Paducah AQS Quilt Show

Getting Ready for Paducah

Jo has been busy packing ARVY (our Rialta Motor Home) for her first trip of the 2013 season – which will be to Paducah, Kentucky for the annual Quilt Show & Quilters Convention.

We’ve had a very cold and wet early spring here in Wisconsin so we are especially looking forward to going south to catch some warmer weather. For Quilt Week the forecast is for temps in the low 60s to low 70s, a little below average for Paducah but to us here in Wisconsin it sounds quite balmy!

Dogwood Trail

One of the many flowering dogwoods along Paducah's Dogwood Celebration Trail

One bonus of the below average temperatures we’ve had (not only Wisconsin but the entire midwest and midsouth) is that the dogwoods should be blooming later this year, which means the peak of flowering might be during the show days. So if you are going to the Paducah Show this year you might want to plan to take in a Dogwood Trail Tour. If you are not in a private vehicle there are tour buses operating along the trail. There are many other Paducah Attractions to fill any extra moments you have between show events. A few I like are the Floodwall Murals, the Lowertown Arts District, and touring the historic downtown area+ dining and pub crawling!

The quilt show opens on Wednesday, April 24th with classes, lectures, workshops, and special events (in the evening). The Quilting Vendor areas are also open as well as the contest Show Quilt exhibits. The show runs through Saturday, April 27th. An event not officially connected to the show but one Jo always likes to catch is Eleanor Burn’s Tent Show and Fabric Sale held at Carson Park. The shows run 3 times a day from April 24 – April 27th. The Fabric Sale opens earlier on April 19th. If you’ve never been to one of Eleanor’s Stage Shows, you can see a  video clip of her 2011 show here. Lots of fun.

Golfing, Hiking, RV Camping

Other things we like to do when we travel to Paducah is hike and camp at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and while Jo is attending some events I try to get some golfing in. Paducah’s Paxton Park course is enjoyable and reasonably priced. A more challenging golf course is the Drake Creek Golf Club in nearby Ledbetter, KY. Another nice course is the one at Kentucky Dam Village near Grand Rivers. A little further away from Paducah but I think worth the drive is the Murray State University course (Miller Memorial) near Murray, Kentucky.

Well gotta go and finish packing. Maybe we’ll see you in Paducah?

Ross

Links

AQS Paducah Quilt Show Website

Paducah Visitors Bureau Website

Quilting Pathways Reports from earlier Paducah Quilt Shows

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Park

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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

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Madison Quilt Expo 2012

Wisconsin Quilt Expo sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television

Wisconsin Quilt Expo Quilt Show – Madison, Wisconsin

Due to other travel commitments I was only able to attend one day at the 2012 Quilt Expo. One thing I noticed right away was the show has really grown in size, clear increases in: the number of quilts displayed, the number of vendors, and it appears the number of people attending. Quilt Expo is turning into one of the midwest’s biggest quilt shows. One day wasn’t enough for me to see all I wanted to see. Next year I hope to be able to spend at least a day and half.

BTW You can see some of my posts and pages from previous shows at: Quilting Pathways Quilt Expo & 2011 Madison Quilt Show

As you might expect there were lots of beautiful quilts. Here are some of my favorites:

"Sunflower Serenade" by Marlene Shea

"Poppies in Red" quilt by Sue Halprin

"Bald River Falls" by Judy Alexander

This quilt reminded me of a waterfall I encountered on a canoeing trip in Ontario’s Wabakimi Wilderness Park

"On Wisconsin" by Nancy Acker

Lots of Quilt Vendors in the 2012 Show. Wish I had more time than part of one day.

Vendors at the 2012 Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo

Vendors at the 2012 Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo

Did you attend this year’s Madison Quilt Expo? If so what did you think of it? Do you think it is becoming a major show? (enter your comments below)

Next year’s Quilt Expo will be held September 5 – 7th, 2013. Maybe I’ll see you there.

Happy Quilting.

Jo – – – Joquilt@gmail.com

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Madison Quilt Expo

Wisconsin Quilt Expo 2012

Next week the big Madison Quilt Show – Wisconsin Quilt Expo 2012 – arrives again at the Madison Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin. The show opens Thursday, Sept. 6th and runs through Saturday, September 8th.

There will be contest judging in 10 categories plus “Best of Show” and “Viewers Choice.” Also on tap at the show is a keynote speaker, entertainment, a full schedule of one hour presentations throughout each day, and several Sit & Sew and Hands On workshops.

Jo with her quilt at the 2011 Madison Quilt Expo

Last year I attended and exhibited at the 2011 Quilt Expo. This year I am not exhibiting but none-the-less looking forward to attending, especially since this year I missed the annual spring AQS Quilt Show in Paducah . I’ll be excited to see all the great quilts on display and of course visit the vendors to see the new machines, new tools and gadgets and of course to get my “fabric fix” in looking for new fabrics and fat quarters for upcoming projects.

