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In 1984, after recognizing the groundswell of enthusiasm for quilting across the country, Meredith and Bill Schroeder, publishers of books for collectors, announced the formation of the American Quilter's Society. Their goal was to develop a group that gave national recognition to quilters and their work and to set the standard in the quilting industry. In the first year, 1,500 quilters became charter members. The first AQS quilt show was held in Paducah, Kentucky, in April, 1985.
A state-of-the-art museum was formed by AQS in 1990, allowing quilts to be viewed as art in an environment that preserves and protects the featured masterpieces. The U.S. Congress designated the not-for-profit museum The National Quilt Museum of the United States in 2008. It is located near the riverfront in Paducah.
More than 30 years later, we continue to grow! AQS QuiltWeek® events are now held in multiple cities across the United States, including our hometown of Paducah, Kentucky. We continue to make an indelible mark on the fiber art community by offering the largest cash prizes for quilters in the country, thanks to our generous sponsors!
True to the publishing roots of its founders, AQS continues to offer the leading how-to content for quilters through American Quilter magazine, a weekly e-newsletter, and the publication of books and patterns by talented and dedicated quilters. In addition, high standards of excellence for quilting around the world are preserved through the AQS Appraiser Certification Program.
American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, represents quilters and quilt lovers of all ages whose design styles and methods are as diverse as the fiber art they create.