Thursday, October 28, 2010

Services for Marge Boyle

We have received several calls asking about the services for Marge Boyle.

Visitation: 12 - 2 p.m. Saturday October 30 at Milner and Orr Funeral Home of Paducah
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Saturday October 30 at Milner and Orr Funeral Home of Paducah

Milner and Orr's address is: 120 Memorial Drive, Paducah, KY  270-442-5100

Click here to read her obituary.

We Lost a Dear Friend and Colleague

A chair now sits empty in our office - on Tuesday evening Marge Boyle, our Director of Sales and Marketing, suddenly passed away. Yesterday was a somber day as our staff heard the news and could not believe it. She had not been ill.

Marge and I ate lunch together every day (that we were both in the office) and that gave us the time to talk about all of the ills of the world (we didn't solve many of the issues though), visit about what was going on in the quilting world, or browse through some of the latest quilting magazines. We talked about things that we didn't have time for during our daily routines.

She kept us on schedule with advertising our shows and making sure our weekly OnPoint newsletter was ready to go with the very latest news for quilters around the globe, and was always willing to share her vast knowledge of the quilting industry with us.

We already miss our friend, Marge Boyle.

God knows when we shall meet again.
                           ~William Shakespeare

Meet Lancaster Instructor Laurel Anderson: In Her Own Words

I learned to sew when I was very young but waited until my first born started school to learn to quilt. I joined a group making quilts for a local homeless shelter. They loved having my child around while I learned the basics of quilting. The quilters made the mistake of complementing my color choices. This gave me the courage to tackle a quilt on my own. It took three before I was hooked. That was 16 years ago.

My quilting studio is in the family room. It helps to be close to the family and kitchen. I can multi-task... like sew and help my daughter learn her spelling words at the same time. Teach your family that all the best homes have the iron out at all times!

I love flowing curvy appliqué. I am happiest when I am designing or product testing. Sometimes I make a quilt two or three times to explore its color possibilities. My china cabinet is filled with hand-dyed fabric.
Early in my teaching career I had a student arrive with three suitcases of fabric; this gave her plenty of fabrics to choose from. My Iris design includes antique brocades and old lace. It was turned into a full length coat with embroidery and feather stitching and is shown in my book, Appliqué Workshop. More information is also available at my website,

Laurel is teaching the following classes at the AQS Quilt Show and Contest - Lancaster, March 16 - 19, 2011, at the Lancaster County Convention Center..

#43102 Heart and Teacup Quilt

#43501 Iris Panel Quilt

#43504 Blushing Lady Tulip Quilt

#43508 Fabric Vases

#45502 Cheat at Color

Click here to register for the Lancaster show and to sign up for one of Laurel's awesome classes.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Countdown to Lancaster Contest Deadline

There is still time for you to enter the 2011 AQS quilt Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Entries must be postmarked on or before November 5, 2010.

Here are the Quilt Contest Categories:
Bed Quilts: Fabric quilts made for a bed, using any quiltmaking technique.
    A. Bed Quilts – Pieced
    B. Bed Quilts – Appliquéd
Wall Quilts: Fabric quilts designed to hang on a wall, using any quiltmaking
    C. Wall Quilts – Hand Quilted
    D. Wall Quilts – Home Sewing Machine Quilted
    E. Wall Quilts – Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted

To read all of the rules, just click here -- you can read and/or print a copy.

If you have any questions, contact Erin Ulrich at or 270-898-7903, ext. 174.

Friday, October 22, 2010

At the AQS Des Moines Quilt Show, we incorrectly credited the photo on the cover of the show book. Credit should have been given to Sarah Jane Stowell for her Hexagon Quilt, which was entered in the Wall Quilts, Machine Quilted category in the Des Moines contest. We apologize for the mix-up. Thank you to Sarah Jane for letting her beautiful quilt grace our show book cover!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

AQS Quilt Show - Lancaster, PA: 2011 Registration is Now Open

The Registration Guide for the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, March 16 - 19, 2011, is now available. You can order the printed Registration Guide or go online to register by clicking HERE.

Registration can be made online, by mail or fax NOW. Telephone registration does not open until January 5, 2011.

If you are bringing a charter tour to the show, contact Laura Davis, Registration Coordinator, for assistance in getting tickets and information for your group. You can reach Laura by e-mail: or phone: 270-898-7903 ext. 132.

We have a great line-up of national instructors, including:
Kathie Alyce
Laurel Anderson
Bobbie Aug
Karen Kay Buckley
Jane Garrison
Diane Gloystein
Klaudeen Hansen
Dianne S. Hire (co-hosting Quilter's Fun Night on Wednesday)
Linda Baxter Lasco
Stacy Michell
Judith Baker Montano
Sue Nickels
Rachel Pellman
Andi Reynolds
Sherry Rogers-Harrison
Nancy Sapin
Mary Sorensen
Helen Squire
Edyta Star
Sally Terry
Ricky Tims

Many of the classes will fill quickly, so register soon to have the best chance of getting the classes you want.

A listing of the AQS-approved accommodations is printed in the Registration Guide. To book your rooms at these special rates, click here for online booking or call the PA Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-723-8824. They can also assist you with lodging at Amish bed and breakfasts, country inns or farm stays.

The AQS Quilt Show - Des Moines... A Photographic Review

If you missed the AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines, October 6 - 9, here are a few photos from the show.

Mark your calendar for next year's Des Moines show:  September 28 - October 1, 2011.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

And the Des Moines Winners Are....

This morning the winners of the AQS Quilt Show and Contest in Des Moines, Iowa, were announced just prior to the opening of the show. AQS President Meredith Schroeder welcomed the quilters to the show, and then introduced Greg Edwards, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau who welcomed the quilters to Des Moines. He told us the CVB ordered this beautiful weather for the show this week.

