Bethanne Nemesh:

Walk a Creative Path

Bethanne Nemesh’s interest in quilting began when the subtle influences of her grandmothers intersected with her move to eastern Pennsylvania, an area rich in Amish quilting designs. The fiber arts became her art medium of choice in 1997, but her ability to really express herself changed in 2007 with the purchase of a longarm quilting machine. Bethanne’s distinctive style starts with an Amish style quilt that makes a great background for her original artwork. Each quilt is drawn four times – a sketch on paper, finalizing the design on paper with a permanent marker, tracing the design onto the quilt fabric, and finally, drawing the design with thread. Follow Bethanne’s creative path in this exhibit featuring her pictographic quilts that have won many major awards at shows across the country. Meet Bethanne by her quilts at 1 p.m. on Saturday for a walkthrough tour of the exhibit.

AQS QuiltWeek – Lancaster Quilt Exhibit, INTO WESTWARD SUN by Bethanne Nemesh

Into the Westward Sun

AQS QuiltWeek – Lancaster Quilt Exhibit, OCTOBER SKY by Bethanne Nemesh

Gilding the Arbor

AQS QuiltWeek – Lancaster Quilt Exhibit, PAISLEY PEACOCK by Bethanne Nemesh

Paisley Peacock

AQS QuiltWeek – Lancaster Quilt Exhibit, OCTOBER SKY by Bethanne Nemesh

October Sky

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.

AQS QuiltWeek – Lancaster, Pennsylvania Best Wall Quilt Award, ROOTS AND BRANCHES, Christina McCann

AQS QuiltWeek – Lancaster 2018 Best Wall Quilt
ROOTS AND BRANCHES by Christina McCann

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.

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

Detail: Star of Wonder 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.

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.

Detail: New Beginnings by Devon Pfeif

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, 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.

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.

AQS QuiltWeek exhibit detail: Playtime by Judi Madsen

Detail: Playtime by Judi Madsen

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 displays feature quilts from well-known instructors for iquilt online classes and AQS books. You will find interactive opportunities as instructors demonstrate their techniques.

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.