Monday, November 30, 2009

Lancaster Deadline for Entries is Tomorrow

You only have ONE more day to enter your quilts in the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, PA. Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2009!

You can print the rules by clicking here. Please read the rules and remember to send two digital photos of your quilt - one shot of the entire completed quilt, and one detail.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Ulrich, AQS Contest Coordinator, at 270-898-7903, ext. 174, or e-mail:

Good luck with your entries in the first AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

The AQS office will be closed on Thursday, November 26.
You can place book and calendar orders on Friday, by calling the AQS toll free number: 1-800-626-5420.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Enter Your Quilt Today for the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster

There are just 14 days left to enter your quilt in the AQS Quilt Show & Contest - Lancaster, PA. The postmarked deadline is December 1, 2009. More than $42,000 in cash prizes will be awarded, with $10,000 going to the Best of Show winner. The rules for the AQS shows have changed - now you can enter your quilt in more than one AQS show. Click here to print a copy of the contest rules.

In July, Linda French won the Best of Show at the AQS Quilt Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was her first entry in any contest. You could be the next big winner. Send your digital images and entry form to AQS today.

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

Good Luck!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

AQS Give-away - Des Moines

Did you register for the 2009 AQS Des Moines Give-away? Below is the sewing room and HandiQuilter machine that was won by Sandy Norris, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Here is what Sandy won: One HandiQuilter® Machine Quilting System including HQ Sixteen™ with Table and Frame, and a training retreat at the HandiQuilter offices; a complete sewing room of tables from Tracey's Tables including a Cutting Table, Hideaway, Quilters Cabinet, and Thread Cabinet; a collection of fabric from Moda designers including Jelly Rolls, Honey Buns, Layer Cakes, and fat quarter bundles; a trip to the 2009 AQS Quilt Expo in Des Moines, and $200 cash. Congratulations Sandy...we all envy your new sewing room!

Gloria Bolden, AQS Advertising Manager, Chuck Fresina representing HandiQuilter, Give-away winner Sandy Norris, Mike Spangler representing Tracey's Tables, and AQS President Meredith Schroeder gather for the presentation of the prizes in the 2009 AQS Des Moines Give-away.
Special thanks to the sponsors of the Give-away: HandiQuilter, Tracey's Table, Moda Fabrics.
Watch for the next AQS Give-away for the 26th Annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest - Paducah, Kentucky, starting in January 2010. Be sure to enter, you could be the next big winner of some great prizes!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween at the Des Moines Quilt Show

Kids of all ages can have fun at Halloween. Since Halloween was on Saturday during the AQS Quilt Expo, several of our vendors (and AQS staff) dressed for the occasion.

President Meredith Schroeder (the one dressed as a flapper) presents a check to the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild (L to R: Mary Shotwell & Jill Reber, AQS Volunteer Coordinators; and Guild President Anita Gogerty) for assisting AQS with the show. Thanks to all of the Guild members who helped hang and take down quilts, as hosts and hostesses in the quilt exhibits, and assisted with lectures and special events.

The entire crew from American Professional Quilting Systems had a fun day. Now which one is Marilyn Badger?

Witchy Jane Garrison tended the YLI booth.

Helen Squire celebrated the day - green hair and all.

The Omaha quilters came by bus and had a costume contest. Here are a few of their group all dressed for the holiday.

Lancaster Quilt Contest Deadline is December 1

Calling all quilters! The deadline for contest entries for our AQS Quilt Show & Contest - Lancaster show is fast approaching. It doesn't seem possible, but November is already here! With the December 1st deadline less than a month away, there is still time to send in your contest entries. This is the first year for AQS to be in Lancaster, and with over $40,000 in prize money to be awarded, your chances of winning will never be better!

Our categories for the first annual AQS Lancaster Quilt Contest are Bed Quilts – Pieced; Bed Quilts – Appliqu├ęd; Wall Quilts; Pictorial Wall Quilts; and Grand Geometrics – Created the Amish Way. These are fun categories and will make a beautiful show.
For details, complete rules, and contest entry forms, please click on the title above or visit our website at .
For any questions regarding the contest, you can contact Erin Ulrich at or (270) 898-7903 ext. 174.
Send in those entries – we can't wait to see them!
Erin Ulrich, Quilt Contest Coordinator