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Two South Towns women are entrants in the American Quilters Society Show and Contest, considered one of the nation's largest and most prestigious.

Karen Hull Sienk of Colden is in the innovative pieced amateur category with her quilt "Lots of Leftovers and a Bunch of Bits." Kathleen M. York of Elma is a finalist with her quilt "Water Lillies -- by Monet and Kathleen."

They will compete against 420 other quilters for a total of $80,000, with prizes ranging from $500 to $15,000 for best of show.

Also, 12 members of the Southtowns Piecemakers Quilt Guild have been invited to exhibit quilts that they created around an art theme. Each quilt represents an individual artist or a style of art, including Egyptian, impressionism and contemporary.

The show and contest is held between April 27 and 30 in Paducah, Ky., known as "Quilt City, U.S.A." Each year it attracts between 30,000 and 40,000 visitors.
-- Paula Voell

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