Monday, April 29, 2013

A Taste of Paducah

AQS Quilt Week in Paducah was AWESOME!!!  The quilts were extraordinary!  I wish you all could have been there with Nancy Watts and I.  We took lots of pics (they are ALL on our Facebook page), but couldn't possibly capture all that is Quilt Week.  If you've never been, you NEED to go.  Paducah is unlike any other AQS show.  The entire town of Paducah is transformed to accomodate 30-40,000 quilters. 

Our booth was in the Pavillion for the second year. 

Question:  How do you hang 20 quilts in a 10ft by 10 ft booth?

Answer:  Very carefully.  It took us 3 hours to set up, and only 1 hour to tear down. 

During the show, we sold out of 4 kits -- woot woot!

I played Trader's Dice with quilters from all over the world.  They won a free pattern (the same Pop Stars pattern that is posted on our Facebook page) and were able to take home the fabric that they won.  Each time we played the game, we drew a pretty big crowd.  We played game after game, and by Friday at noon, we sold out of Trader's Dice and ran out of fabric, so we moved the table to the side and changed the display to feature the PinPals.

The AQS Author Quilts were displayed in the front of the Pavillion.  This is Sumiko Minei's "Memories" featured in her book Foundation-pieced Double Wedding Ring Quilt.  Look at the teeny weeny applique stitching.  The entire quilt is embellished with embroidery stitches.

What a treat!While I was in the main convention center, taking pics of gorgeous quilts, I met Sue McCarty while she was being photographed with her Best of Show quilt.  The photographer was none other than Ricky Tims.

This is Adventure Awaits by Sue McCarty of Roy, UT. It won Best of Show. Wow! The quilt was inspired by Tolkiens' The Hobbit. It's a wholecloth quilt with incredible threadwork in the embroidery and quilting. It was in the Large Wall Quilts, Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted division.

We met lots of interesting, fun quilters throughout the show. It's fun to see how different groups identified themselves.  We saw lots of matching shirts & hats.  We also saw incredibly creative get-ups, like this group of 4 who had appliqued frogs on their jackets...  RRRIIIPP it -- stands for "unsewing" :-)

There were many family reunions, girlfriend getaways and couple vacations at the show. 
What was my favorite quilt?  Odd as it sounds, it wasn't one of the top award winning quilts.  I was totally impressed with Boy and His Best Friend by Jennifer Day of Santa Fe, NM. It won a red ribbon in the Small Wall Quilts - Pictorial division.  The thread work was so amazing, the fur and hair looked 3-dimensional.  It looked like I could reach out and pet the dog. 

I hope you enjoyed this brief look at AQS Quilt Week in Paducah.  If you'd like to see all of the pics, log into our Facebook page.

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