In 1997, the final episode of Seinfeld aired, George Clooney is named The Sexiest Man Alive in People magazine, and American Quilter’s Society held its 13th 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
American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest
VINTAGE ROSE GARDEN by Judith Thompson won Best of Show
HELIACAL RISE by Laura Murray won RJR Award for Best Wall Quilt
LE JARDIN DE NOS REVES by Myrl Lehman won the Gingher Award for Hand Workmanship
KETTLE MORAINE STAR by Diane Gaudynski won the Bernina Award for Machine Workmanship
AWAKENING OF LIFE by Mami Noda won the Judges Recognition Award from Nancy Brenan Daniel.
PATH FROM YESTERYEAR by Paula Platter & Candy Platter won Judge’s Recognition Award from Bettina Havig.
ULS2 by Karen K. Stone won the Judge’s Recognition Award from Carol Butzke.
FEATHERED STAR by Barbara Swinea won 1st Place in the Traditional Pieced, Professional category.
CELEBRATION by Della M. Catlett won 1st Place in the Traditional Pieced, Amateur category.
CHERRY BASKET by Darlene R. Scow won 1st Place in the Applique, Professional category.
WABASH ROSE by Mary Drook won 1st Place in the Applique, Amateur category.
CHANGING FOCUS by Barbara Thurman Butler won 1st Place in the Innovative Pieced, Professional category.
ROAD TO THE SUN by Emmie Howard won 1st Place in the Innovative Pieced, Amateur category.
A MANDALA OF FLOWERS by Noriko Masui won 1st Place in the Mixed Techniques category.
STANDING TALL by Suzanne W. Brown and Dorothy M. Brinkman won 1st Place in the Group Quilt category.
DANCING AT NETHERFIELD by Judith Day won 1st Place in the Miniature category.
MY PLAID GARDEN by Susan Knight won 1st Place in the Theme Wall Quilt category.
SECOND TIME AROUND by Jane Blair won 1st Place in the Wall Quilt, Professional category.
THE LETTER by Bobbie Sullivan won 1st Place in the Wall, Amateur category.
NATURE’S SPLENDOR by Ellen Heck won the Wall Quilt Hand Workmanship Award
AUNT BERYL’S GARDEN by Amy Chamberlin won the Wall Quilt Machine Workmanship Award.
LE JARDIN DE NOS REVES by Myrl Lehman won the Viewer’s Choice Award.
FALL MORNING by Marlene Kissler won the Viewer’s Choice Award for Wall Quilts
WHEN THE PIE WAS OPENED by Rita Winslow won the Viewer’s Choice Award for the AQS Nursery Rhyme Challenge
AQS Publishing put out nineteen books in 1997.
Quilt Art Engagement Calendar & Wall Calendar
Applique Paper Greetings!
by Elly Sienkiewicz
Borders & Finishing Touches
by Bonnie Browning
Baskets Celtic Style
by Scarlett Rose
Quilts by Paul D. Pilgrim: Blending the Old & the New
by Gerald E. Roy
by Carolyn Dahl
Optical Illusions for Quilters
by Karen Combs
Variegreat! New Dimensions in Traditional Quilts
by Linda Glantz
Four Blocks Continued… Book II
by Linda Giesler Carlson
Mariner’s Compass Quilts
New Quilts from an Old Favorite
Broderie Perse: The Elegant Quilt
by Barbara W. Barber
by Anita Shackelford
Lois Smith’s Machine Quiltmaking
by Lois Smith
Nature, Design & Silk Ribbons
by Cathy Grafton
Encyclopedia of Designs for Quilting
by Phyllis D. Miller
Celtic Geometric Quilts
by Camille Remme
Bears, Bears, Bears
by Karen Kay Buckley
Neckties Sampler Blocks
by Janet B. Elwin
What were you quilting in 1997? 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.
Take a look back in time with this video from the 1997 AQS Quilt Show & Contest. Take a look at the quilts, meet the quilters, and join in the fun!