American Quilter’s Society Awards over $50,000 to Contest Winners at QuiltWeek® - Grand Rapids, MI

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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® - Grand Rapids, MI, taking place from August 12 to August 15 at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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SAFFRON SPLENDOR, Pat Holly, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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 - Grand Rapids, MI, taking place from August 12 to August 15 at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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 14 different categories. This year’s winners come from twenty different states and five different countries, with several prizewinners from the host state of Michigan, including the Best of Show.

These winning quilts will astound the 15,000 quilters expected to visit AQS QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids, this week:

Best of Show Award
#105    SAFFRON SPLENDOR, Pat Holly, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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

Best Use of Color Award
#428    SAM IN SUNLIGHT, Deborah S. Hyde, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Best Original Design Award    
#223    FERN RISING, Claudia Pfeil, Krefeld, Germany

Best Hand Quilted Award
#303    TULIP SERENADE, Barbara Clem, Rockford, Illinois

Best Home Machine Quilted Award
#407    DAZZLING DAHLIA, Andrea M. Brokenshire, Round Rock, Texas

Best Longarm Machine Quilted Award
#508    FROM THE BRIDE’S TROUSSEAU, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine

Large Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First        #108    STARGAZE, Susan Liimatta, Stoughton, Wisconsin
Second        #116    A TO Z FOR EWE AND ME, Janet Stone, Overland Park, Kansas
Third        #101    OBSESSION, Mary Bauer, Crestwood, Kentucky
Hon. Mention    #102    WEATHER THE STORM, Elizabeth Bauman, Lakewood, Ohio

Large Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #229    STARS ON MARS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, Illinois
Second        #226    ON THIS WINTER DAY, Nancy Prince and Linda French, Orlando, Florida
Third        #203    BODACIOUS, Marilyn Badger and Claudia Clark Myers, St. George, Utah
Hon. Mention    #220    BYRNE’S SPIRAL, Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick, Brookings, Oregon

Hand Quilted Quilts    
First        #308    LADIES OF THE SEA, Peggy Green, Sparta, Tennessee
Second        #310    INVERARAY, A TRUE SCOTTISH TREASURE, Antonia Hering, Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Third        #315    IRISH CROCHET LACE, Chieko Shiraishi, Saitama-shi, Saitama, Japan
Hon. Mention    #306    PERSIAN PANOPLY, Jan Frazer, Elwood, Victoria, Australia

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First        #423    SILENCES, Olga Gonzalez-Angulo, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain
Second        #441    CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Pauline Salzman, Treasure Island, Florida
Third        #451    MR. BARTENBACH’S BUILDING, Linda Syverson Guild, Bethesda, Maryland
Hon. Mention    #440    A LONG WAY FROM HOME, Amy Pabst, LeRoy, West Virginia

Wall Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #519    SEWING SEEDS OF HOPE, Bonnie Rhoby, Middleville, Michigan
Second        #504    COSMOS, Sandy Clark, Fresno, California
Third        #509    PASSIONATE RHAPSODY, Cyndi Johnson, Trenton, Missouri
Hon. Mention    #512    SUNSET, Ann Loveless, Frankfort, Michigan

Wall Quilts – Modern
First         #620    READ BETWEEN THE LINES, Stephanie Zacharer Ruyle, Denver, Colorado
Second         #602    COMMUNITY, Thelma Bearden, Tullahoma, Tennessee
Third         #624    RED RIBBONS, Judy Mercer Tescher, Pendleton, Indiana
Hon. Mention     #621    THE DISINTEGRATION OF THE PERSISTENCE OF ARTICHOKES, Sylvia Schaefer, Athens, Georgia

Ultimate Guild Challenge
First         #706    FAMOUS FEMALE FACES, Journeys Thru Art, Martin City, Florida
Second         #716    NO MATTER WHERE YOU ROAM, YOUR HEART STILL HANGS AT HOME, West Michigan Quilters’ Guild, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Third         #704    A DAY AT WOODLEY ISLAND, Fiber Art Friends, Eureka, California
Hon. Mention     #710    FLOWERS: ALWAYS AND ALL WAYS, Out of the Box Design Group, Jupiter, Florida

All of the winning quilts, as well as the semi-finalist works, will be on display at the DeVos Place 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 more than 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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