Paducah Quilt Show 2016

 

2016 AQS Paducah Quilt Show – Quilt Week begins Sunday April 17th

I’m looking forward to returning to Quilt City USA, also known as Paducah, Kentucky for Quilt Week and the annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest, joining around 30,000 other quilting fanatics in what is essentially an annual convention, complete with a festival atmosphere.

The official AQS Quilt Show doesn’t begin until Weds April, 20th and runs through April 23rd. But it isn’t called Quilt Week as a hyperbole because there are lots of quilting related activities that start before the 23rd.

  • The National Quilt Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will be featuring specials exhibits for quilt week, beginning Sunday, April 17th.
  • The Paducah Rotary Club Quilt Show opens on Tuesday, April 19th
  • The Yeiser Art Center will again be featuring its Fantastic Fibers exhibit
  • Eleanor Burns Quilt in Day Entertainment Show begins April 17th
  • The Hotel Metropolitan will be exhibiting African American Underground Railroad Quilts
Carriage rides are one of the many other fun things to do during Quilt Week

Many other events are going on in the area. We always try to arrive a little early to catch the Dogwoods in bloom and do the Paducah Dogwood Trail tour. You can follow the signs in your own car or ride one of the special city buses that run the tour trail. Paducah quilt and fabric shops always have specials going on during quilt week, for example Hancocks of Paducah is always crazy with tons of shoppers looking for deals. There’s also a satellite quilting event with vendors and exhibits at the Mall at the west end of town.

The show is located close to downtown Paducah and the River Front so there are lots of neat restaurants, pubs, shops, and boutiques to visit. Paducah’s Floodwall Murals are outstanding both as works of art and a walking tour history lesson. My husband Ross often goes with me to the show as the town is so alive with so many things to do other than the AQS show itself. But one of his favorite Paducah entertainment options is on the Paducah area golf courses (see his recent reviews here). And I know he is looking forward to getting back on the links again this year.

Both of us also look forward to spending time in nearby Grand Rivers, Kentucky, a cute little resort town that happens to host its own quilt show during Quilt Week. Our most favorite Grand Rivers tradition is touring the gardens and dining at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement.

Looking forward to April – come and enjoy the show with other quilters and take some classses  – check out AQS ‘s online registration for the listing and availibility.

See you in April.

Joanne Reinhold

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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