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 .

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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.