Accolades & Events

SemiFinalist American Quilter's Society

Local Quilter Semifinalist in International Quilt Show


aducah, Kentucky, USA – Sharyl Sheppard from Scottsdale is a semifinalist for the 2020 AQS QuiltWeek® – Paducah, Kentucky April 22 – 25, 2020, at the Schroeder Expo & Carroll Convention Center in Paducah, Kentucky.

Sharyl has been chosen to display two quilts, FLOATING VERTICAL PLANES and WALKING HAND, along with 404 others in the annual contest, now in its 36th 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 36th AQS Awards Presentation, which takes place at the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Cash awards totaling $125,000 will be granted, including $20,000 for the Janome Best of Show; $12,000 for the BERNINA Stationary Machine Workmanship; $12,000 for the AQS Hand Workmanship; $12,000 for the APQS Movable Workmanship; and $5,000 for the Hobbs Best Wall Quilt. Regardless of how FLOATING VERTICAL PLANES and WALKING HAND places in the final judging, all semi‐finalists’ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder says, “Extraordinary quilts are being made by today’s quilters, and the contest quilts represent an extensive variety of styles, sizes, and techniques. Each quilt in the show is an intricate, creative work of art to enjoy.”

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 42 US states and 15 other countries. Come see a wide range of special exhibit quilts including: New Quilts From an Old Favorite: Wheel of Fortune; The Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge Exhibit & Audio Tour; The Stonehenge Traveling Quilt Show; AQS 2020 Focus on Flowers; SAQA: Aloft; and Silk Route ‐ Claudia Pfeil's Journey in Silk Quilts Exhibit & Audio.

The American Quilter’s Society hosts several shows annually, each with its own quilt contest. Besides the Paducah, Kentucky show, AQS hosts other prestigious shows in Daytona Beach, Florida; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Charleston, North Carolina.

Sadly, although the show catalog was published, the event was not held due to the Covid pandemic.

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