Barn Quilt Contest Puts Out the Call for Design Superstars
(FREMONT, Neb., March 14, 2010) AccuQuilt, the leader in fabric cutting solutions for quilting and fabric crafts, announces the start of their second annual Barn Quilt Contest. Quilters, artists and creative types everywhere are invited to submit their ideas for a quilt block to be displayed on the AccuQuilt headquarters in Fremont, Neb.
AccuQuilt prides itself on being active in the quilting community and the second annual Barn Quilt Contest is just another way to display their quilting pride. “We think big, and displaying a 17’ x 17’ barn quilt on our building shows our passion to all those who see our office,” said Steve Nabity, AccuQuilt’s CEO. The first Barn Quilt Contest, held in April 2010, inspired quilters to submit over 400 stunning quilt block designs in just three short weeks. The 2011 Barn Quilt Contest is looking for anyone with an eye for design to submit their barn quilt block creations at accuquilt.com/barnquilt.
First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the most vibrant blocks. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 AccuQuilt shopping spree along with an all expenses paid trip for two to AccuQuilt to see the unveiling of their creation. Second and third place winners will receive $250 and $100 gift certificates respectively.
Barn quilts have adorned farms across the nation for over 200 years. In 2001, Donna Sue Groves of Adams County, Ohio, painted a colorful quilt block on her barn as a way to honor her mother’s love of quilting in. This started a new generation of barn quilt blocks. “With 2011 marking the tenth anniversary of the National Barn Quilt Trail, we are pleased our second annual Barn Quilt Contest will help continue the modern American barn quilt movement,” said Linda Pumphrey, AccuQuilt’s National Sales Manager.
Rather than stopping with just one block, Donna encouraged others in the community to paint their own blocks to create an original driving attraction for tourists. Her idea quickly grew into the National Barn Quilt Trail, which now crosses over 30 states and two in Canada totaling over 3,500 known squares. Travelers from around the world plan driving tours of the barn quilts, making them a popular attraction as people visit each barn quilt location.
The contest begins March 14 and runs through April 10. Winners will be announced April 28 at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, KY. Full contest details can be found at accuquilt.com/barnquilt.
Headquartered in Fremont, Neb., AccuQuilt offers quilters, fabric crafters and retailers a premiere line of fabric cutters, dies, quilting patterns and other quilt and fabric cutting solutions that help quilters quickly and accurately cut shapes for quilting and fabric crafts. Cutting with AccuQuilt® cutters is a natural evolution of fabric cutting methods. “First scissors…then rotary…finally…AccuQuilt®” for fast, easy, accurate fabric cutting.