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Tue
19
Aug '14

Upcoming Wisconsin Quilt Shows

I am looking forward to attending the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin as it keeps getting bigger and better each year. This year’s show is from Sept 4th to the 6th at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. If you are new to the Madison Quilt Expo, you can see photos and my story on past Wisconsin Quilt Expo Shows here to get an idea of what it is like. At the bottom of the page are links to more pages from other years.

I’ll have some photos and a report here later.

A smaller show later in the month that I hoped to attend but had conflicting travel wanna-bes is the Northern Lights Quilting Guild Show in Ironwood, Michigan just over the border from Hurley, Wisconsin. It is a one day show held on September 20th. As a bonus you might catch some early fall color at one of our favorite fall spots – Black River Harbor Scenic Area – located about 15 miles north of Ironwood.

Rainbow Falls at Black River Scenic Recreation Area

If you are looking for a quilt show to attend this fall check our Quilt Show Calendar for some good ideas.

Jo.

Sun
10
Mar '13

Quilt Shows 2013

Quilt Show Review for 2013

Each years starting in November I start to get information for our Quilt Show Calendar on quilting shows and events for the coming year. So I get first look at a number of interesting shows and  naturally start planning which ones I might be able to attend.

Azalea Quilt Show, Tyler Texas

Last year on our spring trip I caught the Azalea Quilt Show in Tyler, Texas which I especially enjoyed since it occurs the same time as Tyler’s Azalea Festival. While we were down there we also caught in nearby Rusk, Texas a ride on the Texas Railroad’s Steam Train excursion that runs back and forth between Rusk and Palatine. If you catch it right the dogwoods are in bloom along the railroad trail. This year due to Ross’s knee surgery I’ve had to stay close to home this spring, but he should be mobile enough to go to the big Paducah Quilt Show in late April. The remodeling of the Convention & Expo Center is now completed. The inflatable “Paducah Pavilion” pressed into service a few years ago when the convention/expo center lost space due to construction and then a flood will continue to be used. So the show should have more square feet of exhibit and show space than they have had for several years. Here’s the AQS Show Website for more info. If you’ve never been to Paducah before we have several pages in our Paducah Quilt Show section on our QP website that show scenes from the shows and some of the other interesting things to see and do while you are in Paducah.

I’ve also got my eye on the Prairie Heritage Quilt Show in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. It is April 7 – 9th and is getting bigger every year. Another one I’ve been to in the past and hope to attend this year is the Quiltfest on the Mississppi Show in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. That show is May 18 – 19th. I see the Minnesota Quilters are doing their show this year in Duluth, Minnesota, one of our favorite cities to visit. That show is happening June 13 – 15th and I expect Ross and I will attend. There’s also a chance I might catch the Vermont Quilt Festival in Essex Junction, Vermont (near Burlington). A few years ago we profiled the Vermont Quilt Show in our QuiltingPathways travel pages. While we were there we enjoyed a side trip to visit the Shelburne Museum and its quilting exhibits in Shelburne, Vermont. The Vermont show is always the last weekend in June.

At the 2011 Wisconsin Quilt Expo I exhibited a heritage quilt I created from old blocks from the 1930s we found in my Mom's attic.

Moving towards Fall I’ll definitely be catching the Madison Quilt Expo, September 5 -7,  in Madison, Wisconsin. This is becoming one of the biggest annual shows in the upper midwest. I have some photos and info in the blog from the 2012 Quilt Expo and more info and links on the Madison Quilt Show in our regular QuiltingPathways pages. I’ve been invited to attend the Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild show in Hoffman Estates, Illinois later on in September. It sounds like an interesting event so I hope my schedule allows me to attend. Many of the annual shows that host their events in fall or early winter have yet to contact me or publicize their 2013 schedule so I (as well as others) won’t be able to make my plans until later. All of these events that I’ve just mentioned, as well as perhaps hundreds more are listed, with contact information, on our Quilt Show Calendar. So go there for more details and links.

