AQS QuiltWeek quilters show they’re tech savvy

The 32nd annual AQS QuiltWeek is going on now in Paducah, and among all the quilts are the quilters. They’re using 21st century gadgets like their camera phones to save snapshots of a craft dating back centuries.

It’s a way to make friends who can’t be here a little jealous, or that’s what Debbie Breer from Kansas thinks.

“All my girlfriends who can’t come are going to get pictures,” Breer said.

Breer saves the pictures to help with her ideas for future projects.

Konnie Arnemann and Wendy Wells from Florida remember the old way of taking photos. This is their 15th quilt show.

“We used to bring the cameras with the film, you know? And then you had to get it developed.  Then I’d have this big stack of pictures, and what do you do with them now, you know?,” Well said.

Cameras with film are a lot different than how we take pictures now. Anna Christina from Brazil used a selfie stick to help her take pictures Wednesday.

Kristin Vieirra and Peggy Kragnes say technology makes finding out what’s going on a lot easier.

“I will take a picture of a quilt and say, ‘I really love this technique’ or ‘this teacher is awesome you should come check this out or go take the class’,” Vieirra said.

Quilters are not only using new technology to create posts, but to make quilts as well. Some of the latest sewing machines, like the EPIC, have a screen attached that work similar to an iPad.

Marilyn Hoenie, who sells the EPIC, says it makes quilting a whole lot easier.

“You can actually touch the button and say, oh ‘How do I put in a zipper?’ and it will give you a tutorial or video on how to do it,” Hoenie said. 

Technology is involved when it comes to quilters getting here, too. Some quilters used social media to find ride shares to get to Paducah.

The convention center’s marketing director also tells me a majority of the registration is done online

Quilters are also booking stays online using traditional hotel sites and new ones, like Airbnb that uses local hosts.

The quilt show runs through Saturday.

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