Quilt Week Shines Light on Rare Talent

Close to 700 quilts will be on display.

quilt week1Thousands will be in Paducah April 26 through April 29 for one reason: Quilt Week.

30,000 people are expected to come together to enjoy four days of the best in international quilt and textile artistry.

In its 33rd year, the four-day event is one of the biggest annual celebrations of the lasting art form.

If you’re a quilter, art enthusiast, or just looking for something to do, you won’t want to miss this show.

To make sure you see everything, we’ve put together a guide to all things Quilt Week.

Show Hours
Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Calendar of Special Events

  • Tuesday, April 25: Awards Presentation – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Carson Center.
    Sneak Preview – 7-9 PM. Exhibit Areas & Merchant Mall, Schroeder Expo Center & Carroll Convention Center
  • Wednesday, April 26: All-Star Review – 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eisenhower Room in the Carroll Convention Center
  • Thursday, April 27: Live Quilt Auction for the National Quilt Museum – 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eisenhower Room in the Carroll Convention Center.
    Chicken Dinner before Quilt Auction from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Food Tent.
  • Friday, April 28: A Night with Ricky Tims  from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Carson Center.
  • Saturday, April 29: All-Star Review from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Eisenhower Room at the Carroll Convention Center

At the Door Admission

  • AQS Member: $11 Daily, 2-day $20, $25 Multi-day
  • Non-Member: $14 Daily, 2-day $25, $35 Multi-day
    One Show Book is included with admission.

Getting Around Town

Free shuttle service is provided by participating hotels, attractions, Paducah Visitors Bureau, AQS, and Anchor Tours. There will be free downtown and lower town trolley rides for access to The National Quilt Museum, AQS Vendors on Kentucky, and the AQS Bus Stop. CLICK HERE to view the Shuttle Route Maps.

To get to the Carson Center:
There will be a shuttle. Buses begin route from the AQS Bus Stop (next to the Carroll Convention Center) to the Carson Center 45 minutes prior to the start of each event and return to the AQS Bus Stop at the conclusion of the event.


  • Schroeder Expo Center lot (enter at the stoplight at Executive Blvd. and 4th Street)
  • City lot, Jefferson St. and 2nd St. (in front of the floodwall)
  • Park and Ride: Park at Carson Park (Joe Clifton Dr./28th St. & Madison St.) and ride the Express Shuttle Bus to and from the AQS Bus Stop and Carson Park.

Dining at the Show

You won’t need to worry about keeping your stomach full at Quilt Week. You’ll be able to find a variety of food vendors and a tent with seating in the parking lot across from the Carroll Convention Center. Fill up a plate between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. You will also find more choices in the Carroll Convention Center Atrium and at the concession stand in the hallway of the Schroeder Expo Center.

Quilt Exhibits

At least 400 AQS contest quilts will compete for more than $120,000 in cash awards including the $20,000 Janome Best of Show. Even better, you can see them all! Here’s where:

  • Large quilts—Schroeder Expo Center
  • Wall quilts—Carroll Convention Center (second floor)
  • Special quilt exhibits—Carroll Convention Center (first & second floors) and Pavilionquilt week2

Special Quilt Exhibits:

  • Applique Quilts from the Collection of Pat and Arlan Christ
  • AQS Authors’ Showcase
  • Cherrywood Challenge 2016: The Lion King
  • Focus & Fiber: Quilts by Melissa Sobotka
  • Kona Color of the Year 2016
  • Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
  • SAQA: Made in Europe

Merchant Malls

You can call this a quilter’s shopping paradise! If you’re in the market for supplies, or unique finds, you will want to stop here. The market is open during show hours. Find vendors at these locations:

  • Schroeder Expo Center
  • First and second floors of the Carroll Convention Center
  • Paducah Pavilion (free shuttle from the Expo Center)
  • AQS Vendors on Kentucky, 200 Kentucky Ave. Also open, Tues., 10 AM–6 PM.

AQS School of Quiltmaking

Learn from some of the best instructors in the world at various workshops and lectures offered over the course of Quilt Week.

You can sign up now for dyeing classes that are being held at the new Paducah School of Art & Design. Don’t worry about getting there. A shuttle will be provided from the Expo Center. Get registered here.

Before you go posting any pictures online…

Make sure you take down the name of the quilt maker if you plan on sharing any photos from Quilt Week. It is an AQS policy that you include this information along with the image you post. Make it easy for yourself by taking a photo of the quilt tag.

Don’t plan on posting photos of quilts to any website where the images can be used to make T-shirts, mugs, or other products. That is against the rules. No video or commercial photography are permitted unless you have a press pass.

CLICK HERE for more information about the 33rd annual Quilt Week.