Thursday, March 24, 2011

AQS and Alex Anderson invites you back to Knoxville in 2011!

Who won the Janome Sewing Machines in Lancaster

These three lucky winners each won a 3160QDC Janome sewing machine at the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, PA.

• Hillary Bounds, 
 Baltimore, MD
• Lorraine Markowski, 
Mays Landing, NJ
• Beth Corey-Smith, 
West Gardiner, ME

Congratulations! Enjoy your new machines.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

List Your Quilting Event at My Quilt Place - The Place for Everything Related to Quilts and Quilters

Does your quilt guild hold a show? Are you looking for ways to advertise your event?

You can list your event at at no charge? The only requirement is that you need to register for My Quilt Place (click here to register) and you will have complete access to the site. It's the place for everything related to quilts and quilters.

On My Quilt Place, click on Events in the burgundy navigation bar, and then click the "+Add" button at the top of the Events page to add your event. Don't forget to include some contact information in case someone has questions about your event.

And while you are there, you can set up your own page, add photos of your quilts, join groups on topics of interest to you, join a forum, and read the blogs. That's a lot to do on Invite your friends to join too! See you there.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lancaster Winners and Live Webcasts of Lectures and Special Events

 Good morning... the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster is in full swing now. Quilters from across the U.S. and around the world are viewing the beautiful quilts on display, shopping the merchant mall (their bags look very heavy already) and classes are underway for the day.

If you aren't able to attend the show, you can still view some of the lectures and special events through our live webcasting. Click here to register for the live webcasts... you will see the entire list of events being offered via the webcasts. Remember, once you have subscribed, you can view the lectures and events any number of times "on demand" for up to 90 days following the event.

Congratulations to all of the winners in the AQS Quilt Contest - the competition was very stiff, so you all should be very pleased to be chosen as the top quilts in the contest.

The show runs through Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Come see the beautiful quilts!

Award Winners

2011 AQS Quilt Show & Contest- Lancaster
March 16 – 19, 2011

Best of Show Award
#124 SIMPLY SANTE FE, Cindy Seitz-Krug, Bakersfield, CA

Best Hand Workmanship Award
#209 MARY SIMON REDISCOVERED, Nancy Kerns, Skillman, NJ

Best Machine Workmanship Award
#120 CHRISTMAS ALL AROUND, Sherry Reynolds, Laramie, WY

Best Longarm Workmanship Award
#203 EMILY, Kathi Carter, Lanett, AL
Best Wall Quilt Award
#501 GYPSY ROSALIE, Ronda K. Beyer, Tualatin, OR

Bed Quilts, Pieced
First #123 SHOOTING STARS, Birgit Schueller, Riegelsberg, Germany
Second #111 SOUL SHINE, Karen Kielmeyer, Bella Vista, AR
Third #127 MA-TSU-RI (JAPANESE FESTIVAL), Mitsuyo Takasaki, Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan
Hon. Mention #133 DOUBLE WEDDING RING, Beverly J. Willis, Mansfield, OH

Bed Quilts, Appliqu├ęd
First #210 SEW IS LIFE, Barbara Korengold, Chevy Chase, MD
Second #212 RYLIE’S GARDEN, Mary Martin, Clive, IA
Third #211 MY BEAUTIFUL MEMORY, Masako Kumagawa, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma, Japan
Hon. Mention #217 THE GRAPES OF BATH, Wendy Caton Reed, Bath, ME

Wall Quilts, Hand Quilted
First #314 MIDNIGHT GARDEN, Deborah Kemball, Santiago, Chile
Second #312 WINDY, Janeene Herchold, Redding, CA
Third #301 BIRDS IN THE FOREST, Jenny Bacon, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia
Hon. Mention #303 RED BIRD WINTER, Betty Lu Brydges, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Wall Quilts, Home Sewing Machine Quilted
First #413 JUDY IN THE SKY WITH STITCHES, Judy Robinson Ehrnst, Springville, AL
Second #430 TOUCHES OF THE ORIENT, Jaynette Huff, Conway, AR
Third #437 ZIPPER HOUSE, Cheryl Kerestes, Wyoming, PA
Hon. Mention #453 A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH PAISLEYS, Ann L. Petersen, Surprise, AZ

Wall Quilts, Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted
First #508 MY GEMS, Diane Johnston, Pahrump, NV
Second #518 MAYNARD, David M. Taylor, Steamboat Springs, CO
Third #504 HISTORY AND TRADITION, Judy Eselius, Lake Oswego, OR
Hon. Mention #509 AUTUMN FLOWER, Linda McGibbon and Carol Rose, Beaverton, MI

Monday, March 14, 2011

Don't Miss These Events in Lancaster

The AQS staff is already in Lancaster and setting up the show at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

Put these things on your "must do" list to make your experience at the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster a memorable one:

Don't forget to pick up your copy of the AQS Showbook - it's your guide to everything at the show. $1.00 at the Admissions Desk

1. There will be quilts and vendors on three floors of the convention center. Contests quilts and two special exhibits are in Freedom Hall; A Perfect Journey exhibit by Karen Kay Buckley is on Level 2 in the Commonwealth Ballroom, and the Botswana Collection - Fiber Revolution & Kalahari Quilts and the AQS Authors' Exhibit are on Level 3 in the Heritage Ballroom. Be sure you visit all three floors at the convention center!

