A Fortuitous Mistake:

Retrospective Quilts of Margaret Solomon Gunn

A seamstress and casual quilter for 35 years, Margaret quit her engineering profession and bought a longarm quilting machine nine years ago. Soon after, following the suggestion of a fellow quilter, she entered a quilt in a show, accidentally applying to a different show than what was recommended! This proved to be a most fortuitous mistake. The quilt won a ribbon and as they say, the rest is history.

Two dozen competitive quilts later, Margaret’s exacting tendencies and competitive nature make her a natural for creating unique ribbon-winning quilts. All but two quilts feature Margaret’s preferred medallion-style layout – likely a result of being strongly left-brained. Midway through this journey, Margaret discovered silk fabric and fell hard for its beauty and sheen. To this day, combining silks and cottons together is a trademark of hers. Quilts in this retrospective exhibit show Margaret’s progression as a quilter over a twenty-four-year period.

AQS QuiltWeek - Daytona Beach, Featured Teacher Quilt Exhibit: ZEN GARDEN by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Zen Garden

AQS QuiltWeek - Daytona Beach, Featured Teacher Quilt Exhibit: BIG BERTHA by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Big Bertha

AQS QuiltWeek - Daytona Beach, Featured Teacher Quilt Exhibit: SPRINGTIME IN THE GEISHA'S GARDEN by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Springtime in the Geisha’s Garden

AQS QuiltWeek - Daytona Beach, Featured Teacher Quilt Exhibit: BOUQUET ROYALE by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Bouquet Royale

SILK ROAD SAMPLER by Melissa Sobotka

AQS QuiltWeek – Daytona Beach 2017 Best of Show
Silk Road Sampler by Melissa Sobotka

Daytona Beach
Contest Quilts

The international quilt contest sponsored by AQS presents quilts showcasing a wide variety of techniques that quiltmakers around the world are using today. Quilters will vie for $54,000 in cash awards, with the Best of Show receiving $10,000. Quilts range from traditional designs that everyone knows, like Lone Star and Log Cabin, to Modern and Art quilts that reach outside the box with new designs and techniques.

AQS QuiltWeek – Daytona Beach, Florida Quilt Exhibit, The PRINCE Cherrywood Challenge 2018: Paisleys and Diamonds and Pearls, Oh My! by Robin Gausebeck

Detail: Paisleys and Diamonds and Pearls, Oh My! by Robin Gausebeck

The PRINCE Cherrywood
Challenge 2018

What happens when you give artists the same fabric, same color, and same inspiration? The result is an amazing variety of ideas! All the pieces in this collection are created with Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric. Artists took inspiration from Prince, the late musician from Minnesota (also home of Cherrywood). Because of the cohesive nature of the quilts, the exhibit makes a huge visual impact.

Quilt Show Exhibit, AQS iquilt and Author Showcase, CHECKMATE by Lisa H. Calle

Detail: Checkmate by Lisa H. Calle

AQS iquilt and Author Showcase

Artistry and craft are blended together in the AQS iquilt & Author Showcase. AQS provides a platform to view quilts, projects, and demonstrations. The exhibit feature quilts from well-known instructors for iquilt online classes and authors of AQS books. You will find interactive opportunities as instructors demonstrate their techniques.

Quilting Guild of the Villages Logo
Showcase of Quilts: The Quilting Guild of The Villages

The Quilting Guild of The Villages was established in 2002 to promote an interest in and appreciation of the art of quilting, to share quilting information, to provide education for Guild members, and to be of service to their community.

Today the Guild has more than 1,000 members with chapters that meet throughout The Villages. This exhibit showcases quilts made by representatives of all 21 chapters of the Guild.

Detail: Morning Mist by Linda Anderson


Tranquility is defined as a quality or state of being, possessing the concepts of quiet, peacefulness, calmness, or serenity. Tranquility, as a mental and physical concept, is the primary focus of certain religious sects, whereby tranquility of the body, thoughts, and consciousness are believed to lead to the path of personal enlightenment.

