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Future QuiltWeek Dates

Below are the dates for AQS QuiltWeek events to assist you in planning your visit to AQS shows in the future. New locations will be added to this list as contracts are signed.

Please note that most hotels will not book hotel rooms until 365 days prior to an event.

All shows are Wednesday – Saturday unless otherwise noted.

After online registration ends, admissions sales will continue at the show. Also, visit the AQS Information Center for availability in classes, lectures, and special events.

2018 SHOW DATES

Daytona Beach, FL: Feb. 28 – Mar. 3, 2018

Lancaster, PA: March 21 – 24, 2018

Spring Paducah, KY: April 18 – 21, 2018

Grand Rapids, MI: August 22 – 25, 2018

Fall Paducah, KY: September 12 – 15, 2018

Virginia Beach, VA: October 3 – 6, 2018
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Hanging Sleeve Instructions

 

Hanging Sleeve Instructions

AQS has the leading hardware for hanging quilts at our shows, which may be different than some contestants have used in the past. This new system requires some give in the sleeve on the quilt so the rod can slip over the hanging hook properly.

Step-by-steps instructions for adding a new sleeve:
step1 1. Cut the sleeve 8½” wide x the exact width of your quilt. Fold the ends in twice (¼” and ¼” again) to finish each end of the sleeve. Stitch using a scant ¼” seam allowance.

Press the long sides of the sleeve so they meet in the center.

It helps to fold the sleeve in half lengthwise first and press to give you a center crease.

When you press the sides to the center, you’ll press those creases out – they just give an easy guide without measuring or marking. step2

2. Fold right sides together and stitch ¼” seam on the long edge of the sleeve.

Turn the sleeve right-side out. step3
3. You may need to repress the fold lines – you’ll need those for attaching the sleeve to your quilt.

This is the step that provides the give needed in the sleeve. step4

4. Center the sleeve across the width of your quilt.

The edge of the sleeve should lie just inside your binding on each side of the quilt.

 

Using the fold, pin your sleeve in place ½” to ¾” from the top outside edge on the back of the quilt.

This spacing is needed so the sleeve will not show after it is hung. step5

5. Pin the top of the sleeve along the fold and blindstitch in place.

Use the opposite fold line to pin the bottom edge of the sleeve in place; blindstitch to the quilt.

The sleeve will fit flat against the quilt from fold line to fold line; the rest of the sleeve will cup out giving enough play in the fabric to fit into the hanging device without damaging the sleeve. final

6. This photo shows how the quilt will attach to the hanging device.

Notice how the hook of the hanger pushes the sleeve inward – that’s why we need some play in the sleeve.

 

Adapting a sleeve already sewn to your quilt

1. If your sleeve is already sewn to your quilt and is positioned at least 1/2″ from the top outside edge on the back of the quilt, you can simply remove the stitching on the bottom edge of the sleeve and fold it up ½” from the stitching line, and resew that edge to the quilt.

2. If your sleeve is not positioned at least ½” from the outside edge of the quilt, you will need to remove the sleeve and reposition it following the step-by-step instructions for applying a new sleeve as shown above.

Miniature Quilts:

Miniature quilts are pinned in cases and do not need to have a sleeve applied to the back of the quilt.
Watch this video as Bonnie Browning shows applying a sleeve step-by-step.

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What Does a Guild Need to Enter Online?

What Does a Guild Need to Enter Online?