Christine Brown thanked the show sponsors and judges, and then announced the winners in the contest. Congratulations to all of the winners in the 2010 AQS Quilt Contest in Des Moines!
Award Winners
2010 AQS Quilt Show and Contest – Des Moines, Iowa
October 6-9, 2010

Best of Show Award
#407 HULA HIBISCUS, Lisa Calle, Pottstown, PA

Best Hand Workmanship Award
#104 SEVEN SISTERS, Karen Capps, Madison, WI

Best Machine Workmanship Award
#459 NOUVEAU QUATTRO ALFABETICO, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS

Best Longarm Workmanship Award
#446 PARROT’S ISLAND, Claudia Pfeil, Krefeld, Germany

Best Wall Quilt Award
#308 VINTAGE VALUES, Linda M. Roy, Knoxville, TN

Bed Quilts, Hand Quilted
First #106 BLUE BIRD GARDEN, Dorothy Dailey, Burnsville, MS
Second #121 DRESDEN PLATE, Beverly J. Willis, Mansfield, OH
Third #107 MASAMA GIRLS, Linda Kay Gapp, Lincoln, NE

Bed Quilts, Machine Quilted
First #206 STARS FOR ARDEN, Ronda K. Beyer, Tualatin, OR
Second #217 NORTHWEST PASSAGE, Diane Johnston, Pahrump, NV
Third #219 GEESE IN THE MOUNTAIN GARDEN, Barbara E. Lies, Madison, WI

Wall Quilts, Hand Quilted
First #310 ORANGE POPPIES, Sharon Ann Waggoner, Springfield, IL
Second #302 SIMPLE GIFTS, Peggy Garwood, Fairfield Glade, TN
Third #309 HUMMERS SCATTERING SPARKLE, Ann Seely & Joyce Stewart, Deweyville, UT

Wall Quilts, Machine Quilted
First #471 RED PETUNIAS, Juanita Yeager, Altamonte Springs, FL
Second #429 CALAMARI TIME, Karlyn Bue Lohrenz, Billings, MT
Third #421 ANCIENT WEAVER, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, CA

Fabric Art
First #541 SPRING ENCOUNTER, Ruth Powers, Carbondale, KS
Second #512 KANDINSKY AND ME, Carole J. Floyd, W. Des Moines, IA
Third #552 RED SKY, Heidi Zielinski, Stevensville, MT

Honorable Mentions
#115 RETURN TO THE ATTIC, Marsha D. Radtke, Crossville, TN
#215 BIRDS ‘N BLOOM, JoAnn Hoffman & Marilyn Hoelscher, Hill City, SD
#304 MRS. BROWN’S LOVELY DAUGHTER, Victoria Miller, Northfield, MN
#454 PANIERS du SOLEIL, Maribeth Schmit, Cedarburg, WI
#550 SUNLIT, Carol Taylor, Pittsford, NY

The rules are available for all of the 2011 AQS Quilt Contests; click here to view or print the rules.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Don't Miss the Quilt Contest Entry Deadlines

We're heading to Des Moines, Iowa, for our third annual AQS Quilt Show there... but Erin Ulrich, our Contest Coordinator, is staying at the office to process entries for the Lancaster and Paducah Quilt Shows.

The entry deadlines are:

Lancaster, PA:  November 5, 2010

Paducah, KY: January 3, 2011

If you have any questions, you can call Erin at 270-898-7903, ext. 174, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (central time).

Send your entries to:
     American Quilter's Society
     PO Box 3290
     Paducah, KY 42002-3290

Click here to print the rules and entry form for Lancaster, and click here for the Paducah rules

Good luck with your entries - you can't win if you don't enter...

It's AQS Quilt Show Time in Des Moines, Iowa

The AQS Quilt Show kicks off with the announcement of the winners of the quilt contest at 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 6) in Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center. Advance registration has closed and all of our quilt show supplies have been loaded onto the truck. We'll soon be flying to Des Moines so we can complete the setup and hang the 1,000 quilts that will be on display.

Here are some words of welcome from the AQS Quilt Show staff:

Erin Ulrich, Contest Coordinator: "Good luck to all the Des Moines contest semifinalists – I can’t wait to see which of your beautiful quilts will go home as AQS prize winners!" 

Kelly Meyer, Vendor Coordinator:  "Get ready to shop until you drop... the Merchant Mall will have every quilting supply you will ever need or wish to have." 

Laura Davis, Registration Coordinator: "We've packed our bags and we're heading off to Des Moines! Come see us at the Workshop Desk to purchase any last minute classes, lectures, or special events. Don't forget, we've been able to add seats to our Eleanor Burns: Quilt Blocks on American Barns special event on Wednesday night, so come and purchase your tickets when you get to the show. We will be at the workshop desk on Tuesday from noon til 6:00 pm if you want to come get your tickets early!" 

Marcelle Cashon, Education Coordinator: "Hi Everyone, welcome to Des Moines! We are excited to be here again for our third show. If you need to pick up tickets for Special Events, Lectures, or Workshops,  come by the Workshop Desk to see me." 

Mary Beth Head, Graphic Artist: "Hey Quilters! Be sure to come see me in the AQS Souvenir Booth. Be the envy of your friends and guild with your new shirt, tote, books and other souvenirs!" 

Terry Guill: Director of Show Operations: "Welcome to Des Moines! You will love the 1,000 quilts on display, the merchant mall, classes and lectures. We are glad you are here! 

Bonnie Browning, Executive Show Director: "We can't wait to see you at our quilting party in Des Moines. Have a great time at the show!"

Be sure to wear your most comfortable shoes - we say "dress to the ankles and take care of your feet."

See you all in Des Moines next week!