Sylvia Thomas's Blog (16)

Help Save the Thimble

Are you a digitabulist? 

Well, you are if you collect thimbles. Have you ever wondered about the history of the thimble? Since Hasbro has decided to “jail” one of Monopoly's game pieces, this places our beloved thimble in jeopardy. I decided to do a little research, and here is a brief summary of what I learned:

A thimble is the protective shield worn on the…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on January 16, 2013 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

AQS has employment opportunities

They keep telling me that change is a good thing and I should embrace it. So I'm working on that (smile). The change I'm working on now is that we are adding a position and filling one that will become vacant.

AQS is adding a position of Associate Show Director. This person will work hand-in-hand with our executive show director to keep our shows fresh, lively, and full of fantastic quilts. This is a great opportunity for anyone who loves quilts and quilt shows and enjoys all the…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on July 26, 2012 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

AQS Announces Richard Louise is New Chief Operating Officer

Here's the official press release from AQS regarding Richard Louise being named as Chief Operating Officer:

American Quilter’s Society Expands Executive Management Team to Support Growth

Paducah, Ky., January 23, 2012–– American Quilter’s Society announces that Richard Louise has joined the company as its new chief…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on January 26, 2012 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Be a Benefactor for a Buck - Help The National Quilt Museum

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky., is conducting a fundraiser to help put a new roof on the museum. Here’s how it works:

Put a dollar in an envelope along with your e-mail address or physical address and send to:

The National Quilt Museum

215 Jefferson St.

Paducah, Ky. 42001

Help get the word out by phone, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or whatever.

Construction of the new roof…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on September 28, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments

The Good with the Bad

I’m a little sad and a little happy this week. Happy because we are celebrating Elaine Wilson’s 20th year with AQS. And sad because we have to say goodbye to Tracey…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on June 23, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

A look back...

As I make preparations for this year's show in Knoxville, TN, I'm remembering previous Knoxville Best of Show winners and wondering who will win this year. While we are hanging the quilts with the guild volunteers, we often oooh and awww over the quilts and pick a favorite of our own. It's always exciting when the winner is announced to see if we may have seen a quilt the same way the judges did. Sometimes we get it…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on May 26, 2011 at 2:21pm — 5 Comments

Where did the days go?

My goodness it has been forever since I posted a blog. I can't believe it, where did the time go? I guess I got so wrapped up in moving, dealing with my daughter's schedule, my son's stuff, family stuff, flood water and not to mention another AQS show, that I just lost my mind, temporarily.


So, now that the Paducah show is over and we managed to get that pulled together…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on May 6, 2011 at 4:46pm — No Comments

The Gang has Returned!

The once quiet office is now bustling with activity since the Lancaster crew has returned. They are tired, but it is a good tired. I’ve already heard stories about how nice the Lancaster area is to visit and how they enjoyed being at the Lancaster County Convention Center. Great stories about the quilters they met and helped at the show, the funny things that happened and lots more.

But it’s not all fun and games as we start right in on the Paducah show. All the last minute things…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on March 21, 2011 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Tomorrow is Last Day of Lancaster Show

Hi Friends,

It has been very odd around the office this week with almost everyone in Lancaster, Pa., for our second show & contest there. We have had good reports and everyone seems to be having a great time. The show wraps up tomorrow at 5 pm. Our crew will head back home on Sunday and we wish them all blessings and safe travel.

Next week we will start the finishing touches on the Paducah show scheduled for April 27th - 30th. Not only is Paducah Quilt City USA® but it is…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on March 18, 2011 at 4:43pm — No Comments

New Group - Little Stitches

Hi Friends,

I have started a new group on My Quilt Place called Little Stitches. This group is dedicated to young quilters ages 15 and under so they can share their quilting journey. Anyone who would like to encourage young quilters and show off their work is welcome to join. Let’s work together to bring up the next generation of…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on March 17, 2011 at 11:16am — No Comments

Winner Announced in Lancaster and Paducah Named 2011 Destination of Distinction

Good news just keeps pouring in this morning. The Lancaster show opened with the announcements of the winners. Cindy Seitz-Krug of Bakersfield, CA, took top honors as Best of Show with her stunning quilt, Simply Sante Fe. WOW! Beautiful quilt Cindy, congratulations. You can see a photo of the quilt…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on March 16, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Set up in Lancaster, PA

I heard from the AQS staff in Lancaster a few minutes ago. They are about finished with set up and are excited about the show opening tomorrow at the Lancaster County Convention Center. This is the second year we will have the show there and we are enjoying the city and the facility. I believe the vendors are happy, too, and working hard to finish setting up their booths.

I can’t wait to find out who the Best of Show winner is. That announcement will be made at 8:40 tomorrow morning…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on March 15, 2011 at 5:35pm — No Comments

The Dome Pavilion is Going Up in Paducah!

Here is the story in West Kentucky Star. Only 48 days until the show opens!


Happy Quilting!…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on March 10, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

One Week to Lancaster Show!

Oh my...only one week left to get things done! While I help answer the phones, the “show girls” are busy packing their goodies to load on the truck. This is always a hectic but fun time in the office. We always get excited before a show. New quilts to see, new quilters to meet, friends to greet, new things to buy! I've made my shopping list, have you made yours? See you in Lancaster!



Added by Sylvia Thomas on March 9, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

What’s Happening Today

Today at AQS we are working on all the last minute things for the Lancaster show. Everything has to be ready to load on the truck this week. Boy are we busy! Registration for Lancaster has closed. You can check on the availability of classes at the workshop desk at the show. For the first time, you can catch the show on a live webcast. Click here for more…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on March 7, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Vote for Paducah!



Quilters, let's show our support for Paducah which has been named a 2011 Distinctive Destination. Click here to…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on February 21, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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