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The American Quilter’s Society show is underway in Paducah this week. The quilt show kicked off last night as the group named winners in all of its categories.

Miriam Coffey of Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, has been coming to the show for a decade and entered her first quilt winning first place in the modern category.

If you're loving the quilt patterns that seem to be showing up on buildings here and there throughout the region lately, we find out more about their genesis with Judi Little of Murray on Sounds Good.  She also describes her new booklet, Barn Quilt Trail of Calloway County and the push behind the Tumblr blog, which chronicles quilt pattern sightings around the area like the one above.

There's lots of traffic in Paducah because 2014's American Quilters Society Quilt Week is underway through Saturday. Winners were announced Wednesday night and you can see these remarkable works of art at Bonnie Browning is the Executive Show Director, and has been for many years, as well as being a quilter and author in her own right. She and Kate Lochte outline the attractions and logistics for visitors on Sounds Good.

Lance Dennee

The 30th anniversary American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show and Contest Best of Show goes to Ted Storm, a quilter from the Netherlands.  Meredith Schroeder, President of the American Quilter’s Society, was  complimentary of Storm's work.   

It's that time of year! The birds are singing, the flowers are (sort of) blooming, and... the quilters are coming! We have so many wonderful underwriters that take part in the Paducah QuiltWeek festivities, and today we thank the American Quilter's Society, The National Quilt Museum, and the Yeiser Art Center for bringing great works of art to the region and sharing in their support of WKMS. 

Organizers Unpacking for Paducah Quilt Week

Apr 18, 2014
American Quilter's Society, Facebook

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.

Kate Lochte meets Judy Schwender of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah to learn more about the exhibit of Civil War Era Quilts. This exhibit is open through October 8, featuring quilts made while the nation was being torn apart, from Arlan and Pat Christ's collection. Schwender talks about a few of the stand-outs, including quilts made by men of the Civil War era, and also how quilt-making has become popular in modern Japan.

Today on Sounds Good, we went live to the American Quilters Society Quilt Show and Contest in Paducah. Kate Lochte speaks with Tim Langlitz, marketing director of the Society, at the Expo and Convention Center in Paducah on opening day. They talk about how the quilt show got started, how men are defying the quilting stereotype, and some of the week's highlights. Click here for more about the Quilt Show.

We've met Jenny Bowker, wife of the former Australian Ambassador to Egypt, who initiated introducing Egyptian craftsmen's quilts to the world. We've spoken with Meredith Schroeder who co-founded the American Quilters Society and this year is being inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame. Today, Kate Lochte brings an interview with the person who directs and organizes the American Quilters Society Show and Contest, which starts Wednesday at the Convention Center in Paducah. She opened by asking Bonnie Browning how many "hats" she actually wears in her work.

Starting out with husband Bill as a publisher of books on collectibles, Meredith Schroeder co-founded the American Quilter's Society or AQS, and this year she is being inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame. They simply thought that quilts should be recognized as art. This notion changed both their business and their city. In late March Kate Lochte spoke with Meredith Schroeder to learn more.