Paducah, Kentucky – Quilt City USA

Paducah, Kentucky – 2013 Quilt Show

Paducah is home to National Quilt Museum and the headquarters of the American Quilters Society so its affiliation with quilting and fabric arts extends beyond the week of the annual quilting convention that quilters know as the Paducah Quilt Show (officially titled the AQS Quilt Show & Contest – Paducah). This year-long resident association with quilting also accounts for why the entire town gets decked out for Quilt Week (the week of the show and related activities).

When Jo is at the show I enjoy walking around downtown and the nearby Lower Town Arts District with its many cafes, pubs, gift and antique shops, and artisan shops. The Floodwall Mural Walk is always interesting for both its artistic merit and educational insight into Paducah’s history. Some years the dogwoods remain in full bloom so we’ll take in the 12 mile Dogwood Trail driving tour that runs from mid-May to the end of Quilt Week. Most years, I am able to get in at least one round of golf at Paxton Park Golf Course. This year my new bionic knees weren’t quite ready for a full round so I just did some chipping and putting at their practice greens.

Below are some photos with captions from around downtown. Later when Jo finishes her notes we’ll post some stuff from the actual AQS show.

Ross

The Yeiser Art Center in the historic 1905 Market House is all dressed up for Quilt Show week

This "quilted" caped crusader was riding around downtown on his Segway Transporter

During Quilt Week the Pagoda across the street from the Market House Art Center is always populated by artists and artisans displaying their creations

There are several "bike taxis" offering rides around downtown. This one was advertised "free rides"

Ladies from the quilt show lined up for lunch at Kirchoff's Bakery and Cafe

Many of the Dogwoods along the Dogwood Trail remained in full bloom

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