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Sandwich resident’s quilt will be displayed at international show

August 18, 2018

A Sandwich resident, Nancy Brieschke, has been chosen to display her quilt, Moon Flowers, along with 354 others in the American Quilt Society’s International Quilt Show set for Aug. 22-25 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

First-, second- and third-place prizes in seven categories will be awarded, along with seven overall awards including Best of Show. Winners will be announced at the show and posted on the American Quilt Society website, QuiltWeek.com. More than $50,000 will be granted, including $10,000 for the Best of Show and $3,500 each for Best Wall Quilt, Best Use of Color, Best Original Design, Best Hand, Best Stationary, and Best Movable Workmanship.

Regardless of how Brieschke’s Moon Flowers places in the final judging, all semifinalists’ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people.

AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder said, “Quilts are no longer meant just for beds. Today’s quiltmakers create artwork using vivid colors, a variety of materials – from traditional designs to paint, ink and dyed – and stitch them by hand, home sewing machines, and the large longarm machines. You need to see these works of art.”

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 41 U.S. states and 11 other countries.

Besides the Grand Rapids show, the American Quilt Society hosts other annual shows in Daytona Beach, Florida; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Paducah, Kentucky; and Virginia Beach, Virginia; each has its own quilt contest.

For more information, go to QuiltWeek.com.

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