Friday, June 17, 2011

New AQS Blog - Get Your Quilt Views and News Here!

AQS continues to bring you more news and new features on the Internet. Our latest change is to combine our four blogs into one blog where you can get all of the Quilt News & Views in one place -- news from AQS Publishing, American Quilter, The Quilt Life, and Quilt Shows are now under .

Be sure to save this site as a favorite - we are discontinuing the site.

Click here to view the NEW Quilt Views and Quilt News site! Save as a Favorite on your computer so you can return often.

Bonnie Browning
Executive Show Director

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Meet Knoxville Instructor Barbara Cline

The temperature isn't the only thing heating up .. so is the excitement for the 2011 AQS Quilt Show and Contest. This year's show is at the Knoxville Convention Center, Wednesday July 13 thru Saturday July 16. Doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. everyday except Saturday when they close at 5 p.m. We are very excited about this year's show and the many talented people who will be teaching. One of the teachers is Barbara Cline. Here's more about her love of quilting and what she likes best about teaching in her own words.

My interest in quilting began 38 years ago. I was inspired by my mother who is an oil and china painter and my sisters who are creative quilters. My first quilt was a simple one that I gave as a gift. The thing I enjoy most about quilting is the creativity in designing and then seeing the finished product. My favorite type of quilts are ones that have dimension and depth. The thing I enjoy most about teaching at quilt shows is how each teacher brings their creativity and unique ideas to share with other quilters.

I can quilt anytime of the day, but there is usually one or two days a week I can quilt all day and into the evening. Other days I quilt about one-to-three hours throughout the day. My sewing room is part of our living area. My design area is the floor where the children sometimes have to walk around or over my projects. I love being with my family when I sew.

Barbara is married and has five children ages 19, 20, 22, 23, and 24. They enjoy camping, working together, and playing Rook. One interesting tidbit about Barbara you might not know is -- she is a turkey farmer's wife.

There's still time to sign up for Barbara's lecture and workshops. Her lecture is: #22804 Creating Designs in a Lone Star, and you can join Barbara and her sisters, Julia Graber & Polly Yoder for:
#22401 Brunch with the Mennonite Sisters: Quilting Journey.

Her workshops are:
#27105 Pinwheel Spin
#27503 Shenandoah Star
#27506 Star Tricks II.

To learn more about the Knoxville show including lectures and workshops just click here.

#27105 Pinwheel Spin
#27503 Shenandoah Star   
#27506 Star Tricks II.

Meet Knoxville Instructor Paula Reid

The excitement continues to build as we get closer to the 2011 AQS Quilt Show and Contest in Knoxville, Tennessee. We have lots of fun things in store for our quilters.There's still time for you to sign up for our wonderful lectures and workshops. One of our Knoxville teachers is Paula Reid. She began teaching workshops in Southern California back in 1993. Now, she spends weeks at a time on the road teaching others her techniques. Here's a little more about Paula and her love for quilting in her own words.

I became interested in quilting in 1990 thanks to my best friend, and life-long quilter, Mary Ponce. I made my first quilt while staying home from work one day. I enjoy every part of quilting, but especially the actual machine quilting, I kind of race through the piecing to get to the good part.

I have two rooms in my home dedicated to my quilting. Both have good lighting and lots of space. Since I travel a lot I consider it a gift to spend time on my machine. So, anytime I have a few minutes, I'm there.

In my spare time I like to cook and read. My husband works from home, so when I'm in town I cook three meals a day. I also read 15 to 20 books a month. I also enjoy traveling with my husband, eating at good restaurants, and collecting wines.

Join us for the 2011 AQS Quilt Show and Contest at the Knoxville Convention Center, Wednesday July 13 thru Saturday July 16. There's still time to sign up for Paula's lecture and workshops.

Her lecture is #22807 The 10 Commandments of Successful Machine Quilting.
Her classes are:
#28101 Intro to Machine Quilting
#28102 Borders and Binding
#28512 Trapunto by Machine
#28513 Free-Motion Quilting.
To learn more about the show in Knoxville and register just click here.

#28102 Borders and Binding
#28512 Trapunto by Machine

Monday, June 13, 2011

Prize Package Winners

Have you made your hotel reservations yet for the AQS Quilt Show - Knoxville?

These two lucky winners did, and they won free lodging plus a package of other goodies:

Vendor Package Winner:  Brenda Groelz, North Salt Lake, UT
Quilter Package Winner:  Anita McClure, Tellico Plains, TN

T3 Travel will be contacting these winners with all of the details for their free hotel rooms and tickets for Knoxville attractions included in the prize packages. June 1 was the deadline for entering.

You can still book your hotel rooms at the AQS-reduced rates by clicking here to book online or call Toll Free 877-865-2018 ext. 5, or 865-386-0713.

To register for workshops, lectures, special events or admission, click here.
Or call 270-898-7903 and ask for Quilt Show Registration.
If you register for a workshop or lecture, you'll receive a free lecture as our Thank You for supporting the Knoxville Quilt Show!

See you soon in Knoxville!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Special Treat for Knoxville Show

Knoxville Convention Center - Headquarters of the AQS Quilt Show
The AQS Quilt Show and Contest in Knoxville is almost here. The show runs Wednesday, July 13 thru Saturday, July 16. We have a surprise for anyone who registers for a lecture or workshop at this year’s show. How does a free lecture sound? It's our way of saying thank you.

For those who registered by June 1, your free ticket will be mailed to you along with your name badge. After June 1, you can pick up your free ticket and name badge at the Workshop Desk located inside the exhibit hall at the Knoxville Convention Center.