A reminder to Quilt Show planners, send me your updated event information – quiltingpathways@gmail.com. Also try to find a place on your quild or event website to put a link back to QuiltingPathways.com  . . . because the more people who find their way to our website the more people learn about your events. What goes around comes around.

Maybe see you at a show this year. Happy Quilting and Traveling.

Jo

Tue
17
Jan '17

Paducah Quilt Show 2017

2017 AQS Paducah Quilt Show – Quilt Week begins April 23rd

Downtown Paducah gets all decked out to welcome Quilters to town.

Traditionally the official AQS Quilt Show doesn’t begin until Wednesday of Quilt Week. But the city and quilting related organizations usually have other fun and interesting activities leading up to the official show opening, creating a Quilting and Fiber Arts Festival with the AQS Show as a centerpiece. In the past around 30,000  quilting fanatics come into town for this big event.

If you’ve never before been to “Paducah” here’s our main Paducah Quilt Show and Festival page with pictures, information and links to past blog posts on the show, plus info on other events and attractions around town.

In recent years the AQS has expanded their Quilt Week shows beyond the Spring Paducah show and now even do a Fall Paducah Show. I think this is unfortunate because it may be having the result of diminishing the traditional Paducah show which for quilters has been like the annual convention for quilters across the country (and world for that matter). The annual beginning of the year question often asked among quilters is “Are you going to Paducah this year?” But now AQS wants you to ask “are you going to Daytona, or going to  Lancaster, or going to Grand Rapids, or going to Des Moines, or going to Paducah in the Fall”  as they are now sponsoring 6 Quilt Week Shows!! But I suspect for quilters, there is only the granddaddy show – the April  Paducah show and its festival atmosphere.

Scenes from the 2017 Paducah Quilt Show

Go there early to be able to shop at Hancocks huge Fabric Warehouse Store

So many fabrics, so little time! Must be a mile of fabric aisles.

 

Also some other fiber arts vendors among the hundreds of Quilting Supply Vendors

Can get pretty crowded shopping for bargains in the vendor areas.

 

Claudia Myers and Marilyn Badger of Duluth, MN took first place in Large Quilts-Movable Machine Category.

Claudia Myers of Duluth, MN also showed this whimsical quilt. Follow the flying wedges. Lots of fun.

 

Quilt Man was on hand to greet and entertain arrivals to the show.

Quilters and Exhibitors from all over the World. This winner in Hand Crafted Quilts by Setsuko Matsumura from Shiga, Shiga Japan.

One thing I missed about the 2017 show is that it was held so late in the month the Dogwoods had already finished blooming. But the 2018 Paducah AQS Quilt Show is being held earlier (April 18 – 21st) so if you arrive a day or two early be sure to tour the Dogwood Trail. And if you or your spouse is a golfer, check out our reviews of Paducah Area Golf Courses.

Jo

Fri
10
Jul '15

Quilt Expo 2015

Advance Registration – Quilt Expo 2015 Madison, Wisconsin

Just received my flyer for the 2015 Quilt Expo for early registration. Registering early is important for lectures, workshops and special evening events . . . as there is limited seating for these activities.

This annual event, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman, is growing every year. I see my friend Eileen Daniels is giving a one hour presentation on making quilted items from vintage textiles. One of about 70 lectures available.

In looking over the flyer there’s a couple of classes that look interesting that I might take this year. The Hands-On Workshop English Paper and Hand Piecing will give me a skill that will be handy when we are traveling and I don’t have room to take my machine.

The featured speaker on Thursday Night is one I’d like to attend. It is a presentation by Dr. Clarence Boswell on Pre-Civil War Quilts and their history with the Underground Railroad.

Learn more about the Madison Quilt Expo Here and see scenes from recent years here:

Maybe see you at this year’s show ?

