ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, Kathy McNeil, Tulalip, WA

For the first time ever, the winners of the highest honors in an international quilt contest have been decided by public voting.

American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, is pleased to announce the winners of the AQS Quilt Contest. $121,250 in prizes will be awarded to the winners at AQS QuiltWeek – Fall Paducah, KY.

For the first time ever, the winners of the highest honors in an international quilt contest have been decided by public voting.

AQS QuiltWeek – Fall Paducah features more than 600 quilts from around the world. The high point of the show recognizes the artistry of today’s quiltmakers as hundreds of quilters in the AQS Quilt Contest compete for $121,250 in cash awards.

Quilts in this international contest and exhibition come from around the world, with entries from 43 states and 15 countries. The winners of this year’s contest have just been selected. A highlight of the top honors are:        

Janome America Best of Show                
#1413    ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, Kathy McNeil, Tulalip, WA

Gammill Best Wall Quilt Award                
#1502    COLOURFUL DREAM, Lise Belanger, Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, Canada

Baby Lock USA 1st Place Overall Award            
#203    FLEUR DE GLACE, Colette Dumont, Saint-Romain, Quebec, Canada

AQS 2nd Place Overall Award                
#903    A NEW ENGLAND ALBUM, Carol Duffy, Plymouth, MA

Innova 3rd Place Overall Award                
#1202    MAGICAL, Joanne Baeth, Bonanza, OR

APQS 4th Place Overall Award                
#1136    JOURNEY, Grace Sim, Fulshear, TX

Hobbs Bonded Fibers 5th Place Overall Award
#116    PERSEVERANCE, Mary Olson, Aumsville, OR

LARGE QUILTS: Appliquéd Quilts sponsored by ABM International            
1ST    #120    THE A-E-I-O EWES, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS
2ND        #111    ALICE’S RESTAURANT, Janet Henshaw, Boyertown, PA
3RD    #117    OLD GLORY UNDER HIS WINGS, Julee Prose, Ottumwa, IA
HM    #105    ESFAHAN, Megan Farkas, Sanbornton, NH

LARGE QUILTS: Embellished Quilts sponsored by Horn of America    
1ST    #207    FRACTAL, Claudia Pfeil, Krefeld, Germany
2ND     #210    MOONLIGHT SONATA, Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, KS
3RD    #208    CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES, Carolyn Rider, Portsmouth, OH
HM    #202    PINBALL WIZARD, Marilyn Badger, St. George, UT

LARGE QUILTS: Pieced Quilts sponsored by Handi Quilter
1ST    #331    CARDINAL POINTS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, New Lenox, IL
2ND    #312    TAKING THE UNMAPPED ROAD, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME
3RD     #313    ONCE AGAIN, Miyuki Hamaba, Sanda, Hyogo, Japan
HM    #322    BARBARA’S CIRCLE, Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick, Brookings, OR

LARGE QUILTS: 1st Entry in an AQS Paducah Quilt Contest sponsored by Brother International    
1ST    #419    FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS, Tamara Gross, Wichita, KS
2ND    #453    GRAPE WREATH, Reiko Watanabe, Isawa, Iwate, Japan
3RD     #414    AROUND TOWN, Anabeth Dollins, Pittsburgh, PA
HM    #434    NOTICE FROM FLOWERS, Mineko Miyashita, Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan

LARGE QUILTS: Pictorial sponsored by Superior Threads        
1ST    #506    MICHIGAN LIGHTHOUSES, Phyllis Jacobs, Big Rapids, MI
2ND    #507    GROWN TOO SOON: THE BOYS OF THE MINES, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Murrysville, PA
3RD     #504    A SCENE OF EARLY SUMMER, Etsuko Iitaka, Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan
HM    #502    IN THE BEGINNING, Jenny Beasley, Yucca, AZ

LARGE QUILTS: Quilting is the Star sponsored by Statler by Gammill        
1ST    #607    INTO THE WESTWARD SUN, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, PA
2ND    #605    FREE SPIRIT, Judi Madsen, St. George, UT
3RD     #608    RUBY, Andrea Stracke, Groß Niendorf, Germany
HM    #602    A TASTE OF TIE, Inger Blood, Camino, CA

LARGE QUILTS: Hand Quilted Quilts sponsored by Flynn Quilt Frame Company                
1ST    #712    HAWAIIAN IMPROV, Cheryl L. See, Ashburn, VA
2ND    #705    DREAMCATCHER APPLIQUÉD, Peggy Garwood, Crossville, TN
3RD     #706    ANNIVERSARY ROSES, Susan E. Gorder, Polson, MT
HM    #703    INSTRUMENTS OF PRAISE, Donna Douglass, Apollo Beach, FL

