Sharon Schamber, a noted Payson area quilter, has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2011 AQS Quilt Show & Contest, April 27-30, 2011, at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Ky.
Schamber has been chosen to display the quilt, Mystique, along with 389 others in the annual contest, now in its 27th year.
Three quilting authorities will judge this elite group in Paducah, awarding first-, second-, and third-place prizes in 15 categories, along with 9 overall awards. Winners will be announced at the awards presentation, which takes place at the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26.
Cash awards totaling $120,000 will be granted, with prizes including $20,000 for the Janome Best of Show; $12,000 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 Mystique 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.
Quilts were entered in this international contest from 45 states and 15 other countries. The quilt artists employ a wide variety of techniques and design methods ranging from traditional pieced patterns to original painted and embellished motifs. Some of the special exhibits that will be featured along with the contest quilts include AQS Authors Exhibit; AQS It’s In the Bag contest entries; winners from the 2011 AQS Quilt Contest in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and the 2012 Pilgrim/Roy Invitational Challenge.
The American Quilter’s Society hosts four shows annually, each with its own quilt contest.