Visit the Quilting World of 1989

American Quilter's Society 35th Anniversary

In 1989, Harry Met Sally, the Berlin Wall came down, and American Quilter’s Society held their fifth annual Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, Kentucky.

This year we invite you to join us as we celebrate 35 years of quilting, 35 years of quilters, and 35 years of AQS inspiring, educating, and nurturing quilters who love quilting. Here’s to the next 35!

In this series, we start in 1985 and work our way to 2019 taking a look at the quilting world through our unique perspective. Enjoy the beautiful quilts and marvel at the amazing heritage quilting is because of you, the quilter.

American Quilter Magazine

Volume V

American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest

CORONA II: SOLAR ECLIPSE by Caryl Bryer Fallert won Best of Show

SPRING FLOWER BASKET by Janice R. Streeter won the Gingher Award for Workmanship

FRANK’S STAR by Beverley Cosby won 1st Place in the Traditional Pieced, Amateur category.

Frank's Star by Beverly Cosby

STELLA ANTIGUA by Hanne Vibeke de Koning-Stapel won 1st Place in the Traditional Pieced, Professional category.

Stella Antigua by Hanne Vibeke de Koning-Stapel

CRANES by Kitty Pippen won 1st Place in the Innovative Pieced, Amateur category.

Cranes by Kitty Pippen

FRAGMENTED VIEW: NORTHERN LIGHTS by Wendy Richardson won 1st Place in the Innovative Pieced, Professional category.

Fragmented View: Northern Lights by Wendy Richardson

SILVERSWORD—DEGENER’S DREAM by Louise Young won 1st Place in the Applique, Amateur category.

 HYDRANGEA by Velda E. Newman won 1st Place in the Applique, Professional category.

Hydrangea by Velda E. Newman

WINTER BOUQUET by Debra Wagner won 1st Place in the Other Techniques category.

Winter Bouquet by Debra Wagner

ORIENTAL DREAM by Deon Spangler won 1st Place in the Theme: Circles category.

Oriental Dream by Deon Spangler

THE HERITAGE QUILT by Chaska Heritage Quilters won 1st Place in the Group/Team category.

The Heritage Quilt by Chaska Heritage Quilters

LOOKING BACK ON BROKEN PROMISES by Dawn E. Amos won Best Wall Quilt, Amateur category.

LIFE IN THE MARGINS II: AFTER AUTUMN by Caryl Bryer Fallert won 1st place in the Wall Quilt, Professional category.

Life in the Margins II: After Autumn by Caryl Bryer Fallert

SHE COMES IN COLORS by Charlotte Warr Andersen won 1st place in the Pictorial Wall Quilt category.

She Comes In Colors by Charlotte Warr Andersen

BYZANTINE MOSAIC by Diane Roell won the Viewer’s Choice Award.

Byzantine Mosaic by Diane Roell

TUMBLING BLOCKS STAR by Sharon A. Slimmen won the First Quilt Award

Tumbling Block by Sharon A. Slimmen

AQS Publishing put out three books in 1989 including Quilts and Influences by Nancy Crow.

Quilt Art Engagement Calendar and the AQS Wall Calendar (not pictured).

Machine Quiltmaking
by Lois Smith

Somewhere In Between Quilts and Quilters of Illinois
by Rita Barrow Barber

What were you quilting in 1989? What changes have you seen in your life? Leave a comment below, email us your photos, or share them in our Facebook group, Project Parade.

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I’ll never forget going to Paducah and seeing such high quality quilts. The magazine was always my favorite. I looked at them over and over and practically memorized each quilt. The quilt show issue was the best! Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem so special now with so many exhibits all over the country.

Jackie Owens

I totally agree. I kept every one of the “show” issues. I’m especially disappointed to see the same quilts winning awards at multiple AQS shows. It seems like AQS has become a show for professional quilters who quilt for profit. I enjoy the first entries, loved the “amateur” categories from years ago.

Toni Stone

First of all I love that as a quilter I am celebrating my 35 wedding anniversary with your 35 anniversary. I was not quilting in 1989 however I did do some cross stitching and hand sewing at that time. I started making quilts in 2012 when I was trying to come up with a special gift for my parents 50th anniversary. I had been wanting to do some sewing and I got this great idea to make them a quilt. I had no idea what I was doing and seen a quilt that was called a brick pattern. Thus a… Read more »

Debra Willner

I think the colors have changed the most, everything is so much brighter and colorful now. Some people still stick to the older traditional looking quilts but the explosion of self-creating new looks is amazing. Also the actual quilting of the finished quilts has gotten very creative. I have only been going to the Paducah exhibit for about 25 years but remember my first visit being so awed by all the talent and the many, many venders! I believe my first time there i probably took a picture of every single quilt, I didn’t want to forget a single quilt!… Read more »

Thank you for the pic of Spring Flower Basket by Janice R. Streeter. It was my mother’s favorite quilt ever. She said that if she had made that quilt she would have to move to Paducah so she could see the quilt every day. It’s always nice to remember Momma.