The free ticket has no monetary value. If you already signed up for a lecture – you cannot get a refund for that lecture, but you can attend another lecture or invite a friend. Present the ticket at the door of the Lecture Hall for admission to the lecture of your choice. To read a description of the lectures, just click on this link.

So, as our time comes to a close in the Marble City, we want to say a special thank you to the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation (Visitors Bureau), the Knoxville Convention Center, and our host quilt guilds – the Smokey Mountain Quilters of Tennessee and the Village Quilters, for helping to make our three shows in Knoxville a success. The 2012 summer AQS Quilt Show will be held in Grand Rapids, MI, to take our event to quilters in another part of the country.

To learn more about AQS, just click here.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Let's Have Fun in Knoxville

Knoxville Convention Center
We are excited about our next show at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 13 - 16. Why would you want to register now?
  • To get your choice of classes. Classes are filled on a first come basis.
  • Save on your show admission. Advance admission is $8 daily/$15 multi-day for AQS members or $10 daily/$30 multi day for non-members.
  • Name badges will be mailed for registrations received by June 1, 2011; registrations received between June 2 and July 5 will be held for pickup at the show. All international name badges are held for pickup at the Workshop Desk at the show. Advanced registration is recommended.
  • Last day for advance registration is July 5, 2011, at 3 p.m. (Central Time) for individuals and tour groups. After that date, registration will be handled at the show on a first-come basis.
And don't miss these fun special events:
Cruise to the beginning of
the Tennessee River while
you enjoy a Southern dinner
and solve the mystery!
Wednesday: Elvis Murder Mystery Cruise on the Star of Knoxville; Quilter’s Fun Night with Laura Wasilowski and Bonnie Browning

Thursday: An Evening with Karen K. Stone – Interplay of Color and Pattern to Make Extraordinary Quilts

Friday: Art Quilts the Musical by Laura Wasilowski

Saturday: Brunch with the Mennonite Sisters: The Quilting Journey of Barbara Cline, Julia Graber, and Polly Yoder; and All-Star Review.

Click here to begin your online registration. If you want to review all of the classes and lectures offered, you can click on the pdf version of the registration guide at this link to check them out before you register online. You can also call the AQS office on Tuesday to register by telephone: 270-898-7903, ask for Knoxville Registration.

Don't forget to make your hotel reservations.

Use this link to book your room online.

Book your hotel rooms early and have a chance to win this package of fun in Knoxville:
  • Free multi-day admission to the AQS Quilt Show, July 13 – 16, 2011.
  • 3-night stay during the 2011 show at the Holiday Inn Downtown (closest hotel)
  • Experience Knoxville Fun Pack with attraction passes and discounts, including 2 passes for a luncheon cruise aboard the Star of Knoxville, 2 regular adult admissions to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, 2 admissions to Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee at the Museum of East Tennessee history, and 2 free tours of the Blount Mansion.
  • This package is non-transferable and has no cash value.
Deadline for booking your rooms to win this package is June 1, 2011.
Winner will be announced on the AQS Quilt News blog on June 3, 2011.

We have more than 600 quilts in our exhibits at Knoxville this year. They include the Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak To Hope, curated by Ami Simms; Quilted Treasures: Prizewinning Quilts by Linda M. Roy; New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Orange Peel; 2012 Pilgrim/Roy Invitational Quilt Challenge; The River Runs Through It by the Rogue Art Quilters in Oregon; and all of the quilts in the AQS Quilt Contest - don't miss this show. Let's make this the best show ever in Knoxville!

Bring the whole family to Tennessee for vacation and attend the AQS Quilt Show while you are here. Knoxville is only 38 miles from Gatlinburg - enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains and the AQS Quilt Show - all in one trip!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memories in the Closet

I know it's not polite to go through other people's closets. However, it's a practice you may want to adopt.

A few years ago, I visited a friend over Memorial Day weekend. We were invited to dinner by his golfing buddy and his wife, named Ann. Ann is a quilter, so we had lots to talk about. She gave me a tour of her fabric stash, machines, equipment, and books. Her quilting supplies were housed in the spare bedroom, 1/2 the sun porch and part of the living room. Ann's number one complaint-- not enough room for quilting. Doesn't that sound familiar?

We were just about done with the tour when her husband suggested that she show me the "postcards." Ann rummaged around in a closet for a while and came out with a bundle wrapped in an old tablecloth. When she unfolded the contents. I couldn't believe my eyes. Inside was what appeared to be a patchwork quilt -- but it was actually 144 picture postcards, crocheted together and bound with delicate silk tassels.

The postcards had been written to Ann's mother by her father during WWI. Ann's parents both lived in Italy and her father sent the cards while he was in the army--until he was captured by the Austrians and put in a prisoner-of-war camp. The pictures were fascinating and in pristine condition. On the back of every card was a message to her mother from her father. After, we viewed the postcard "quilt",  Ann carefully wrapped it up and put it back into the closet, someday to go to her daughter.

When we returned to my friends house, I happened to glance at the top shelf of his closet. There, wrapped in an old sheet, was what appeared to be a crazy quilt. He brought it out for me and again, I was astounded. The old family quilt was dated 1874. It had suffered the fate of many old crazy quilts. The silk was shattered and it had obviously been well used over the years. However, the embroidery was still intact and the quiltmaker's story was still there to decipher. We carefully wrapped the quilt in its sheet and put it back into the closet.