WALL QUILTS: Appliquéd Quilts sponsored by AccuQuilt        
1ST    #807    INSPIRED BY ALICE, Marilyn Lidstrom Larson, Willow City, ND
2ND    #811    CONTENTMENT—A 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, Teresa Yielding Rawson, Tuscumbia, AL
3RD     #801    BACK TO THE GARDEN, Nancy Arseneault, Tucson, AZ
HM    #810    BELLA DONNA, Betty Kent New, Stilwell, OK

WALL QUILTS: Embellished Quilts sponsored by Koala Cabinets                
1ST    #904    ENERGIZED, Barbara Oliver Hartman, Flower Mound, TX
2ND     #906    CALIFORNIA COUGAR & OAK, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, CA
3RD    #914    PENDRAGON, Betty Jo Tatum, Ashburn, VA
HM    #915    VICTORIAN POSTCARD, Karen Turnbull, Laguna Niguel, CA

WALL QUILTS: Pieced Quilts sponsored by Elna USA                
1ST    #1018    30 SOMETHING, Cheryl L. See, Ashburn, VA
2ND    #1002    SPELLBOUND VILLAGE, Marva Beaver, Urbana, OH
3RD     #1023    INITIALS, Kimberly Werth, Rochester, NY
HM    #1016    HOLE-Y BARN DOORS, Shelly Pagliai, New Cambria, MO        

WALL QUILTS: 1st Entry in an AQS Paducah Quilt Contest sponsored by PAAQT        
1ST    #1127    DAYS END, Peggy Marquardt, Rhinelander, WI
2ND     #1104    VICTORIAN CHARM, Sue Bickham, Nampa, ID
3RD    #1111    NAVALITO, Carmen Cambronero, Santander, Spain
HM    #1108    JUST RUFFLING SOME FEATHERS, Gina Boone, Advance, NC

WALL QUILTS: Pictorial sponsored by TinLizzie18
1ST    #1205    EMMA IN THE LOOKING GLASS, Lenore Crawford, Midland, MI
2ND     #1220    LILY, Hiroko Miyama, Chofu, Tokyo, Japan
3RD    #1230    THE LOTUS POND, Karen Turnbull, Laguna Niguel, CA
HM    #1224    TUSCANY VILLAGE, Claudia Scheja, Werne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

WALL QUILTS: Whimsical sponsored by Quilt Path by APQS                
1ST    #1303    REVENGE OF THE DOODLE, Aline Bugarin, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
2ND    #1316    A SOPHISTICATED HALLOWEEN, Sylvia Schaefer, Athens, GA
3RD     #1317    SUMMER OF ‘59, Ellen Simmons, Chestertown, MD
HM    #1301    A WOMAN’S WORK, Elizabeth Bauman, Lakewood, OH

WALL QUILTS: Flora or Fauna sponsored by Quilt EZ    
1ST    #1414    THREE THIEVING CROWS, Gayle Pulley, Eatonville, WA
2ND     #1401    MY RHODIE, Andrea Brokenshire, Round Rock, TX
3RD    #1417    PAPAVER & ASPLENIUM, Karen Hull Sienk, Colden, NY
HM    #1412    WATCH YOUR STEP BIG BOY, Nita Markos, Hillsboro, IL

WALL QUILTS: Art Quilts sponsored by BERNINA of America
1ST    #1521    AT SEVENTEEN, Mikyung Jang, Seoul, South Korea
2ND     #1514    COOL JAZZ, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO
3RD    #1531    CRAIG’S POND, Christina McCann, Depoe Bay, OR
HM    #1506    GREAT BLUE, Deb Crine, Marco Island, FL

Havel’s Sewing Judges’ Recognition Award – Kimberly Einmo
#320    ARMED FORCES, Phyllis Marcum and Terry Marcum, Colorado Springs, CO

Havel’s Sewing Judges’ Recognition Award – Karen K. Stone        
#1509    DARK MATTER, Jennifer Emry, Arlington, VA

Havel’s Sewing Judges’ Recognition Award – Donna Wilder                
#1218    ROOTS AND BRANCHES, Christina McCann, Depoe Bay, OR

There’s still time to come see all the winners, as well as more than 600 quilts on display in Quilt City USA®. Admission to AQS QuiltWeek can be purchased at the Schroeder Expo Center and includes access to all special exhibitions and the Merchant Mall. The final day of the event is Saturday, September 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

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