Quilt museum in Paducah 'has something that appeals to everyone'

Monday, June 25, 2012

PADUCAH, Ky. -- Some might think that the National Quilt Museum in Paducah would only appeal to those interested in quilting. However, upon visiting, they may have a new perspective.

"(The museum) has something that appeals to everyone," said Frank Bennett, CEO of the Quilt Museum. "People don't realize what can be done with fabric."

According to Bennett, approximately 40,000 visitors from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries come to the museum every year. "(The museum) is the largest quilt and fiber art museum in the world," he said.

The museum has three galleries: one displaying the quilts that the museum owns, and two other traveling exhibits.

One of the quilts in the museum's gallery is called "Space Quilt." This quilt, by Pat Holly and Sue Nickels of Ann Arbor, Mich., details America's space program, including the famous Apollo 11 mission.

Among the traveling exhibits is "The Exquisite Stitch: 200 Years of Hand Quilting." This exhibit features quilts made exclusively by hand, and features various artists. One artist was six foot-six inches tall and "had hands like a linebacker," said Bennett, but still managed to make an amazing piece of art.

Another exhibit is part of a international contest offered by the Quilt Museum, "New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2012: Baskets and Antique Basket Quilts." The only stipulation for the contest was that quilts must feature a basket in some way. All 18 finalists' quilts are featured at the museum.

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