Spring Paducah 2018 | Sanctioned Events

April 18–21, 2018 • Wed.–Fri., 9am–6pm, Sat., 9am–4pm
Schroeder Expo Center • 415 Park Street, Paducah, KY 42001
30th Annual Rotary Antique Quilt Show and Vendor Mall

Rotary Club of Paducah
Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Robert Cherry Civic Center
2701 Park Ave., Paducah, KY 42001

Visit the Rotary Antique Quilt Show as many times as you want during AQS QuiltWeek.

Retail: $7 for a multi-day pass purchased through AQS advance registration or at the door. The 30th Annual Rotary Antique Quilt Show features Southern Splendor, curated by Mary Kerr. The South has a rich tradition of unique quilts, colors, and quilting styles. This exhibit showcases antique quilts from the region that celebrate the soothing voices of our Southern history. The Merchant Mall features popular quilting vendors. Enter to win a 30th Anniversary quilt! For up-to- date exhibit information, visit rotaryquiltshow.com.

About the Rotary Antique Quilt Show
At the request of Paducah’s AQS Quilt Show founders, Bill and Meredith Schroeder, the Rotary Club of Paducah embarked on their first Antique Quilt Show and Sale in April 1989. The annual show is now an official sanctioned event of AQS QuiltWeek. The Rotary Antique Quilt Show offers some of the world’s most beautiful quilts, each year featuring various themed quilts. In addition, the show offers a Merchant Mall with world-renowned vendors.

Proceeds = Scholarships

Proceeds from this show provide college scholarships annually for local students through the Rotary Education Assistance Program (REAP). In 2010, the Rotary Club of Paducah initiated the idea of the Community Scholarship Program as a public-private partnership with strong participation from Rotary, the City of Paducah, McCracken County Fiscal Court, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, and a number of local businesses, along with Paducah Junior College, Inc. and partnering high schools. The intent of this scholarship is to provide gap funding to assist students in attaining a two-year degree or industry certification at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

The National Quilt Museum

The National Quilt Museum
QuiltWeek Extended Hours (See Below)
215 Jefferson Street, Paducah, KY 42001

Visit The National Quilt Museum as many times as you want during AQS QuiltWeek.

View the April 2018 Schedule

Retail: $12 for a multi-day pass purchased through AQS (advance registration only)
If purchased at The National Quilt Museum during the show:
Retail: $15 for a multi-day pass, $12 daily admission at the door


The National Quilt Museum will feature three exciting exhibits during AQS QuiltWeek – Spring Paducah, Kentucky 2018. The following exhibits will be featured:

  • New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Bow Tie: This exhibit features the best of the Museum’s annual contest “New Quilts from an Old Favorite.” This year, artists created modern adaptations of the quilt block Bow Tie.
  • Japanese Quiltartists who Have Influenced the World: This very special exhibit features over 30 works from some of the most respected and admired Japanese quilters. This exhibit will only be shown at The National Quilt Museum, so it is a must see!
  • “Personal Horizons” by textile artist Regina Benson: This exhibit draws together seven dimensional art quilts that introduce the viewer to Benson’s signature surface design techniques and a variety of sculptural wall presentations chosen to dramatize her subjects.

Special Demonstrations: Paper Pieces will be demonstrating English Paper Piecing in the Museum’s lobby from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day during the show. English Paper Piecing is a timeless quilting method that can be taken with you anywhere. Come see Lisa Even demonstrate the versatility and simplicity of this method, which dates back to the early 1700s.

BIG NEWS: 24-HOUR MUSEUM! The Museum is staying open ALL NIGHT on Wednesday, April 18. The Museum will be open from 8:00 a.m. Wednesday through 6:00 p.m. Thursday. NQM will provide a van going back and forth from the AQS Shuttle Stop at the Convention Center to
the Museum during show hours.

Hungry? Your favorite Paducah deli, Kirchoff’s Deli & Bakery, will offer lunch Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Museum’s atrium.

NQM Hours:
Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 8:00 a.m. Starts 24-hour museum.
Thursday: Still open from Wednesday. Closes at 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Live Auction Preview

Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1st Floor Convention Center Hallway
Check out the live auction items in the Convention Center Hallway. This is your opportunity to view all of the items that will be auctioned Thursday evening up-close.

Live Quilt Auction Benefit

Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Eisenhower Room

Quilts, quilts, and more quilts! The Live Auction is Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This is your opportunity to bid on beautiful quilts as well as a wide range of other sewing and quilting items. Over 60 items will be in the auction. The Live Auction is the premier event to find the perfect quilt for any location and any occasion!

Silent Auction

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
1st Floor Convention Center Hallway
The National Quilt Museum Silent Quilt Auction will be held on Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the 1st Floor Convention Center Hallway. Bid on quilts, fabric, books, notions, and more. The popular “Buy it Now” option will be offered again this year.

George and Virginia Siciliano Quilting Demonstrations

Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The National Quilt Museum
George and Virginia are the only husband and wife to both have quilts in The National Quilt Museum Collection. Meet them in person and take in some excellent demonstrations during QuiltWeek.

PADUCKY DERBY – Merryman House

Saturday: 3:00 p.m.
Noble Park Lake
2801 Park Ave.
Paducah, KY 42001

Click here to adopt a duck.

The 4th annual PADUCKY DERBY will feature 10,000 rubber ducks racing in support of the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center and its mission of Saving, Building, and Changing the lives of domestic violence survivors. The PADUCKY DERBY is a great way for people of all ages and areas to get involved in a worthy cause! Donors from all over the globe adopt ducks for a chance to win one of three cash prizes! Adopt one duck for $5, or adopt a Quack Pack of 6 ducks for $25. The PADUCKY DERBY is the signature fundraising event for the Merryman House Domestic Crisis
Center – a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to saving, building, and changing the lives of domestic violence survivors. The organization relies on federal, state, and local grants, as well as individual donors and private foundations. The Merryman House operates a 24-hour, 24-bed emergency shelter for men, women, and children, as well as four outreach offices that support survivors of domestic violence on their road to recovery. The organization provides a 24-hour crisis line, ongoing case management, and economic empowerment and housing stabilization services to more than 750 clients per year. Funds raised from the PADUCKY DERBY support these services and the annual operations of the organization as a whole. Look for the PADUCKY DERBY booth in the lobby of the Convention Center at the show to adopt your ducks.

Fantastic Fibers 2018 – Yeiser Art Center

(in the historic 1905 Market House)QuiltWeek Extended Hours (See Below)

Yeiser Art Center
200 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001

Visit Fantastic Fibers 2018 – Yeiser Art Center as many times as you want during AQS QuiltWeek.
Retail: $5 for a multi-day pass purchased through AQS advanced registration or at-the- door. Internationally recognized juried fiber art exhibition features a compelling mix of traditional and nontraditional works created using natural or synthetic fibers, or works dealing with the theme of fiber, in an array of processes including quilting, weaving, embroidery, basketry and more. One of Yeiser’s most engaging, innovative and colorful annual exhibitions, Fantastic Fibers is an inspirational “must see” for quilters, artists and art enthusiasts.


Tuesday – Saturday, April 17 – 22, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.