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Welcome to Chattanooga, TN!

From Lookout Mountain to the sparkling Tennessee River, Chattanooga is truly the “Scenic City.” Its natural beauty is exhilarating! When you attend AQS QuiltWeek in this beautiful location, you’ll find excitement indoors as well, as you view hundreds of AQS contest quilts and over 350 special exhibit quilts.

Indulge your creative soul in workshops with world-class quilters. Get to know them on a first-name basis while you perfect your craft. Don’t miss the latest in fabrics and quilting tools displayed in row after row of vendor booths alongside hands-on demonstrations of top quiltmaking equipment!

You’ll find wonderful restaurants, the famous Incline Railway, and of course, the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo ready to explore and enjoy when you visit the Chattanooga area for AQS QuiltWeek. We can’t wait to see you there!

Over 12,000 quilt loving attendees
Over 200 vendors for all your quilting needs
$54,000 prize money to the lucky winners
170+ quilts competing in 16 categories

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Mariner’s Compass Quilt, c.1850, hand pieced, hand quilted, 86 inches x 92 inches, cotton. This mid-Nineteenth Century quilt reads red, white and blue in coloration. This pattern was popular among quiltmakers in the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions. It is set off with a swag and tassel border. This quilt was found in Connecticut.

paintersWorld Painters Challenge

In 1995, a group of twelve patchwork lovers in various regions of Japan formed the Nihon Heritage Quilters Guild. This group participates in an annual quilt challenge, and every few years, the challenge is extended to include other nations. The World Painters Challenge began in 2013. A list of 30 world-famous painters was chosen, and that list was given to a group of quilters from Japan, France, and the U.S. One painter was assigned to each of 30 quilters in each nation, and each quilter was challenged to design and execute a piece of fiber art either representing a work of their painter or making a design of their choice in the style of that painter. This exhibit is designed to compare the techniques and styles between the nations in representing the work of each famous painter. This exhibit will be touring the AQS QuiltWeek events in 2016. Linda Steller and her sister, Ginny Steller, became the US coordinators of the World Painters challenge in 2013.

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The quilts debuted at the Yokohama International Quilt Festival in November of 2013, where they won the prize for best group quilts. They then traveled on to Tokyo International Quilt Festival, and then spent 2014 and early 2015 touring France. They returned to the USA in late 2015.

Izumi Takamori, the woman who organizes most of these challenges, is the owner of The Pin Cushion, a fabric and craft shop in Tokyo, Japan. In 1993 Sue Cutsogeorge, a quilter from Eugene, Oregon, traveled to Japan on a Quilters’ Express tour. One of the activities was to have a homestay night with a Japanese quilter. Sue was paired with Izumi, due to their mutual love of cats. The two women have been friends ever since. In 2003, Izumi contacted Sue to have US quilters participate in the first of a series of exchanges among nations. That challenge was based on letters of the alphabet and included quilts by 26 quilters from Japan, France, and the US. Since that time, we’ve had several other challenges:

-World Currency in 2005 (US, New Zealand, Japan)
-World Festivals in 2008 (US, France, Japan)
-World Painters in 2013 (US, France, Japan)

A new challenge, based on World Fairy Tales (US, France, Japan) has just left the country to debut in Japan this fall. Sadly, the Yokohama International Quilt Festival has been cancelled this year, but there will be several other showings there.

Linda Steller and her sister, Ginny, became the US coordinators of the World Painters challenge in 2013, when Sue Cutsogeorge assumed a new job and was unable to coordinate that challenge. Sue has resumed the helm of these challenges with the 2015 Fairy Tale challenge.

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The Merchant Mall is open all regular show hours.
Wednesday through Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
For more information on becoming a vendor, click on the Vendor Information link at the bottom of this page.

Booth NameWebsite
APQS - Longarm Quilting
AQS - Finkel's On the Road
Baby Lock
Becolourful Quilting
Block Party Studios,
Brother / MidSouth
Calico CupboardDelbert Godsy
Calico Patch
Cherrywood Hand Dyed
Click It Hot
Custom Quilts
Deb Tucker's Studio 180
Designs by Janet
Eye of the Beholder Quilt
Fennell Artworks
Hancy / Full Line Stencil
Handi Quilter,
Holloways Country
Husqvarna Viking
Hyderhangout: Quilt Fabric &
Innova / Accomplish Quilting
Joy's Fabrics &
Juki /
Kits by
Leadergrips by Regina's Quilting
Magnificent Quilting
Martelli Cutting
Martelli Long Arm
Old South
Over The River
Parabelle DBA Paisley &
Pennywinkle Quilting
Quilts of Valor
Ready Set Sew!
Sticky Roller
Strawberry Patch Fabric and
The Designer's
The Maasai
The Quilt
The Quilting
The Sewing Studio
The Thoughtful
Thimbles by TJ
Threads &
Tin Lizzie
Tutto Luggage / Mascot Metropolitan,
WonderFil Specialty

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