The moral of this story? While some people may keep skeletons in their closets, I bet far more of us keep precious memories. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Turn Tears Into Smiles

Quilts for Kids, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 non-profit, which in the past eleven years has donated tens of thousands of hand-made patchwork quilts to seriously ill children and children of abuse.

In our experience, quilters are the most generous people anywhere, always using their skills to help others, and we realize that you are all involved in charitable efforts, worthy causes, all. But if you would like to help Quilts for Kids by making a comfort quilt (just approximately 38" X 45"), you may visit our website to order a free kit or you can make a quilt from your own stash, which is particularly welcome!

We like to say we turn tears into smiles because that is literally what happens when a child receives a hand-made patchwork quilt from one of our volunteers. Seriously ill children are comforted, and their families uplifted by the thought that someone cares enough to create a beautiful gift to help them through critical and difficult times.

Everyday, we receive notes from patients' families and from hospital personnel expressing their heartfelt thanks, and telling us how much the quilts mean to the kids. So, please, when you can find the time, join the QFK staff, quilters one and all, in making a difference in a child's life.

Click here to visit our website and learn more about what we do.

Thank you,
Linda, Nancy, Cindi, Kristin, Sally, and Pam

Winners at Spring Quilt Shows

Congratulations to Kim Brunner who was named 2011 Teacher of the Year at the Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City, UT.

Kim will be teaching at the AQS Quilt Show in Knoxville, TN in July. Click here to register for Kim's lecture/demo classes. If you want to study with a pro at Twirly Whirly Feathers and more, here is your chance!

AQS authors continue to win at the spring quilt shows across the country.

MQX East in Providence:
  • Miniature: 1st – Renae Haddadin – Golden Snowflake
  • Wholecloth Large: 1st – Judy Woodworth – Avatar Revisited

Machine Quilters Showcase in Overland Park, KS
  • Machine Embroidery: 3rd - Fairy Dust - Judith Woodworth
  • Whole Cloth Innovative: 2nd - Avatar Revisited - Judith Woodworth
  • Miniature: 1st - Golden Snowflakes - Renae Haddadin
  • Wearable Runway: 1st - Belle For A Day - Renae Haddadin
To learn from these prizewinning quilters, check out their books below:

Amazing Ways to Use Circles and Rays by Renae Haddadin

Freemotion Quilting by Judy Woodworth 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Paducah Webcasts Still Available

The Paducah show is over, but you can still enjoy some special events and learn from lectures through the AQS Webcasts, sponsored by Pfaff.

Just click here to view the list of events available, subscribe, and you can watch them on your computer at your leisure.

If you missed the evening with Ricky Tims, you missed one of his best programs ever. You'll enjoy some music, quilts, and stories, all in Ricky Tims fashion!  A special treat was the opening act - Joyce Stewart and Ann Seely. Don't miss it! This program is only available on the webcast until May 29.

Des Moines Quilt Contest Deadline is Approaching

There are just a few more days to enter the AQS Quilt Show and Contest in Des Moines, Iowa.

Entries must be postmarked or received by May 20, 2011 for this contest. Click here to view or print the rules and entry form.

Enter your quilts today - you could be the winner of the $10,000 Best of Show award!

You will also find the rules and entry form for the International Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Contest using the Des Moines Contest link. There is still time to make an entry for this contest - deadline is September 9, 2011 (quilt must be sent by that date). The International Sunbonnet Sue Contest quilts will be displayed at the Des Moines show.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Learn from the Best in Knoxville!

We have assembled some of the best instructors for the 2011 AQS Quilt Show - Knoxville (July 13 - 16) who will teach a variety of techniques. Where else can you learn the Screwdriver Caper method for applique but from instructor Martha A. Nordstrand? What is Zentangle - MaryAnn Scheblein-Dawson will solve that mystery for you. Recently-named HMQS Teacher of the Year Kimmy Brunner covers everything from Feathers to Lions and Tigers and Templates, Oh My. And that is just a sneak peak at some of the great classes being taught by this year's instructors!
Check out all of the workshops and lectures here. You can view and print the Registration Guide or go directly to "register online" from this link.

2011 Knoxville Instructors:
Karla Alexander, OR
Cindy Blackberg, TN
Kim Brunner, MN
Louis Carney, NJ
Barbara Cline, VA
Lenore Crawford, MI
Valora Hammond, NJ
Klaudeen Hansen, WI
Jan Krueger, WI
Billie Lauder, NM
Teri Lucas, NY
Martha Nordstrand, AZ
Paula Reid, CA
Andi Reynolds, KY
Kristin Rodriguez, GA
Mary Ann Scheblein-Dawson, NY
Karen K. Stone, TX
Laura Wasilowski, IL

Be sure to check out the special events too:
Wed.: Awards Presentation, The Quilter's Link, AQS Authors' Roundtable, and Quilter's Fun Night
Thurs.: Elvis Murder Mystery Cruise on the Knoxville Star, and An Evening with Karen K. Stone
Fri.: Laura Wasilowski - Art Quilts: The Musical
Sat.: Brunch with the Mennonite Sisters: The Quilting Journey of Barbara Cline, Julia Graber and Polly Yoder, and All-Star Review.

Don't forget to make your hotel reservations.  
Use this link to book your room online.
Book your hotel rooms early and have a chance to win this package of fun in Knoxville:
  • Free multi-day admission to the AQS Quilt Show, July 13 – 16, 2011.
  • 3-night stay during the 2011 show at the Holiday Inn Downtown (closest hotel)
  • Experience Knoxville Fun Pack with attraction passes and discounts, including 2 passes for a luncheon cruise aboard the Star of Knoxville, 2 regular adult admissions to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, 2 admissions to Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee at the Museum of East Tennessee history, and 2 free tours of the Blount Mansion. 
This package is non-transferable and has no cash value. Deadline for booking your rooms to win this package is June 1, 2011. Winner will be announced on the AQS Quilt News blog on June 3, 2011.

