Friday, April 27, 2012

Meet my new friends at the AQS Show

Meet my new friend Eizabeth Adair. Together with her daughter, she owns Grand Bazaar Fabrics, an online fabric store featuring bright, bold prints. Her booth was extremely colorful and busy! Check out her website

Here is Elizabeth's beautiful daughter, Jenna Street. Jenna is an artist who was often busy gathering ideas for quilting projects. Jenna and Elizabeth are thinking strongly about opening their own shop in Atlanta.

Isn't this a great necklace? Nancy Watts purchased it for me ($18) from Pam Bocko, owner and creator of Pieceful Designs. Pam says she can hardly keep up with the bobbin necklace orders. She winds the bobbins and has her husband string the beads.

Pam Bocko, owner of Pieceful Designs, is from Eugene Oregon. Her parents had travelled to Paducah to help Pam with her booth. Pam has some extremely creative patterns and kits in her online store. Visit her website at

Pam Potter is my booth buddy and next door neighor. She owns New Hampshire Quilters' Emporium, an online store. Pam's booth was filled with precuts, patterns and clever samples. She had a large selection of Minky kits that were very popular with the crowds. Visit Pam's website

Pam was assisted in her booth by her lovely daughter.

Two more friends, Nancy Jordan (right) and Karol Paulus(left) were busy in their booth, Karol owns the online store and stocks the full line of Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Visit their online store

The Big Winners at Paducah

Avatar Revisited, Judy Woodworth, Gering, NE
APQS Longarm Machine Quilting Award

B.S. I Love You, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS
Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award

Creme de la Creme, Bonnie Keller, Chehalis, WA
Coats & Clark Wall Hand Workmanship Award

Two Dozen Roses, Monica Troy, Lemont, IL
Handi Quilter Wall Longarm Machine Quilting Award

Radiance, Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, KS
Bernina of America Machine Workmanship Award

Mini Magic, Mariya Waters, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Benartex Best Miniature Award

Imagining India, Pat Holy, Ann Arbor, MI
Moda Best Wall Award

Star Struck, Cheryl L. See, Ashburn, VA
AQS Hand Workmanship Award

Harmony Within, Sue McCarty, Roy, UT
Janome of America Best of Show
This quilt will be donated to the quilt museum here in Paducah

Winning Quilts at AQS Paducah

Baltimore in the Provence, Ellen Heck, Somis, CA
1st Place Hand Quilted Large Wall Quilts

Jewel Box, Cheri Meineke-Johnson & Linda V. Taylor, Corinth TX
1st Place Longarm/Midarm Machine Large Wall Quilts

Ms. McDonald Had A Farm, Hanging By A Thread, Chehalis, WA
2nd Place, Group Bed Quilts
Pride of Baltimore II, Barbara M. Burnham and Marty Vint, Ellicott City, MD
3rd Place, Longarm/Midarm Machine Large Wall Quilts

Baltimore Roses, Diana K. Trost, Toledo, OH
2nd Place Home Machine Large Wall Quilts

Feathers In The Wind, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Paducah, KY
3rd Place Home Machine Large Wall Quilts

Red Stars At Night 3 Quilters Delight, Loretta Painter, Cyndi Herrmann, Kate Meyers, Norris, TN
3rd Place Group Bed Quilts

Song Of The Earth, Liz Jones, Leominster, Herfordshire, United Kingdom
1st Place Home Machine, Large Wall Quilts

Spring Is In the Air, Terri Krysan, Lakeville, MN
2nd Place Longarm/Midarm Large Wall Quilts

First Pics from Paducah

It took Nancy Watts and I over 6 hours to figure out how to set up the booth for maximum traffic flow.

We were very fortunate in our booth placement. We had 1-1/2 booths on center aisle near the exit door of the Pavillion.

Right across the aisle from our booth is Judy Woodworth's beautiful quilt. This is a whole cloth quilt that Judy's husband painted. Judy is from Gering Nebraska. She is also one of the Top Winners of the AQS show.

On Tuesday night, after we set up the booth, the city of Paducah hosted a reception for the vendors. After a lavish supper buffet, we were able to take a tour of the quilt museum. Extraordinary.

Lime Light is painted on the exterior of the National Quilt Museum

Our first stop in Paducah was the Welcome Center to load up on local maps (and use the RR)

Whitehaven is a former residence, now turned into the Welcome Center for Paducah. What a beautiful place.