Visit the Quilting World of 1991

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American Quilter's Society 35th Anniversary

In 1991 the Gulf War ended, the first genetically engineered blue roses bloomed, and the American Quilter’s Society held their seventh 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 VII

The grand opening of the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society.

Article with pictures of the Grand Opening for the Museum of the American Quilter's Society.

DAWN SPENDOR by Nancy Ann Sobel won Best of Show

DAWN SPLENDOR by Nancy Ann Sobel

TENNESSEE PINK MARBLE by Julia Overton Needham won the Gingher Award for Workmanship.

TENNESSEE PINK MARBLE by Julia Overton Needham

OZARK OAKS by Irma Gail Hatcher won 1st Place in the Traditional Pieced, Amateur category

OZARK OAK by Irma Gail Hatcher

RAIL THROUGH THE ROCKIES by Debra Wagner won 1st Place in the Traditional Pieced, Professional category.

RAIL THROUGH THE ROCKIES by Debra Wagner

AUTUMN NOSTALGIA by Chizuko (Hana) Hill won 1st Place in the Innovative Pieced, Amateur category.

AUTUMN NOSTALGIA by Chizuko (Hana) Hill

PEACE LILY by Eileen Bahring Sullivan won 1st Place in the Innovative Pieced, Professional category.

JULY by Jonathan Shannon won 1st Place in the Applique, Amateur category.

JULY by Jonathan Shannon

PEACOCKS by Dixie McBride won 1st Place in the Applique, Professional category.

PEACOCKS by Dixie McBride

PEACEABLE KINGDOM by Deborah Hall won 1st Place in the Other Techniques category.

PEACEABLE KINGDOM by Deborah Hall

R.E.M. (RAPID EYE MOVEMENT) by Faye Anderson won 1st Place in the Theme: Stars category.

REM (RAPID EYE MOVEMENT) by Faye Anderson

ELIZABETHAN WOODS by Patricia B. Campbell won 1st Place in the Group/Team category.

Elizabethan Woods by Patricia B. Campbell

ANCIENT DIRECTIONS by Alison Goss won Best Wall Quilt.

ANCIENT DIRECTIONS by Alison Goss

THE RED WINDOW by Lynn J. Crook won 1st Place in the Wall Quilt, Amateur category.

THE RED WINDOW by Lynn J. Crook

CONTINUUM by Jane Blair won 1st Place in the Wall Quilt, Professional category.

CONTINUUM by Jane Blair

PARADISE LOST by Charlotte Warr Andersen won 1st Place in the Pictoral Wall Quilt category.

PARADISE LOST by Charlotte Warr Andersen

GENERATIONS by Kathleen Etherington-Schiano won the First Quilt award.

GENERATIONS by Kathleen Etherington-Schiano

THE GARDEN by Dawn E. Amos won the Viewer’s Choice Award.

THE GARDEN by Dawn E. Amos

TO ENGLAND WITH LOVE by Zena Thorpe won the Wall Quilt Viewer’s Choice Award.

TO ENGLAND WITH LOVE by Zena Thorpe

AQS Publishing put out nine books in 1991.

Quilt Art cover from 1991. Published by American Quilter's Society

Quilt Art Engagement Calendar & AQS Wall Calendar

Quilts: The Permanent Collection
by MAQS

Quilts: The Permanent Collection by MAQS
Cover of Award-Winning Quilts & Their Makers 1985-1987 by AQS

Award-Winning Quilts & Their Makers
Vol. 1: The Best of American Quilter’s society Shows 1985 – 1987
by American Quilter’s Society

Wonderful Wearables: A Celebration of Creative Clothing
by Virginia Avery

Cover of Wonderful Wearables: A Celebration of Creative Clothing by Virginia Avery
Cover of Classic Basket Quilts by Liz Porter & Marianne Fons

Classic Basket Quilts
by Liz Porter & Marianne Fons

The Art of Hand Applique
by Laura Lee Fritz

Cover of The Art of Hand Applique by Laura Lee Fritz.
cover of Marbling Fabrics for Quilts: A Guide for Learning & Teaching by Kathy Fawcett and Carol Shoaf.

Marbling Fabrics for Quilters: A Guide for Learning & Teaching
by Kathy Fawcett and Carol Shoaf

Home Study Course in Quiltmaking
by Jeannie M. Spears

Cover of Home Study Course in Quiltmaking by Jeannie Spears.

What were you quilting in 1991? 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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Such a great trip down ‘memory lane’! 1991 is when I made my first quilt. seeing these quilts inspired me then and they still do today!