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Local quilter exhibiting work in international quilting competition

HAMBURG — Hamburg area resident Elizabeth Cecchettini has been chosen to display the quilt “autumn splendor,” along with 405 others in the annual American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek® contest, now in its 30th year.

The group of quilters will be judged in Paducah, Ky. First, second and third place prizes will be given out in 16 categories, along with nine overall awards.

The winners will be announced at the AQS anniversary celebration, which will take place at the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah on April 22.

Cash awards totaling $125,000 will be granted, 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.

All semifinalists’ quilts will be displayed at the show. AQS founder and President Meredith Schroeder said, “For 30 years, quilters from across the United States and around the world have shared their quilts in the AQS quilt contest, to make Paducah, Ky. the home of the finest exhibit of quilts as fiber art. Today’s quilters continue to push the boundaries through techniques used, exploration of materials and letting their creativity soar.”

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 41 states and 10 other countries. Some of the exhibits that will be featured along with the contest quilts include “Stitch Like an Egyptian,” “GO! Have Fun Quilt Challenge,” “Quilted in Honor,” “SAQA Masters II,” “the Modern Quilt Challenge” and “the Pilgrim/Roy 2014 and 2015 Invitational Challenges.”

The American Quilter’s Society hosts seven shows annually, each with its own quilt contest. For more information, visit

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