The Quilt Show in Paducah was a Zoo!

by Mary Beth Krapil

Springtime in Paducah means one thing.  AQS Quilt Week! Quilts! Classes! Shopping! Food! Quilty friends! Paducah is know as the mecca for quilters. And they come in droves.

This year Paducah was a zoo!

I’m talking about the quilts on display. As I walked through, enjoying all the quilts, I noticed there were several animals looking back at me. Let me take  you to the zoo.

First up, is the winner of the Best Wall Quilt ribbon.

Endangered – The Lemur’s Tail by Maria Ferri Cousins and SB Walsh of Great River, NY


Another award winner took the Best Wall Movable Machine Workmanship ribbon, sponsored by Handi Quilter. There are several animals hidden in this quilt. Can you spy the mouse?

detail of I Spy a Mouse

I Spy a Mouse by Cristina Arcenegui Bono of Alcala de Guadaira, Spain

And so my journey through the zoo began. You’ll spy some more of them are sporting ribbons too!


My Feathered Friends by Laura Ruiz of Malabar, FL


Ally’s Apps by Pauline Salzman of Gulfport, FL


Here’s Lookin’ at You by Wendy Knight of El Cajon, CA


Flora and Feline by Karen Ponischil of Charlotte, NC


Daddy’s Boy by Kay Donges of Suches, GA


Just Another Day in Turtle Bay by Carol Aittaniemi of East Sandwich, MA


LaBelle Nell by Ann Peterson of Olga Washington


Gossip Girls by Mary Arnold of Vancouver, WA


Gentle Soul by Lise Belanger of Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, Canada


Sailing Under Watchful Eyes by Suzette Coppage ofBel Air, MD


OR-7 by Christina McCann of Depoe Bay, OR


Patagonian High by Barbara Barrick McKie of Lyme, CT


A Conjugal Crane Flying into the Rising Sun by Keiko Morita of Toyama, Toyama, Japan


Saw Whet Owl by Yvette Sullivan of Lasalle, Ontario, Canada


Potpourri by Adele Niblack of Manchester, MO


Great Blue Heron by Kathy Koch and Allison Payette


Toco Toucan by Becky Billman of St Joseph, IL


Majestic Flight by Joanne Baeth of Bonanza, OR


A Lot to Crow About by Kathleen Melikian of Fresno, CA


Coral Paradise by Mutsuko and 11 Friends of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


Deceptive Markings by Sue de Vanny of Greenvale, Victoria, Australia


Bee in Lavender by Karen Duling of Laingsburg, MI


Dazzle by Linda Sullivan of Palms Springs, CA


detail of Spells and Potions by Pam Hadfield of Laguna Niguel, CA quilted by Heidi Stagno


Quilted fish and fowl and beasts galore! Even insects joined the parade. It was a great day at the zoo!