AQS Quilt Week in Paducah

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The American Quilter’s Society holds quilt shows around the country, but the most popular has to be Quilt Week in Paducah, Kentucky. (You may hear it referred to as the Paducah Quilt Show.) It’s a destination that is on many quilter’s bucket lists. But why is that and what should you expect when you attend?

Paducah Civic Center.
Schroeder Expo Center

AQS Quilt Week 2024 takes place April 24 – 27.

Why Paducah?  In 1984, Paducah residents Bill and Meredith Schroeder formed the American Quilter’s Society. It was that same year that Paducah hosted the first AQS Quilt Show & Contest.  Kentucky’s creative city has been the mecca of fiber artists ever since and it is home to The National Quilt Museum .  So, it’s only natural that the home of the world’s top quilting museum would also be the location of AQS Quilt Week.

When you step inside of the Schroeder Expo Center, you will be blown away at the creativity of today’s modern quilters.  More than 400 AQS contest quilts compete for more than $126,000 in cash awards including the $20,000 Janome Best of Show.

Bear with me – this post has a lot of pictures from the Spring 2017 show to give you a glimpse of what you might experience at Quilt Week.

Best of Show quilt.
Janome Best of Show:  Ewe Are My Sunshine by Janet Stone of Kansas
Circle of Flowers quilt.
Moonflower by Molly Y. Hamilton-McNally of California (front)
Back of Circle of Flowers quilt.
Moonflower by Molly Y. Hamilton-McNally of California (back)

Entries to Quilt Week are open worldwide.  Quilts at the 2017 show included entries from South Korea, Spain, and Australia, plus several other countries.

Stippled Spanish quilt.
Captivated by Nature by Olga Gonzalez-Angulo from Spain
Reflection quilt.
I…Reflection of Life by Olga Gonzalez-Angulo of Spain
Lazy Afternoon quilt.
Lazy Afternoon by Hiroko Miyama and Masanobu Miyama of Japan
French Castle quilt.
Mont St. Michel Memories by Linda S. Schmidt of California
Bubble Wrap quilt.

The quilters put in thousands of hours of work making these one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

Black and white quilt.
Ravendale Star by Linda Fleschner of Wisconsin
Black and white quilt detail.
Cat quilt.
Le Chat de Mondrian by Connie Kincius Griner of North Carolina
Quilt that looks like pillows.
Silk Road Sampler by Melissa Sobotka of Texas
Silk Road quilt.

Can you believe that is a quilt and not a picture of quilted pillows?  Melissa has been quilting for only 10 years and took 5 months to make Silk Road Sampler.  Her style is photo realistic and draws on her love of old master paintings and art history.

Ode quilt.
Ode to Inspiration by Melissa Sobotka
Quilt of Collie.
Linus by Elaine Wick Poplin of Alabama
Dream A Little Dream of Me quilt.
Dream a Little Dream of Me by Pat Rollie of Tennessee
Yellow and black quilt squares.
Kona Color of the Year 2016 Special Exhibit
Rafiki Quilt.

Rafiki – The Great Mystic by Deb Berkebile of Ohio in The Lion King Cheerywood Challenge 2016

What You Need To Know

Photographs are permitted during Quilt Week.  Be sure to respect the boundaries around the quilts, do not touch them, and always cite who the artist is when sharing your pictures.  

More specifically:  Photographs taken at AQS QuiltWeek® are for your own personal use, and for sharing with your friends and family who could not attend. Please include the name(s) of the maker(s) with any quilt image you post online; take a photo of the quilt tag so you will have this information. Photos of quilts may not be posted to any website where the images can be used to produce T-shirts, mugs, and other products.

Woman taking a picture of a quilt.

Demonstrations, workshops, and lectures take place during the show.  Be sure to sign up early if you are interested.

Quilting machine.

Vendors are on site with quilting supplies.

Colorful fabric swatches on a table.

If you get hungry during the show, you can step outside of the Schroeder Expo Center and take your pick of local food vendors are set up in the makeshift food court in the parking lot.

Food vendors at Quilt Week.

2024 Quilt Week Show Hours

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024 – 9:00 am–6:00 pm
Thursday, Apr 25, 2024 – 9:00 am–6:00 pm
Friday, Apr 26, 2024 – 9:00 am–6:00 pm
Saturday, Apr 27, 2024 – 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Ticket Information

For American Quilter’s Society members, tickets cost $12 for 1 day, $21 for 2 days, and $28 for a multi-day ticket. 

Non-member ticket prices are $15 for 1 day, $27 for 2 days, and $35 for a multi-day ticket.

Children under the age of 13 are admitted free of charge. Members of the military receive a discount of $2 at the door with their military id.

Where To Stay

There are a few bed and breakfasts in Paducah and there is a Holiday Inn (Riverfront) a few blocks from the Quilt Museum. Paducah is only 12.6 miles from Metropolis, Illinois where there is a Baymont, Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn, and Harrah’s.

More Information

  • For more information about Quilt Week, visit
  • For 9 Things To Do In Paducahclick here.  I’ve included a few delicious places to sink your teeth into, as well as a few places where you can get creative.
  • Click here to read the article on Southern Kissed about The National Quilt Museum.
  • For all things Paducah, visit the Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website at

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