Duvall residents reach semifinals in international quilting competition

Mo Newman (left) and Cindy Basta will be displaying their quilt, PINWHEEL PARADISE, at the Schroeder Expo & Carroll Convention Center in Paducah, Ky. in April. Photo courtesy of Joe Basta.

PADUCAH, Ky.— Duvall’s Cindy Basta and Mo Newman are semifinalists in the 2020 AQS QuiltWeek® competition to be held April 22-25 at the Schroeder Expo & Carroll Convention Center in Paducah, Ky.

Basta and Newman have been chosen to display their quilt, PINWHEEL PARADISE. The two are among 407 contestants from 42 states across the nation and 15 international countries participating in the 36th annual contest.

Three quilting authorities will award first, second and third‐place prizes in 16 categories. The winners will be announced at the AQS awards presentation at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 at the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah.

“Extraordinary quilts are being made by today’s quilters, and the contest quilts represent an extensive variety of styles, sizes, and techniques,” said AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder. “Each quilt in the show is an intricate, creative work of art to enjoy.”

Cash awards totaling $125,000 will be paid out including $20,000 for the Janome Best of Show; $12,000 for the BERNINA Stationary Machine Workmanship; $12,000 for the AQS Hand Workmanship; $12,000 for the APQS Movable Workmanship and $5,000 for the Hobbs Best Wall Quilt. The event is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

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