National Quilt Museum

Allison Crawford

Life on the island of Caohagan in the Philippines is beautiful and simple. Japanese book publisher Sakiyama Katsuhiko discovered this when planted himself on the 13 acre island nearly 25 years ago. 

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Caohagan is a 13 acre island in the south Philippines, 10 degrees above the equator. When quilting was introduced to the island, the inhabitants were able to increase their standard of living significantly. Their colorful quilts became increasingly popular worldwide and several are on display at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with curator Judy Schwender about the exhibit, "A Small Miracle of a Southern Island: Quilts of Caohagan" on display through October 13.

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The Kentucky Arts Council has warned arts organizations that receive Kentucky Arts Partnership grants to expect substantial cuts in financial support.

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. 

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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.

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LowerTown's Caryl Bryer Fallert celebrates 30 years of making innovative quilts by creating 30 new works for the exhibit opening with a reception this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the National Quilt Museum.  We meet the artist during Sounds Good. Her exhibit is titled "Thirty Quilts for Thirty Years" and includes thirty luminous art quilts created just for this exhibit by the Elgin, Illinois native and LowerTown resident. 

Readers of AAA Midwest Traveler have voted Paducah as the best day trip from Evansville, Indiana. The annual poll gives readers the opportunity to name top destinations from metropolitan areas in the Midwest. Paducah received word earlier this month and sent an award plaque to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The award was completely reader-driven. Midwest Traveler highlighted Paducah’s arts district and attractions like the National Quilt Museum and National Heritage Museum as reasons for the honor.

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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.

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U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin brought day two of his campaign announcement tour to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah Thursday.

The Louisville businessman was born in Colorado and raised in New Hampshire. Bevin is hoping to unseat U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in next May’s Republican primary.