Jo

Tue
23
Sep '14

Wisconsin Quilt Expo 2014

Wisconsin Quilt-Expo – Madison, Wisconsin

Quilters snapping up some Madison Quilt Expo 2014 merchandise

For the past number of years , 6 to be exact, I’ve attended the Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo sponsored by Nancy Zieman and Wisconsin Public Television. This year’s show was bigger and better than prior years. In fact I seem to be saying this every year, so each year is topping the previous year. Bigger in terms of number of quilts on display (over 500), bigger in terms of number of vendors, more classes and workshops, and in terms of number of attendees on opening day – also bigger.

I thought this year I’d be able to attend more than one day of the show, but again our various travel plans interfered with this goal. But I find if I go to a show with “game plan” on what I want to see, I can generally pack everything into one day.

One thing I noticed this year was the number of tools and gadgets being offered to make quilting more fun and easier. So I always advise to include trolling the vendor area as part of your quilt show visit. Another reason to visit the vendor section of the show are sometimes you can get some good deals on supplies. For example, this time I happened to be in the need of threads so one of my necessary stops was at the Superior Threads booth. I left stocking up on fabric material to my friend Sue who did some stocking up. We both laughed about wondering if we will ever get to sew up our accumulated “stash” of fabrics in our lifetimes.

As always we enjoyed looking at so many beautiful quilts. Here is a slide show of some of my favorite winning quilts plus some that I thought should have been winners! (PS If you click on any of the slides, you can see a larger image of the quilt)

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See more general information on Quilt Expo and pictures from earlier shows.

What were your favorites from the show? If you send me some photos I can post them below.

Joanne (Joquilt@gmail.com)

Wed
30
Apr '14

Quilt Week & 2014 Paducah Quilt Show

Report from the 2014 Show

Paducah Quilt Show

The Vendor Area was crowded with people early in the day, looking for bargains like I was

On Wednesday I was at the show’s opening at 9 am. I wanted to get to Hobb’s vendor booth to catch their traditional sale price on wool batting before they were sold out. Took all I could carry back to the motorhome where Ross was waiting for the delivery. The attendance on opening day was as big as I’ve ever seen it. Since AQS now runs several other annual quilt shows & contests I’d wondered if Paducah was getting less popular. But judging from the crowds I encountered on Wednesday and Thursday, I’d say no. There were over 400 quilts entered in the contest from 40 states and 10 foreign countries. So in my estimation Paducah’s Quilt Show remains the “Big Show” and unofficial national quilting convention.

There were so many attractive and expertly done quilts it is very difficult to name favorites. The Art Quilts continue to amaze me with their realism and artistic perfection. Yet there are also many beautiful quilts using more traditional quilting styles. I’ll show a few favorites here.

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Although the Big Show doesn’t open until Wednesday, many quilters come into town early to take advantage of pre-show specials and enjoy some of their favorite Paducah-area places before the crowds.

Patti's Restaurant at the 1881's Settlement is always busy

Pattis Restaurant Paducah

Lots of quilting talk at adjacent tables!

One of the favorite dining spots of quilters and Paducah area visitors is about 25 miles east of Paducah in the quaint little resort town of Grand Rivers, Kentucky. It happens to be our number one favorite place to eat – Patti’s Restaurant in the Grand Rivers 1881 Settlement Complex. We were there Tuesday night and it was apparent the place was jam-packed with quilters as the ratio of female diners to male dinners was easily 10 to 1. If you’ve never been to Patti’s or its companion restaurant – Mr.Bill’s you’ve got to add it to your AQS Quilt Show bucket list. The wait staff are all costumed in late 1800s apparel and exude the traditional southern hospitality and courtesy. The food is truly home-cookin’ good and generous portions. Jo had their grilled Salmon with stir-fried veggies. Patti’s managed to keep the Salmon moist and crumbly. The veggie medley wasn’t overcooked and had lots of variety. The dinner salads were also expertly done and generous portions. Ross had Ella Mae’s special chicken breast topped with thinly sliced black forest ham and swiss cheese. Excellent combination. Ross managed to finish all of his meal and I much of it but both of us almost needed to be rolled out of the place. Unfortunately we didn’t have room for one of Patti’s famous pies.

