Wow!! What a trip!! Paducah was everything I thought it would be and MORE!!!!
I have never seen so many beautiful quilts and was just amazed at all of them!! While I didn’t receive a ribbon, I did get to wear my “Contestant” ribbon while I was there, and it was so fun as people would stop you and tell you “Congratulations!” and I even had one person ask me for my autograph!! What a hoot!!!
Here are just a few of the quilts that I took pictures of:
While I was at the show, I was able to visit with my quilt friend, Linda Hrcka, who I met for the first time in person. She is owner of “The Quilted Pineapple” and is an amazing long armer. Lisa Bongean (Primitive Gatherings) and Linda worked on a quilt together and had it entered in the show and it won a 2nd place ribbon. Isn’t it beautiful!!!
I also had an opportunity to talk “long arming” with Jamie Wallen. He was doing demos and had an area set up in the Paper Pieces building. I have taken a class from him in the past and it was just nice to chat with him in a casual setting!! He is such a caring and humble person!!!
My friend, Diane, had an opportunity to chat with her AQS Publisher, Kim, about her publication. And I think the highlight of her trip was spending some time chatting with Ricky Timms!!!! I will fill you in more on her upcoming publication as I get more information.
The highlight of my trip was meeting Edyta Sitar (Laundry Basket Quilts). I had stopped by her booth and was just going to get a picture with her, but as we were standing there, I told her how I loved her patterns. I explained that quite a few of my customers have made many quilts from her patterns and how I have enjoyed quilting them. She was very inquisitive about my quilting and she noticed that I had my “contestant” ribbon on and asked me where my quilt was. When I told her it was on the other side of the floor we were on, she left her booth, and had me take her over to show her my quilt. She was admiring how I did my feathers and then asked me for my business card. She said that she may be calling me as she liked my quilting. She is such a sweet person and I so enjoyed meeting her and chatting with her!!! I think I had a smile on my face the rest of the trip just thinking about that experience.
The Quilt Museum was fabulous as was the downtown area!!
Paducah was a wonderful trip and I am pretty sure that I will try to make it back there again!!!!
For my friends that love bling (and you know who you are!!)…..these two pictures are for you!!