Quilt City USA

The "Air Show" Quilt

In 1984 Bill and Meredith Schroeder founded American Quilter’s Society (AQS) in Paducah, Kentucky after discovering a need for the worldwide recognition of the beauty of quilting as an art form. AQS continues to support the accomplishments of todays quilters by promoting the study and development of quilts.

With 1500 members in its first year, American Quilter’s Society has grown to include over 50000 amateur and professional quilters, quilting enthusiasts as well as contributors, collectors and admirers of the art of quilting.

AQS held its first show and contest in april 1985, with cash $26000. This past years how featured $100000 in prize money, the largest purse in the world.

Quilt appraisers certified by AQS are qualified to do insurance and fair market appraisals. Be sure to inform the appraiser of the purpose of the appraisal. The appraisal should be updated every three years.

Paducah is known as Quilt City USA and is home to the National Quilt Museum. In the Spring, thousands of quilting enthusiasts descend on this quaint Kentucky city for the annual quilting convention. If you are planning to attend the upcoming convention, or are just interested in enjoying the art, antiques, and relaxing amidst the dogwood blooms,

The Museum of the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah, Kentucky hosts a collection, changing exhibits, workshops, festivals, a Museum Shop and much more! Enjoy the Museum's collection of inspiring quilts by today's quilt makers, such as Caryl Bryer Fallert. Experience quiltmaking & other arts no matter what your age at workshops and other events. Explore exhibits of new and antique quilts, such as this exhibit of work by Michael James as KIDS & FAMILY PROGRAMS. Develop your own quiltmaking skills by studying with today's leading quilt makers. Shop for textile books, fine crafts, and other unique items in our museum shop. The museum has three amazing galleries that showcase more than 150 quilts at a time. There is always something new to see. The museum is open year round and the quilt exhibits change regularly with approximately a dozen new exhibitions annually.

MAQS Quilt Collection:
At the heart of any museum's activities are the important objects it was founded to collect, preserve, and share with the public. The MAQS Founders Collection, has become an ever-developing documentation of the quiltmaking revival that has flourished in the 1980's, 1990's, and is sure to continue as the new century unfolds.

The core of the collection includes quilts donated by the Schroeders (founders of the museum) and the AQS Quilt Show & Contest purchase award winners donated through the American Quilter's Society. Also included are a number of other donations and purchases. The collection currently includes over 200 quilts, the work of over 162 quilt makers. The works in the collection were made from 1980 on.

The "Beatles" Quilt
Sisters Pat and Sue made this quilt to celebrate their memories of the Beatles, whose music filled their teen-age years. Living three hours from each other, they enjoyed working together on quilts. Both love traditional quilts, consequently the layout of "The Beatles Quilt" was inspired by an antique folk art quilt with a Tree of Life in the center.

The apples on the tree represent the record label used by the Beatles. The Four album blocks surrounding the tree represent each of the four Beatles, with hands and guitar symbols surrounding their names and birth dates. In the blocks surrounding the large center, the sisters divided the beatles albums and each designed blocks to represent visual images suggested by the song lyrics. The quilt is filled with tidbits they discovered as they listened to the words of songs that touched them and many others of their generation.

The "Air Show" Quilt
Air Show was inspired by Jonathan Shannon's love of early airplanes - of their design, their movement, their romantic images. He set out to create in fabric a sense of air and the weight of air that holds up airplanes. The back of his quilt features an additional airplane.

Paducah Show Information - Interested In Teaching?
Are you interested in teaching at the AQS School of Quiltmaking? With two shows each year, April in Paducah, Kentucky, and August in Nashville, Tennessee, we have two opportunities to share your skills and techniques with quilters at the AQS shows! You can be part of the teaching staff for courses that can earn college credit through West Kentucky Community & Technical College. Throughout the year, MAQS offers a variety of educational offerings for children, families, and visitors at large. The over 250 quilts that make up the permanent "Founders Collection", enables MAQS to connect with local, regional, and national audiences through education and related programs. Take "LEARNING TO THE MAQS", by engaging regional students with curriculum oriented subject matter relating to the Founders Collection of quilts and those of rotating exhibitions. Students receive a guided tour and take part in discussion, lecture.

Group Tours
The museum offers a discounted rate for organized, pre-registered groups of 15 or more. Group tours are provided by trained museum volunteers and staff. Guides offer highlights of the current exhibits and the museum's permanent collection of quilts by today's quilt makers. The tour focuses on today's quilters and their stories, providing a highly personalized view of the traditional and creative process of quilting. Additional docents are available in the galleries to answer questions about quilts, the museum, and the region.

Each year at least six leading artists teach at MAQS, working with adult students from around the country. During these three to five day quilt making workshops, the facility is open to the students extended hours to provide as much artist-student interaction as possible. Several Shannon Ross Scholarships are available each year to support participation. Each year the museum also offers a quilt making workshop for children.

AQS Annual Quilt Show & Contest
Near the end of April, the American Quilter's Society hosts a quilting extravaganza that brings quilting enthusiasts from all over the world to Paducah, Kentucky.

While officially the event is a gigantic Quilt Show & Contest, it functions as an annual convention for quilters. If you hear a quilter ask another "Are you going to Paducah this year?" it means are you going to "The Big Show" the annual confab, the annual gathering of quilters, the convention. During these four days the town of Paducah eats, sleeps, and breathes Quilting as it extends it's hospitality to visitors from all over the continent and beyond. Proud of its role in hosting this event, it bills itself as "Quilt City, USA."

Quilt city USA: for the love of fabric captures the excitement of the American Quilter's Society Quilt Show and contest in Paducah, Kentucky. Every year, this small Kentucky city transforms itself into "Quilt City USA" attracting 37,000 quilt enthusiasts from all over the world. This second installment of the successful For the Love of Fabric series includes: artistic videography of the stunning award-winning quilts; an exclusive interview with the British winner of the "best of show" award; interviews with public television's popular quilting program hosts Sue Hausmann (America Sews), Marianne Fons and Liz Porter (Love of Quilting), and Eleanor Burns (Quilt in a Day); commentary on the amazing quilts from the distinguished quilt show contest judges; interviews with many of the award-winners who discuss how they made their quilts; coverage of a unique special exhibition by male quiltmakers; and unique and intimate access to the preparation activities involved in mounting an exhibition of this size and reputation.

Learn more about American Quilter’s Society & Museum of the American Quilter's in Paducah, KY

If you like 'Quilt City USA', you also may be interested in following articles . . .
  • 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.

  • MAQS Plans Workshops

  • Yeiser Art Center
    Fantastic Fibers: Dressed To Thrill

  • Quilt Central Academy

  • The National Quilt Museum is the world's largest and most prestigious museum devoted to quilts and fiber art. Established in 1991, the Museum is committed to the preservation and advancement of quilting. The Museum has also gained a reputation for its educational programs. Throughout the year, the Museum hosts educational programs on a diverse number of topics for quilters of all skill sets.

  • Each property has their own system for taking reservations, but many give their current clients an opportunity to make their reservations before opening the rooms to the public.

  • Gerald Roy, Nationally-known appraiser of Warner, New Hampshire, will offer professional assessments of new and old quilts. Each appraisal consists of a description of the quilt in terms of pattern, fabrics, techniques, quality of construction, condition, confirmation of information known by the current owner with replacement value and an approximate date of quilt.