUNSET, Leanne Chahley, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (#601)

Wall Quilts – Computer-Aided
First    REMEMBERING DOLORES, Jan Hutchison and Ann McColey, Sedgwick, Kansas (#707)
Second    ZEN GARDEN, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine (#704)
Third        SERENGETI, Jo Ann Blade and Kim Diamond, Sedro Woolley, Washington (#702)
Hon. Mention    WHIRLING DUET, Loretta Painter and Cyndi Herrmann, Norris, Tennessee (#710)

All of the winning quilts, as well as the semifinalist works, will be on display at the Chattanooga Convention Center for the remainder of the week. In addition, AQS QuiltWeek will be hosting a number of other special exhibits, workshops with some of the top talent in the quilt industry, and an extensive merchant mall comprised of both local and national vendors.

Admission to AQS QuiltWeek is $14 per day and tickets can be purchased at the door. Multi-day tickets are available. Hours are Wednesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.    Ticket and additional information can be found at quiltweek.com or by calling 1-270-898-7903.

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 http://www.americanquilter.com or call 270-898-7903.

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