Location of the AQS Quilt Show, July 13 - 16:
Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville, TN 37902

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Prepared Quilter

We know that quilters come to the Paducah Quilt Show and they are prepared for their classes, and they have good walking shoes for walking through the show and around the city.

But this year one quilter came prepared for any and all flood waters he might encounter: Wallace Murray, quilter from Prior Lake, MN, had his snorkle and flippers at the ready in case he needed them.

Wallace, we are certainly glad that you didn't need to use your underwater equipment, and that you enjoyed the show!

Winners of Janome Sewing Machines

There were three lucky winners of a #3160QDC Janome sewing machine at the Paducah Quilt Show.

The winners are:
   Elizabeth Zwicke, Waukegan, IL
   Mary Ann Abell, Paducah, KY
   Judy Perleberg, Janesville, WI

Congratulations... and happy quilting with your new Janome!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

City of Paducah Floodwall Cameras

The City of Paducah has installed cameras on the river side of the floodwall.

Click here to see the current status of the Ohio River. Be patient because it takes a short time for the images to upload; they are refreshed every minute.

You can see that the water has gone over the Executive Inn berm. Another berm was built closer to the convention center buildings - the river crest will determine whether that kept the water out of the buildings.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Scenes from the Show - Paducah 2011

This is a review of the Week that WAS!

The 27th AQS Quilt Show started off as usual with the AQS staff moving the quilts and all of our equipment to the convention center on Friday. Saturday and Sunday were judging days. The judging crew had just enjoyed a hot luncheon with our spouses when about 1 p.m., we had a visit from the Mayor, City Engineer, and other city officials telling us that we had to vacate the Expo and Convention Centers by Monday because they had to install the flood gates. (For those of you not familiar with Paducah, we have 12 miles of flood wall with 47 gates to protect the city from the waters of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers that converge at Paducah.)

 (Click on any photo to view it larger.)

The judging still had to be completed so some of us continued on with that while other members of the AQS staff proceeded to go look at empty buildings that could possibly be used for the show. Soon we even had a tornado siren go off and we moved the judges into an interior lower level room of the convention center. Always safety first when you hear those sirens. That didn't stop us from judging though, we just moved the miniature category with us and the judging continued. Soon the all clear was sounded and we moved back across the hall to finish the judging.

By 8 p.m., we all had returned from looking at churches and other buildings to determine what we could do. The decision was to hold the classes at the First Baptist Church where they had 10 classrooms on one floor and the Chapel would be used for the lectures, plus the Great Room there would hold the small wall quilt categories in the AQS Quilt Contest. The former Office Max and former Circuit City buildings in the Kentucky Oaks Mall area would hold vendors and the special quilt exhibits. So the challenge began - how could be accommodate all of our vendors - many of them were already in town? We found that we could make room for all of the vendors but most of them would only get one booth.

Monday and Tuesday were exhausting days for the Freeman crew, who now had to reset all of the pipe and drape for the vendors and quilt exhibits in these new locations. Everyone worked long hours on those days - we are blessed to have an experienced AQS staff who know what needs to be done, and the Freeman crew that has worked with us for many years.

Ann Denton greets the quilters at the
entrance of the Pavilion.

The Pavilion would hold the Admissions and Workshops desks, the sponsors and vendors from the Expo Center, the Janome Best of Show and the other top awards, the bed quilts and large wall quilt categories, plus the miniatures.

Viewing the contest quilts in the Pavilion.

Crowded aisle in Office Max building
The Office Max building would house the vendors from the Pavilion, plus the 2011 winners from the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, PA, and the 2012 Pilgrim/Roy Challenge.
Winning quilts from the 2011AQS
Quilt Show in Lancaster

Shopping at vendors at Circuit City

Circuit City would hold the vendors from the 1st and 2nd floors of the Convention Center, plus the Alliance for American Quilts contest quilts, and the AQS Authors' Quilt Exhibit.

Alliance for American Quilts Contest
The winners of the AQS Quilt Contest were announced at the Awards Presentation at the Carson Four Rivers Center at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Congratulations to Pat Holly who won the Janome Best of Show Award with her quilt Paisley Peacock!

Click here to view the complete list of winners.

The doors opened right on schedule at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27. Anchor Trailways made changes in the shuttle routes to handle the changes in the schedule and the increased numbers of riders because of the lack of parking near the Pavilion - the headquarters for this year's show.

Vendors were busy with quilters trying out their machines. When you are looking to purchase a new sewing machine, attend a show and try them out.

And you could register to win one of three Janome sewing machines that were given away (I'll post the winners' names in my next blog).

We did have some rain throughout the week but most of it occurred overnight. We were all pleased to see the sun shining brightly on Thursday, Friday, and most of Saturday.

This was definitely a week to remember -- but you all proved that neither rain from the heavens nor increased water levels in the river will keep quilters from being at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah. We did everything we could to make this year's event as seamless as possible even though we had to move quilts and vendors to other locations.

The Ricky Gaga look  -
enlarge the photo to
view the background
 If you did stay home or didn't get a chance to attend all of the events, you can still enjoy the lectures and special events through the AQS Webcasts, sponsored by Pfaff.

