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Oct '13

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.


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.

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.


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


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 –

May '13

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,


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.


Mar '12

Quilt Show Listings

Quilt Show & Quilting Event Calendar

Hi All,

Just a note to let you know I’ve updated our Quilt Show Calendar for 2012. It is fairly complete through August. Some of the shows and events that traditionally are held the last four months of the year have yet to announce their details for 2012. So if you are a show organizer or a member of a guild who sponsors a show, get me your details as soon as they are available.

My first show of the year will be the Azalea Quilt Show, March 23 – 24th, in Tyler Texas. This is their 31st anniversary of the show. An added attraction to the trip will be taking a ride on the historic steam engine powered train that runs between Palestine and Rusk Texas, about 40 miles south of Tyler. With luck the azaleas and or the dogwoods will be in bloom. If you are headed to the Tyler Quilt Show and want to add this excursion to your itinerary, go here to the Texas State Railroad website for more information and reservations. Hope to have some nice pictures of the Quilt Show and the Steam Train Excursion to show you later.

While we are in the area Ross hopes to try out some of the golf courses in the area (Pine Dunes and PeachTree).

AQS Paducah Quilt Show

2011 Quilt Show exhibits in the Paducah Pavilion (Bubble Dome)

Everyone is looking forward to the 2012 Paducah Quilt Show as well as keeping their fingers crossed that the Ohio River doesn’t overflow its banks as it did during last year’s AQS show. So far all looks good on that score. This year the show returns to the expanded Convention and Expo Center. The Paducah Pavilion, the 40,000 square foot inflatable dome, will also be used this year. So more total exhibit and show space and more activities within easy walking distance of one another. The show runs from April 25 to April 28th but some related activities begin a week earlier. Go to our regular website pages on Visiting Paducah to learn more about some of these other attractions like the Dogwood Trail, Lowertown Arts District, Eleanor Burns’ Fabric Sale and Tent Show, and other Paducah visitor attractions worth spending a few more days in the area.

In addition to the classes, vendor booths and contest quilts on exhibit there are a number special events associated with the show (see the event listing here). One I’ll probably not miss is the second annual Fabulous Fabric Flurry held in the lobby of the National Quilt Museum.

I’ll be back here in a few weeks with more reports on quilt shows.



Jun '11

Minnesota Quilt Show

Minnesota Quilters Quilt Show

Minnesota Quilters Annual Quilt Show

Quilts exhibits at Minnesota Quilt Show

My sister Donna and I attended the 2011 Quilt Show of the Minnesota Quilters Association, held in St. Paul, Minnesota June 16 – 18th.   In 2009 I caught the show in Duluth.

award winning quilt

One of my favorites was "Waterfall Symphony" by Elizabeth Lanzatella, Minneapolis, MN

We attended the first day of the show and I was surprised for a Thursday how many people were there. It was busy but Kudos for the quilt show organizers because we had no trouble seeing the quilt exhibits nor vendor booths because the layout of exhibits and vendors was well-planned to handle crowds of people. I particularly liked how the quilts were arranged; quilts of similar design themes were grouped together. I also found a wide variety of quilting styles and patterns plus a decent representation of quilts from Minnesota quilters. I suppose I like that because being from neighboring Wisconsin we share similar quilting traditions and a love for northwoods themes.

For a regional show I was surprised at the number of vendors; some good quality ones too. Like the quilt exhibits, the vendor booths were also well organized – not too cramped and easy to move from one vendor area to another even though the show had a nice crowd.

The show was held at the St. Paul Convention Center which was easy to find and had adequate and convenient parking. Probably my only complaint would be the $10 parking fee, a bit steep, but as I said the location was easy to find and parking was convenient so I guess you have to pay for those benefits! By the way if you are ever in Minneapolis-St. Paul you ought to go see Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Park, one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks. In addition to its natural beauty the falls is celebrated in Longfellow’s famous poem “The Song of Hiawatha.”

Jo and Donna at Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Park

I’ll be posting a few more pictures of quilts and scenes from the 2011 show on our regular pages of QuiltingPathways sometime in the next month or so.

Unless something comes up in the meantime the next show I’ll be attending will be Wisconsin’s Quilt Expo, held in Madison from Sept. 8th – 10th.

PS. Quilting Guilds and quilt show organizers. Let me know about your upcoming event and I can post it on our Quilt Show Calendar. We’d also appreciate a link to QuiltingPathways.com to help spread the word on quilt shows, including yours, quilting events, and quilt shops along scenic byways. Contact me at quiltingpathways@gmail.com

Keep on Quiltin’