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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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gardner-walkingSAQA: People & Portraits

Celebrates the expressiveness of the human face. This exhibit focuses on a variety of both emotional states and the ways in which people interact: contemplation, joy, community, work and play. Based on the companion book, Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits, the exhibition shows two works by each of the book’s 20 Featured Artists.

authorsAQS Authors’ Showcase

Artistry and craft are blended together in the AQS Authors’ Showcase. AQS provides a platform to view quilts, projects, and demonstrations. The displays features the latest books form well-known authors. You will find interactive opportunities as AQS authors demonstrate their techniques.

patrioticPresidential & Patriotic Collection of Sue Reich

Throughout our country’s history, quiltmakers have honored America’s presidents in their quiltmaking. These presidential quilts and patriotic quilts have been made by American quilters. From the presidencies of George Washington through Barack Obama, the quilts help us enjoy American history, and reflect on how quilt history has chosen to remember the U.S. presidents and other patriotic events.

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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.


Julie Sefton’s passion for barns and her love of being involved in the entire process of a quilt from beginning to end inspired her to do a quilt based version of See Rock City and write a book about the process she used to make the quilt. From this book the Secret Society of Barn Builders was created and is an international group of quilters who tested the process by creating their own original free pieced barns. Their unique quilts are featured in this exhibit.

danceNew Quilts from an Old Favorite: New York Beauty from the National Quilt Museum

Nearly everyone remembers sleeping under a quilt made by their mother or grandmother, and many of those quilts were made from time-honored traditional quilt designs. Today’s quiltmakers were challenged by the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky to create original quilts based on the classic New York Beauty block pattern.

The Museum is delighted to present “New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2016: New York Beauty,” an exhibit of the 18 finalist and winning quilts by quiltmakers who responded to this challenge. These are not your grandmother’s quilts! Quilters modified New York Beauty block designs in imaginative ways, providing a wonderful look at the skills, techniques and creativity of today’s quiltmakers. Support for the contest is provided by MODA Fabrics and Janome America, Incorporated.

complexSimple Quilts – Complex Fabric by Paula Nadelstern

This exhibit promotes the idea that simple quilt patterns can be transformed into visual spectacles by using charismatic prints. These quilts may look difficult and complicated but ultimately they are not when you know how to look for the seams. This is the premiere exhibit of quilts from Paula Nadelstern’s book: FABRICADABRA: Simple Quilts, Complex Fabric (C&T, Publication date: October 2016).

grape-arborJacobean Appliqué: Patricia Campbell Quilts from the Collection of the National Quilt Museum

Patricia B. Campbell was a quilt artist, well known for her non-traditional style of patterns and use of bold colors. She adapted theorem paintings of baskets filled with fruits and flowers into her appliquéd quilts. Pat was drawn to the fantasy botanicals of the Jacobean style crewel embroidery designs, and adapted those graceful curves and stylized leaves to appliqué designs that won her many awards with her quilts. After her death, her quilts became part of the collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah.

bergerCherrywood Challenge 2016: The Lion King

Cherrywood Fabrics in conjunction with The Disney Theater Group challenged quiltmakers to be inspired by the stunning artistry, vibrant colors, and exhilarating choreography of Broadway’s Award-Winning Best Musical, THE LION KING.

The Challenge: The quilts must measure 20” x 20” and must be made from Cherrywood Fabric (white of another brand can be used since Cherrywood does not have white fabric). At least 60% of the quilt must be comprised of the four challenge colors of Cherrywood Fabric; other Cherrywood fabrics may be added. Any technique may be used as long as it maintains the character of a textile quilt; embellishments such as beads and ribbon may be added – no glitter.

One hundred twenty (120) quilts from this Challenge will debut at AQS QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids 2016, and will be displayed at AQS QuiltWeek events for one year. Select quilts will be displayed at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of The LION KING!

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Wednesday through Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Booth NameWebsite
APQS - Longarm Quilting
AQS - Finkel's On the Road
Baby Lock
Baubles by Beverly
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 / Sew N Vac
Hyderhangout: Quilt Fabric &
Innova / Accomplish Quilting
Joy's Fabrics &
Juki /
Kits by
Leadergrips by Regina's Quilting
Magnificent Quilting
Martelli Cutting
Martelli Long Arm
Missouri Star Quilt
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 Lodge at Douglas
The Maasai
The Quilt
The Quilting
The Thoughtful
Thimbles by TJ Lane,
Threads &
Tutto Luggage / Mascot Metropolitan,
Villa Rosa
WonderFil Specialty

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