American Quilter’s Society Awards over $50,000 to Contest Winners at AQS QuiltWeek® in 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 AQS QuiltWeek® - Chattanooga, TN, taking place from September 16 to September 19 at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402.

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BOUQUET ROYALE, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine

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.

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 16 to September 19 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 fourteen different categories. This year’s winners come from twenty-one different states and five different countries.

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

Best of Show Award
#206 BOUQUET ROYALE, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine

Best Wall Quilt Award
#423 CAPTAIN KIMO, Nancy Sterett Martin, Owensboro, Kentucky

Best Use of Color Award
#224 STARS ON MARS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, Illinois

Best Original Design Award
#717 SONG OF THE SEA, Kathy McNeil, Tulalip, Washington

Best Hand Quilted Award
#312 IRISH CROCHET LACE, Chieko Shiraishi, Saitamashi, Saitama, Japan

Best Home Machine Quilted Award
#410 MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, Diane J. Evans, Schenectady, New York

Best Longarm Machine Quilted Award
#511 OCTOBER SKY, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Large Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First #104 SOLITAIRE, Connie Griner, Burlington, North Carolina
Second #108 LOVE SONG, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, California
Third #102 WITCH HOUSE NEXT?, Leslie Carmichael, Prattville, Alabama
Hon. Mention #105 SQUIGGLES ‘N SPIRALS, Dianne S. Hire and Lura Campbell, Northport, Maine

Large Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First #228 I DREAM OF WILD HORSES, Kristin Vierra, Lincoln, Nebraska
Second #219 PAINTED DIAMONDS, Sherry RogersHarrison,
Normandy Park, Washington
Third #201 FREE FALLIN’, Kathie Beltz and Mara Novak, Greenfield, New Hampshire
Hon. Mention #215 BODACIOUS, Claudia Clark Myers and Marilyn Badger, Duluth, Minnesota

Hand Quilted Quilts
First #308 INVERARAY, A TRUE SCOTTISH TREASURE, Antonia Hering, Hoorn, NoordHolland,
Netherlands
Second #303 PERSIAN PANOPLY, Jan Frazer, Elwood, Victoria, Australia
Third #314 LANDSCAPE, Susan Ziel, Ocala, Florida
Hon. Mention #304 ELISABETH’S GARDEN: A TALE OF A THOUSAND THREADS, Elisabeth Frolet, Dunwoody,
Georgia

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First #411 LIKE A BOLT OUT OF THE BLUE, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Second #416 FLIGHT TO FREEDOM, Betty Kaliszak, Sevierville, Tennessee
Third #403 TEMPTING SUNFLOWER SEEDS, Jackie Berry, Huntsville, Missouri
Hon. Mention #401 DA VINCI’S KNOT, Laura Armiraglio, Busto Arsizio, Varese, Italy

Wall Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First #506 AUTUMN’S SURRENDER, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine
Second #516 BLUE DANUBE CAMEO, Laurie Tigner, Rapid City, South Dakota
Third #502 COSMOS, Sandy Clark, Fresno, California
Hon. Mention #508 COMPLIMENTS TO KAREN, Meg Latimer, Alpharetta, Georgia

Wall Quilts – Modern
First #627 LOVE IN THE DIGITAL AGE, Kristin Shields, Bend, Oregon
Second #628 MODERN MEDALLION, Rebecca Smith, Rapid City, South Dakota
Third #612 A SLICE OF PI, Connie Griner, Burlington, North Carolina
Hon. Mention #625 ME AND MY SHADOW, Vicki Ruebel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Wall Quilts – Pictorial
First #704 HE WHO GUIDES ME, Mary S. Buvia, Greenwood, Indiana
Second #705 GOLDEN TEMPLE OF THE GOOD GIRLS, Susan Carlson, Harpswell, Maine
Third #709 LOVE BEARETH ALL THINGS, Cindy Garcia, Racine, Wisconsin
Hon. Mention #724 AWARENESS: INTERDEPENDENCE, Gethyn L. Soderman, Ajijic Jalisco, Jalisco, Mexico

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 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 270-898-7903.

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