Exciting Times Ahead at AQS
04/07/2021 – by Bill Schroeder
New Owner Announcement
Good morning, quilters,
It is with the utmost excitement that I get to write to you today. Over the course of the last year, there have been several rumors circulating about the future of the American Quilter’s Society. This letter serves to put those rumors to rest. AQS is pleased to announce that a third generation is taking over and will be running the day-to-day operations. I, along with my brother-in law, James Mitchell, have purchased Schroeder Publishing Company, and we could not be more excited to expand on what our family has already built.
For those of you who are wondering, we will be going forward with four AQS QuiltWeek events for 2022: Daytona Beach, Florida; Branson, Missouri; Paducah, Kentucky; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are ready to get back to holding in-person shows while taking the precautionary measures needed to protect our staff, sponsors, and vendors, and of course, you, the quilter. It seems there is a disconnect when we aren’t able to meet with quilters face to face at our shows. We are ready to see everyone again!
For current and future AQS members, there will be several changes to member benefits beginning almost immediately. We are doing our very best to renovate our membership perks with many additional value-added opportunities to support today’s quilter. We are now working on many partnerships with several quilt industry leaders. We will also be unveiling a new, fresh AQS website that is more user-friendly and easier to navigate. This new website has been in development for some time and will be finished sometime this summer.
We receive many questions about the iquilt program. We will be revamping the iquilt website and adding new classes starting this summer. Your appreciation and loyalty to learning inspires us. We are excited for this opportunity to work with the teachers you love to bring you the classes you want.
We will continue to bring quilters the same quality of quilt-related education and support you have come to expect from AQS. All of our shows will continue to have cash awards, and all of our content will maintain the same level of excellence as before.
We hope you all are as excited about this news as we are, and we hope you will continue to support AQS as we start on this new path with the same familiar faces you have come to trust with all of your quilting needs.
Bill Schroeder III