MountainViews Designs - Press Releases

2014-04-04:
Asheville, NC Quilter Hoping To Reach High at Paducah

Quilter Hoping To "Reach High" at Competition...

Bonnie Lucas has been chosen to display the quilt, "Reaching High,” along with 405 others, in the International Quilting Competition in Paducah, Ky. The contest, which is now in its 30th year, will be held April 23-26. Three quilting authorities will judge this elite group in Paducah, awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes in 16 categories, along with nine overall awards. Cash awards totaling $125,000 will be granted during the show, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

Lucas's quilts are mainly done with a combination of thread sketching, painting on fabric and quilting. "I have been creating in one way or another from an early age," she said. "My mother taught me how to sew at the age of 9. I did mainly garment sewing until about six years ago when I switched to quilting."

Lucas' background includes a commercial art/advertising degree. She has worked designing newspaper ads and print jobs, worked for several fabric store chains and owned/operated a fabric/quilt store in London, Ohio.

"I love to design my own quilts and combine unusual techniques, such as painting on fabric," she said. "Quilts are a perfect creative outlet for me, allowing me to mix design, drawing, painting and quilting. I recently launched a new website selling my quilts, purses, and baskets at www.MountainViewsDesigns.com


2014-02-24:
American Quilter's Society Paducah, KY Area Quilter

Area Quilter Exhibiting Work in International Quilting Competition...

Paducah, Kentucky, USA - Mills River area quilter has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2014 AQS QuiltWeek®- Paducah, Kentucky, April 23-26, 2014, at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Kentucky.

Bonnie Lucas has been chosen to display the quilt, Reach High, along with 405 others in the annual contest, now in its 30th year. Three quilting authorities will judge this elite group in Paducah, awarding first, second, and third place prizes in 16 categories, along with nine overall awards. Winners will be announced at the 30th Anniversary Celebration, which takes place at the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. Cash awards totaling $125,000 will be granted, including $20,000 for the Janome Best of Show; $12,000 for the BERNINA Machine Workmanship; $12,000 for the AQS Hand Workmanship; $12,000forthe APQS Longarm Workmanship; and $5,000 for the Moda BestWall Quilt Regardless of how Reach High places in the final judging, ail semi-finalists' quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroedersays, "For 30 years, quiltersfrom across the U.S. and around the world have shared their quilts in the AQSQuilt Contest to make Paducah, Kentucky, the home of the finest exhibit of quilts as fiber art. Today's quilters continue to push the boundaries through techniques used, exploration of materials, and letting their creativity soar."

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 41 states and 10 other countries. Using fabric as their medium, quilters' imaginations soar-from beautiful traditional quilts to one that has a blue pig and a red duck. Who knew that fabric, batting, and thread could create works of art for any artistic taste? Some of the special exhibits that will be featured along with the contest quilts include; Stitch Like an Egyptian, GO! Have Fun Quilt Challenge; Quilted in Honor, SAQA Masters II, the Modern Quilt Challenge, and the Pilgrim/Roy 2014 and 2015 Invitational Challenges.

The American Quilter's Society hosts seven shows annually, each with its own quilt contest. Besides the Paducah show, AQS hosts other prestigious shows in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; Chariotte, North Carolina; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Des Moines, Iowa.

For more information, please go to www.AmericanQuilter.com.


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