2. There will be a special quilting bee with artisans from the Mennonite Information Center and Lancaster textile artisans at the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum, 37 N. Market Street - a short walk from the convention center. There is also a special exhibition coordinated by the museum and Franklin and Marshall College exploring the connection between the quilts collected by Doug Tompkins, founder of the Esprit Corporation, and the fashions produced by Esprit in the 1980s. Special hours during the quilt show are: Monday - Friday, 9am to 7pm, and Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Admission is $6.00.

3. The Quilt Museum at The Old Country Store, 3510 Old Philadelphia Pike in Intercourse, will have special hours during the quilt show: Monday/Tuesday, 9am to 5pm; Wednesday/Thursday, 9am to 8pm; Friday, 9am to MIDNIGHT; and Saturday, 9am to 8pm; closed Sunday. See A Showcase of Quilts: Dazzling Contemporary Creations exhibit, plus Innovative Scrap Quilts by Elsie M. Campbell, who will also have a special book signing from 6 to 8pm on Wednesday with guided museum tours. Midnight Madness is on Friday until midnight, with special drawings between 9 and 11pm.

4. The Ricky Tims Concert is from 7 - 8:30pm on Friday evening in the Chapel at the Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road. This will be a fun evening with humor, quilt stories, and music. Tickets are $15. There is free parking near the Chapel.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Special Exhibit at the Lancaster Textile & Quilt Museum

THE GRID: AMISH QUILTS, ESPRIT CLOTHING, AND POSTMODERN DESIGN - On Exhibit during the AQS Quilt Show at the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum, 37 N. Market Street, in downtown Lancaster


Contact: Wendy Nagle, Executive Director
Phone: (717)-299-6440


LANCASTER, PA - THE GRID exhibition, opening First Friday evening, 
March 4, 2011, is a joint project between Franklin & Marshall College’s 
Art and Art History Department and the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum.
Featuring the “Esprit Collection” of Amish Quilts as well as artifacts from 1980’s 
fashion and culture, this exhibit demonstrates the influence of traditional Amish 
designs on postmodern art and fashion.

Used as design inspiration in Esprit headquarters during the creation of their iconic 
1980s fashions, the 'Esprit Collection' of Amish quilts is shown here in the company 
of Esprit objects for the first time. Paired with Esprit sweaters, advertisements, and 
other objects of postmodern design, this exhibition celebrates the traditional Amish 
culture in a magnificent display of color, style, and aesthetic beauty. Titled THE GRID, 
the exhibition examines the common reliance on the grid as a design matrix by both 
Amish quilters and modernist designers, and compares these with postmodern 
experiments in 'breaking' or 'exploding' the grid.

This first-time collaboration between Franklin & Marshall College and The Heritage 
Center of Lancaster County, seeks to attract viewers interested in local tradition, 
fashion, and brilliant design. Dr. Amelia Rauser, Associate Professor of Art History 
at F&M led a fall seminar of six students who studied these quilts. Dr. Rauser states,
“THE GRID exhibition presents a wonderful opportunity to travel back in time to the 
1980’s and see how our local culture revolutionized the American ideas of art and 
fashion.” Wendy Nagle, Executive Director of the Heritage Center of Lancaster 
County, which owns and operates the museum, shares the story behind the 
development of the exhibition. “The idea of looking at these THE GRID: AMISH QUILTS, ESPRIT CLOTHING, AND POSTMODERN DESIGN quilts through 
the lens of 1980’s Esprit fashion was brought to us by Gloria Mast, a local 
adjunct professor of art history and curatorial consultant to our museum. This 
past summer during a museum focus group at F&M, we shared the concept with 
Dr. Rauser, who immediately saw the connection between the quilts, fashion and 
art. We were excited by the possibilities, and delighted to be able to make these 
magnificent historic objects accessible for the students’ study and observation. 
It is our hope that this will be the first of many future collaborations with our 
higher-education community.”

The museum will open for the season Tuesday March 16, just in time for the 
American Quilter’s Society’s Lancaster event week. Hours during the quilt 
show are: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daily admission is $6 per person, which includes admission to the 
textile and Christmas exhibit galleries, and the magnificent Grand Banking Hall.

The museum gratefully acknowledges our 2011 exhibit sponsor:

Look Me Up in Lancaster

Andi Reynolds here, sniffing wonderful things in the air. It’s not just Spring—it’s the start of Show Season in the Quilt world. A most exciting time!

Next week AQS will host the first of four shows in 2011. We will be at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 16 – 19.

