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Jan '17

Paducah Quilt Show 2017

2017 AQS Paducah Quilt Show – Quilt Week begins April 23rd

Downtown Paducah gets all decked out to welcome Quilters to town.

Traditionally the official AQS Quilt Show doesn’t begin until Wednesday of Quilt Week. But the city and quilting related organizations usually have other fun and interesting activities leading up to the official show opening, creating a Quilting and Fiber Arts Festival with the AQS Show as a centerpiece. In the past around 30,000  quilting fanatics come into town for this big event.

If you’ve never before been to “Paducah” here’s our main Paducah Quilt Show and Festival page with pictures, information and links to past blog posts on the show, plus info on other events and attractions around town.

In recent years the AQS has expanded their Quilt Week shows beyond the Spring Paducah show and now even do a Fall Paducah Show. I think this is unfortunate because it may be having the result of diminishing the traditional Paducah show which for quilters has been like the annual convention for quilters across the country (and world for that matter). The annual beginning of the year question often asked among quilters is “Are you going to Paducah this year?” But now AQS wants you to ask “are you going to Daytona, or going to  Lancaster, or going to Grand Rapids, or going to Des Moines, or going to Paducah in the Fall”  as they are now sponsoring 6 Quilt Week Shows!! But I suspect for quilters, there is only the granddaddy show – the April  Paducah show and its festival atmosphere.

Scenes from the 2017 Paducah Quilt Show

Go there early to be able to shop at Hancocks huge Fabric Warehouse Store

So many fabrics, so little time! Must be a mile of fabric aisles.

 

Also some other fiber arts vendors among the hundreds of Quilting Supply Vendors

Can get pretty crowded shopping for bargains in the vendor areas.

 

Claudia Myers and Marilyn Badger of Duluth, MN took first place in Large Quilts-Movable Machine Category.

Claudia Myers of Duluth, MN also showed this whimsical quilt. Follow the flying wedges. Lots of fun.

 

Quilt Man was on hand to greet and entertain arrivals to the show.

Quilters and Exhibitors from all over the World. This winner in Hand Crafted Quilts by Setsuko Matsumura from Shiga, Shiga Japan.

One thing I missed about the 2017 show is that it was held so late in the month the Dogwoods had already finished blooming. But the 2018 Paducah AQS Quilt Show is being held earlier (April 18 – 21st) so if you arrive a day or two early be sure to tour the Dogwood Trail. And if you or your spouse is a golfer, check out our reviews of Paducah Area Golf Courses.

Jo

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