Just click here to subscribe to the webcasts (including Ricky Tims' concert).

If you missed the dogwoods this year, here are a couple of photos I took just before the show started.

Dogwoods in Paducah - 2011

Put the dates for next year's AQS Quilt Show in Paducah on your calendar: April 25 - 28, 2012.

Tell us your Paducah stories - just go to to set up your own web page and let us know what was memorable about your trip to Paducah this year.

See you next year!
Bonnie Browning
Executive Show Director

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Quilters' 1950s Fun Night

Photo by Heidi Kasand
 We have just finished this evening's event, and what a fun time we had. Charlotte Angotti and I co-hosted the event, and our special guest stars were the APQS Rebels (aka Jim Langland and Mark Caraher from American Professional Quilting Systems). Yes, Elvis was in the building this evening.

Our 1950's costume contest had a stageful of participants, and the winner was "the church lady" who came dressed in her best black with white polka-dotted dress, red hat, and white gloves (with ruffles on them). We reminisced getting ready for Easter with our hats and gloves. There were mother and daughter poodle skirts; and "Bob" with the traditional dress of a guy in the 50s - blue jeans, white T-shirt with the cigarettes rolled into the sleeve; and we even saw a poodle pin - the kind that had two parts with a chain connecting them.

There were lots of prizes donated by vendors, sponsors, and AQS. One lucky quilter won an AccuQuilt Go machine with lots of plates to go with it. Thanks to all of the quilters who participated in the costume contest and the Hoola-Hoop-Off - these quilters proved they can still swivel those hips!

I didn't get to take any photos, but I hope Heidi Kasand from APQS won't mind me sharing two photos from her Facebook page.

Photo by Heidi Kasand
 Be sure to ask Mark how those 4-inch heels feel? Stop by the APQS booth in the Pavilion and take a test drive of their longarm machine. Thanks Jim and Mark for sharing your talent with us!

Live Quilt Auction will Not be Webcast

Live Quilt Auction on Thursday: Due to technical difficulties, the National Quilt Museum's live quilt auction will NOT be webcast on Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m. The Live Quilt Auction will now be held inside the National Quilt Museum, 215 Jefferson St.

If you ordered the grilled chicken dinner, it will be served in the Food Tent in the parking lot behind the museum on 2nd Street, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Reminder: If you need to pick up your registration packet, a name badge holder, or want to purchase tickets for workshops, lectures, or special events, come to the Workshop Desk in the entrance of the Pavilion (also known as the Big Marshmallow) in downtown Paducah.

All workshops and lectures are being held in the First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway on the second level. Just look for the room named the same as in the Registration Guide. There is food available at the church.

Quilts & Vendors:  Don't miss any of the quilts or vendors at the AQS venues - the Pavilion in downtown Paducah (corner of 4th Street & Executive Blvd.), which is also the AQS Bus Stop for the shuttles going to hotels and attractions who are participating; the AQS Vendors on Kentucky in the Finkel Building (200 Kentucky Avenue); and the vendors in the Kentucky Oaks Mall area - the former Office Max building and the former Circuit City building where you will find special quilt exhibits and vendors. The small wall quilts in the AQS Contest, including the Best Wall Quilt, are at the First Baptist Church (2890 Broadway) where there is plenty of parking available.

Day 2 of the show is coming up - see you there!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Quilt Show Setup has Begun

While the water is rising in the Ohio River, the AQS staff is busy with alternate preparations for the 27th AQS Quilt Show & Contest. Yesterday we had a 12-hour period to decide what we would do when the city told us they were planning to install the flood gates in our flood wall and that we must evacuate the Expo Center and Convention Center, both of which sit on the river side of the flood wall.

After visiting a variety of buildings and churches, here are the alternate plans we have in place:

Pavilion (also known as the Marshmallow) in downtown Paducah:
  • Vendors who were in the Expo Center will be moved to the Pavilion.
  • Best of Show and other top awards in the large quilt categories, all of the quilts in 9 categories and their winners, plus the Best Miniature and the miniature category will be displayed here.
  • Admissions, Workshops, and AQS Membership Desks will be at the front of the Pavilion, as well as the First Aid Station, Package Check, and the Paducah Visitors Bureau.
  • Certified quilt appraisers will be on hand to appraise quilts - this booth is located on the last aisle of the Pavilion.
  • American Quilter editors will also be located on the last aisle of the Pavilion.
  • The Quilt Life editor Jan Magee will have a booth next to the Ricky Tims' booth in the Pavilion. You can subscribe and meet Ricky Tims too.
Office Max building at Kentucky Oaks Mall:
  • Vendors who were in the Pavilion will be moved to the Office Max Building.
  • Winners of the 2011 AQS Lancaster Quilt Show, and the 2012 Pilgrim/Roy Challenge will be on display.
Circuit City building at Kentucky Oaks Mall:
  • Vendors who were in the Convention Center (1st and 2nd floors) will be located here.
  • Special quilt exhibits include the Alliance for American Quilts Contest quilts, and the AQS Authors' Quilt Exhibit.
Food Tent:
No Paducah quilt show is complete without some southern barbeque, strawberry shortcake, ribs from Larry-Larry & Darrell, and many other treats. We couldn't disappoint you there either. We will have them all, but they will move just a couple of blocks - to the parking lot on 2nd Street, just behind the National Quilt Museum.

Live Quilt Auction:
One change is that the Live Quilt Auction will be held inside the National Quilt Museum, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. Enjoy a grilled chicken dinner at the Food Tent from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. and then head across the street to the museum for the auction.

