Video: STARS ON MARS, Best of Show at Lancaster, 2015


Here’s a close-up look at the Best of Show quilt from the recent AQS QuiltWeek in Lancaster, Pennsylvania! STARS ON MARS was made by Gail Stepanek and quilted by Jan Hutchison. Gail discusses the design, sewing, and quilting processes with Melissa Winters, AQS Director of Education.


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Beautiful quilt. I can see why it was a winner, and I’m just looking at it on my computer! Congratulations.

Julie Beard

Wow!!!!! Truly amazing and stunning quilt. Congratulation on your success and wish you many more. AQS thank you for showing it to me!


This quilt is absolutely beautiful and looks so complicated. Congrats!! As a new quilter, I was wondering, do the winners receive a compensation when they place in a show??

Yes, top winners do receive a cash award. You can find details about AQS contests (deadlines, prizes, rules) on our website: If you need more information about our contests, you can reach our Contest Coordinator, Andrea Ray, by phone (270-898-7903) or by email ( ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager