Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Quick update:  Playing It was awarded a 3rd place in the Small Wall Quilt-Hand Quilted category at the AQS Paducah show!  Yes, I am really thrilled.  More comments soon...........................................

Monday, April 20, 2015


Presenting the American Quilter's Society Press Release:

Local Quilter Semifinalist in International Quilt Show

Paducah, Kentucky, USA- Mass City area quilter has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2015 AQS QuiltWeek(trademark)- Paducah, Kentucky, April 22-25, 2015, at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Kentucky.

Pam Beal has been chosen to display the quilt, PLAYING IT, along with 404 others in the annual contest, now in its 31st 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 31st AQS Awards Presentation, which takes place at the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21.  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; $12,000 for the APQS Longarm Workmanship; and $5,000 for the Moda Best Wall Quilt.  Regardless of how PLAYING IT places in the final judging, all semi-finalists' quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder says, "Whatever type of quilts you enjoy, traditional, modern, fiber art, or miniature, Paducah QuiltWeek will have them all. You will be inspired and intrigued by these amazing works of art.  Plus, our vendors will have every conceivable new product to make your quilt the best it can be."

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 50 US states and 12 other countries.   Come see a wide range of special exhibit quilts including: SAQA Wide Horizons IV; Stitch Like an Egyptian; 2015 and 2016 Pilgrim/Roy Invitational Challenge; Red, White & Quilted; The WICKED (trademark) Cherrywood Challenge; and the AQS Authors' Exhibit.

The American Quilter's Society hosts several shows annually, each with its own quilt contest.  Besides the Paducah, Kentucky show, AQS hosts other prestigious shows in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Syracuse, New York; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Des Moines, Iowa and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

For more information, please go to

PLAYING IT detail of hand quilting

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


This is no April Fool Joke, I will be teaching a class at the American Quilter's Society show in Grand Rapids, MI in August!  SMALL STRIP IMPROVISATION is the class I'm offering and it will be a good time.  More to say later but visit the AQS site for all the show information

Playing with 3/4" strips 
But here is a quick story about an April Fool prank.  I stood at the window and called, "Hurry up and you can see a bear."  Not very elaborate, but it was successful!  Here is why...

This handsome fellow was crossing our back field last summer. pjb