  1. A full view photo of each quilt with all four corners visible. (image must be less than 10 MB)
    Save image in lowercase with no spaces as: title-of-quilt-f
  2. A detail image of each quilt showcasing the quilter’s best work. (image must be less than 10 MB)
    Save image in lowercase with no spaces as: title-of-quilt-s
  3. A group photo that includes everyone. (image must be less than 10 MB)
    Save image in lowercase with no spaces as: quilt-guild-name
  4. Size of each quilt in width and length.
  5. The quilting method and technique for each quilt.
  6. If the quilt is not the quilter’s original design, you will need to provide the pattern or design information for each. You will also need to upload a copy of the design permission(s). (Must be scanned as one document less than 10 MB)
    Save file in lowercase with no spaces as: p-firstname-lastname
  7. Combined value of all 8 quilts. If a quilt is valued over $1,000 you must upload a copy of the appraisal(s). (Must be scanned as one document less than 10 MB)
    Save file in lowercase with no spaces as: a-firstname-lastname
  8. Challenge theme, description, and rules
  9. One person designated as the guild contact. (This person will enter the information online and receive all contest correspondence.)
  10. Optional: Name and email address of your guild’s local newspaper

For more information on categories and rules, click here.

For more information on the required photos, click here.

For more information on design permission, click here.

Are you having trouble uploading your photo?

Make sure your photo is saved as a jpeg and under 10 MB. Depending on your network, it may take several minutes to complete the upload. It may appear that nothing is happening, but try waiting 2 -3 minutes to see if it uploads successfully.

Become an Instructor

become-an-instructor Share your talent and inspiration and motivate others in the art of quiltmaking.
Become an AQS QuiltWeek instructor. At AQS, we are constantly looking for instructors that have skills and projects that would appeal to a diverse group of students. From traditional to cutting-edge, from piecing to fabric dyeing, we want it all!

Each of these events will be over a period of four days, Wednesday through Saturday. We have openings for full-time and part-time instructors.

A full-time instructor will teach a total of 3 ½ days. AQS will pay the teaching fee, transportation, double-occupancy lodging and $40 per teaching day for meals. We ask that full-time instructors teach at least one 6-hour class and five 3-hour classes, or some other combination. You can substitute a lecture for one of the 3-hour classes.

A part-time instructor will teach any combination of classes that total less than three days. AQS will pay the teaching fee and $40 per teaching day for meals. Transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the instructor.

Feel free to submit all classes or lectures that you currently offer. Once we have received your offerings, you may be contacted to verify your availability for specific events so that you can reserve that spot in your calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Hammonds, our Director of Education at liz.hammonds@americanquilter.com, for further information. Instructor Application

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Liz Hammonds
Director of Education
Ph: 270-898-7903 x 160

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Frequently Asked Questions

Detail: CINCO DE MAYO ANEW by Mary Anne Nooney, © Karen K. Stone

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. A full view photo of your quilt with all four corners visible (image must be jpeg less than 10 MB)
  2. A detail image of your quilt showcasing your best work (image must be jpeg less than 10 MB)
  3. A head shot of yourself, from the shoulders up (image must be less than 10 MB)
  4. Size of your quilt in width and length
  5. If your quilt is not your original design, you will need to provide the pattern or design information. You will also need to upload a copy of your design permission. (Must be scanned as one document, less than 10 MB)
  6. If your quilt is valued over $1,000, you must upload a copy of your appraisal. (Must be scanned as one document, less than 10 MB)
  7. Optional: Name and email address of your local newspaper.
  • For more information on categories and rules, click here.
  • For more information on the required photos, click here.
  • For more information on design permission, click here.

Are you having trouble uploading your photo?

Make sure your photo is saved as a jpeg and under 10 MB. Depending on your network, it may take several minutes to complete the upload. It may appear that nothing is happening, but try waiting 2 -3 minutes to see if it uploads successfully.

This site is not compatible with iPads, tablets, or smart phones. Also, Mac users often have trouble uploading photos into the program. (Mac users have reported more success when using a  browser other than Safari.) A PC is recommended for the best results.

The most common reason to receive an error when trying to upload a photo for the contest is not allowing enough time for the photo to upload. Depending on your network, it may take several minutes to complete the upload. It may appear that nothing is happening, but try waiting 2 -3 minutes to see if it uploads successfully.

