AQS QuiltWeek – Spring Paducah 2019 Janome America Best of Show

Paducah 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 over $200,000 in cash awards, with the Best of Show receiving $40,000. 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.

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Quilt Credit: WARATAH by Melinda Bula

Quilt Credit: WARATAH by Melinda Bula

AQS 2020 Focus on Flower Quilts Presented by Janome

The American Quilter’s Society (AQS) has partnered with the Chicago Flower & Garden Show to present a stunning display of floral quilts. This collection of award-winning pieced and appliquéd flower quilts will be displayed at the 2020 AQS QuiltWeek Shows in Paducah, Lancaster – The Nook, Grand Rapids, and Charleston.

accuquiltPremier PrintsQuilt GardensZappy DotsZebra Patterns
Quilt Credit: SNAKE RIVER by Rosie Lysinger

Quilt Credit: Snake River Log Cabin by Rosie Lysinger

The Stonehenge Traveling Quilt Show

These beautiful quilts have been made over the last 10 years using Northcott’s Stonehenge fabric. Quilts could be made in any style, using any techniques. They could be made from published patterns or unique creations, but they had to use 100% Northcott Stonehenge fabrics for the quilt top and binding.


The top 10 quilts from each of the three categories are included in the exhibit:

• Wallhanging, size up to 50” square
• Throw, size 51” square to 72” x 90”
• Bed, size from 72” x 90”

Quilt Detail: HONOR THE PAST by Denise Vokoun

Quilt Credit: HONOR THE PAST by Denise Vokoun

Women’s Right to Vote: Revolution and Evolution

One hundred years ago, with the passage of the 19th Amendment, American women got the right to vote. The first election held after that amendment went into effect was in South St. Paul in Dakota County in Minnesota. The Dakota County Star Quilters wanted to commemorate this history by hosting a small suffrage quilt challenge. They opened the challenge to quilt guilds across the country, and this quilt collection is the result. We hope you enjoy (and learn about our suffrage history from) these quilts.

Quilt Credit: Vintage Rose Queen by Judy and Judel Niemeyer, quilted by Ardelle Kerr

Quilt Credit: Vintage Rose Queen by Judy and Judel Niemeyer, quilted by Ardelle Kerr

A Retrospective Exhibit: Quilts by Judy Niemeyer and Quiltworx

Judy Niemeyer’s traditionally-curved piecing techniques have become an industry standard, and clever design strategies such as intentionally-offset seam lines, floating points, smart corners, transition and registration point (TRP) lines, template layout sheets for cutting, foundation strip piecing, and curved paper piecing have made patterns from the go-to resource for quilters of all skillsets. The quilts selected for this special AQS exhibit show some of Judy’s best work and favorite designs throughout all her years of quilting, most having been made within the last 15 years. The quilts chosen for this show were pieced wholly or in part by Judy and under her guidance at the Quiltworx Sewing Studio in Montana.

Quilt Credit: Foresight to Capture by Sue de Vanny

Quilt Credit: Foresight to Capture by Sue de Vanny

Vision 2020 – The Power of Sight: The Art of Seeing

Vision 2020 is an eye-catching collection of forty 20×20-inch textile works curated by Brenda Gael Smith from Australia. From dreams to vistas, anatomical studies to optical illusions, the exhibition explores the theme of “vision” from different angles and highlights the importance of eye health and vision care, especially in having a vibrant creative life.

Quilt Credit: IT'S OK TO HAVE A TREE AS A FRIEND by Bonnie Barbera

Quilt Credit: It’s OK to Have a Tree as a Friend by Bonnie Barbera

The Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge
Exhibit and Audio Tour

Audio Tour

Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabrics challenged quilters to make a wallhanging using the theme of Bob Ross, creator and host of the instructional PBS television show The Joy of Painting, which debuted in the mid-1980s. Using only a palette of eight colors of Cherrywood fabric, quilters used Bob’s recurring themes of landscapes, lakes, mountains, snow, log cabins, and happy little trees. Some even included the soft-spoken fellow with the big, bushy hair as they created a 20” square quilt for the challenge.


“Any way you want it to be, that’s just right.” – Bob Ross

Quilt Credit: Winter Solstice by Diane Melms and It Suddenly Dawned by Elena Stokes

Quilt Credit: Winter Solstice by Diane Melms and It Suddenly Dawned by Elena Stokes

SAQA: Season After Season

Our lives are measured in seasons. Not just the familiar quarterly divisions of a year – spring, summer, fall and winter – but a variety of seasons we move among with each new day. Some seasons have no set time of arrival; others are regular as the ticking of a clock. Some seasons we await with excitement or anticipation; others we fear or wish to slow the inevitable arrival of.

This exhibition offers creative explorations depicting these passages through time, from the seasonal changes in the world around us to the personal transitions that are part of life’s journey.

Suffragette Quilt

Suffragette Quilt

The Threads of Friendship Quilters’ Guild of Farmington, Missouri, stitched this quilt to commemorate the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, a right known as women’s suffrage, and was ratified on August 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest. The date each state ratified the amendment is shown on the quilt.