Liteside Bakery Grand Rivers KY

Bob and Irene's LiteSide Bakery and Cafe

Another favorite dining place in Grand Rivers is Bob and Irene’s Bright Side Café and Bakery. We usually catch a breakfast omelet and a delicious pastry with them but this trip we stopped by for lunch. I had their bison burger with mushrooms and swiss cheese. A mushroom-swiss burger is my benchmark hot sandwhich when we are dining out. Bob’s bison burger served on one of Irene’s specialty buns got top marks. Excellent and big enough that I got to take home part of it for a snack the next day. Ross had the black bean burger also served on Irene’s homemade buns with lettuce and tomato. A decent veggie burger. Bright Side is only open Thursday – Sunday and only for breakfast or lunch. A family owned and run café with a unique and brightly decorated atmosphere.

Eleanor Burn's new location for her Fabric Frenzy and Variety Show

In Paducah I managed to catch Eleanor Burn’s Fabric Frenzy before they officially opened for the Quilt Show. It was in a new location on Jefferson Street and workers were still doing finishing work to get ready for opening day. But despite the work in progress, they were also open for business. Managed to find several Batiques I’d been searching for a certain pattern and at a very attractive price. Don’t know how she does it but Eleanor manages to have good quality fabrics at terrific prices. In the back of the Fabric Freenzy sale space, Eleanor’s crew constructed a combination classroom and mini-auditorium. Big enough for the classroom but only a fraction of the space Eleanor had for her long-running Quilt Week Tent Show. So for the first time in 20 odd years there was an admissions fee and reserved seats to attend the show. (It was packed).

During the show we took a tour of Paducah’s Dogwood Trail. A few years ago many of the trees were damaged in a storm but now most have recovered with new growth. The peak was just a few days before the show, but there were still lots of beautiful blossoms left. You can see some earlier Dogwood Trail pictures here. Below are some pix from this year.

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There are a few more events or activities that don’t have a lot to do with quilting but are worthwhile: Touring Paducah’s Mural Wall and the walking tour of historic homes in the Lower Town Arts District. (The links all go to feature pages on our website with pictures and other information). If you or your partner are golfers, see Ross’s Reviews of Paducah Golf Courses. Here’s a few more links of interest:

Paducah Visitors Bureau
AQS Paducah Quilt Week Paducah

That’s all til next year.

Jo

Tue
15
Apr '14

2014 Paducah Quilt Show

Getting Ready for the Paducah Quilt Show

In 2013, Karen Mommsen of Rice Lake, Wisconsin won 1st place in the Bed Quilts, First Entry category for her "Heartburst" which is unique twist on the classic Bethlehem Star pattern

Well it is about time to leave for the annual Paducah AQS Quilting Show and Convention. The show days for 2014 are April 23 – 26th but we like to show up several days earlier to enjoy other entertainment and attractions the city and the region have to offer . . . before the population of Paducah doubles when the big show officially starts! (PS. After the Show I amended this post with some pictures of some of the winners. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see a link to them. )

We’ll be based at the Canal Park RV Park in Grand Rivers, Kentucky at the edge of the Land Between the Lakes National Park. It is about 20 miles from Paducah and not as convenient as some of the RV parks and campgrounds in and around  Paducah itself, but the campground itself is very attractive and we like the hiking trails in the park (and the nearby LBL) and also enjoy the shops and restuarants in the little town of Grand Rivers, Kentucky. Ross has promised me a belated birthday dinner at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement and I always enjoy going there. One more bonus of the Grand Rivers area are the three nearby golf courses which keep Ross occupied while I get my Paducah Quilt Show fix!

Show Parking.
If you are going to this year’s event, know that they have added Carson Park as a satellite parking area for the show and it is being regularly served by the free Shuttle Buses or Trolleys that provide service between major lodging units on the periphery of town and various quilt show locations in Paducah.

Also if you haven’t got advance reservations for the events, as of this date online reservations are closed. But you can still register in person.

Show Events and Happenings.

