Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mystery Quilt Contest finalists

The response to our Beyond the Block Mystery Quilt Contest has been nothing short of amazing! Of the 119 quilters who entered last August by completing part 1 published in the September 2010 issue, 95 (80%) completed part 2 by the November 2010 deadline, and 71 (60%) submitted photos of their finished quilts by the January 2011 completion deadline. But it wasn’t only the numbers that were fantastic—the comments were, too. Almost without exception, entrants thoroughly enjoyed participating in the challenge and were delighted with their finished quilts.
Here are the eight randomly-chosen finalists:
Kitty Adamo of Hopewell Junction, NY
Dorothy Alexander of Superior, NE
Amy Allen of Honaunau, HI
Cynthia Felts of Rolla, MO
Abigail Fuller of Troy, ID
Synneva Hicks of Byron, MN
Alice Means of Bolton, CT
Beth Schillig of Columbus, OH
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. Three winning quilts will be chosen by AQS founder and president Meredith Schroeder, and photos of those three quilts will appear in the May 2011 issue of American Quilter magazine.

If you’re catching up and still want to make your own Beyond the Block quilt, all three installments of the pattern are available at to AQS members. And for inspiration, photos of ALL completed mystery quilts submitted for the contest will be posted in the Readers’ Quilts gallery under the American Quilter tab on the AQS home page by the end of February.


  1. I am happy for the finalists and cannot wait to see their quilts. I loved participating and really had fun working out of my "norm". Challenging myself and meeting the challenge was totally worth playing. Swing a "prize" in front of me and I am off and running. Thanks, American Quilter and AQS!! What will be next??

  2. Barbara: Thank you for your gracious comment. I'm so glad you had fun with this - that was the whole point! We are already working on another mystery for later in the year.