A thriving fiber arts community and the National Quilt Museum are what anchor the city of Paducah. Inspiration is found everywhere and creativity is the common thread connecting travelers from all over the world to Paducah, making it the perfect setting for the American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek®.
The American Quilter’s Society is the “largest quilting membership organization in the world. For more than 30 years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting inspiration and advice.” AQS believes inspiration and advice can help creative individuals take quilting projects beyond their imagination.
Every year (twice beginning in 2017), Paducah prepares for the unimaginable by welcoming fiber artists and quilt lovers alike from all over the world. The week is full of quilt-related events, exhibits, classes, lectures, a vendor mall, and Quilt Man. It’s not just quilters who are involved, but the entire community takes part in the form of window displays and church dinners.
Since it is a creative city, it only makes sense Paducah was designated by UNESCO as the world’s seventh City of Crafts & Folk Art in 2013. “The UNESCO Creative Cities Network comprises 116 member cities in 54 countries designated in seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.”[Photos: Map Dot, Kentucky]