Paducah Kentucky Annual National Quilt Show

Carriage rides are one of the many other fun things to do during Quilt Week

In addition to the regular show events – workshops, lectures, entertainment, vendor displays, contest quilts, and special quilt collection exhibits – there are four official satellite events or venues occuring during Quilt Week: The National Quilting Museum will be featuring three special exhibits, the 26th Annual Rotary Quilt Show & Vendor Mall will be held in its usual location, the Fantastic Fibers exhibit will be at the Yeiser Art Center, and as in the past there is Eleanor Burn’s Quilt in a Day show and sale.

This year Eleanor’s Quilt in a Day Variety Tent Show has a new location. For years her show tent and Fabric Freenzy fabric sale tents were located in Carson Park. While a good location for parking and lots of space, there have been years when strong wind and rain have put a decided “damper” on the show and sale. Apparently Eleanor has had enough with “tenting” and is moving her show indoors. It is now at 609 Jefferson Street, much closer to the Expo Center and many other show events. But the downside is the new location only seats 200 and seating is now $5. Lots of fun and worth the price (at least one time) to see her show. You can learn more about the show here.

Apparently there will also be some sale items at this new location but I doubt whether it has the size or space to accomodate what the sale has been like in the past. But sales will go on at her downtown store as well as her warehouse on Kentucky Avenue.

Other Worthwhile Events
While Eleanor’s Fabric and Quilting Supplies sale is the only AQS “Sanctioned Event” Sale there are many more big sales by other quilting purveyors located downtown and elsewhere. There are also other special events going on during this week that are just as interesting. For example Hancocks of Paducah is always flocked by bargain hunters and several other quilting merchants are offering similar specials. While the official show has a large vendor area, many quilting vendors set up shop in the Kentucky Oaks Mall on the west edge of Paducah. This year the Mall is also sponsoring an Artisan Festival. The McCracken County Library is displaying quilt wall hangings, conducting a special collectible quilt book sale and offering a special evening presentation by Dr. Pearlie Johnson on Kentucky Quilt Art. These are just a few of the other events going on of interest to quilters.

There are a few more events or activities that don’t have a lot to do with quilting but are worthwhile: the annual Paducah Dogwood Trail Celebration, Touring Paducah’s Mural Wall, and the walking tour of historic homes in the Lower Town Arts District. (The links all go to feature pages on our website with pictures and other information)

Here’s a few more links of interest:

Paducah Visitors Bureau
AQS Paducah Quilt Week Paducah

Maybe see you at the show?

See the “Best of Show” Quilt and some of my favorites of the Winning Quilts from the 2014 Paducah Quilt Show

Jo

Tue
28
Jan '14

Quilting Events, Retreats & Shop Hops

Post Your Quilting Event, Retreat or Shop Hop Event Here

Many people and quilt guilds have sent me notices of local, non-judged shows & Quilting Retreats to post on our Quilt Show & Event Calendar. Because of the volume of shows and major events on our calendar, we’ve have difficulty fitting everything in and in a timely manner. So one action we’ve taken is to restrict notices on our Show & Event calender to actual judged shows and major special events.

However for other events like Quilting Retreats and Shop Hops and for local shows that we haven’t been able to post on our calendar, here is your opportunity to get exposure for your event

You can put a notice of your show, retreat or shop hop here in the comments section (click on “start Discussion” link or enter your information in “Leave a Reply”) below this notice. I suggest you keep your notice brief. Event name, Date, contact e-mail or phone # for reservations, and a website address for more info on your retreat.

And if  you are person who is looking for a retreat, peruse the comments for what might interest you.

Sometimes your post may not appear immediately because we have things set to review all posting to avoid getting spammed to death.

PS To make a live link follow this format. You need to include the following code if you want to include a link in your event information <a href=”http://www.name-of-your-site. com” target=”_blank”>put the name of your event or your website here between the code symbols</a> and the link to your event will work in the post. Be sure to include the quotation marks in the code.

Happy Quilting.

Jo –