American Quilter’s Society Awards over $50,000 to Contest Winners at AQS 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 10 to August 13 at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

SPRING DANCE, Barbara Clem, Rockford, IL

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 - Grand Rapids, MI, taking place from August 10 to August 13 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 eighteen different states and three different countries, with multiple prizewinners from the host state of Michigan.

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

Best of Show Award
#304    SPRING DANCE, Barbara Clem, Rockford, IL
Best Wall Quilt Award
#422    MOONSWEPT, Nikki Hill, St. Augustine, FL
Best Use of Color Award
#108    HOPELESS, Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga, Kollumerzwaag, Friesland, Netherlands
Best Original Design Award
#511    SPRINGTIME IN THE GEISHA’S GARDEN, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME
Best Hand Workmanship Award
#316    SHELLABRATION, Christine Wickert, Penfield, NY
Best Home Machine Workmanship Award
#124    EWE ARE MY SUNSHINE, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS
Best Longarm Machine Workmanship Award
#240    828 VALENCE ST., Laurie Tigner, Rapid City, SD

Large Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First        #110    FLY ME TO THE MOON, Jerry Granata, Palm Springs, CA
Second        #117    WHY NOT?, Angela Petrocelli, Prescott Valley, AZ
Third        #115    MANOR HOUSE CATS, Cheryl Kerestes, Wyoming, PA
Hon. Mention    #109    VICTORY, Colette Dumont, Saint-Romain, Quebec, Canada

Large Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #235    SARAH’S REVIVAL IN BLUE, Gail H. Smith and Karen C. McTavish, North Barrington, IL
Second        #238    THIS ONE’S FOUR EWE, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS
Third        #202    NIGHTHAWK, Marilyn Badger and Claudia Clark Myers, St. George, UT
Hon. Mention    #210    KENOPHOBIA, Robbi Joy Eklow, Third Lake, IL

Hand Quilted Quilts
First        #301    QUINTAL VASES, Becky Brown, Montpelier, VA
Second        #302    ELEGANCE, Elsie M. Campbell, Ponca City, OK
Third        #307    PROUD PEACOCK, Antonia Hering, Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Hon. Mention    #311    TRELLIS, Mary Owens, St. Louis, MO

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted    
First        #433    LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS, Kathy McNeil, Tulalip, WA
Second        #418    TECHNICOLOR DECO, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO
Third        #437    STADIUM SEATING, Pauline Salzman, Treasure Island, FL
Hon. Mention    #436    GARDEN FANTASIA, Joanie Zeier Poole and Pam Levenhagen, Sun Prairie, WI

Wall Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #504    KIKU, Sandy Clark, Fresno, CA
Second        #528    CAMEO ROSE, Laurie Tigner, Rapid City, SD
Third        #523    THE PAISLEY PEACOCK, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, PA
Hon. Mention    #506    SPIN, Diane Dixon, Palermo, ME

Wall Quilts – Modern
First        #612    SHELTER, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, CA
Second        #620    BROKEN, Ruth Montalvo, Madison Heights, MI
Third        #632    SHADOW BOXING, Rebecca Smith, Rapid City, SD
Hon. Mention    #638    ALL THE COLORS IN THE BOX, Marla Varner, Sequim, WA

Wall Quilts – The Ultimate Guild Challenge
First        #706    TREE HOUSES, Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters - Art Quilt Group, Kalamazoo, MI
Second        #714    ART DECO, The Milwaukee Art Quilters, Milwaukee, WI
Third        #709    ALONG THE BARN QUILT TRAIL, Piecefull Valley Quilters, Middleville, MI
Hon. Mention    #701    ZOOM IN, Appleseed Quilters Guild, Fort Wayne, IN

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 and 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 4 p.m. AQS QuiltWeek is open to the public.

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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