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Gordon quilter picked to compete at Expo

Marilla Schmitt’s chosen quilt

A Gordon area quilter has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2014 AQS Quilt Week held April 23-26 at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Ky.

Marilla Schmitt was chosen to display the quilt, God’s Garden, along with 405 others in the annual contest, now in its 30th year. Three quilting authorities will judge this elite group in Paducah, awarding first, second and third-place prizes in 16 categories, along with nine overall awards.

Winners will be announced at the 30th AQS Anniversary Celebration, which takes place at the Carson Four Rivers Center at 5:30 p.m. April 22. Cash awards totaling $125,000 will be granted, including $20,000 for the Janome Best of Show; $12,000 for the Bernina Machine Workmanship; $12,000 for the AQS Hand Workmanship; $12,000 for the APQS Longarm workmanship; and $5,000 for the Moda Best Wall Quilt. Regardless of how God’s Garden places in the final judging, all semi-finalists’ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 41 states and 10 other countries.