Local quilter semifinalist in international quilt show
Wendy Read from Fairfield is a semifinalist for the 2013 American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek show Oct. 2 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
Read has been chosen to display her quilt, Neptune Rising, along with 176 others in the annual contest.
First-, second- and third-place prizes in five categories will be awarded, along with five overall awards including Best of Show. More than $44,000 will be granted, including $10,000 for the Best of Show and $5,000 each for best hand, machine and longarm workmanship. Winners will be announced at the show and posted on the AQS website www.americanquilter.com.
Regardless of how Neptune Rising places in the final judging, all semifinalists’ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people.
“Extraordinary quilts are being made by today’s quilters, and the contest quilts represent an extensive variety of styles, sizes and techniques,” said AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder. “Each quilt in the show is an intricate, creative work of art to enjoy.”
Quilts were entered in the international contest from 37 U.S. states and five other countries.
The wide range of special exhibit quilts includes: Return of Stitch Like an Egyptian; Celebrating Quilts the Caohagan Way; The Silk Road Tour; Colorplay: International Quilt Challenge; Oh, Wow! Miniature Quilts from the National Quilt Museum; Appliqué Artistry by Patricia B. Campbell; Cow Stampede; MasterPieces: Quilts of Inspiration; and the Modern Quilt Challenge.
The American Quilter’s Society hosts four shows annually, each with its own quilt contest. Besides the Des Moines show, the society hosts other prestigious shows in Paducah, Ky.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Lancaster, Pa. Three new AQS QuiltWeek events will be held in 2014 in Phoenix, Ariz.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Chattanooga, Tenn.
For more information, visit the website www.americanquilter.com.