The annual American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show is a big part of LIFE in Paducah. Every year thousands of quilters from around the country and the world swarm the streets of Paducah to celebrate the art of quilting. However, the Quilt Show isn’t just for quilters and Paducah natives who avoid the Quilt Show are missing out!
Here’s how to enjoy the Quilt Show...even if you’re not a quilter!
The Quilt Show brings out the best quilters and cooks! Several local churches host special luncheons and dinners during the Quilt Show. St. Frances de Sales has a Quilters Lunch & Display Thursday and Friday with carry-out service available. The members of St. Paul Lutheran cook up a special Germanfest Dinner complete with brats and sauerkraut Thursday night starting at 5 PM. If Italian is more your style, Broadway United Methodist hosts Italian Night on Broadway with two seatings at 5:30 PM and 6:15 PM.
On Friday, Grace Episcopal will open its doors for a sit-down lunch, quilt displays, historic church tours, and Heartland Lace Guild demonstrations and classes. The lunch times are 11:15 AM and 12:15 AM. That night First Presbyterian Church will host a Taste of Kentucky Dinner with pulled pork at 5 PM and 7 PM.
If breakfast is more your style, Concord United Methodist Church is hosting a full country breakfast buffet on Saturday from 6 AM to 10 AM. Also on Saturday, Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church will also host a special quilters dinner from 4 PM to 8 PM.
The churches aren’t the only ones who get in on the act. Anyone who has ever been to the Quilt Show will tell you the strawberry shortcake made by local boy scouts is worth braving the crowds at the food tent!
During the Quilt Show, every available space downtown seems to transform overnight into a quirky shop filled with everything from fabric to foot stools! Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to rediscover the retail delights found downtown.
If you’ve never seen the skill and artistry involved in competitive quilting, you are missing out ... no matter where you live. However, if you live in Paducah and have never seen the gorgeous colors or teeny-tiny stitches up close, then you just aren’t living LIFE! The Show itself is at the Expo Center and open until 6 PM Thursday night and Friday and 5 PM on Saturday. The Rotary Antique Quilt Show at the Robert Cherry Civic Center is also a wonderful way to see not only the artistry, but the history that surrounds American quilting.
One of the most popular events during the Show is Eleanor Burns, from Quilt in a Day fame, and her Quilting Tent Show. We have it on good authority Ms. Burns puts on quite a show complete with music and comedy that will entertain both the quilter and non-quilter!