At last year’s show I remember noting that quilts on exhibit came from all across the US, even some from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. For me the drive from Mt. Horeb is only 25 miles. Will you be going this year and how far will you be traveling?

Wisconsin Quilt Expo Map and Directions

Click on Map for Directions to the 2012 Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo

Hope to see you at the show.

Happy quilting and traveling.

Jo – Joquilt@gmail.com

Madison Quilt Show Links:

See our Pictures and Reports from previous Quilt Expo’s:

Traveling Quilter Blog
Quilting Pathways Quilt Expo Page

2012 Wisconsin Quilt Expo Website

Google Map to 2012 Madison Wisconsin Quilt Show

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2012 Paducah Quilt Show

Paducah is Ready for the 2012 AQS Quilt Show

Paducah's Convention Center, site of the annual AQS Quilt Show & Convention

On the way home from our spring trip Jo and I decided to stop by Paducah to see how preparations were going for the big 2012 Paducah Quilt Show & Quilters Convention. Last year tornadoes, severe storms, and floods almost cancelled the show. The main show site, the Convention Center, couldn’t be used because it was surrounded by water. Eleanor Burn’s Quilt for a Day tent show and fabric sale, always a big satellite event to the show, was hurt badly. A storm just before opening day tore up one of the tents and rain and flooding waters ruined tens of thousands of dollars of merchandise. Even though Mother Nature threw floods and tornadoes, show organizers did an excellent job of scrambling to find several alternate locations for show events and the show did go on.

This year based on our March 29th visit, all is in place to host a terrific show. Lack of snow in the upper midwest has left rivers lower than normal. Just in case reservoirs are also running lower than normal spring levels. So the chance of another flood changing the show are impossibly small. The slightly remodeled convention center is all set and since the removal of the debris from the demolished hotel adjacent to the convention center there is a good deal more parking space close to the center of Quilt Show activities. The inflatable Dome is already in place and all systems are go.

Go to our regular web pages to find out more the Paducah Show and links to the AQS website for the 2012 show.

Dining at Whaler's Catch outdoor deck

While we were in town we stopped at Whaler’s Catch for lunch. Whalers is a favorite during the Quilt Show because of its location, decent food and their spacious two story outdoor dining deck. It was a perfect spring day in the 70s so we dined outdoors on the deck. We had sandwich baskets and beverages for less than $20. Very large portion size with nice trimmings – leaf lettuce, onions, and tomato slices + fries. Free refills on the beverages and good wait service.

Jo shopping at Eleanor Burn's quilt shop in Paducah

Also while we in town we couldn’t escape without a visit to Eleanor Burn’s Quilt in a Day shop. Jo found some fabric she needed to complete a project.

On the way home to Wisconsin we stopped at the Rend Lake Corps Gun Creek Campground near Benton, IL. About 90 miles north of Paducah this is a good stop over for our last day at the Paducah Quilt Show. In addition to very well designed and maintained RV sites, it offers an additional attraction to Ross and other golfing spouses who indulge their wives’ passion for the Quilt Show. This attraction is an excellent 27 hole golf course essentially adjacent to the camp ground. The course is quite scenic, well-maintained with paved cart paths, electric golf carts, and a nice variety of tee boxes. At the end of March, the fairways and greens were in very good spring condition. The three mens tees range from about 6000 yards for 18 holes from the senior tees to over 6800 yards from the blue tees. Rend Lake Golf Course website.

Rend Lake Golf Course, Benton, Illinois

Rend Lake Golf Course, Benton, Illinois

Ross and Jo

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Tyler Quilt Show

Tyler Quilt Show and interesting things to see and do during the Azalea Festival

Azalea Quilt Show, Tyler Texas

Jo and I traveled to Tyler Texas to attend the 31st annual Azalea Quilt Show sponsored by the Quilters’ Guild of East Texas. (The 33rd annual event will be held March 21-22, 2014) The event is held on the third or fourth weekend of March to coincide with Tyler’s Annual Azalea & Spring Flower Festival. The event is held at the Harvey Convention Center in the center of Tyler. This location was excellent. Although located in the center of Tyler it was easy to find, had plenty of free parking adjacent to the convention center, and the auditorium exhibit room was well-lighted and comfortable. For a regional show Jo felt they had a number of well-crafted quilts in the competition.

quilt at tyler quilt show

Stars and Tumblers - A little bit of Blue” submitted by Rebecca Yarbrough

Here’s one of many quilts we liked. This one is “Stars and Tumblers – A little bit of Blue” submitted by Rebecca Yarbrough. We’ll report more extensively, with more pictures from the show, when we complete our web page on the Tyler Quilt Show under our Quilt Show Section of the regular pages of QuiltingPathways.

