Will quilters come to second Paducah show?
Has Paducah’s AQS QuiltWeek in the spring grown large enough to support a second show in the fall? That’s the big question among quilters and vendors at this year’s show, as the American Quilter’s Society announces a fall show for 2017.
Tens of thousands of people pour through the doors of Paducah’s Convention Center every April, including Paula Fuller and Vicki Burgess. The sisters love the art of quilting.
"I just love the ideas and the patterns, the techniques," Paula, from Crossville, Tennessee, told Local 6. "I like to see what other people can do. It’s inspirational."
For eight years, they’ve come to AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah. It’s people like them that drive the machine that is Paducah’s spring quilt show.
"As a vendor, you need the people," Sue Kleinschmidt explained. "I mean, that’s what sells your product."
Kleinschmidt says there’s plenty of people here now. That’s why her employer, Gammill Quilting Systems, is represented here. But will that be the same story for a fall show?
"I don’t know if it’s going to kind of water down the wow factor, the bucket list of going to Paducah," Kleinschmidt said.
Paula and Vicki say they’ll probably attend. Vicki lives in Paducah, which gives Paula even more reason to drive the four hours for the show. They do wonder about others who live much farther away.
"I don’t see how they can put on a show this big two times in one year," Paula said. "When there are other quilt shows in other states that people want to go to."
"I hope it does work. I really, really do," Vicki said. "Because I love it."
At this point, the two say it’s "wait and see" and finding out the answer to a big question. "They’ve been here, so is it going to be different, that much more different, if they come back?" Vicki asked.
AQS Chairman Bonnie Browning says there will be several differences between the spring and fall shows.
The two biggest:
- The same quilts cannot be entered in both shows. So, you won’t see repeats.
- There will not be purchase awards for the fall show. In the spring, if you accept the cash prize, you don’t keep your quilt. In the fall, you get the cash and your quilt.
To learn more about AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, click here.
To learn more about how the spring and fall QuiltWeeks will work, click here.