Being at each AQS quilt show is always exciting for me, because as the executive book editor for AQS, I get to meet so many creative people with such interesting ideas. If you have given some thought to writing a quilt book, come to the quilt show and see me! Bring just an idea or a full-blown proposal or anything in between.

My office will be the Susquehanna Board room, which is on the fourth floor of the Marriott at Penn Square. The Marriott and convention center are attached; just use the hotel’s elevators and you’ll find me.

If you'd like to talk about a book idea, you can prepare in advance by reviewing our proposal guidelines, click here to read or print the guidelines.

You can also attend my lecture, Quilt Book Publishing 101, which will be Thursday, March 17 (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!) from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Southern Market Council Chamber. Southern Market is across Vine Street from the convention center. Ask for Lecture # 42805 at the Workshop Desk at the show.

Later that afternoon, also at Southern Market, I will moderate the Author's Roundtable. From 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm come hear what four 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 Kathie Alyce (Flip Flop Block Quilts); Dianne S. Hire (Vivacious Curvy Quilts); Sally Terry (Pathways from Quilt Top to Quilted); and Sue Nickels (Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques). Ask for Special Event # 42201—it’s free.

Both events should help explain the process of becoming an AQS author, but you don't need to attend them to talk with me. Walk-ins are welcome, or you may make an appointment by Friday, March 11 by emailing me at You can always ask for me at the Workshop Desk, too. 

I hope to see you soon in Lancaster!

It's AQS Quilt Show Time in Lancaster, PA

Lancaster Co. Convention Center

It is almost show time in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 16 - 19, 2011! Our staff is busy packing boxes and tubs of materials for the show. Do you have your bags packed yet?
Here are a few reminders about the show...

Parking & Shuttles
This year there is one parking lot, located at Burle Business Park (1000 New Holland Ave, Lancaster, PA, 17601), with shuttle service to/from the Burle Parking lot to the Queen Street entrance at the Lancaster County Convention Center, starting at 7 a.m. and continuing until the conclusion of the evening event at the show. The fee for parking is $5 per car per day; shuttle service is $1 each way ($2 daily) payable when you board the shuttle.

Parking is also available in downtown parking garages: Water Street Garage (220 N. Water St.), Duke Street Garage (150 N. Duke St.), Prince Street Garage (111 N. Prince St.), Central Garage (35 S. Prince St.), East King Garage (148-52 E. King St., Penn Square Garage – next to convention center (38 S. Duke St.). These garages will honor a $7.00 flat fee for anyone parking over 6 hours. To get this discounted rate, you will need to pick up a discount chaser ticket at the PA Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau booth (open during show hours) in the lobby of the Marriott at Penn Square. 

There is no shuttle service to/from the individual hotels. Charter buses should drop their passengers off at the Vine Street entrance to the Convention Center. Empty buses can park free of charge at the Burle Business Park - south lot. Vendors will also be parking in the Burle south lot.

Registration has closed but you can still view the workshop and lecture information online.  You will need to put in your name and address info to access that information. You can view the class photos and print your supply lists there. Click here to view the class information.

If you need more general information about about the show, click here.

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

Erin Ulrich, Contest Coordinator: "Good luck to all the Lancaster contest semifinalists – I can’t wait to see which of your beautiful quilts will go home as AQS prize winners! We'll post the winner's list on our website, as soon as we can." 

Laura Davis, Registration Coordinator: "We've packed our bags and are heading off to Lancaster! Come see us at the Workshop Desk to purchase any last minute classes, lectures, or special events. 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 Lancaster! We are excited to be here again for our second show and we have four full days of fun planned for you."

Terry Guill: Director of Show Operations: "Welcome to Lancaster! You will love the quilts on display, the merchant mall, classes and lectures."

Bonnie Browning, Executive Show Director: "We can't wait to see you at our quilting party in Lancaster. Don't miss the Quilter's Fun Night with Dianne Hire and me - we'll be giving away lots of great prizes!"

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

See you all in Lancaster next week!

NEW Event in Paducah

We have added a new special event at the Paducah AQS Quilt Show...

(#2205)                 Jim Shore Signing Event 
The National Quilt Museum
Wednesday, April 27, 2011, Free event
Jim Shore, internationally renowned artist and creator of the Heartwood Creek collection, will appear for an exclusive signing event at The National Quilt Museum from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Come meet Jim at the museum, choose from a selection of his unique quilt-inspired creations and get your favorite piece signed by the artist.

(#2206)                 An Evening with Jim Shore
The National Quilt Museum
Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., $15 fee
Meet Jim Shore, creator of the popular Heartwood Creek collection of figurines. A self-taught artist, Jim utilizes his skills as a painter, sculptor, silversmith, and woodcarver to create his popular “heart-crafted” designs that incorporate quilt designs. Learn how he came to love quilt designs and incorporate them into his artwork. You will be inspired. Limited seating!

Click here to purchase your tickets to An Evening with Jim Shore.