Cathy’s Quilts – Hot Springs, Arkansas

I’ve stopped in Cathy’s Quilt Shop several times before on visits to Hot Springs. The store has excellent light, natural and artificial, a real plus when you are picking out or trying to match fabric. It is also very spacious. One of Cathy’s specialties is long arm quilting. There are several examples of her work hanging from the ceiling and on the walls. In past visits I’ve seen and admired her work so when I had a quilt top finished for my niece Vicki I decided to drop it off for Cathy to finish it when I was in Hot Springs in April. The first picture shows Cathy measuring the quilt to determine its size for pricing. When its done she will ship it back to me (insured of course) by UPS or Fed-Ex. She mentioned she has done quilts for customers all across the country and even some for people living in other countries.

A stroll down Bathouse Row and the Grand Promenade is always on our agenda whenever we visit Hot Springs. This trip the Red Buds were in full blume and the Dogwoods were just starting to come out (see picture – click on the picture for a larger view). I particularly love the lime green tones that the spring foliage takes on. Go Here if you want to see more pictures and information about Hot Springs National Park. The walking and hiking trails were constructed years ago as a supplement to the hot mineral springs therapy provided in the bath houses. During the “golden age” of hot springs bathing over a million people annually visited Bathhouse Row. At present two of the bath houses are operational for bathing and related spa services.

Hot Springs is located near the southern end of  the Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway that begins in the Ozark Mountains and ends about 20 miles south of Hot Springs.

—Jo

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See You at Paducah?

I am starting to get excited about going to the big Paducah Quilt Show April 21 – 24th.  I was worried about the closure (due to financial problems) of the Executive Inn because it has been one of the primary sites for the show and is actually attached to the Carroll Convention Center. But it looks like they have set up a special AQS Pavilion in the convention center parking lot to host activities that used to be in the Executive Inn.

I think this year I’ll attend at least two days of the show and maybe take some classes too.

Last year we arrived early to catch part of the Dogwood Trail celebration, but the trail wasn’t officially open because there was so much damage from a winter ice storm that cut across the middle west in January. We hope it will be open this year and that our favorite campground will be open too as it was also closed due to storm damage.

Maybe see you at Paducah!

Jo

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