AQS School of Quiltmaking:
All classes - workshops and lectures - will be held at the 1st Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway. There is plenty of parking on three sides of the building. Look the AQS Quilt Show sandwich board sign for the entrance.
  • Lectures will be held in the Chapel on the first floor.
  • The Best Wall Quilt and all of the entries in the small wall categories will be displayed in the Great Room on the first floor of the church.
  • All workshops will be held in ten classrooms on the second  floor of the church; there is an elevator just inside the entrance for easy access to the classrooms.
  • Special Events being held at the 1st Baptist Church include the All-Star Review, the AQS Authors' Roundtable, Stitched - the Movie, and the evening with Charlotte Angotti. All of these events will take place in the Chapel/Lecture Hall.
  • If you have any questions, Educator Coordinator Marcelle Cashon, Klaudeen Hansen, and Sylvia Thomas will be at the church to assist you.
Special Events at the Carson Four Rivers Center:
All activities at the Carson Center will be held as scheduled. Shuttle service from the AQS Bus Stop at the Pavilion will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the events.

There will be shuttle service to all of these venues, plus the AQS Vendors on Kentucky (Finkel Building) where more vendors and the AQS "Hurt Book" Sales are located.  The bus drivers can tell you which route they are running and where they can stop.

If you need to pick up your advanced registration packet, a name badge holder, and wish to purchase tickets for workshops, lectures, or special events, check at the Workshop Desk inside the entrance to the Pavilion. The Workshop Desk will be open from 12 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, and from 8 a.m. to close on show days.

Tomorrow the quilts will be hung and the winners of the AQS Quilt Contest will be announced at the Carson Four Rivers Center, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., and the show officially opens at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

Phew... what a week, but we did it. We can't wait for you all to see the beautiful quilts on display this year!

See you at the show!

Bonnie Browning
Executive Show Director

A Few Show Changes

Due to high water along the lower Ohio River at Paducah, the floodgates that protect the city are being installed. To protect the safety of visitors to the American Quilter's Society annual Quilt Show & Contest, events usually held at the Paducah-McCracken County Expo and Julian C. Carroll Convention Center have been moved.

Best of Show, category winners, and bed quilts will be on display at the Pavilion at the corner of 4th Street and Executive Boulevard. Vendors that were in the Expo Center will be there, too.

At Kentucky Oaks Mall, 3470 James Sanders Boulevard, The Alliance for American Quilts display will be at Circuit City. The Pilgrim/Roy 2012 Challenge display and AQS Lancaster 2011 winners will be at Office Max, also at the mall. Vendors that were in the convention center will be located at Circuit City. Vendors that were in the Pavilion will be at Office Max.

All classes and lectures and All Star Review will be held at First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway, where the Wall Quilt contest and winners will be displayed.

The Food Tent and Live Auction will relocate just two blocks to the Farmers Market located behind the museum at the T-intersection of 2nd Street and Monroe.

As always, there will be Vendors on Kentucky at 200 Kentucky Avenue, also known as the Finkel Building, and the Hurt Book Sale.

Events planned for Carson Four Rivers Center and The National Quilt Museum will continue in place. The Yo Yo ladies and Silent Auction will be at The National Quilt Museum.

Shuttles will run between all venues so visiting quilters may travel safely.

A little water can't stop the 2011 AQS Quilt Show in Paducah. Come see us!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Parking at the Paducah Quilt Show

Since the Executive Inn is now completely torn down, we will have a lot more parking places where the hotel once stood.

Here is a link to a map that shows you the Parking areas, the bus route, and the locations of the Expo Center, the Convention Center, and the Pavilion.

You will also see the bus route marked. The AQS Bus Stop is directly in front of the Expo Center. The route will be used by the Anchor Trailways shuttle buses that travel to/from the hotels and local attractions, and the charter buses coming to the show.

The Food Tent is located in front of the Convention Center. Find your favorite barbeque, burgers, and the Boy Scouts' famous strawberry shortcake at the food tent. In addition, the concession in the convention center will be open in the morning and lunch, plus the concession stand in the Expo Center where you can get some grab and go goodies.

We will be holding the Quilt Museum's Annual Quilt Auction in the Food Tent this year. Don't forget that you can also participate in the auction through our webcasting this year - you will even be able to call in bids as the auction takes place. Here is the link to sign up for this year's webcasts (sponsored by Pfaff) that include lectures, special events including Ricky Tims, and the Quilt Auction. Even if you can't attend the show this year, you can enjoy some of it right at home on your computer.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

All Around the Color Wheel: Color 101

Are you afraid of color? Is it difficult for you to pick out fabrics that go together? If so, you aren't alone. Fear of color and buying the wrong fabric combination rank as some of the top concerns for many quilt makers.

Let's take a step back to our elementary school days and review some of the basic concepts of color. We will start with the basics and over the next few weeks we will also review some of the more complex color theories. Hopefully, this review will give you the information you need to walk into your fabric store with confidence and help you make even more beautiful quilts.

You are looking at the most widely used artists' color wheel. It's been around a while. Sir Isaac Newton is credited with developing the circular color wheel in 1666.

This color wheel is based on the three primary colors of blue, red, and yellow. The corresponding secondary colors are green, orange, and violet. Next, you'll find the tertiary colors which are red-orange, red-violet, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-violet, and blue-green. That gives us 12 main color divisions on our wheel.

