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Paducah Quilt Show & Contest AQS. . .

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Lining up to register at the annual Paducah Quilt Show

More AQS & Things to see & do in the Paducah area

- AQS Paducah Quilt Show
- Eleanor Burns Tent Show
- Video Eleanor Burns Tent Show
- The Rotary Antique Quilt Show

Paducah Visitor Attractions

- Paducah Visitor Attractions

- Dogwood Trail Celebration
- Paducah Floodwall Murals
- Grand Rivers, KY
- Iron Kettle Restaurant Fire

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- 2017 Paducah Quilt Show

2022 AQS Paducah Quilt Show APRIL 27-30, 2022 (see links below)

Near 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 annual 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.

Quoting from the event brochure, the annual Quilt Show & Contest includes ". . . 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. That year the show was held too late for the Dogwood blooms, but here's some pictures of the Dogwood Trail from an earlier year. If you want to catch the Dogwood's in full bloom plan to arrive a few days early to tour the Dogwood Trail.

A few pictures from the past Paduch Quilt shows.

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< < < Instructors hold up a demonstration quilt during one of the workshops Jo attended.

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< < < Jo's friend Eileen exhibited her entry in the wearable art competition.

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A collage of portions of some of the quilts in the competition Jo liked best > > >

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But the show is not all classes and exhibits. There's also room for fun & food > > >

pork peddler paducah, ky

One favorite eating spot for Quilt Show attendees willing to walk a few blocks is the Pork Peddler. They offer a terrific buffet at a reasonable price. The building and interior is no frills but sturdy and clean (including the wash rooms). The owner is the "main man" in the kitchen - an indicator that the person preparing your food has an investment in your satisfaction!

Whalers Catch Restaurant

Another popular dining and entertaining spot that is usually packed during the Quilt Show is Whaler's Catch. Outside is the double deck or you can go inside and dine and drink in one of Paducah's historic register buildings. Lots of atmosphere . . . and be prepared to pay a bit more (than the Pork Peddler) for the experience! This picture was taken two days before the show so seating wasn't a problem then.

National Quilt Museum Paducah, KY

If quilters don't get their "quilting fix" satisfied at the show, they can always stop in at the National Quilt Museum, only about 3 blocks from the Expo Center. The museum is open year round and has rotating exhibits.


bullet More Scenes from the AQS Quilt Show

Paducah & Quilt Show Links

bullet Here's some pictures of Paducah Visitor attractions

bullet More Quilt Show Scenes - AQS Quilt Show

bullet Blog Posts from Past Paducah Quilt Shows

bullet Eleanor Burn's "Quilt in a Day" Tent Show

bullet For more information on AQS and the 2022 quilt show

bullet Motel & Hotel Information Paducah & Surrounding Area
(select Paducah & "Show Hotels Within: 30 miles" for maximum availability)


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