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Quilting Community AQS News

First Recipient Receives Basic Quilting Certificate

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

by Laura Grumley

Paducah, Ky., January 22, 2008: - After 20 years of quilting and working with various craft forms, Cynthia Zimmerman, 60, from Gordon, Georgia, is the first recipient of the Basic Quilting Certificate from West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

“I always liked to sew, even as a child working with my grandmother. When I started quilting, it just seemed a natural thing to do,” said Zimmerman. Zimmerman learned about the Basic Quilting Certificate at an American Quilter’s Society Quilt Expo (AQS) in Nashville, Tennessee, more than three years ago. “In the Nashville registration package, I noticed information about the Basic Quilting Certificate and decided to begin the process of earning the certificate.” Zimmerman completed the certificate by taking classes at AQS Shows in Nashville and by taking two Internet courses. “I felt like it challenged me to do more than just sit in class. It challenged me to try to get a lot more out of the class.”

Zimmerman’s work paid off. She is now teaching “Basic Hand Quilting” and “Civil War Underground Railroad Sampler Quilts” with the Community Education Department at Gordon College in Gordon, Georgia. “I developed and taught one course for them this fall and will be teaching two for the winter semester.”

The AQS and WKCTC have partnered to enable participants to earn college credit for classes taken at workshops at AQS shows, classes provided by The National Quilt Museum (formerly MAQS) in Paducah, Kentucky, and online quilting classes provided by WKCTC. More than 60 are enrolled in the Basic Quilting Certificate program, which is a prerequisite for the Advanced Quilting, Intermediate Quilting, and Master Quilting Certificates.

For more information, contact Paul McIntruff at (270) 534-3087.