The works selected represent tranquility through color, line, and composition. Each work sets a mood of tranquility for the viewer.

Quilts of Valor – A 50 State Salute
Quilts of Valor –
A 50 State Salute

Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) presents quilts representing 24 states that will be awarded to Veterans and military who have been touched by war. The “50 State Salute” exhibit features quilts made in patriotic designs from the simple to the complex. Members of QOVF range from young beginning quilters in the ”Under Our Wings” program to experienced members who have been making QOV for 15 years. These quilts are meant to inspire all levels of quiltmakers and showcase the many possibilities for expressing gratitude to our military through quilts.
“A 50 State Salute” will be displayed at AQS QuiltWeek events throughout 2019. After its last stop at The National Quilt Museum from November 2019 to February 2020, the quilts will be awarded to veterans and military in Paducah, Kentucky. Stop at the Quilts of Valor booth for more quilts, the exhibit book, and information about the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Detail: Corona II: Solar Eclipse by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry – AQS Best of Show

35 Years of AQS Anniversary Showcase Preview

This exhibition showcases 15 of the previous Best of Show quilts from AQS QuiltWeek Shows in Paducah, which are on loan from The National Quilt Museum’s permanent collection. In addition, this exhibit will also include a collection of AQS show pins, a t-shirt quilt by Molinda Lauxmiller featuring shirts from previous AQS QuiltWeek Shows, and other American Quilter’s Society memorabilia from the past 35 years.

Quilt Show Exhibit, The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition

Organized by the Japan Handicraft Instructors’ Association, the Quilt Nihon Exhibition is one of the most prestigious international quilt contests in Japan. This exhibit features 42 quilts from the “Innovative Traditional” category, which will later be exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Quilt Show Exhibit, Singular Stars: Lone Star Quilts from Judy Martin

Detail: Supernova by Judy Martin, quilted by Lana Corcoran

Singular Stars: Lone Star Quilts From Judy Martin

This exhibit features groundbreaking Lone Stars from Judy Martin’s most recent book, Singular Stars. Here, Judy explores strip-pieced Lone Stars, taking them in new directions with the addition of undulating curves, gradations of color, starburst elements, satellite stars, strip-pieced diamond borders, and other design elements. She even adds Log Cabin-like setting possibilities to several of her Lone Star quilts.

AQS QuiltWeek special quilt exhibit, quilt by Nancy Lambert

Detail: Caribbean Ties by Nancy Lambert

New Quilts from an
Old Favorite: Bow Tie

Through its annual New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest, The National Quilt Museum challenges quiltmakers to create an innovative design based on a traditional quilt block. For 2018, the quilt block was Bow Tie.

This exhibit features the top 18 quilts in the contest, ranging from pictorial, landscape, pieced, and modern-style quilts to quilts with miters and circular shapes, as well as quilts that use the color wheel for inspiration.

Quilt Show Exhibit, Desedamas – Spain
Desedamas – Spain

Cecília and Mercè González made a series of quilts capturing the experience of eating. They used fabrics to build a bridge between cooking and the textile art. Cecília portrayed the dishes, transforming something as ephemeral as food into a contemporary and two-dimensional textile piece of art. Mercè dealt with the beverages, from water to spirits, to turn these liquids into translucent ethereal works, full of color, movement, and sensuality.

Quilt Exhibit New Ideas Quilt Challenge

Detail: Weeping Willow IV by Julia Graber

Fresh Faces, New Ideas
Quilt Challenge

PAAQT sponsored the Fresh Faces, New Ideas challenge to continue support of The National Quilt Museum and to showcase new and upcoming talent within the quilt world. This year’s theme is thread embellishment. These quilts will travel for a year and will be auctioned at The National Quilt Museum’s auction at AQS QuiltWeek – Spring Paducah 2019.