Bill and Meredith Schroeder founded the American Quilter’s Society and brought the quilt show to Paducah, KY in 1985. The expo center next to the Julian Carroll Convention Center was named the Bill and Meredith Schroeder Expo Center on August 18, 2016.
A deep love of quilting, quilters, and the desire to share their love of art began 31 years ago with the formation of American Quilter’s Society. Today, AQS is the largest quilting membership organization in the world with two shows in Paducah each year.
Bill and Meredith say it’s mostly been a lot of fun. “I just say it’s a great time to have a quilt show. I don’t think about that we’re the least bit responsible. It takes everybody. It’s not just two people,” Meredith said.
Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler made the decision to make the change to the Bill and Meredith Schroeder Expo Center because without the quilt show, the center might not exist. “This was built for that wonderful event that we have here in Paducah,” Kaler said. “It put us on the map.” The decision came after the announcement of a second quilt show.
The Schroeders are excited to have a building named after them, but they want their legacy to extend beyond the convention center, “I just hope Paducah will continue to grow as an art center,” Bill said.
Thank you Bill and Meredith – We love you and appreciate all the work you’ve done to celebrate quilters and their art.