American Quilter’s Society Awards over $50,000 to Contest Winners at AQS QuiltWeek® in 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, IA. The event will run from September 30 to October 3 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

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October Sky, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, Pennsylvania

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. The event will run from September 30 to October 3 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 twenty-one different states and five different countries.

These winning quilts will astound the 15,000 quilters expected to visit AQS QuiltWeek in Des Moines this week.

Best of Show Award
#517, October Sky, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Best Wall Quilt Award
#509, Autumn’s Surrender, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine

Best Use of Color Award
#413, Second Encounter, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Best Original Design Award
#235, Stars On Mars, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, Illinois

Best Hand Quilted Award
#315, Irish Crochet Lace, Chieko Shiraishi, Saitama-shi, Saitama, Japan

Best Home Machine Quilted Award
#105, Hopeless, Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga, Kollumerzwaag, Friesland, Netherlands

Best Longarm Machine Quilted Award
#214, Bouquet Royale, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine

Large Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First, #121, Magical Moments in Time, Lois Podolny, Tucson, Arizona
Second, #120, Vermont Cabins, Rose Orr, Colchester, Vermont
Third, #104, Caisson Ceiling, Hsiu-Hui Chuang, Tainan City, Taiwan
Hon. Mention, #106, Autumn Freshet, Noriko Endo, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Large Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First, #211, Shower of Roses, Donna Derstadt, Libertyville, Illinois
Second, #239, I Dream of Wild Horses, Kristin Vierra, Lincoln, Nebraska
Third, #224, Byrne’s Spiral, Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick, Brookings, Oregon
Hon. Mention, #222, Bodacious, Claudia Clark Myers and Marilyn Badger, Duluth, Minnesota

Hand Quilted Quilts
First, #307, Ladies of the Sea, Peggy Green, Sparta, Tennessee
Second, #318, Jacob’s Star, Susan Ziel, Ocala, Florida
Third, #305, Quezal, Cindy Frese, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Hon. Mention, #304, Persian Panoply, Jan Frazer, Elwood, Victoria, Australia

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First, #422, Captain Kimo, Nancy Sterett Martin, Owensboro, Kentucky
Second, #402, Petals in the Wind, Cassandra Ireland Beaver, Urbana, Ohio
Third, #429, A Long Way from Home, Amy Pabst, LeRoy, West Virginia
Hon. Mention, #420, The Red Vase, Cheryl Kerestes, Wyoming, Pennsylvania

Wall Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First, #512, Passionate Rhapsody, Cyndi Johnson, Trenton, Missouri
Second, #521, Cameo Rose, Laurie Tigner, Rapid City, South Dakota
Third, #516, Lone Star with Baskets, Ann McColey, Valley Center, Kansas
Hon. Mention, #514, Nitefall in the Village, Mary Martin, Clive, Iowa

Wall Quilts – Landscape
First, #605, Peony, Mikyung Jang, Seoul, South Korea
Second, #603, Scattered Showers, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Third, #604, Oak Ridge Spring, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, California
Hon. Mention, #608, Shadows of My Mind, Paula Ridley, Mountain Rest, South Carolina

All of the winning quilts, as well as the semifinalist works, will be on display at the 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.

Admission to AQS QuiltWeek is $14 per day and tickets can be purchased at the door. Multi-day tickets are also 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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