Local quilter exhibiting in competition

Katie and the Coneflower by Robbie Porter.
A Batavia area quilter has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2014 AQS QuiltWeek April 23-26 at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Ky.

Robbie Porter has been chosen to display the quilt, Katie and the Coneflower, along with 405 others in the annual contest, now in its 30th year. Three quilting authorities will judge this elite group in Paducah, 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, which takes place at the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. Cash awards totaling $125,000 will be granted, including $20,000 for the Janome Best of Show; $12,0000 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. Regardless of how Katie and the Coneflower places in the final judging, all semi-finalists’ will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder says, “For 30 years, quilters from across the U.S. and around the world have shared their quilts in the AQS Quilt Contest to make Paducah, Kentucky, the home of the finest exhibit of quilts as fiber art. Today’s quilters continue to push the boundaries through techniques used, exploration of materials, and letting their creativity soar.”

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 41 states and 10 other countries. Using fabric as their medium, quilters’ imaginations soar – from beautiful traditional quilts to one that has a blue pig and a red duck. Who knew that fabric, batting, and thread could create works of art for any artistic taste? Some of the special exhibits that will be featured along with the contest quilts include: 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, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; Charlotte, North Carolina; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Des Moines, Iowa.

For more information, please go to www.americanquilter.com.