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 4 to October 7 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

ROOTS AND BRANCHES, Christina McCann, Depoe Bay, OR

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 4 to October 7 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 eighteen different states and seven different countries.

These winning quilts will astound the 13,000 quilters expected to visit AQS QuiltWeek in Des Moines this week.

Best of Show Award
#516    ROOTS AND BRANCHES, Christina McCann, Depoe Bay, OR

Best Wall Quilt Award
#401    COUNTRY ROADS, Joanne Baeth, Bonanza, OR

Best Use of Color Award
#238    CARDINAL POINTS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, IL

Best Original Design Award
#704    LEPIDOPTERAN #4, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Port Townsend, WA

Best Hand Workmanship Award
#302    PRINCESS ROSES, Sachiko Chiba, Morioka, Iwate, Japan

Best Stationary Machine Workmanship Award
#117    THE A-E-I-O EWES, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS

Best Movable Machine Workmanship Award
#209    TAKING THE UNMAPPED ROAD, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME

Large Quilts – Stationary Machine Quilted
First: #103 RAINBOW STAR, Elsie M. Campbell, Ponca City, OK
Second: #104    FLEUR DE GLACE, Colette Dumont, Saint-Romain, Quebec, Canada
Third: #112    WHEN CRAYONS EXPLODE, Jennifer Rose, Lino Lakes, MN
Hon. Mention: #116 MOONLIGHT SONATA, Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, KS

Large Quilts – Movable Machine Quilted
First: #218    LAZY AFTERNOON, Hiroko Miyama and Masanobu Miyama, Chofu City, Tokyo, Japan
Second: #224 BARBARA’S CIRCLE, Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick, Brookings, OR
Third: #221 INTO THE WESTWARD SUN, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, PA
Hon. Mention: #244 INSANITY, Kris Vierra, Lincoln, NE

Hand Quilted Quilts        
First: #315    AZTEC SUNSET, Linda Roy, Knoxville, TN
Second: #303 SPRING SONG, Barbara Clem, Rockford, IL
Third: #311    FLYING THOUGHTS, Antonia Hering, Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Hon. Mention: #307 ESFAHAN, Megan Farkas, Sanbornton, NH

Wall Quilts – Stationary Machine Quilted        
First: #407    MY RHODIE, Andrea Brokenshire, Round Rock, TX
Second: #421 SUWON HWASUNG, Mikyung Jang, Seoul, South Korea
Third: #442 VICTORIAN POSTCARD, Karen Turnbull, Laguna Niguel, CA
Hon. Mention: #415 THE RIVER OF LIFE, Cathy Geier, Waukesha, WI

Wall Quilts – Movable Machine Quilted
First: #522    TUSCANY VILLAGE, Claudia Scheja, Werne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Second: #520 RUBY SUNRISE, Sheryl Phipps, Story City, IA
Third: #506 REVENGE OF THE DOODLE, Aline Bugarin and Natasha Bugarin, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Hon. Mention: #518 LILY, Hiroko Miyama, Chofu City, Tokyo, Japan

Wall Quilts – 1st Entry in an AQS Des Moines Quilt Contest
First: #614    SOLITAIRE, Lisa Maechtlen, Anchorage, AK
Second: #604 RUBE GOES QUILTING, Linda Beachy-Hughes, Wichita, KS
Third: #611    MOUNTAINS & VALLEYS, Jackie Gaskins, Virginia Beach, VA
Hon. Mention: #625 EMBERS, Stephanie Zacharer Ruyle, Denver, CO

Wall Quilts – Fiber Art
First: #721    L’ISLE-AUX-COUDRES, Brigitte Villeneuve, Jonquiere, Quebec, Canada
Second: #717 KALEIDOSCOPE TREES, Judith Phelps, Battle Ground, WA
Third: #707 DESERT DAWN, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO
Hon. Mention: #711 MAGICAL TOYS, Flora Joy, Johnson City, TN

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 more than 30 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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