American Quilter’s Society Presents 29th Annual AQS QuiltWeek™ in Paducah, KY

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The American Quilter’s Society brings over 570 world-class quilts to the Paducah McCracken County Expo & Convention Center during AQS QuiltWeek™ including a full slate of classes, huge merchant mall, and the best collection of fiber art brought to the United States this year. The 2013 show also hosts several exclusive, international exhibitions, as well as contest entries vying for more than $120,000 in cash prizes.

April 24 - 27, 2013

AQS QuiltWeek celebrates the art of quiltmaking by showcasing the stunning masterpieces created by today’s textile artists.

The American Quilter’s Society, headquartered in Paducah, KY, presents AQS QuiltWeek™ in Paducah, KY, from April 24 – 27, 2013. More than 30,000 will converge upon Quilt City USA®, the home of The National Quilt Museum, to enjoy a week surrounded by the best in international quilt and textile artistry. More than 570 quilts will be on display across three locations, along with the largest quilter’s merchant mall in Kentucky, while visitors can learn from the best in quilting instruction in the AQS School of Quiltmaking.

AQS QuiltWeek celebrates the art of quiltmaking by showcasing the stunning masterpieces created by today’s textile artists. The American Quilter’s Society presents quilters and fabric lovers a chance to explore and enjoy the creativity of quilters from around the world. By bringing together over 385 booths in the merchant mall, more than 550 works of fiber art, two international exhibitions, and the leading instructors in quilting, AQS QuiltWeek offers quilters a full and exciting experience.

Host city, Paducah, KY, rolls out the red carpet for quilters. Between the well-known Paducah Ambassadors, residents opening their homes to quilters, and restaurants offering special options, visitors experience hospitality that makes Paducah famous among quilters. Local businesses complete the experience for quilters by presenting AQS Sanctioned Events at the Yeiser Art Center, Rotary Club of Paducah, and Quilt in a Day.

AQS QuiltWeek will host two internationally celebrated exhibits of textile artwork. Direct from its U.S. Debut, Beneath the Southern Sky features 30 works from artists across four continents. Curated by Brenda Gael Smith, the collected quilts showcase quilters’ diversity in technique, style, and subject matter. Returning from Egypt, the Stitch Like an Egyptian exhibit will showcase stunning creations of appliqué by the Tentmakers of Cairo. Accompanying the works will be Tarek Abdelhay and Hosam Hanafy, eager to meet visitors and demonstrate their amazing appliqué techniques.

The high point of the show recognizes the artistry of today’s quiltmakers, as over 400 works in the AQS Quilt Contest compete for more than $120,000 in cash awards. Entries come from 43 states and 8 countries. The work selected as Janome Best of Show will take home $20,000, and become a part of the permanent collection at The National Quilt Museum.

Admission to AQS QuiltWeek includes access to all special exhibitions and the merchant mall. Hours are Wednesday, April 24 through Friday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The American Quilter’s Society is the largest quilting membership organization in the world. For almost 30 years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting inspiration and advice, through a broad suite of products—magazines, books, live events, contests, workshops, online networks, patterns, fabric, and catalogs. At AQS, we believe that with inspiration and advice, the creatively minded can take their quilting projects beyond what even they had imagined. That is why inspiration is central to everything we do. The leading authors in quilting choose to publish with AQS; the best in quilt artistry select AQS events to display their work; the newest quilters learn from the knowledge and inspiration of AQS members.

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