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AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Show & Contest

AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Show & Contest

Lancaster County is known for our hand-made quilts, often stitched with care by Amish and Mennonite women. But that’s just one aspect of quilting in Lancaster County – did you know that it’s also home to the annual AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Show & Contest?


Quilters from around the world display their finest work in this international quilting event. Workshops and lectures will be held in the Lancaster County Convention Center, as well as at nearby downtown Lancaster venues. If you are a quilter yourself, perhaps inspiration will strike as you look at over 200 quilts on display. You’ll also be able to enjoy dozens of special exhibits, explore new products, and watch free quilting demonstrations.

We do recommend that you pay attention to the weather in Lancaster, as March weather can be either a lion or a lamb. Be sure to pack appropriately.


New This Year: Pop-Up Quilt Exhibit
AQS is all about bringing quilters together, and what better way than to feature one of YOUR quilts! Join Show Director, Bonnie Browing, and Director of Education, Liz Hammonds, for the brand new AQS QuiltWeek Pop-Up Quilt Exhibit! Bring one of your favorite wall-hangings to share (it should be small enough that one person can carry it) and become a part of the show. See here for more details on what is needed.

When you’re finished walking around the Quilt Show, you’ll want to grab a bite to eat. Downtown Lancaster is very walkable, so you should have no trouble finding a great restaurant to enjoy. Lancaster has loads of ethnic eats, fine dining options, pub fare, and good ol’ American favorites.

You’ll also want to visit our amazing fabric shops while in Lancaster, so be sure to add a day after the show to spend some time driving around, and using all the inspiration that you got from the show to pick up some new threads.
- The Old Country Store – See special unadvertised specials + free cookies during Midnight Madness (Open Friday, March 29 til 12:00 Midnight!)
- Mook Fabrics
- Village Quilts at Kitchen Kettle Village
- And more…

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