American Quilter’s Society Awards $54,000 to Contest Winners at AQS QuiltWeek®–Virginia Beach, VA

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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. $54,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners at AQS QuiltWeek – Virginia Beach, taking place from October 3 to October 6 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

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STARBURST, Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, KS

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 $54,000 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. $54,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners at AQS QuiltWeek – Virginia Beach, taking place from October 3 to October 6 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

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 $54,000 in cash awards. Entries come from around the world to compete in fourteen different categories. This year’s winners come from fifteen different states and five different countries, with multiple prizewinners from the host state of Virginia.

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

Best of Show Award
#120    STARBURST, Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, KS

Best Wall Quilt Award
#707    GREAT BLUE, Deb Crine, Marco Island, FL

Best Use of Color Award
#111    PEAR DROPS, Cheryl Kerestes, Wyoming, PA

Best Original Design Award
#304    FLOWER NEWS, Sachiko Chiba, Morioka, Iwate, Japan

Best Hand Workmanship Award
#313    THREADS OF FRIENDSHIP (CAROL’S GIFT), Barbara Korengold, Chevy Chase, MD

Best Stationary Machine Workmanship Award
#121    GARDEN VARIETY SAMPLER, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS

Best Movable Machine Workmanship Award
#217    REJOICE, Molly Y. Hamilton-McNally, Tehachapi, CA

Large Quilts – Stationary Machine Quilted
First        #108    ART OF THE ANCIENT WORLD, Robin Gausebeck, Rockford, IL
Second        #107    CELEBRATION #2, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Port Townsend, WA
Third        #110    HWASUNG FORTRESS: SUWON HWASUNG VERSION 2, Mikyung Jang, Seoul, South Korea
Hon. Mention    #105    FLOURISH ON THE VINE, Sharon Engel, Greeley, CO

Large Quilts – Movable Machine Quilted
First        #215    THE TWISTED SISTER, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME
Second        #216    WONDERLAND, Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay Buckley, Sandy, UT
Third        #202    CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA, Marilyn Badger, St. George, UT
Hon. Mention    #231    BOTEH SYMPHONY, Claudia Pfeil, Krefeld, Germany

Hand Quilted Quilts
First        #320    RHAPSODY’S FEATHERED FLIGHT, Valorie Smith, Enid, OK
Second        #312    KIRARA’S GARDEN PARTY, Ayako Kawakami, Chiba, Chiba, Japan
Third        #302    ORANGE ORCHARD TRAILS, Jenny Bacon, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia
Hon. Mention    #316    JOY OF SPRING, Jackie Perry, Marion, VA

Wall Quilts – Stationary Machine Quilted    
First        #409    TICKLED PINK, Deb Crine, Marco Island, FL
Second        #405    TRIP AROUND THE WORLD II, Inger Blood, Camino, CA
Third        #422    BLOWING IN THE WIND, Nancy Sterett Martin and Karen Sistek, Owensboro, KY
Hon. Mention    #417    PICATSO: THE ARTIST AT PLAY, Nikki Hill, St. Augustine, FL

Wall Quilts – Movable Machine Quilted
First        #504    TOFFEE APPLE, Robyn Cuthbertson, Lower Plenty, Victoria, Australia
Second        #513    SONG OF SUMMER, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, PA
Third        #519    MAGNETIC ATTRACTION, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, IL
Hon. Mention    #516    BUBBLE BALLET, Birgit Schüeller, Riegelsberg, Germany

Wall Quilts – 1st Entry in an AQS Virginia Beach Quilt Contest
First        #643    FLAMINGO SKY, Ellen Simmons, Chestertown, MD
Second        #641    JUST AROUND THE CORNER, Beth Schillig, Gahanna, OH
Third        #613    DAVID CUTTING STUMPS, Mary M. Haukom, Colorado Springs, CO
Hon. Mention    #611    PERSISTENT PEACH, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME

Wall Quilts – Fiber Art
First        #709    I HOPE YOU DANCE, Sandy Curran, Newport News, VA
Second        #715    THE WAVE ON COYOTE BUTTES, Kimberly Lacy, Colorado Springs, CO
Third        #720    SOLITAIRE, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, PA
Hon. Mention    #721    A PIGMENT OF OUR AMALGAMATION, Rob Ryder and Dan Mouer, Richmond, VA

All of the winning quilts, as well as the semi-finalist works, will be on display at the Virginia Beach Convention Center for the remainder of the week. Individuals and groups who register for admission to AQS QuiltWeek will receive access to all special exhibits and the Merchant Mall with thousands of quilting items for sale. AQS QuiltWeek will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Individuals and groups can register at the show. This event is open to the public. Additional information about the event and contest 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 34 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 about the American Quilter’s Society, please visit http://www.americanquilter.com or call 1-270-898-7903.

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