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, taking place from October 5 to October 8 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Best of Show

Best of Show: THE PAISLEY PEACOCK, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, PA

Over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners at AQS QuiltWeek® - Des Moines, IA, taking place from October 5 to October 8 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

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, taking place from October 5 to October 8 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 14 different categories. This year’s winners come from twenty-two different states and three different countries.

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

Best of Show Award
#520    THE PAISLEY PEACOCK, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, PA

Best Wall Quilt Award
#521    WICKEDLY GREEN, Deborah Poole, Shelley, ID

Best Use of Color Award
#708    TECHNICOLOR DECO, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO

Best Original Design Award
#120    EWE ARE MY SUNSHINE, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS

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

Best Home Machine Workmanship Award
#113    MANOR HOUSE CATS, Cheryl Kerestes, Wyoming, PA

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

Large Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First        #119    BLUE PLATE SPECIAL, Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, KS
Second        #104    VICTORY, Colette Dumont, Saint-Romain, Quebec, Canada
Third        #115    WHY NOT?, Angela Petrocelli, Prescott Valley, AZ
Hon. Mention    #101    THE WHOLE IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS, Cassandra Ireland Beaver, Urbana, OH

Large Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #215    SUNBURST, Sherry Durbin, Burnsville, NC
Second        #204    NIGHTHAWK, Marilyn Badger and Claudia Clark Myers, St. George, UT
Third        #212    LONG WINTER FLOWER BASKET SAMPLER, Eileen Daniels, Brodhead, WI
Hon. Mention    #228    PLATES ON LACE NAPKINS, Dawn Larsen, Libertyville, IL

Hand Quilted Quilts
First        #321    SHELLABRATION, Christine Wickert, Penfield, NY
Second        #305    SPRING DANCE, Barbara Clem, Rockford, IL
Third        #311    SUMMER’S SONNET, Jane Holihan, Walworth, NY
Hon. Mention    #313    MACKINTOSH ROSE, Tim Latimer, Lansing, MI

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted
First        #406    A PASSION FOR PURPLE, Andrea Brokenshire, Round Rock, TX
Second        #402    SUMMER LAKE SANDHILLS, Joanne Baeth, Bonanza, OR
Third        #419    YELLOW SKY, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO
Hon. Mention    #446    THE LOTUS POND, Karen Turnbull, Laguna Niguel, CA

Wall Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted
First        #532    OTARU WINTER, Cynthia L. Vogt, Kennewick, WA
Second        #501    LANGUID IN CAIRO, Anne Armour, Jackson, TN
Third        #514    INSPIRED BY ALICE, Marilyn Lidstrom Larson, Willow City, ND
Hon. Mention    #505    HALLOWEEN BALTIMORE, Karen Brandt, Banning, CA

Wall Quilts – Youth (ages 10-20, as of June 5, 2016)
First        #602    MY CHURN DASH, Cameron Tiefenthaler, Mechanicsburg, OH
Second        #601    DISAPPEARING 9 PATCH, Megan Selman, Columbus, MS

Wall Quilts – Fiber Art
First        #717    CRAIG’S POND, Christina McCann, Depoe Bay, OR
Second        #722    BIRDS EYE VIEW, Carole Rossi, Aptos, CA
Third        #707    REDBUD, Jill Fisher, Iowa City, IA
Hon. Mention    #714    GOLF WITH YOUR BFF, Loretta Kovar Keil, St. Louis, MO

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 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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