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

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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.

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Best of Show Award STARS ON MARS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, IL

Over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners at AQS QuiltWeek® - Lancaster, PA, taking place from March 11-14, at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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® - Lancaster, PA, taking place from March 11-14, at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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 fourteen different categories.

This year’s winners come from three different countries and fifteen different states. Eight of this year’s winning quilts are from the host state of Pennsylvania. These winning quilts will astound the 15,000 quilters expected to visit AQS QuiltWeek® in Lancaster, Pennsylvania this week.

The AQS Quilt Contest Prizewinners are as follows:

Best of Show Award
#242    STARS ON MARS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, Illinois

Best Wall Quilt Award
#513    OCTOBER SKY, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Best Use of Color Award
#233    FERN RISING, Claudia Pfeil, Krefeld, Germany

Best Original Design Award
#512    CHASING BUBBLES, Hiroko Miyama and Masanobu Miyama, Chofu City, Tokyo, Japan

Best Hand Quilted Award
#301    MURDERERSKILL CROSSING, Janet Atkins, Athens, New York

Best Home Machine Quilted Award
#420    THE RED VASE, Cheryl Kerestes, Wyoming, Pennsylvania

Best Longarm Machine Quilted Award
#245    TINK’S CHOICE, Laura Trenbeath, Fishersville, Virginia

Large Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First        #118    JACK IN THE PULPIT, Sue Reno, Columbia, Pennsylvania
Second    #112    VIVALDI BY MOONLIGHT, Sandra Leichner, Albany, Oregon
Third        #108    ADAGIO, Dianne S. Hire and Pat LaPierre, Northport, Maine
Hon. Mention    #107    LAVENDER DIAMONDS, Pam Geisel, Yellow Springs, Ohio

Large Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #235    ON THIS WINTER DAY, Nancy Prince and Linda French, Orlando, Florida
Second    #209    LET’S DO THE DRESDEN TWIST, Teri L. Cherne, Henniker, New Hampshire
Third        #207    MAJESTIC MOSAIC, Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Hon. Mention    #241    ROSES FOR KATRINA, Gail H. Smith, North Barrington, Illinois

Hand Quilted Quilts
First        #323    IRISH CROCHET LACE, Chieko Shiraishi, Saitama-shi, Saitama, Japan
Second    #324    THE FABRIC OF OUR LIVES, Leslie Stevenson and Anne Haussmann, Lakeland, Florida
Third        #313    ZERUAH’S LEGACY, Barbara Korengold, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Hon. Mention    #311    WHERE LOVE GOES, Miyuki Hamaba, Sanda Hyogo, Hyogo, Japan

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First        #427    CONFETTI, Joyce Paterson, Ukiah, California
Second    #415    PLAINLY NOT SIMPLE, Denise Havlan, Plainfield, Illinois
Third        #410    SPRING TIME, Rose Dumas, Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Hon. Mention    #437    SWISS CHEESE, Becky Weiland, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Wall Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #509    FROM THE BRIDE’S TROUSSEAU, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine
Second    #519    DID YOU WASH YOUR BEAK?, David M. Taylor, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Third        #515    SEWING SEEDS OF HOPE, Bonnie Rhoby, Middleville, Michigan
Hon. Mention    #504    CROWN JEWELS, Lisa H. Calle, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Wall Quilts – Crazy Quilts
First        #606    IN THE TRADITION, Kim Loar, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Second    #605    POCO LOCO, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, California
Third        #608    CRAZY FOR SNOWMEN, Linda Santoro, Schaumburg, Illinois
Hon. Mention    #601    FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON, Carolyn Burrough, Johnston, Iowa

Wall Quilts – 1st Entry in an AQS Lancaster
First        #715    COCK-A-DOODLE-DANDY, Georgianne Kandler, Arroyo Grande, California
Second    #720    DOODLE BIRD 2, Joanie Zeier Poole and Pam Levenhagen, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Third        #733    AMERICAN PIE, Sue Ann Wiltse, Harbor Springs, Michigan
Hon. Mention    #711    MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, Diane J. Evans, Schenectady, New York

All of the winning quilts, as well as the semi-finalist works, will be on display at Lancaster County 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, March 11, through Friday, March 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 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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