Pagosa Springs quilter part of international quilting competition

Pagosa Springs area quilter Cindy Hamilton has been selected as a semifinalist for the 25th anniversary AQS Quilt Show and Contest, April 22-25, at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Ken.

Hamilton has been chosen to join 387 others in the annual contest. In its 25th year, the competition is offering more than $127,000 in total prize money. The quilt, “To England and Back,” represents hundreds of hours of work.

This entry was chosen from a field of 709 quilts. From this point on, the quilt will compete against others within its own category. Three quilting authorities will judge this elite group prior to the opening of the show. The individual quilt named best of show will garner the Best of Show award and a $20,000 cash prize. In addition, this quilt will become part of the permanent collection in the National Quilt Museum.

Regardless of how the quilt places in the final judging, all 388 quilts will be displayed at the annual quilt show. The annual quilt exhibition brings more than 35,000 quilters, collectors, enthusiasts and vendors to Paducah each springs, when the city shows how it earned the nickname Quilt City USA®.

Entries are from 48 U.S. states and 11 other countries, including Japan, Australia, South Korea, Philippines, Canada and England. There are 16 categories in the judged contest. The quilts include bed size, large and small wall quilts, and designs ranging from traditional Baltimore Album, Mariners Compass and Tree of Life, to innovative designs using paint, threads and original designs.

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