Get your fiber fix at Fall Quilt Week

The Fall Quilt Show isn’t new – just new to Paducah. It has been held in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the past three years. That contract ended last year, and Paducah was excited to host it in addition to the spring show. The fall shows were very successful for Chattanooga, and Bonnie Browning, AQS Executive Show Director, expects the same results here. Paducah is a great location since it will be attracting much of the same audience.

The Paducah Quilt Shows are truly great events for showcasing quilting excellence. More than 600 quilts will be on display, and more than $120,000 in prizes will be awarded. In addition, AQS QuiltWeek will be hosting a series of workshops with some of the top talents in the quilt industry. You can view the beautiful fiber art and shop at an extensive Merchant Mall comprised of local, national and international vendors.

Exhibits, Exhibits, Exhibits!

Included in the AQS QuiltWeek special exhibits are Vintage Made Modern Quilts: Collection of Brenda Groelz, New Quilts From an Old Favorite: Flying Geese from the National Quilt Museum, Australia Wide Five, and more. Evening events feature fun and unique experiences, such as the Winners’ Showcase and Jenny Doan on center stage at The Carson Center.

Quilts by Pam Holland will be a popular exhibit. She has been teaching quilting and textile art for more than 25 years. Each quilt she makes tells a story. Using her own photographic imagery taken on her travels around the world, Pam translates images in a variety of ways to make her quilts echo the traditions of quilt making along with cultural distinctiveness. This exhibit is your opportunity to see the world through the eyes of Pam Holland.

Freehand Patchwork by Danny Amazonas will be an exhibit coming to life at the fall show as he will be doing live demos at the show on Wednesday through Saturday. Freehand Patchwork is a unique textile art made up of hundreds of pieces of colorful fabric that together form an image. Danny creates his works by hand, and chooses each piece of fabric personally.

Fiber Is Da Bomb!

AQS is participating in a public fiber art installation…The Paducah Fiber Bombing! This display of fiber materials in the downtown Paducah area will take place all month long. The trees of Market House Square and along 2nd Street leading to the Schroeder Expo and Carroll Convention Center will be fiber bombed to coincide with the first AQS Fall Paducah QuiltWeek and the Paducah Fiber Festival.

New Public Voting

The new AQS Quilt Contest at the fall AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah features a Best of Show award of $20,000. There will be no purchase awards. After experienced quilt judges select the 1st - 3rd place awards for the 15 categories in the contest, members of the quilting community will each be able to cast one vote to decide the overall rank of the top winners. Public voting will start at preview night on Tuesday, September 12, and close at noon on Friday, September 15.

The public will take an active role as judge and critic; the top seven prizes will be awarded based on the public votes. There will be voting stations at the show starting on Tuesday evening; you can also vote using your smartphone.

The awards will be presented at the AQS Winners Showcase at Walker Hall, from 6:30-8pm. on Friday, September 15, 2017. Hors d’oeuvres will be available in the lobby starting at 6pm. The evening will begin with a tribute to Bill Schroeder, co-founder of the American Quilter’s Society, emceed by Mark Sherman.

This web site includes all the exhibits, classes, instructors, admission, vendors, contest information and rules, travel/lodging, even tips for tours and groups. The site also includes information about AQS sanctioned events and brand new maps for shuttle services in our area for the week.