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Regina Carter semifinalist for AQS Quilt Show & Contest

Regina Carter of Jackson has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2010 AQS Quilt Show & Contest, April 21-24, 2010 at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Kentucky.

Carter has been chosen to display the quilt, Roses Are Red, along with 386 others in the annual contest now in its 26th year. Three quilting authorities will judge this elite group in Paducah, awarding First, Second, andThird place prizes in 15 categories, alond with nine overall awards.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation, which takes place at the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. Cash awards totaling $120,000 will be granted, with prizes 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 Gammill Longarm Workmanship; and $5,000 for the Moda Best Wall Quilt. Regardless of how Roses Are Red places in the final judging, all semifinialists' quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder says, "It is always exciting to see how quiltmakers create such beauty using fiber and thread.The quilts in this 26th annual show exemplify excellent use of color and variety of quilting techiniques by hand and machine."

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 47 U.S. states and 10 other countries. The quilt artists employ a wide variety of techniques and design methods ranging from traditional pieced patterns to original painted and embellished motifs. Some of the special exhibits that will be featured along with the contest quilts include Passionate Patchwork by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy; AQS Landscape quilts; winners from the 2010 AQS Quilt Contest in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and the 2011 Pilgrim/ Roy Invitational Challenge.

The American Quilter's Society hosts four shows annually, each with its own quilt contest. Besides their original Paducah show, AQS host other prestigious shows in Knoxville, Tennessee; Des Moines, Iowa; and the newest location, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

For more information go to www.americanquilter.com