May 14, 2019 at 11:12 AM CDT
Updated May 14 at 1:15 PM
PADUCAH, KY (Heartland News at 9) - The American Quilter’s Society reported on Tuesday, May 14 that the 2019 Spring QuiltWeek Show generated an economic impact of $25.5 million.
QuiltWeek 2019 drew crowds of 31,000 quilting enthusiasts from 47 states and 11 countries, doubling the population of the town, selling out hotels in the region and supporting the area’s many restaurants and shops.
Paducah, known as Quilt City USA, has hosted Spring AQS QuiltWeek for the past 35 years. The Spring QuiltWeek was so successful the society launched a second QuiltWeek in Paducah in 2017, which is held in the fall.
AQS is planning a special anniversary celebration during the upcoming Fall Paducah QuiltWeek Show that will include the world’s largest quilt cake created by Carlo’s Bakery from the TLC show “Cake Boss.”
The American Quilter’s Society was founded by Meredith and Bill Schroeder in 1984 after seeing the enthusiasm for quilting across the country. In addition, the society founded the National Quilt Museum, created the mural program on the city’s flood wall and provided funding for classrooms at the Paducah School of Art and Design.