More than 10,000 quilts have been displayed in Paducah and more than $2.5 million in cash prizes have been awarded during the American Quilter's Society's shows that are in their third decade in 2014. The Paducah McCracken County Convention and Expo Center is the epicenter of the AQS Quilt Week activities that start with an awards preview next Tuesday (April 22) then show opening Wednesday, continuing through Saturday. American Quilter's Society co-founder Meredith Schroeder is at the Expo Center helping to unpack quilts for judging over the weekend and Kate Lochte speaks with her on Sounds Good.
Meredith Schroeder co-founded the American Quilter's Society with her husband Bill in 1984 and it bloomed into a giant economic development factor for Paducah, not only bringing tens of thousands of visitors to the annual quilt shows offering hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes, but also establishing the National Quilt Museum - an anchor for riverfront tourism.
More about next week's activities at aqsshows.com.