One of the attractions of attending this show, driving all the way from Wisconsin, was also being able to tour the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail in Tyler. The Convention & Vistors Bureau and various civic groups and garden clubs have joined together to create a network of tour trails throughout a portion of Tyler. Most can be toured by automobile but some homeowners have opened up their yards for walking tours as well. A number of the homes on the tour are listed as historic homes; others while not historic are quite distinctive. It is evident that many homeowners in Tyler take great pride in creating extensive azalea and spring flowering gardens. During the two week tour festival, there are also scheduled tours of historic homes, an arts & crafts festival, the annual Rotary Chili Cook Off competition, and tours of the historic Roseland Plantation as well as a number of other events. We’ll show a few more pictures along the Azalea Flower Trail when we post our regular pages for the Tyler Quilt Show.

Along the Azalea Spring Flower Trail, Tyler Texas

Jo at one of the extensive gardens along Tyler's Azalea Spring Flower Trail

Jo at one of the extensive gardens along Tyler's Azalea Spring Flower Trail

But that’s not all that brought us to Tyler for the Quilt Show. In nearby Rusk Texas the Texas State Railroad runs its annual spring Steam Train excursions through the piney woods between Rusk and Palestine. Having enjoyed similar old time railroad excursions along Duluth’s North Shore and along the Mississippi River, we thought it would be fun to sample the experience in Texas. We were not disappointed. The Texas State Railroad attends to all the details to make sure your ride is a step back in time to the grand old days of railroad travel. Steam Engine 300 is a 83 ton 1917 Baldwin 2-8-0 and its cars date back to the 1920s. As with the Azalea Trail, we’ll post more pictures from the ride in our regular pages at a later date.

Steam Engine 300

Steam Engine 300 at the Rusk Railroad Station

Crossing the Neches River Engine 300 blows off excess steam

The final element of attraction (and a major one for Ross) for the Tyler Quilt Show was golfing. Although there are several courses in the area, we were only able to work in one outing on this trip to the Peachtree-Oakhurst golf course about 10 miles south of Tyler near the town of Bullard.

Golfing at Oakhurst Golf Course, Bullard, Texas

The Oakhurst Golf course is an attractive course with a choice of 5 tee boxes. Rolling terrain with groves of trees helping to divide the fairways from one another as well as ad visual interest to the overall layout. Water on ten holes added to the scenic attraction as well as the challenge. I found the course challenging, but fair and enjoyable. The fairways and greens were in good condition. I particularly liked the fact that the fairways use a mixture of grass other than Bermuda which you sometimes find at other mid-south golf courses. Bermuda is great for tolerating summer heat but it is worthless for a spring golfing experience in the mid-south where winter temperatures have killed the grass and it won’t green up until overnight temperatures are in the 70s. I’ll post more pictures from Oakhurst and other golfing details in our regular pages.

Coincidentally when packing up after golfing we struck up a conversation with another couple who just finished the course, Illeice and Al Baker. Turned out that Illeice is a member of the East Texas Quilter’s Guild and was on the committee planning the quilt show! At the quilt show here term begins as President-elect so a year from now she’ll be the incoming Guild President. So if I am down here next year when Jo attends the show I can go golfing with Al.

Well that’s it for our report on the Azalea Quilt Show. Summary. The Azalea Quilt Show is a well organized good quality regional show and there are lots of other good reasons to travel some distance to attend the show.

Ross and Jo

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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.

Jo

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Wisconsin Quilt & Fabric Shop

YDS – A quilting fabric shop in Wisconsin not to miss

My friend Nancy and proprietor Mary at YDS Fabric & Quilt Shop

Sue, Nancy, and Jo after shopping at YDS Quilt Shop stop off for a late lunch at Fin-N-Feather Restaurant

Fin-N-Feather Restaurant on the Wolf River, Winneconne, WI

On a nice sunny Saturday we (my quilting friends Sue, Nancy, and me) decided it was a perfect day for a trip to YDS (pronounced yards), one of our favorite fabric shops located near Omro, WI.

If you reside in Wisconsin (or Northern Illinois) and have never been to YDS, it is worth a trip. Mary, the shop owner, has been running this business since she retired many years ago. We think her fabric prices are the best around. And as you can see from the picture she has quite an extensive fabric collection. Even though she has many, many bolts she knows what she has so if you are looking for something special she can tell you if she has it. So when you go plan to spend some time getting acquainted with that is there. Her shop is open Monday through Saturday,  10 – 3. It is located at 5530 State Highway 116, between Omro and Winneconne, Wisconsin. I recommend you call ahead just to make sure she is there (920-582-7196).

To cap off our trip the three of us had a late lunch at the Fin N Feather in Winneconne, a great restaurant with a very nice buffet for a reasonable price. (See picture). The Fin N Feather is on the Wolf River and we three thought it would be the perfect place for a late spring trip to YDS where on a nice afternoon we could sit on their deck enjoying a late lunch and the attractive view of the river.

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