Museum of the American Quilter's Society

 Museum of the American Quilter's Society, Paducah, KY

It's all about quilts - quilt shows, quilt books, quilt contests, quilting news and a society dedicated to quilters. Make your plans now to attend the annual AQS Quilt Show and Contest. Once again, the staff at AQS is planning 4 wonderful days of beautiful quilts, plenty of classes in the AQS School of Quiltmaking, great special events, and the Southern hospitality of the Paducah community.

The quilt appraisal day is a fund-raising event to support the care and conservation of the museum’s Founders Collection. The event is an opportunity for people to learn more about a family treasure, or to verify its value for insurance purposes.

The National Quilt Museum is the portal to the contemporary quilt experience through traditional and non-traditional quilt exhibits and quilt workshops. The National Quilt Museum is committed to be the best in quilt exhibitions, quilt education and quilt experience. The AQS certified quilt appraiser is Gerald Roy of Warner, N.H.

A professional appraisal is $40 and consists of an oral description of the quilt in terms of patterns, fabrics, techniques, construction, condition, confirmation of information known by the current owner, an approximate date the quilt was made, a written verification and quilt value. People should allow 30 minutes for each verification and appraisal.

Paducah's National Quilt Museum During the show, more than 100 quilts will be featured in these exhibits at the museum. "Pens and Needles: 19th and 20th Century Signature Quilts" ­ For more than 150 years, signatures have allowed quiltmakers to broaden the function of quilts, beyond bed coverings into the arenas of fund raising and commemoration.

"New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Seven Sisters" is an exhibit of the award winners of the annual MAQS contest presenting original interpretations of the traditional block Seven Sisters.

"Masterworks from the MAQS Founders Collection" includes familiar award-winners, new acquisitions, and special treasures. MAQS special exhibit and shop hours during the quilt show: Wednesday ­ Saturday 8am ­ 6pm; Sunday before and after the show 10am ­ 5pm. Otherwise the museum is open regular hours: Monday ­ Saturday 10am ­ 5pm (Sundays April ­ October only). Order admission tickets for the Quilt Museum in advance.

A reservation and deposit is required. Contest rules are available on the AQS Web site. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the museum at 270-442-8856.

Upcoming AQS Quilt Show & Contest - Paducah, Kentucky

Whats New:
The American Quilter’s Society announced that contracts have been finalized with hotels and convention facilities for the 26th Annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah to be held April 21 – 24, 2010. The Executive Inn attached to the convention center is now closed and will not be available during the April show.

The quilt show will be held at the Paducah Expo Center, the Julian Carroll Convention Center, and the new AQS Pavilion which will be located in the parking lot of the convention facilities. Quilt show admission will give access to viewing quilts and shopping the merchant malls in all three locations. Additional vendors and the AQS “Hurt” Book Sale will be held at the AQS Vendors on Kentucky in the Finkel Building (200 Kentucky Avenue in downtown Paducah). Special events will be held in the Carson Four Rivers Center. The 2010 AQS Quilt Contest will award $125,000 in cash awards to quilters.

Museum information of the American Quilter's Society (MAQS)
In addition to the lobby's stained glass windows in quilt patterns, this national museum features over 150 new and antique quilts on display, including many Best of Show and Workmanship winners from past AQS Quilt Shows. And there is never any admission charged for visiting the MAQS Quilt Museum's gift and book shop.

Open year round: Mon.-Sat., 10 AM - 5 PM; also Apr.-Oct.: Sun., 1-5 PM.
$5 adults, $3 students, under 12 free. Pre-registered groups of 10 or more - $3.00
School groups are free.
Closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.
Phone (270) 442-8856 Fax (270) 442-5448
Wheelchair accessible. Group rates available.

MAQS educational programs are funded in part by a grant from THE KENTUCKY ARTS COUNCIL, a state agency of the Education, Arts, and Humanities Cabinet. All of the classes, lectures, and special
events are shown in the Calendar of Events. The lectures are listed by day, according to the time they are held; all lectures are in the Showroom at the Executive Inn.

The Museum of the American Quilter's Society is America's only state-of-the-art, contemporary quilt museum. AQS Quilt Show winners & more than 150 quilts on display in three climate-controlled galleries. Such as; Antique Red & White Quilts, Aannual School Block Challenge,

In conjunction with Barbecue on the River and the Lower Town Fine Arts Festival, the Museum of the American Quilter's Society will host its Annual Arts in Action festival. Local and regional artists and craftspeople will gather on the grounds of the Quilt Museum at 215 Jefferson Street to demonstrate their art and sell their wares.

There will be two days of free events including free admission to the Quilt Museum, ongoing art sales, artist demonstrations, hands-on activities, and much more.

In addition, fifty artists from around the country will be participating in the annual Lower Town Fine Arts Festival, which celebrates and showcases the expanding presence of the arts in Paducah. Artists will be awarded Purchase and merit prizes totaling $15,000. Prizes will be awarded and announced during the festival.

The artists will exhibit their work in booths, erected on the grounds of the Museum of the American Quilters Society at 215 Jefferson Street.

MQAS offers quilt appraisal day for the public 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 PM Sundays (April thru October).

MAQS is located at 215 Jefferson St. on the I-24 downtown loop, within easy walking distance from the Paducah Expo Center/ Executive Inn. 215 Jefferson, I-24 Downtown Loop. Two blocks from the Executive Inn. Gallery admission is applied for seniors 62+; free for Friends of MAQS. There is no admission charge for the museum's gift shop, which carries more than 500 quilting books.

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Location and contact:
The National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson Street, I-24 Downtown Loop
Paducah, Kentucky 42001
Phone: 270-442-8856
FAX: 270-442-5448

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