American Quilter’s Society Awards over $50,000 to Contest Winners at AQS QuiltWeek® in Phoenix, AZ

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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. The Phoenix AQS QuiltWeek® event will run from February 11 to February 14 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

MY BRUNETTE WHIG, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, IL

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® – Phoenix, AZ. The Phoenix AQS QuiltWeek® event will run from February 11 to February 14 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

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 the contest. This year’s winners come from eighteen different states and three countries.

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

Best of Show Award
#223    MY BRUNETTE WHIG, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, IL

Best Wall Quilt Award
#701    SUMMER LAKE SANDHILLS, Joanne Baeth, Bonanza, OR

Best Use of Color Award
#102    HOPELESS, Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga, Kollumerzwaag, Friesland, Netherlands

Best Original Design Award
#505    REBORN, Molly Hamilton-McNally, Tehachapi, CA

Best Hand Workmanship Award
#301    SPRING DANCE, Barbara Clem, Rockford, IL

Best Home Machine Workmanship Award
#105    VIVALDI BY MOONLIGHT, Sandra Leichner, Albany, OR

Best Longarm Machine Workmanship Award
#226    A QUILTER’S GARDEN, Kristin Vierra, Lincoln, NE

Large Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First         #106    GEORGETOWN WEDDING, Ann Petersen, Surprise, AZ
Second         #107    WHY NOT?, Angela Petrocelli, Prescott Valley, AZ
Third         #113    BLUE PLATE SPECIAL, Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, KS
Hon. Mention #111    ICED GINGER SNAP LATTE, Nancy Simmons, Duncannon, PA

Large Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First         #215    FERN RISING, Claudia Pfeil, Krefeld, Germany
Second         #216    ON THIS WINTER DAY, Nancy Prince and Linda French, Orlando, FL
Third         #212    BODACIOUS, Claudia Clark Myers and Marilyn Badger, Duluth, MN
Hon. Mention #213    TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Linda Neal and Jackie Brown, McKinney, TX

Hand Quilted Quilts
First         #311    MELINOPHAN, Andrea Stracke, Groß Niendorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Second         #308    BEN’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN, Barbara Korengold, Chevy Chase, MD
Third         #313    EXUBERANCE, Zena Thorpe, Chatsworth, CA
Hon. Mention #306    LADIES OF THE SEA, Peggy Green, Sparta, TN

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First         #406    DAZZLING DAHLIA, Andrea Brokenshire, Round Rock, TX
Second         #415    QUILT NOIR, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO
Third         #442    CAPTAIN KIMO, Nancy Sterett Martin, Owensboro, KY
Hon. Mention #404    BLUE ICE, Inger C. Blood, Camino, CA

Wall Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted    
First         #513    LILY PATCH, Karen Watts, Mayhill, NM
Second         #510    OCTOBER SKY, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, PA
Third         #503    KIKU, Sandy Clark, Fresno, CA
Hon. Mention #504    AUTUMN’S SURRENDER, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME

Wall Quilts – Modern
First         #617    TROIS PORT DE (AKA 3 DOORS UP), Chris Taylor, Lincoln, NE
Second         #610    DEBBY’S MODERN X, Charlotte Noll and Debby Schindall, Lauderhill, FL
Third         #606    MAMA LOVES YOU BABY, Monika Hancock, Pine, AZ
Hon. Mention #611    LOG CABIN GOES MODERN, Ann Novak, Chino Valley, AZ

Wall Quilts – Landscape    
First         #708    YELLOW SKY, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO
Second         #703    A PASSION FOR PURPLE, Andrea Brokenshire, Round Rock, TX
Third         #716    HIGH COUNTRY COLORS, Kathy McNeil, Tulalip, WA
Hon. Mention #704    CARPATHIAN MOUNTAIN SUNSET, Cathy Geier, Waukesha, WI

All of the winning quilts, as well as those of the semifinalists, will be on display at the Phoenix Convention Center from Thursday through Sunday. 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 Thursday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 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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