Spring AQS QuiltWeek - Paducah Information

Plan now to experience Spring AQS QuiltWeek - Paducah, April 18-21, 2018! Request a QuiltWeek Events Guide and 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. AQS member registration opens January 9. 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
  • Cherrywood Challenge 2017: Van Gogh French Gallery
  • Contemporary Art Quilts - U.S. and Brazil
  • Fresh Faces/New Ideas: PAAQT Challenge
  • Ricky Tims: Quilts That Speak
  • SAQA - Korean Quilts Now

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

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

Things You Need to Know

Getting Around Town
Free shuttle service is provided by the Paducah Visitors Bureau, AQS Anchor Tours and participating attractions and hotels. Shuttle routes and authorized stops are published in the AQS Show Book. Free Downtown and Lower Town trolley rides provide access to The National Quilt Museum, AQS Vendors on Kentucky, and the AQS Shuttle Stop.

Carson Center 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.

Download or view a QuiltWeek parking map here.

  • 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.

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

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.


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