Visit the Quilting World of 1986

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Remember 1986? It was the year Oprah’s talk show hit the airwaves and Top Gun was the popular movie. In Paducah, Kentucky, quilters gathered for the 2nd Annual Paducah Quilt Show.

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.

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American Quilter magazine Spring issue 1986
American Quilter magazine Summer issue 1986
American Quilter magazine Fall issue 1986
American Quilter magazine Winter issue 1986

American Quilter Magazine

Volume II

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American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest

SPRING WINDS by Faye Anderson won Best of Show at Spring Paducah

 

BED OF PEONIES by Karin Matthiesen won the Gingher Award for Workmanship and 1st Place in the Traditional Pieced, Professional category.

NO UNNECESSARY FLOATING by Judy Anne Walter won Judge’s Merit Award

BUFFALO MAGIC by Barbara Pettinga Moore won First Quilt Award

BROWN COUNTY LOG CABIN by Linda Karel Sage won 1st Place in the Traditional Pieced, Amateur category.

FUGUE by Nancy B. Clark won 1st Place in the Innovative Pieced, Amateurs category.

 HEARTS by Moneca Calvert won 1st Place in the Innovative Pieced, Professional category.

KEEPSAKE QUILT by Josephine Royer won 1st Place in the Applique, Amateur category.

FOUR SEASONS ALBUM by Anne J. Oliver won 1st Place in the Applique, Professional category.

AN AMISH NOD by June Culvey won 1st Place in the Other Techniques, Amateur category.

HANGING GARDEN by Annabel Baugher won 1st Place in the Other Techniques, Professional category.

THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT by Miriam Nathan Roberts and quilted by Sara Hershberger won 1st Place in the Team Quilt category.

 DOUBLE WEDDING RING won 1st Place in the Group Quilt category.

SUNRISE ON THE LAKE by Sylvia Whitesides won 1st Place in the Wall Quilt, Amateur category.

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

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AQS Publishing presented the following books in 1986:

Quilt Art Engagement Calendar

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Antique & Collectible Thimbles and Accessories by Averil Mathis

Texas Quilts, Texas Treasures by Texas Heritage Quilt Society

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First, Nine and Always by Millie Leathers, published by American Quilter's Society in 1986

First, Nine and Always
by Millie Leathers

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Missouri Heritage Quilts by Bettina Havig, published by American Quilter's Society in 1986

Missouri Heritage Quilts
by Bettina Havig

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What were you quilting in 1986? 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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Jane Andresano

WOW loved looking back at 1986, the year my youngest was born! I would love to know if I can get the pattern that is on the cover of Volume II. I would love to make it for my daughter.

Dorothy

Made a crib quilt for my first grandchild. Bought the kit, embroidered each block, added a border, and tied it.