CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Mike Banos / 29 Apr) A long-time quilter from Cagayan de Oro City in northern Mindanao held high the Philippine flag by winning first prize in her category at the 2006 AQS Quilt Show & Contest held April 26-29, at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.A. which was dominated by entries from the United States and Japan.
Myrl Lehman Tapungot's entry, "Mystic Beauty II", won first prize in the Bed Quilts Category Group – Mettler® Imported by A&E, Inc. Second was Sagacious Sisters by Sagacious Sisters, Marysville, WA while third was Flower Symphony, Aki Ueda of Aichi, Japan.
Quilters from around the world, gathered as part of the 22nd Annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest Awards Presentation held Tuesday, April 25th at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center, Paducah, Kentucky and webcast live on Quilters News Network.
Tapungot, who hails from Gusa village, joined 428 other quilters in the annual contest. In its 22nd year, the competition is offering $114,000 in total prize money.
Her "Mystic Beauty II" quilt measures 89 inches wide by 89 inches long, and represents hundreds of hours of work.
Her entry was chosen as a semi-finalist from a field of 806 quilts and compete against others within its category (Bed Quilts) . Three quilting authorities judged the elite group prior to the opening of the show.
"Sedona Rose" by Sharon Schamber was awarded Best of Show and garnered the Hancock's of Paducah Best of Show award and a cash prize of $20,000. In addition, the quilt will become part of the permanent collection in the Museum of the American Quilter's Society.
All 429 quilts were displayed at the annual quilt exhibition which brings over 35,000 quilters, collectors, enthusiasts and vendors to Paducah each spring, which has earned it the monicker Quilt City USA.
Meredith Schroeder, AQS president, said quilts are no longer relegated to serving as mere bed covers but have evolved into works of art, using fabric and thread as the medium.
The quilts in this year's contest are from around the world and feature beautiful palettes of color. Entries arrived from 46 U.S. states and 12 other countries, including France, Israel, Korea and Australia. There were fifteen categories in the judged contest and a special category for young quilters.
The quilts include bed-size, large and small wall quilts and miniatures. Designs range from traditional Log Cabin, Mariner's Compass and New York Beauty to innovative designs using paint, threads and original designs.