Here's a basic rule about using the color wheel that will come in handy for any project. The colors opposite each other on the color wheel are considered complimentary. For instance red and green. So, if you want to play it safe, use your color wheel to pick colors that will go together. However, we are just starting our color journey...and, we won't always be playing it safe.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

If You Love Fabric, Don't Miss the Fabulous Fabric Flurry on Friday

How much fabric can you stuff into a "Flurry Bag?" To find out, stop at the National Quilt Museum on Friday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. or until the fabric is gone. For just $10 you will get all of the fabric you can stuff into a "Flurry Bag."

Look for the tent on the Museum lawn (at 215 Jefferson Street in downtown Paducah). Come early for the best selection. Event ends when supply runs out.

If you are ready to clean out your stash and want to donate to the Fabulous Fabric Flurry, drop off clean, 100% cotton fabric in fat quarters and 1 yard lengths or more at the Museum when you arrive in Paducah so the staff can get it ready for the Flurry.

For more information, contact Susan Edwards, Director of Marketing at (270) 442-8856 x214 or email her at:

What a great way to add new fabrics to your stash. Don't miss it!

Bid at the Quilt Auction from Home

Don’t miss the National Quilt Museum’s live quilt auction, Thursday, April 28, 6 to 8 p.m. This year you can call in bids using the AQS Webcast of the auction. The webcast will be live and will be free for anyone who wants to watch or bid.

If you subscribe to other Webcast events plus the quilt auction, you will receive a code for access to watch your subscribed events including the auction.

If you just want to participate in the quilt auction, you will need to log into the webcast site at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. Here is how to do that:
  • Go online to
  • Select Quilt Shows
  • Choose Paducah 2011
  • Click the Webcasts tab
  • Then click the Watch Live Webcasts button
  • Scroll down to: Special Event: The National Quilt Museum's Live Quilt Benefit Auction (Thur 6pm) FREE EVENT - Just visit this website at Auction time to participate.

    The phone number to bid is 270-538-9222; this line will be activated at the start of the auction.
Join the fun and you might win the bid for a beautiful quilt!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Knoxville - Lodging and Special Events Info

The summer AQS Quilt Show and Contest will be held July 13 - 16, 2011 at the Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902.

Information on the show and registration information is available here.

Lodging - Book Early and You Could Win!
Book your hotel rooms early and have a chance to win a package of fun in Knoxville. Just click here to book your room online.

Early Bird Prize Package:
Free multi-day admission to the AQS Quilt Show, July 13 – 16, 2011.
3-night stay during the 2011 show at the Holiday Inn Downtown (closest hotel)
Experience Knoxville Fun Pack with attraction passes and discounts, including 2 passes for a luncheon cruise aboard the Star of Knoxville, 2 regular adult admissions to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, 2 admissions to Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee at the Museum of East Tennessee history, and 2 free tours of Blount Mansion.

This package is non-transferable and has no cash value. Deadline for booking your rooms to win this package is June 1, 2011. Winner will be announced on the AQS Quilt News blog on June 3, 2011.

Special Events
There are plenty of activities for having fun at the show.
Here is the complete list of special events.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
22101 Awards Presentation, Exhibit Hall, 8:40-9AM Free
22102 The Quilter's Link, Lecture Hall, 10-11AM Free
22103 AQS Authors' Roundtable Andi Reynolds, Lecture Hal,l 4:30-5:30 PM Free
22104 Quilters' Fun Night Laura Wasilowski and Bonnie Browning, Lecture Hall, 7-8:30 PM $15

Thursday, July 14, 2011
22201 Elvis Murder Mystery Cruise-without transportation, Star of Knoxville, 6-9pm $45
22251 Elvis Murder Mystery Cruise-with transportation, Star of Knoxville, 6-9pm $52
22202 An Evening with Karen K. Stone, Lecture Hall, 7-8:30pm $15

Friday, July 15, 2011
22301 Art Quilts - The Musical - Laura Wasilowski, Lecture Hall, 7-8:30pm $15

Saturday, July 16, 2011
22401 Brunch w/ the Mennonite Sisters: The Quilting Journey of Barbara Cline, Julia Graber and Polly Yoder, Ballroom A, 9-10:30am $26
22402 All-Star Review, Ballroom A, 1-3pm $15

Click here to go to online registration, or call 270-898-7903 (Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Photos of projects and supply lists are available online; you can also print the registration guide under the Registration tab.

Timetable for the Royal Wedding... in Paducah Time

The wedding of  Prince William and Catherine Middleton takes place on Friday, April 29, at 5:00 a.m. Paducah time.

If you want to get up really early while you are at the AQS Quilt Show, here is the timetable for all of the activities before and after the ceremony.

Ceremonial Timings for the Wedding Day

• 2:15am and 3:45am Paducah Time:   
Between 8.15am and 9.45am: The general congregation will arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey.

• 3:50am Paducah Time:
From 9.50am: Governors-General and Prime Ministers of Realm Countries,the Diplomatic Corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey.

• 4:10am Paducah Time:
10.10am The Bridegroom and Prince Henry of Wales leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.15am.

• 4:20am Paducah Time:
10.20am Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace.

• 4:20am Paducah Time:
10.20am Mrs. Michael (Carole) Middleton and Mr. James Middleton leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.27am.

• 4:25am Paducah Time:
10.25am Members of the Royal Family (except those listed below) leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.30am.

• 4:35am Paducah Time:
10.35am The following Members of the Royal Family leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.40am:
- The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
- The Duke of York
- Princess Eugenie of York
- Princess Beatrice of York
- The Earl and Countess of Wessex

• 4:38am Paducah Time:
10.38am The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.42am.

• 4:38am Paducah Time:
10.40am The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.45am.

