Spring AQS QuiltWeek - Paducah Information

Plan now to experience Spring AQS QuiltWeek - Paducah, April 18-21, 2018! View the 2018 April Events Guide and request Paducah's Celebrate Quilting E-Newsletter for digital updates.

Find available accommodations for Spring AQS QuiltWeek - Paducah here.

Reference AQS show information about instructors, admission, education and more here!

Welcome to Quilt City USA®

AQS QuiltWeek - Paducah Show Hours (2018)
Wednesday–Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM
Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM

Advance Admission (2018)
AQS Member: Daily $10.08; 2-day $18; Multi-day $23
Non-Member: $12.60 Daily; 2-day $23; $32 Multi-day
* Advance Admission available up to 30 days before the show.
One free Show Book at the show with each paid admission.

At the Door Admission (2018)
AQS Member: $11 Daily, 2-day $20, $25 Multi-day
Non-Member: $14 Daily, 2-day $25, $35 Multi-day
* At the Door Admission 29 days or less from the show and at the door.
One Show Book is included with admission.

Quilt Exhibits
See more than 400 AQS contest quilts vying for more than $120,000 in cash awards including the $20,000 Janome Best of Show.

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

Workshops and lectures with some of the best instructors in the world! Dyeing classes will be held at the new Paducah School of Art & Design; shuttle provided from the Expo Center. Advance registration recommended. View instructors here.

Merchant Malls
A quilter’s shopping paradise! All open during show hours.

  • 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.

Special Quilt Exhibits (2017):

  • Art in Denim by Ian Berry - 1st Floor Convention Center
  • Cherrywood Challenge 2017: Van Gogh French Gallery - Paducah Pavilion
  • Contemporary Art Quilts - U.S. and Brazil - 2nd Floor Convention Center
  • Fresh Faces/New Ideas: PAAQT Challenge - 2nd Floor Convention Center
  • Ricky Tims: Quilts That Speak - Paducah Pavilion
  • SAQA - Korean Quilts Now - Paducah School of Art & Design

QuiltWeek Calendar of Events (2018)

  • Tuesday, April 17: Awards Presentation - 4:30-6:30 PM. Carson Center. Sneak Preview - 7-9 PM. Exhibit Areas & Merchant Mall, Schroeder Expo Center & Carroll Convention Center
  • Wednesday, April 18: All-Star Review - 6-8 PM. Eisenhower Room, Carroll Convention Center.
  • Thursday, April 19: Live Quilt Auction for the National Quilt Museum - 6-8 PM. Eisenhower Room, Carroll Convention Center. Chicken Dinner before Quilt Auction - 5-6 PM. Food Tent.
  • Friday, April 20: A Night with Ricky Tims - 7-9 PM. Carson Center.
  • Saturday, April 21: All-Star Review - 1-3 PM. Eisenhower Room, Carroll Convention Center

Create your Spring QulitWeek Itinerary here and incorporate events celebrating the depth of the fiber art experience throughout the region!

  • View a full listing of special QuiltWeek shopping hours at local Quilt & Fabric Shops here.
  • Preview special QuiltWeek dining experiences here.

Don't miss quilt-related community and AQS-sanctioned events throughout the city!

Things You Need to Know

Getting Around Town

  • Complimentary shuttle service is provided by participating hotels, quilt-related attractions, Paducah Visitor Bureau and AQS. Shuttle routes and authorized stops are published in the AQS Show Book.
  • Paducah Area Transit Authority's free trolley provides access to attractions and events throughout Historic Downtown and the Lower Town Arts District. Trolley route featured in map in the April Events Guide.
  • Paducah is serviced by Blue Dot Cab Company, 270.215.1282, and Lyft rideshare.
  • Schedule transportation between Barkley Regional Airport and area hotels service with PATS Dial-A-Ride (24-hour advance registration required), 270.444.8700

View or download a QuiltWeek parking map here.

  • Schroeder Expo Center lot (enter at the stoplight at Executive Blvd. and 4th Street)
  • Park and Ride: Park at Kentucky Oaks Mall, 5101 Hinkleville Rd. at I-24 Exit 4. Look for AQS Shuttle Stop signage adjacent to Best Buy and ride the Anchor Tours shuttle to and from the AQS Shuttle Stop and Kentucky Oaks Mall. This bus runs Wed.-Fri., 9 AM-6:30 PM; Sat., 9 AM-4:30 PM

Emergency Medical Services
For first aid or emergency medical services, visit the booths in the Pavilion and the Expo Center.

Dining at the Show
Food vendors provide a variety of dining options and a tent with seating in the parking lot across from the Carroll Convention Center from 10 AM–5 PM. More choices in the Carroll Convention Center Atrium and at the concession stand in the hallway of the Schroeder Expo Center.

Quilt Appraisals
AQS Certified Quilt Appraisers will appraise new and antique quilts in booth 3707 (Carroll Convention Center, 2nd floor). Walk-in appraisals: Wed., Thurs. & Fri., 9 AM–4 PM and Sat., 9 AM–3 PM. $50 fee per quilt.

Time & Weather
Paducah follows Central Daylight Time. The average temperature in April is 48–68 F. Dress is casual. Bring a sweater or light wrap for evenings and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Scooter/Wheelchair Rental
Scooter and wheelchairs will be available for rental, Tuesday, April 17-Saturday, April 21. To make a reservation, please call Michelle Thompson, 270.898.7903x132. Advance reservation recommended. Pick-ups can be made at the AQS Information Center inside the Schroeder Expo Center.

AQS Photography Policy
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. No videos or commercial photography are permitted at the show; media or writers may pick up a press pass at the AQS Information Center inside the exhibit hall at the Paducah McCracken County Convention and Expo Center.

Upcoming AQS QuiltWeek - Paducah Dates

Spring AQS QuiltWeek: April 18-21, 2018 | April 24-27, 2019

Fall AQS QuiltWeek: September 12-15, 2018 | September 11-14, 2019

For Group Tour Planning assistance, contact:

Fowler Black

Director of Sales