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American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290
Paducah, KY 42002-3290

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Phone: 270-898-7903
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5801 Kentucky Dam Road Paducah, KY 42003-9323

Quilting Community AQS News

Janome to Sponsor Best of Show Award

AQS has new sponsor for Paducah Quilt Show & Contest

by Bonnie Browning, AQS Executive Show Director


Paducah, Kentucky - December 8, 2009: The American Quilter’s Society (AQS) today announced a new partnership with Janome America, Inc. Effective immediately, Janome will sponsor the Best of Show Award at the annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, Kentucky. The first Janome Best of Show award will be selected at the 26th Annual AQS Quilt Show, April 21 – 24, 2010.

The Janome Best of Show award-winning quilt will become part of the permanent collection of The National Quilt Museum of the United States of America, located in downtown Paducah, Kentucky. Each year more than 40,000 people visit The National Quilt Museum to view the best of show and other award-winning quilts in the museum’s collection.

“We are so proud to support the efforts of the American Quilter’s Society in recognizing the artistry of today’s quiltmakers,” says Jiro Hagiwara, president and CEO of Janome America, Inc. “Over the years, AQS has awarded more than $2.5 million in cash prizes to honor the winning quiltmakers. Janome is pleased to be the sponsor of this $20,000 award for the best of show quilt.”

“We are thrilled to have Janome, a prominent leader in the manufacture of sewing machines, become involved as the sponsor of the top award in the AQS Quilt Contest,” said Meredith Schroeder, co-founder and president of the American Quilter’s Society. “The Janome Best of Show award will be the most coveted award among quilters from around the world.”

About Janome America, Inc.: Janome America is the largest subsidiary of Janome Sewing Machine Company of Japan, which produces nearly two million sewing machines annually as well as a line of related sewing products and embroidery software. Janome is a category leader in innovation and Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease of use and unsurpassed stitch quality. For more information, please visit:

About American Quilter’s Society: The American Quilter’s Society is dedicated to today’s quilter. Inspired by the enduring creativity and importance of quilts and quiltmaking, the society’s objective is to provide a forum for quilters of all skill levels to expand their horizons in quiltmaking, design, self-expression, and quilt collecting. Through books, magazines, product offers, quilt shows and contests, workshops, and other activities in the world of quilting, AQS strives to inspire, instruct, and nurture the art and skill of quiltmaking. AQS endeavors to carry this theme through all their relationships, be they with customers, authors, manufacturers, vendors, or colleagues. For more information, please visit: