Ordinary Quilts, Extraordinary Quilting

Judi Madsen

Judi started out as a quilt pattern designer; her quilting was just a means to an end and was the typical edge-to-edge free-motion quilting. As Judi gained a customer base, the desire from her clients for “custom quilting” started to take over. She soon learned that she needed to expand her skills with quilting, and the end results became a total love of designing with thread. She loves taking “normal” quilts and playing with the background to create beautiful quilting designs. With each quilt, you can see how much time and energy went into the quilting, even with the simplest piecing designs. Judi hopes you will see the transformation from a lot of free-motion quilting to ruler work quilting – both beautiful styles.

AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Exhibt: FREE SPIRIT by Judi Madsen

Free Spirit

AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Exhibit – COASTAL LILY by Judi Madsen

Coastal Lily

AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Exhibit: THIS WAY by Judi Madsen

This Way

AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Exhibit: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH by Judi Madsen

Diamond in the Rough

AQS QuiltWeek – Spring Paducah 2018 Quilt Contest Best Machine Worksmanship Award Joanne Baeth

AQS QuiltWeek – Spring Paducah 2018 BERNINA of America Best Stationary Machine Workmanship Award, MAJESTIC FLIGHT by Joanne Baeth

Spring – 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 $126,000 in cash awards, with the Janome Best of Show receiving $20,000. Quilts range from 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.

Quilt Exhibit The Prince 2018 Cherrywood Challenge quilt by Alexis Delbridge

Detail: Prince: the Picasso of the Purple Period of Music by Alexis Delbridge

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.

AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Exhibit, DIAMOND CHAIN by Kimberly Einmo

Detail: Diamond Chain by Kimberly Einmo

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.

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: 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.

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.

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 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.