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

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Quilt Shops LaCrosse Wisconsin

Quilt Shop Tour – LaCrosse

My girlfriend Sue and I had to get one more quilting road trip in before the snow flies in Wisconsin. We traveled to La Crosse Wisconsin, along the Great River Road Scenic Byway, to visit two quilt shops that have been on my visit list for a few years. They turned out to be two great shops less than 100 miles from home.

The River Road Quilt Shop at 2501 South Ave was first on our list. The shop is actually part of the Nelson Flag Company so that is also the website of the quilt shop. In addition to flags and quilts they also have a selection of unique gifts, so you can get your gift shopping and quilting needs satisfied in one visit!

Here’s some pictures of the shop.

River Road Quilt Shop at Nelson Flag

Gifts and Quilting at River Road Shop

Good lighting in the fabric area

All Decorated up for Christmas

The second stop on our quilt shop tour was Olive Juice Quilts at 1255 County Road PH in Onalaska, Wisconsin (an adjacent city to LaCrosse). How did it get its name – Olive Juice? Interesting story, go to their website and find out – OliveJuiceQuilts.com This is one of the larger shops in the area and has a great selection of fabrics – both in number of bolts and in variety. The shop also handles Bernina and Baby-Lock sewing and quilting machines. Here’s some pix of the shop.

Olive Juice is located in a residential neighborhood but no worry about parking as it has an off-street parking lot.

Skylights and windows provide natural daylight to better help assess fabric colors

An attractive and spacious arrangement of displays and quilting products

A good selection of quilting patterns and kits

Happy Traveling and Quilt Shop Hopping

Joanne

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Madison Quilt Expo

Wisconsin Quilt Expo – Madison, Wisconsin
Sponsored by Nancy Zieman and Wisconsin Public Television

Well I was only able to attend one day of the three day 2013 Quilt Expo show (Sept 5-7, 2013) due to other travel commitments. As I commented in my post on last year’s show, Madison’s Quilt Expo seems to increase in size every year – in number of quilts entered, number of display quilts, number of vendors, and number of attendees. I attended on Thursday, the opening day, and I could easily see how the attendance was up from the previous year’s opening day. It is really becoming a major show.

With only one day and a need to pack for my upcoming trip later that evening, I had to crowd a lot of quilt show into a small package. Maybe next year I’ll have more time and can attend some classes as well. Next year’s Quilt Expo will be Sept 4 – 6, 2014

Below are a few pictures from the 2013 show.

You can see some posts on previous Quilt Expo shows by searching for the tag “Quilt Expo” here on the blog or go to our regular website page on the annual Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo quilt show.

Happy Quilting,

Jo

PS You can keep in touch with upcoming quilt shows across the country on our Quilt Show Calendar.

Madison Quilt Expo

The Vendor Raffle Booth at Quilt Expo 2013

Eileen Daniels quilt

"Critters Wearing my Clothes" a cute quilt by my fellow Wisconsin quilter and friend Eileen Daniels

Claudia Pfeil Quilt

One of my favorite quilts was "Time to Catch a Dream" by Claudia Pfeil - who is from Krefeld, Germany

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Sewing & Quilting Expo

UW Platteville Sewing & Quilting Expo
Platteville, Wisconsin
August 2 – 3, 2013

This was my first time attending this quilt show. When I got the details on this year’s show (the 25th anniversary) I noticed that on Saturday they offered a “Sew Craftacular” workshop for young people 8 years old and up for $15. This program was offered through a grant from the Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. My niece’s two older children (8 & 12) have been asking me for a number of years to teach them how to machine sew. I thought what could be a better way to have them learn to sew than from an experienced instructor. So I signed them up for a beginning sewing class in the morning and the project class in the afternoon.

Both kids enjoyed the morning class but the older one begged off going to the afternoon session because he was embarassed by being the only boy in the class. But his sister Kylah did attend the afternoon workshop and loved it. She is ready to go back again next year.

Here are a few pictures from the show.

Jo

sewing and quilting expo

The college's classrooms were ideal for quilt show classes and workshops and lots of convenient parking nearby

The Vendor Area at the show. Not as many vendors as some other shows, but a good selection

Hakeem and Kylah posing by the Platteville sign with their newly made pack bags. And Kylah is wearing her yo-yo headband she made in the afternoon class.

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Madison Quilt Expo

Wisconsin Quilt Expo – 2013

Wisconsin Quilt Expo sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television

All of sudden summer is almost over and its Quilt Expo time again. The 2013 quilt show and contest looks like it will be bigger and better than ever. Again being held at the Dane County Alliance Center just off the Madison’s South Beltline highway, there will be vendors, lectures, stage presentations, sit and sew workshops, and of course hundreds of quilts entered in 10 categories for judging as well as some quilt exhibits.

