The Association of Pacific West Quilters (APWQ) preserves and promotes the art of quiltmaking through education and inspirational exhibits.
In 1992 a small group of volunteers from the Puget Sound area, the Olympic Peninsula and eastern Washington formed the “Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters.” The association's objective was to present a high-quality juried and judged quilt show. Since the first show in 1994, thousands of people from across the country and abroad have enjoyed the quilt show.
In 2009 the Association changed its name to reflect its growing region. The Association of Pacific West Quilters (APWQ) now includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming in the United States, and Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, and Yukon in Canada.