2016 AQS Paducah Quilt Show – Quilt Week begins Sunday April 17th
I’m looking forward to returning to Quilt City USA, also known as Paducah, Kentucky for Quilt Week and the annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest, joining around 30,000 other quilting fanatics in what is essentially an annual convention, complete with a festival atmosphere.
The official AQS Quilt Show doesn’t begin until Weds April, 20th and runs through April 23rd. But it isn’t called Quilt Week as a hyperbole because there are lots of quilting related activities that start before the 23rd.
- The National Quilt Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will be featuring specials exhibits for quilt week, beginning Sunday, April 17th.
- The Paducah Rotary Club Quilt Show opens on Tuesday, April 19th
- The Yeiser Art Center will again be featuring its Fantastic Fibers exhibit
- Eleanor Burns Quilt in Day Entertainment Show begins April 17th
- The Hotel Metropolitan will be exhibiting African American Underground Railroad Quilts
Many other events are going on in the area. We always try to arrive a little early to catch the Dogwoods in bloom and do the Paducah Dogwood Trail tour. You can follow the signs in your own car or ride one of the special city buses that run the tour trail. Paducah quilt and fabric shops always have specials going on during quilt week, for example Hancocks of Paducah is always crazy with tons of shoppers looking for deals. There’s also a satellite quilting event with vendors and exhibits at the Mall at the west end of town.
The show is located close to downtown Paducah and the River Front so there are lots of neat restaurants, pubs, shops, and boutiques to visit. Paducah’s Floodwall Murals are outstanding both as works of art and a walking tour history lesson. My husband Ross often goes with me to the show as the town is so alive with so many things to do other than the AQS show itself. But one of his favorite Paducah entertainment options is on the Paducah area golf courses (see his recent reviews here). And I know he is looking forward to getting back on the links again this year.
Both of us also look forward to spending time in nearby Grand Rivers, Kentucky, a cute little resort town that happens to host its own quilt show during Quilt Week. Our most favorite Grand Rivers tradition is touring the gardens and dining at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement.
Looking forward to April – come and enjoy the show with other quilters and take some classses – check out AQS ‘s online registration for the listing and availibility.
See you in April.