Friday, July 31, 2009

And the Janome sewing machine winners are....

Have you seen the Special AQS 25th Anniversary edition - Janome 806b sewing machine?

It's a very portable machine - great to take when you travel, or to classes --
* weighs only 12 pounds
* 20 built-in stitches
* straight, zigzag, decorative stitches, and buttonholes
* needle up/down

This machine is available through Janome dealers across the country.

Three of these Janome machines were given away at the AQS Quilt Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Rick Loyd, AQS Vice President, announced the winners of the Janome AQS 25th Anniversary sewing machines.
The three winners are:
D. Noble, Cadiz, KY
Pat Jarvis, Maynardville, TN
Jan Pierce, Oottawah, TN
Congratulations to these winners, and thank you to Janome America for donating the sewing machines for the drawings.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Knoxville AQS Quilt Expo - A Pictorial Review

Quilters around the country are telling us what a great time they had in Knoxville. If you missed it, here are a few photos from the show...

Congratulations to Linda French, the Best of Show winner. This is the first contest that Linda has every entered. Just like playing the lottery, you can't win if you don't enter. I bet we see more quilts from this talented quilter in future AQS shows now that she knows that her work is that good!

Barry Buchanan and Mary Beth Head man the AQS Booth. Did you get your show T-shirt?

A view of part of the exhibit hall from the AQS staff office. There were 350 booths full of goodies - all quilt-related.

Quilters visit with AQS authors at the AQS Book Fair. It's a great place to get to meet authors and have your books autographed.

The New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Burgoyne Surrounded exhibit is being studied by quilters. Right behind those quilts is the Artfull Bras exhibit of 50 bras created by the South Carolina Quilters to draw attention to breast cancer. They certainly did draw a lot of attention at the show - you couldn't walk by this exhibit without hearing giggles from those viewing them.

One of the most popular contests is the Ultimate Guild Challenge, where guilds have their own challenge and submit eight entries in the AQS contest in Knoxville. It's always fun to see how the eight quilters portray the challenge (theme, block, fabric, or whatever the guild chose).

Quilter are enjoying viewing the American Quilt Study Groups' Red and Green study quilt exhibit.

The dates for next year's show in Knoxville are July 14 - 17, 2010. Mark your calendar and plan to join us in Knoxville

Friday, July 24, 2009

Winners' List for Knoxville Show

The list and photos of the winners for the AQS Quilt Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee are now available on the AQS Web site. Here is the link that will take you to that page:

Congratulations to Linda French, Centerville, Ohio, who won Best of Show with her quilt, Circles of Life. This is her first entry in any quilt show! It is a beautiful quilt that certainly deserves this honor.

Bonnie Browning - reporting from Knoxville

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

AQS Quilt Expo Opened Today!

The exhibit hall at the Knoxville Convention Center features quilts galore - more than 500 quilts, and 350 vendor booths with the latest quiltmaking supplies, antique and new quilts, and quilt-related gifts.

Kathy Drew, quilt designer, and Arliss Barber, project coordinator, unveil Under Tennessee Skies, a quilt made by the Village Quilters in honor of the American Quilter's Society holding the AQS Quilt Expo at the Knoxville Convention Center. Mayor Bill Haslam looks on as a poster of the quilts is unveiled. The quilt was donated by the Village Quilters to the Knoxville Convention Center and hangs in the Clinch Concourse.

Mayors Haslam and Ragsdale present Meredith Schroeder with proclamations naming today, July 22, as American Quilter's Society International Quilt Expo Day!

Mary Bogart, Knoxville Convention Center; City of Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam; Kim Paul, Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporaton; Meredith Schroeder, President, AQS; and Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale cut the ribbon to open the first AQS Quilt Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee, at 8:45 a.m. this morning.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday thru Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Come see us at the show!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

It's Quilt Show Time in Knoxville, Tennessee

It's Showtime in Knoxville!

Office Phones: The AQS office phones will be shut down from Monday, July 20 thru Friday, July 25, 2009. All of our staff will be at the show in Knoxville.

Show Information & Supply Lists: All of the show information is available on the AQS Web site, . You can still view the class project photos and supplies by logging into our registration site. This link will take you to the opening page:

The City of Knoxville is excited to host AQS and the quilters attending the Quilt Expo.

See you all at the show!

Bonnie Browning

Executive Show Director

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Knoxville Instructor Wins Teacher of the Year

Pam Clarke, our longarm instructor at the AQS Quilt Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 22 - 25, was just named the Teacher of the Year at the Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City.

Pam will be teaching 2-1/2 hour lecture/demos throughout the Quilt Expo. There are still some openings in some of her classes.
Advance registration has closed for the show, but you can stop at the Workshop Desk to check on tickets for her classes. The Workshop Desk will open at noon on Tuesday, July 21, just inside the Exhibit Hall on Level 1 of the Knoxville Convention Center.

Congratulations, Pam!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Still need a hotel room in Knoxville?

It's almost time for the AQS Quilt Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 22 - 25.

If you need a hotel room and want to stay downtown and need free Internet, call 865/522-2600 directly for a room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Be sure to tell them you are attending the AQS Quilt Expo to save $$. We still have some rooms left in our block there.

You can walk to the Old City and Market Square to enjoy over 60 eateries, nightlife, and shopping. The City Trolley stops at the hotel for easy transportation downtown and to the Convention Center - where the AQS Quilt Expo will be located.

See you soon in Knoxville.

Bonnie Browning & the Quilt Show Staff

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Don't Miss the Fun & Beautiful Quilts in Knoxville

Don’t miss the fun, the beautiful quilts, and the shopportunity in the Merchant Mall at the AQS Quilt Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 22 – 25, 2009. Knoxville is ready to welcome you!

There is still time to register – registration is open until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8.
This link will take you directly to the online registration site: .
The supply lists and photos of the projects are available at the registration site too.

Book your room now.
You can stay at one of the downtown hotels with a city trolley stop right at the hotel. You can park your car and ride the trolley to/from the show.

Call the Crowne Plaza Hotel directly at 865/522-2600.

You can book a room at the Knoxville Marriott Downtown by calling 865-588-7426 or 1-800-753-3823, Monday – Thursday (Friday is the 4th of July Holiday this week),
or book online at: .

We have an exciting show planned for you, with more than 500 quilts and 300 vendor booths in the Merchant Mall.

Have a great 4th of July and we’ll see you soon in Knoxville!