American Quilter’s Society Awards over $50,000 to Contest Winners at QuiltWeek® - Des Moines, IA

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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 AQS QuiltWeek® - Des Moines.

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Best In Show- ISABELLE, Kathi Carter, Vineyard, Utah

This year’s winners come from three different countries and nineteen different states, with the Best Modern Quilt Award going to winners from the host city of Des Moines, IA.

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® - Des Moines, IA, taking place from October 1 to October 4, at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

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 three different countries and nineteen different states, with the Best Modern Quilt Award going to winners from the host city of Des Moines, IA. These winning quilts will astound the 15,000 quilters expected to visit AQS QuiltWeek® in Des Moines, Iowa, this week.

The AQS Quilt Contest Prize Winners are as follows:

Best of Show Award
#205     ISABELLE, Kathi Carter, Vineyard, Utah

Best Wall Quilt Award
#511     ZEN GARDEN, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine

Best Bed Quilt Award
#104     TULIP SERENADE, Barbara Clem, Rockford, Illinois

Best Hand Workmanship Award
#113     HERALDS OF SPRING, Joann Webb, Grain Valley, Missouri

Best Home Machine Workmanship Award
#450     NO L, Janet Stone, Overland Park, Kansas

Best Longarm/Midarm Machine Workmanship Award
#210     BIG BERTHA, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine

Best Modern Quilt Award
#603     DIAMOND DUST, Doris Brunnette and Trina Kirkvold, Des Moines, Iowa

Bed Quilts – Hand Quilted
First                     #111     FOR MOM, GRAMS & SAM, Terri Stephens, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
Second                 #112     THE FABRIC OF OUR LIVES, Leslie Stevenson & Anne Haussmann, Lakeland, Florida
Third                     #114     EMILY MUNROE, Karen Woten, Ottumwa, Iowa
Hon. Mention #103     GIVE IT A WHIRL, GIRL, L. Jean Clark, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

Bed Quilts –Machine Quilted
First                     #225     DRESDEN’S DILEMMA, Deborah Poole & Sharon Del Pino, Shelley, Idaho
Second                 #236     THE COTHEALS AT HOME, Mayleen Vinson, Haysville, Kansas
Third                     #207     VESTMENTS, Mary Chalmers, Willmar, Minnesota
Hon. Mention #215     PORTLAND ROSE, Linda Hrcka & Lisa Bongean, Homer, Michigan

Wall Quilts – Hand Quilted
First                     #305     DREAMTIME, Antonia Hering, Hoorn Holland, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Second                 #321     LANDSCAPE, Susan E. Ziel, Ocala, Florida
Third                     #316     WINDBLOWN, Linda M. Roy, Knoxville, Tennessee
Hon. Mention #314     NO BAKE APPLIQUÉ, Wendy Caton Reed, Bath, Maine

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First                     #410     POOR AND RICH, Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga, Kollumerzwaag, Friesland, Netherlands
Second                 #402     FEATHERS AND FARMS, Joanne Baeth, Bonanza, Oregon
Third                     #420     ADAGIO, Dianne S. Hire & Pat LaPierre, Northport, Maine
Hon. Mention #447     WANDERING ‘ROUND MY WORLD, Beth Schillig, Columbus, Ohio

Wall Quilts – Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted
First                     #519     ALL TOGETHER, Hiroko Miyama & Masanobu Miyama, Chofu City, Tokyo, Japan
Second                 #531     ROSES FOR KATRINA, Gail H. Smith, North Barrington, Illinois
Third                     #526     MILLEFIORI, Sherry Rogers-Harrison, Normandy Park, Washington
Hon. Mention #521     THE SHELL COLLECTOR, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Wall Quilts – Modern
First                     #617     MODERN MEDALLION, Rebecca Smith, Rapid City, South Dakota
Second                 #608     HONEY, WHAT COLOR?, Jeri Fickes, Wooster, Ohio
Third                     #607     FIRE AND ICE, Kimberly Einmo & Judi Madsen, Manassas, Virginia
Hon. Mention #611     WELCOME TO COLORFUL COLORADO, Katie Larson, Kansas City, Kansas

All of the winning quilts, as well as the semi-finalist works, will be on display at Iowa Events 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.

QuiltWeek® is open to the public. Admission to AQS QuiltWeek® is $14 per day and tickets can be purchased at the door. Multi-day tickets are available. Hours are Wednesday, October 1 through Friday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, October 4, 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 1-270-898-7903.

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