Thursday, April 28, 2016

Paducah Quilt Show

I've been gone more than I've been home the last couple of weeks.  The AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, is always fun.  I usually go on our guild's bus trip.  While I love looking at the quilts and vendors at the show, I think my favorite part of the trip is walking around town to see all of the sites and other quilters out and about town.

My roommate Elizabeth and I walked 3 miles or more each day we were there.  On the day our group went to the quilt show, she and I walked down to the Ohio River to watch the boats and relax by the river. 

The flood walls are decorated with beautiful artwork.  

Here is a close up of one of the sections.  It looks like you could walk right down that street.

The best part of the quilt show is the people that you meet.  When we stopped at Hancocks of Paducah on Friday night to shop, I looked up and straight in front of me was Kevin from Kevin the Quilter blog.  Of course, I yelled his name.  I am a big fan of his blog, and I'd have known him anywhere.  I love seeing his quilts, reading about his family, and seeing his new home.  We had some time to chat a bit before my bus left and the store closed.  I'm glad Kevin thought to take our photo that night. 

Here are a couple of photos from Hancocks.  I think with our 2  buses, there were around 100 people, and the parking lot was packed with cars so there were lots of shoppers in there.
The amount of fabric in there is just mind boggling.  With all of the fabric and people, it is a bit overwhelming.  I did manage to make a little purchase though.....

We walked over to the Hexie House on Friday -home of Paper Pieces.  

This gorgeous Millefiori quilt hung on the wall there.

This wall hanging had lots and lots of tiny pieces.

This quilt looks like an antique, but I'm not sure it was.  I think it is a replica of an antique using 30s fabrics.  Love that hexie layout.  What am I saying?  I love anything with hexagons.  

This one is hanging by the check out counter.  It is from the Jaynette Huff book Quilts from Grandmother's Garden.  That is a good hexie book to have on your shelf.

I'm really drawn to those hexagons!

Here I am with Karen Styles    I love her quilts.  She was here from Australia.  Check out her patterns at this link.  

Of course we were in the Paper Pieces booth.  This oval hexagon quilt was hanging over the counter.  

Here is John Flynn demonstrating his rail system for machine quilting.  I stop and look at every show, and one of these days I'm going to buy one.  

If you don't want to walk around Paducah, there are all different modes of transportation.  Here is one of several horse drawn carriages.

We didn't see Eleanor Burns, but here is a photo taken in her Quilt in a Day shop.

This is a photo from the Finkel Building.  Way in the back is the Primitive Gatherings booth.  If you've never been to Paducah during the quilt show, there is a lot there to see and do.  There are also lots of goodies to buy.  I'll show you some of that and some of the quilts in my next post.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today. 
 Thanks for stopping by for a visit!


  1. I went last year and it was great. The bus trip is too long from Buffalo- over 15 hours- and I don't think I could ride that again. Thanks for the photos reminding me of last year!

  2. Hello LuAnn So many lovely photos, the quilts are beautiful. Glad you had a good time.

  3. How fun that you spotted Kevin!
    Looks like a really great time.
    Can't wait to see your loot! : )

  4. so funny, I met Kevin there last year! I hope to go next year.

  5. You have been on some wonderful quilting trips lately. I am a little envious.
    I wish we had a guild bus to go to Paducah. Traveling with friends is the best part.

  6. Yea, that you got to go to Paducah. Looks like you had fun everywhere, I can't imagine trying to shop at Hancock's with so many people. I would be in total overdrive and over load. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful pics. Can't wait to see more.

  7. What a fun trip. So much going on! Hope you found plenty of inspiration to keep you sewing until next time.

  8. That looks like so much fun! Now that I've moved south, I think Paducah is only 230 miles away...definitely on my bucket list for next year!! I know you saw lots to motivate and delight you!

  9. Thanks for sharing the pictures from Paducah! Brings back so many good memories. Looking forward to the next post, too. :-)

  10. Someone is going to have to nail your shoes to the floor to keep you at home. How wonderful that you had the opportunity to go to the Paducah show. I have never been. I was to the museum a long time ago and took a three day class. I have been invited to the show a few times to go along with quilter friends but something always was in the way of me saying yes. And now I could not take the pain in my back to do all that walking.

  11. LuAnn, you have been a traveling Lady! Love each and every picture!
    Someday I hope to get to Paducah even if it is not during the show - just to see the city and shop for fabric and paper pieces!

    Thank you for taking the time to upload and post all those nice pictures.


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