Handcrafted Beauty at the Center

0 Comments 📅July 20th, 2011, 14:37

CIMG5152-crop-300x252The newest guests to the Knoxville Convention Center know how to stay on point—or rather, on needlepoint.

The American Quilting Society (AQS) brought their third annual Quilt Show and Contest back to Knoxville last week, bringing quilters from 36 U.S. states and six countries to display their craft.

While you may think of quilts as just a pastime for grandmothers, these elite quilters put their money where their needles are. Three quilting authorities awarded cash prizes totaling more than $44,000 to exceptional works, including $5,000 each for Best Hand, Machine, and Longarm Worksmanship, and $10,000 for Best in Show, which went to none other than top quilter Linda M. Roy of Farragut.

This is far from Linda’s first time in the quilting circle—this makes 13 or 14 ribbons from AQS awards. Linda showed an exhibit of 20 quilts, each taking nine months to a year to complete. The quilts spanned from 1990 to this year’s prize-winning masterpiece, titled “Redbud Ramble.”

There was no shortage of beautiful pieces, as well as crafts and activities, on display in our Exhibit Hall. In addition to the contest and special exhibits, approximately 10,000 visitors enjoyed a merchant mall with 250 booths; 150 various quilting workshops, and 600 beautiful quilts, made from a variety of techniques and design methods.

It was a special sight to see how these gifted artisans out-stitched the competition and we look forward to having them in Knoxville again soon.

If you would like to find out more about the AQS, please go to http://www.americanquilter.com.

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