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 14 to September 17 at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402.

Best of Show Award CACHE OF CARATS, 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® - Chattanooga, TN, taking place from September 14 to September 17 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 14 different categories. This year’s winners come from twenty different states and four different countries, with multiple winners from the host state of Tennessee.

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

Best of Show Award
#231    CACHE OF CARATS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, IL

Best Wall Quilt Award
#514    STARS & SPARKS, Judy Mercer Tescher, Pendleton, IN

Best Use of Color Award
#709    TWILIGHT IN THE WEST, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO

Best Original Design Award
#608    KINETIC BEAUTY, Shelley Doyal, Geneva, FL

Best Hand Workmanship Award
#310    MY SWEET HOUSE WITH KIRARA, Ayako Kawakami, Chiba, Japan

Best Home Machine Workmanship Award
#114    EWE ARE MY SUNSHINE, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS

Best Longarm Machine Workmanship Award
#226    CAPRICHO, Patti Sandage and Elle Smith, Middleton, TN

Large Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First        #109    WHY NOT?, Angela Petrocelli, Prescott Valley, AZ
Second        #108    MANOR HOUSE CATS, Cheryl Kerestes, Wyoming, PA
Third        #101    THE WHOLE IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS, Cassandra Ireland Beaver, Urbana, OH
Hon. Mention    #113    BLUE PLATE SPECIAL, Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, KS

Large Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #220    NIGHTHAWK, Claudia Clark Myers and Marilyn Badger, Duluth, MN
Second        #212    ODE TO SPRING, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME
Third        #209    KENOPHOBIA, Robbi Joy Eklow, Third Lake, IL
Hon. Mention    #217    PLATES ON LACE NAPKINS, Dawn Larsen, Libertyville, IL

Hand Quilted Quilts
First        #304    FLOURISH ON THE VINE, Donna Douglass, Apollo Beach, FL
Second        #303    SPRING DANCE, Barbara Clem, Rockford, IL
Third        #309    SUMMER’S SONNET, Jane Holihan, Walworth, NY
Hon. Mention    #318    JACOBEAN TERRARIA, Cleo Berry Ward, Colbert, GA

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First        #412    GOLDEN BROWN FRONDS, Laura Ruiz, Malabar, FL
Second        #411    THANK YOU, NATALIA, Elaine Wick Poplin, Huntsville, AL
Third        #404    ROCKSLIDE, Karen Duling, Laingsburg, MI
Hon. Mention    #403    A PASSION FOR PURPLE, Andrea Brokenshire, Round Rock, TX

Wall Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #501    KIKU, Sandy Clark, Fresno, CA
Second        #504    SPRINGTIME IN THE GEISHA’S GARDEN, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME
Third        #508    WICKEDLY GREEN, Deborah Poole, Shelley, ID
Hon. Mention    #517    TOO MUCH CHICKEN, Lynne Tyler, Goffstown, NH

Wall Quilts – Innovative/Art
First        #609    FLORAL FLASHBACK, Jan Frazer, Elwood, Victoria, Australia
Second        #622    A RHINOCEROS IN THE GARDEN, Elaine Wick Poplin, Huntsville, AL
Third        #611    MOONSWEPT, Nikki Hill, St. Augustine, FL
Hon. Mention    #606    MY HANDS, Sandy Curran, Newport News, VA

Wall Quilts – Pictorial
First        #714    ROMANTIC ROAD ROTHENBURG, Betty Kaliszak, Sevierville, TN
Second        #701    LANGUID IN CAIRO, Anne B. G. Armour, Jackson, TN
Third        #702    STICK WITH ME KID, Jan Berg-Rezmer, Gladwin, MI
Hon. Mention    #710    APPROACHING STORM, Leah Gravells, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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 4 p.m. The event 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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