Smith quilt picked for AQS Paducah

Mar 13, 2014
“Conversations 1,” an art quilt by Sarah Ann Smith of Hope, will travel soon to Kentucky.

Paducah, Ky. — Sarah Ann Smith of Hope has been chosen by the American Quilter's Society as a semi-finalist for the 2014 AQS QuiltWeek competition and exhibition. Smith’s quilt “Conversations 1” will be shows along with 405 others in the annual contest, now in its 30th year. QuiltWeek will run April 23 through 26 at the Paducah Expo Centery.

Three quilting authorities will judge this elite group, awarding first, second and third place prizes in 16 categories, along with nine overall awards. Winners will be announced at the 30th AQS Anniversary Celebration April 22 at the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah. Cash awards totaling $125,000 will be granted including $20,000 for the Janome Best of Show; $12,000 for the BERNINA Machine Workmanship; $12,000 for the AQS Hand Workmanship; $12,000 for the APQS Longarm Workmanship; and $5,000 for the Moda Best Wall Quilt.

All semi-finalists’ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people. Quilts were entered in this international contest from 41 states and 10 other countries. Some of the special exhibits that will be featured along with the contest quilts include the Stitch Like an Egyptian, GO! Have Fun Quilt Challenge; Quilted in Honor; SAQA Masters II; the Modern Quilt Challenge; and the Pilgrim/Roy 2014 and 2015 Invitational challenges.

The American Quilter's Society hosts seven shows annually, each with its own quilt contest. Besides the Paducah show, AQS hosts other prestigious shows in Lancaster, Pa.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Charlotte, N.C.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit

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