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

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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® - Albuquerque, NM, taking place from January 14-17, at the Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

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Best of Show Award- STARS ON MARS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, Minong, IL

As part of the American Quilter’s Society’s celebration of quilting excellence, the contest recognizes the skill and creativity of today’s quilt makers, as artists compete in the AQS Quilt Contest for more than $50,000 in cash awards.

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® - Albuquerque, NM, taking place from January 14-17, at the Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

As part of the American Quilter’s Society’s celebration of quilting excellence, the contest recognizes the skill and creativity of today’s quilt makers, 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 twenty-one different states. These winning quilts will astound the 15,000 quilters expected to visit AQS QuiltWeek® in Albuquerque, New Mexico this week.

The AQS Quilt Contest Prize Winners are as follows:

Best of Show Award
#239     STARS ON MARS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, Minong, IL

Best Wall Quilt Award
#627     A POCKET FULL OF PAISLEYS, Lorilynn King, Longmont, CO

Best Use of Color Award
#233     BYRNE’S SPIRAL, Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick, Brookings, OR

Best Original Design Award
#705     THE BIRDS’ PERSPECTIVE—LIFE AT THE WATER’S EDGE, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, CA

Best Hand Quilted Award
#306     DREAMTIME, Antonia Hering, Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Best Home Machine Quilted Award
#115     SNOW FLOWERS, Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, KS

Best Longarm/Midarm Workmanship Award
#209     MAJESTIC MOSAIC, Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin, Carlisle, PA

Large Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First                     #108     LIFE EVERLASTING, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, CA
Second                 #107     SOLITAIRE, Connie Griner, Burlington, NC
Third                     #104     AUNT MIMI’S FLOWER GARDEN II, Elsie Campbell, Ponca City, OK
Hon. Mention #116     NO L, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS

Large Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First                     #243     TINK’S CHOICE, Laura Trenbeath, Fishersville, VA
Second                 #245     I DREAM OF WILD HORSES, Kris Vierra, Lincoln, NE
Third                     #201     RED FEATHERS, Marilyn Badger and Claudia Clark Myers, St. George, UT
Hon. Mention #234     SPIRIT, Georgia Spalding Pierce, Seattle, WA

Hand Quilted Quilts
First                     #314     MY VERSION OF A PERSIAN, Christine Wickert, Penfield, NY
Second                 #307     ZERUAH’S LEGACY, Barbara Korengold, Chevy Chase, MD
Third                     #313     HERALDS OF SPRING, Joann Webb, Grain Valley, MO
Hon. Mention #302     TULIP SERENADE, Barbara Clem, Rockford, IL

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First                     #423     CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Pauline Salzman, Treasure Island, FL
Second                 #418     THE DANCER, Joyce O’Connell, Courtice, Ontario, Canada
Third                     #403     TANGLED GARDEN, Janet Davis, Alamosa, CO
Hon. Mention #409     TOGETHER WE DANCE, Patsy Heacox, Green Valley, AZ

Wall Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First                     #506     FROM THE BRIDE’S TROUSSEAU, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME
Second                 #503     COSMOS, Sandy Clark, Fresno, CA
Third                     #510     THE SHELL COLLECTOR, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, PA
Hon. Mention #508     WONDERLUST, Karen Marchetti, Port St. Lucie, FL

Wall Quilts – Non-Traditional
First                     #630     DANCING CRANES, Kathy McNeil, Tulalip, WA
Second                 #616     SECOND ENCOUNTER, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO
Third                     #622     AMERICAN BISON, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, CA
Hon. Mention #625     OCTOPUS’S GARDEN, Terri Jones, Springfield, MO

Wall Quilts – Landscape
First                     #703     SUNSET SENTINEL, Cathy Geier, Waukesha, WI
Second                 #702     DAWN, Rachel Derstine, Schwenksville, PA
Third                     #704     INDIAN SUMMER SUNSET, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO
Hon. Mention #701     PORTLANDIA ON MY MIND, Andrea Brokenshire, Round Rock, TX

All of the winning quilts, as well as the semi-finalist works, will be on display at Albuquerque 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, January 14 through Friday, January 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, January 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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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