Journey of a Traditional Quilter

Quilts by Nancy Mahoney

This exhibit features quilts that represent Nancy Mahoney’s 35 years of making traditional quilts. The quilts range from her first quilt juried into a national show to pieces of today. Included in this exhibit are quilts that have been featured on the covers of many magazines, as well as award-winning quilts. See how Nancy’s quilts have evolved over the last 35 years.

AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Show Exhibit - TRUE COLORS by Nancy Mahoney

True Colors

AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Show Exhibit - MONACO by Nancy Mahoney


AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Show Exhibit - ANGLE OF RESPONSE by Nancy Mahoney

Angle of Repose

AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Show Exhibit - WHIRLING FANS by Nancy Mahoney

Whirling Fans

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Ultimate Guild Challenge: Pop It Up, MACAWS by Jane Wells

Detail: Macaws by Jane Wells

The Ultimate Guild Challenge

This exhibit features the results of a quilt guild’s challenge to its members. The guild issues its own challenge to its members, choosing rules, themes, fabrics, or whatever! The top eight quilts from the guild are submitted as one entry to The Ultimate Guild Challenge – unique to the Grand Rapids AQS QuiltWeek Show. Come see this fun exhibit and get inspired to enter your guild challenge next year.

AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Exbhit Chris Moline – Folk Art Four Block

Detail: Folk Art Four Clock by Susan Smith, CA 1840

From Hands Alone: Selected Quilts from the Collection of Chris Moline

The quilts included in this exhibit are selected from the collection of Chris Moline and represent items that display the artistry and innovation of quilts made by hand.

AQS QuiltWeek – Grand Rapids 2018 Best of Show
Garden Variety Sampler by Janet Stone

AQS Grand Rapids
Contest Quilts

The international quilt contest sponsored by AQS presents quilts using 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 include traditional designs that everyone knows, like Lone Star and Log Cabin, as well as Modern and Art quilts that reach outside the box with new designs and techniques.

The PRINCE Cherrywood Challenge 2018 Quilt Exhibit

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.

X-Effect Quilt by Kaffe Fassett

Detail: X-Effect Quilt by Kaffe Fassett

Bold by Design: Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett has dedicated the last 50 years of his life to the world of knitting, needlepoint, and patchwork, promoting these crafts through his own work and encouraging others to find their own creativity. It was 1988, when Kaffe became the first living textile artist to have a one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, that set the stage for hisworldwide popularity. A large part of Kaffe’s output is now an expanding range of fabric prints for the patchwork market, along with his Indian striped fabric and shot cotton fabric, which are distributed worldwide by Westminster Fibers, USA and Rowan, UK. He teaches individuals all over the world to work with color in an instinctive way. Kaffe’s unique sense of color, drive to create, and desire to encourage others has led to his reputation as a guru in the world of color and textiles.

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.

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 t-shirt quilt by Molinda Lauxmiller featuring shirts from previous AQS QuiltWeek Shows.

Dij Pacarro

The Dirty Dozen: Provence to Paris

The Photo Challenge completed in 2017, “Welcome to Provence,” was based on a photo of the courtyard of a 700-year-old farmhouse in Provence, France by The Dirty Dozen Fiber Artist Kathryn Robinson. The photo was selected because it had an array of elements in it that could be used as inspiration. The finished size of each of these pieces is 36” high by 24” wide.

Detail: Boho Medallion by Diane Kay Evans

New Quilts From an Old Favorite: Oak Leaf and Reel

The National Quilt Museum holds an annual contest and exhibit called New Quilts from an Old Favorite. Created to acknowledge our quiltmaking heritage and to recognize innovation, creativity, and excellence, the contest challenges today’s quiltmakers to interpret a single traditional quilt block in a work of their own design. The Oak Leaf and Reel is the featured block for 2019. The Oak Leaf pattern, also called Oak Leaf and Reel, combines patchwork with appliqué. Traditionally, red and white fabric was often used to make this pattern. The Reel is
one of the first block patterns with curves.

Quilt Detail: HARU by Maria Shell

Detail: HARU by Maria Shell

SAQA: Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis generates transformative change in shape, nature, or structure. Animals physically develop and change from birth to maturity. Concepts and ideas morph and change over time. Even the earth’s landscape progresses through many geological and ecological stages.

Change may be positive, negative, frightening or enlightening. The pieces in this exhibition demonstrate the inevitability of change—physical, philosophical, or personal — and the results of such transformations, no matter how subtle.

Detail: KATY AND HOWARD by Michelle Basten

International Miniature Quilt Exchange sponsored a quilt exchange between U.S. and international quiltmakers. The goal of the project was to connect quiltmakers to learn about each other – to show that we are more alike than different. The teams were paired on a first-come basis; they developed a pen-pal-like relationship to learn about each other, their quiltmaking styles, and to develop friendships. The only criteria was that the quilts needed to be a maximum of 24” and a minimum of 18”. From the 300 quilts (150 teams), 24 teams (48 mini quilts) were selected for this traveling exhibit based on their stories.