Quilts are no longer relegated to the role of just being bed coverings, but are appreciated as works of art in and of themselves. "It's pretty broad, from the extreme fine arts world to the grassroots," says Ricky Tims, one of the world's top fiber artists. The art form celebrates Quilt Week, one of its biggest annual events, April 23-26 in Paducah, Ky. Tims shares favorite places to see this "soft art" with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.
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National Quilt Museum
Even when this city isn't celebrating Quilt Week, visitors can get a fabric fix at this museum, which has what may be the world's top quilt displays, Tims says. It's one of the reasons Paducah won the honor of being named a UNESCO Creative City. "You feel as if you've walked into a cathedral and your hat should be off. You're absolutely in awe of the work that's exhibited there." 270-442-8856; quiltmuseum.org