Another common problem when trying to upload photos is because the photo is too large. (The photo must be smaller than 10MB.) Also, the photo must be saved as a jpeg. This site runs your name and email through the membership database. If your membership is current, you automatically receive member pricing. Please note that your name and email must match exactly as it is listed in the membership database. (You can check your membership name and email here.) Yes, your label should include your name, address, and quilt title. Video Answer (This is for security, in case your quilt was to become separated from its box.) If your quilt is a completely original design, not based on anyone else’s patterns, photographs, or artwork, you do not need to worry about getting anyone’s permission before displaying your quilt. If your quilt is strictly for your own use and enjoyment, and will not be displayed publicly, used commercially, or sold, you also do not have to seek any permissions.

If your quilt is based on anyone else’s patterns, photographs, or artwork, and is visible and identifiable in your work, even though it might not be […]

Why Insuring Your Quilt Might Not Be Enough

 Why Insuring Your Quilt Might Not Be Enough

If you are concerned about protecting the value of your quilts, have them appraised, and use a fine arts rider on your home owner’s insurance rather than buying the shipper’s insurance. If you can’t use your home owner’s insurance, shipping insurance is fine as long as you have an appraisal. The reason for this is simple. Major carriers (UPS, FedEx, etc.) will gladly allow you to place any value on your shipment and charge you accordingly.  However, if your shipment becomes damaged or is lost, things get a little complicated.

Example: Jane Doe ships her quilt across four states using one of the major carriers. Somewhere in transit the package suddenly falls off the map. Tracking shows it got half-way there and then nothing has happened for several days. Jane promptly contacts the carrier and has a trace placed on the shipment. The carrier calls in a few days and says the package has been determined to be lost or stolen. Jane then begins the process of making a claim on the package. The carrier’s first question will be whether the package was insured. Jane breathes a sigh of relief because she had conscientiously placed an insurance value of $2,000 on the package. The carrier then asks Jane if she had an appraisal on the item. Jane responds that she did not. The carrier then tells her that they will only refund her the cost of the materials used to make the quilt. Her time, artistic ability, past quality of work, etc., are all inconsequential without the written appraisal. This is why it is very important to have a certified appraiser do an appraisal of your quilt. It is a relatively small amount of money to protect your art.

For more information about appraisals, go to www.americanquilter.com and under the About Us tab, click Appraisers Program

This information may be reprinted in guild newsletters with the following credit line: Used with permission, American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, Kentucky

Go For It!

What’s Holding You Back?

Have you ever thought about entering your quilt in an AQS QuiltWeek? Have you been unsure if your quilt would be good enough or meet the minimum requirements? Have you wondered where to even begin the process? Well I have the answers for you!

We are our own worst critics. We see every detail and flaw in our own work. Our friends and family however, just see the beautiful, artistic creation we have made. So, if your friends and family have been encouraging you to enter a quilt, then chances are your quilt is exactly what we have been looking for! I have heard from many past winners that they never would have entered if it hadn’t been for a friend or family member urging them to do so.

So, just what are the requirements to enter a quilt in an AQS contest?

  • First, the quilt must be quilted either by hand, machine, or both through three layers: top, batting, and backing.
  • Secondly, the quilt must fit into one of the size categories of the show you are entering. (You can find the categories listed here.)
  • There you have our requirements. How simple is that?

Now that you have decided to enter your quilt and that it meets the requirements, let me tell you how easy it is to enter. You will need three photos and you can do it yourself – plenty of quilters do! Click here for details on the photos needed and to view our suggestions for good photography.

All that’s left is to submit your entry online you can do this from the main contest page It’s that easy!

Having trouble? Watch this short video which walks you step by step through the entry process.

Did I mention that you don’t even have to be a member of AQS to enter a quilt? Although, as a member, the entry fee is only $20!!! The benefits of joining are many, but that is another post. 🙂

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Ray, our Contest Coordinator for further information.

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Andrea Ray

Contest Coordinator
American Quilter’s Society
andrearay@aqsquilt.com
270-898-7903 x 174

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