The American Quilter’s Society’s very own Meredith Schroeder is the 2013 Inductee to The Quilters Hall of Fame. We just couldn’t be prouder! This award is presented every year by The Quilters Hall of Fame to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the world of quilting. Here is what The Quilters Hall of Fame has to say about Meredith:
“Visionary, innovator, and grand ambassador of quilting to the world are terms that describe Meredith Schroeder, the 2013 Inductee in The Quilters Hall of Fame. Meredith helped put Paducah, Kentucky, not only on a quilter’s map but on the world map.
Starting out with husband Bill as a publisher of books on collectibles, Meredith co-founded the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah, Kentucky, in 1984. The following year, the first AQS Show & Contest began. It offered $25,000 in cash prizes, giving monetary value to what had formerly been considered by many as “women’s work.” The annual AQS shows now numbers four per year and they have the highest monetary prizes – $120,000 in cash awards and $20,000 Best of Show. The increase in prize money helped establish a rise in the importance of the quilt as an art form as well as increase the dignity and professional status of the quilter. Meredith initiated the process of seeking sponsors to elevate the prize money, a practice now followed by most quilt shows. Everyone in the larger quiltmaking business community benefited as well.”