What is Paducah, you say? If you aren’t a quilter, that is. The American Quilters Society (AQS) and the National Quilt Museum are in Paducah, in western Kentucky. AQS sponsors a quilt show and contest there every April – and this year they have added another show in September! The April show is attended by approximately 30,000 visitors from all over the world. Yes, it’s a big deal.
I had the honor of teaching about appraising modern quilts during the certified appraisers’ professional development day. Plus, I did some appraising at the show.
My friend and I were fortunate to stay with a couple in West Paducah, where I had stayed last year. This was accomplished through a “Home Host” program previously sponsored by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. For those considering this option, the chamber program is no longer available – instead, they refer you to Air B&B. Too bad, but I can understand the amount of work that must have gone into this.
So, the town of Paducah rolls out the red carpet for visitors, staging a quilt-themed storefront window decorating contest for merchants, special exhibits, quilters’ restaurant specials, etc. There are quilt-related vendors galore in downtown and beyond. It’s a quilter’s dream destination, for sure! And, I feel blessed to be able to attend frequently. This year, I wish we had stayed longer. But, I guess I say that every time!
Add Paducah to your bucket list, quilters! You won’t be sorry.