If you’ve never been to our annual Wisconsin Quilt Show – hosted by public television’s queen of quilting – Nancy Zieman, you can get acquainted with it on our regular Quilting Pathways website page that has pictures and descriptions on some previous Madison-Wisconsin Quilt Expos or take a look at some of my previous Traveling Quilter blog pages on the event at: 2011 Quilt Expo and 2012 Quilt Expo

I’ll be there on opening day, Thursday, Sept. 5th

Maybe I’ll see you there.

Jo – Joquilt@gmail.com

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2013 Paducah Quilt Contest & Show

Attending the 2013 AQS Paducah Quilt Show

Even though I’ve been to the Paducah Quilt Show many years in the past, I always enjoy the annual “big show” during what is called Quilt Week in Paducah.There is such a variety of quilt patterns and styles all of them expertly finished. This year there were over 1500 quilts entered from 44 states and 8 countries. Outside of the US Japan had the most entries with 58; quilters from Missouri lead the US in quilt entries with 31. My state, Wisconsin, had 16 entries, including some winners. In addition to the contest quilts, there were a number of special quilt exhibits. I especially liked the applique art exhibit from the Tentmakers of Cairo and the “Beneath the Southern Sky” exhibit.

The Vendor or Merchant Area is always interesting with the vendor booths of thread, fabric, and quilting machine manufacturers as well as numerous quilt shops booths offering unique or special sale items. Always present in the Merchant Area are an almost overwhelming number of quilting gadgets and devices. Some of these aids, like some specialized quilting rulers, are unique to certain quilt patterns. We quilters are continually tempted with new gadgets we “must have” to do our work better or easier. This year I resisted! This year I also took a pass on taking a workshop or seminar. The Paducah show is often an opportunity to take a class from world class quilting instructors to learn new techniques and master new patterns.

Info & Links for the 2013 Paducah Show
Around Town during Quilt Week
Grand Rivers during Quilt Week

Although the centerpiece is the show in the convention and expo center, there are related activities going on in other locations like the National Quilt Museum, the Rotary Antique Show, the Yeiser Art Center, Eleanor Burns’ Quilt in Day Tent Show, and several fabric and quilting supply sales throughout the city. Hancocks of Paducah on the western edge of town is always a popular stop with quilters attending the show. Throughout the town during Quilt Week there is festival atmosphere with every business putting out the welcome mat for quilters and their traveling partners. Ross posted some recent articles with links to some of these other Paducah Area Attractions. See them in the table to the right.

Here’s several scenes and pictures of some of my favorite quilts from the 2013 Paducah Show.

One of the many Baltimore Pattern quilts entered in the 2013 Show. This one was by Lois Podolny of Tucson, AZ and won first place in Large Wall Quilts, Home Machine quilted.

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

Art Quilts were in abundance. This one by Mark Sherman of Coral Springs Florida was the 1st place winner in the Large Wall Quilt, Longarm category

Here's an "artistic" quilt yet follows the traditional quilt block technique. By Mark Vantrease of Alton, IL

Here's another "artsy" looking quilt yet uses the classic Fan Pattern block. By Linda LaDrew of O'Fallen, Illinois

Portrait quilts are becoming more popular. This one by Cindy Garcia of Racine, Wisconsin won 1st place in the Small Wall Quilts - Pictorial category

One of my favorite Art Quilts is this picture of an old Victorian house by the Milwaukee Art Quilters

"Shop til you Drop" at Eleanor Burn's Fabric Freenzy warehouse sale at Carson Park

Had a great time and looking forward to next year. You can go to our regular website pages to see more articles and pictures on earlier Paducah Quilt Shows. Also If you search here on the word “Paducah” you can see some of our past blog articles on the show and on enjoying the Paducah area.

Here I am trying to find a fabric at the Fabric Freenzy that I need to complete a project back home.

By the way, I did manage to score a fabric find at Eleanor’s Warehouse Sale. There must be thousands of bolts of fabric here. I spent about 20 minutes going through fabric bolts in the $8 Batik section comparing them to my fabric swatches I  brought along.  But I didn’t score here but in another section suggested by my husband. I had to take the bolt  outside in the daylight to see that the color was what I needed. Got it at a good price.

