Date of release: April 24, 2019
Residents of Paducah are invited to participate in a community quilt “hang out” on Friday, April 26 by hanging their favorite quilts outdoors in celebration of 55 years of Paducah’s lighted Dogwood Trail and 35 years of American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek.
Mary Hammond, Executive Director of the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau, envisioned this celebration after seeing a similar “hang out” that takes place annually in Newfoundland. The Paducah CVB collaborated with the Paducah Civic Beautification Board to get the word out to homeowners along the Dogwood Trail route but hopes to see the celebration go community-wide.
“Quilting is part of the cultural fabric of Paducah and an important grassroots American artform,” she says. “Beauty and utility come together when you combine fabric, stitches and patterns. The ‘hang out’ is a grassroots way for the community to get involved and create something beautiful together.”
To display a quilt or quilts, residents are encouraged to use an old-fashioned clothesline – just two poles, a line and clothespins – or a lawn chair, ladder or porch swing.