American Quilter’s Society Awards over $50,000 to Contest Winners at AQS QuiltWeek®–Syracuse

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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®–Syracuse, NY, taking place from July 27 through July 30, at the Oncenter, 800 South State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

EWE ARE MY SUNSHINE, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS

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®–Syracuse, NY, taking place from July 27 through July 30, at the Oncenter, 800 South State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

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 nineteen different states and five different countries. Four of this year’s winning quilts are from the host state of New York. These winning quilts will astound the 15,000 quilters expected to visit AQS QuiltWeek® in Syracuse, New York, this week.

The AQS Quilt Contest Prizewinners are as follows:

Award Winners
2016 AQS QuiltWeek® – Syracuse
July 27 – 30, 2016

Best of Show Award
#116    EWE ARE MY SUNSHINE, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS

Best Wall Quilt Award
#420    SLEEP, PRAY, SCREAM, Flora Joy, Johnson City, TN

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

Best Original Design Award
#628    HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2, Aki Sakai, Hachiouji, Tokyo, Japan

Best Hand Workmanship Award
#322    SHELLABRATION, Christine Wickert, Penfield, NY

Best Home Machine Workmanship Award
#434    BAILANDO EN LA NOCHE (DANCING IN THE NIGHT), Shelly Stokes, Alexandria, MN

Best Longarm Machine Workmanship Award
#521    SILK ROAD SAMPLER, Melissa Sobotka, Richardson, TX

Large Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First        #112    WHY NOT?, Angela Petrocelli, Prescott Valley, AZ
Second        #110    MANOR HOUSE CATS, Cheryl Kerestes, Wyoming, PA
Third        #103    FIESTA DE LAS FLORES, Leona Harden, New Tazewell, TN
Hon. Mention    #111    VERMONT CABINS, Rose Orr, Colchester, VT

Large Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #222    PARADOX, Claudia Pfeil, Krefeld, Germany
Second        #228    CACHE OF CARATS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, IL
Third        #214    BOUQUET ROYALE, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME
Hon. Mention    #230    THIS ONE’S FOUR EWE, Janet Stone and Laurie Tigner, Overland Park, KS

Hand Quilted Quilts
First        #306    NOW I KNOW MY ABC’S, Marie Anne Coadic, Wilmington, NC
Second        #307    HARU LA PRIMAVERA, Mariko Duenwald, San Francisco, CA
Third        #304    ELEGANCE, Elsie M. Campbell, Ponca City, OK
Hon. Mention    #305    SPRING DANCE, Barbara Clem, Rockford, IL

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First        #403    A PASSION FOR PURPLE, Andrea Brokenshire, Round Rock, TX
Second        #404    PEGASUS MANDALA, Aline Bugarin and Natasha Bugarin, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Third        #411    CARPATHIAN MOUNTAIN SUNSET, Cathy Geier, Waukesha, WI
Hon. Mention    #417    KALEIDOSCOPE GALAXY, Karon Huggler, Columbia, MO

Wall Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #518    WICKEDLY GREEN, Deborah Poole, Shelley, ID
Second        #516    LUMINOUS SPLENDOR, Heidi Merrill, Glenville, NY
Third        #514    LUCY, Karen Marchetti, Port St. Lucie, FL
Hon. Mention    #510    SPRINGTIME IN THE GEISHA’S GARDEN, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME

Wall Quilts – Whimsical
First        #602    BAUBLES, Cassandra Ireland Beaver, Urbana, OH
Second        #624    KITTEN’S DREAMS, Hiroko Miyama and Masanobu Miyama, Chofu City, Tokyo, Japan
Third        #626    GARDEN FANTASIA, Joanie Zeier Poole and Pam Levenhagen, Sun Prairie, WI
Hon. Mention    #615    VIEW FROM THE MICROSCOPE: PICKLED PARAMECIA, Connie Kincius Griner, Burlington, NC

Wall Quilts – Fiber Art
First        #713    TRIPTYCH—THE LEAVES OF FLORIDA, Elaine Ross, Batavia, NY
Second        #717    CANTERBURY KNIGHT, Betty Jo Tatum, Ashburn, VA
Third        #703    THE DREAMY LEMUR, Maria Ferri Cousins and Syrie Walsh, Great River, NY
Hon. Mention    #702    BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR, Kathy Collins, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

All of the winning quilts, as well as the semi-finalist works, will be on display at the Oncenter 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, July 27, through Friday, July 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, July 30, 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 33 years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting inspiration and advice. At AQS, we believe that with the proper resources, the creative individual can take their quilting projects beyond what they can imagine. 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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