Happy Quilting,

Jo

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Restaurants and Camping Grand Rivers KY

Grand Rivers, Kentucky – Restaurants and RV Parks

Our RV campsite at the Canal Park Campground, Grand Rivers, KY

When Jo and I go to the Paducah Quilt Show we usually stay at the Canal Park Campground near Grand Rivers, Kentucky. During Quilt Week I’ll bet at least half the campers at Canal Park are attending the big AQS Show. Located about 25 miles east of Paducah, Grand Rivers is a picturesque little resort village situated between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley and just north of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The Canal Park campground is a Corps of Engineers facility and like all Corps facilities we’ve stayed at it is well-designed and properly maintained. Our site (see picture) was typical of Canal Park sites: sturdy picnic table, fire-ring, level parking & tenting area, well-drained, and partially wooded – offering some shade. The main routes through the park are paved as are the dump stations. The sites themselves are graveled with space for both tent pads and vehicle parking (of interest to those w/o motor homes). When we can’t get in Canal Park because it is full or we didn’t make reservations early enough, we’ve camped at the Hillman Ferry Campground which is a National Forest site within the Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area. It is about 5 miles south of Grand Rivers. It is also a nice facility but I’d rate it just a wee bit under the quality of Canal Park. And Canal Park is closer to Grand Rivers (and therefore Paducah as well). Several times to get some exercise we’ve walked to town from Canal Park.

Jo and I enjoyed a fine breakfast of eggs, sausage, and fruit at the Lite Side Bakery and Cafe

Our favorite breakfast spot in Grand Rivers is the Lite-Side Café and Bakery is a funky little Mom & Pop cafe open 5 days a week for breakfast or lunch. The owners, Irene and Bob, are always on-site and do the baking, cooking and service, sometimes with the help of a niece or nephew. The food has always been top-notch, the service friendly, and the atmosphere bright and colorful. They are open Weds – Sunday, 7 am to 3 pm.

Our favorite Grand Rivers dining spot is Patti’s or Mister Bill’s Restaurant in Patti’s 1880’s Settlement. The Settlement is a collection of shops, restaurants, cafes, springs, and gardens and walkways arranged as a meandering old-time village or settlement. While we always come to Patti’s for the food, we also enjoy taking some time to walk through the the gardens and browse the gift shops. Patti’s and Mr. Bill’s Restaurants are served by the same kitchen and share the same menu. The main difference is the dining atmosphere. Patti’s is a collection of small rooms as if a large house had been converted into restaurant and every room in the house was turned into an intimate dining area. Patti’s is also chocked full of antiques and each dining area has a certain motif to it. There is also a little store and gift shop. Bill’s Restaurant has a large main dining room with two adjacent dining areas around the perimeter. Bill’s theme is floral and little lights. If you go, make sure to get reservations because people drive from many miles to dine here at Patti’s and Bill’s. The service is top-notch and the food is terrific and considering the quality the price decent. Southern cooking and hospitality at its finest.

Mr. Bill's Restaurant at Patti's 1880s Settlement

Jo pauses by the water wheel in Patti's Garden

Links and Information on the Grand Rivers community, Canal Park and Hillman Ferry RV Parks

Our main QuiltingPathways website has a page featuring more on Grand Rivers and Patti’s Settlement. It is an attractive little community with friendly people and lots of interesting things to see and do. Grand Rivers website.  Hikers and nature lovers will also nearby Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area.

Canal Park CampgroundReservations and information

Hillman Ferry Campgroundgeneral information Reservations

Canal Park Campground Map

Hillman Ferry Campground Map

See a larger map here

More Grand Rivers RV Park Links

Crockett Frontiers Campground

Lighthouse Landing RV Park

Ross

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Paducah, Kentucky – Quilt City USA

Paducah, Kentucky – 2013 Quilt Show

Paducah is home to National Quilt Museum and the headquarters of the American Quilters Society so its affiliation with quilting and fabric arts extends beyond the week of the annual quilting convention that quilters know as the Paducah Quilt Show (officially titled the AQS Quilt Show & Contest – Paducah). This year-long resident association with quilting also accounts for why the entire town gets decked out for Quilt Week (the week of the show and related activities).

When Jo is at the show I enjoy walking around downtown and the nearby Lower Town Arts District with its many cafes, pubs, gift and antique shops, and artisan shops. The Floodwall Mural Walk is always interesting for both its artistic merit and educational insight into Paducah’s history. Some years the dogwoods remain in full bloom so we’ll take in the 12 mile Dogwood Trail driving tour that runs from mid-May to the end of Quilt Week. Most years, I am able to get in at least one round of golf at Paxton Park Golf Course. This year my new bionic knees weren’t quite ready for a full round so I just did some chipping and putting at their practice greens.

Below are some photos with captions from around downtown. Later when Jo finishes her notes we’ll post some stuff from the actual AQS show.

Ross

The Yeiser Art Center in the historic 1905 Market House is all dressed up for Quilt Show week

This "quilted" caped crusader was riding around downtown on his Segway Transporter

During Quilt Week the Pagoda across the street from the Market House Art Center is always populated by artists and artisans displaying their creations

There are several "bike taxis" offering rides around downtown. This one was advertised "free rides"

Ladies from the quilt show lined up for lunch at Kirchoff's Bakery and Cafe

Many of the Dogwoods along the Dogwood Trail remained in full bloom

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