So last week I was lucky enough to attend the AQS Quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky. This was my fifth trip to this show. Out of the so called "big" shows, besides Paducah, I've attended the Road to California and the Chicago Show. I hope to hit the show in Houston this fall.
The Paducah show is by far my favorite, for several reasons. The one thing that I like best about the Paducah show, is the thing that appeals least to other folks I know. When it's show week the town of Paducah is in quilt mode. The Chicago and California shows are nice, but everything is in one convention center. Once you leave the convention center, the quilt show is over. In Paducah, there are vendors and events all over town. The Rotary Club has an antique quilt show with vendors, there are vendors at the mall, all the shops in downtown Paducah decorate their windows with quilts and Eleanor Burns has classes and a tent sale at the fair grounds. I like getting out and about Paducah, I have friends that prefer staying at one venue.
Every restaurant, every hotel, and every place you go, you are surrounded by the nicest quilters in the world. Even if you go to the show by yourself, you don't feel alone. It's just the best, most friendly atmosphere. One gigantic sisterhood of quilters, I love it.
Another thing I like about the show in Paducah is the variety of quilts on display. There are quilts for every type of quilter, regardless of your quilting interest.
I'm not one to take a picture of every quilt at a show, just the ones that appeal to me for a specific reason.
So first up....
I think this quilt won the Bernina Workmanship Award. It was stunning, every little detail was perfect. The thing that really caught my eye was that I have some of this fabric, it never occurred to me to use it for anything like this.
A snails trail quilt is on my Sometime To Do List . . .
I'm partial to medallion quilts, even though I've already made one,
I'm thinking about doing something with hexagons,
Even though I would love to try applique, I'm not sure I'll ever be able to make the border on this quilt,
the fabric is shirtings. This picture does not do this border justice.
This is a log cabin block,
I own this pattern,
This quilt looked very familiar to me,
Because I've made it!
This is my quilt # 37!
I like seeing a quilt similar to what I've made on display in the show. Who knows, maybe one of my quilts will make it in someday. But more than that, it's nice to know that the folks who pick the quilts for the show value good piecing and quilting, that's it's not all about creating your own design.
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So that's it for the quilt show pictures,
next up...what I bought at the show! (Sherri C, I spent more $ at this show!)
Have a wonderful weekend.