Quilt Show & Contest AQS. . .
Lining up to register at the annual Paducah Quilt Show
the end of April, the American Quilter's Society hosts a quilting
extravaganza that brings quilting enthusiasts from all over the world
to Paducah, Kentucky. The current iteration of the Big Show is called Quilt Week.
While officially the
event is a gigantic Quilt Show & Contest, it functions as an
convention for quilters. If you hear a quilter ask another "Are you
going to Paducah this year?" it means are you going to "The Big Show"
. . . the annual confab, the annual gathering of quilters, the Quilting Convention.
from the event brochure, the annual Quilt Show & Contest
". . . everything quilting - from classes, lectures, special events,
demonstrations, and exhibits of quilts, quilts and more quilts. . . .
You can shop-till-you-drop for quilts, materials to make quilts, and
quilt-related . . . " items at over 300 vendor booths. Quilting
machines, quilting tools, quilting books abound. Over 400 quilt
contests are conducted during the show - making this event "The World
Series of Quilting."
During these four days
the town of Paducah eats, sleeps, and breathes Quilting as it extends
it's hospitality to visitors from all over the continent and beyond.
Proud of its role in hosting this event, it bills itself as "Quilt
City, USA" and during Quilt Week there are lots of interesting attractions, things to do and see in Paducah itself.
I've posted a few pictures from the 2017 Paducah Quilt Show & Convention in the Traveling Quilter Blog. Last year the show was held too late for the Dogwood blooms, but the 2018 show is earlier. So plan to arrive a day or two early to tour the Dogwood Trail.
A few pictures from the past shows.
< < Instructors hold up a demonstration quilt during one
of the workshops Jo attended.
< < Jo's friend Eileen exhibited her entry in the
wearable art competition.