• 4:48am Paducah Time:
10.48am The Bridesmaids and Pages leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.55am.

• 4:51am Paducah Time:
10.51am The Bride, accompanied by Mr. Michael Middleton, leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey.

• 5:00am Paducah Time:
11.00am The Marriage Service begins. The Marriage Service will be relayed by audio speakers along the Route.

• 6:15am Paducah Time:
12.15pm The Carriage Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom with a Captain’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by The Queen’s Procession with a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace.

• 6:30am Paducah Time:
12.30pm The Bride’s Carriage Procession arrives at Buckingham Palace.

• 6:40am Paducah Time:
12.40pm Members of the Royal Family and Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Buckingham Palace.

• From 6:40am Paducah Time:
From 12.40pm: Other guests for the Reception arrive at Buckingham Palace.

• 7:25am Paducah Time:
1.25pm The Queen and the Bride and Bridegroom, together with their Families, appear on the Balcony.

• 7:30am Paducah Time:
1.30pm Fly Past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

And after you've enjoyed the wedding festivities, it's time to head downtown to the Expo Center to enjoy the Paducah Quilt Show. The show opens at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tune in to 750 AM - Home of Quilter Radio

While you are at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, April 27 - 30, tune in to 750 AM, WTHQ, for quilting information all day long. This station will be featuring:
  • Quilt Show Information
  • Class Times
  • Nationally-known Quilters Talk Radio
  • Pat Sloan's Creative Talk
  • ... and more
Whether you are staying in Mount Vernon, IL; Cape Girardeau or Sikeston, MO, or Clarksville, TN, you should be able to tune in to We're the Home of Quilters at 750 AM on your radio dial.

Thank you to Stratemeyer Media for providing this special programming for our guests at the AQS Quilt Show.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Get the Scoop on Writing a Quilt Book

In just a few days, the 27th annual AQS Quilt Show and Contest will open in Paducah! If you have contemplated or even just dreamed about writing a book on quilting, then Andi Reynolds, executive book editor for AQS, is just the person for you to see during the show.

There are several opportunities to learn what is involved in authoring a book and getting it published.
  • Potential book authors can also attend the lecture, Get into Print!, on Wednesday, April 27 from 10  to 11 am in the Eisenhower Room on the first floor of the convention center. Tickets for Lecture # 2802 will be available at the Workshop Desk; this is a free event.
  • Later that afternoon, also in the Eisenhower Room, Andi will moderate the Author's Roundtable from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Come hear what five AQS authors have to say about what it’s like to publish with AQS. This is your time to ask all the nitty-gritty questions you can think of about what it is like to write a quilt book. Invited authors are Dilys Fronks (Dual Image Appliqué); Linda J. Hahn (New York Beauty Simplified); Sally Terry (Pathways from Quilt Top to Quilted); and Linda K. Johnson and Jane K. Wells, aka The Crafty Ol' Broads (Cuddly Snuggly Quilts). Tickets for Special Event # 2202 will be available at the Workshop Desk—and it’s free, too!
  • If you have given some thought to writing a quilt book, you can bring just an idea or a full-blown proposal or anything in between. Andi's office will be on the second floor of the Julian Carroll Convention Center, to the left as you come up the stairs or off the elevator. There will be a sign indicating where to find her. The field editors for American Quilter magazine will have space there, too.
(Advance registration for the Paducah show is now closed. Pick up your tickets for these events at the Workshop Desk in the Paducah Expo Center - opens at 12 noon on Tuesday and 8 a.m. on show days.

If you'd like to talk about a book or magazine idea, you can prepare in advance by reviewing the AQS book proposal guidelines. Click here to view or print the guidelines.

Both of these events should help explain the process of becoming an AQS author, but you don't need to attend them to talk with Andi. Walk-ins are welcome, or you may make an appointment by emailing her at no later than Wednesday, April 20.

See you soon in Paducah!

Dogwoods in Paducah

The dogwoods are blooming now in Paducah and with the warm temperatures we are having, they likely will be gone during the quilt show... so I took my annual tour around town and shot some photos of the dogwoods to share with you. (You can enlarge any of the photos by clicking on them.)

We know spring is here when the Dogwood Trail banners go up and the dogwood trees bloom like this beauty on Jefferson Street.

Also on Jefferson Street is this yard that includes blooming azaleas, wisteria, and both pink and white dogwood trees. The wisteria is especially pretty this year, including in my own yard, where the blossoms are in clumps 10 - 12 inches long.

These "red" dogwood blossoms (the pink ones are much lighter) are on a tree at the Episcopal Church on Broadway.

I like this scene where the bench says "Rest Ye Awhile" in front of the
dogwood tree at the Episcopal Church. Very inviting!

You see many scenes like this one around town where the yards
are filled with pink, red, or white dogwoods.

The azalea bushes are starting to bloom, like this row of red ones
behind the red dogwood tree. What beautiful colors.

This tree on Madison Street was my favorite this
year - each dogwood was just perfect.

While the dogwoods may be gone when you arrive, there will still be plenty of
other blooming trees and flowers when you come for the AQS Quilt Show.
Last weekend Wayne and I made a quick trip to Iowa for a family
celebration and those of you coming from the north will still get to see the
wild dogwoods in the timber along I-24 as you drive south. Our trees are
two or three weeks ahead of what we saw along the interstate during our travels.

See you soon in Paducah for the quilt show. We are busy preparing for you!
We can'twait for you to see the beautiful quilts in the contest this year.

Bonnie Browning
Executive Show Director